Everton 1 Arsenal 0: Mediocre will not cut it for Gunners in top four battle

It’s almost certainly true that you can’t get it right every time and that was quite simply the case for Unai Emery and Arsenal on Sunday. The Gunners had been on an excellent run of form that had seen them go unbeaten in the league for almost two months, manoeuvring themselves into third place in … Continue reading Everton 1 Arsenal 0: Mediocre will not cut it for Gunners in top four battle

Everton vs Arsenal: Gunners can strike huge blow in top four bid but must not throw caution to the wind

If ever a side embodied the phrase ‘hit-and-miss’ it’s Everton. The Toffees are as capable of beating Chelsea and holding Liverpool to a draw as they are of losing to Watford and Newcastle, oft times within the same three of four-week period. And it’s that quality chief among all others that Arsenal must be wary … Continue reading Everton vs Arsenal: Gunners can strike huge blow in top four bid but must not throw caution to the wind

Arsenal’s excellence at Everton is bittersweet set against recent woes

Arsenal’s afternoon stroll around Goodison Park on Sunday served only to sharpen the focus on last weekend’s truly woeful result at Watford. The Gunners were absolutely imperious in attack against the most ramshackle Everton side of recent memory, and showed flashes of truly brilliant football as they rained down no fewer than 28 shots on … Continue reading Arsenal’s excellence at Everton is bittersweet set against recent woes

No poisoned lasagne means no Champions League for Arsenal despite spirited win

There was to be no fresh delivery of pestilential lasagne as Arsenal were denied an against-the-odds spot in the Champions League as both Liverpool and Manchester City did the business in their respective matches. In truth it was always going to be a miraculous achievement to snatch a top four spot having left it so … Continue reading No poisoned lasagne means no Champions League for Arsenal despite spirited win

Best away day of the season?

Exactly what was needed The first-half performance was as good as any I have seen from Arsenal this season. It was the game plan, the way Wenger wants them to play, carried off to perfection. They were industrious in midfield, winning key balls with regularity, and were quick in attack, passing and moving with an … Continue reading Best away day of the season?