Complacent Gunners punished for a shambolic first half

Unless you’re Arsenal in 2003-04, defeats are part of football. Sometimes you can play well and they just happen. A bit of bad luck or a bad call can just sway things against you. In those circumstances, while it is still painful, you can at least take it in the knowledge that your team gave … More Complacent Gunners punished for a shambolic first half

Watford take away Arsenal’s FA Cup safety net

One of the only things keeping me, and I suspect many others fans, going during this slightly turbulent time for Arsenal was the prospect of challenging for a third successive FA Cup. While it isn’t the Premier League or the Champions League, it would have been an unprecedented achievement in the modern era, plus I’ve … More Watford take away Arsenal’s FA Cup safety net

Ozil eases Arsenal back into the groove after Southampton horror-show

Two games in three days was always going to be a challenge for most of the clubs in the Premier League, however Arsenal’s task felt that bit more challenging following the woeful performance and subsequent 4-0 defeat at Southampton on Boxing Day. The following game with Bournemouth was, in the end, a regulation 2-0 win, … More Ozil eases Arsenal back into the groove after Southampton horror-show

Arsenal undone by Mike Dean and Diego Costa

It’s very difficult to make a judgment on Arsenal following the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. While the Gunners suffered from poor officiating in midweek in Zagreb, it was obviously a poor performance and I’m sure most fans, like myself, were frustrated at the efforts of the players that evening. But I can’t bring myself to … More Arsenal undone by Mike Dean and Diego Costa

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

Continuing the review of the Arsenal squad’s performances in the 2014-2015, it’s the defenders. Each player will receive a rating and a one-word summary of the season. 2. Mathieu Debuchy The Frenchman has been incredibly unlucky in his first season at the club as a couple of nasty injuries limited his involvement. The signs were … More SMR end-of-season review 2014-2015: The Defenders

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