Out with a Whimper rather than a Bang – Atletico Ratings

Looking for highlights to refresh the memory of major incidents in the game, the go-to place is often Arsenalist. The clip descriptions for last night seem to form a decent match report, illustrating the fact that we didn’t really have many clearcut chances whereas Atletico did. Fair reflection or not?  Here they are……..

First Half

Ospina punches it away early

Dangerous Lacazette cross

Huge Diego Costa chance

Koscielny injury

Oooo…Monreal almost pulls it back for Lacazette

Good Arsenal play but Bellerin’s cross is poor

Big Lacazette chance, doesn’t get shot off

Atletico volley – Ospina save

Monreal chance

Ooooo…Atletico just wide

Ooooo…Griezmann chance

Diego Costa goal 1-0

Second Half

Welbeck fouled very smartly to stop Arsenal break

Big Ramsey chance – can’t get clean shot off

Chambers bails out Mustafi (who fell) on Costa chance

Dangerous Ozil cross…nobody at the end of it

Ozil wins it back, but cross is cleared

Xhaka chance

Huge chance Costa/Griezmann, they should have scored

Bellerin cross poor

Mikhitaryan chance, over

Monreal heads it down into the box – nobody there

Great Xhaka tackle on Griezmann

Costa and Mustafi double bookings

Ozil doing stuff you expect Welbeck to do

Is this….is this a cross?

Can one of you please effin shoot

Ospina save on Torres


Ospina – Made some decent blocks … 6

Bellerin – Wakey wakey for the Costa goal, crossing poor throughout  … 5

Mustafi – Shkodran seems a bit thick, left on his backside far too often  … 5

Koscielny/Chambers – Poor Laurent, perhaps a career-ending injury/ Calum did well with a few fine interceptions/recoveries  … 6

Monreal – Worked hard to find something for us to bite on around the Atletico goal … 6

Wilshere – Seemed to lack belief  … 5

Xhaka – Granit gave full effort but is never going to be the one to unlock a resolute defence  … 6

Ramsey – Nothing really came off, looked a bit lightweight … 5

Ozil – Some dangerous moments but couldn’t find anyone to finish off his good work  … 6

Welbeck – Gave everything but still lacking that last little bit of quality  … 5

Lacazette – Plan A requires Alexandre to have some service, Plan B may have been what Arsenal required last night … 6


Just not good enough on the night against one of the best defences in Europe.

Such a shame for Kos – his Achilles has been an accident waiting to happen. Two new centre backs please, Mr Next Arsenal Manager.

Oh well, on we go to Sunday’s 6th place decider.



65 Responses to Out with a Whimper rather than a Bang – Atletico Ratings

  1. Big Raddy says:

    More fine work Chas, thank you for taking up the Match Report mantle.

    Eddie says we were the better team, I disagree. AM are a proper team, we are a group of individuals who occasionally gel. But I would much prefer to watch AFC on a regular basis than the oh-so-dull defensive AM. They remind me of that awful George Graham team with Ian Wright upfront giving us a touch of genius (like Griezmann)

    I thought Chambers and Lacazette were our best players. Chambers showing why I have such faith in his future, Lacazette working hard and being the only one who looked in any way a potential scorer.

    This morning I see it as an opportunity missed but recall my feelings when we drew AM – I expected us to lose and we did.

  2. Wolfgang says:

    And so it cam to pass.Fortunately the fm knew his time was up
    even though he was pushed out. To me it had been coming many years ago. He is still stuck in his beautiful and bewitching football style. To him football is an art.
    That’s why he has seen better times.Take the gunner attack .Its 1/2/3 passes too many.So when it breaks down you and I will know what is going to happen.
    Hopefully the new manager will get to grips with the perennial problem of a lousy defence.

  3. Gööner In Exile says:

    Can’t complain about that report.

    We were lacking the cutting edge, the inventiveness and the willpower to unlock the AM defence. As guilty as we were in the first leg of not taking our chances, last night we couldn’t create them when we had created space to do so.

    That’s the biggest disappointment from last night.

    Second disappointment was the times we fell over looking for free kicks which didn’t come and gifting the ball back to AM in dangerous areas as a result.

    For me the team lacked courage last night, courage to attack wholeheartedly and courage to fight for the right to play, you can’t just fall over and hope for a whistle.

