Goonersphere

  • Trimming the Arsenal squad; who needs to go?
    If there is one thing us Gooners have learned over the past few seasons, is that squad depth is paramount in launching - and maintaining - a push for silverware. Every campaign in recent memory has seen a period of consistent results which has seen us primed for a ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-07-21
    9 hours ago
  • Theo Walcott: The Ace in the Pack
    Amidst the maelstrom of transfer rumours, one of the particular gusts of hot air pertained to the interest of West Ham for two of our players. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott were the players in question, and whilst the actual story was about as truthful as a Time Magazine ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-07-03
    3 weeks ago
  • 5 ways to pass the time until the Premier League is back on
    As soon as the final whistle blew in the FA Cup Final club football was over for another season in England with English teams performing as poorly as ever in the UEFA Champions League therefore not contesting the that final. 8 weeks now stand between you and the event ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-06-19
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal, and the Premier League, have a lot of catching up to do
    A Champions League Final is not normally a hive of frenetic action, sandwiched by thrilling passages of play. No, European club football’s crowning glory is usually the poster child for tedium and anti-football. Y’know the types of games I’m referring to - just picture a game involving a Jose ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-06-14
    1 month ago
  • Is three signings enough to make Arsenal champions?
    Arsenal’s squad is clearly in need of an overhaul and fans may be disappointed to hear Arsene Wenger declare there will be no more than three signings this summer. The Gunners finished fifth in the table, well behind champions Chelsea, and were humiliated in the Champions League by Bayern ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-06-12
    1 month ago
  • Retrospective bans for divers aren’t good enough; the game needs video technology now!
    Recent news regarding football in England has seen the Football Association move to tackle what is fast becoming an epidemic in the game. From next season, plans have been put in place to issue retrospective bans for players found to be guilty of simulation - Victor Moses will ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-06-02
    2 months ago
  • Wembley! Can Arsenal finish this miserable season on a high?
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Chelsea - FA Cup Final - 27.05.2017 Cazorla's still out: that's nothing new. Gabriel joins him, also injured. Koscielny's banned. Also sidelined? Maybe Mustafi and Gibbs. At this rate, we'll have no one left to play in the defense regardless of whether we play a 4-2-3-1 ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-26
    2 months ago
  • Arsewars: Episode IV – A New Scope
     After a season of very little ups and an awful lot of downs, the ArseJedi find themselves wandering the premier league looking for points in order to secure champion's league qualification. A win against Manchester United has gone some way to lightening the mood around the Emirates Stadium ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-17
    2 months ago
  • Goal difference could be the difference in making the top four
    Match Preview: Stoke vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 13.05.2017 Ah, spring. The run-in. When every Gooner's thoughts turn to points. Yes, every Gooner, it seems, turns amateur accountant this time of year, frantically assessing how many points are needed to ensure that mythic, enchanted top-four finish: what's our maximum? ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-12
    2 months ago
  • Can the Gunners clinch another FA Cup?
    The last two FA Cup winning managers in charge of a side other than Arsenal left their respective clubs the following summer. The problem for the Gunners at Wembley is not so much that Arsene Wenger could be leaving, or indeed that he could be staying, but more that ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-11
    2 months ago
  • Walcott and Welbeck required to pick up a vital win at St Mary’s
    Match Preview: Southampton vs. Arsenal – Premier League – 10.05.2017 The top four: celebrated by some, derided by others. Aside from a date with Chelsea at Wembley for the FA Cup Final, this target remains the only one possible for The Arsenal this season, something our poor form a few short weeks ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-10
    2 months ago
  • Will Arsenal Qualify For European Football Next Season?
    Arsenal have had a pretty shocking end of season run and are looking like they will struggle to find the strength to qualify for Europe this season. Their 2-0 defeat against Tottenham puts them six points behind fourth place Manchester City, though the club do have a game in ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-09
    2 months ago
  • Is it unfair to judge Kieran Gibbs?
    Certain players are judged a little more than others. This comes as a result of a heavier expectation, which in turn is created by the pedigree of the player and more often than not, a hefty price tag. The parameters with which these stars are gauged differ though. With ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-08
    2 months ago
  • What does next season have in store for Arsenal?
    It has been somewhat of a Groundhog Day season for Arsenal fans. The annual league collapse and predictable Champions League exit to superior opposition has led frustrated fans to call for the manager exit. Will he stay? Can he persuade star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-04
    3 months ago
  • Where do we go from here?
