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 –…

A triumph of hard work and a desire to succeed: An ode to Nacho Monreal

For some professional footballers, an instinctive gift for the game has allowed them to progress right to the very pinnacle of the sport. For those select few, all the riches and adulation that go hand-in-hand with being a star player have come relatively easily, the result of them doing every day what they have always…

Quality the difference as Arsenal edge past obdurate West Bromwich Albion

It certainly wasn’t Arsenal’s most polished performance of the year but there was enough about the team on Monday night to earn the three points against a typically industrial West Bromwich Albion side. Despite taking a first-half lead through Alexandre Lacazette, the Gunners were fortunate to be ahead at the break given the quality of…

Mood stays sombre despite Arsenal’s comfortable win over Bournemouth

‘Meh’ is about as appropriate an expression as can be used to sum up the reaction after Arsenal’s cakewalk against Bournemouth on Saturday. ‘Meh’ because we knew it was perfectly possible that we might make the Cherries look absolutely rank, and ‘meh’ because victory really didn’t act as any sort of salve to the woes…