  4. Rasp says:

    Great work, chas, you’ve captured the essence perfectly as usual.

    I have no complaints about the performance, poor crossing, little service to the strikers and calamitous defending is our norm, so no point in blaming individuals.

    I agree with Raddy, Chambers is coming of age and in my view a better defender than Mustafi.

    I also agree that our problem is that we haven’t been a balanced team ….. for years …. we haven’t recruited the right type of personnel. Our spine is weak and we lack a replacement for Cazorla, we need a midfield maestro to be able to thread the ball forward to Lacazette and Auba.

    We can still make Sunday a special occasion for celebration of the great man ….. May the 4th be with you all 😂

  5. Wolfgang says:

    I am pretty sure there wont be another Arsenal manager who can last so long like Wenger without fighting for the epl.
    Arsenal is a premium brand and has been allowed to drift to mediocre status by the US owner.
    Hopefully he will be more ruthless in the quest for success and wont let another underperforming manager last more than 5 years.

  6. Eddie says:

    wolfgang – give it a rest. Almost all Gunners agree that AW overstayed his welcome.

    However, he has resigned now, it is over, no point going on and on, and on, and on, and on about it. Move on

  7. Gööner In Exile says:

    Eddie, I’m afraid we might have to get used to it, because as you can see the focus has already shifted to the board, we will still have the doubters and vociferous opposition to whatever the club does unless we are up their competing. Problem is there are a lot of clubs vying for that top spot so we are going to have to define what competing means. That’s going to be a fruitless discussion so I have taken the decision to just sit back and watch. We aren’t going to change minds or set the parameters for the debate.

    Only one thing to do, go to games, enjoy what you get and forget it until the next time.

  8. chas says:

  9. Big Raddy says:

    There really are some a-holes in Goonerdom. John Williamson needs a damned good thrashing

  10. wally says:

    As the allegedly biggest team in the biggest city in Europe we have the resources necessary to compete for titles. That expectation is a de minimus.
    Getting the right manager for the job is another question but the basic expectation is not, should not be up for debate.

  11. Cheers chas

    Last night was a tragedy, we deserved to win that.

    I reckon Arsene should be given a three year contract to put it right. To appease his naysayers it can have a clause in it saying that if we are still crap at 2020, any further extensions will be limited to two years only

    i have recently become a part time Tarot Reader. You can catch me on youtube under the alias “Terry predicts a shit time”

    Just done a quick reading for the Williamson bloke. He drew the ‘two of cups’ which is an offer of impending love? Using my spiritual guide i foresee Williamson finding love in a public toilet which is against his will. His next card was the ‘devil upright’, which basically means hes pretty buggered by it.

    if any one else wants to know what shit times they have in store, I will be more than happy to oblige.

    The Ghosts of the Thirties are Stirring.

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Brilliant Terry. LOL

  13. Gööner In Exile says:

    Wally my point is “competing” will mean different things to different people. We got to the semi finals of a major European competition, is that “competing”? If we came second in league, crashed out of all Cups in round 1/group stage, is that competing?

    I think unless we win things those who say we should be “competing” will always say we aren’t competing.

  14. GoonerB says:

    Many thanks Chas. A nice contemporary style to your post.

    I think we have to be realistic with how we define competing GIE. The quadruple in an unbeaten season is not too much to ask for. Anything less than this and heads will have to roll.

    If we are not on course for this by January next year we will seriously have to look at Wengers position.

    Terry 🙂 I wouldn’t mind min tarot being read. Can you see anything involving a chained up terrified looking GoonerB, spandex, dog collars, and a dodgy looking swarthy Mediterranean type with an evil smile and a Donald Trump Barnet, with a cheap Brandy in one hand and a cattle prod in the other?

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    I feel really badly for Arsene, I was hoping that the players would give him the performance of their lives – but sadly it was normal service in front of a determined packed defense. I find it to be a tad strange that Arsene was never able to build a squad that had the ability to penetrate the type of defense that Fat Sam fielded against us at Bolton.

  16. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5 I am sure your stats will show that we did indeed have an answer for those kind of defences on more than one occasion during AW reign, but they were also the teams most likely to stifle us and so we remember those games rather than the countless wins. The thing is because of the way we played it was the only way for a lot of teams to setup to think they had a chance on counter. But let’s be honest as we have heard recently even SAF set United up differently when they played us and they didn’t do that for many teams. Maureen made it even more acceptable, defend and counter. He had luxury of better players to take advantage of the defensive exposure. Most did not, unfortunately in Griezman AM also have it.

