Smash n’ Grab – Just What The Professor Ordered!

October 20, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

alt text

Greetings fellow Gooners! Well, if that wasn’t exactly what was needed I am unsure what was! Marseille presented tonight’s test and, in truth, they seemed happy to spend most of the match playing very defensive football and hoping to catch us on the break. This is not a new tactic against Arsenal and, as has proved in the past, one that tends to be quite frustrating for our players resulting in heads dropping and lapses in concentration which have a habit of lead to some quite horrible... 

Frenchmen Under Fire

October 19, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

alt text

Greetings fellow Gooners! A terrible start to the season for a team managed by a Frenchman who finds himself under a mountain of pressure, fans screaming for his head and the board telling the world things like this: “[The manager] is not under threat, he has the keys to this place for the long term.” And the manager saying things like this: “I don’t want to be too pessimistic [about our situation]. I’m aware of the difficulties we are facing but we are working on that... 

No Greek Tragedy As Saint Ox and Santos Lead The Way

September 29, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

alt text

Greetings fellow Gooners! Well, nobody can say that Arsene Wenger doesn’t know how to pull off a surprise or two after that match, can they?! The inclusions of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos and Chamakh were, I have to say, all shocks when the team sheets were announced. The Ox was not the worrying kind of shock in the slightest after he showed against Shrewsbury that he has both the game and the maturity to play in the first XI, but I felt that Wenger would leave it longer before “blooding”... 

Indian Summer or Greek Salad?

September 28, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

alt text

Greetings fellow Gooners! Next up, Olimpiacos, who despite being a relatively well known Greek side, appear to have less internet column inches or video minutes devoted to them than chipmunks that look a bit “tasty”, or is that a hamster and who really cares anyway?! So, given the wealth of information regarding the most successful club in Greek history, sporting a trophy cabinet containing no less than 38 league titles, 24 Greek cups and 4 Greek Super Cups, it appears that focusing on... 

Let’s Win One For Cesc

September 15, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League, Premier League

alt text

They say that the truth always comes out in the end and, even if we knew why Cesc was leaving, and not just because of his DNA, I don’t think that we needed to hear it quite so soon, indeed if at al But hear it we have… “I still have many feelings for Arsenal, but I fear that they won’t be able to push the other big clubs in England away. “If you look at the team this season I can’t see them finishing in front of teams like Manchester United or [Manchester] City, or Chelsea.... 

Hate To Say I Told You So…

September 14, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

alt text

…but I did actually tell you so! So, Borussia Dortmund, the champions of the Bundesliga, proved to be a tougher task than many gave them credit for, keeping possession for long periods, putting a lot of pressure on us when we finally did get the ball and contributing to an interesting game of football regardless of where your loyalties lie. In truth, aside from dropping Arshavin and replacing him with Benayoun, there were no real surprises in terms of the starting XI either. I have to admit that...