It has been almost 48 hours since the transfer window slammed shut for the summer and still, as I ponder over all the ramifications and fall outs, I don’t have the remotest idea what Arsenal were trying to achieve. The argument about doing business early and avoiding last-day panic buys and frantic phone calls is … Continue reading Floundering Arsenal make bad situation worse with amatuer antics on transfer deadline day
The widely-mooted transfer of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to Chelsea speaks to the dire situation in which both Arsenal and, more widely, football find themselves in the era of billionaire excess. That a player on the back of half a good season, and having been enormously unreliable in his preceding six years, feels that he can … Continue reading Alex Oxlade Chamberlain transfer is indicative of problem that is crippling football
News that former Arsenal midfield man Serge Gnabry has signed for Bayern Munich leaves me with an acute feeling of foreboding. The 21-year-old German spent four seasons at Arsenal and, after a decent run of first team starts early in his Gunners career, around the 2013/14 season, looked set for big things at the club. … Continue reading The one that got away? Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry completes move to Bayern Munich
Of all the things I thought June might bring for Arsenal, the announcement of our first summer signing in Sead Kolasinac was so far down the list as to be microscopic. It is a rare occasion indeed, almost unprecedented in fact, for Arsenal to get a decent piece of business done so early in the … Continue reading One down, two to go: Arsenal swoop early to announce Sead Kolasinac as first summer signing
Though there had been some late doubts about Arsene Wenger’s desire to extend his stay in north London, they were well and truly dispelled on Tuesday when the news broke that the Frenchman had signed a two-year deal to stay at Arsenal. It was no secret that the contract had been on the table for … Continue reading Arsenal board rubber-stamps new deal for Arsene Wenger but are changes in the offing?
Of all the possible outcomes from Saturday’s FA Cup final, victory for Arsene Wenger’s side was probably the most Arsenal of them all. Going toe-to-toe with the runaway Premier League champions, with a half-baked defence, and having had a decidedly underwhelming league season, all conventional wisdom pointed to the Blues processing to the double in … Continue reading FA Cup glory proves Arsenal are still capable of defying conventional wisdom
As things stand, I suspect Alisher Usmanov’s rumoured £1billion bid to take control of Arsenal will fail but it is encouraging at least to see some signs of life at the top of the ivory tower. Stan Kroenke is the archetypal millpond; never rippled, seldom more than tepid, and his tenure has been marked by … Continue reading Usmanov sends ripples over Kroenke’s millpond with audcious bid for control at Arsenal
“I was wrong,” smirked Arsene Wenger as he was reminded of his confident prediction that March or April would yield clarity regarding his future at the club. Cue laughter, mirth, and widespread amusement as the assembled press lapped up the line and readied their opening paragraphs. Fans meanwhile, impatient and angry at the continued lack … Continue reading Mystery deepens as Arsene Wenger admits he ‘was wrong’ over deadline for contract announcement
Winning any competitive cup competition is something worth celebrating but would getting their hands on the FA Cup salvage what has been a pretty miserable season for Arsenal? It certainly couldn’t do any harm, it’s fair to say that much. What it will not do, however, is assuage the feelings of anger and frustration from … Continue reading Would winning the FA Cup salvage Arsenal’s season?
Given his general resistance to reactionary change, Arsene Wenger’s decision to employ three at the back against Middlesbrough on Monday came as something of a surprise. While the move may not have proved the panacea to all the ills plaguing the team at the moment, it did prove itself pretty solid in the first half … Continue reading Will Arsene Wenger stick with three at the back for FA Cup clash with Manchester City?