The Aubameyang tackle on Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer was simply a poorly timed tackle executed by a striker trying to make a contribution in the wrong direction. It looked bad when it happened and on MOTD slo mo, looked even worse. It was an undeniable ‘ouch’ moment but it was
Mikel Arteta had obviously warned his Arsenal side about slow starts and wanted to avoid the near mistake against Leeds in the FA Cup. Palace were obviously not going to be as generous in front of the Arsenal goal with Wilfred Zaha on poaching duty. Any scraps from the notoriously
When your team is suffering, lacking in confidence and has sustained a succession of injuries in key defensive areas, the last thing you want is a game against Crystal Palace. They are similar to an irretrievable stone in your shoe, constantly on the verge of upsetting any rhythm or momentum
Arsenal Vs Leeds is a mouthwatering FA Cup tie between two old rivals that once put on fierce contests which required policing by a fearless referee. Back as far as I can remember, Don Revie’s Leeds used to roll over teams with their sheer physicality and by way of intense
The Arsenal Vs United fixture was never going to be a classic, not like those contests of the 90’s, when Arsenal and Manchester United slugged and scrapped it out for every point and trophy.
Back then, those two teams had everything. It was a time when the word ‘battle’ was completely
Mikel Arteta has received heaps of praise in recent weeks for managing to turn around the situation at the Emirates. While everyone recognises there's more work to do, it’s the work that the Spaniard is doing with individual players that is even more impressive, specially Granit Xhaka.
I’m not a Xhaka
Frank Lampard's Chelsea staged a late dramatic turnaround at the Emirates leaving new manager Mikel Arteta with a very big task at hand. Arsenal were left in a mess as the Gunners suffered four successive home defeats for the first time in 60 years.
The Gunners squandered a one goal lead
Mikel Arteta’s brief reign has given him very little breathing space, with the games coming thick and fast in the FA Cup and the domestic and Europa League. A total of 4 games in 13 days against the likes of Manchester United, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and first up, the
Mikel Arteta breezed into the Emirates in almost Nanny McPhee style, looking to encourage unruly, misguided, slovenly and mischievous players to reconnect with their potential and talent. Although time has been in short supply, it would appear that he has managed to accelerate that process to some degree in his
Mikel Arteta is the latest manager to become seduced by the mystic powers of Swiss misfit Granit Xhaka. Wenger, Emery and now Arteta have become almost bewitched by the latent talent of the massively overrated midfielder and although I’m not a coach, I can’t see where the 27-year-old's gifts are