19 08, 2018

A weird result at Stamford Bridge – positives and frustrations

By | 2018-08-19T08:38:48+00:00 August 19th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|2 Comments

I feel weird writing about Arsenal this morning. Weird because I don't know exactly how I feel. Often I will feel happiness, elation, anger, sadness, frustration, but today I feel a little bit of everything. And that's weird. Ultimately I guess the emotion that overrides all is sadness because we once again lost at Stamford [...]

18 08, 2018

High pres versus high press: Chelsea v Arsenal preview

By | 2018-08-18T08:46:24+00:00 August 18th, 2018|Arsenal, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Saturday is football and football is Saturday. I love it when The Arsenal play on a Saturday (even if the actual kick off time is rubbish). It feels right and proper. And what with this being the first Saturday of the season it feels extra exciting. I have that nervous butterflies in the stomach feeling [...]

13 08, 2018

An expected City defeat, but some attacking worry remains

By | 2018-08-13T07:58:57+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, midfield, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

I expected us to lose against City because they're two years into the development of their team under Pep. His training, his identity of his team, the way they press, the acquisition of the types of players he wants; all of it was quite clearly evident yesterday as City we're controlled, they took their chances [...]

8 08, 2018

Deadline day looms as defensive questions are asked

By | 2018-08-08T07:58:34+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Transfers, Defence, gooners, Gunners, pre season, premier league, Tactics, Transfers, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Well it's all been pretty much confirmed and after yesterday's Kroenke news I've obviously had my say in yesterday's blog. This morning I wake up resigned to the fact we are powerless to do anything. There are talks of protests, or not turning up to the first game, leaving the seats empty and showing Kroenke [...]

6 08, 2018

Chambers, Ramsey, Holding and fearing City – wobbly with a week to go

By | 2018-08-06T07:52:19+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, contracts, Defence, gooners, Gunners, pre season, premier league, Rant, Tactics, Unai Emery|1 Comment

We're less than a week before the big kick off to the Premier League so perhaps inevitably, what with the transfer window shutting on Friday too, Arsenal are suddenly looking less than perfect when it comes to preparation with the new season. I'm talking of the Ramsey situation of course, but also of the Calum [...]

4 08, 2018

Arsenal’s final dress rehearsal, poor Sead and Iwobi’s pivotal season

By | 2018-08-04T07:50:31+00:00 August 4th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Defence, friendly, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

I'm at a wedding today. Which is going to be really awks when I put my headphones in at 7pm to watch the Arsenal v Lazio game on Arsenal Player. Oh well, people will organise life-changing events when the last pre season friendly is on... Tonight will be fascinating I think. It'll be intriguing because [...]

3 08, 2018

Plug defensive holes and rotate the attack – how Emery makes Arsenal successful

By | 2018-08-03T07:58:04+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, pre season, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

This time next week fellow Gooners, it'll be countdown to Premier League match weekend one and we'll be but a few days away from finding out just how ready Unai Emery's charges are for the slog ahead. The summer has been kind to us so far. We've done business early, the players have had plenty [...]

2 08, 2018

Familiar frailties, but this Arsenal evolution will take time

By | 2018-08-02T07:57:58+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Formation, friendly, Match Review, pre season, Tactics, Unai Emery|1 Comment

A victory on penalties is still a victory, albeit a friendly victory and one in which I certainly think we can learn a bit from, get a bit excited about, but also be a little apprehensive. Let's get the painful stuff out of the way first though. Like ripping off the plaster on your knee [...]

1 08, 2018

Team takes shape tonight – with or without Rambo

By | 2018-08-01T07:53:26+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Transfers, Attack, contracts, Defence, friendly, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, pre season, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

I think this'll be an interesting game this evening against Chelski. Yes it's a pre season friendly. Yes it means little in the grand scheme of things. And yes the players are still adapting to life under Emery. But this will be a good opportunity for us to see what sort of side is taking [...]

31 07, 2018

New manager = players saying new things

By | 2018-07-31T07:27:33+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, Defence, friendly, gooners, Gunners, pre season, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Because we haven't had a new manager in so many years prior to this summer, we haven't seen the usual "this manager is working us soooo much more harder than the last one" type comments from footballers at Arsenal, so yesterday's comments from Bellerin are welcome but I personally take it with a pinch of [...]