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...

Joel Campbell – A Prophet Jun30

Joel Campbell –...

I think we’re all in agreement that ITV’s World Cup coverage has been predictably awful; except perhaps for the hilarious sight of Chiles, Hoddle et al sat on the decking in their holiday wear and sensible shoes, trying desperately to be taken seriously. One other exception has...

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...

Now Is The Time For This Arsenal To Shine Mar10

Now Is The Time For ...

How about that for a weekend then? Aside from them up the road doing us a favour at the Bridge, that couldn’t possibly have gone much better. A solid and fluid performance and confidence boosting goals for the two players that need it most; all having taken place on a glorious, spring...

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...