After a fantastic pre-season which saw Arsenal pick up three trophies, the season kicks off today at home to West Ham. With the signing of Petr Cech and Arsenal's late form last season, many pundits are predicting that Arsenal could win the title this season. The transfer window stays open for another few weeks and names like Karim Benzema continue to be mentioned in association with the team.
With a Sunday match, a number of other EPL teams played yesterday and there were some interesting results. As was the case often last season, Man United were gifted a win that they didn't deserved. The fact that it was against Tottenham makes it a bit easier to accept. Meanwhile, Moanrinho's Chelsea saw their goal keeper sent off and they hung on at home to draw with Swansea 2-2. Chelsea will now be without their number one keeper for several matches and isn't it ironic that the guy that would have filled in, Cech, is now in goal for us!
So here's to a successful and winning season. Come on you Gunners!
Good luck lads.. @PetrCech @aaronramsey @19SCazorla @Alex_OxChambo @theowalcott @MesutOzil1088 Let's start the season with a win! #COYG— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) August 9, 2015
Time to show United and Chelsea fans how to play beautiful football. #COYG#AFC— J.D the gooner (@Jcts10) August 9, 2015
Absolutely Buzzing! COME ON #Arsenal— ✰✰Mr #AFC✰✰ (@AmarSantiago) August 9, 2015
TEAM NEWS! Arsenal: Cech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud #AFC— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 9, 2015
Arteta: "The desire is different, the spirit is different. The connection with the fans is there. We can't wait to go."— afcstuff (@afcstuff) August 9, 2015
OMG FOOTBALLS BACK!!!!!! 😊😊😊😊 #AFCvWHU— Jet marchiöne ❤️ (@Jet_AFC) August 8, 2015
Today, ARSENAL will start their 90th consecutive season in the top division of English football. A record no other team is close to.— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) August 9, 2015
That sucked! What an abject, pathetic, uninspired, disappointing fiasco this was.
Petr Cech had a shaky start to his Arsenal career while allowing two West Ham goals and despite 62% of the possession and close to three times as many shots on target Arsenal couldn't get on the score sheet.
Arsenal came in to the season opener with momentum riding very high and for whatever reason seemed to not show up. Whether they took their opposition too lightly or it was just one of those days, losing at home to a weaker opponent took away all the positive vibes surrounding the club prior to the match.
This was one of those matches where a media and Twitter ban are immediately imposed. Let's just hope that this was a one off .
Losing on opening day is not a good feeling but a good wake up call on time . I am sure #Arsenal will be back Guns blazing against #CPFC .— Swarit Sohaard (@SSohaard) August 10, 2015
If you can't support us when we lose, Don't support us when we win #ArsenalTillIDie— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) August 9, 2015
First game like this was not in the script - Mistake and no points 😒 but tomorrow is another day to get ready for the next game ! 😉 #COYG— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 9, 2015
Arsenal Fan TV's Bully, Ty, Claude and Moh are massive clowns. However, this guy is my new best friend... https://t.co/TD3mYXFEbO— 1886 (@1886_blog) August 9, 2015
Can't wait for the season to start NEXT WEEK!— 1886 (@1886_blog) August 9, 2015
2 bad decisions, 2 goals Petr Channelling his inner Shez— The Arsenal Forum (@ccooperuk) August 9, 2015
Before ..... We will challenge for the title After .... Bottom of the league & Wenger out. The life of a Arsenal fan in 90mins.— AFC GLEN (@AFC_GLEN) August 9, 2015
Sunday August 16, 2015 Arsenal at Crystal Palace 8:30AM EST
It's time to get this season going. The Gunner's opening day loss to West Ham has led to a week of media and fan abuse of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Saner minds are looking at it as a one off blip. Meanwhile the media is kissing Alan Pardew's ass as the Crystal Palace manager had the audacity to claim that Palace player Yohan Cabaye would walk in to Arsenal's first team.
It's time to make things right!
