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Rating Arsenal’s Performances in the Month of January 2014

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Arsenal began the New Year with a nervy victory over Cardiff City and followed it up with a win over their fierce rivals, Tottenham, in the North London Derby. An away trip to Aston Villa followed and two quickfire goals were enough to hand the Gunners all three points and when Fulham came to the Emirates, it was the Santi Cazorla show.

Arsenal’s reward for defeating Tottenham was a tasty FA Cup clash against minnows, Coventry City, and Lukas Podolski starred as the Gunners ran riot past their opponents. Arsenal’s winning run in January was halted with a draw against Southampton at St. Mary’s.

At the end of each month, Gooner Daily rates the performances of the Gunners using a series of categories. There will be three nominations for each category and the blog’s readers will place their votes on each category. These votes will be used in the season review post that comes up at the end of the season.

SAVE OF THE MONTH

Wojciech Szczesny featured in all the Gunners’ Premier League outings while Lukasz Fabianski was favored for the Cup games. In January, both keepers managed two clean sheets each, which must have done wonders to their confidence.

The nominated saves of the month are Fabianski’s stunning save from Baker in the FA Cup clash with Coventry, Szczesny quick reaction save from Gallagher in the game against Southampton and Fabianski’s close range save from Christian Eriksen in the North London Derby.

GOAL OF THE MONTH

Arsenal scored 14 goals from six games played in January and it’s always difficult to take your pick from the pack. However, Gooner Daily is going to settle for Tomas Rosicky’s solo effort against Tottenham, Olivier Giroud’s improvised flick against Southampton and Theo Walcott’s sexy chip against Cardiff.

ASSIST OF THE MONTH

This award goes to the player that created the best assist in the month of January. The nominees are Jack Wilshere’s clever chipped ball to Giroud against Aston Villa, Serge Gnabry’s perfect-weighted pass to Cazorla against Tottenham and Mesut Ozil’s defense-splitting pass to Podolski against Coventry.

MATCH OF THE MONTH

With the Gunners winning five games from a possible six, three of these games would have to be selected for the Match of the Month award. The nominees are Arsenal’s resounding win over Coventry, Arsenal’s North London Derby victory over Tottenham and Arsenal’s tough away win over Fulham.

WORST MATCH OF THE MONTH

This award would unanimously go to the game against Southampton as the Gunners failed to hold unto a lead and would have suffered a worse outcome as the game progressed.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This goes to the player that excelled admirably with vastly improved performances in the course of the month. Despite the fact that many players put up improved performances in the month of January, Gooner Daily agrees that Per Mertesacker, Serge Gnabry and Santi Cazorla stepped up the plate in the month of January.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Some Gunners somewhat under-performed in the course of the month and it hurts to mention Nacho Monreal as he failed to step up the plate in the game against Southampton. Mathieu Flamini also deserves to be on this list for letting his team down by earning himself a silly red card despite the fact that he was having a bad game already.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Arsenal was in a rich vein of form in January but there were still some players that produced immense glimpses of their quality in the course of the month that stood out from the rest. Without further ado, here are the top three players in month of January; Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny.

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Rating Arsenal’s Performances in the Month of December 2013

Arsenal's Theo Walcott (3rd L) celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at the Boleyn Ground in London December 26, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Gunners began the month of December with a comfortable victory over Hull City but the club’s four-match winning streak was ended with a draw against Everton. Arsene Wenger’s men visited the San Paolo stadium in Italy for a crunch clash against SSC Napoli and lost to the Italian but they finished their Champions League group as runners up to Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners returned to Premier League action and were thrashed resoundingly by Manchester City before reaching a goalless stalemate with Chelsea in a game Wenger would be remembered for not making a single substitution. Arsenal ended December with two tricky away wins over West Ham and Newcastle to seal top spot in the Premier League heading into the new year.

At the end of each month, Gooner Daily rates the performances of the Gunners using a series of categories. There will be three nominations for each category and the blog’s readers will place their votes on each category. These votes will be used in the season review post that comes up at the end of the season.

SAVE OF THE MONTH

Wojciech Szczesny was in phenomenal form in November conceding just one goal in six games and he carried this clean sheet run against Hull but his floodgates were opened in the Etihad and he responded with a clean sheet against Chelsea. In the games against West Ham and Newcastle, he made two errors that weren’t costly.

