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 […]

Arsenal Renewed by Elneny, Iwobi and a Right-Sided Sanchez

Many believe Arsenal have blown their chances of winning the Premier League title for yet another season, and they’re probably right. They’re still 11 points behind Leicester City, and even though they have a game in hand, the odds are incredibly remote. In recent weeks, though, the Gunners have experienced an upturn in form, and […]

Mohamed Elneny Adds Much Needed Solidity To Arsenal Midfield

Prior to kick-off, Arsenal’s colossal clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane had been billed as the biggest north London derby in history. With this in mind, Arsene Wenger’s decision to hand Mohamed Elneny his first Premier League start under such circumstances showed how highly he rates his Egyptian midfielder. Knowing he needed some midfield […]

Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Team news After struggling earlier in the season with injury, Arsenal’s squad is now in a pretty strong position. They did lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the midweek, during their Champions League loss to Barcelona, but aside from that there are no new concerns. Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky still remain on the sidelines, […]

UCL: Wenger and Arsenal Made to Pay in Transition Again

In the wake of Arsenal’s 2-0 home loss to Barcelona, in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash, Arsene Wenger did little to hide his displeasure. “Of course I’m disappointed because we put a lot of energy into this game,” he said. “I felt that we lost at the moment that […]

Why Olivier Giroud Deserves More Credit For His All-Round Contribution To Arsenal

While so much talk has centred around Olivier Giroud’s shocking first half miss during Arsenal’s spectacular 3-3 draw with Liverpool, the burly Frenchman’s overall contribution shouldn’t be overlooked as a result of this one mistake. Giroud was brilliant, definitely one of the best afield, on his way to bagging a well deserved brace. The man […]

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey: The Pros and Cons of His Central Midfield Role

“He comes alive when he plays through the middle.” Arsene Wenger was the man responsible for these words, and from these words alone, most Arsenal fans would be able to guess that he was referring to Aaron Ramsey. After all, the Welshman has made no secret of his preference to play through the middle, as […]

Why Calum Chambers Deserves The Chance To Prove Himself In Midfield Role

In what was just his second ever start in defensive midfield for Arsenal, Calum Chambers put in a supremely accomplished showing against Eddie Howe’s crafty Bournemouth outfit. With Mathieu Flamini given a rest and the likes of Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta all missing through injury, Arsene Wenger entrusted Chambers to […]

Sadio Mane’s Elusive Movement, Pace and Trickery Key in Saints’ Crushing Win Vs Arsenal

“It was a fantastic performance against a good Arsenal team – that’s a big compliment to the players,” said an overjoyed Ronald Koeman following Southampton’s spectacular 4-0 rout of the Gunners. “We caused them lots of problems up front through Mane and Long. It was a perfect performance.” Koeman couldn’t have been more accurate in […]