How has Mikel Arteta fared in the first eight matches of this season compared to his predecessor?
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
As the mocking chants rang around Filbert Street the Walkers Bowl the King Power Stadium during Arsenal’s rain-soaked 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday, I confess to feeling a sense of certainty that the home fans had it right. After a miserable run of results and turgid, listless performances, defeat to a top four rival … Continue reading ‘You’re *not* getting sacked in the morning’ – Arsenal board appears to back Unai Emery
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
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…
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
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
The departures of Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the closing stages of the European transfer window was a satisfying end to a good summer for the Gunners. Although neither player’s exit will have a transformative effect on the team in the short term, it will allow space for growth in what could be an … Continue reading The summer Arsenal were dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world
It’s been a rather low-key build up to this week’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Burnley, almost unusually so. Whether that’s because we are still firmly in the grip of a collective summer holiday torpor, or whether a lack of narrative for either of the two sides means there isn’t much to hang this … Continue reading Arsenal vs Burnley: Gunners will have to work hard to get past Sean Dyche’s orc horde
It’s always dangerous to take everything you read and hear at face value but, by any measure, it’s been a pretty rotten week for Arsenal. It’s all relative of course, because we’ve had an absolutely horrendous few years as a club but, in what is an especially important summer for Unai Emery and his team, … Continue reading Can Arsenal finally make progress after enduring woeful week?