Where the blame lies for Arsenal’s calamitous capitulation against Watford on Sunday is unclear but, perhaps for the first time in his reign, Unai Emery is under real pressure. With a 2-0 lead against the league’s bottom side and 45 minutes played, Emery could have been forgiven for thinking his afternoon had gone largely to … Continue reading Watford 2 Arsenal 2: Spotlight on Unai Emery as pressure starts to mount
The departures of Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the closing stages of the European transfer window was a satisfying end to a good summer for the Gunners. Although neither player’s exit will have a transformative effect on the team in the short term, it will allow space for growth in what could be an … Continue reading The summer Arsenal were dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world
It’s been a rather low-key build up to this week’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Burnley, almost unusually so. Whether that’s because we are still firmly in the grip of a collective summer holiday torpor, or whether a lack of narrative for either of the two sides means there isn’t much to hang this … Continue reading Arsenal vs Burnley: Gunners will have to work hard to get past Sean Dyche’s orc horde
Away games, torrid conditions, clean sheets – these have been the stuff of nightmares for Arsenal sides these last two or three years. A season-opening victory at Newcastle on Sunday saw the Gunners conquer all three of the above in a manner that had much to admire – although some old habits will die hard … Continue reading Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1: A clean sheet and an away win are the stuff of dreams for Gunners
After a transfer window that has generally been deemed a success for Arsenal, it’s finally time to get down to business with a season-opening trip to Newcastle on Sunday. As much as we’d like to see all our big stars and new signings in action straight away, however, it seems as though events – some … Continue reading Newcastle vs Arsenal: It’s make do and mend for the Gunners in season opener
When the news broke of Arsenal’s successful bid for Nicolas Pepe this morning (Saturday), it’s fair to say it sent Gunners’ fans the world over into a froth. After a cautious start to the summer, in which we secured loan deals and signings for the future, and shied away from making a serious bid for … Continue reading Are Arsenal about to roll the dice on Champions League return?
Every now and then something happens in football that transcends the game. Something impactful or profound that makes you sit back for a moment, popping the bubble of football fandom that you find yourself trapped in for weeks and months on end. Engrossed in the endless, year-round footballing circus, it is so easy to forget … Continue reading Kolasinac’s astounding bravery is a reminder that life extends beyond the football bubble
Today’s double-header of signings was a welcome boost after a positive pre-season tour of the United States for the Gunners – but more will be needed if we are going to go into next season in a stronger position than we finished the last. The widely-anticipated signings of William Saliba and Dani Ceballos were announced … Continue reading Saliba and Ceballos: A good start but Arsenal have more to do this summer
Josh Kroenke, son of club owner Stan, sat down with the official Arsenal website today (Tuesday) for a bit of what’s known in the trade as a soft soaping. It was a chance to get his message out in a way unlikely to attract much hostility and rigour, particularly as the people he was talking … Continue reading Josh Kroenke: Reading between the lines of Arsenal vice-chairman’s interview
It’s always dangerous to take everything you read and hear at face value but, by any measure, it’s been a pretty rotten week for Arsenal. It’s all relative of course, because we’ve had an absolutely horrendous few years as a club but, in what is an especially important summer for Unai Emery and his team, … Continue reading Can Arsenal finally make progress after enduring woeful week?