Europa League final: So much more than a trophy at stake as Arsenal prepare to take on Chelsea

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the Europa League final to Arsenal, both for the immediate and medium-term future of the club. There’s no suggestion we are in imminent danger of financial ruin should we fail to beat Chelsea on Wednesday – we’re far too well run for that – but our stature and … Continue reading Europa League final: So much more than a trophy at stake as Arsenal prepare to take on Chelsea

Perfect pair Aubameyang and Lacazette deliver just in time as Arsenal book a place in Baku

Arsenal fans rejoice – the Gunners are in a major European final for the first time since man discovered fire and in with a genuine chance of a return to the promised land of the Champions League. Despite all the indications pointing toward yet another all-action comeback in a week of all-action comebacks across Europe, … Continue reading Perfect pair Aubameyang and Lacazette deliver just in time as Arsenal book a place in Baku

Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0: Gunners take aim at top four with gritty win

Dynamism was the dish of the day at the Emirates on Saturday as Arsenal powered their way to victory over Chelsea in the Premier League. Stung by an abject effort at West Ham last week, Arsenal fans were looking for a reaction from the team and the XI who took to the pitch provided it, … Continue reading Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0: Gunners take aim at top four with gritty win

Arsenal vs Chelsea: It’s fight or flight for Gunners in battle for top four spot

After taking two steps back at West Ham last week, Saturday’s clash with Chelsea will give Arsenal the chance to get back on the front foot as they bid to restore some order to the season. The Gunners have had a full week on the training pitch to put right the wrongs of their abject … Continue reading Arsenal vs Chelsea: It’s fight or flight for Gunners in battle for top four spot

Has Emery let Ozil in from the cold at last or is winter coming for the German?

Unai Emery’s pre-Chelsea press conference was fascinating for a host of reasons, chief among them the hint that he may have finally cracked Mesut Ozil. The testy relationship between the pair is widely known, despite the best efforts of both men not to allude to the elephant in the room, and Emery has made it … Continue reading Has Emery let Ozil in from the cold at last or is winter coming for the German?

Arsenal’s individuals must act as a whole to cut out the mistakes and turn promise into results

Individual errors and a lack of focus defensively were big contributing reasons behind the downfall and eventual departure of Arsene Wenger. For all the attacking verve and incisive passing football he championed, the Frenchman struggled in his last five seasons or so to balance that with the need to master the more practical, defensive side … Continue reading Arsenal’s individuals must act as a whole to cut out the mistakes and turn promise into results

Trip across capital will give Arsenal the chance to show what they have learned

Will Arsenal have learned enough in the last week to propel them to points at Stamford Bridge this evening? Last Sunday’s season-opening defeat at the hands of Manchester City was a timely reminder of the amount of work there is for Unai Emery to do in order to shape this team in his image. But … Continue reading Trip across capital will give Arsenal the chance to show what they have learned

It’s click or collapse as Arsenal search for consistency ahead of Chelsea clash

The most maddening thing about Arsenal’s Christmas and new year campaign has been the outright inconsistency of it. Although the Gunners have been unbeaten since an unfortunate defeat to Manchester United last month, they have drawn games against the likes of Southampton, West Brom, and West Ham since then. Those were all games the team … Continue reading It’s click or collapse as Arsenal search for consistency ahead of Chelsea clash

Arsenal show they can mix it with gritty performance at Stamford Bridge

If the level of performance shown by the Arsenal squad is befitting of the shirt, the vast majority of fans accept that not every game will end with three points. So it was today against Chelsea as the Gunners at last did themselves justice in a game against the reigning Premier League champions and perennial … Continue reading Arsenal show they can mix it with gritty performance at Stamford Bridge

Perfect end to imperfect pre-season as Arsenal beat Chelsea to lift Community Shield

Arsenal launched their season in fine style by taking victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday, stretching the Gunners superb run at Wembley to nine consecutive victories. Though there was a whiff of good fortune about parts of it, Arsene Wenger’s men showed more than enough in 90 minutes, and especially in the … Continue reading Perfect end to imperfect pre-season as Arsenal beat Chelsea to lift Community Shield