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 […]

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 […]

Arsenal Exploit Speed As They Go Direct in Win over Villa

At the moment, Arsenal look very different to the team that started the season. There is no Alexis Sanchez on the left-hand side, and the formidable holding midfield duo of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla isn’t there either. Even Aaron Ramsey is playing in a different position, now in the centre rather than an out […]

How Wenger’s Alterations Took Arsenal to Victory against Pep’s Bayern

In recent years, Arsenal have often been criticised for their so-called softness, but after a big win against Bayern Munich, which Arsene Wenger later described as a “necessity” for their Champions League campaign, no one could have questioned their determination. The Gunners battled away against the Bavarian side, and in contrast to their league form, […]