    This is the first season where Tottenham Hotspur will finish above Arsenal in over twenty years after they beat the Gunners 2-0, so where does the club go from here? The Owner As we know from all the clubs that Kroenke owns, he’s hardly one for splashing the cash ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-02
    3 months ago
  • Three Strikers Arsenal Must Target This Summer To Replace Alexis Sanchez
    Arsenal are in a mess at the moment and, if the rumours are true, Alexis Sanchez could drop them into further turmoil by moving club this summer. Chelsea have emerged as favourites if Alexis decides to stay in the Premier League, but Arsenal remain adamant they won’t sell to ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-05-02
    3 months ago
  • Can Arsenal salvage some bragging rights on our final trip to White Hart Lane?
    Match Preview: Tottenham vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 30.04.2017 They're 14 points clear of Arsenal. They have a glimmer of a chance of winning the Prem. They haven't lost at White Hart Lane in 15 straight matches, having scored 49 and conceding just nine. With a win on Sunday, ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-28
    3 months ago
  • Will the FA Cup semi-final give Arsenal the confidence to end on a high?
    Over Arsène Wenger's 21 years at the club Arsenal has increased their love affair with the FA Cup practically doubling their total cup final wins. How fitting then that a change in Arsenal's fortunes should come in the world's oldest cup competition. For the odds were against Arsenal having ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-28
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal need a league run to prepare for the FA Cup Final
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Leicester - Premier League - 26.04.2017 Last season saw this fixture end 2-1 in favour of Wenger’s men, with Welbeck bagging a last minute winner. It was a result that filled Arsenal with title hopes but the following two fixtures - losses to Manchester United and ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-26
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal v Liverpool: The Battle for Sessegnon
    With the end of 2016/17 coming to a disquietingly quick end, the transfer rumour mill is once more in full swing after the usual post-January window lull. As a result of Sessegnon's strong performances for Fulham this season, the 17-year-old fullback has been linked with several Premier League clubs, ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-25
    3 months ago
  • Is wing-back getting the best out of Ox?
    New ideas bring new viewpoints. Standing in a different position gives a completely different look on proceedings, and this may just have happened in recent weeks for Arsenal - and certainly for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The stagnation of Arsenal looked to have taken root. Four consecutive away losses, of which ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-24
    3 months ago
  • Can Arsenal go one better against City in the Cup?
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester City - FA Cup - 23.04.2017 Be careful what you wish for, the tired old saying goes. And so it is with the FA Cup semi-final. Given a selection of drawing Tottenham, Chelsea, or Man City, how many of us heaved a sigh of relief ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-21
    3 months ago
  • Did Kolasinac reject Chelsea for Arsenal? If so he’s alright by me
    The general rule of thumb when it comes to transfer rumours is, you should never listen to transfer rumours. This easy, Fight Club-esque list of regulations should be quite simple to grasp, but the majority of us occasionally have our heads turned when we read or hear a juicy ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-16
    3 months ago
  • Are Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez replaceable – if so, who with?
    The futures of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and Arsène Wenger are a topic of conversation that has run virtually all season. If it had legs, every blade of the Emirates pitch would have been covered by now. Currently it would be a shock if at least one of Alexis ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-12
    3 months ago
  • Tenacious Eagles will test Arsenal’s resurgence in form
    Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 10.04.2017 Arsenal enter this season's run-in in dire straits, clinging desperately to some hope of still finishing in the top four, or, failing that, still qualifying for Champions League play via other means too numerous to enumerate here. There are ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-07
    4 months ago
  • A warning to new Junior Gunners
    Young Freddie was six, and had one wish for his seventh birthday. His dad had named him after a famous footballer, but until recently Freddie had resisted all attempts to start following football. He was too busy playing with his friends and all that came with being a kid. ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-04-01
    4 months ago
  • Building for 2017/18 starts with Arsenal beating City
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester City - Premier League - 02.04.2017 The international break is over and all Arsenal fans are delighted to have domestic football back in their lives again... Or are they!? In the past several weeks it would be fair to suggest it’s been a tough time ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-31
    4 months ago
  • Özil set to reopen contract talks
    Three contract talks loom large over Arsenal presently, with Arsenal's waiting for new on the futures of Özil, Alexis and Wenger with baited breath. The majority of the fans are united in their desire to see Mesut Özil remain at the club and will be having mixed feelings of ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-27
    4 months ago
  • Why is every team compared to Arsenal?
    It appears as if every occurrence involving Premier League teams can now be tied to Arsenal. Our club, apparently, is intrinsically linked with the other 19 clubs that make up the Premiership, and their results are essentially barometers for us. Even though there are a whole mess of variables which ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-27
    4 months ago
  • This mediocrity can’t continue; Arsenal need a change in every area
    Match Review: West Brom 3 Arsenal 1 - Premier League 20.03.17 The Arsenal crisis deepens. When you think it's reached the lowest point it can get to, somehow it gets worse. This is our worst run of form since 1995, before Wenger arrived and it looks as if it is ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-21
    4 months ago
  • Replacing Koscielny: what is the future of Arsenal’s defence?
    Eventually, all great players need replacing. At Arsenal it has been said that failure to adequately replace such stalwarts as Adams, Vieira, Gilberto and more has held us back from achieving our true potential. Over the next few seasons we will face another challenge to replace some vital players ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-17
    4 months ago
  • Welbeck returns for Baggies trip
    Match Preview: West Brom vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 18.03.2017 A win against the Baggies won't be enough to see Arsenal into the top four but the Gunners have two games in hand on Liverpool who face Manchester City this Sunday and one game in hand on the rest ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-17
    4 months ago
  • Happy Birthday Theo
    Today is Theo Walcott’s birthday: 28 years ago to the very day that Mama and Papa Walcott brought forth Theo unto the world. They would have had grand dreams for their baby, but surely they could not have predicted that the little bundle of joy they held in their ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-16
    4 months ago
  • How Theo Walcott Made Me Support Arsenal
    How it all began. When I was about 11 years old I started kicking the ball for a small football club in Berlin, 1.FC Karlshorst. I didn't stay there for long as I didn't have the passion for the game that I have today. For one and a half ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-16
    4 months ago
  • Abusing Arsène? You’re plane mad.
    Arsène Wenger became the manager of Arsenal Football Club in 1996. Over the last 21 years he has guided the team to three Premier League titles, six FA Cups, an unbeaten season and a Champions League final.  When Arsenal Football Club relocated from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium it ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-16
    4 months ago
  • Selling Gnabry a Bigger Loss than First Thought?
    When Serge Gnabry departed Arsenal in the summer of 2016, most saw it as a frustrated youngster taking an opportunity - and a risk - in order to gain more first team appearances. Gnabry had been at the club for five years - albeit there was an ill-fated loan ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-15
    4 months ago
  • Wenger Out campaign reaches new low
    Arsenal are at a crossroads. This season feels like staring at an unstable bridge spanning between two eras. Arsenal has a choice to stay on this side of the valley or traverse a risky path for the promise of a greater chance at a better tomorrow on the other ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-14
    4 months ago
  • FA Cup Glory Is No Longer a Priority, It’s a Necessity
    As most expected, Arsenal thrashed Lincoln City by five goals to nil to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the third time in four years. It took until the final minute of the first half to make the breakthrough but the result was never in doubt, and ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-13
    4 months ago
  • Can Arsenal win the FA Cup?
    We teamed up with FA Cup specialist over at FootballPredictions.com (and Gooner) Andrew Bennett, according to him Arsenal are running down a blind alley. The Gunners suffered an embarrassing 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 and following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool the ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-11
    4 months ago
  • If Arsenal don’t get their act together they could lose to gutsy Lincoln
    Match Preview: Arsenal vs Lincoln - FA Cup - 11.03.2017 The gods must be crazy. How else can we explain or understand a week in which we go from facing the Bundesliga's behemoth to facing the National League's leader? Battered and bruised yet again by Bayern, we now play host ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-10
    4 months ago
  • Cult heroes: The Brazilian boy who was already a man
    Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais. Translating to Silverlake in English, and best known for gold mining, the town can also take credit for producing a rock which swiftly became a polished diamond. Gilberto Aparecido da Silva. His middle name Portuguese for making an appearance, Gilberto earned a reputation for ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-08
    5 months ago
  • Taxi for Alexis
    The recent rumours of Alexis Sanchez lambasting his teammates has only intensified the hyperbole surrounding his future at the club. He, Mesut Özil and Arsène Wenger are all precariously placed as the last knockings of their contracts near. Every press conference now becomes a witch-hunt for details about ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-07
    5 months ago
  • 3 Players Arsenal Should Target in the Summer
    There may still be a long way to go in the season but it is not too early to start planning for the 2017-18 campaign. It's unlikely we'll get close to Chelsea and could even fail to finish in the top four of the Premier League. We've got some ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-06
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal or Liverpool: Will the Gunners get their Revenge this Season?
