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

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 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

Arsenal outworked and outsmarted in North London Derby defeat

Let’s get it out of the way early so we can move on to more important matters; Harry Kane dived to win Tottenham their penalty. It is useless to deny it. However much pundits want to call it ‘clever’ or that he was in some way ‘clipped’, it was an act of deception designed to … Continue reading Arsenal outworked and outsmarted in North London Derby defeat

North London Derby: Victory could make Arsenal’s season, defeat will break it

I have never truly been confident going into a North London Derby in the Premier League era, for the simple reason that form almost always counts for nothing. There have been rampantly dominant Arsenal teams that have travelled to White Hart Lane and been pummelled, just as much as there have been pretty rank Gunners … Continue reading North London Derby: Victory could make Arsenal’s season, defeat will break it

Opportunity knocks for Arsenal as out-of-sorts Tottenham side prepare for Emirates visit

I’ve always found that the week leading up to the North London derby drains you of a small part of your soul, torturing you with a combination of angst and uncertainty. There will always be those fans who are convinced that their team will win, however improbable that may be, just as there are those … Continue reading Opportunity knocks for Arsenal as out-of-sorts Tottenham side prepare for Emirates visit