Central midfield is still Arsenal’s Achilles heel

After seeing Arsenal only just about emerge victorious against Burnley, I can't help but think that the London club still need to strengthen central midfield. Although Granit Xhaka has an awful lot of talent, in that he can spray long-range passes with a fair bit of accuracy as well as supply well-weighted short passes and [...]

By | January 22nd, 2017|arsenal, arsenal fc, hector bellerin, shkodran mustafi|0 Comments

The Ox: bench-warmer or star performer?

A home draw against the Ox's former club, Southampton in the EFL Cup might seem like a just reward after seeing off Reading so comfortably in the previous round. However, let's not forget the Gunners needed a last-minute goal from Santi Cazorla to overcome the Saints last time around. Therefore, no one can think this [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|alex oxlade-chamberlain, arsenal fc, santi cazorla|0 Comments

Arsenal finally get a fox in the box

You've heard of the phrase: 'growing into the role', haven't you? Well, that's exactly what's happened to Theo Walcott who, as I've said for as many years as people would care to listen, is a goal predator. I was so impressed by Theo's instincts in front of goal that I was even moved to call [...]

Arsenal’s number 9 curse to continue?

Maybe Lucas Perez should have thought twice before accepting the poisoned chalice, which is Arsenal's number nine shirt. The question is: how many Gunners have worn that number with distinction? Come on, let's name some names. Off the top of my head, successes would include: John Radford (70s), Malcolm MacDonald (70s), Alan Smith (90s) and [...]

A series of unfortunate transfer events for Arsenal?

The transfer window closed last night and the exit door at Arsenal featured some big name departures. The question is how do we view these events: fortunate or unfortunate? And how about the new arrivals? EXITS Jack Wilshere to Bournemouth on loan: Arsenal have brought in around £2m for a player set to play a bit [...]

Arsenal’s win over Hornets overshadowed by transfer buzz

Perhaps attempting to complete transfer business off the pitch had the right effect on the players on it, as Arsenal cruised past Watford away 3-1 to record their first win of the season. The team played with a flair not seen before during this campaign, with Xhaka showing off his array of passing skills from [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|arsenal fc, granit xhaka, mesut ozil, petr cech, theo walcott, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Latest August mauling stirs up memories of 2011

Although becoming accustomed to poor starts to seasons, most Arsenal fans must feel traumatised, after the 3-4 mauling at the hands of Liverpool at the Emirates. The score line doesn't really tell the full story. Even when Arsenal took the lead they were well below par. Theo Walcott finished well for the opener, but critics [...]

Asano gives Gooners reason for optimism

Takuma Asano may not be a household name, but his performances at the Olympics should have Arsenal fans salivating at the prospect of seeing him in an Arsenal shirt. Of course, some will think once bitten, twice shy, after Arsenal's previous Japanese import, Ryo Miyaichi, spent more time in sickbay than on the pitch. However, [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|arsenal, arsenal fc, j.league, takuma asano|2 Comments

Khedira won’t be a new Vieira at Arsenal, sorry!

Arsenal's current crop keep getting 'Strictly Crocked Passing', so it's time to invite new recruits onto Shad Forsythe's stage. Some more are likely to waltz around before hobbling off to Forsythe's sickbay, like Mesut Ozil, unfortunately. But can we blame the Germany international for his waltzing skills when he's a foxtrot specialist?So who's to say [...]

By | October 11th, 2014|arsenal fc, patrick vieira, robert pires, sami khedira|0 Comments

Brady’s warnings to Arsenal youngsters

Former academy director Liam Brady has some great advice for aspiring footballers at Arsenal and elsewhere. I've taken the liberty of paraphrasing some of Brady's precious nuggets in his recent Irish Examiner interview. Brady's warnings: 1. Be careful of the media, especially social media 2. Look after your body: stay off the booze, cigarettes etc [...]

By | August 10th, 2014|arsenal fc, irish examiner, liam brady|0 Comments