Arsenal 4 – 0 Standard Liege Easy victories are built on hard work and last night’s win was no exception. Everything about the opening 25 minutes was measured; the pressureContinue readingLiege Review: If Only The PL Was This Easy
So much of modern football is a snap judgement. During Monday night’s game, Martin Tyler waffled on about how ludicrous it was that Nicolas Pepe was being written off afterContinue readingLiege Preview: Pep Talk & Walk the Walk
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – 3 Arsenal You know you have a problem when immediately on the final whistle in Frankfurt, the computer screen flickers with APOEL’s surprise home defeat toContinue readingFrankfurt Review: Duck, You Saka!
Usually, matchday lifts the gloom but this one has the potential to darken it. The toughest group match in the Europa League comes hot on the heels of a diabolicalContinue readingFrankfurt Preview: Unai, The Mad Scientist
Jim Steinman reckoned two out of three ain’t bad; this morning sees two Arsenal players leaving and whilst they aren’t bad deals, one isn’t necessarily good. Mohamed Elneny is nowContinue readingAdios Nacho, Ciao Mo and Days in Europa
Chelsea 4 – 1 Arsenal Craven capitulation. It’s the only phrase to use, it genuinely is. Wallowing in a bed of self-pity is, of course, on the cards but I’llContinue readingThe Europa League “Must I Review That Rubbish?” Post
Two and a half weeks have passed since a 3 – 1 win at Turf Moor signalled the end of the Premier League season. Two and a half farcical weeks,Continue readingEuropa League Preview: Can Emery Lead Calmer, Chameleon Arsenal To Victory
I was, I admit, suckered in by the headline. By the irony of the quote from the player involved, to the extent that I failed to check the site IContinue readingOn Killer Defenders, Exes and UEFA Once Again
It’s no surprise to learn Chelsea and Arsenal were Europa League favourites from the start of the season. The Blues traded at 5/1, with Arsenal just behind at 7/1 beforeContinue readingEuropa League Final: The Betting Angle
Football snobbery is nothing new. Usually it surfaces during the transfer window when the club signs an unknown player or one whose status fails to meet expectations. We’re all guiltyContinue readingUnai On Squad Focus, Anfield ’89 Legacy
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
Here’s a thought. It strikes me that our outrage over Baku staging the Europa League final only arose because we’re in it. Will criticism of future host cities can continueContinue readingSenior Pros Blast UEFA Over Baku
It’s strange how inquisitiveness leads to momentary whimsy. Regular readers know the power behind the throne is Spanish, leading to the question around the dinner table of how the nameContinue readingGames for Thrones and UEFA Take The Mkhi But Arsenal Won’t
Whether it be Westminster or the White House, a week is a long time in politics. Football is no different. UEFA and FIFA drag their heels in a way whichContinue readingUEFA Taking The Mkhi & Weak Ownership
Only UEFA could wreck the joy of reaching a cup final. Even by their standards, the choice of Baku as the host city for the Europa League final is aContinue readingThere & Baku Won’t Be Easy Thanks To UEFA Farce
Arsenal 3 – 0 Rennes Arsenal broke their 56-year hoodoo and overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit to progress to the next round in European competition. A return to the ChampionsContinue readingRennes Bring Footballing Indigestion, Napoli The Relief
I don’t know if Unai Emery will make that change to Sunday’s formation but I like the thought of a midfield diamond pressurising Rennes into surrender this season. The FrenchContinue readingRennes Preview: Diamond’s Are A Goal’s Best Friend
Let’s get this out of the way first of all. VAR, idolised the night before, found itself as welcome as dog turd you stepped on without realising. Interrupting a last-ditchContinue readingVAR: The Empire Strikes Back & Rennes Preview
Arsenal’s first signing of the summer is, fittingly, a free transfer although that claim is open to debate given that AS Roma announced in 2017 that he joined the clubContinue readingArsenal So Hungry For Success They Get The Monchis
The Europa League returned with the Round of 32 completed this week with few surprises. On Friday morning at UEFA headquarters, the Round of Sixteen draw kept the big gunsContinue readingEuropa League: Can Arsenal Win It?
Arsenal 3 – 0 BATE Borisov If Mesut Ozil wants to know what life is like post-Arsenal, he could do worse than look at Alex Hleb. Selling the Belorussian toContinue readingBATE Review: Job Done & Rennes Await
Unai Emery met the press yesterday ahead of a must-win match tonight. It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, eh? The Spaniard is rapidly coming to gripsContinue readingBATE Preview: Do You Want That Battered?