Arsenal needs win over Newcastle to keep pace with top six

Seventh-place Arsenal has their work cut out for them on Saturday Dec. 29 when Newcastle United visits the Emirates Stadium as every team in front of them except Manchester City managed to win their Boxing Day matches. League-leading Manchester United had to battle from behind three separate times before edging Newcastle 4-3 at Old Trafford […]

There’s a talented player in there somewhere

I have to admit that I naively raised an eyebrow yesterday when Roberto Mancini, chasing a much-needed win at Newcastle, took off attacking midfielder Samir Nasri for defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong. In the end, this turned out to be the masterstroke that won City the game, and possibly the league title. Having been largely […]

One more to go for Arsenal and Van Persie

Arsene Wenger may want to go out and buy a lottery ticket as soon as possible as luck’s clearly on his side right now. Arsenal’s fate is once again back in their own hands after Newcastle dropped a 2-0 decision at home to Manchester City on Sunday while Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw […]

Arsenal lose grip on 3rd place

With five games to go, 3rd place was in Arsenal’s hands. It wasn’t the season we’d hoped for, but considering how badly we started, we looked like saving some dignity. Four games later, we are looking at another typical end-of-season collapse. Of course, it’s nothing like last season, where the prize we’d lost was far […]

Chelsea’s win makes third place more valuable than ever for Arsenal

Chelsea’s unlikely draw at Barcelona and their advancement to the Champions League Final means a third place finish in the English Premier League could be essential for Arsenal if they’re to make the Champions League next season. There’s now a 50 per cent chance that Chelsea will lift the trophy on May 19 in Munich’s […]

Where are the defenders?

I think it would be fair to say if you were to ask most people to people look back at what has set this Premier League season apart from others the answer you’d get would have to be: high-scoring games. For a slightly more pessimistic view: bad defending. It is in the big games where […]

Same old story with Arsenal

It appears to be the same old story with Arsenal… and that’s a good reason for supporters to celebrate and something for the other 19 English Premier League teams to be aware of. There are two familiar story lines with the Gunners. First, you can count on Robin van Persie to find the back of […]

What next for this team?

There comes a time in every relationship where you have to wonder, “where is this going?”. That’s where I am with Arsenal right now. My love for the club is strong, but they’re so up and down I wonder how well I really know them. I think I’ll end the relationship metaphor there, as I’m […]

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 […]

Gervinho Off As Arsenal Held – Match Report

Gervinho’s Arsenal debut ended in disgrace as he was sent off in a goalless Premier League draw at Newcastle United. With a quarter of an hour left the striker, bought for £12 million from Lille and Arsenal’s only major summer signing so far, was shown a straight red card for a slap on Joey Barton, […]

Newcastle And Arsenal – Match Preview

Newcastle and Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign at St James’ Park in a repeat of one of the games of last season. The Magpies produced an astonishing comeback from 4-0 down in February to salvage the most unlikely of draws and deliver a hammer blow toArsenal’s title hopes. While it is hard to envisage […]