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

Community Shield offers Arsenal chance to pull it all together ahead of Premier League campaign

After something of a topsy-turvy pre-season campaign in which Arsenal have shown flashes of both brilliance and ineptitude, the summer’s preparations are set to come to a close at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield. And while I always crave artistic mastery from the Gunners, it would perhaps be nice just to see them … Continue reading Community Shield offers Arsenal chance to pull it all together ahead of Premier League campaign

It’s time for Arsenal to bring some order to a pre-season campaign of chaos

A lot of Arsenal fans seem remarkably relaxed about how things have panned out during this pre-season campaign for the Gunners. How I envy those people, those rational, level-headed souls who are capable of looking beyond inconsequential, one-off friendly fixtures and taking in the wider picture. That’s not to say that I’ve worked myself into … Continue reading It’s time for Arsenal to bring some order to a pre-season campaign of chaos

Big trouble in China as under-cooked Arsenal toil against Chelsea

Pre-season friendly or not, I don’t think anyone who watched Saturday’s clash with Chelsea can be anything but underwhelmed by Arsenal’s general performance. There were plenty of signs in the Bayern Munich match, which preceded the fixture against Chelsea, that we were a little disorganised, leggy, and generally underwhelming as a team. Against the Germans, … Continue reading Big trouble in China as under-cooked Arsenal toil against Chelsea

FA Cup glory proves Arsenal are still capable of defying conventional wisdom

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

Arsenal must revel in being the underdog if they are to triumph in FA Cup final clash with Chelsea

There have been precious few occasions that I can recall in which Arsenal have found themselves such marked underdogs going into a major final. Even when the Gunners faced Barcelona in the Champions League final of 2006, I never really felt as though we were miles out of our depth, or that we could be … Continue reading Arsenal must revel in being the underdog if they are to triumph in FA Cup final clash with Chelsea

Limp Arsenal give up without a fight as title dream is ended at Chelsea

All the talk in the wake of a truly abject defeat against Watford was about re-focusing for today’s make-or-break visit to Stamford Bridge. From the players through to the manager, his coaching staff, and even the tea lady, the need to work harder and be stronger was evident to everyone who saw us caught cold … Continue reading Limp Arsenal give up without a fight as title dream is ended at Chelsea

Why Arsenal must learn the lessons of defeat if they are to take victory at Chelsea

Given Arsenal’s vulnerability to a high-tempo press and the team’s apparent helplessness when under pressure, you can’t help but wonder just how they are going to go about getting a result at Chelsea on Saturday. The Blues have made intensity, hard graft, and swift attacking play their stock in trade this season and those are … Continue reading Why Arsenal must learn the lessons of defeat if they are to take victory at Chelsea