Goonersphere

  • Lucas Perez the one to watch against Arsenal’s bogey-team
    Match Preview: Swansea vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 14.01.2017 At first blush, a trip Swansea might be just the balm to sooth Gooners' frayed and tattered nerves after leaving it awfully late in recent weeks at Dean Court and Deepdale. However, a closer look at Arsenal's record at home ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-01-13
    3 days ago
  • Is youth an excuse for Ox or is it time to deliver?
    The focus placed on development of youth at clubs has changed rapidly in the last decade, and is now almost as important as any other department within a top club. From the vast scouting network which casts a wide net around the world in a hope of snaring big ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-01-10
    7 days ago
  • Giroud’s late goal saves Gooners from another punch-up
    Match Review: Preston 1 Arsenal 2 - FA Cup - 07.01.2017 A few things that I not so much learned, but was reminded of this weekend: trekking up to Northern clubs is a pain and you find little reward when you get there; Olivier Giroud is a shiny golden god ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-01-10
    7 days ago
  • FA Cup a welcome distraction to get some confidence back
    Match Preview: Preston North End vs Arsenal - FA Cup - 07.01.2017 The first week of 2017 certainly hasn't arrived quietly for Arsenal, from THAT Giroud goal at home to Palace on New Year's day, to the three goal fightback away to Bournemouth on Tuesday. Before we can even catch ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-01-07
    1 week ago
  • Giroud should be celebrated, not denigrated
    Match Review: Bournemouth 3 Arsenal 3 - Premier League 03.01.17 Mixed and muddled feelings are what spring to mind after that weird and breathless contest on Tuesday night. Mainly I’m siding on the two points dropped despite the impressive comeback side of things. A draw is always better than a ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-01-06
    1 week ago
  • Giroud will provide the spark to ignite Arsenal’s New Year fireworks
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace - Premier League - 01.01.2017 Arsenal have staggered towards the New Year with all of the aplomb and grace of a over-served reveler, losing twice by 2-1 scorelines before finally finding a way past West Brom's parked bus in the waning minutes—long gone, it ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-31
    2 weeks ago
  • Giroud gave Arsenal a much needed confidence boost
    Match Review: Arsenal 1 West Brom 0 - Premier League 26.12.16 First of all, Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you’ve had enough alcohol and food to see you through the recent Arsenal related turbulence. Things have somewhat gone to pot over the last couple of weeks. Two consecutive defeats have ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-29
    3 weeks ago
  • Oooh to be a Gooner: The ties that bind
    The once vibrant setting had lost its colour, and now the stark greys dominated his eye line. Listless noises filtered to his ears, but he paid no heed. Hands stuffed in pockets to shield from the unforgiving wind that buffeted around his surroundings, his body language was not solely ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-21
    4 weeks ago
  • Walcott could damage a depleted Manchester City
    Match Preview: Manchester City vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 18.12.16 At first blush, it would seem strange to think that the antidote to losing at Goodison Park would be a trip to the Etihad. A second glance should remind us that we've actually played the part of the unwelcome ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-17
    1 month ago
  • Disappointed Arsenal have no time to feel sorry for themselves
    Match Review: Everton 2 Arsenal 1 - Premier League 13.12.16 Bump. Back down to Earth for Arsenal, as the long unbeaten run and good form came to a disappointing end at Everton. A fairly abject display was compounded by yet more refereeing incompetence and the fact that Wednesday’s results all ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-15
    1 month ago
  • Is it Walcott’s turn for a hattrick performance?
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs Stoke - Premier League - 10.12.16 Arsenal brushed away any lingering disappointment of losing just our second match of the 2016-17 campaign in stirring style, erupting for nine goals over the two matches following our exit to Southampton in the EFL Cup. Arsenal have managed to ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-09
    1 month ago
  • Can Arsenal afford to keep Alexis and Özil?
    At what point does something become untenable? If stories are to be believed, then our headline acts Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are demanding a king’s ransom to continue their excellence in an Arsenal shirt. Newspapers have always erred toward the dramatic, and it is hard to fathom that our ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-09
    1 month ago
  • Bet on Arsenal to be Christmas No.1
    Christmas is a’ coming and with it the usual run of festive fixtures.  In the build up to this Christmas we’ve put together a few tips and free bets for you to build up that bank balance before you hit the end of year sales. After comfortable wins against ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-09
    1 month ago
  • Winning Group A is out of Arsenal’s hands so should Wenger rest his star players?
    Match Preview: Basel vs Arsenal - Champions League - 28.09.2016 Tonight's match against Basel represents quite the conundrum for our manager. With PSG 99% confirmed as group winners there seems little to gain from starting a full strength team. It would take a miracle for Ludogorets to get a result ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-06
    1 month ago
  • Xhaka and Özil could nail the Hammers to the wall
    Match Preview: West Ham United vs Arsenal - Premier League - 04.12.2016 So, who is worried about Andy Carroll then? Come on, don’t be shy! I think if we are honest with each other we are all a tiny bit concerned about the Geordie lump returning to West Ham’s squad ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-12-03
    1 month ago
  • Ox will knock his old club out of the cup
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs Southampton - League Cup - 30.11.16 From the visit of one south coast club to another. Tonight sees Southampton travel to Arsenal to fight for a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals. Both clubs have bigger fish to fry so we can expect a raft of ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-30
    2 months ago
  • Do Ramsey’s critics really want him to succeed?