Nuestro 11 titular de hoy contra el Crystal Palace FC pic.twitter.com/SiFJJDKZRv— Arsenal Costa Rica (@ArsenalCR) August 16, 2015
All u moaning gooners. Stop actin like bitches and support the team fuck sake.— Careen 'Cici' Smith (@cicismith81) August 16, 2015
This time last weekend, I was filled with confidence bordering on arrogance. Today i am a nervous wreck, but whatever, Come on The #Arsenal— Mo Amali (@moamali) August 16, 2015
Looks like we're going back to the team that won us a lot of games after the Xmas period,Cazorla through the middle with Ramsey on the right— AntiWOB2Ö11 (@AntiBarca2011) August 16, 2015
Look at this prat hoping Arsenal lose. Calls himself Mr Arsenal. Mr Arsenal my arse https://t.co/M4cOcyRZ2H— Gary Lawrence (@garythegooner56) August 16, 2015
Don't care about the starting line up. Whoever plays will get my full support. #COYG get behind the team 👍🏽👌🏽🙏🏽 #Arsenal— Jason AFC (@JasonJhuti) August 16, 2015
Arsenal secured their first win of the season in a tough, but dominating contest versus Crystal Palace.
The Gunners had 59% of the possession and almost double the amount of shots on target. The final scoreline of 1-2 was a bit flattering to Palace as Arsenal were in control for most of the match.
Alexis Sanchez was in the starting lineup and the Arsenal midfield was a constant threat to the Palace goal.
Olivier Giroud scored a brilliant goal from a Mesut Ozil pass in the 16th minute to give Arsenal the 1-0 lead.
Joel Ward evened the score just 12 minutes later and the match went to the half even at 1-1.
While the winner was recorded as an own goal by Palace defender Damien Delaney, it was Sanchez that caused the confusion in the box resulting in the goal. On paper it was recorded as an own goal, but in reality it was all down to Sanchez.
Well done Arsenal, a great away 3pts today. Must say following the game on Twitter is so stressful. Why are we Arsenal fans so negative? AFC— Sam Marchiöne (@sammarchione) August 16, 2015
Thank you! 3 pts 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾— Yani P ☺ (@YaniSmiles4u) August 16, 2015
Overall #AFC came out guns blazing,great passing & movement,created many chances.Became a dog fight & Coq should've seen RED.Backup required— Steven Ronnald AFC (@Steven_Ronnald) August 16, 2015
Wenger: "It was a mental test to see how we would respond. After we got the second goal we fought well. I am pleased." #CPFCvAFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 16, 2015
Özil's assist was beautiful. Inch perfect, no way anyone can tell me otherwise. Giroud's finish on point as well.— Natan Oster (@arsenalNatan) August 18, 2015
Monday August 24, 2015 3PM EST Arsenal vs Liverpool
It's only the third week, but it is important that Arsenal make a statement about their title credentials with a convincing victory over Liverpool at home.
While Liverpool have traditionally been one of the top clubs in England, I hope that the Arsenal players truly look at the competition that they are up against as opposed to the name of the club they will face. This Liverpool side should not bring fear to anyone and if Arsenal don't overthink it, they should come out with a victory. The level of talent between the two sides is no comparison. It's time that this belief that we hear about among the Arsenal squad shows itself on the pitch.
Come on Arsenal.
So looking forward to this match tonight. Hope the Gooners bring their A game COYG— Cape Town Gooner (@_Johno1_) August 24, 2015
Will Giroud play the game of his life today and get a hat-trick? Would be a nice response to us all wanting a new striker #ARSLIV #ArsenaI— Arsenal161 (@Arsenal161_) August 24, 2015
Ox must play tonight…..inexperienced left back to run at, slippery pitch. Please fucking pick him.— East Lower (@Arsenes_Glasses) August 24, 2015
We got this tonight #COYG— Rich Homie Quorn (@BillCosbysSon) August 24, 2015
Stop moaning over a player Wenger clearly denied being linked with, and support the ones we have in the big match tonight. #COYG #Arsenal— Abhilash. (@AbhilashSanyal) August 24, 2015
Third match and third uninspired performance. Aaron Ramsey had a perfectly good goal disallowed and other than that Arsenal were unable to get on the score sheet. Add to that the fact that Chambers and Gabriel were standing in for Koscielny and Mertesacker. In addition to some bad passes and giveaways, Arsenal's central defense looked shaky throughout the entire match.
