It used to be referred to as Fergie time but it’s now Ole’s extra’s, five minutes in fact that weren’t really merited in any shape or form but it’s a small gripe in an otherwise enthralling match in the quest for 4th place.  A 2-0 win to Arsenal didn’t tell the whole story and it wasn’t a patch on previous encounters of both teams in their heyday but it was intriguing to say the least. It had the ingredients of something promising with passion, pride and energy present from the whistle and no one typifies that more in battle than Sokratis and Ramsey.  Both lookingRead More →

Alex Iwobi burst into the Arsenal side after being handed his debut in 2015 by Arsene Wenger and initial impressions were favourable. Under Unai Emery, he has improved and seems to be a regular first team member, providing pace in attack down the flanks. He is also useful with his contribution in front of goal with 6 goals and 6 assists and in addition he has a 76% pass rate,  which is marginally less than Aaron Ramsey (81%) and Henrik Mkhitaryan (80%) who also has the same amount of goals and assists. Jesse Lingard has 9 goals, 5 assists and a pass rate of 84%,Read More →

Unai Emery will need to instil a ruthless mentality in his players to beat a driven Manchester United side that doesn’t give up on lost causes and is brimming with desire and confidence. From the first whistle, Arsenal are going to have to take the game to their rivals, harass and press at every opportunity and deprive Lukaku or Rashford of the service they need. Failure to maintain a high tempo or slacken the hold on this game would hand United an advantage and gift them opportunities that we know they will take. Arsenal have to be clinical because they have squandered numerous chances inRead More →

Arsenal have lost once at home this season and are looking at a forth place finish after a fairly disastrous outing in Brittany this week. Manchester United spectacularly overturned a 2-0 deficit in the champions league with a last gasp 3-1 win in Paris. Decimated by injuries at a crucial stage of the season, Solskjær is looking to consolidate United’s position in the premiership with a win at the Emirates. One point separates the two teams and their fortunes in Europe have been quite contrasting at the time the whistle blows on Sunday but that will count for nothing on the day. Arsenal will beRead More →

One split second of madness, an inexcusable rush of blood to the head or uncontrollable reaction can change the course of a game.  Sokratis picked up a yellow card for a clumsy incident in the 33rd minute and within 7 more, the burly Greek went for broke with a 50/50 arm shoving contest with Sarr before taking him out as he approach the Arsenal goal.  In truth, from the moment the first yellow was shown, Sokratis should have taken more care because of what was at stake but in between both cards, he made another questionable attempt to reclaim the ball. It all looked soRead More →

It’s fair to assume that the loan deal for Denis Suarez is not just for half a dozen games at a cost of £2 million. If that is the case, Arsenal’s coach or hierarchy are due to be certified. The premier league games are dribbling away and so far, the Spaniard has failed to feature for an entire 90 minutes. If he actually returned to Barcelona at the end of the season having played six games for the gunners, it would be the worst transfer deal in the clubs history apart from Kim Källström back in 2014. Källström was signed with a back injury andRead More →

Arsenal have one eye on the game on Sunday against Manchester United but firstly, they have the little matter of the Europa League encounter against Rennes at Roazhon Park in Brittany Tonight. The bottom line is that Arsenal need a decent performance and result, in this away leg which they can then build on at the Emirates.  It’s not going to be easy, there are going to be flat patches in the match and a certain degree of caution with so much at stake but the key will be taking their chances, if and when they are available. Aubameyang and Lacazette have been less thanRead More →

It feels slightly odd even addressing transfers at this stage of the season, with nine games to go and who knows how many in the Europa league. People that have followed the Flyer will be aware that we take any rumour with a large pinch of salt and have done our utmost to put any transfer in perspective, without guessing or using unreliable sources, which, let’s be honest, is difficult. First up, Bayern Munich are allegedly showing interest in Arsenal prospect Xavier Amaechi. According to Football.London the German club have been long term admirers of the Academy prospect, which seems a bit of an oddRead More →

This North London Derby will be remembered more for the occasion, the incidents and the wasted chances than the quality of the game. This wasn’t even close to being as compelling as the Emirates sizzler, perhaps because of its location. Wembley tends to do that on occasion. With Spurs capitulating in the title race, they were now having to look over their shoulders at the pack, consisting of their neighbours, Manchester United and Chelsea. At one stage, it looked unlikely that they could be caught At one stage, it looked unlikely that they could be caught, at the moment, you wouldn’t rule it out. BothRead More →