    We also have to remember why he changed from power, pace and guile to guile and possession, AW didn’t like getting beaten by Barca and became obsessed with emulating it. Unfortunately changing our side to small passing intricacies also led to the team becoming unsuited to an EPL title challenge and the physical challenge of the EPL on that team led to many injuries that meant they were not available for Europe.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE, you are correct chasing the holy grail of perfection became AW’s Achilles heel.

    The poor man looked devastated when his last chance of a European Cup with his beloved Arsenal disappeared.

    We are in the midst of a huge storm with winds of 110km, hydro has been on and off all day.

  18. VP of Oz says:

    I didnt want to read this post and was planning to take a break of all things Arsenal for a while.
    Lasted about 12hrs

    The match report was just the tonic.
    Chas you wrote a difficult post in a brilliant way, thank you.

    As for Eddie, your comments are awesome. They are unpredictable and cut deep.

    Terry, I searched youtube but no luck finding your shit channel.

    Agree with GIE and CD14

    I plan to go for a long run today and listen to Bishop Briggs new album Church of Scars

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Over my depression caused by some Spaniards.

    Method? Went to see Tommy Emmanuel in concert. Small auditorium of just 500 people to see possibly the finest acoustic guitarist in the world.

    VP, he is an Ozzie.

  20. Eddie says:

    Stevie Gerrard to manage Rangers??!! Really?

    I give him 6 months in the job, he is not even very bright. Well, let’s face it – he is thick. And, will Jokes understand him? I don’t

  21. Eddie says:

    a must win game tomorrow.
    If we want to play on Spursdays of course. i do, my favorite competition this season. Great shame it’s over

  22. VP of Oz says:

    Australian Guitar Magazine’s Definitive Top Ten Australian Guitarists of All Time

    Angus Young (ACDC)
    Tommy Emmanuel
    Ian Moss (Cold Chisel)
    Chris Cheney (The Living End)
    Rick Brewster (The Angels)
    Slava Grigoryan (Slava Grigoryan)
    Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman, The Visitors)
    Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil)
    Lobby Loyde (Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs)
    Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool)

    Sadly, out of the above list I used to really like Slava

  23. chas says:

  24. chas says:

  25. chas says:

  26. chas says:

  27. fatgingergooner says:


    Tomorrow’s result is irrelevant for Europe. Both 6th and 7th will qualify because the FA Cup final teams are already in Europe next year.

  28. fatgingergooner says:

    Football is really starting to annoy me these days. I’m sick of the robotic players with their greed and lack of personality. I’m fed up of seeing fans boasting about every little thing regardless of how shit their club is performing. The media outlets are a disgrace and pump out pointless bollocks all over social media and in the press just to get clicks and likes. The pundits try to outdo each other by saying more and more controversial things just to stay relevant and sound like they have an opinion.

    Then you have a manager like Arsene retiring after 22 years of dedicating his life to the club. He is one of the last few gentlemen still left in this game and our own fans still want to have a pop at him.

    ‘The beautiful game’ they call it! Bollocks.

  29. wally says:

    GIE, I think most people understand what ‘competing’ means. Competing does not mean winning titles per se. It’s about putting forth your best effort consistently, fighting for the victory. It’s about being in the race and not merely part of the race, which is where we’ve been for too long now.
    Winning titles is a matter of hard work, great skill, teamwork and a bit of luck. One almost always needs a bit of luck over the course of the season, whether it’s injuries, a call or non-call, timing of games, a strange bounce….
    I don’t expect a run of titles like manure or ‘pool had. That’s ridiculous and those days are gone. What i expect, and i think most people expect is to fight hard as we can, like Thurs, (even if we don’t win) and look like a team that has been coached up and not dropping games over and over again due to the same, repeated mistakes. I expect to see progression in teamwork and results which would, hopefully result in a title(s). We’re just nowhere near that at the moment and haven’t been for awhile.I want to be once again excited about waiting for and watching the team play

  30. wally says:

    the difference between 6 and 7 is, I believe, that you have to play a qualifying game at the end of July, a week or so past WC.
    You’ll have a new manager with a new way, some new faces, who will be playing without some of his best players maybe in a strange place. You’d expect we’d still win but…..

