Complacency, Giroud up top, and the mesmerism of Mesut

THE MATCH Despite the eventual scoreline, Ludogorets showed enough in the first match at the Emirates to suggest that they were very capable in attack. Things may not have run well for them in London but it was clear that they moved the ball quickly, thrived on the counter, and had some powerful ball carriers … Continue reading Complacency, Giroud up top, and the mesmerism of Mesut

Arsene Tweaker? Gamble with system change pays off for Gunners

There was something decidedly different about the Arsenal side that steam-rollered Ludogorets on Wednesday night - something curious and yet vaguely irksome. There is no doubting that we were magnificent going forward, producing some truly spellbinding football at times – and with devastatingly accurate finishing to boot. On any number of levels, it was a … Continue reading Arsene Tweaker? Gamble with system change pays off for Gunners

Basel stroll throws up a few questions for fiendishly good Arsenal side

At what point as a football team do you become too good for your own good? Frankly, I’m not convinced it’s entirely possible but last night’s Champions League showing from Arsenal certainly had me thinking. From an attacking point of view, it was among the best displays of football I have seen from an Arsenal … Continue reading Basel stroll throws up a few questions for fiendishly good Arsenal side

Will Perez and Mustafi make debuts as Arsenal prepare for Southampton clash?

Arsenal return to action on Saturday as they welcome Southampton to the Emirates and the only question mark that remains over the squad is whether new signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi will start. Typically, Arsene has favoured the gradual integration of his new players, allowing them time to settle in with the team and … Continue reading Will Perez and Mustafi make debuts as Arsenal prepare for Southampton clash?

Injury curse strikes again to taint Arsenal’s win over Manchester City

It really was the most Arsenal of days as the Gunners beat Manchester City 3-2 before losing centre back Gabriel to a nasty injury in their final friendly of the pre-season campaign. It was great to see Arsene Wenger’s side outplay their big-spending opponents for long periods of the game, even if they were a … Continue reading Injury curse strikes again to taint Arsenal’s win over Manchester City

The Arsenal duo making statements ahead of make-or-break campaign

For Arsenal fans, it has never been wise to let a successful pre-season campaign raise hopes of a barn-storming season ahead, or for a few good performances to convince us that ‘this is going to be the year’ for a particular player. More often than not, the first few games of the regular season put … Continue reading The Arsenal duo making statements ahead of make-or-break campaign

Arsene Wenger acknowledges Arsenal need to be ‘more dangerous’ with shots outside the box

Arsenal don’t really shoot from outside the box – everybody from the fans, to opponents, to the tea lady’s cat at Merthyr Tydfil Rugby Club knows as much. So imagine the surprise when Arsene Wenger conceded in his pre-Sunderland press conference that Alexis Sanchez’s willingness to have a go from beyond the 18-yard line had … Continue reading Arsene Wenger acknowledges Arsenal need to be ‘more dangerous’ with shots outside the box