Derek Acorah summoned as the ghost of Arsenal resurfaces in thrashing of West Ham

In a comforting throwback to better times, Arsenal brushed past an under par West Ham side at the Emirates in a manner that vaguely resembled the team at its best. It has been a good long while since the Gunners put in a performance that was anywhere near what they are capable of – against … Continue reading Derek Acorah summoned as the ghost of Arsenal resurfaces in thrashing of West Ham

Second-half performance against Lincoln shows difference confidence can make to Arsenal

If there was ever a doubt in your mind about the importance and impact of confidence on the way a team performs, Arsenal’s victory over Lincoln was the perfect case-in-point. The Gunners have lurched from one debacle to the next in the last few months and, for the first 45 minutes of their FA Cup … Continue reading Second-half performance against Lincoln shows difference confidence can make to Arsenal

As soon as Giroud’s header ballooned over the bar, we all knew the game was up for Arsenal

The cross is high and handsome, Olivier Giroud is squarely underneath it, the club is on the cusp of some small measure of redemption – all that’s left is for the net to bulge and we have ourselves some pride to take away from an awful few months. Fast forward 30 minutes and we’re a … Continue reading As soon as Giroud’s header ballooned over the bar, we all knew the game was up for Arsenal

How will the manager fill the Alexis-shaped hole in Arsenal’s attack?

Reports emerging from the Chilean national squad suggest that Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez has suffered a ‘low grade’ muscular injury and could be forced to sit out his country’s two upcoming World Cup qualifiers. At this stage, there is no telling exactly what ‘low grade’ means in terms of how long the Copa America winner … Continue reading How will the manager fill the Alexis-shaped hole in Arsenal’s attack?

Whisper it…but Theo Walcott has actually been quite good this season

For many Arsenal fans, the merest mention of Theo Walcott’s name provokes a reaction somewhere between rage and despair. The 27-year-old has been at the club for a decade but has only ever shown flashes of the talent which made him such an exciting signing all those years ago, when Arsene swooped to snatch him … Continue reading Whisper it…but Theo Walcott has actually been quite good this season

Arsenal up and running at last as they hammer Watford in first-half blitz.

Arsenal’s season kicked into life at last on Saturday as they overcame a spirited Watford side at Vicarage Road. After defeat to Liverpool, and a nervy draw at champions Leicester, the Gunners produced the type of football we all know they are capable of to blow the hosts away and finally chalk up a Premier … Continue reading Arsenal up and running at last as they hammer Watford in first-half blitz.

A reasonable point but lack of striker hurts Arsenal again

Given the circumstances, a point at Leicester should be a satisfactory return but, in truth, it felt like an opportunity wasted for Arsenal. Though it wasn’t a game festooned with guilt-edge chances, the Gunners fashioned enough to get a goal but were denied by lacklustre finishing and excellent defending. In fairness, we can also count … Continue reading A reasonable point but lack of striker hurts Arsenal again