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?
Well, would they? My first reaction would probably be ‘absolutely, yes’, particularly given how dependent the Gunners became on their talismanic top two last season, both for goals and assists. Frankly, in the last five-10 games of our season, Auba and Laca were all that separated us from sliding into the abyss. But, given the … Continue reading Would Arsenal be mad to sell Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette?
Much was made of the five away trips Arsenal faced in their last eight Premier League games, about how tough they would be and how the race for the top four was still wide open. Frankly, I didn’t buy it. I didn’t believe Arsenal could possibly throw away the chance of a Champions League place … Continue reading Leicester 3 Arsenal 0: Weak Gunners show only summer clear-out will do as top four hopes wither
Legacies are not decided on a sample of just 50 games but Unai Emery’s record as Arsenal manager in that time has been seriously impressive. Despite our wobbles on the road and a few cup stutters here and there, the Spaniard, in his first season with the club, has managed 32 wins, with seven draws … Continue reading In praise of Unai Emery after 50 matches in charge at Arsenal
Arsenal stand to squander all the hard work that has earned them success this year unless they find a way to turn around their miserable away form. The stark reality is, if Unai Emery can’t happen upon a quick fix in the next fortnight, we could find ourselves out of the Europa League and out … Continue reading Can Arsenal just attack their way to victory in crucial league and cup run in?
The Premier League is well and truly entering the home straight, with just eight games remaining of Unai Emery’s first season in charge. The Gunners currently occupy an all-important Champions League place but remain in the midst of a four-way battle for two positions, with any of the clubs involved still capable of success. Emery’s … Continue reading What does history tell us about Arsenal’s chances of a top four finish?
Unai Emery spoke to the press today (Friday) as the football focus shifted back to the Premier League and the visit of Newcastle next week. After a two-week international break which saw the Gunners travel to Dubai for a friendly fixture against Al-Nasr, the Spaniard spoke about the squad’s time away and his expectations for … Continue reading Unai Emery: ‘Premier League run in is going to be difficult for us’
Unai Emery spoke to the media after his side's 2-0 win over Manchestr United on Sunday. Here's what he had to say: On whether this way the best Arsenal performance this season… “I don’t know if this is the best performance of the season. I think we are improving and also I think we are … Continue reading Unai Emery: The penalty was soft but I had confidence in Aubameyang