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Will the international break debacle actually help Giroud?

View image | It’s not been a pleasant start to the season for France international Olivier Giroud. A large number of Arsenal fans wanted the manager to buy another striker (and were extremely angry when we did no such business), basically admitting that they do not rate Giroud as a title winning striker. Although he is responsible for our ... Read More »

Will we ever see Walcott return to the flank for Arsenal?

View image | Arsenal forward Theo Walcott demonstrated the extent of his finishing ability yesterday, during England’s emphatic 6-0 away win over minnows San Marino. The 26 year old came on as a second half substitute for fellow Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and found the net twice, with his first goal coming seconds after he took to the pitch. He ... Read More »

Analysing the squad: Do we have what it takes to win the Premier League?

View image | With the transfer window closed for the next four months; the squad we have right now will decide our fate in the Premier League. The minimum expectation from the fans is a Top 4 finish; with a title challenge being the ideal scenario. But do we have what it takes for a title challenge? Let’s take ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Newcastle United 0- 1 Arsenal: Wenger’s men hold on to an important victory over Magpies

View image | An important but unspectacular 1-0 victory for Arsenal at the Sports Direct Arena means the Gunners can go into the international break on a positive note especially given the results elsewhere. A Coloccini own goal secured the 3 points against 10-men Newcastle who had their striker Mitrovic sent off for a studs up challenge on Francis ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Newcastle United v Arsenal: Misfiring Gunners look for a win to get the season back on track

View image | Arsenal travel to the North East to meet Newcastle United in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off. This is the last game before the Premier league breaks for the internationals so it’s imperative that we round off the month with a win; there’s also the small matter of transfer window sandwiched in between. We are already 5 points ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Arsenal 0 – 0 Liverpool: Gunners draw a blank as calls for a new striker grow louder

View image | I admit that all my pre match confidence about Arsenal winning the game vaporised when it was revealed that Mertesacker and Koscielny were unavailable and they would be replaced by the rookie pairing of Chambers and Gabriel. Other than that it was the same team that took to the field against Palace. Liverpool had the first ... Read More »

Analyzing the Benzema to Arsenal transfer

View image | As any semi-conscious Gooner will be well-aware the transfer story which has dominated Arsenal’s summer more than any other is that linking us with a move for the Real Madrid and France striker, Karim Benzema. Despite the boss expressly stating this morning that “we are not close” to signing any new players, for instance, stories have ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Gunners need to provide strong response

View image | Arsenal need a strong performance today to validate their title credentials   Let’s not talk about last week. Arsenal’s season begins today and I am gonna just have it that way. The Gunners travel to Crystal Palace to face an exuberant Palace side that has been buoyed by their new signings, notably French midfielder Yohan Cabaye. ... Read More »

Analyzing Calum Chambers’ role this season

View image | The excitement surrounding Petr Cech’s arrival at the Emirates meant that the story flew somewhat under the radar but it was just over a two-weeks ago that Arsenal turned-down an approach from Calum Chambers’ old club Southampton to take the defender back to St. Mary’s on a season-long. In many respects this is a nothing story ... Read More »

[Player Ratings] Arsenal 0 – West Ham United 2: Toothless Gunners come up short against impressive Hammers

View image | You wait for two months to see your team in action and they turn up with a show that makes you feel like life was better without football. Arsenal lost to West Ham United at home and thereby failing to capitalise on Chelsea’s draw yesterday. It may be early days but it is 3 important points ... Read More »

[Match Preview] Arsenal vs West Ham: Gunners looking for strong start to the season

View image | The long wait is finally over. Arsenal are back and its that time of the year when football fans are full of hope and expectations for their team ahead of the new season. And from an Arsenal perspective, the optimism ahead of this season seems greater than any other season in recent memory and rightly so. ... Read More »

A title challenge beckons

View image | “After months of build-up,” the cliché goes, “the talking stops here.” However, in the context of Arsenal’s hopes of challenging for the Premier League title in the coming season, a more adequate characterization of club’s position might be to say that it is “after 10 years build-up” that the talking finally stops. After all, the fact ... Read More »

Serge Gnabry still has a bright Arsenal future

View image | Having backed-up our Barclay’s Asia Cup triumph last week by winning our first Emirates Cup trophy in five seasons on Sunday, it is seems safe to suggest that the mood surrounding Arsenal six days out from our Community Shield clash against Chelsea is pritty good. While no right-minded fan is going to get carried away with ... Read More »

Analysis: Mathieu Flamini’s mixed Arsenal legacy

View image | Like any other club Arsenal has always employed players who have provoked sharp divisions of opinion among supporters. However, the budgetary restrictions effected by the building of the Emirates Stadium meant that this phenomenon seems to have has grown more prevalent over the last decade than at almost any previous point in the club’s history.   ... Read More »

Making sense of Wojciech Szczesny’s Vacanze Romane

View image | Just six months ago the only aspect of news which emerged this afternoon that Wojciech Szczesny will be joining AS Roma on loan next season is the fact that the deal is not automatically permanent. After all, the Polish goalkeeper’s infamously poor performance during Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat away against Southampton on New Year’s Day not only ... Read More »