A shrewd move or management by PR? Unai Emery brings Ozil in from the cold

When quizzed on the whereabouts of Mesut Ozil last week, Unai Emery gave the strongest hint yet that his continued and, presumably, permanent omission from the squad was a decision sanctioned by those at the top level of the club. Speaking to reporters ahead of the Crystal Palace match, the Spaniard said: “Here we have … Continue reading A shrewd move or management by PR? Unai Emery brings Ozil in from the cold

Arsenal 1 Brighton 1: Gunners throw in the towel again as top four fight ends in failure

With the Champions League at their mercy and their rivals queuing up to gift them a top-four place, Arsenal imploded in quite spectacular fashion to scrape a pathetic draw with Brighton on Sunday. It was a suitably lamentable end to a disastrous run of games that, at a pivotal period of the season, saw the … Continue reading Arsenal 1 Brighton 1: Gunners throw in the towel again as top four fight ends in failure

Rinse and repeat: Arsenal throw it away again as Stoke capitalise on same old mistakes

Ever the ground-breakers, it took Arsenal just two weeks of the new season to have me longing for an end to this campaign. What an absolute puddle of piss. After a pre-season riddled with silly, thoroughly avoidable defensive mistakes, followed by an opening fixture against Leicester punctuated with the same idiocy, Arsenal proved once again … Continue reading Rinse and repeat: Arsenal throw it away again as Stoke capitalise on same old mistakes

Midfield combination shows promise as Arsenal prepare for trip to Crystal Palace

If there was one overriding lesson to be learned from Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham in midweek, it’s that the Hammers are an awful football team. But that aside, there were elements about the way we played that may actually be of use as we prepare for the trip to Selhurst Park on … Continue reading Midfield combination shows promise as Arsenal prepare for trip to Crystal Palace

Could do better: Three players with room to improve after Arsenal’s win over Swansea

There was plenty to be pleased with in Arsenal’s Premier League win over Swansea – not least the points picked up over the teams around us. But it wasn’t all plain sailing on Saturday and there were a few players who can look back on their performances with a critical eye. There’s no need to … Continue reading Could do better: Three players with room to improve after Arsenal’s win over Swansea

Boss faces a midfield dilemma as Arsenal prepare for visit of Swansea

The return to the first team squad of French midfielder Francis Coquelin leaves Arsene Wenger with something of a selection dilemma as he weighs up who to start in the centre of midfield for the visit of Swansea. After Coquelin was sidelined with a minor knock to the knee, Arsene promoted Granit Xhaka from the … Continue reading Boss faces a midfield dilemma as Arsenal prepare for visit of Swansea

As Granit Xhaka gets his marching orders again we ask: Can red cards win us the league?

Granit Xhaka saw red for Switzerland on Tuesday in their World Cup qualifying clash against Portugal, his seventh dismissal since 2014. The Swiss mate a late, lunging tackle on Joao Mario to receive a second yellow card and once again draw attention to his disciplinary record, which is fast earning him a reputation as something … Continue reading As Granit Xhaka gets his marching orders again we ask: Can red cards win us the league?

Who is Granit Xhaka and what would he bring to Arsenal?

Arsenal have been closely linked with a move for Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka, with reports suggesting that the club has sent scouts to monitor the Swiss on numerous occasions this season. Ever coy, Arsene Wenger would not be drawn on his interest in the 23-year-old midfielder directly but, perhaps tellingly, did not outright deny … Continue reading Who is Granit Xhaka and what would he bring to Arsenal?