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The green shoots are there in attack, but Emery has a real challenge at the back

It's Monday morning. It wasn't a great weekend for us but, you know, at least we didn't lose to Brighton. Which is not to disrespect Brighton in any way. We went there last season and got beaten but I think that result has to be put in some kind of context: we could have gone away from home and played...

Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal: Defensive lapses, missed chances, and a bad second half

Match report - Player Ratings - By The Numbers - Video Looking at the fixture list when it came out, I'd have been happy with a couple of draws from our first two games, but wasn't particularly confident we'd manage that – so sitting here this morning with no points isn't a huge surprise. The defeat to Man City was...

Torreira should start in midfield rejig, but what else will Emery change for Chelsea?

Our difficult start to the season continues this evening as we face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. We already know what Unai Emery is going to do in terms of his goalkeeper, so now it's about what other changes he might make. If deemed fit Nacho Monreal will surely come in at left back, while the make-up of our midfield is...

Bad news for Maitland-Niles : Cech to keep his place against Chelsea

Happy Friday to you all. Let's begin with bad news, in the get it out of the way sense. Yesterday one of the Arsenal medical team's updates dropped and gave us the news that Ainsley Maitland-Niles suffered a small fracture to his fibula in the Man City game and will miss 6-8 weeks because of the injury. That's a shame...

Episode 488: Social Media Un-Cech-d

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. On this week's show I chat with Jack Pitt Brooke of the Independent about Matteo Guendouzi, his rise to prominence, where he came from, what kind of a character he is, and what lies ahead for him at Arsenal. Then there's Daniel Storey from Football 365 to discuss Petr...

Laca Balance Puts Emery in Auba Under Situation

The friendship between Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is enthusing and, in a way, surprising. It would have been easy to envisage the two viewing one another as sporting enemies given that they are effectively competing for the same spot in the starting line-up. Upon Aubameyang’s arrival Lacazette was initially benched before succumbing to a knee injury. That injury...

Player performance, technology, data, virtual reality and a stark glimpse into the future

Everyone know that lots of things have changed at Arsenal over the course of the last 12 months or so. Just to list a few: New manager/head coach Head of Recruitment appointed Director of Football appointed Head of High Performance appointed New medical set-up Contract dude appointed Redevelopment of Hale End academy training centre Renovation of London Colney (senior...

Emery’s early decisions highlight the need for greater inclusion in football matters in the future

This morning I woke up furious because I had a dream in which Sokratis Papastathopoulos had some kind of authority over me, like a teacher or middle-manager of some kind, and he insisted on knowing which email client I used to send an email. My feeling on this was that it made no difference and that it was none of...

Hello Mr W. Anker, you are an extreme W. Anker

The reaction to our opening day defeat has, in my experience at least, been pleasingly measured for the most part. I know we can all cultivate our own Twitter and social media experience – some might say it's an echo-chamber which leaves us no room for alternative points of view. My personal feeling on this is that blocking extreme...

Arsecast Extra Episode 243 – 13.08.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. So the Unai Emery era has begun, and not unexpectedly Man City were too strong for us. We discuss the match, the performance, the new style of play, and whether we might have been wiser to do things differently against the Champions, team selection, the debut...

Arsenal 0-2 Man City: Some positives but Unai Emery has a big job on his hands

Match Report - Player Ratings - By the numbers - Video It was clear from pre-season that Unai Emery was going to need some time to get his team playing the way he wants, and it was also fairly clear that facing a team as good and as well-oiled as Man City at this nascent stage of our development under...

Arsenal v Man City – live blog

Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of our first Premier League game of the season, and the Unai Emery era, against Man City at the Emirates. We've got up the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to join the chat, register an Arseblog Live account. To do that, go to...