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It may well be an outdated way of doing business – and it may also have “incensed” Crystal Palace – but I believe Arsenal were right to open the bidding for Wilfred Zaha at £40million.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
All-knowing football deity, David Ornstein, says his understanding of the situation is that, had Arsenal achieved Champions League football, a deal for Wilfred Zaha would have been relatively straightforward for the Gunners. As it is, another year in the Europa League wilderness, and with just £45million to spend on transfers, the aforementioned would seem to … Continue reading Wilfred Zaha to Arsenal: What’s really going on?
If the 2018/19 season taught us Arsenal fans anything it’s that the fixture list is in no way a barometer of our likely success. We are just as capable of making a difficult run look easy as we are an easy run look difficult. You need only look at the last eight games of the … Continue reading Brace yourselves: Arsenal’s Premier League fixture list is coming
Victory over Burnley on Sunday saw Unai Emery’s Arsenal side produce exactly the sort of performance away from home they needed three weeks ago. Although seldom pretty, it was battling, characterful and possessed of the sort of attacking efficiency needed when travelling to notoriously tricky mid-table teams. Of course, had Arsenal played for the last … Continue reading Burnley 1 Arsenal 3: Gunners impress away from home…three weeks too late
With the Champions League at their mercy and their rivals queuing up to gift them a top-four place, Arsenal imploded in quite spectacular fashion to scrape a pathetic draw with Brighton on Sunday. It was a suitably lamentable end to a disastrous run of games that, at a pivotal period of the season, saw the … Continue reading Arsenal 1 Brighton 1: Gunners throw in the towel again as top four fight ends in failure
Much was made of the five away trips Arsenal faced in their last eight Premier League games, about how tough they would be and how the race for the top four was still wide open. Frankly, I didn’t buy it. I didn’t believe Arsenal could possibly throw away the chance of a Champions League place … Continue reading Leicester 3 Arsenal 0: Weak Gunners show only summer clear-out will do as top four hopes wither
When the history of the 2018/19 season is written, the defeat to Crystal Palace will be where they say it all went wrong. A 3-2 reverse in a pretty routine match against a poor opponent - and at a crucial moment of the season - was hugely damaging to our chances of our top four … Continue reading Leicester vs Arsenal: It’s all or nothing for Gunners in must-win trip to Midlands