Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 3: Shkodran Mustafi pushes the self-destruct button in costly defeat

Sometimes you just can’t legislate for human error. You can train, analyse, prepare, support, encourage, and direct, but you cannot do anything about the capacity of a human being to make a mistake in a big moment. That is all Unai Emery has to console himself tonight as he pours over the costly mistakes that … Continue reading Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 3: Shkodran Mustafi pushes the self-destruct button in costly defeat

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

Victory in Napoli shows Arsenal are a leopard capable of changing its spots

A measured Arsenal display in last night’s quarter-final second leg in Italy was as professional a performance as I have seen from the Gunners in a long time. Unai Emery billed it as ‘50-50’ in the build-up to the match and a great deal was made of San Paolo Stadium and its intense, intimidating atmosphere … Continue reading Victory in Napoli shows Arsenal are a leopard capable of changing its spots

Watford 0 Arsenal 1: A slice of good fortune as Gunners capitalise amid Deeney meltdown

Sometimes in football you need a big dollop of luck to see you through, and a second helping never goes amiss. For the most part Arsenal have had to get by without good fortune this season – especially on the road, relying instead on their own skill to get them through games when the going … Continue reading Watford 0 Arsenal 1: A slice of good fortune as Gunners capitalise amid Deeney meltdown

Can Arsenal just attack their way to victory in crucial league and cup run in?

Arsenal stand to squander all the hard work that has earned them success this year unless they find a way to turn around their miserable away form. The stark reality is, if Unai Emery can’t happen upon a quick fix in the next fortnight, we could find ourselves out of the Europa League and out … Continue reading Can Arsenal just attack their way to victory in crucial league and cup run in?

Arsenal 2 Napoli 0: The hard work starts now as Gunners put one foot in the semi-final

Arsenal put one foot in the semi-final of the Europa League with an assured performance against Napoli on Thursday night, but the hardest part of the tie still awaits them. An early strike for Aaron Ramsey and a Koulibaly own goal were the difference between the sides as Arsenal flew out of the blocks to … Continue reading Arsenal 2 Napoli 0: The hard work starts now as Gunners put one foot in the semi-final

Everton 1 Arsenal 0: Mediocre will not cut it for Gunners in top four battle

It’s almost certainly true that you can’t get it right every time and that was quite simply the case for Unai Emery and Arsenal on Sunday. The Gunners had been on an excellent run of form that had seen them go unbeaten in the league for almost two months, manoeuvring themselves into third place in … Continue reading Everton 1 Arsenal 0: Mediocre will not cut it for Gunners in top four battle