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

The quiet revolution that allowed Arsenal to overcome Chelsea at last

The improvement between the Arsenal that destroyed Chelsea on Saturday and the team that slumped to defeat against Liverpool on the opening day of the season was stark. In a relatively short space of time, the team has progressed from porous and befuddled, to resolute and organised. So what was it about Saturday’s Arsenal that … Continue reading The quiet revolution that allowed Arsenal to overcome Chelsea at last

Arsenal must overcome Diego Costa’s mind control if they are to nullify Chelsea

A lot of the build-up to today’s clash with Chelsea at the Emirates has been focussed on Diego Costa and particularly on steering clear of the Spaniard’s wind-up tactics. Something that never ceases to amaze me about Costa is his ability to get a reaction from the opposition. Whatever you think about him, he is … Continue reading Arsenal must overcome Diego Costa’s mind control if they are to nullify Chelsea