Politics and sport never mix, with the latest sorry incident to stuff into a packed back catalogue being Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s withdrawal from the Arsenal squad for Thursday night’s game inContinue readingOn Mkhitaryan and Squad Rotation
A comfortable win which in the end saw Arsenal claim three points in the opening group game. The scoreline flatters Vorskla thanks to two late goals – one so lateContinue readingVorskla Review: No Clean Sheet But Handsome Win
There is a romanticism about European football. Our memories are of the glory nights and dramatic games; we forget that, for the most part, the opposition was made up ofContinue readingArsenal vs FC Vorskla Poltava Preview: Emery To Ring The Changes
Arsenal seem to have perfected the art of ‘Death by hope’. We’re suckers for it, sometimes unashamedly so. Last night on the bus back home after watching the second legContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: It’s The Hope That Kills You
And then there were 4,893… Lucien Favre is to become the next Dortmund boss so he will forever be known in media terms as ‘former Arsenal target Lucien Favre’ or,Continue readingAtletico Madrid Preview: Is Losing Our Apocalypse Now?
Possession may be nine tenths of the law, but it’s that damn sucker punch, that remaining one tenth that kills your spirit. I must admit, I had this déja vuContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Arsenal Sucker Punched Into Second-Round Dog Fight
“Green outside, nice trees, good grass. Fantastic. No pollution. Until the press conference starts.” The only thing missing was “Jumpers for goalposts…next goal wins…hmmm.” Atletico Madrid arrive at the EmiratesContinue readingAtletico Madrid Preview: Wenger Demands, Arsenal Expects
At one point during the first half, I fell asleep thinking of Daniela Bianchi. The spectacular image of her Bond Girl character Tatiana Romanova being caressed and loved up byContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: From Russia With Arsenal Drama
Which Arsenal will turn up? The one which lost to Roma or one which salvaged the day with a last-minute penalty in the Bernabeu? As if we’d score a penaltyContinue readingCSKA Moscow: Arsenal on the Brink – Of What Though?
“Dear Mr Ramsey. Are you Lampard in disguise?”. Granted, you need to notch up quite a few more deflected goals, but keep doing that ghosted-run-in-the-box thing. We like it, especiallyContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Rambo’s Brace Ensures Arsenal Draw First Blood
This is it. As far as UEFA is concerned, the diners have left the building and the staff are now feeding off the scraps. The last eight of the EuropaContinue readingCSKA Moscow Preview, and A Butch Farewell
I’ve always wanted to say that – Xhakattack! It’s even stranger that he was my call for Man of the Match. Take nothing away from Danny Welbeck’s hard work andContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Dan, Dan, the Diving Man & Arsenal Xhakattack into the Last Eight
Milan arrive at the Emirates this evening with, as Gianluigi Donnarumma put it, “nothing to lose”. That chimed with Arsène’s own assessment of how the match must be managed: “EuropeContinue readingMilan Preview: Mind Games or I Don’t Mind so Long as We Win the Games
Despite a number of splashy signings, the 2017-18 Arsenal campaign has been a disappointment. The Gunners have been mired in suboptimal form for quite some time now. However, they didContinue readingAaron Ramsey Hopeful Arsenal Fans Will Return to Emirates
An hour before last night’s match, my friend Eric gives me a call. He and I grew up together, him supporting Liverpool and me Arsenal. We normally chew the fatContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Of Lights, Tunnels And Oncoming Trains
Arsenal travel to Milan for a football match tonight and recent months suggest this is not a very good idea. It’s a bit like The Jam reforming. On paper, it’sContinue readingMilan Preview: Hide Behind The Sofa Time?
I’m thinking, I’ll stick to my regular Chinese take away joint. For some reason, I decided to try another establishment last night. So I pop downstairs while it’s still goallessContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Arsenal Disrespect Their Way Into Next Europa Round
It’s always interesting when you find something new out about Arsenal. Granted it’s not up there with when we wore the iconic red and white shirt for the first time,Continue readingÖstersunds Preview: All’s Welbz That Ends Welbz
I bet you didn’t know that if the entire population of Östersund turned up for the return leg at the Emirates next Thursday, the whole lot of them would fitContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Arsenal Dig One Foot Into Next Europa Round
Östersund is cold. We know that because we’ve been told it is. So cold that nobody wants to go out at night. Apparently. The wind is so cold that theContinue readingÖstersunds Preview: The Closest Thing to (Umlaut) Heaven
Welcome to the round of 32, it happens every year; the thrill, the roars, the constant bickering and the one too many beers. English pubs are suddenly the place to be. WeContinue readingPredictions & Showdowns 2017/18: Who Will Lift The Europa League?
The nerves were tingling, I admit. As the first non-seeded team came out of the hat, the relief was tangible when it wasn’t Arsenal. Whilst it might be a goodContinue readingWhat Next In The Europa League