24 12, 2018

Festive fixtures frighten me – no slip ups from Arsenal

By | 2018-12-24T08:52:47+00:00 December 24th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, Attack, Defence, gooners, Gunners, injuries, premier league, Tactics, Transfers, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Happy Christmas Eve to you all and despite the fact Leicester did us a favour on Saturday, clearly it was too much to ask Everton not to be a complete shambles against Tottenham yesterday. You watch, when we go to Goodison they'll suddenly turn in to Pep's Barcelona, as opposed to the walking crash that [...]

20 12, 2018

NLD defeat: more worry for long term confidence than the result itself

By | 2018-12-19T22:17:40+00:00 December 20th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, gooners, Gunners, League Cup, Match Review, Tactics, Unai Emery|1 Comment

That was properly poor yesterday. As in "things aren't all as rosy as perhaps we thought" kind of poor. We've got injuries. We've got players out. We've got a few problems and we're by no means the finished article. But that performance didn't really warrant a North London Derby and those Tiny Totts played a [...]

18 12, 2018

Rotation the aim for Unai – now and when BATE come to town

By | 2018-12-18T11:27:58+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Defence, Europa League, League Cup, premier league, Unai Emery|0 Comments

So it's a trip to play BATE Borisov in the new year that looms for The Arsenal and having played them last season in the group stages I think we can be relatively happy with our lot there. It will mean an away trip first but if we can get the job done on their [...]

11 12, 2018

A patched up Arsenal must ‘get by’

By | 2018-12-11T07:34:58+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Defence, Europa League, gooners, Gunners, injuries, premier league, Transfers, Unai Emery|1 Comment

Howdy all, hope you are well on this Tuesday. A Tuesday in which hopefully Barcelona knock out the Totts and so we really can have a chuckle at the advertising they did about Champions League football. But anyway, that's them and they're not worthy of much airtime. Today in minded of the words that Bernd [...]

7 12, 2018

We need Özil back tomorrow

By | 2018-12-07T10:08:02+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, gooners, Gunners, premier league, press conference, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

As is the time of year, there's no room for any kind of major introspection of the last couple of games for the team, with a home match against Huddersfield on the horizon and having spoken to Nigel Winterburn on the show last night I found it interesting to hear him talk about physical fatigue [...]

5 12, 2018

Someday the curse of Old Trafford must be lifted for Arsenal

By | 2018-12-05T07:30:21+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, gooners, Gunners, injuries, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Midweek match day against United at Old Trafford today. It's hardly a happy stomping ground for us, having won once there since we won the league in 2002. That's sixteen years and only the odd point to come back down south with. It's by far the worst record of any away ground we have in [...]

4 12, 2018

Feel good factor back at Arsenal – earlier than I thought

By | 2018-12-04T11:50:11+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, gooners, Gunners, premier league, press conference, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Later one from me today on account with a plethora of work-related calls starting from 7am, but the burning need to splurge Arsenal-related thinking's on to my usual daily vehicle remains as strong as ever. So as I head in to the office this mid morning, I'm still somewhat basking in the glow of the [...]

2 12, 2018

Derby Day – Emery needs a Big Six ‘W’

By | 2018-12-02T11:25:01+00:00 December 2nd, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|2 Comments

Like I said yesterday in the blog, I hate these North London Derby Days, because they just bring out the worst nerves possible before a game. As Lee Dixon once famously recounted about when he played his first one having signed from Stoke and Toby Adams had him up against a wall, "we just can't [...]

29 11, 2018

Arsenal and Unai taking ‘The Greys’

By | 2018-11-29T06:50:11+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Europa League, Formation, Match Preview, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

If you're a regular reader you'll be well aware of my 90s obsession with Championship Manager as a kid. In many ways it basically set the tone for any kind of tactical analysis of the game, which probably explains why I'm not really too great when it comes to some of the in depth, data [...]

27 11, 2018

Koscielny gives Emery tactical options

By | 2018-11-27T07:31:33+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Defence, Europa League, Formation, injuries, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

The best news of yesterday has to be the return of Koscielny to the football pitch after he played for the Under-23s last night as they played Derby. It was a hammering for the team but the fact he's (unless we're told differently) come out of the game unscathed will be a big boost for [...]