Gunner Blogs

Giroud in Good Company as Arsenal’s Plan B

  With a hard-fought victory over West Brom, Arsenal have shown that they are capable of mixing it with the physical teams and can grind out a win. Tony Pullis has a reputation for creating teams with a consistent first eleven that are well drilled in defending against skilful players, are able to instigate a counter attack through long balls and look to physically dominate the opposition. Not the sort of team manager Arsene Wenger would have chosen as their Boxing Day opposition after a run that saw The Gunners amass just one point from the past three fixtures. “Olivier […]

ARSENAL AGM 2016 – Key Points

AGM starts with a round of applause for Arsene Wenger, as owner Stan Kroenke hands him a portrait to mark his 20 years of service (a montage of his face using the names of all 210 players selected during his tenure) On the top table are Lord Harris, Josh Kroenke, David Miles, Sir Chips Keswick, Ivan Gazidis, Stan Kroenke, Arsene Wenger and Ken Friar. Room were split over whether to keep Kroenke on as a director but after a second show of hands, he stays on as a director. Chairman Sir Chips Keswick defends CEO Ivan Gazidis’ £2.65million salary and […]

Arsenal 6 – 0 Ludogorets

It is lovely to watch the Arsenal live without being on the edge for the last 20 minutes or so. Not only it helps my aging heart, it also gives the manager opportunity to rotate players wisely which could be vital for the later stages of the season. Arsene Wenger had already made four changes from the team that beat Swansea with David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in at the expense of Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal, Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi. He was also able to use all three subs when the game was […]

Could Wenger’s keeper decision backfire on Arsenal?

“Petr Cech” (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald Arsene Wenger raised eyebrows when he handed David Ospina a starting place in his side’s Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Petr Cech. The Colombian made a string of high-profile errors in the competition last season in the club’s defeats to Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiakos. As a result, Gunners supporters were bemused to see the 28-year-old between the sticks rather than the reliable hands of Cech in the Parc des Princes. Despite an early setback when Edinson Cavani put PSG ahead in the opening minute, Ospina produced a number of fine saves to […]

PSG 1-1 Arsenal

  Well, this was a game we produced a floodlight robbery by snatching a point we didn’t deserve. But how many times we have seen this type of thing happening against us, maybe lady luck has started smiling towards us at last. Arsenal travelled to Paris as big underdogs looking to open their Champions League campaign with a win but left the pitch, very grateful for a point – an away point against the strongest team in our group. It was a very strange formation Arsenal deployed for the game; out of our two central midfielders it was Coquelin who […]

Arsenal 2 – 1 Southampton

They say the season starts here, when the summer transfer window is shut. It makes this gritty win a very important one, especially after losing our first home game of the season in the opening weekend. What a goal it was that got us back in the game from our captain Koscielny; an overhead kick of the highest quality from a genuinely brilliant player. I hope the head injury he suffered before our injury time, penalty winner is not serious. Kudos to Santi Cazorla for keeping his head and slotting the penalty away under such intense pressure, given that the delay […]

Le combat – Ben Yedder VS Lacazette

Arsenal have made a bid for Alexandre Lacazette today but Lyon have rejected the Gunners’ €35m offer. Not a big surprise as similar bids from West Ham and us earlier in the summer were rejected for the prolific striker. Lyon’s valuation of Lacazette is reportedly around £40 million, a reasonable asking price in the current market and more than affordable for a club of Arsenal’s stature. Arsenal need a top striker if they are going to launch a genuine Premier League title challenge, and Lacazette would be very good addition given the shortage of top strikers available. So why would […]

Is Sissoko the Man to Solve Arsenal’s Midfield Puzzle?

It is only natural for the transfer rumour mill to grind into life following a major tournament, although as we have seen in the past signing a player who has done the business at a World Cup or a European Championship does not always guarantee success (cough El-Hadji Diouf cough). But what about a bloke who has plenty of Premier League experience, and who burst back into prominence with a series of fine showings at Euro 2016? One such example would be Moussa Sissoko, who despite a season of mediocrity and disappointment at Newcastle United became a key figure in […]

Arsenal begin preparations for new season

Arsenal stars who were not involved in Euro 2016 and Copa America returned to training for the first time on Wednesday. In the absence of players such as Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, new signing Granit Xhaka, and Alexis Sanchez, who was player of the tournament as Chile won the Copa America for the second time in two years, Arsene Wenger had the chance to watch some of his fringe players more closely, with Yaya Sanogo back in training after a loan spell at Charlton last season, Chuba Akpom, who helped Hull to promotion, and Mathieu Debuchy, […]