Arsenal: Things are as bad as ever and there’s no sign it’s about to get better

If poor results against Norwich and Brighton have shown us anything it’s that the issues affecting this squad are far beyond superficial. If it was simply a case of players distrusting the manager or some tactical discrepancy affecting the feng shui, a new head coach and two relatively easy fixtures against teams struggling in the … Continue reading Arsenal: Things are as bad as ever and there’s no sign it’s about to get better

Unai Emery’s sacking arrived too late but at least it arrived

The announcement came late, too late in truth, but at least it came; Unai Emery has been sacked. In terms of our Champions League aspirations, I think our season may be beyond salvaging at this point – particularly given the form of three of the current top four teams in the Premier League. But in … Continue reading Unai Emery’s sacking arrived too late but at least it arrived

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

Is it time for the return of Calum Chambers?

Winning a place in the starting line up of any team can be all about supreme talent and innate abilities but it can also be about seizing opportunities. While Calum Chambers may not fall into the former of those two categories, he may just be about to force his way into the second. After being … Continue reading Is it time for the return of Calum Chambers?

What Aston Villa result revealed about how Arsenal’s season will play out…

No man, woman or child on the planet was more relieved at the final whistle on Sunday than Unai Emery. From the slathering jaws of defeat, Arsenal snatched and clung on to victory over Aston Villa despite their best efforts to sabotage themselves and gift every advantage to their opponents. In the end, fans left … Continue reading What Aston Villa result revealed about how Arsenal’s season will play out…

Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Europa League clash comes at the wrong time for wobbling Gunners

The launch of Arsenal’s Europa League campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday feels like an unwelcome distraction after a stinker of a weekend for the Gunners. Sunday’s lamentable draw at Watford – coupled with wins for all our top four rivals - has left fans in a rancorous mood and a tricky midweek trip to … Continue reading Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Europa League clash comes at the wrong time for wobbling Gunners

Watford 2 Arsenal 2: Spotlight on Unai Emery as pressure starts to mount

Where the blame lies for Arsenal’s calamitous capitulation against Watford on Sunday is unclear but, perhaps for the first time in his reign, Unai Emery is under real pressure. With a 2-0 lead against the league’s bottom side and 45 minutes played, Emery could have been forgiven for thinking his afternoon had gone largely to … Continue reading Watford 2 Arsenal 2: Spotlight on Unai Emery as pressure starts to mount