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 –…

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…