Alex Johnston

Disciple of Bergkamp

Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Farewell Arshavin | Stats Viewpoint

Yesterday it was confirmed that Andrey Arshavin would rejoin Zenit St Petersburg on loan until the end of the season. This appears to be the final nail in the coffin of Arshavin's career at Arsenal that has seen him swing from being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo to making an appearance for Arsenal Reserves last week. The Russian was one of my favorite footballers to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt. His ability to make me grin from ear to ear …
Have Arsenal Gone Backwards?

Have Arsenal Gone Backwards?

Another season but the same story for Arsenal fans, a February collapse and any chances at silverware up in smoke. The humiliation in the San Siro was followed by an apathetic defeat to Sunderland, eliminating the Gunners from the Champions League (well pretty much) and the FA Cup respectively. The race for fourth is place is the only thing Arsenal can hope to achieve and one does have to wonder how much of that is down to the team themselves …
Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2 | Opta Stats

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2 | Opta Stats

Arsenal left the Stadium of Light as victors after a turgid affair with a resurgent Sunderland side. Arsenal never really looked on top form, failing to maintain a fluid passing rhythm against a Sunderland side who seemed content with playing for the draw, attacking only with quick breaks, a failure on O'Neill's part as a forward line with the likes of McClean, Sessegnon and Campbell could have asked a few questions of the Arsenal defence. The Gunners, who showed one …
Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 | Opta Stats Report

Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 | Opta Stats Report

The feel good factor returned to the Emirates this afternoon where Arsenal thrashed a 10-man Blackburn Rovers 7-1. Arsenal dominated from the start, with Robin Van Persie opening the scoring shortly after one minute. As is the norm for Arsenal though, they allowed Blackburn to equalize with their first shot, a fantastic Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick right into the top corner. Van Persie restored Arsenal's lead before unleashing the exciting Oxlade-Chamberlain to make it 3-1 before half-time. Steve Kean's team …
Arsenal v Blackburn | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal v Blackburn | Opta Stats Preview

Arsenal will look to pick up their form against the struggling Blackburn Rovers on Saturday after failing to gain ground on 4th place with a 0-0 draw at Bolton mid-week. Earlier in the season, Blackburn shocked the Gunners with a 4-3 victory courtesy of a Yakubu brace against a faltering Gunners, and Steve Kean will be looking at Saturday's game hoping of a repeat of his team's performance. Fans of Arsenal will be pleased to hear the suspended Yakubu and …
Arsenal FC | Are Midfield Problems Exaggerated?

Arsenal FC | Are Midfield Problems Exaggerated?

Arsene Wenger, as expected, decided to not delve into the transfer market and replenish a squad that has appeared fatigued and out of sorts in recent weeks. The 0-0 draw with Bolton mid-week highlighted the areas of the squad that many fans have been calling for Wenger to strengthen. Lack of depth in the wings and up front has become very noticeable as the first team have struggled to break down teams and there is no one on the bench …
Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal succumbed to their third defeat in a row in the Premiership, despite equalising through Robin Van Persie, as United rather comfortably overcame their opponents. Sir Alex Ferguson lined his team up in the counter-attacking style he normally deploys against Arsenal. Their exploitation of the wings paid dividends and Ferguson's quick reactions to any changes Wenger made ensured his team came away with the victory. On Arsenal's right flank, John Djourou had a nightmare of a game against the tricky …
Arsenal vs United Preview | Opta Stats

Arsenal vs United Preview | Opta Stats

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates on Sunday with a hope to recapture some form and erase some of the embarrassment of the 8-2 thrashing they received at Old Trafford at the start of the season. Arsenal are coming off the back of two defeats, having been given the run around by Swansea in their last game, and will hope that their home form can continue to defeat the Red Devils who are three points off top spot. The …
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