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jssumd

Tomiyasu with a near perfect game in my eyes. Nothing over the top on the offensive side of the ball but he was rock solid in defense. To me, he kept the back line together


Awkward-Sentence-579

Martinelli played very bad today. His first touch was abysmal and almost put us in some very bad spots. Other than that we were okay. Quiet win


visualdescript

Agreed, he looked nervous or something. Was definitely off. Worked hard as per usual though and covered his bad touch with some last ditch competing for balls.


Arsenalcrazy8

Now I have always been one of artetas biggest critics, but to say something positive about him: If we get top 4 this season (still a big if) then he has probably done everything that was asked of him this first contract. He will have fulfilled all his objectives: - refreshed the squad and got rid of deadwood - instilled a new culture at the club - he will have gotten us champions league football. At that point, you’d have to say he has earned a new contract. I would also have to hold my hand up and say I got it wrong. we shall see if we qualify for CL…


DeepBlueNoSpace

Yeah honestly in the same boat. I don’t like him as a person and I don’t trust him tactically either, but results are No.1 and dang if we finish top 4 you just can’t argue with that!


littlebarque

Why don't you like him as a person? Genuinely curious, no snark.


Samsince04_

Well for me no matter what happens in the next few games I’ll still believe he’s the right man to take us forward.


Schwarzk0mmand0

And won a trophy.


Arsenalcrazy8

Yea although I don’t think that was on his list of objectives, more of a bonus. Although crazy enough the squad he won the trophy with is almost all gone.


MexicaAztlan

Call me hopeful but I think they can finish 3rd if they don’t shit them selfs again this season . Especially Chelsea dropping points and all.


Samsince04_

Every time I see Chelsea fumbling, they always get a lucky win or a lucky draw to help them. But hell Yh 3rd is up for grabs. Just watch this space ig.


strakerd

Happy for the win - controversial opinion but the Ramsdale on Bowen was a fortunate call for us. I would be pissed if that was Saka and Fabianski made that tackle and saka got the yellow. Ramsdale was out of control, didn’t get the ball with studs up - if Bowen leaves his leg in the tackle it’s a red card for Ramsdale for sure.


JohanChill

Yeah agree. His studs are pretty high there and we got away with one for sure.


visualdescript

Red may have been a stretch as Bowen was heading away from goal and you could argue defenders would have been back had he successfully rounded Ramsdale, however could also easily see it given. I agree, we were hugely fortunate there and massive credit to Bowen as he didn't milk it like so many cheaty fucking players with zero dignity in this league. I like Bowen in general, seems a bit more of a no frills, old school type player. Doesn't get involved with nonsense.


strakerd

Yup I thought this guy is class, and he’s got some great attacking instincts. Almost makes me wonder if his downplaying that tackle is a nod that he wants in at Arsenal - wouldn’t mind it at all tbh we could use his speed, positioning, and finish


NoirNyoka

I agree, if he touched him a bit that would have been a red and we would have had to sub for Leno and probably pull from attack to strengthen defense. It would have gone from a trying to win game plan to a try not to lose game plan. Ramsdale still a baller doe, I'd keep him starting


strakerd

Yup - Rambo, like many or all of the signings, were such great surprises out of what at first felt like was going to be a dismal season


ghostnote_ninja

He didn't even graze him. Bowen touched the ball too hard and went down hoping for a call. Did you watch the replay lmao? Edit: saw you meant if bowen didn't try to jump. Then yes it would be a fortunate event but not a fortunate call. Seeing as bowen wasn't looking to draw the foul until after he made the heavy touch. But the call wouldn't have been an error either way.


Hey-Dalaran

Still could be called for intent when you go in like that as the last defender.


ghostnote_ninja

The intent was the ball not to foul. Bowen got there first and the heft of his touch proves it was close and an intent for the ball. There was zero malicious intent there or intent to play the player instead of the ball.


elmoismywaifu

This shows how good of a team we are. As Arteta said we won ugly, and a good team can do that, win with their bad performances.


schmuck-2501

some of elnenys long balls and passing was sublime today


saathu1234

Our Egyptian pharaoh calling upon godly powers upon mere peasants!!


emileandbukayofan

Reminiscent of his assist for *that* Ozil goal vs Ludogorets


FoxOntheRun99

Gabriel is now joint top goal scoring CB this season alongside.....Jan Bednarek. dafuq? EDIT: 4 goals each. https://www.premierleague.com/stats/top/players/goals?se=54


ImportantContract955

Next Season, bring Salaba in, move Gabriel to striker


bruh_moment__mp3

Better goal threat than sancho 😹


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eipic

You fucking scared me there forgetting Mothers Day for us was back in March.


oer6000

Gonna be a slog if Saka and Tomiyasu are out


elmoismywaifu

Shouldn't be serious. They should be fine by then.


