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, […]

Mesut Ozil’s Excellent Defensive Contribution vs Man Utd A Huge Plus For Arsenal

“The anticipation and the expectation is obviously big. “We just want to prove ourselves and get the three points. When you prove yourself against big teams, your self-belief increases because you believe in yourself more,” explained Arsenal’s gloriously talented German midfielder, Mesut Ozil, on the eve of their massive clash against Manchester United last weekend. […]

Distribution, Ramsey and Debuchy: 3 Key Things from Arsenal’s Win over Spurs

Throughout an even encounter at White Hart Lane, Mathieu Flamini struck twice to give Arsenal a 2-1 win, in the Capital One Cup, over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. For Arsene Wenger, this may not have been football at its artistic best, but after watching his much-maligned side show plenty of backbone to come out on […]

The Case for Theo Walcott: Why Arsenal should Persist with the Englishman Up Front

Every now and again, Theo Walcott gives us a glimpse of his capabilities. Last weekend, in Arsenal’s 2-0 home win over Stoke, he brought down a Mesut Ozil ball with the most efficient of first touches, and then, as the Stoke defence started to close in, casually stroked the ball home for Arsenal’s opener. In […]

Tactical Preview: Can Newcastle contain Arsenal’s imposing left-hand side?

This weekend, the Premier League will kick off with an intriguing clash, at St James’ Park, between Newcastle and Arsenal. It will be intriguing for a number of reasons, but what’s most striking about the match-up is that both sides will be familiar with the tactics to be used against them. In Arsenal’s case, they […]

Arsenal and Liverpool Battle for Territory at the Emirates

In the build-up to Liverpool’s early-season clash with Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers talked about his team and its need to control the space. “If you assess the last 10 games Arsenal have lost at home, it was about dangerous possession for the teams who won,” he said. “They only averaged four shots on target with 43% […]