Just before he buried the hatchet firmly between Theresa May’s shoulders, Iain Duncan Smith offered the view that “Politics is a nasty, sometimes brutal, ghastly business.” Unai Emery is, noContinue readingOn Burying Hatchets, Cech vs Leno and Arsène Wenger, Inventor
To paraphrase The Who, meet the new blog, the same as the old blog. So, this is what Friday mornings look like? Thanks to Isaac for his sterling work everyContinue readingThe Mickey A Team & Where Does Jack Go From Here?
So this is it; the end of an era. If things had been planned properly, last week’s match against Burnley would have been the sign off; 5 – 0 withContinue readingHuddersfield Town: The End of an Era Match Preview
Arsenal 5 – 0 Burnley It was only fitting that more people remained for the celebration than did so at Leicester’s post-season pitchside amble. The sun shone and everything wentContinue readingBurnley Review: The Per-fect Ending
Before I get going on today’s post, words of sympathy and best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following yesterday’s surgery. I hope he enjoys a full recovery;Continue readingBurnley Preview: The End is Near
It was a bolt from the blue. While I hoped there would be ‘regime change’ this summer, previous experience of Arsène’s reign led me to believe it come at theContinue readingAdieu et Bonne Chance Monsieur Wenger
“I think he’s in contact with Arsenal,” was Lothar Matthaus’ take on the Tuchel situation. Really? Is that before or after you’d read Bild or Kicker. Honigstein, it seems, isContinue readingManagerial War Games: Arsene Refuses to Surrender
Yesterday was the sixteenth anniversary of Dennis Bergkamp’s goal at Newcastle. You don’t need pictures to already see the glorious pirouette in your mind. The unending spiral which snares ArsenalContinue readingWhen the Players No Longer Trust the Manager, Only He Loses
If London’s weather is anything like here, an already thin crowd will be sparser this evening. Highbury’s record low of 4k isn’t under threat but comfortably, if tonight’s match goesContinue readingManchester City Preview: It’s All About the Manager (Again)…
Has someone been talking out of school or are they all just copying the answers? You’d think so with this morning’s back pages. Column inches devoted to which big nameContinue readingOur Everchanging Moods: Runners and Riders for New Arsenal Boss Leaked?
It’s one of those days where you wake up hoping for inspiration and all you get is Nowhere Man. A song I haven’t heard for several years, probably since itContinue readingContract Renewals and Everything But a Match
Since the dawn of the age of professionalism and before, abuse has rained in on players and officials from the touchlines. Clubs build new stadia, crowds become more gentrified butContinue readingHector Bites Back While Arsene Digs In For The Long Haul
As Harvey Dent famously said ‘you either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain’. Of course, it was Harvey himself who became aContinue readingWenger Regaining Stature as a Manager Bursting with Integrity
If Jim Henson were still with us, Kermit would kick Robyn off the stair and begin his rap. It would begin about the prejudices he faces through being green, turningContinue readingArsenal’s Future: Defined by Trophies or What Might Be?
Mention money and Arsene Wenger mounts his favourite hobby horse. The most famous University of Strasbourg economics alumni in football is never short of an opinion on football finance. AndContinue readingOn the Dying Art of Squadbuilding
I’ve got to admit that it takes some doing, it really does. I thought I’d seen it all but then someone launched one of these crowdfunding pages to cover Arsène’sContinue readingOn Officials, Fines and Hleb
Almost there. We’re in that Arsenal phase at the moment; on the cusp of success but in danger of falling short. It’s the penultimate post of 2017 but there’s oneContinue readingWenger’s Legacy Is Already In Place; It’s Just About Football Now
“I am confident [he will sign a new deal], yes. But what does that mean? I don’t know.” Arsène’s trawlers and seagulls moment after Saturday’s win over Newcastle. Asked aboutContinue readingÖzil’s Contract & Curing The Malaise
A football-free Saturday. A crisp frost underfoot with a biting chill in the air; I’m not upset to be warm indoors, I confess. Arsène spoke to the press yesterday, briefingContinue readingSouthampton Thoughts, Great Dictators, and Flawed Foursomes
The international break is upon us, with meaningless friendlies alongside the final qualifiers for next summer’s World Cup finals. Already photos surfaced of Olivier Giroud clutching his shin with anContinue readingWenger on Youth, Graham on it All