Podolski: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics Aug09

Podolski: Lies, Damn...

The fundamental objective of football is to score more goals than the opposition. However much in real, practical terms, it is far from that simple: the undeniable truth is that goals win games. That fact meant that for a long time, the centre forward’s only real duty was goalscoring. As...

The Case for the Defensive Midfield Apr28

The Case for the Def...

Just like last summer, and the summer before, and the summer before and, well, every summer since 2008, Arsenal need to buy a defensive midfielder. This is the first time since 2008 where a first choice option has been of the essence more than the possibility of scraping by with another depth...

All May Not Be Lost For Arsenal Apr08

All May Not Be Lost ...

As Arsenal collapses over the years have gone, this one has not even been the most entertaining. Rather than being triggered by a bad result on a major occasion (see: 10/11), nor every good player getting injured in the same game and disaster immediately following (see: 09/10), nor even a...

Stuck In The Middle Giroud Feb26

Stuck In The Middle ...

  It has not been the easiest of starts to 2014 for Olivier Giroud. Quite aside from all the apparent ‘goings on’ off the pitch, before Saturday he had managed just two goals and a single assist in his six starts since the turn of the year. In that time, he drew a great deal of...

Fabianski Cements Standing As Sturdy Pole Feb18

Fabianski Cements St...

The memories of the 2010/11 season are ones most Arsenal fans have collectively made a distinct effort to repress. It was not a season without highs: the win against Barcelona, Arsenal’s last triumph over Manchester United, the emergences of Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny and…...