Why Olivier Giroud must not come back into the starting 11 for Arsenal for the Spurs game or beyond

64 minutes into Arsenal’s visit to the Stadium of Light, with Arsenal 1-0 up and dominating, Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore broke free, played the ball around Petr Cech and was wiped out by the goal-keeper’s shoulder. Sunderland had a penalty. Jermain Defoe equalised from the spot and we all knew what was coming. Sunderland would sit […]

Life As An Arsenal Fan

Life as an Arsenal fan can be really difficult sometimes. In five of the last six seasons, the side that topped the Premiership on New Year’s Day went on to lift the title. This year I was sure that Arsenal would lift the title. Most pundits predicted that Leicester City would collapse under the pressure […]

Wenger can lead Arsenal to Premier League title, says Graham

Arsene Wenger has a fantastic opportunity to lead Arsenal to the Premier League title this season. That’s according to former Gunners boss George Graham, who reckons that if the Frenchman recruits two big signings in the January transfer window he may well bring the crown to north London. Wenger takes his side to Swansea tomorrow […]

Arsenal needs tuneup not complete overhaul

  As usual with Arsenal, half the Premier League club’s supporters see the glass being half full while the rest view it as half empty. It just depends if you’re wearing rose-coloured glasses or not. Yes, the Gunners have managed to finish the season in the top four again and have reached the European Champions […]

Wasted season for Arsenal’s Ryo Miyaichi

Unfortunately, it’s been a wasted season for young winger Ryo Miyaichi. The 20-year-old Japanese international has been out on loan with fellow Premier League club Wigan since the start of the campaign and things certainly haven’t gone well for him. Miyaichi has now been loaned out to Dutch club Feyenoord as well as Bolton and […]

Spotlight on AVB again

I was defensive of Andre Villas-Boas after his sacking by Chelsea in March. Given the success the Blues enjoyed under Roberto Di Matteo for the rest of that season, I don’t think they’ll be too bothered about their decision. The performance of the Portugese coach, now at Tottenham, would add further weight to that. Unfortunately […]

Spurs have caught up, but whose fault is that?

Our own ‘noisy neighbours’ Tottenham Hotspur have closed the gap on us – that is the official line. You can’t argue with that, I suppose, if the pinnacle of their achievement is finishing just one place behind us in five of the last seven seasons – a marked improvement on their previous exploits – then […]

Is it Walcott’s time? A look at history

It might seem premature to write this when contract negotiations are still up in the air, but if Arsenal history is anything to go by, when one star leaves another unlikely one usually steps up from within the ranks to surprise everyone. I’ve been one of his biggest critics over the years so I can […]

We got our Arsenal back

We’ve seen some absolutely mad games over the last couple of years, and this one probably tops the lot. At the end of the night, an early-round League Cup game I hadn’t thought that much about ended with a final score of Reading 5-7 Arsenal. At half time the Arsenal fans sang “we want our […]

Square pegs in round holes

I’m sure you’ll all be familiar – even those who did not read my match preview – with the statistics flying around before yesterday’s game. Needless to say, Schalke ended a very strong run of form in Champions League home games for Arsenal. As for actual, more immediate form, Arsenal looked much the same as […]

Arsenal vs Schalke: Match preview

After a disappointing defeat to Norwich City, Arsenal would be expected to respond tomorrow evening with the visit of Schalke to the Emirates Stadium. In recent seasons, Champions League home games have proved largely comfortable for the Gunners, especially in the group stages. The last time Arsenal lost a home game in the Champions League? […]

Fan’s Piece: A shadow of our former glory

Disturbed. That is the adjective best to summarise the feeling Arsenal fans should be experiencing tonight. Not just palpable anger towards the heartless performance they just witnessed; but they should feel haunted by the idea that the new group of Arsenal players aren’t that different to the ones that have left in the last few […]

Arsenal join Spurs out of the title race

Arsenal are 10 points off Premier League leaders Chelsea after a spineless, gutless performance in a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City, who at the final whistle were celebrating their first win of the season. Arsenal now find themselves 9th in the table, with just three wins in their opening eight games. What looked like a […]

Arsenal goalkeepers – cause for concern?

  In the recent past, Arsenal has had problems finding a perfect goalkeeper. Of the quartet currently known as the ‘Big Four,’ Manchester United relied upon the solid Edwin van der Sar, and now have the duo of David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard. Chelsea has Petr Cech and Manchester City has Joe Hart, who […]

Has Arsenal written off Park Chu-Young?

South Korean international Park-Chu-Young played more minutes in London this summer at the Olympic Games than he has in his entire career with Arsenal. Now according to several reports it appears that the Gunners have written the 27-year-old striker off at a cost of £5.5 million. Park was bought by manager Arsene Wenger from French […]

How much for 100+ goals?

It occurred to me the other day that Robin van Persie must be one of the best pieces of business Arsene Wenger ever made for Arsenal, just on goals alone. When I thought about it further, I wondered where he would rank among the top strikers over the last 20 years or so, in terms […]

No sympathy for Cesc Fabregas

Speaking just for myself and not Arsenal supporters in general, if the rumours are true that Cesc Fabregas wants to come back to the Gunners, I have a couple of choice words for him and they’re not too kind. The way Fabregas left the team was one of the most annoying and distasteful situations in […]

Summer transfers strengthen Arsenal’s squad

The transfer window slammed shut at 11 p.m. Friday night.  During the time it was open Arsenal were “linked” to a host of players, mostly it has to be said, with absolutely no chance of them being signed by Arsene Wenger. The main business was completed expeditiously: in came Podolski, Giroud and, in my opinion, […]

Arsenal 2012/13 first impressions

The Sunday game against Stoke was my first chance watching any incarnation of Arsenal since last May and as predicted there were some good points and bad points that caught my eye. I felt they started the game with a lot of energy and speed and basically controlled the pace of the match. Abou Diaby […]

Wenger needs a guarantee that young Gunners on loan are playing

There comes a time in every footballer’s life when they need to play regularly if they hope to develop or retain their skills. But in reality this isn’t always possible to do, especially for youngsters because there are so many more players than positions available. This is why we see players loaned out to other […]

Is change harmful?

There is no doubt that Arsenal have suffered the loss some of significant players over the last few seasons but that is a fact of life in modern day football; players come and players move on and they move on for a variety of reasons, some for money, some for ambition, some for the love […]

The ‘Makelele role’ is still important

On the same day that Arsenal’s main defensive midfielder was confirmed as a Barcelona player, Everton overran Manchester United in a very impressive and fully deserved 1-0 win at Goodison Park. The link here? United had no midfield. Sky called it a 4-3-3 in the pre-match buildup, but it looked more like a 4-2-3-1 with […]

Constant change harming Arsenal

It struck me yesterday that Arsenal’s starting lineup against Sunderland was almost an entirely different team from even two seasons ago. After years of being fairly quiet in the transfer market (apart from selling the occasional top player and signing the occasional teenager), Arsenal have now gone the other way: last summer saw Clichy, Fabregas […]

Cazorla signing brings a much-needed buzz

When the club finally confirmed on Tuesday – after weeks of rumours – the signing of Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla, it brought about an excitement in me, and seemingly Arsenal fans everywhere, that hasn’t been felt for a long time. Perhaps it is simply because he joins other exciting players, Podolski and Giroud, and because […]

Olympics show just how far British football has fallen

The Olympics have created a lot of controversy ever since professional athletes were allowed to compete in the Games. Many supporters feel they should be for amateurs only while others argue that most of them are in fact professionals since they train for their chosen sport 12 months a year. Whatever your take on this […]