Mohamed Elneny Shows his Value with Functional Performance against Cologne

Mohamed Elneny isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There’s not a lot of flash to his game, and many of his passes are simply short balls designed to tick over possession. He doesn’t dribble much and he doesn’t have the kind of raw pace and power that observers tend to enjoy, but even without all of […]

Why Always Mesut?

When Arsenal lose matches they should win, people tend to go big on a couple of things. The first is a lack of leaders, which is an interesting and potentially plausible theory, even if it’s very difficult to quantify for observers on the outside. The second is Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker is always one […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]