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

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 survive despite Giroud’s moment of madness

I’m a big fan of Olivier Giroud. Too often he gets criticised for being too slow or making bad decisions, but it’s been no coincidence that Arsenal have looked more dangerous going forward since his return from injury. His link-up play is good and his finishing is improving. Yet what he did on Boxing Day … More Arsenal survive despite Giroud’s moment of madness

Disappointing cup exit shows rustiness of fringe players

No cup defeat is nice or welcome, but it’s hard for Arsenal to have any complaints about going out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday after the 2-1 defeat against Southampton. The Saints looked like a more cohesive team with the much-changed Gunners line-up not creating enough to merit going through. The main concern … More Disappointing cup exit shows rustiness of fringe players

Arsenal cruise back into form after a fast start

Since the hammering by Liverpool, Arsenal have slowly been building themselves back up to the level they were at before that atrocious day at Anfield. The draw with Manchester United laid the foundations, revenge was gained in the FA Cup before a stirring start against Bayern Munich was halted by Szczesny’s red card. The signs … More Arsenal cruise back into form after a fast start

Arsenal cruise through with a clinical derby performance

Drawing Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round was far from ideal for Arsenal. After a busy Christmas period of matches, a game with a lower league team would have enabled Arsene Wenger to rotate his squad and not have his players go through another intense game, whilst still making it through to the … More Arsenal cruise through with a clinical derby performance