DarkFeline254

Holding Masterclass😍


ronya_t

MOTM for me.


AnonymousGamer700240

He was MOTM


omarp15

3 points in the bag, almost there


Jack-in-the-Xbox

Not the best performance, but a resilient one which has given a vital result. There was a lot of pressure on this young group today, and they managed to get through it. Let’s hope that the home support can boost the confidence of the team next weekend, and that the substitutions of Tomiyasu and Saka weren’t for anything serious.


HighburyOnStrand

> Not the best performance Yet we still came out with 3 points against a very good squad. Winning when we aren't on should be massively encouraging. Not the opposite. Finding ways to win with players absent (Laca, White ESR until minute 85) and the squad not firing is the sign of a good team


Shotstopper

This all day. You see it in the really good teams. City game this season is actually a really good example in reverse. City were *terrible* that day, absolutely looked like we deserved it, and they pulled it out anyway. Same goes here. Mature performance.


SwayzoMad

Of course Sky have 3 Arsenal haters in the studio, they thought we would lose didn't they?


SoyCapitan451

Fucking heart can't take much more of this season.


That_Anywhere_2107

The Tottenham game will finish us


visualdescript

I think I'm going to chew my entire body off during that, it's going to be a horrible experience.


SoyCapitan451

Nah, we'll be 4-0 up by halftime and cruising. Positive thoughts. Positive thoughts...


flapticks

Not the most elegant way to do it, and we did not control the midfield, maybe if an Nketiah shot went in I’d feel differently. But nonetheless, got the job done and 3 points. We go again next week. P. S. Hope Tomi is fine, great defending when he was there.


tenflare

Never lollipop a drumstick whilst Arsenal are grinding out a win. Lesson learned. We move.


okalien73

bro are you alright?


tenflare

Nearly stabbed myself but I'm good. Thanks for asking.


biskutgoreng

The season broke him


mazdamansouri

What a game by Eddie, my lord he ran his socks off.


Invincenal

Cagey game but an important 3 points


racerz

Haters can gtfo


stockdeity

Absolutely love Rob Holding, he's such a sound guy


faizetto

He's the Peacemaker


Accomplished_Try_415

Hahahahaha holding “did I not say I’d get on the scoresheet?” 🤣🤣


TheMilkyG

4a4wsee23wwwwß2áa3SDDEr422q2ww


Shandow14

We made that so much more difficult than it should have been.


HighburyOnStrand

What? WHU are solidly in the top pack of teams in the league. 3 points against that team in their place should be regarded as nothing but a success.


Shandow14

They have played a lot more games than us. We've also had a lot more rest coming into this game. Also, they had 1 CB who's just played his second game after being months out with an injury. They were also missing their key players who they were resting and brought them on much later. Both teams were shit but I expected us to be a lot sharper.


HighburyOnStrand

Can't do better than 3 points... Did it with Tomiyasu not at 100%, White out, Tierney out, starting a striker who might not be on the team next season, and ESR being rested. Shouldn't be anything other than pleased.


Shandow14

Oh I'm pleased alright but we could barely string a few passes together. Our players lacked sharpness but we go again!


JK031191

El Neny MOTM? Only one with not a fuck up I think. Glad he's improved his forward passing too.


pr8787

God know what was happening with the other players today, especially first half. So many balls getting caught under feet and misplaced passes from 10 yards away. Elneny didn’t put a foot wrong throughout


biskutgoreng

Pressure getting to their heads


visualdescript

Seemed that way. A little concerning given the gravity of the games coming up. They got the job done today, that's the main thing. If we give the ball away that cheaply against Spurs it may not end well for us ....


FoxOntheRun99

Much appreciated, Elneny. Really helping our push. Pay the guy, Edu.


Masson011

Holding all day. Elneny average tbh


JK031191

Also very good. I thought he could've done better in possession though, that's why I edged towards El Neny.


Equivalent_Nature_67

He was making some real solid passes in the second half. He literally blocked everything that came his way tbf, while Elneny was good he had turnovers too


SwayzoMad

Let's fooooking goooo


CountyResponsible724

Gabi Xhaka heated discussion at the end makes me love us even more


stockdeity

U catch a word of what they were discussing?


MrHollandsOpium

Can we be happy now? Or is there still more to complain about with this lot?


Pascalini

No plenty of more drama to come yet


MrHollandsOpium

Not what I meant. These comments are just constant pessimism and negativity. We’ve things to appreciate and to relish the win. But we’re not done yet, no.


Pascalini

Honestly it's a horrible place to be. Lol even the positivity in here is annoyingly deluded at times. Let's just enjoy the win today lol


210Redcoat

Right? Fucking crying about misplaced passes in the 2nd minute. Need to fuck off and support Everton, they'll have plenty to complain about then and probably be happy about it.


