A solid win, against a very poor Norwich team, but nonetheless 3 big points.

Aaron’s post:

Saka with exceptional moments, a precise shot by Tierney, and well, ESR, what can you can say…

Not playing Wolves is a serious bummer as they are out with a large number or players with covid or injuries, it would have been better to play them on short notice now than later if their team has those players back and ready for game day.

Ode had some very nice passes, our defense had no trouble at the office today, but when ESR came on you can see how much faster he progresses the ball forward than Ode.

Ode actually held up a few counters with a drag backs and missed runners.

Martinelli with his directness is a joy to behold. Thank goodness Arteta is finally playing the kid!

$h*tTy will be a true measure of where we are with regards to our top 4 aspirations as we play them at home, and we have been playing quite well, which is be expected with any top squad!

RC78’s grades:

Ramsdale – 6

White – 6

Holding – 6

Gabs – 7

Tierney – 8

Partey – 7

Xhaka – 6

Saka – 9

Ode – 8

Martinelli – 8

Laca – 8

Super sub: ESR – 7

MOTM: Saka, an amazing display.

Special mention to: Ode who was particularly good yesterday, Tierney who is finding his good form again, Laca who is leading the line well up front and is being a good captain so far and to ESR who is decisive everytime he comes on…


AFC EPL: Top scorers: ESR (8), Saka (5) / Top assists: Saka (4), Laca and Ode (3)


27 Responses to A solid win, against a very poor Norwich team, but nonetheless 3 big points.

  1. RC78 says:

    Thanks Aaron for the comment – hope you do not mind I turned into a post. I think that was the intention 😛

  2. RC78 says:

    Lacazette reject one year contract extension…Is the club stupid or what? Give him two years + 1 year in option…If he does not deliver by next year, at least you give yourself an option to sell him properly…Laca is only 30 and he is the captain right now…I am very disappointed with this offer…

  3. LB says:


    Do you really think that the club have ever seriously wanted to resign Lacazette; he is doing a good job at the moment but it seems so, so obvious to me that Arteta believes he can do better.

  4. LB says:

    The other thought that crossed my mind is that I doubt that he would have accepted a 2 year offer, at 30 he would surely be looking for 3 years.

  5. RC78 says:

    Hi LB – I think he d accept a 2+1 offer from AFC…Certainly Arteta is going to look at Vlahovic, Calvert-Lewin and similar type of players to lead our line but Arteta is also keen to have some experienced players around so hence, I d thought he d give him a two years deal…

    Laca can easily go to Italy, Spain, France or to a squad like West Ham, Aston Villa…He s got easily 2-3 years in him to score 10+ goals a season in major leagues…

  6. fred1266 says:

    I know most was saying it was a poor Norwich side bit didn’t we play them earlier in the season and only won 1-0

    Is so then surely we a much better side

  7. LB says:

    No doubt about that Fred, so much to look forward to.

  8. LB says:


    My guess is that it is simply the start of a negotiation. No matter what Arsenal offer Laca will rightly and sensibly look around and assess his options before committing to anything.

    If club X offer a 3 year deal he can come back and ask Arsenal to match or improve it, they will then have the choice as to what they want to do; equally, if no other offers come in Laca has the choice of taking up Arsenal’s single season offer.

    As much as I am enjoying his performances I don’t expect him to stay.

  9. allezkev says:

    Yes RC, there’s no doubt that Lacazette has been putting in an impressive shift of late, but isn’t that normal when a player is looking for a new contract and haven’t we gone down that avenue too many times before and had our fingers burned?

    As LB says it’s early days, he’s on something like £185,000 per week and it’s a lot to be committing to on a player who could suddenly dip like Aubameyang or Willian when the ink is dry…

  10. Las says:

    Thanks RC and Aaron! It was a great game and a joy to watch.
    But I think Odeegard did really well! His ball to KT3 was a peach and he was moving the team around pretty well. He had a hand all the first three goals.
    If Lacazette leaves he will be missed. We need a Giroud like center forward with fighting spirit and good passing ability and Lacazette is providing both recently. He is an intelligent player who gives assists and fight for the team. But let’s see what is in the bag of Arteta&Edu. If they can produce a couple of other excellent signings like they did in the summer…

  11. fred1266 says:

    Can clubs implement a goal bonuses to people contract so like 50k a week and if u score 20 goals for a seal u automatically get 135k per week

    So in that sense if they score the goals we would be happy if day don’t money not wasted

  12. LB says:

    Good idea Fred, the only flaw I can see is if the player gets injured or whether he gets picked, you could have a situation where the player thinks he should be playing but the manager doesn’t.

