Geez, Luiz

David Luiz, eh? I bet you didn’t see that coming. The circumstances in which he arrives at Arsenal are uncannily similar to the ones that saw him return to Chelsea in 2016. Having unsuccessfully cased Kalidou Koulibaly all summer, the Blues desperately needed a centre-half going into the last 48 hours of the window and […]

It’s Going To Be A Big 2019-20 For…

Following on from last week’s column, ‘It’s Going To Be A Big 2019-20 for…Youth Edition’, this week, I will assess three of the more senior players for whom this season represents a decisive one. BERND LENO In pure personnel terms, it’s difficult to argue that Arsenal’s defence has improved ahead of this season. Laurent Koscielny […]

Arsenal Men

“We’re very excited that Edu is joining the team. He has great experience and technical football knowledge and most importantly is a true Arsenal man. He understands the club and what we stand for to our millions of fans around the world.” Raul Sanllehi The clamour for ex-players to be appointed to roles within a […]

We Care, You Don’t

Earlier this week, several Arsenal fan groups and websites came together to formulate and sign a letter addressed to the club and its ownership. The campaign adopts the hashtag #WeCareDoYou. It is fair to say that Arsenal fans have been divided in recent years, but that division has manifested into a faintly ridiculous micro-argument about […]

Charging Through the Midfield

People occasionally ask me whether these columns are more difficult to write in the summer, when Arsenal are not playing. My reply is always the same, ‘absolutely not.’ If anything, it is easier to write about Arsenal during pre-season. The fixture list is hectic and often two to three games can happen between articles. The […]

Fat of the Land

I think the harsh reality is that Arsenal’s squad next season is not going to look much different to how it looked last season. I cannot see Arsenal shifting big earners like Mesut Özil and Henrikh Mhkitaryan. I wouldn’t even put any money on Shkodran Mustafi leaving the club this summer. Kieran Tierney would be […]

Three Point Plan

Everybody knows that Arsenal need to clear out some of the old and usher in the new when in the next phase of their squad building. We all know who the underperformers are and where the blemishes are on the Arsenal salary bill. We all know that very few positions can consider themselves spared in […]

Trial and Error

I don’t think Unai Emery is quite the right manager for Arsenal. I admit I am not coming at this from a position of total neutrality. This was the feeling in my water when he was appointed and initial impressions are very powerful- even when formed via vague notions. I understood and still understand the […]