Peaks and troughs: In defence of Mesut Ozil

Every footballer on the planet, whether you’re a Sunday league plodder or a Champions League superstar, will go through spells where things just don’t quite click. There are a million reasons why that might happen, there may be problems with fitness, with their personal life, with their finances – you may even find the odd…

It’s happened again: Bayern Munich draw sours festive spirit at Arsenal

When it comes to the Champions League, it seems Arsenal are destined to be damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. Optimism was understandably high after the near-miraculous events of matchday six, which saw Ludogorets snatch an improbable draw at Paris Saint-Germain, paving the way for Arsenal to steal top spot in the…

Progress aplenty as Arsenal produce the goods against Stoke City

Though it wasn’t as straightforward a victory as we would have liked, there was still sweet satisfaction in brushing aside Stoke at the Emirates on Saturday to keep ourselves well and truly in the mix at the top of the Premier League table. Getting results at home has proven somewhat more difficult these last few…

Arsenal rediscover their mojo with masterclass at West Ham

Arsenal’s demolition of West Ham on Saturday night felt like the culmination of six weeks of collective toil and frustration unleashed. It was the kind of performance that seemed to have deserted us for the entire month of November and one which many feared we wouldn’t see again until the return of Santi Cazorla. For…