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