    Aaron Ramsey has proven quality, just look at the 13/14 season, winning the FA Cup and his performances at Euro 2016; but has he done it enough? Is the criticism he receives valid considering his inconsistencies, or is the more pertinent question 'why has Ramsey not performed to his ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-30
    2 months ago
  • Wenger’s waning faith in the loan system
    Arsenal’s performance in the League Cup has dipped a little over the last few years. It is still a trophy that has eluded Wenger’s grasp- losing a pair of finals in diametrically opposed circumstances in 2007 and 2011. However, the manager has found the tournament useful for reasons that ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-30
    2 months ago
  • Can Arsenal afford Coquelin without Santi?
    The world is riddled with powerful combinations. Strength comes in numbers and things are normally improved when they are in pairs. In fact, some of the best things come in duos. Fish and chips. Reeves and Mortimer. Pie and gravy. Beer and kebab. Sex and cigarettes. All these examples ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-29
    2 months ago
  • Bellerin’s contract is a start but we must continue to build
    Hector Bellerin signing a new contract is fantastic news. He’s one of the best right-backs in the league now, possibly in Europe, and certainly can be a world class player in the future. However, with the contracts of Özil and Alexis in the balance, the club need to make ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-28
    2 months ago
  • November reviews, Wilshere woes and team selection
    I’ll start off with a little apology. I’ve been struggling to keep up with the fixtures, my work schedule has been incredibly busy and coupled with the challenges of moving into a new flat, I’ve not been getting my reviews done. But to make up for it, I’ve gone ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-27
    2 months ago
  • Bournemouth sans Wilshere should be easy pickings
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs Bournemouth - Premier League - 27.11.16 We knew that November would be tough, and it has been--enough to see us slip from the top of the Prem table and to let slip through our fingers the same position in our Champions League group. Three consecutive draws ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-25
    2 months ago
  • Giroud key to Arsenal’s chance to top the group
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs PSG - Champions League - 23/11/2016 November is notoriously a difficult month for the Gunners and after two consecutive draws in the Premier League against beatable opposition in the form of Sp*rs and Manchester United we really could do without the visit of Paris Saint Germain. ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-22
    2 months ago
  • Corporal Jenkinson could be our secret weapon at Old Trafford
    Match Preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal - Premier League - 18.11.2016 So, another International break is over and thank god that’s the last one until March 2017 but there is a slight downside to the return to club football. What is it? Simple, Old Trafford, Manchester United, away and a ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-18
    2 months ago
  • Alexis Sanchez returns to training after sustaining injury
    Despite suffering from a hamstring injury earlier in the week, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has returned to training for the Chilean side. Rather than upholding the request of Arsène Wenger to return to Arsenal for a medical assessment, the 27-year-old is believed to have returned to international training already ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-15
    2 months ago
  • What happened to Arsenal’s British Core?
    Towards the end of the 2012 Arsenal managed to secure the long-term futures of five British players: Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. These five young players, along with Theo Walcott, were dubbed the "British core" and the future of Arsenal. In the last ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-14
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal, Alexis and Chile: an uncomfortable threesome
    Arsenal fans have their hearts in their mouths this week with the news that Alexis Sánchez has suffered a ‘low grade muscular injury’ training with Chile. He will sit out La Roja’s key World Cup qualifier against Colombia in Barranquilla on Thursday evening. More worryingly for Arsenal fans, Alexis ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-10
    2 months ago
  • 6 more years of Bellerin raising the bar?
    The news that Hector Bellerin is close to signing a contract extension recently may have slipped under the radar amidst the flurry of fixtures, but it should be celebrated wildly. The young Spaniard has ripped up the rulebook on age and progression since his debut two seasons ago, and his ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-10
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal need to break the pattern if they’re to be title contenders
    Match Review: Arsenal 1 Sp*rs 1 - Premier League 06.11.16 Another season, another draw against Sp*rs at the Emirates. Another game leaving the stadium frustrated and disappointed and another two points dropped that leaves us in fourth instead of first. It's not a disaster, but it is a setback and ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-08
    2 months ago
  • Hector Bellerin close to agreeing new Arsenal deal
    November is rarely a happy month for Gooners. We've dropped points at home to a poor Sp*rs side and we have Mourinho's Manchester United and PSG to play after yet another tedious international break that will likely see one or more of our players pick up an unnecessary injury. ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-08
    2 months ago
  • Form means nothing in a North London Derby
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham - Premier League - 06.11.2016 Let’s thank our Bulgarian friends for giving us just enough of a wake-up call to jolt us alive; we were in a groove but at risk of falling into a rut, and Ludogorets' two goals on Tuesday reminded us that, ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-04
    2 months ago
  • Are the Spuds really any better than their “Devil” neighbours?
    Arsenal is a famous club, a big club, a noted club. But despite our reputation, we’re seen by some as "everything wrong with modern English football" — as the “Devil” of the Premier League. Even a Premier League Skeletor, if one wills… Well if He-Man won’t come to defeat us, for ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-02
    3 months ago
  • Giroud to inspire Arsenal to the Champions League last 16?
    Match Preview: Ludogorets vs Arsenal - Champions League - 01.11.2016 Tonight Arsenal travel to the home of Ludogorets who they soundly beat in this competition less than a fortnight ago. The Gunners returned to scoring form on Saturday with what ended up being a comfortable 4-1 win over Sunderland. However, ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-11-01
    3 months ago
  • Giroud is back with a bang
    Match Review: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 4 - Premier League 29.10.16 A three goal win seems comfortable, but Saturday's win wasn't a walkover. We had to fight all sorts of different obstacles, from the incompetence of the referee to Sunderland's borderline assaults on our players. But ultimately, we overcame it all ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2016-10-31
    3 months ago