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….

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…

Eddie Nketiah – ice cold killer

Eddie Nketiah is one of a number of players who has stood out in July, impressing against Boreham Wood, Atletico Madrid and PSG. Two goals in three substitute appearances showed that he has great natural ability in front of goal, and his performances to date have shown that he could play an important role in…

Matteo Guendouzi – one of the stars of pre-season

Following Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition of PSG on Saturday in Singapore, everyone was talking about one man – Matteo Guendouzi. The young French midfielder arrived last month from Lorient, and was expected to be no more than a squad player, however impressive performances against both Atletico Madrid and PSG have changed the opinion of many. Throughout…

We stand with Ozil

On Sunday, Mesut Ozil released a 3000 word statement announcing his retirement from international football following a barrage of racial abuse. The statement discussed the abuse in great detail, with the assist king naming and shaming those who have acted in such a disgraceful manner towards him over the last three months, and has since…

Pros and cons of a loan move for Reiss Nelson

This time last year, Reiss Nelson was the star of Arsenal’s pre-season. His glittering runs and twinkle toed tricks dazzled crowds and sent Arsenal Twitter into overdrive. Following this, he was expected to make an impact on the first team, but chances were few and far between, and fans are still living off what they…

Does Alex Iwobi deserve more respect from the Arsenal faithful?

Eighteen months ago, Alex Iwobi was the golden boy at the Emirates. He had been awarded the man of the match award for his performance in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Chelsea, and he was looking like the next big thing. A year and a half later, he is one of the most derided characters at…

How will Unai Emery use Granit Xhaka?

Two years ago, Granit Xhaka arrived at Arsenal as one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe. The Swiss playmaker turned down both Liverpool and Bayern Munich to sign, and was billed as the answer to Arsenal problems. But, with two seasons littered with sub par performances, things haven’t exactly gone to plan. Upon…