However, Szczesny made some breathtaking saves in the course of the month and the nominated saves are Szczesny’s save from Moussa Sissoko’s shot in the game against Newcastle, Szczesny’s save from Fernandinho’s shot in the drubbing at the Etihad and Szczesny’s neat neat save from Mark Noble’s free kick.

GOAL OF THE MONTH

Arsenal played seven games in the month of ctober, scoring 10 goals in the process. With a plethora of breathtaking goals to choose from, I just had to make do with my top three.

The nominated contenders for the December Goal of the Month are Theo Walcott’s Thierry Henry-esque curler against Manchester City, Lukas Podolski’s thunderbolt against West Ham and Mesut Ozil’s placed effort against Hull City.

ASSIST OF THE MONTH

All 10 goals scored in the month of December came off some superbly threaded balls from a teammate and the nominated assists are Aaron Ramsey’s pass to Mesut Ozil against Hull City, Carl Jenkinson’s inch-perfect cross to Nicklas Bendtner against Hull City and Walcott’s cross to Olivier Giroud against Newcastle.

MATCH OF THE MONTH

Arsenal had a series of mixed results in December with three victories, two draws and two stinging defeats. The nominated Match of the Month contenders are Arsenal 2 Hull 0, West Ham 1 Arsenal 3 and Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1.

WORST MATCH OF THE MONTH

This nomination goes out to the games the Gunners largely under-performed and I can look no further than the horrible thrashing in the hands of Manchester City, the disappointing defeat to Napoli and the painful draw against Everton.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This goes to the player that excelled admirably with vastly improved performances in the course of the month. Despite the fact that many players put up improved performances in the month of December, the performances of these three players certainly caught the eye; Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Some Gunners somewhat under-performed in the course of the month and it hurts to mention Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Arsenal had a somewhat stuttering form in December but there were still some players that produced immense glimpses of their quality in the course of the month that stood out from the rest. Without further ado, here are the top three players in month of December; Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.

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Rating Arsenal’s Performances in the Month of November

13/14: Dortmund v Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey

Remember, Remember the month of November

In season’s past, November has always be a bogey month for Arsenal, as they always had a penchant for losing corresponding fixtures as well as playing poorly.

The Gunners began the month with a comfortable victory over Liverpool which was followed up with a hard-fought nervy win over Dortmund. That night, revenge was served in a cold meal as Aaron Ramsey was brave enough to latch unto Olivier Giroud’s looping header to nod the ball home.

With the Gunners riding high on confidence and coming to Old Trafford in bullish mode, a bug sent from the pits of Hades ravaged the squad and the performance in Old Trafford was one of the poorest I’ve ever seen in a long while. After a long wait for club football due to the international break, the Gunners responded to the blip with a win against an error-prone Southampton side.

Arsene Wenger’s men put themselves in pole position for Champions League qualification with a victory over Olymique Marseille, and they went seven points clear at the top, albeit temporarily, with a commanding victory over Cardiff City in their own turf.

At the end of each month, Gooner Daily rates the performances of the Gunners using a series of categories. There will be three nominations for each category and the blog’s esteemed readers will place their votes on each category. These votes will be used in the season review post that comes up at the end of the season.

SAVE OF THE MONTH

With no Capital One cup action on display, Wojciech Szczesny was used in all six games this month. He also signed a new contract in the course of the month that inspired him to keep five clean sheets in six games, his best run of clean sheets in Arsenal colors I presume.

These clean sheets were only possible because of his brilliance in goal and there were three Szczesny saves that stood out from the crowd. They include:

  • Szczesny’s magnificent save from Frazier Campbell against Cardiff
  • Szczesny’s quick-witted save from Adam Lallana against Southampton and,
  • Szczesny’s low save from Florian Thauvin against Olympique Marseille

GOAL OF THE MONTH

In November, Arsenal played six games and blasted in 10 goals. All these 10 goals contributed to victories and the only game Arsenal failed to score in November resulted in a defeat. With a lot of goals to choose from, Gooner Daily’s top three goals of the month include:

  • Aaron Ramsey’s belter against Liverpool
  • Jack Wilshere’s first goal against Marseille
  • Mathieu Flamini surface-to-goal missile against Cardiff

ASSIST OF THE MONTH

Of the 10 goals scored in the course of the month, eight goals were scored from carefully-threaded passes from teammates while Giroud’s brace against Southampton came from the goalies stupidity and a spot kick after Per Mertesacker was fouled by Jose Fonte. Gooner Daily’s top three assists include:

  • Mesut Ozil to Jack Wilshere (Marseille)
  • Mesut Ozil to Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff)
  • Mesut Ozil to Mathieu Flamini (Cardiff)

MATCH OF THE MONTH

In the course of the month of November, the Gunners recorded five victories from six games and their good form was on display all month long. With just three to choose from five breathtaking games, Gooner Daily’s nominations for match of the month include:

  • Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0
  • Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1
  • Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3

WORST MATCH OF THE MONTH

There’s only one unanimous winner for the November Worst Match of the Month, and it goes to the disappointing defeat to Manchester United in Old Trafford, where the Gunners were punished by You-Know-Who.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This goes to the player that made improved performances in the course of the month. Many players put eye-catching performances in the course of the month, but Gooner Daily’s top three include:

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Kieran Gibbs

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER

Despite the fact that Arsenal had a good month bar the shambolic outing against Manchester United, some players failed to live up to expectations and the high standards the fans had become accustomed to. Gooner Daily’s nominees for the most disappointing player of the month include:

  • Santi Cazorla
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Olivier Giroud

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This award goes to the most outstanding player in the month of November. Some players have put up a lot of top-notch performances in the course of the month, but Gooner Daily’s top three include:

  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Wojciech Szczesny

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Rating Arsenal’s Performances in the Month of October

Arsenal began the month of October with a scintillating performance against Napoli which was followed a sub-standard draw against West Brom. An international break followed and the Gunners turned up the style with a five-star performance against Norwich where the midfielders were firing on all cylinders.

The victory against Norwich was followed up with a rather disappointing defeat against Borussia Dortmund at home. The Gunners made up for their midweek disappointment with a nervy victory over Crystal Palace but they ended the month with a poor performance against Chelsea in Capital One Cup.

At the end of each month, Gooner Daily rates the performances of the Gunners using a series of categories. There will be three nominations for each category and the blog’s readers will place their votes on each category. These votes will be used in the season review post that comes up at the end of the season.

SAVE OF THE MONTH

As expected, Wojciech Szczesny featured consistently in the Premier League and Champions League while Lukasz Fabianski had to wait for the Capital One Cup encounter against Chelsea to make his second appearance of the season.

The nominated saves for the month of October include Szczesny’s magnificent save from Mila Jedinak’s sweetly-timed volley when the Gunners visited Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace, Szczesny’s save low save from Saido Berahino that took a wicked deflection when Arsenal played against West Brom and Szczesny’s superb save from Leroy Fer’s fierce shot when Norwich visited the Emirates.

GOAL OF THE MONTH

Arsenal played six games in the month of October, scoring 10 goals in the process. With a plethora of breathtaking goals to choose from, I just had to make do with my top three.

The nominated contenders for October Goal of the Month are Mesut Ozil’s sweet finish against Napoli, Aaron Ramsey’s magnificent individual solo effort against West Brom and Jack Wilshere’s orgasmic finish that came off the end of a brilliant team move.

ASSIST OF THE MONTH

All 10 goals scored in the month of October came off some superbly threaded balls from a teammate with the exceptions of Mikel Arteta’s penalty against Crystal Palace and Olivier Giroud’s improvised finish against Dortmund that was gifted to him courtesy of a defensive gaffe.

The nominated assists for the month include Aaron Ramsey’s impudent chip to Giroud against Crystal Palace, Giroud’s deft flick to Wilshere against Norwich and Giroud’s inch-perfect pass to Ozil against Norwich.

MATCH OF THE MONTH

In the month of October, the Gunners suffered consecutive defeats at home in different competitions which has definitely affected their momentum, but there were some games that stood out from the rest as Arsene Wenger’s men swept the fans off their feet with some scintillating performances.