MrHollandsOpium

Fucking-a, man! I mean, yes, the season isn’t over yet. But christ, a win is a win is a win. We won. Relish that. Then we move. Leeds next. Then shite.


SwayzoMad

Job not finished? Kobe voice


Chairmanwowsaywhat

Lol finally. There's always something to complain about when it's scrappy but that's why we love football right?


theexate

Wonder what Gabriel and Xhaka were discussing at the end there...


Shandow14

"Knuckle sandwich for Tavares, who's going first?"


theexate

Probably accurate..saw Xhaka saying... YES YES YES


Shandow14

hahahahahaahah!


usedfleshlight22

Incredible. Proud of this team for turning this shit around. Today was winning when we weren't our best and we've needed that for a long time. This team is unstoppable.


leecable33

We've missed this shithousery for years...we finally get it back and people are complaining about it. 🤣


SwayzoMad

Love to see it, Eddie had 5 man rattled and Rice thinking about murder (not that he would win)


leecable33

Eddie was really good today. His holdup play, fighting for the ball and sitting on the shoulder of the west ham defenders, all of it, really good


SwayzoMad

Yeah and his dribbling to create some of the shots were great just needs to improve the actual shooting


survivorghalia

goddamn spurs gd is 20???


DarkFeline254

They've got a couple of 5-0's to their name tbf


Masson011

The bigger one is we’re 26 goals off Chelsea’s tally but only 3 points off them lol


adhya1990

Yes they have Kane and Son while we played with Laca what else do you expect?


Chairmanwowsaywhat

Tbf they have one of the best pairings in the league with son and Kane.


Chiks24

Who would have thought that our team would be trailing Chelsea by 3 points in the league 😯😯😯


Sta723

I wouldn’t be shocked if they drop more points.


adhya1990

Definitely not the pundits or Arteta outs


That_Anywhere_2107

Big 3 points coyg


m3rple

aaand breathe


Fraudulent001

Handled business today. Back to 4th with a proper away win! Some nice time wasting at the end there as well.


Brother_Bilo200

Wouldn't want to beat west ham any way other than 2 CB headers and shithousing


lviatorem

Bowen could pass for Eriksen twin.


nilrehsttam

Uh nah


Ooh-SakaLaca

Why tf do we lose 3 in a row to CP, Brighton, and Soton but beat Chelsea, United, and West Ham in a row


adhya1990

I think the reason was getting the team right. Arteta experimented after Partey and Tomi injury and finally succeeded with the team against Chelsea mostly due to introduction of Pyramid Pirlo and playing Xhaka a bit forward. This was like when he said project will go bang. There is a lot happening in the training ground between matches which results in this kind of turnaround.


SwayzoMad

Arsenal doing Arsenal things. We could be 3rd right now lol


Cheesy_Pita_Parker

Because Arsenal 🤷🏽‍♂️


ah2346

Xhaka and Gabriel looking fiesty towards one another


wrigh2uk

BIG BIG WIN


LocostarX

Yeees what a dirty jammy win but I’ll gladly take it


stockdeity

Hardly jammy, it was a well deserved win but pretty ugly


CardiologistFit3211

Nketiah looks incredible right now. One of the best performances I’ve seen this season without a goal


MrHollandsOpium

Lol don’t read these comments then


CardiologistFit3211

It just wasn’t working out for him. But he was a CONSTANT pain for West Ham. The goals weren’t there today but his efforts and determination were faultless.


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Eddie played a beautiful game


TheArmoury

Taveres was horrible but that run at the end though. Geeeeeeez, it’s annoying because there is a player in there.


chomocauchoewwa

He should be a wingmen


TheArmoury

Probably not good enough to be a winger in the PL.


Brother_Bilo200

Man would be unleashed in a proper back 5 system


gonshairlinee

The thing is, that typa run is only possible when we’re parking the bus and the other team is playing high. That’s why we barely see him do that’d


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Never expected us to win Chelsea, United and West Ham after what happened earlier. Defense could use a lot of improvement, but we take the 3 points, move on, and prepare for Leeds.


adhya1990

We did not have our first choice 4. Also we looked pretty solid in the last 20 mins.


TrashAssLogin

3 Points. Fuck everything else.


holdmypilsener

This.


lviatorem

Bowen could pass for Christen's twin.


faizetto

Eddie improves a lot, hope he stays next season


thadoggfather01

We're just 3 points off Chelsea


stockdeity

Woooohoooo yipppppeeeee hooooooraaaahhh


Quab775

Declan "Tough guy" Rice


Ooh-SakaLaca

Nketiah is really good


CCSC96

Rice is kinda a bitch


shootershooter

That one required lots of grit. Not pretty, but got the 3


NieThePiet

WE MOVE!


razor5cl

COME ON LADSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Big 3 points for us, we weren't at our best but that doesn't matter, great teams manage to grind out wins in tough games like these and we did that very well today


Fuckzombie69

Been defensively shaky for a while. With key players injured. But the wins are what matter. Let’s keep up and get that 4th spot


noobchee

Will take it, we looked like we played on Thursday A dub's a dub


Specterace

We got the 3 points. That’s all that matters. That and hopefully White, Tomi, and Saka are ok.


kitz0426

That's like 4 shots and 3 on target or smth from Eddie? Solid game did very little wrong later in the game. Happy for holdini too!


