For most of us, this evening’s trip to Leicester is a tipping point in the season. Defeat leaves, most likely, nine points away, with little sign that we are goingContinue readingLeicester Preview: Reality Check For Emery?
When the chips are down, good news is invariably in short supply. Today is no different for Unai Emery. His one snippet of blue sky is that Dani Ceballos isContinue readingTorreira Talks, Xhaka Walks & Risky Business
Vitoria 1 – 1 Arsenal I decided I wasn’t going to write anything until I could a positive from yesterday’s draw in Portugal. However, I succumbed when the best thingContinue readingVitoria Review & Unai On The Future
It’s not quite Wednesday night football but it will have to do; 3.50pm on Wednesday is one of the more quixotic kick-off times football contrived in its’ subservience to television.Continue readingVitoria Preview, Xhaka Can’t & More
Football, don’tcha just love it? Niko Kovac may beg to differ this morning after the Bayern Munich coach became the former Bayern Munich coach. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club’s CEO, essentiallyContinue readingNo Way, Jose With Emery On The Brink
Arsenal 1 – 1 Wolves For the umpteenth game in Unai Emery’s reign, Arsenal dropped points from a winning position as Wolves took a deserved point. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed hisContinue readingWolves Review: Emery on the Brink?
Arsenal return to the scene of the crime seven days after the chaos which typifies Unai Emery’s reign erupted. Unsurprisingly, Granit Xhaka isn’t playing. I doubt the Emirates will seeContinue readingWolves Preview: Character Required
Cup football comes to Unai Emery’s rescue in the shape of this evening’s trip to Liverpool. It gives him a 24-hour respite from questions about Granit Xhaka, at the veryContinue readingLiverpool Preview & Final Xhakagate Thoughts
This is, I think, a version of The Truman Show. Somewhere, there is a television audience sitting on the edge of their seats at the daily implosions of Arsenal FootballContinue readingEmery Hanging On By A Thread
Arsenal 2 – 2 Crystal Palace Unai Emery’s reign at Arsenal descended further into acrimony and recrimination as for the second time this season, a two-goal lead was thrown away.Continue readingUnai Emery & VAR Plot Arsenal’s Downfall
Crystal Palace arrive at the Emirates, six months on from their season-ending win in April. That’s our season they ended, by the way. It also ended Shkodran Mustafi’s Premier LeagueContinue readingPalace Preview & Özil: More Questions
Unai Emery survived to take charge of Crystal Palace this weekend – there’s an early preview here. The knives are out and Hession sacks filled with bricks to weigh itContinue readingThe Indefensibles: Systemic Failings
I honestly don’t know where to begin today, certainly as far as Emery’s press conference is concerned. I feel like I asked for a babel fish and was given aContinue readingVitoria Preview: Concordia Crescit
Usually after a defeat, there’s a day or so’s introspection but we pick ourselves up and look ahead to the next match. That’s how it used to be but ArsenalContinue readingEmery Enters a Crucial Stage of the Season
Sheffield United 1 – 0 Arsenal Before kick-off, my youngest son asked whether Emery would be sacked by Christmas. Confidently, I told him that won’t happen. Indeed, he needed toContinue readingSheffield United Review: Dismal. Just Dismal.
Football returns tonight with the trip to Sheffield United. It’s not quite a case of getting the flags and buntings out but there’s certainly a lot of relief. The interminableContinue readingSheffield United Preview: Blunting the Blades
Off the back of the international break, a Monday night fixture feels like it extends the unwanted interruption by another week. VAR stole the headlines with terrible decisions around theContinue readingBad Refs Make Bad VARS plus Eddie on Loan
Television sometimes gets a raw deal from supporters. Wait, I’ll start again. Clubs sometimes get off lightly with supporters. Throw in a cap on ticket prices for away fans andContinue readingFootball Without Fans & Emery Sharpens His Blades
Life is so much simpler in childhood. You’re more accepting of things, innocent. You don’t question, for example, how Fred pulls out a twenty-foot rigid ladder from the back ofContinue readingOf Mice and Men: Arsenal Are Back!
The first casualty of the international break surfaced: Reiss Nelson’s knee injury keeps him out of Monday’s game and the rest of October. I’d say it offers a quick pathContinue readingCan We Rediscover Mental Strength As Injury Curse Strikes?
The sound of glass ankles shattering is yet to reach the red skies of north London. However, nervousness about the international break never subsides until it truly is over. PlayingContinue readingEngland’s Defence A Parallel To Arsenal Problems