Arsenal, Conor McGregor, and ridding ourselves of the fear of failure

After Conor McGregor’s one-sided demolition of Eddie Alvarez in the UFC a few weeks back, the Irishman’s coach, John Kavanagh, spoke about the key difference between a champion and a contender. (The video is at the bottom of this piece) Kavanagh spoke eloquently about the ability McGregor has to perform as well as he does…

How will the manager fill the Alexis-shaped hole in Arsenal’s attack?

Reports emerging from the Chilean national squad suggest that Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez has suffered a ‘low grade’ muscular injury and could be forced to sit out his country’s two upcoming World Cup qualifiers. At this stage, there is no telling exactly what ‘low grade’ means in terms of how long the Copa America winner…

Emirates atmosphere as dry as prunes in the sun for tepid North London Derby

There was plenty about Arsenal’s lacklustre draw with Tottenham to be disappointed with – from the fear-induced constipation in attack, to the sudden outbreak of defensive ineptitude. For me, though, the most disappointing thing about the whole match day experience was the attitude of a reasonably significant section of fans. Frankly, it stunk. There is…

Complacency, Giroud up top, and the mesmerism of Mesut

THE MATCH Despite the eventual scoreline, Ludogorets showed enough in the first match at the Emirates to suggest that they were very capable in attack. Things may not have run well for them in London but it was clear that they moved the ball quickly, thrived on the counter, and had some powerful ball carriers…