Blog 2018-01-23T21:32:49+00:00
508, 2018

Grinding out a victory is grounds for optimism

By | August 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Despite a clean sheet and a two-goal margin of victory, Arsenal’s latest friendly win lacked the excitement of the ICC games. To some extent, that may have been down to the swathes of empty seats in Stockholm, which makes you wonder how much the Swedes really need Premier League football in their lives. ‘Not as much as Singaporeans’ would be my reply. Arsenal coach Unai [...]

208, 2018

Top four should be achievable, based on grit shown against Chelsea

By | August 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

Although it doesn’t finish until 11th August, the International Champions Cup (ICC - where have we heard that acronym before) has been a great success. Top clubs in Europe have played out frenetic games in front of large crowds, so what’s not to like? Arsenal’s involvement this year is over, but who can forget the tossing of a credit card instead of a coin before [...]

3107, 2018

£70m spent & uncertainty means exits are on the cards

By | July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

First of all, let's discuss what's going on off the field, as this may affect the club's transfer policy, with Alisher Usmanov expected to sell his 30% to Stan Kroenke. If this deal goes through, and many expect it will, the argument goes that Kroenke may be less keen on allowing the club to invest in players. I'm not sure that's true necessarily. Very few [...]

3007, 2018

Few ‘daring buds of Emery’ will be homegrown

By | July 30th, 2018|4 Comments

Some people are hailing the arrival of what I would call the 'daring buds of Emery', as pundits and fans expect the new manager to blood youngsters this season. The evidence of this is seen in how teenage sensation Matteo Guendouzi continued to run the show in the latest friendly, with Arsenal putting an even more youthful PSG to the sword. Despite the emphatic 5-1 [...]

2707, 2018

Are Arsenal’s ‘L’ opponents learning to invest wisely?

By | July 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Continuing with my analysis of Arsenal's Premier League opponents and their transfer activity, I now move to the two teams that start with the letter 'L': recent champions, Leicester City and the Champions League finalists, Liverpool. The Foxes have done their best to hang onto their star players, since winning the title two years ago, but it has proved difficult. Riyad Mahrez's departure was always [...]

2707, 2018

Sideshow takes centre stage for wingless wonders

By | July 27th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

A pre-season game against even a weakened Atlético Madrid was never going to be a walk in the park. Of course, Arsenal were without the normally-idle Mesut Özil and, with Unai Emery in the hotseat, therefore were expected to work harder than was seen for much of last season. In that sense, Arsenal did not disappoint. The player who epitomised that industrious spirit most was [...]

2407, 2018

How are Arsenal’s Premier League opponents shaping up?

By | July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Time to look at Arsenal's Premier League opponents that have names that start with the letter 'C'. How will their new arrivals fare? Let's start with newly-promoted Cardiff City. The Bluebirds will be on the crest of a wave after achieving Premier League status without the need of going through the play-offs. Much is expected of new £10m striker Bobby Reid, who has arrived from [...]

2407, 2018

Arsenal busier than ‘B’s when conducting their transfer business

By | July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Yesterday, I looked at Arsenal's transfer business and concluded that they deserve an A minus! Well, I didn't exactly state that, but if you read between the lines, you would have picked that up. After all, the Gunners are supposed to be A-grade students of the game, but they would have just about managed a C Grade at GCSE level in the last campaign! Now [...]

2307, 2018

Reasons to be cheerful: Perez and Ozil

By | July 23rd, 2018|2 Comments

I wonder which group of fans are happiest with their club's transfer business thus far? Obviously, the transfer window deadline is at lot closer at hand than it normally is in July. Normally, clubs have until the end of August to secure the best available players, but this time for Premier League have voted to close their own window at 5pm on Thursday 9th August, [...]

1007, 2018

World Cup disappointment could augur well for Xhaka of all trades

By | July 10th, 2018|2 Comments

Despite the lack of marquee signings, the failure of the current Arsenal squad to make an impact at the 2018 World Cup could pay dividends for the team in the domestic campaign ahead. There are two obvious reasons for this: 1. Players returning from a both physically and mentally draining international tournament rarely hit the ground running the following season. They are normally too exhausted [...]

207, 2018

Big names slip through Arsenal’s fingers

By | July 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Given that the summer transfer window is shorter than previous years, many may have thought there would be a flurry of early business: that has not been the case. Arsenal’s signings so far consist of Leichsteiner and Leno; both are likely to bolster the new boss’s backline options significantly. Meanwhile, Ospina seems on the way out and Wilshere has already flown the nest. Although Wilshere [...]

1106, 2018

Gooners getting excited now?

By | June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Now that Arsenal have made one signing and changed the manager, perhaps it’s time for Gooners to get excited about the pre-season. It all kicks off against Boreham Wood. Four years ago on 20th July 2014, I wrote an article entitled: Lessons from Boreham Wood. I remember being impressed by a relative-unknown called Hector Bellerin. The article is below: ‘How much could we learn from [...]

1106, 2018

New Odds Show Tough Task Awaits Unai Emery

By | June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

One could hazard a guess that the number of Arsenal fans who believe the Gunners will win the league next season falls within a very small percentage. There is, of course, some sense of renewed hope with the appointment of Unai Emery, although it remains to be seen whether he will be able to recalibrate the squad, or simply paper over the cracks. https://www.youtube.com/embed/6a4ujSub5QA [...]

2905, 2018

Can Emery paper over the cracks?

By | May 29th, 2018|1 Comment

New Arsenal boss senor Emery certainly will have his work cut out in his new post. Although he has £70m in his transfer kitty, the weary-looking squad is need of a major overhaul. However, it could be that a new voice in the dressing room will be enough to raise performances, as long as that is married to a new training regime and a stricter [...]

2005, 2018

Iniesta: worth a punt?

By | May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Now that one of the world’s best midfielders is available, surely it makes sense for Arsenal to make a move for him. Additionally, the likely boss to be is going to need help on the coaching side of operations, so why not offer Iniesta a player-coach role? Apparently Manchester City are in the process of doing just that, but apart from the money, the squad [...]

1905, 2018

Can Arteta make sushi with spuds?

By | May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As much as I was looking forward to hearing Klopp’s ‘Brains’ stuttering in the presence of Mr Kronke-backer (see original ‘Thunderbirds’), I am delighted to hear that Captain Scarlet lookalike, Mikel Arteta, is set to be appointed the new Arsenal boss. He’s going to have to be a master chef to make a delicate sushi out of what Wenger has left in the kitchen: mostly [...]

605, 2018

Puppet master will control Klopp’s brain at Arsenal

By | May 6th, 2018|2 Comments

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas is a pundit nowadays, who’s more often right than wrong when it comes to Arsenal. Once again, I believe he’s stated what many Arsenal fans think: the club have not decided who will replace Wenger yet. From the outside looking in, the club appears to be incredibly disorganised: how else can we explain the Keystone Cops defending and the mess-up [...]

505, 2018

Two midfielders away from glory

By | May 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Eric Cantona was never a favourite player of mine, although I knew he had a lot of talent. However, he lacked pace and was arrogant. Perhaps that’s why he never went to the World Cup finals with France. Likewise, Arsene Wenger has a reputation for arrogance and tactical ineptitude (as although ‘pace’ is not a criteria for good management, you could argue his predictable 70th-minute [...]

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