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It shouldn't come as a surprise. Burnley's entire existence in the Premier League right now depends on them grinding out as many points as possible and to do that they need to be solid defensively. This was one of the first matches in a good while where we have had to contend with a side throwing 10 men in the box and preventing us from playing the fancy passing and hard hitting counterattacking that we've started to grow accustomed to. Add in their Stoke-Lite fouling tendency which prevented many of our possessions from gaining steam and it's really not much of a shock

Impossible to divide Bellerin and Coq today. I ran out of superlatives for them in the game. Coq was a bulldog, always there, timing his tackles and interceptions perfectly; through him we were able to recycle possession at ease and springboard so many counter attacks. Whereas Bellerin… wow, I can’t believe the kid is in his first season as a first team regular. There are experienced players who’d kill for his ability, technique, speed, and finishing. That goal… f*cking wow. You’d have been forgiven for thinking he is a striker

Well, I’d say this was a game of two halves, but I’m not sure that would do the match justice.  The first half was exactly what you want coming out against a team that’s struggling.  We pressed them well, created ample chances to put the game to bed before halftime, and never let them get a foothold in the game.  The second half was a…. slightly different story.  They clearly responded very well to their half time team talk, where we never really got our second half started.  We were sloppy on the ball throughout the second half and put ourselves under constant pressure.  Luckily, we defended well enough and Ospina was there to make one or two crucial saves that allowed us to hold on.  The entire game considered, it wasn’t the best of performances, but three points are always welcome, especially in an away game

MOM. For sure. He dropped back when required, drove the team forward and never gave up. All elements he's been criticised for prior to tonight. Playing in an environment not to his preference, 10 players behind the ball, he really adjusted well and was the leading light where perhaps Alexis and Santi showed signs of fatigue. A very important player with hopefully the best still yet to come #OurMesut.

Notable mentions for Özil and Giroud, but it would have to be Rambo. He helped to provide the crucial link between defence and attack and seemed to be popping up all over the pitch. Santi has had a few stormers in CM this season, but the position alongside our most defensive midfielder (whether that is Coquelin or someone else moving forward) is surely his for the foreseeable future. In the big games especially we need his combination of physicality and stamina, with the ability to make late surges into the opposition's box

When you watch him closely  you can really appreciate the Spanish footballing education he has received. He is technically solid, reads the game very well and is assured on the ball. He also seems to have dramatically improved the physical aspect of his game since arriving from Spain. I believe he has proven his worth to the team this season and Kieran Gibbs has a real fight on his hands to regain his place

Although my Man of the Match was Ozil, I think there should be praise for Coquelin who showed a warrior mentality in playing through injury and truly transformed the look of our side and in doing so our season... Bellerin who we sometimes forget is still a teenager was class going forward and looks to have come back into form from what were a few so so performances previously... and lastly Mertesacker who was dropped at the weekend and did very well especially

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more