Missing players mean Arsenal struggled against a deep defence again

Arsenal’s reformulated front four has mostly destroyed all that it has come up against this season. The movement has been fluid, the passing has been crisp and there has usually been runners in behind the defence to create chances. The only exception has been against teams who have sat deep and flooded the midfield, and … More Missing players mean Arsenal struggled against a deep defence again

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

In the penultimate post reviewing the 2014-2015 season, I’m going to assess the performance of Arsenal’s midfielders. As with the previous ones, there’ll be a short review of each player’s season and a one-word summary. 7. Tomas Rosicky It was a frustrating season for Tomas Rosicky as he didn’t get as much game time as … More SMR end-of-season review 2014-2015: The Midfielders

Free-flowing Gunners show why hopes are rising for next season

It is easy to always just say “there’s always next season”, especially without winning the league for a while. But there is a growing sense of optimism around Arsenal that the current squad do have the potential to launch a truly serious challenge for the title in the next campaign. The form in the second … More Free-flowing Gunners show why hopes are rising for next season

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

Resilient Arsenal finally show their steel

All Arsenal fans were tired of going away to the big games and losing. These weren’t just defeats though, too often they were hammerings. Arsenal were always open, naïve and did stupid things defensively. Despite the positive signs of the win over Stoke last weekend, realistically it was difficult for Gooners to expect too much … More Resilient Arsenal finally show their steel