Wilfred Zaha: Why Arsenal were right to open the bidding at £40million

It may well be an outdated way of doing business – and it may also have “incensed” Crystal Palace – but I believe Arsenal were right to open the bidding for Wilfred Zaha at £40million.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

Wilfred Zaha to Arsenal: What’s really going on?

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?

In praise of Unai Emery after 50 matches in charge at Arsenal

Legacies are not decided on a sample of just 50 games but Unai Emery’s record as Arsenal manager in that time has been seriously impressive. Despite our wobbles on the road and a few cup stutters here and there, the Spaniard, in his first season with the club, has managed 32 wins, with seven draws … Continue reading In praise of Unai Emery after 50 matches in charge at Arsenal

Stick or twist? Arsenal must weigh up defensive gamble with top four at stake

It’s a high-stakes game of blackjack, Arsenal have drawn 15 and the dealer has an ace in hand – do we stick or twist? That is the situation in which the club finds itself during this January transfer window, with the prize a spot in the top four and a return to the Champions League … Continue reading Stick or twist? Arsenal must weigh up defensive gamble with top four at stake

A case for the defence: The top performers Arsenal should be looking at this summer

Quite how well Arsenal will finish this season remains to be seen but what remains clear is that they will need to do some business in the summer to ensure they are in a position to make progress next year. The most pressing need seems to be in defence, where the decline in performance in … Continue reading A case for the defence: The top performers Arsenal should be looking at this summer

Win, lose, or draw? The great Arsenal gambling machine rolls on into Brighton

The outcome of today’s (Sunday) trip to the south coast is as much a mystery as every other match we have played in the two or three months. Our stature as a club and the quality of our players would suggest victory but the disparate nature of the XI who take to the pitch, coupled … Continue reading Win, lose, or draw? The great Arsenal gambling machine rolls on into Brighton

Visit of West Bromwich Albion is a chance for Arsenal to build much-needed momentum

Consistency is an exasperatingly elusive beast but Arsenal must find a way to capture it if they are going to kick on from their draw at Chelsea last Sunday. Their bid to do just that begins on Monday night when they welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates, with an opportunity to build a little … Continue reading Visit of West Bromwich Albion is a chance for Arsenal to build much-needed momentum