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United victory gives Wenger’s critics pause for thought

View image | There is no fan-base in European football that has been as consistently divided over the position of their club’s manager over the past decade as supporters of Arsenal. In many respects this is entirely logical. Since Sir Alex Ferguson ended his 27 year reign in charge of Manchester United in 2013, Arsene Wenger’s 21 year stint in ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United

View image | Finally, we got to see what Arsenal are truly capable of, and it was beautiful. Yesterday’s display was much-needed for us; and the timing could not be more perfect, as we now head into the international break. The performance yesterday was sublime, extraordinary; however you want to phrase it – and it is something that Arsenal ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Arsenal vs Manchester United: Beleaguered Gunners have to do it for their manager

View image | A quick one today. Arsenal vs Manchester United was a game that once was the most anticipated occasion in the English football calendar but as Arsenal took sidestage and United re-established themselves the fixture has lost a bit of shine over the years. But it nevertheless remains a heavyweight contest and one which you can’t take ... Read More »

Wenger’s press-conference outburst speaks to awareness of Ospina misstep

View image | It has been a testing couple of days for Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger. Consecutive defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos in the Champions League leave the Gunners facing into back-to-back fixtures against Bayern Munich over the coming month with the prospect of having zero points after four group fixtures seeming a very real possibility. It is ... Read More »

Is Arsene Wenger still cut out for the Champions League?

View image | In the aftermath of Arsenal’s narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris you would have got long odds on it being the case that almost a full decade later the club has only once progressed past the quarter-final stage of the competition. Indeed, since 2006 Arsenal’s European ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-3 Olympiacos

View image | Yesterday’s result was pure Arsenal. You would think that we would have learnt from our mistakes over the years, but every single season it’s the same thing. Win a couple of away fixtures against tricky opposition, get some confidence and momentum going, and then crash and burn against mediocre opposition at home. Yes, Olympiacos played well. ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Arsenal vs Olympiacos: A must win for Arsenal as the Greeks come home

View image | It’s a case of must win game for the Gunners, when they host Olympiacos at the Emirates tonight. After losing their opening game to Dinamo Zagreb, Arsene Wenger’s men can’t afford another loss but after recording back to back wins last week, Arsenal should be confident going into the game.  The Greek side will not be short on confidence either, ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Leicester City 2-5 Arsenal

View image | A great match today; good, enjoyable football all around and credit to Leicester for fighting till the end. The tempo of the game was great and with some of our struggling players finally finding form, this victory is all the more sweeter. It is also a massive morale boost heading into a tough couple of weeks ... Read More »

Has Mathieu Flamini forced his way back into the first team?

View image | It has been a strange week at the Emirates Stadium. Not only has Gabriel Paulista had the red-card that he acquired during last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea rescinded and instead been handed a one match ban and a fine for the “improper conduct” he displayed in protesting a sending-off that the FA now accept was ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Leicester City vs Arsenal: Can the Gunners end Leicester’s unbeaten run?

View image | At the start of the season, I am pretty sure not even the craziest of Leicester City fans would have predicted that their team would be the only unbeaten team going into Matchday 7. Arsenal meet Leicester hoping to keep their proud Invincibles record intact and the Gunners can ensure that the record stays for another ... Read More »

Can Kieran Gibbs regain an Arsenal starting spot?

View image | Despite the obvious gaps that persist in Arsenal’s first-team squad – most notably the absence of defensive midfield cover for Francis Coquelin and a credible central-forward option to rival Olivier Giroud – one can persuasively argue that this is the strongest and deepest set of players that Arsene Wenger has managed since the 2005/06 team which ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Arsenal

View image | Another North London Derby, another win. After two losses over the past week, a win was just what the doctor ordered and the fact that we beat the Spurs is just the icing on the cake. It didn’t come easy, that’s for sure. There were many, many moments when our defense was completely overrun and it ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Spurs vs Arsenal: Response required from the Gunners

Arsene Wenger has always considered the League Cup, or the Capital One Cup as it is called now, as a platform to field the youngsters and to get them acclimatised to the way life works in the Premier League. However given the opposition and the situation we find ourselves in after two successive losses, Wenger confirmed that the team tonight ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Chelsea vs Arsenal: Can Arsenal end their Chelsea hoodoo?

View image | It’s good vs evil, it’s art vs graft, it’s Class vs Corrupt, it’s Wenger vs Mourinho, it’s Arsenal vs Chelsea. Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge for this Saturday’s lunchtime kick off and surely the game promises to be an interesting if not intense affair. Arsenal wobbled in the midweek game against Dinamo Zagreb while Chelsea hammered ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Dinamo Zagreb vs Arsenal: Arsenal face European challenge with Chelsea on the horizon

View image | Champions League action tonight as Arsenal take on Dinamo Zagreb at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb. It hasn’t been a good matchday 1 so far for the English clubs in Europe as Manchester United and Manchester City both endured defeats yesterday. Arsenal last met the Croats in the 06-07 qualifiers when they ran out winners in ... Read More »