  31. chas says:

  32. chas says:

    No idea if this is true.

  33. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. There will always be some dick who needs attention or click-bait. A kick in the kishkas is the only answer.

    I agree that it is becoming harder to focus on just the sport and not the peripheral bullshit.

    I guess it is the price we pay for the chance to watch as much football as we wish from the sofa

  34. chas says:

    It’s a damn fine day in England.
    Wish I was at the coast.

  35. fatgingergooner says:


    As an armchair fan, I don’t think it’s a price worth paying. I rarely watch live football these days and if I do I watch only the game and non of the other 2 hours of pundits talking bollocks that accompanies it. Even the commentators need turning off from time to time as the ‘expert’ next to them is usually talking nonsense.

  36. chas says:

  37. chas says:

    The finished baked product!

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Is the Ladies FAC Final on TV?

  39. What a horrible person I must be ….. I’ve cheered up enormously from the totts losing today. And if you read any of their stuff on twitter they are not a happy bunch 😁

  40. Raddy, I see you were cheered too 😁

  41. Where are we drinking tomorrow? FFB? Irish is here, let’s party 😁

  42. Gööner In Exile says:

    Stoke are gone, Spuds might not make top 4 which will be funny, would rather Swansea drop than Sorhamlton but think they’ve both lost their way and it would be funny to see Hughes effectively relegate two teams.

  43. fatgingergooner says:

    Sad to hear SAF not doing too well. Obviously has his haters outside of Manchester but still a legend of football regardless of your allegiances.

  44. fatgingergooner says:

    A brain haemorrhage according to reports.

  45. Rasp says:

    Evening all, sad news about SAF, he was a big part of our finest years under Arsene … and only a week ago, generous in his praise of AW.

    The totts losing is funny, I doubt they’ll finish outside the top four, but if you think we’re bad supporters you should read the slagging off they’re getting from some of their fans 🙂

    I wonder what Claude will have to say tomorrow on Arsenal TV? …. twat 😦

  46. Eddie says:

    I’m pondering how I feel about Fergie’s misfortune. Same as a manc would feel about AW becoming ill, I suppose

  47. fatgingergooner says:


    A 76 year old having a brain haemorrhage should go beyond football allegiances, but in this day and age I doubt it will.


    They’ve won nothing under Pochettino and are having their usual end of season wobble. If we can be pissed at Wenger then they should definitely be pissed at Pochettino. The ‘new manager’ excitement has worn off and they are now expecting results which are not really forthcoming. Decent football and ‘nearly’ winning things is not good enough these days.

    Wally and GiE were having a chat earlier about what is challenging and what is acceptable. Wally said that competing and being the best we can be is good enough, but that’s not the case. Spurs are better than they’ve ever been and it’s not good enough because it hasn’t led to trophies. We could improve 10 fold over the next few years under a new manager but if it doesn’t result in silverware then eventually it will become not good enough. It’s sad, but that’s modern football.

  48. Eddie says:

    It would have been a tragedy if it had happened to a 26 year old. Fergie had a long, brilliant life, not many can match that.

    Old people get ill and die, that’s life I’m afraid. A sexually transmitted deadly disease

  49. chas says:

    Should be at FFB by 2.15pm if trains are on time.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Horrible news about SAF but even he is mortal.

    Peaches. It is true. Spurs losing cheered my day – it always does 😀

  51. Big Raddy says:

    FGG. 9.53. So true. I guess it is a Me-Generation thing when being number one is paramount and anything else is losing.

    We have forgotten the basic ideals of sport.

    It has become impossible to lose with honour as we did in Madrid.If the team give 100% and lose to a better team then let’s applaud both the victor and the loser – unless it is Spurs.

  52. chas says:

  53. chas says:

  54. Eddie says:

    white trousers.

  55. chas says:

    I’ve never liked white or khaki trousers as they show splashback.

  56. Eddie says:

    khaki is still better than white – at least you wouldn’t notice shit in them

  57. Eddie says:

    thanks for that
    is that Wenger?

  58. Eddie says:

    no, this is Wenger

  59. Big Raddy says:

    I think it is time for

    A New Post

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: