Tag / defending

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea Had Giroud not skewed a very decent chance to equalise wide in the dying breaths of the game yesterday, we might all be taking a different tack this morning. But it didn’t happen and taken as a whole there’s no getting away from the fact that it was a hefty bump back […]

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Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal  Back to the drawing board. To be honest, the drawing board would be an improvement on the losing board, where we find ourselves time and again after another false dawn. Collaps-o-Arsenal© is not a fleeting blip, it’s endemic, and the most worrying thing of all is that Wenger seems entirely powerless to […]

Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City As a football fan you roll with the highs, but you also have to cope with the lows. Barcelona, a few weeks ago, was as good as it gets. Yesterday, losing in the last minute to an amateur defensive error, was of course the opposite. You could line up the disappointing […]

I’m not convinced I’ve quite mastered the direction of this season. A campaign that has had some impressive highs – six goals scored twice, five goals once and four goals four times – has also seen some of the ropiest home form for a while, and yet here we are at the top of the […]

Braga 2-0 Arsenal Here’s what Djourou said in the tunnel after last night’s defeat: “We had the game under control and two counter-attacks and silly, silly mistakes – we can be disappointed because we should have won the game easily, it’s very hard to take. A point would have qualified us so it’s a shame […]

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal I must admit, I haven’t taken this one well. I was exceptionally downbeat after the game on Sunday. As soon as their first goal went in, my mood darkened. For years, we held the upper hand over Chelsea, and once those things take hold, they can be hard to shift. In recent […]

So Phil Senderos has officially left Arsenal – two seasons after he effectively did anyway. There’s been a lot of goodwill on Twitter and across the blogs and that’s fair enough. Senderos was an uncomplicated player who gave his all, never moaned and represented the club very well indeed. He was an up-and-down player though, […]