ProjectZues

Would have liked two of those shots to Not be straight at fabianski


AriLovesLife

Importante!!


safinhh

extend eddie’s contract


smilin_flash

Fair play to Tavares and Eddie imo


0neTwoTree

Fuck yeah I love that we're mastering the dark arts now


Texan628

3 pts. We may even finish 3rd at this rate. Doomers don’t come for me.


Pristine_Solipsism

My god the stress Arsenal put me under is ridiculous sometimes. Thank fuck that we won but we don't make anything easy for ourselves do we?!


blackl0tus_

THEY’RE SEETHING


survivorghalia

Now that we won what happened between eddie and cresswell??


anglozo

Ugly ugly game. For both sides. It probably shouldn’t have been that ugly for us. Expected for west ham. But we take those 3 points. Let’s keep it going boys.


GPadrino

Bloody ugly game, which sometimes feel the best to win. It’s a great sign that this team can eek out a win like this, we’re going to need it to close out this season


faizetto

Indeed, frustrating match like this lead to more satisfying outcome


MagicBadger007

That's it! Mission accomplished, we're in Europe with 4 games to spare. Grats to Arteta and the boys.


nting224

lol Rice livid was wasting time for us. Thanks Declan


tunken

We even played better during 3 times lost in a row


faizetto

Best Birthday Gift Ever! thank you Arsenal. COYG!


inco2019

Also if elneny does leave this summer we'll need to buy 3 midfielders


BlurstOfTimes11

And if he stays we need 3


inco2019

+ a striker


ManlikeJCole

Fuck Rice, wanker


ilikeredlemonade

Gotta thank Rice for wasting West Ham time in the end there


IntraspeciesFever

holding motm deserved


chakli

Set-Piece FC! COYG!


QIMF

How did rice not get a card in the little skirmish near the end?


Loud_Alfalfa

Fuck you Moyes good luck with your knackered team for when the sausages knock you out of EL


BlurstOfTimes11

The sausages! Lol!


Colmd1997

Big result that, really didn’t play well but grind out the win and that’s the mark of good teams. A very very nice change to see


CROBBY2

Europa minimum guaranteed. Not bad with 4 to play.


rhmati30

Fuck Cresswell and West Ham. Ugly but I take it of course


FabThierry

YEZZ - tastes so sweet especially with Go-and-fuck-yourself-RICE-sauce! :-)))


Bessantj

Yes lads! Well deserved. Come on Arsenal!


FUCK50C1ETY

Could be 5 points clear by time we play the scum


TheArsenal7

Siiiiiiiiuuuuuuuuuuu


mkmore4

Win at Leeds and a draw at Tottenham, and UCL is basically ours. What a turnaround from the squad. Arteta outers real quiet


CROBBY2

I don't want to leave it until Everton on the last day.


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mkmore4

You might have to find a new club. He’s gonna be here for a while.


Remedy9898

Terrible game. Thank god we got the 3 points.


yeahdood96

Shithousing our way to Europe


Chiks24

Antonio is such a weird player. He's literally putting his entire body on the line all the time. I mean it's some commitment and often works against some teams but it's funny seeing him flail around lmao


Charlie-Bell

Solid 3 points in a game that could have tripped us. But if we're gonna do it like that for all the remaining games, I'm not sure I can take it.


lal24beast

Huge win let's fucking go, Holding MOTM


prettypimpin_1

LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOOO!!


and_yet_another_user

Another great win to keep the upcoming NLD looking the most exciting for many years.


chino17

Come on Liverpool, smash those Totts next gameweek and help us give ourselves a cushion going into the NLD


Arsenalboii

Hugely important 3 points. Inshallah Fankfurt get to their European final.


cheeesem8

An ugly win always feels better lool


Benend91

I can say it now at FT - Antonio is so overrated. His goal scoring stats are awful for a striker.


AsepticTechniq

An ugly win is still 3 pts


sselesu

YES!!!


AdmiralClassy

Thank god for that. That was a tough watch.


Flyingkiwi24

Thank fuck that's over lol


zhugetank

fuck that was tight, what a gritty fucking win. Well done lads


GunnerXI

Holding, Tomiyasu, El Neny were all superb today


aaary444

My arsehole can't handle four more games of this shit, but holy shit what a big win