Why the Arsenal defence will be a decisive factor in the north London derby

Injuries, a manager under pressure, and rumours of squad instability – it’s nice to be looking in at someone else’s crisis for a change. Arsenal have gone into countless north London derbies in recent years in just such a position – beset by absences, political strife on and off the field, and with an unsettled … Continue reading Why the Arsenal defence will be a decisive factor in the north London derby

Unai Emery: ‘I don’t want Aubameyang and Lacazette to get frustrated over missed chances’

Unai Emery spoke to the press after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham today. Here’s what he had to say: On the performance overall… “I am proud of the players, of our work. You can win, you can lose, or draw, but above all play like a team, everybody together. I think the adaptation to the … Continue reading Unai Emery: ‘I don’t want Aubameyang and Lacazette to get frustrated over missed chances’

Unai Emery: It is hard for the referee…they need VAR to help

Speaking to BT Sport after Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Wembley on Saturday, manager Unai Emery said the result could have been different if the referee had VAR at his disposal. Here's what the Spaniard had to say: “We are finding our way today being competitive, adapting our performance against Tottenham defensively and offensively, demanding a … Continue reading Unai Emery: It is hard for the referee…they need VAR to help

Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1: Gunners are out of luck as big moments go against them in north London derby

Matches turn on moments and almost every one of them went against Arsenal in the north London derby today (Saturday). With the exception of the decision to award Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a penalty, the Gunners were plain out of luck what it mattered most, when glory was within their grasp. I’ll preface what follows by saying … Continue reading Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1: Gunners are out of luck as big moments go against them in north London derby

North London derby: Are Arsenal favourites to snatch victory?

Arsenal head into this weekend’s north London derby atop something of a wave, which is a strange and disconcerting place for Gunners fans to find themselves. Typically, the build-up to this fixture – that is to say, the White Hart Lane leg – is typified by disarray at the club, with our league season in … Continue reading North London derby: Are Arsenal favourites to snatch victory?

Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1: Plenty for Unai Emery to ponder as Gunners go wild

Arsenal gave themselves a near-perfect lead in to the weekend’s north London derby with a 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth on Wednesday. The Gunners built on victory over Southampton on Sunday by really turning on the style against the Cherries, racking up a hatful of goals and showing signs of much greater cohesion too. From an … Continue reading Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1: Plenty for Unai Emery to ponder as Gunners go wild

Is Arsenal’s derby win proof that club needs to rethink Aaron Ramsey contract stance?

Aaron Ramsey’s game-changing impact on Sunday’s north London derby adds much credence to the view that the decision not to offer him a new contract should be revisited. Frankly, even before the 4-2 victory over Tottenham, I held the view that letting such a talented squad member leave for nothing was short-sighted and a little … Continue reading Is Arsenal’s derby win proof that club needs to rethink Aaron Ramsey contract stance?

Arsenal lurch from solid to shocking in the space of one north London derby

Typically, Arsenal lurch from glorious to god-awful in the space of a game. In Saturday’s north London derby, however, they managed that mind-boggling feat inside 45 minutes in a truly remarkable showing as they went down 1-0 to Harry Kane's second-half goal. The opening half was as organised, resolute and determined an effort as you … Continue reading Arsenal lurch from solid to shocking in the space of one north London derby

Arsenal must not fritter away the belief built up in wake of victory over Tottenham

If confidence and belief could be bottled and dished out before every match, it would probably turn this Arsenal team into title winners. Saturday’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur was proof positive that, on their day, when every member of the team is fired up and prepared, the Gunners are capable of brilliance. We have known … Continue reading Arsenal must not fritter away the belief built up in wake of victory over Tottenham

Emirates atmosphere as dry as prunes in the sun for tepid North London Derby

There was plenty about Arsenal’s lacklustre draw with Tottenham to be disappointed with – from the fear-induced constipation in attack, to the sudden outbreak of defensive ineptitude. For me, though, the most disappointing thing about the whole match day experience was the attitude of a reasonably significant section of fans. Frankly, it stunk. There is … Continue reading Emirates atmosphere as dry as prunes in the sun for tepid North London Derby