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 […]

There is only the end of the season

Yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to relegation strugglers QPR summed up Arsenal’s season, just as every game seems to do at the moment. We learned nothing new yesterday, and won’t until the season ends. I said it a few months ago – it’s all about who messes up least often. We put together a surprisingly good run […]

Arsenal vs Newcastle preview

Fortunately, Arsenal get an extra day of rest after their heroic efforts against AC Milan, with a crucial Monday night fixture at home to Newcastle United. The players were visibly exhausted by the end of Tuesday night’s game at the Emirates, a match in which they had truly given their all, but ultimately come away […]

The bipolarity of Arsenal

We had a bad day, AC Milan beat us 4-0; we had a good day, we beat AC Milan 3-0. This more or less sums up this Arsenal team at the moment. In my preview I suspected that last night would be anything but the non-game that was expected. The cushion from the first leg […]

“In Arsene We…(Fill in the Blank)”

This week, American businessman, billionaire, and possible future owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Stan Kroenke flew into London in order to publicly express his full support of Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s board of directors has had some interesting topics to discuss, which include, but are certainly not limited to: Robin van Persie’s future with the […]

Tougher tests to come

A first win of 2012, seven goals, a striker in the form of his life, and one of the most exciting young talents in the country. Finally a day really worth cheering about. The emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in particular, is great news for the club. In recent times Arsene Wenger seemed to have lost […]

Seven good minutes enough for Arsenal

Three goals in seven second half minutes – that’s all it took for Arsenal to win a game in which they were otherwise unimpressive. While the comeback was miraculous and the result crucial, many problems still remain. As has been the case for the last month or so, Arsenal started at a pedestrian pace. While […]

Credit where credit’s Djou

Sorry about the title, but I can’t resist a good pun if possible. Misleading as it might be, I must stress that I am not saying Johan Djourou deserves any credit for his performance against Manchester United. However, for all the criticism surrounding Arsene Wenger for his choice to remove Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just as he’d […]

Desperate Wenger is living off his reputation

Arsenal fans who argue that Arsene Wenger should not be sacked can only come up with one reason – “He’s our most successful manager ever”. Others might also point to his unearthing of talents like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. The theme here? It’s all stuff from an increasingly long time ago. Wenger himself resorted […]

Walcott still lacking a ‘footballing brain’

Arsenal finally put together a convincing display of football for the first time this season, beating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium yesterday. Robin van Persie scored the first two goals, and in doing so joined an elite club of players to have scored 100 or more goals for the Gunners. It is nice […]

Chamberlain Having Medical At Arsenal

Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is undergoing a medical at Arsenal, Sky Sports sources understands. The 17-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer with Arsenal and Manchester Unitedboth keen to secure his services. Southampton have insisted that they wanted the young midfielder to stay put, but he now looks set to depart St Mary’s. Neither club has yet confirmed […]