Unai Emery’s midfield conundrum

Arsenal registered their first away win of the season against Cardiff on Sunday, and while there were plenty of positives, the performance also raised plenty of eyebrows. Going forward, Arsenal could have had four of five, and in truth should have had the game won before half time, but once again, sloppy play cost the…

Arsenal’s right back conundrum

Following Arsenal’s back to back opening defeats, much has been written, said and reported about Hector Bellerin. Arsenal’s young Spanish right back is desperately trying to recover his form, and learn Unai Emery’s new system, but not everything has gone in his favour. Likewise, not everything has gone against him, as many would suggest. Many…

Alex Iwobi, Henrik Mkhitaryan and the importance of patience

Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea last weekend ultimately ended in disappointment, but there were a number of positive signs to come out of the game, most notably Alex Iwobi and Henrick Mkhitaryan. Both of Arsenal’s wide men got themselves on the score sheet, with Mkhitaryan assisting Iwobi’s goal, and they could be very important this season….

Gary Neville, Sam Allardyce and Mesut Ozil

Last night on Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville found themselves in a heated debate on the subject of Unai Emery. Following a discussion about Emery’s playing style in Arsenal’s opening to games, the pair had contrasting views, with Carragher once again showing his tunnel vision views on football. The debate was sparked…

Tactics, mentality and individuals

Saturday saw Arsenal slump to their second defeat in seven days. The defeat to Chelsea marked the first time that Arsenal have lost their opening two games of a Premier League since 1992, when George Graham was in charge. It’s certainly not the start Unai Emery would have been hoping for, but it will take…

The myth of Mikel

Much has be written about Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, with many claiming the win was orchestrated by City’s number three. Arsenal’s former captain seemed set to be the club’s new manager in June, with every bookie making him the overriding, odds on favourite for the role. On Sunday, following…

Arsenal V City post match analysis

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new era for Arsenal. After 22 years of Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery stepped into the dugout for the first time, and he couldn’t have had a tougher start. Manchester City ran away with the league last season, playing some of the best football the Premier League has ever witnessed,…

Arsenal V Manchester City preview

The wait is finally over! Arsenal get the season underway today against the champions, Manchester City, and look in better shape going into a new season than they have for a long, long time.  Unai Emery and his players will want to start strong, as Arsenal’s tough start means they could fall behind very quickly…

Expectations for the season

The Premier League got underway last night, with Manchester United luckily scraping a win against Leicester. The once again highlighted just how dull Mourinho’s men are to watch, and laid bare the plight of Alexis Sanchez. At this stage, it very much looks like Arsenal got the better deal in January, with the Chilean constantly…

Arsenal’s summer business – the verdict!

The transfer window slammed shut at 5pm yesterday, and despite late rumours of a move for Lille left back Hamza Mendyl, Arsenal finished the day without any more additions. Many have claimed that this has left the team a couple short going into the season, but fans must look at the bigger picture – the…