Is it worth Arsene ringing the changes for Burnley trip?

There is a wise old adage that says you should never change a winning team, and it’s difficult to disagree. When a team is on a roll, playing some of its best football in years, it would seem foolish to then switch things around and risk bringing all the hard-earned momentum to a juddering halt….

Basel stroll throws up a few questions for fiendishly good Arsenal side

At what point as a football team do you become too good for your own good? Frankly, I’m not convinced it’s entirely possible but last night’s Champions League showing from Arsenal certainly had me thinking. From an attacking point of view, it was among the best displays of football I have seen from an Arsenal…

Why Arsene Wenger’s ‘style and steel’ is music to so many ears

Arsene Wenger’s pre-match press conferences are nearly always good for a soundbite or two but there was one especially interesting vignette that emerged when the boss spoke to the media ahead of the Gunners’ Champions League clash with FC Basel. When asked about his side’s win over Chelsea, and the style in which it was…

The quiet revolution that allowed Arsenal to overcome Chelsea at last

The improvement between the Arsenal that destroyed Chelsea on Saturday and the team that slumped to defeat against Liverpool on the opening day of the season was stark. In a relatively short space of time, the team has progressed from porous and befuddled, to resolute and organised. So what was it about Saturday’s Arsenal that…

Whisper it…but Theo Walcott has actually been quite good this season

For many Arsenal fans, the merest mention of Theo Walcott’s name provokes a reaction somewhere between rage and despair. The 27-year-old has been at the club for a decade but has only ever shown flashes of the talent which made him such an exciting signing all those years ago, when Arsene swooped to snatch him…

A few key statistics as Arsenal prepare for trip to Hull City

Before this season had even started, Hull City were being roundly written off as the team nailed on for relegation. The club’s summer transfer activity was circumspect and, as a result, their promotion-winning manager, Steve Bruce, resigned his post, leaving the club rudderless with just weeks to go before the season started. The fans’ relationship…

What’s behind Arsenal’s recent struggles playing at the Emirates?

What is it about playing at the Emirates that seems to be causing Arsenal trouble of late? We started the season with a turbulent 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, and, in our latest home match, narrowly avoided a draw against Southampton courtesy of a last-gap penalty. But for that penalty, we may have…