This Sunday, the Emirates Stadium will again host international football as Gabriel’s Brazil square up to Alexis Sanchez’s Chile. Arsenal’s new stadium has a recent history of entertaining the Seleção, whose friendly games have become something of a global roadshow. But Arsenal have provided the canvas for international football prior
It is difficult to look at Arsenal’s record before and after the home loss to Manchester United and not be filled with some combination of regret, rue and rage. Before it, Arsenal had played 18, won 7, drawn 7 and lost 4. Since then, they have played 26, won 21,
We have been here before, and before, and before and before and before. For the fifth season on the bounce, we have both excited and then exited Europe. Which begs the question: If one walks into the same door four times in a row, unless it is for a wager,
It wasn’t long ago that Theo Walcott was considered Arsenal’s most dangerous weapon, his breathtaking speed offering The Gunners a straight line alternative to their triangle passing. Part of this potency was that there was an almost otherworldly quality about his presence on the football pitch; like an Olympic sprinter
Do you have something of an extra spring in your step this week? A little joie de vivre? Specifically a wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk? Are you full of spunk? I certainly am. The downstairs staff are a touch more relaxed since last Monday evening.
When Danny Welbeck pounced on Antonio Valencia’s errant pass midway through the second-half and slotted into an empty net, it hit home just how much Manchester United v Arsenal has changed over the years. For one, the match-winner has swapped sides, but it was the frequency with which the ball
THE TROPICS Dear readers, you find your Arsenal Gentleman in the tropics this past week. The world outside of Great Britain, as you will know, is quite the rum place. There are parts of it – the former British Empire – that have been forcibly civilised. Places where one can
One of England’s finest traditional Jazz bands, Mr. Coverdale and his White Snakes, used to frequent the concert halls of London town back in the twenties. Ah! Those were the days. Everyone properly attired in white tie and completely banjaxed to Hades on 100% pure cocaine. Wonderful days. Anyhow, Mr.
The Champions League returned to North London this week after the winter sabbatical we were back down to the bare knuckle business of knockout football, albeit with our noses bloodied and our glass jaw exposed. Arsenal under the lights, the ear splitting falsetto of the theme tune before kickoff, the
With the anticipated departures of Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal went into last summer in need of two centre backs. As Calum Chambers’ signing was the only one made in the area, they started the season with just three – one of whom was returning late after winning the
On Wednesday afternoon, the BBC announced their decision to televise Arsenal’s F.A. Cup quarter-final tie at Manchester United on a Monday evening. Given that Arsenal fans are entitled to a sizeable allocation of 9,000 for the tie, this tinkering affected more people than television’s indifference to the away fan usually
One advantage of having a retinue of butlers, under-butlers, footmen, gardeners, a chauffeur, a Lady’s maid and a valet is that when times become a little overwhelming, they do their best to shield the master of the house from bad news. And so it was that after Mr. Orwell poked