The surprising stats behind Arsenal’s win at Old Trafford

The little-noticed features of Arsenal's surprise 1-0 win at Old Trafford

Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0: The hard work begins NOW for the Gunners as they pump up top four push

Arsenal put down a marker with victory over Manchester United on Sunday but the hard work is only just beginning as the battle for the top four enters the home straight. Toughing out a win over a lively United side at the Emirates saw the Gunners seize a big opportunity to pressurise their Premier League … Continue reading Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0: The hard work begins NOW for the Gunners as they pump up top four push

Arsenal vs Manchester United: Could this one be a top four decider?

Unai Emery might be keen to downplay it but, for me, Arsenal’s top four challenge has reached a seminal moment. Though victory over Manchester United on Sunday won’t guarantee us a place in next season’s Champions League, defeat would leave us with a mountain to climb and relying on a favour from others. It won’t … Continue reading Arsenal vs Manchester United: Could this one be a top four decider?

Unai Emery: Manchester United clash will not be definitive in top four battle

Unai Emery says Sunday’s clash with Manchester United is not “definitive” in the Gunners push for a top four spot. Arsenal go into the match just a point behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated side, who are riding something of wave at the moment after inexplicably scoring victory over Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the week. Despite … Continue reading Unai Emery: Manchester United clash will not be definitive in top four battle

Don’t swallow the pundits’ drivel – fine margins were real difference in Arsenal’s FA Cup clash

Amidst the orgy of swooning and sycophantic adulation towards Manchester United last night (Friday) there was a simple truth that was very much overlooked: they weren’t actually that great. Just us at Wembley a few weeks ago, United skated by on staggering good fortune coupled with excellent finishing, while their opponents squandered the opportunities presented … Continue reading Don’t swallow the pundits’ drivel – fine margins were real difference in Arsenal’s FA Cup clash

Arsenal vs Manchester United: How do the Gunners beat the Solskjaer bounce?

That’s the million-dollar question for Unai Emery on Friday night, isn’t it? How do you throw a spanner into the works of a machine that is well-oiled and chugging along nicely, showing no fear and having recaptured a little of its Ferguson-ian lustre? I think the fans will have a big part to play in … Continue reading Arsenal vs Manchester United: How do the Gunners beat the Solskjaer bounce?

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