Arsenal Mix the Good with the Bad in Season Opener

The Premier League season opener again illustrated the qualities attached to England’s top-flight. There wasn’t necessarily much in the way of astute defending or tactical nous, but the excitement level was through the roof as Arsenal scored two late goals to claim a 4-3 win over Leicester City. The result left the home fans at […]

3 Key Things: Why Monaco Playmaker Thomas Lemar is a Man in Demand

Thomas Lemar is hot property at the moment. The young Monaco man is linked with a host of clubs, most notably Arsenal, and there’s good reason for it. He is an excellent player, one with a whole lot of quality and variation to his game, and here, we’ll take a look at some of his […]

Wenger Gets It Right With Varied Attack to Outpoint Chelsea In FA Cup Final

Arsene Wenger is never going to get many compliments for his tactical efforts. Featuring in a league alongside managers such as Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, he’s always going to be viewed as something of an old-timer, maybe even one who is being left behind by the younger brigade. […]

Granit Xhaka Shows He’s On The Right Track For Arsenal

Even now, Granit Xhaka is misunderstood on a fairly consistent basis. Observers still insist on comparing him directly to N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama, which is unusual given that the Swiss international is a completely different player from the other two. Granted they were all new signings for London clubs at the start of the […]

How Giroud’s Physicality Allowed Arsenal to Alter Approach Against West Brom

In their recent home match against West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal dominated proceedings during the first half. They passed the ball around effortlessly, controlling nearly 80% of possession in the process, and they were rarely troubled by their opposition. The likes of Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil bumped the ball around between themselves with […]

Why Alex Iwobi is Arsenal’s Connector

Arsene Wenger thinks of Alex Iwobi as a connector. “Football is perception, decision-making and acting,” the Arsenal boss asserted. “The perception especially struck me. The perception he has of the game and the speed of his decision-making struck me. “When you look at him at first there is nothing special there. But after when you […]

Euro 2016: Granit Xhaka’s Reputation Continues to Mushroom in France

At Euro 2016, Granit Xhaka’s reputation continues to mushroom. His excellent displays at Borussia Mönchengladbach made him more widely known to the footballing world, his move to Arsenal brought him to the forefront of it and, with two man of the match performances for Switzerland in his first two games in France, he is now a […]

Questions Surrounding Jack Wilshere Should Relate To Position, Not Selection

So Roy Hodgson has finally named his 23-man squad for Euro 2016. Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater all missed out, meaning that one player whose position was highly debated, Jack Wilshere, made the cut. The Arsenal man’s inclusion has been particularly controversial when viewed within the context of Drinkwater’s exclusion, and that’s probably […]

Fernandinho’s Drive Essential to Man City’s Attack against Arsenal

In Manuel Pellegrini’s last ever home game as Manchester City manager, his players came out with intent. They pressed high up the Etihad Stadium pitch in a bid to win the ball back quickly against Arsenal, and for Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger, this wasn’t exactly what he anticipated. “I was surprised by the intensity of […]

A look at Arsenal’s Shortcomings against Crystal Palace

Another Arsenal season that started with massive promise has petered out. The team, as a whole, summarised this situation neatly in their recent performance against Crystal Palace, where all of the familiar ingredients for success were there but the success itself wasn’t. The Gunners had plenty of the ball, led by the reliable circulation of Mohamed […]