FA CUP: A rare moment of glory for hard-working Arsenal as they enjoy a strong semi.

Is there a more pleasurable sound in football fandom than the howls of derision from pundits and experts as a decision goes against the team they all so obviously back? On and on they droned about Leroy Sane’s looping cross which was ruled to have curled out of play before it was poked home by … Continue reading FA CUP: A rare moment of glory for hard-working Arsenal as they enjoy a strong semi.

Will Arsene Wenger stick with three at the back for FA Cup clash with Manchester City?

Given his general resistance to reactionary change, Arsene Wenger’s decision to employ three at the back against Middlesbrough on Monday came as something of a surprise. While the move may not have proved the panacea to all the ills plaguing the team at the moment, it did prove itself pretty solid in the first half … Continue reading Will Arsene Wenger stick with three at the back for FA Cup clash with Manchester City?

Arsenal make absolutely no case for the defence as they claim Manchester City draw

Arsenal and Manchester City put on a masterclass in defensive ineptitude in their clash at the Emirates on Sunday, playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw that, in truth, benefitted neither side. Heading into the game, the smart money was on a lot of goals and so it proved as Arsenal’s defensive frailties were matched by … Continue reading Arsenal make absolutely no case for the defence as they claim Manchester City draw

Hefty dollop of good fortune needed if Arsenal are to take anything from Manchester City clash

Although in some ways Arsenal have always been a little mercurial, their performances in 2017 have seen them regress to a level where no one has any real idea how they are going to perform – least of all the manager. Heading into tomorrow’s match against Manchester City, it is difficult to approach the game … Continue reading Hefty dollop of good fortune needed if Arsenal are to take anything from Manchester City clash

Cup draw gods smile on Arsenal again but they can’t count on any more divine intervention

The gods of the cup draw have, over the years, been both cruel and kind to Arsenal. In the Champions League, we seem to have committed some grievous sin in the distant past that has forever condemned us to draw the strongest teams in Europe at the earliest possible opportunity. In domestic competition, however, we … Continue reading Cup draw gods smile on Arsenal again but they can’t count on any more divine intervention

Manchester City 2 Arsenal 2: A point hard earned, but should it have been more?

It’s fair to say there were a lot of people who were decidedly underwhelmed with a point in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Manchester City and, in many ways, I understand that. I wrote, coming into the game, about how this felt like a City side ripe for the taking, especially given the unusually poor showing … Continue reading Manchester City 2 Arsenal 2: A point hard earned, but should it have been more?

Manchester City v Arsenal: Let’s kick ’em while they’re down

Victory tomorrow at Manchester City will secure Arsenal a slot among Europe’s elite next season – it really is as simple as that. If they win, they can begin planning for the start of the Premier League season free of distraction. If they lose, chances are they will be rushing back from summer holidays to … Continue reading Manchester City v Arsenal: Let’s kick ’em while they’re down