The launch of Arsenal’s Europa League campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday feels like an unwelcome distraction after a stinker of a weekend for the Gunners. Sunday’s lamentable draw at Watford – coupled with wins for all our top four rivals - has left fans in a rancorous mood and a tricky midweek trip to … Continue reading Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Europa League clash comes at the wrong time for wobbling Gunners
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
Injuries, a manager under pressure, and rumours of squad instability – it’s nice to be looking in at someone else’s crisis for a change. Arsenal have gone into countless north London derbies in recent years in just such a position – beset by absences, political strife on and off the field, and with an unsettled … Continue reading Why the Arsenal defence will be a decisive factor in the north London derby
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?
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?
It may well be an outdated way of doing business – and it may also have “incensed” Crystal Palace – but I believe Arsenal were right to open the bidding for Wilfred Zaha at £40million. ‘Why not just pay the asking price like everyone else?’ is the inevitable and, frankly, pretty credible question that is … Continue reading Wilfred Zaha: Why Arsenal were right to open the bidding at £40million