Arsenal’s Europa league excursion presents it’s own set of problems for Sunday’s clash against Fulham at the Cottage. A 5,000 mile round trip and subsequent training sessions leading up to the match, may mean a few Arsenal players experiencing heavy legs and as a consequence, Arsenal head coach, Unai Emery may be forced to change things up or run the risk of losing his recent winning streak. The Spaniard can look forward to Mkhitaryan’s return and perhaps even Aubameyang and Ramsey, as they attempt to halt the advance of the premier league new boys. Fulham were devastating in the Championship and their free flowingRead More →

He splits opinion like a burly, Canadian logger with an axe and although he is a team player, the truth is Danny Welbeck has never lived up to expectation. He is the type of player who is either a famine or a feast and to some degree, reminds me of Nicholas Bendtner. Both resemble a well presented dish but taste like a microwave meal for one. Bendtner was also a frustrating player,  who promised much but delivered little, never able to cement his place in a team full of talent.  Welbeck plays with vigour and in  certain games he looks the part by  grabbing an eyeRead More →

It was never going to be a doddle for Arsenal in this Group E encounter with Qarabag. As I mentioned in a previous blog, Qarabag were going to make the job as difficult as possible and that turned out to be the case. Brimming with purpose, intent and endeavour, the Azerbaijan outfit put Arsenal on the back foot and for large portions of the game and they had to soak up pressure like an industrial sponge. Emery has at least managed to instill some much needed resilience and it was required to repel the waves of attacks heading toward the Arsenal box. This Arsenal side underRead More →

Funds permitting, Arsenal should be one of the busier premiership teams come the January transfer window. That’s assuming that invisible Stan Kroenke hasn’t exhausted all the available funds by buying the club. In an ideal World, there will be ins as well as outs, as boss, Unai Emery rings the changes. I’m assuming that fringe players will be the first ones to exit, along with contract rebel Aaron Ramsey and once the incoming funds are counted, frugal Stan may use his short arms to navigate the recesses of his long pockets to provide the rest. It goes without saying that Emery needs a few new recruits toRead More →

  A retrospective look back at Wenger’s seemingly endless pot of talent. During Arsene Wenger’s first 10 years at Arsenal, le Professor unearthed a succession of gems that managed to light up the premiership and in the process cement his reputation as the most successful Arsenal manager of all time. As an Arsenal fan, you would open the paper to learn of the acquisition of another unheard of foreign footballer that was Highbury bound, some names rolled off the tongue, others were like bricks in the mouth. Remember Jérémie Aliadière, that took me longer to master than the actual time he spent at Arsenal ! TheseRead More →

Qarabağ sounds like the name of an economy airline or perhaps something that should appear in a novel by J.K Rowling  “ Harry Potter and the horned Qarabağ “ but apparently, it’s a football team that play hosts to Arsenal in tonight’s  Europa league game, group E.  Arsenal are without a number of players for various reasons. Mkhitaryan (political) Ramsey (parental) Aubameyang (physical) all of which means there will be a series of necessary changes to take on the Azerbaijan side. I expect Lacazette, Welbeck, Guendouzi, Elneny and Iwobi to feature, either from the start or in shifts and lets hope Unai Emery maintains hisRead More →

Arsenal fans have exceptionally long memories and they can’t abide anything that resembles betrayal or treachery. Yet, there have been numerous examples over the years where players have spurned the devotion of the North London clubs faithful and gone elsewhere for new challenges or cash. It’s usually the cash!  Former gunners defender, Ashley Cole, made his way through the ranks and straight into the hearts of supporters, only to defect to Chelsea. Money again ! The incensed fans taunted him on his return with chants of ‘Cashley Cole’ and threw fake bank notes containing his image on to the pitch. Robin Van Persie, who joined inRead More →

Sometimes in the World of football, fate plays its part in a players career. They may be out of favour, they may have lost confidence or form and spent time on the fringes of the squad or warming up the substitutes bench.  There’s the obvious problems with injuries, which make it incredibly difficult to find a way back into the first team. Whatever the reason, the modern footballer has to dig deep during tough times. This leads us on to Rob Holding, who arrived from Bolton in 2016 for the paltry sum of £2 Million. Instead of being introduced gradually, injuries to Per Mertesacker and GabrielRead More →

Aaron Ramsey’s reasonably imminent departure, means that Arsenal will need to look for a quality replacement in January. Ramsey is known for his ability to arrive late in the box to claim crucial goals but he is also key to the buildup play to open up opposition defences for the strikers.  Players like this are not found in abundance, they are rare commodities, so, perhaps Unai Emery will need to think about a different kind of attacking midfielder. Nabil Fakir, is one such player, and one that had links with Arsenal in the last transfer window. The Lyon midfielder would certainly help compliment Arsenal’s attackingRead More →

In the end, Arsenal got what they needed and a  2-0 victory against Watford seemed a little flattering, but these are the games where the Gunners have failed to do what was necessary so often in the past. Watford, were their usual robust and vigorous selves and in all honesty, the game only turned when Alex Iwobi joined the fray.  It was his desire to chase, probe and run forward that managed to wreak havoc on the Watford defence and credit to Unai Emery for an inspired substitution. Contract rebel, Aaron Ramsey, who will soon be on his bike, was sacrificed in favour of theRead More →