  13. RC78 says:

    If Laca is to leave, here are some interesting names:
    – EPL: Calvert-Lewin, Toney, Richarlison, Dennis
    – Serie A: Vlahovic, Chiesa, Martinez, Simeone (?), Abraham (?)
    – Bundesliga: Schick
    – Ligue 1: J. David

  14. RC78 says:

    Spurs draw at Southampton 🙂

  15. fred1266 says:

    Well LB mist players obviously think day should play more but obviously if you not well the coach isn’t obligated to pick

    Also as incentives give everyone the same incentive

    Striker base salary, u score 20 goals u get an additional 135k or what it is

    15 goals 100k

    Maybe some incentive for assist and Clean sheets for raw defense

  16. LB says:

    As I said Fred: good idea.

  17. LB says:

    A very different test today, in some ways I am quite pleased that the Wolves game got called off, it gives us a bit more rest time because, as is obvious, we are going to need to be at the top of our game.

    I don’t really expect to win, City can field a very, very good team but it is how we cope with them will be the true measure of how far project Arteta has come.

    Xhaka’s role is crucial; he is the midfield leader out there; in fact, I would go further and say he is “the” leader on the field and would be captain if it weren’t for his former shenanigans, anyway, we all know Xhaka’s faults, so if he is dumb enough to get himself sent off and you notice some toys being jettisoned onto the pitch from above the dug out, that will be me emptying the pram.

    Apart from him I expect everyone else to give 100%

    Looking forward to it.


  18. RockyLives says:

    The main thing today is to be competitive.

    The lads should be confident given the form we’ve been in of late and even with how good City are they won’t relish facing Martinelli and Saka.

    A draw would be a good result. A win would be spectacular. A narrowly-fought loss would be OK.

    Come on you Gunners.

  19. fatgingergooner says:

    A tough one, but I don’t think we helped ourselves. It’s easy to blame the ref, and I’ve got to say the penalty was very soft, but Gabriel can have no complaints about the 2 yellows and we’ve missed an open goal which would’ve stopped all of that happening and would’ve put us back in front with 11 men.

    The important thing for me is how well we played and how competitive we were against a world class team. It’s only one game, but for the first time in a long time it actually looked like a potential future rivalry if we can continue to progress. We can’t be a team that just rolls over 3-0 in these games. We must be competitive and we must continue to show that level of desire in all games.

  20. RockyLives says:

    We went toe to toe with the best team in England and were desperately unlucky not to get a draw or win.

    People will no doubt criticise Xhaka again (he’s always the whipping boy) and I can’t claim he wasn’t foolish, but that was a really, really soft penalty.

    Meanwhile replays showed that our penalty appeal in the first half was 100% merited. How is it that VAR disallowed it? Are they incompetent or corrupt?

    Meanwhile Gabriel’s second yellow was also super soft.

    We were booked for every foul, City were allowed to foul at will without penalty until the final couple of minutes when it didn’t matter anyway.

    Lots of positives to take.

    We scared the shite out of City.

  21. fatgingergooner says:

    Don’t like to say it, but if Xhaka had done what Gabriel did today then the backlash would be unbelievable.

  22. allezkev says:

    Decisions influence games, we get the penalty and we go in 2-0 at half time, does that change the City penalty? Probably not but at 2-1 does Gabriel lose his cool and get sent off? I don’t think so, therefore another big result for Mike Riley.

    So proud of this team and the fans were brilliant, Tomiyasu, Partey, fantastic performances.

  23. Aaron says:

    Said this on another, was astounded how well the team played the first part of the game, best I have seen from us against one of the best teams in the world in over 2 years!

    But, I just knew it would not last. Sterling’s dive right before the penalty did not even get a wiff of a yellow, and silVa’s dive when he lost control of the ball, was already going to ground before Xhaka made contact, was the proverbial nail in the coffin for our momentum.

    Of course it was going to go man $h*tTy’s way. They were called for only 5 fouls all game.

    This was at home, at the Emirates, how the hell am I supposed to believe we will ever get any calls at their crappy stadium, answer- we are not.

    Not the way I wanted to start the new year after the horrible year the entire world had last year.
    Chin up, I guess, and look forward to attacking futbol, the way it is supposed to be played.

  24. fatgingergooner says:

    Big stat for me is that City had 2 shots on target all game. One was a penalty, the other a scrappy goal.

    With Emery we were conceding 20 shots a game against bang average sides, so the difference between that and now is night and day. Still plenty of work to do in other areas but we’ve certainly seen improvement over a good length of time in the defence. This wasn’t a one-off solid display.

  25. fred1266 says:

    VAR seems not to rule against city at all, ederson litterally took out one of Newcastle players a few weeks ago

    Sometimes I do wonder what dey are watching

  26. fred1266 says:

    Is it that goalkeeper are protected cause today Lloris all foul a Watford player and no pen was given

    Maybe ramsdale could clear an opponent out to test my theory

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