Whatever happens, Arsenal must act decisively in Sanchez transfer saga

Does anybody do a transfer saga quite as well as Arsenal? It doesn’t appear so given the club’s lengthy and unenviable track record of protracted, embarrassing and ultimately damaging departures down the years. Of course, we all view the football world through the prism of our own club and tend to view our own experiences … Continue reading Whatever happens, Arsenal must act decisively in Sanchez transfer saga

Arsenal and Alexis find form in front of goal in victory over Crystal Palace

A vastly more clinical Arsenal side eased to victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday night, fending off a spirited late fight back to take all three points. Despite wobbles along the way, Arsene Wenger’s men showed the kind of efficiency in front of goal that has been sadly lacking in recent months, although good chances … Continue reading Arsenal and Alexis find form in front of goal in victory over Crystal Palace

Arsenal must shake off the stagnation as Newcastle prepare to visit the Emirates

Another week rolls around in the Premier League and here we are hoping that Arsene Wenger will happen upon a working formula that might drag his team into something approaching cohesion. Not since the victory over Tottenham last month have we seen Arsenal put in anything like a complete, coherent performance, with just fleeting snippets … Continue reading Arsenal must shake off the stagnation as Newcastle prepare to visit the Emirates

Liverpool vs Arsenal: The Gunners must leave Anfield with something to show for their efforts

Sunday’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool fills me with a sense of grim foreboding, particularly after last week’s woeful showing at Stoke City. Two wins from two matches would at least have given us a little insulation from the possibility of a hiding but, having squandered the chance to claim three points against Mark … Continue reading Liverpool vs Arsenal: The Gunners must leave Anfield with something to show for their efforts

Should Arsenal put principle ahead of price and make Alexis Sanchez see out his contract?

It’s a question we have faced many times as a club before but, until now, we have never really had much of a choice when it has boiled down to money or principle. In the case of Alexis Sanchez, however, and against the cash-rich backdrop of today’s Premier League, we find ourselves with a few … Continue reading Should Arsenal put principle ahead of price and make Alexis Sanchez see out his contract?

Arsene Wenger’s gamble with Alexis Sanchez was the most ill-judged of his career

As far as gambles go, the decision to leave Alexis Sanchez on the bench in favour of a more aerial threat up front was an all-or-nothing move. Had we bombarded Liverpool with crosses, free-kicks, and long balls, it may have turned out to be a stroke of genius from Arsene Wenger, exposing another flaw in … Continue reading Arsene Wenger’s gamble with Alexis Sanchez was the most ill-judged of his career

Rip in time/space continuum sees Arsenal from parallel universe earn draw in frantic last 20 minutes

How do you reflect on a game in which Arsenal demonstrated their absolute worst and very best qualities, all within a 90-minute period? It’s almost impossible to draw any conclusions about this side based on what were effectively two different performances within the same game. At times, Arsenal were timid, disorganised and vulnerable, but they … Continue reading Rip in time/space continuum sees Arsenal from parallel universe earn draw in frantic last 20 minutes

How will the manager fill the Alexis-shaped hole in Arsenal’s attack?

Reports emerging from the Chilean national squad suggest that Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez has suffered a ‘low grade’ muscular injury and could be forced to sit out his country’s two upcoming World Cup qualifiers. At this stage, there is no telling exactly what ‘low grade’ means in terms of how long the Copa America winner … Continue reading How will the manager fill the Alexis-shaped hole in Arsenal’s attack?

Post-PSG wish list: A few areas Arsene must address ahead of trip to Hull

There was more than a touch of good fortune about it, but a point in Paris really was a prize worth having as Arsenal kicked off their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night. When the relief of having completed his toughest group fixture finally subsides, there will be plenty for Arsene to think about and … Continue reading Post-PSG wish list: A few areas Arsene must address ahead of trip to Hull

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: The Gunners win through on a night they dared not lose

Alexis Sanchez was a ray of light at an otherwise gloomy Emirates stadium as Arsenal comfortably beat West Bromwich Albion. A first-half double for the Chilean was enough to steal the show and secure the 2-0 win, with a much-needed three points taking the edge off of a truly painful fortnight for the Gunners. But … Continue reading Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: The Gunners win through on a night they dared not lose