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
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?