25 08, 2018

West Ham at home: we need players with passing range

By | 2018-08-25T08:00:56+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Attack, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, midfield, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Happy Saturday one and all, hope you're having a good one, especially since the season can now officially start today after a couple of engine stalls. Of course the engine could still fall apart on us today and anybody expecting West Ham to be a nice easy ride should probably have a think about that [...]

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 [...]

12 08, 2018

Nerves, unpredictability, possibility: The Arsenal are back

By | 2018-08-12T08:46:27+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Morning all! Excited? I know I am. Of course I'm also absolutely bricking myself as to what lies ahead because quite frankly, the Premier League random fixture generator couldn't have made it more difficult for us if it tried. Man City were so many streaks ahead of everyone else last season that it's hard to [...]

10 08, 2018

No deadline day excitement, because it’s saved for our attacking line up

By | 2018-08-10T07:52:16+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Formation, gooners, Gunners, pre season, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

That was that then. The transfer window closed an unsurprisingly, given that so many people talked up 'madness' and went on about a defender and Dembele from Barca, there were only outgoings yesterday from Arsenal. Lucas Perez ended an unhappy two years at the club by signing for West Ham for a paltry £4million and [...]

5 08, 2018

Emery’s tinkering of Arsenal formation keeps us guessing

By | 2018-08-05T09:53:12+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Formation, friendly, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, pre season, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

That's it then. Final match preparations have been completed, a 2-0 victory against Lazio was secured, an Arsenal performance in which some of the returning players got valuable minutes and as is par for the course for The Arsenal, a positional crisis as we now seem to have both of our left backs injured for [...]

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 [...]

26 07, 2018

Ramsey: sign or be sold within a week

By | 2018-07-26T07:53:44+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, contracts, Formation, Match Preview, pre season, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

It's hotter than hell in the UK today. But you'll nee find me complaining that's for sure. I don't care that I have to squeeze myself into a suit for work because this type of summer feels like it comes along once in a lifetime and so I'm just embracing it. Much like Aaron Ramsey [...]