Three years ago Ainsley Maitland-Niles was Arsenal’s second-youngest player to make a Champions League appearance behind Jack Wilshere. Still fighting for a consistent place in Arsene Wenger’s side, he went for a bold strategy to request more playing time during training on Wednesday. Maitland-Niles nutmegged Wenger.
ALL HAIL ARSENE WENGER, GOD OF SUBSTITUTIONS.
ALSO, ALL HAIL EDDIE NKETIAH, WHO SCORED JUST 15 SECONDS AFTER ENTERING ARSENAL'S CARABAO CUP MATCH AGAINST NORWICH CITY TO TIE THE GAME UP, AND SCORED AGAIN IN EXTRA TIME TO WIN IT.
The bad taste in Arsenal fans' mouths from losing to Watford this weekend is still there, but it was diluted a bit when Arsenal's extremely handsome Frenchman went inverted to lift the Gunners over Red Star Belgrade.
It was cool!
What a gorgeous pass by Wilshere. Sublime finish from Giroud.Take a bow. pic.twitter.com/2DqQZJNjPM
— WH (@Wilshoholic) October 19, 2017
Set the "days without a calamitous loss to a lesser side" counter back to zero.
And while you're at it, set the Wenger-O-Meter to Wenger OUT.
Watford. Tom Cleverley. It was so poetic and at the same time extremely dumb. In other words, Arsenal.
After a scrappy, convincing win over Brighton & Hove Albion Sunday, we've been forced to confront a troubling idea. Arsenal have been acting awfully strange lately, grinding out wins against lesser teams instead of comically imploding. This is not what we signed up for.
We signed up for an Arsenal that's liable to do anything at any time for any reason, or no reason. And for the first few weeks of the season, that's what we got. Since the first international break, though, Arsenal have been acting sort of normal.
Some players just transcend the game. Others transcend the planet. While most astronomical objects discovered in the past couple decades have been given boring names with nothing more than an assortment of letters and numbers, a select few are given names, be it for a famous astronomer from the past, a mother in law or, in this case, a soccer player.
Hundreds of thousands of minor planets — essentially everything orbiting the sun that’s not a planet, dwarf planet or comet — exist in our solar system. Five of them have been named after famous footballers.
The Wenger Watch is delighting in Theo Walcott's promising campaign to become the best Europa League player of all time. Theo got himself a first-half brace, followed by goals by Olivier Giroud (his 100th for Arsenal) and Rob Holding to hold off BATE Borisov, 4-2.
So, the Wenger-O-Meter continues its inexorable march toward Wenger "IN". We're getting close!
Arsenal's 2-0 victory over West Brom Monday was . . . expected. Although they caught a couple breaks via the referee and Nacho Monreal's field awareness, Arsenal mostly took care of business and won by a scoreline that they were supposed to win by.
So, cool! We have accordingly adjusted the Wenger-O-Meter closer to the "IN" position. Wenger isn't quite out of the woods, but things are looking up!