Blog 2018-01-23T21:32:49+00:00
1908, 2018

Unsurprisingly pointless but points to a brighter future

By | August 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The Gunners continued more or less where they left off against Man City and ended up losing 3-2 against Chelsea. It was away from home, but the Blues are not as formidable as they once was. Meanwhile, Arsenal have become more fragile and less industrious over recent years. Now New coach Unai Emery has to reverse the trend and stop the rot. The defeat against [...]

1608, 2018

Sense in sticking with Cech?

By | August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

We’ve all heard of the ‘curse of the ex’, haven’t we? This works very simply: your former player usually does a number on you because invariably he has something to prove. In this case, it’s Petr Cech, who must have been shocked when Chelsea let him go. He’s a consummate pro’, whose footwork let him down against Man City. Although age may be catching up [...]

1308, 2018

Drop five passengers to fix Arsenal’s train-crash start

By | August 13th, 2018|0 Comments

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery must now be aware of the enormity of the task ahead after seeing mostly the side he inherited from Arsene Wenger systematically dismantled by Manchester City. To make matters worse, the champions were not at their best: they were sloppy at times and a sharper Arsenal could have taken advantage and, at least, earned a draw. However, the gulf in [...]

808, 2018

Tougher London ‘derby’ beckons, as Hammers strengthen

By | August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

On my final trip around the Premier League 'done deals', the focus here is clubs that start with 'N' to the letter 'W'. From an Arsenal perspective, West Ham look to be the team that will cause the Gunners more problems than last season, but more about that later. Newcastle's transfer activity seems to have picked up a head of steam of late. Initially, many [...]

808, 2018

Dembele deal depends on Ospina or Perez exit

By | August 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele would be a marquee signing in every sense of the word, but it still seems that this deal is unlikely to be rushed through before the transfer deadline. However, we know that Dembele is close to Aubameyang and other Arsenal players, and anyone else with a connection to Borussia Dortmund, so surely he would fit in well at Arsenal. Additionally, if [...]

808, 2018

Kroenke is no Klondike Pete

By | August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

To readers of a certain age, Klondike Pete means something. To those who are too young to know, or don't care to remember, Klondike Pete was a cartoon gold miner on the back of a cereal packet. The way people view 'Silent' Stan Kroenke, the owner of Arsenal, is no less two dimensional and that's purely because of a lack of information. The cereal, rather [...]

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 [...]

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