Arsenal vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Swansea City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The title race is heating up and Arsenal lost at Old Trafford, allowing Leicester and Tottenham to take the ascendancy. Also Manchester City didn't play, but their victory in the Capital One Cup final will have boosted the confidence and they will be real contenders in the run in. The Gunners have been a lot of people's favourites for the league title, and when they beat Leicester, there was a feeling that they were going to push on and clinch …
Is Calum Chambers too Versatile for his Own Good?

Is Calum Chambers too Versatile for his Own Good?

Last summer, Calum Chambers made his dream move to Arsenal.  The Gunners paid a fee that could rise up to £16m, a lot for a 19 year old that made only 25 senior appearances for Southampton. When Arsene Wenger signed him, the Frenchman said he wanted Chambers to be a centre-back.  He started his career in that vein getting a run of games in the middle of defence when Per Mertesacker was recovering from the World Cup and Laurent Koscielny …
Arsenal Season Review: Have the Gunners Progressed?

Arsenal Season Review: Have the Gunners Progressed?

At the end of last season Arsenal went on another late run to scrape into fourth place.  Yet, last season was different from many in the past.  The Gunners finally ended their nine year trophy drought, and, while they did fall away, had been atop of the league more days than any other team in the Premier League. Add the summer signings, specifically the signing of Alexis Sanchez, and there was a lot of optimism from Arsenal fans going into …
Brilliant Arsenal Stun Manchester City

Brilliant Arsenal Stun Manchester City

Arsenal have finally changed their approach to a big game and their efforts have bared fruits straight away as the Gunners shot down an impotent Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium after a penalty from Santi Cazorla and a close range header by Olivier Giroud. An uncharacteristically compact and solid Arsenal rarely allowed City into their box by congesting the middle of the park and cutting out the wings. The Citizens failed to create anything and instead were threatened themselves …
Player Performance Analysis: Mathieu Debuchy vs Newcastle

Player Performance Analysis: Mathieu Debuchy vs Newcastle

After an embarrassing defeat to Stoke City, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal needed a strong response against Newcastle.  The Gunners responded perfectly with an emphatic 4-1 win over the in-form Newcastle.  This was an important victory for Arsenal, grabbing them three important points as well as taking the pressure off the squad and off of Arsene Wenger. There were plenty of impressive performances for Arsene Wenger's side, but a very unexpected and possibly very important performance was that of Mathieu Debuchy.  The Frenchman …
Vermaelen admits his future is up in the air

Vermaelen admits his future is up in the air

Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he is unsure over his Arsenal future. Having lost his spot in the Arsenal first team due to injury and then the form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesakar, Vermaelen faces an uncertain future with the Gunners. He admits it has been a frustrating period for him  "It is not easy, but I try to stay positive," added Vermaelen. "Firstly, I have been injured in the last couple of weeks, but when the boss …
Player Performance Analysis | Laurent Koscielny Vs Everton

Player Performance Analysis | Laurent Koscielny Vs Everton

In a tough game versus high-flying Everton, leaders Arsenal didn't keep the ball as well as they usually had done so far this season.  This meant that the Arsenal defenders had to be up to the challenge of defending for longer periods and to stop quality players, like Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.  While Arsenal were good overall defensively, Laurent Koscielny stood out in this game and was clearly up to the challenge. Everton really dominated Arsenal in the first …
Laurent Koscielny | Player Performance Analysis

Laurent Koscielny | Player Performance Analysis

After a tough international break with France, Laurent Koscielny bounced back and put in a very good performance against Southampton.  In France's World Cup Qualifiers, Koscielny had a rough game.  He only played the first game, because he was sent off for slapping a Ukrainian player.  Earlier in that game, Koscielny also made a poor challenge resulting in a penalty for Ukraine.  Many players would have dropped their heads and lost confidence in themselves after a game like that, especially …