Whatever happens, Arsenal must act decisively in Sanchez transfer saga

Does anybody do a transfer saga quite as well as Arsenal? It doesn’t appear so given the club’s lengthy and unenviable track record of protracted, embarrassing and ultimately damaging departures down the years. Of course, we all view the football world through the prism of our own club and tend to view our own experiences…

Arsenal break even against Liverpool as win-or-bust football persists

If I learned one thing from last night’s six-goal thriller against Liverpool it’s that we will never again be a sound defensive unit under Arsene Wenger. The days of miserly, tough-tackling defending, and no-nonsense midfields are gone and will not be coming back as long as the Frenchman is in charge at the Emirates. Arsene…

Arsenal do enough but shooting pains persist against Newcastle

The issues with confidence and cohesion that have blighted Arsenal’s football recently showed no real signs of abatement as they overcame an underwhelming Newcastle side at the Emirates on Saturday. A real sluggishness and lack of vigour has rendered Arsenal impotent in attack of late, while simultaneously highlighting their weaknesses in defence, and draws at…

Focus must be on defence if Arsenal are to stem the flow of goals

There was a depressing familiarity about the way in which Arsenal huffed and puffed their way to a draw at Southampton on Sunday. The Saints are far from the side they have been in recent seasons and, in truth, should not really have posed a problem for an Arsenal side which aspires to make it…