The nominated match of the month contenders include Arsenal’s Champions League win over Napoli, Arsenal’s decimation of Norwich and Arsenal’s nervy win over Crystal Palace.

WORST MATCH OF THE MONTH

This nomination goes out to the games the Gunners largely under-performed and I can look no further than the disappointing draw against West Brom, the home loss to Borussia Dortmund and the painful home defeat to Chelsea.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This goes to the player that excelled admirably with vastly improved performances in the course of the month. Despite the fact that many players put up improved performances in the month of September, the performances of these three players certainly caught the eye; Mathieu Flamini, Serge Gnabry and Wojciech Szczesny.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Arsenal had a somewhat stuttering form in October but there were still some players that produced immense glimpses of their quality in the course of the month that stood out from the rest. Without further ado, here are the top three players in month of October; Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.

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Rating Arsenal’s Performances in the Month of September: The Nominations

Arsenal began the month of September with a hugely satisfying win over their free-spending fierce rivals, Tottenham, and after a long break due to international football, Mesut Ozil made his long-awaited debut in the 3-1 victory over Sunderland. The Gunners began their Champions League adventure with a hard-earned victory over Marseille in the south of France.

The victory in France was followed up with an unorthodox win over Stoke, as Arsenal beat the Potters in their own set pieces game, while the away side played good football, shockingly. The kids and injury returnees were given a chance in the Capital One Cup third round against West Brom but they had to rely on the lottery of penalty shootouts to qualify for a hugely-anticipated fourth round clash against Chelsea. The Gunner ended a memorable month with another well-earned victory over Swansea in Wales.

At the end of each month, Gooner Daily rates the performances of the Gunners using a series of categories. There will be three nominations for each category and the blog’s readers will place their votes on each category. A post will be published afterwards with the full results of the voting sequence.

SAVE OF THE MONTH

Wojciech Szczesny featured heavily in Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League fixtures in the month of September while Lukasz Fabianski made his first and only appearance in the Capital One Cup encounter against West Brom. The new recruit, Emiliano Viviano, will still wait for the chance to make his first team debut.

The nominated saves for the month of September are Szczesny’s save from Jozy Altidore’s blazing shot when the Gunner’s visited Sunderland, Szczesny incredible save from Jermaine Defoe in the North London Derby and Fabianski’s magnificent save from Youssouf Mulumbu in the Capital One Cup third round.

GOAL OF THE MONTH

Arsenal all its six games in the month of September, scoring 12 goals in the process. There were a lot of wonderful goals scored in the course of the month but here’s my pick from the pack. The nominated goals are Olivier Giroud’s deft finish against Tottenham, Aaron Ramsey’s first-timed piledriver against Sunderland and Theo Walcott’s technically-astute volley against Marseille.

ASSIST OF THE MONTH

Arsenal’s 12 goals scored in the month of September came from 12 assists supplied by some of the players in the team, and it’s heartwarming to know that 33 percent of these assists came from the new recruit, Mesut Ozil. Here’s my take of the top three assists in the month of September – Nicklas Bendtner’s inch-perfect pass to Thomas Eisfeld for his goal against West Brom in the Capital One Cup, Mesut Ozil’s first assist in Arsenal colors for Olivier Giroud against Sunderland and Carl Jenkinson’s perfectly-cushioned cross for Aaron Ramsey against Sunderland.

MATCH OF THE MONTH

Arsenal were victorious in all six games they played in September, making them one of the most in-form teams in Europe. In these six games, there were three games that stood out from the rest, as it endeared the players to the hearts of their ever-loving fans. Here’s Gooner Daily’s list of the top three matches in the month of September – Arsenal’s victory over their fierce rivals, Tottenham, in the North London Derby, Arsenal’s hard fought away victory over Sunderland and Arsenal’s latest triumph against a hard Swansea side.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE MONTH

This goes to the player that excelled admirably with vastly improved performances in the course of the month. Despite the fact that many players put up improved performances in the month of September, the performances of these three players certainly caught the eye; Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Arsenal’s great form in the month of September can be attributed to the standout performances of some players that were phenomenal in the month of September. Without further ado, here are the top three players in month of September; Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.

Feel free to vote in the various categories as you please.

The results will be published tomorrow after the Napoli match report.

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