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…

No room for slow starts as Arsenal brace for trip to Manchester City

If Arsenal are to stand any chance of coming away from the Etihad Stadium with anything to show for their efforts they must focus on improving their first-half performance. A recurring feature of this fledgling season has been the Gunners inability to play at their best from the first whistle. Too often, the team has…

Arsenal squad must put boardroom balls-up aside for visit of Swansea

How does the Arsenal squad refocus for today’s visit of Swansea given the relative rollercoaster of a week at the club? After a tumultuous seven days that has seen glorious highs, young stars emerge, and old farts disgrace themselves, a mid-afternoon Premier League clash with struggling Swansea seems positively boring in comparison. Against that sort…

Arsenal’s excellence at Everton is bittersweet set against recent woes

Arsenal’s afternoon stroll around Goodison Park on Sunday served only to sharpen the focus on last weekend’s truly woeful result at Watford. The Gunners were absolutely imperious in attack against the most ramshackle Everton side of recent memory, and showed flashes of truly brilliant football as they rained down no fewer than 28 shots on…

Europa League campaign is sweet relief for weary Arsenal fans

The best thing about Arsenal in the Europa League is that it acts as a sort of light relief to the woes of their domestic campaign, a welcome distraction to the misery of yet another bad result at the weekend. There is something surreal about playing on Thursday night in the arse-end of Europe –…