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 […]

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, […]