Arsenal manage to make a parody of themselves

Defeats in football matches can do strange things to people. Even the most rational and calm people can get worked up into a frenzy of anger and frustration. There was plenty of that in evidence following Arsenal’s dreadful 3-2 defeat at home to Olympiakos, meaning Arsenal have a huge challenge ahead to even get close … More Arsenal manage to make a parody of themselves

SMR end-of-season review 2014-2015: The Goalkeepers

In the first of the end-of-season review posts, I’m going to assess Arsenal’s goalkeepers. Each player will get a rating and a one-word summary for the season (I’m giving myself license to use a hyphen if necessary!). 1. Wojciech Szczesny Having started the season as the number one, and the Premier League’s golden glove holder, … More SMR end-of-season review 2014-2015: The Goalkeepers

Giroud and Arsenal survive the post-Monaco hangover

Following a defeat as chastening and painful as the one suffered against Monaco last week, Arsenal were never going to be at their fluent best against Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. There were always going to be nerves, some apprehension and caution from the Gunners. Fortunately, Everton didn’t take advantage as Arsenal kept … More Giroud and Arsenal survive the post-Monaco hangover

Arsenal reacquaint themselves with the self-destruct button

While Arsenal have made mistakes in recent years in the round of 16 in the Champions League, the calibre of the opposition has offered some perspective and comfort to those exits from the tournament. This year, there is no comfort. The Gunners aren’t out yet, but the likelihood of turning around a 3-1 defecit away … More Arsenal reacquaint themselves with the self-destruct button

Arsenal withstand Palace pressure to claim the points

I’ve always thought that the idea that 2-0 is a dangerous score in football is a slightly misleading one. While it does pose a tactical question about weather to keep attacking, the scoreline should be a clear indicator that you’ve got control of the game and don’t need to be nervous for the rest of … More Arsenal withstand Palace pressure to claim the points

Arsenal beauty beats Stoke’s beasts

It does baffle me slightly when Stoke fans bemoan the reputation their club has gained since their promotion to the Premier League. In comparison to any other team that comes to the Emirates Stadium every season, the Stoke players look massive. Bojan looked out-of-place lining up alongside them against Arsenal as, apart from Per Mertesacker … More Arsenal beauty beats Stoke’s beasts

Arsenal ease through as Alexis shows Walcott and Campbell the way

Even though the game was being hyped as a rerun of the dramatic and nerve-shredding FA Cup final back in May, Arsenal’s third round victory over the same opponents was a much more low-key affair. Both sides made changes, although Arsenal were limited by the number of injuries in the squad, and Steve Bruce’s side … More Arsenal ease through as Alexis shows Walcott and Campbell the way

Sam has a quad made of paper

listen to ‘Sam has a quad made of paper’ on Audioboo As Arsenal actually make some pre-August signings, Sam Limbert is joined by Rob Starr and James Bale to talk about the arrivals of Sanchez, Debuchy and Ospina, along with pre-season in general and their own footballing attempts. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes!