The Star has announced that Unai Emery is willing to sell Laurent Koscielny in January. The Arsenal Captain sustained an Achilles injury towards the end of last season and has only recently returned to full training. According to The Star, Emery is content to dispense with a highly experienced performer without even giving him the opportunity to prove his worth. This doesn’t sound like the sort of behaviour that the Spaniard normally engages in.       Emery can hardly dispense with that class of player, when his defence is still fragile. If there is any truth in this latest story, it mayRead More →

  Not long now, before the transfer window opens for business and no doubt, it will consist of the usual scramble for signatures that involve sums that would keep Kim Kardashian in fake nails and ball gowns for 18 months. For those clubs looking to consolidate, it’s the opportunity to add extra depth and quality. Others are driven by need to avoid relegation and those additions may help but a majority of those panic buys will end in failure and disappointment. Arsenal are reported to have €100 million available to reinforce this season but one suspects that at least £40 million (€44 million) will beRead More →

  Always passionate and full of energy, Wrighty makes a truly valid point about the relationship between owners and fans. He states that the fans rarely get anything back   "Normally with football clubs it's just take, take, take from the fans. But what he has done at #LCFC is the benchmark for how it should be done."@IanWright0 on what made Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha so special 🇹🇭🦊💙 — BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) October 30, 2018Read More →

    Arsenal drew with struggling Crystal Palace and although it was disappointing in a number of ways, it was exactly the type of game they would have lost last season. It would be easy to say that the gunners should have won this game, having been in such fine form of late but Palace are a team that needs the points for an entirely different reason and they were never going to just roll over quietly. Arsenal had been on a winning streak of 11 games and scoring rather freely. Whereas Palace couldn’t buy a goal and looked about as lethal as a partiallyRead More →

Unai Emery was, in many people’s opinion, the surprise choice for the Arsenal managers job, now simply referred to as ‘coach’ I got wind of his interview the day before his   appointment was announced to the media. My own particular preference was for Julian Nagelsmann but evidence is starting to suggest that Ivan ‘the terrible’ Gazidis, made a surprisingly astute choice. I say this because the outgoing CEO has been one of the architects of a dismal period for the club, the likes of which have never been witnessed by the majority of fans.   Emery is someone who leaves no stone unturned in any kindRead More →

This encounter at the Estádio José Alvalade was going to be stiff test when you consider that Sporting Lisbon have not been beaten there for 12 months. Currently sitting 5th in the Premeira Liga, Sporting are no soft touch and Arsenal fans who thought that the gunners would hand out a spanking received a much needed reality check.  The first half performance from both sides could be termed in Portuguese “Como observação de pintura seca“ which in English means like watching paint dry.  Life under Unai Emery has all the hallmarks of measured success with the potential to become something more but the Spaniard knows exactlyRead More →

    It’s been argued many times before, that Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is in the same class as Gunners legend, Dennis Bergkamp. Just how these comparisons come about is a bit of a mystery but we live in world where labels are necessary and where someone is always the ‘ New ‘ this or that. Ozil, for his part , has taken it as a compliment but insists that he should be judged on his own ability and style of play.     He has also taken the comparisons with a hefty teaspoon of salt (Teelöffel Salz) and as well he might , because the two can’tRead More →

Back in August, I did a piece on Mesut Ozil, who at the time, was being singled out by pundits and the media for his watery contribution to the Arsenal team. It’s interesting that after the Leicester game, Ozil has received such lavish praise and that the word ‘genius’ has been used almost hourly basis. The piece was originally published by Arsenal Fever. ‘Unai Emery has had just over six weeks to implement his style of play and assess the squad at his disposal, and one suspects that he is not entirely happy. Forget the fact that Emery likes to play out from the back,Read More →