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

Plague-striken Arsenal hang tough to snatch win from devious scoundrels Bayern Munich

As far as stern pre-season tests go, it doesn’t get much more rigorous than taking on the Bundesliga’s sneakiest cheat merchants. Bayern Munich were not just a step up in class from the opponents we faced in Australia, they were a relative leap into the stratosphere, and it was a welcome chance to step up … Continue reading Plague-striken Arsenal hang tough to snatch win from devious scoundrels Bayern Munich

A good workout for Arsenal as they go 12 rounds with the Australian Stoke City

Arsenal slipped through the gears on Saturday as they eased past the Australian League’s very own Stoke City subsidiary, otherwise known as West Sydney Wanderers. In some ways, it was good for the players to face up to something a little more physical than the rather genteel outing against Sydney FC a few days previously, … Continue reading A good workout for Arsenal as they go 12 rounds with the Australian Stoke City