Pragmatism must trump perfection if Arsenal are to rid themselves of defensive frailty

What we saw at the Emirates yesterday was a stark lesson in how to identify and ruthlessly exploit the weaknesses of your opponent in order to mask your own. Jose Mourinho, ever the master tactician, had clearly studied this Arsenal side and recognised that its tendency to overplay the ball in the defensive third was … Continue reading Pragmatism must trump perfection if Arsenal are to rid themselves of defensive frailty

Mystery deepens as Arsene Wenger admits he ‘was wrong’ over deadline for contract announcement

“I was wrong,” smirked Arsene Wenger as he was reminded of his confident prediction that March or April would yield clarity regarding his future at the club. Cue laughter, mirth, and widespread amusement as the assembled press lapped up the line and readied their opening paragraphs. Fans meanwhile, impatient and angry at the continued lack … Continue reading Mystery deepens as Arsene Wenger admits he ‘was wrong’ over deadline for contract announcement

Arsenal in last chance saloon as they welcome the corpse of Manchester United to the Emirates

By the time Manchester United’s team bus rolls into the Emirates on Sunday, Arsenal will have had a full seven days to rest, recuperate and analyse. They will have had ample opportunity to shake off any niggling injuries, recover from the ignominy of a woeful defeat and had plenty of opportunity to pore over just … Continue reading Arsenal in last chance saloon as they welcome the corpse of Manchester United to the Emirates

Wenger vs Mourinho: It’s time to consign this tired old narrative to the bin

The week leading up to any clash with a side managed by Jose Mourinho is one that I dread - and not because I live in fear of the man or his turgid brand of football. Rather, it is the wearying, thoroughly tired, and frustratingly predictable narrative that is trotted on every occasion. Arsene Wenger … Continue reading Wenger vs Mourinho: It’s time to consign this tired old narrative to the bin