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 →

  So, talks between Arsenal football club and Aaron Ramsey have broken down. Quelle surprise!! Despite all the shuffling at the top of the Arsenal deck, no one seems to be able to get a player to use a pen. The BBC’s David Ornstein broke the news on Twitter :- The North London club have been embarrassingly inept with their contract extensions over the last two or more seasons. Ozil and Sanchez managed to string the club along for months and the team almost went into meltdown of doubt. Former manager, Arsene Wenger added to his own problems by not resolving his own contract issues and theRead More →

  It’s no secret that Granit Xhaka has had fluctuating fortunes in an Arsenal shirt. At times he has looked out of place, like a round peg in a square hole. Committing rash tackles that could prematurely end someone’s season, whilst at the same time showing his ineptitude in the role of a holding midfielder. These short comings have been highlighted more times than a collection of willing female participants at the local hairdressers. I have been amazed by the amount of patience he has been afforded since his arrival from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 for a princely sum of around £30 Million plus. EverythingRead More →

The Carabao Cup isn’t the most prestigious cup on the planet but it has offered up a number of encounters that has made it essential viewing. If Derby’s win against United was the stuff of dreams, Hazards goal for Chelsea against Liverpool raised the credibility bar by several heavenly notches. Arsenal were up against a Brentford side fizzing with confidence and desire, which is always an accident waiting to happen for any premier league outfit. As if to illustrate the fundamental gulf between the two sides, Arsenal’s second goal certainly reinforced the point. Mkhitaryan, to Iwobi, into the path of Monreal, across to a waitingRead More →