Sunderland win shows patience pays off for those willing to work at Arsenal

As well as confirming Olivier Giroud’s messianic status at Arsenal, yesterday’s win at Sunderland showed that patience and hard work for players on the periphery of the first team squad really does pay off. Despite being usurped as first choice left back in recent years, Kieran Gibbs has stayed quiet, kept his own counsel and,…

Are Arsenal finally getting to grips with the injury curse?

There have been numerous occasions over the years in which injuries at key times in the season have turned out to be hugely damaging – with some even proving to be turning points. I think first and foremost of the season-defining Premier League clash at Birmingham City in 2008 in which Eduardo suffered an horrific…

Arsene Tweaker? Gamble with system change pays off for Gunners

There was something decidedly different about the Arsenal side that steam-rollered Ludogorets on Wednesday night – something curious and yet vaguely irksome. There is no doubting that we were magnificent going forward, producing some truly spellbinding football at times – and with devastatingly accurate finishing to boot. On any number of levels, it was a…

Boss faces a midfield dilemma as Arsenal prepare for visit of Swansea

The return to the first team squad of French midfielder Francis Coquelin leaves Arsene Wenger with something of a selection dilemma as he weighs up who to start in the centre of midfield for the visit of Swansea. After Coquelin was sidelined with a minor knock to the knee, Arsene promoted Granit Xhaka from the…

What can Arsenal expect from Bob Bradley as a new era dawns at Swansea?

Arsenal welcome Swansea City to the Emirates on Saturday, with the visitors set to begin afresh under the management of American import Bob Bradley. The 58-year-old arrives as something of an unknown quantity and the vast majority of football fans will get their first taste of Bradley when he goes in search of his maiden…

Experience alone makes Per Mertesacker worthy of a new Arsenal deal

From a contractual point of view, next summer will be an important one for Arsenal, with plenty of deals expiring or entering their last 12 months. The closest scrutiny will be, of course, on the future of Arsene Wenger, who is out of contract and, potentially, looking to secure another extension. The contracts of Mesut…