Arsenal 2017/18: Season Preview

Arsenal 2017/18: Season Preview

On one side of the coin, the upcoming season presents many a familiar challenge for Arsenal; the fans' opinion on their long-serving manager remains split, and key players are linked with moves away. But on the flip side, the new campaign provides a host of fresh hurdles for the Gunners, particularly with the prospect of Europa League football as opposed to the Champions League for the first time in years. The weekend's Community Shield win over Chelsea will have given …
The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Playing Musical Chairs - Exchanging Strikers with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal It’s crazy time. The Welcome To and Exit doors are swinging in and out and the new are replacing the old. Clubs are scurrying in hopes of improving their position in last season’s table or, in Chelsea’s case, hanging on to that coveted top slot. Arsenal, for the first time in Arsène Wenger’s tenure with the club, has dropped out of the Champions League competition and, with the …
Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Can Lacazette's Goals Bring Back the Glory Days for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side have been left behind by their rivals in recent years when it comes to competing for the Premier League title. But now with the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, can the Gunners find themselves back on top of the pile come May next year?   The Frenchman arrives for a club record fee of £52 million, from French Ligue 1 side Lyon where he has played 275 games and scored 129 in all competitions. His style of …
Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Last year, Arsenal were that close to signing Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for a £25 million transfer fee. But Vardy never put pen to paper. Upon reflection, between his tins of Thunder snuff tobacco and cans of Red Bull, Vardy made one of his better decisions. He realised that his limited, direct attacking skills did not fit well with Arsenal’s more intricate, build-from-the-back, short passing in tight spaces requirements. Vardy backed out of the move. Had the transfer been completed, the addition …
Is Olivier Giroud to West Ham the perfect move for all parties?

Is Olivier Giroud to West Ham the perfect move for all parties?

This summer marks five years since Arsenal lost their captain, Robin Van Persie, to title rivals Manchester United for a measly 24 million pounds. The deal was in the pipeline for some time, leading Arsene Wenger to seek attacking alternatives. A month earlier he had turned to Montpellier’s top goal scorer during their first ever Ligue 1 winning campaign, Frenchman Olivier Giroud. “He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic,” …
Arsenal v Sunderland Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal v Sunderland Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal need to win the next two games at the Emirates and hope Liverpool drop points in their final league game at home against Middlesbrough to sneak into the top four. Arsenal have picked up form and momentum with five wins in the last six games - including impressive victories against Manchester United, Southampton and more recently, Stoke City at the Bet365 stadium. But ultimately, it may not be enough as their destiny was snatched away from their hands after …
Analyzing the Early Returns of Arsenal's Back Three

Analyzing the Early Returns of Arsenal's Back Three

Much has been made of Arsene Wenger's decision to move from his tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-2-1.  While there has been much discussion of the fact that the change happened, the real question is what effect the change has made? Since Arsenal went to a back three against Middlesbrough they have three wins from three games.  Based on that it seems like the back three has been working to perfection, but when you look a little closer the outlook on …
Arsenal Vs Manchester City FA Cup Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal Vs Manchester City FA Cup Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

A couple of years back, one of the FA Cup promotions on television had a theme – “Anything Could Happen”. This season’s tournament was a sort of an embodiment of those words. Lincoln City’s run up to the quarter finals, Sutton United’s run up to the last 16 and Wolves dumping Liverpool out earlier in the tournament. Not just this season’s results, but all of the last four finals have been contested (and once won) by at least one team …
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