    This weekend, Arsenal faces Liverpool in what is the highlight of match day 27 in the Premier League. Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the league standings with an extra match to play, while the Reds are one-point behind in fifth. The last time that they met, Liverpool ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-03
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal press conference recap: Wenger’s future, Liverpool, Özil and Welbeck
    Arsène Wenger addressed the media from London Colney this morning ahead of the Gunners' trip to face Liverpool on Saturday. Here's a recap: Team news Wenger confirmed that Ramsey and Koscielny are back in full training but Elneny has an ankle problem which will keep him out for around ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-02
    5 months ago
  • Bergkamp in line to rejoin Arsenal as Academy Director
    On the day we celebrate the 15th anniversary of perhaps the greatest Arsenal goal of all time the scorer of that goal, Dennis Bergkamp, is rumoured to be a leading candidate to replace Andries Jonker as Arsenal's academy director.  Jonker has departed Hale End to replace Valérien Ismaël as head coach ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-02
    5 months ago
  • Was this Arsenal’s best goal ever?
    The Premier League has been treated to some truly iconic goals over the last 25 years, many of them courtesy of Arsenal players. However, no goal can compare to one scored 15 years ago today by Arsenal's incomporable Iceman.  Dennis Bergkamp's moment of magic at Newcastle, where he flicked ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-03-02
    5 months ago
  • Jonker and Ljungberg leave Arsenal. These Legends can replace them
    Arsenal Academy Coach Andries Jonker has left the club to take up the reins at VFL Wolfsburg and attempt to rescue them from the ignominy of Bundesliga relegation. Jonker took the Academy role in 2014, replacing club legend Liam Brady. The Academy was not in the rudest of health, ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-28
    5 months ago
  • Petr Cech’s Agent Insists Goalkeeper Will Not Leave Club Before Contract Expires in 2019
    Despite being one of the best goalkeepers to play in the Premier League, and considered by many to still be one of the top stoppers, Petr Cech’s Arsenal future has been put under scrutiny. Something his agent, Viktor Kolar, has been quick to dismiss, even going as far as ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-27
    5 months ago
  • Let’s win the cup for Wenger
    The obvious debate over the last week or two has been over Arsène Wenger's future. After Wednesday night, most people seemed very much convinced that his 21 years at the helm were coming to an imminent end. I don't know for sure that it's a majority opinion that the ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-22
    5 months ago
  • Centurion Theo helps fire Arsenal to the Quarter Finals
    Match Review: Sutton Utd 0 Arsenal 2 - FA Cup 20.02.2017 A slight relief after a couple of weeks of horrors. The game against Sutton didn’t get close to the hype that had preceded it, Arsenal were okay, but nowhere near their best and Sutton played above their level to ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-22
    5 months ago
  • More than anything, Arsenal needs a new captain
    There are many different approaches to obtaining success in football. There is the stoic approach from Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City last season, when they invited all and sundry to break the two rigid banks of four that imposingly stood in the way of their opponents. There is the Pep Guardiola plan, ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-18
    5 months ago
  • Is it time for Arsène to go?
    It seems like nothing polarises Arsenal fans more than Arsène Wenger. Is now the right time for our longest serving manager to leave the club? Like many other Arsenal fans, I completely respect everything he has achieved and done for our club. Nobody can deny that we are in ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-18
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal can beat Bayern… if the team selection is right
    Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal - Champions League - 15.02.2017 When the ticket bearing the legend 'Bayern Munich' came out of the hat for the Champions League second stage draw I don’t think a single Arsenal fan out there was remotely surprised. Disappointed, frustrated, annoyed maybe, but not surprised. ... read more
    Source: GoonerspherePublished on 2017-02-15
    5 months ago
  • 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
    6 months 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
    6 months 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
    6 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    7 months 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
    8 months 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
    8 months 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    8 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
    9 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
    9 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
    9 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
    9 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
    9 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
    9 months ago