0-0 was the final and it was Arsenal's second home match without getting on the score sheet.
All the talk has been about Benzema joining the club. At this point it's looking more and more like a bit more fire power is needed.
Then again, when Ox and Walcott are on the bench rather than on the pitch one has to wonder what the manager is thinking as his team struggles to break down an inferior club.
Dreadful first half performance,team clearly affected by loss of cb. However, lot more fight and purpose in the 2nd half, Gabriel impressive— The Arsenal Affair (@arsenalaffair) August 24, 2015
Lots of great football but no end product. If Wenger can't see we need a world class striker, then I give up— Gimli (@GoonerGimli) August 24, 2015
We need a win against Newcastle or the pressure on Wenger will start mounting. A signing wouldn't go amiss too.— Ollie (@AFCOllie) August 24, 2015
Denied a perfectly good goal, we then rode our luck 1st half. Much better 2nd half,so disappointed we didn't win. Ôzil superb, as was Cech.— Sam Marchiöne (@sammarchione) August 24, 2015
What did everyone expect. This back 4 hasn't practiced together. It would be hard enough against a shit side never mind top 6— Lolo (@WantsHisOwnSong) August 24, 2015
Saturday August 29, 2015 Arsenal at Newcastle 7:45AM EST
It's time to truly get this season started and it's a trip to the Northeast on the cards for today.
Wenger shakes up the lineup a bit with Theo Walcott getting a start and the Ox playing along side him in place of Ozil who has a bit of a knock. On defense Mertesacker is still out but thankfully Koscielny is back in central midfield to partner with Gabriel as Calum Chambers has still to convince in that position.
Here's hoping that the Arsenal team that we saw during the end of last season and pre-season is on display today and the Gunners walk away from Newcastle with all three points.
Exciting to see for 1st time Walcott and Chamberlain start together for Premier League match since August 2013-2014 pic.twitter.com/bPZo6A2ZPX— kiyaawe flava (@Kiyaawe) August 29, 2015
Bring the 3pts home today boys We need this. #COYG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/5i61iYs9S7— Red Angel (@GillisSally) August 29, 2015
Looking to make it eight in a row against Newcastle, and get back to winning ways. #Arsenal #COYG pic.twitter.com/rBdNpJtO9U— Champions Arsenal (@tomgunner14) August 29, 2015
Good luck to the mighty Arsenal. Once a Gooner always a Gooner, without fucking moaning all the time #COYG #AFC— Kenneth Clark (@Kendo1969) August 29, 2015
Haha just realised there is no Ozil and Giroud to slate and moan about today. Wonder who #Arsenal fans will choose as our scapegoat now.— Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) August 29, 2015
Walcott up front, Ox on the right. No room for excuses today. #COYG— Andrew Lyon Kam (@AndrewKam) August 29, 2015
A win is a win, but this was not a vintage Arsenal performance by any means. When Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic saw red in the 16th minute, it should have been a cake walk for the Gunners. Instead, eleven man Arsenal slogged it out with ten man Newcastle and Arsenal's game deciding goal was credited to Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini.
A look at the statistics, however, tell a completely different story. Arsenal had 74% of the possession, 29 shots to Newcastle's 1 and 9 corners versus 0 for Newcastle. Arsenal fans are used to stats like these as there have been many frustrating matches where the Gunners have dominated but not put away the opposition. That was again the case here. The team needs to become more proficient at finishing and worry less about the pretty passing and touches. With players like Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey and Cazorla setting up the goals, Giroud, Walcott and the rest of the offense need to put the ball in the back of the net on a more consistent basis.
To be fair, despite the fact that Coloccini was credited with the own goal, it was the Ox that made that goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Arsenal’s focus was a catalyst for the victory at Newcastle United on Saturday http://t.co/oWbbdaGW9D— Shayne Roy (@ShayneKRoy) August 30, 2015
Full-time Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal Ox deflected shot the difference— Kareem Williams (@kareemwilliam18) August 29, 2015