02 May 2015

'Twas the the night before St. Totteringham...

...and all through the house, not a creature was—ah, I'm talkin' bollocks. Enough of that. While we might have to wait until Monday to make it official, it looks like the weekend will bestow upon us another loverly St. Totteringham's Day, but is this what we want? On Sunday, Tottenham will host Man City, who are level on points with us while we have a game in hand. For as much as we might enjoy yet another chance to lord it over our annoying neighbors, we might have to choke back that little bit of vomit that rises to the back of the throat whenever we have to, you know, "support" Spurs.

30 April 2015

Schneiderlin, Lloris, and Gündoğan, oh my! Whom should Arsenal target?

With the Prem race all but conceded to Chelsea and Champions League qualification essentially sorted as well, enquiring minds start to turn to the summer transfer-window. Arsenal seem now firmly-ensconced in the top-four, nine points above fifth-placed Liverpool and with a game in hand. Having apparently secured a Champions League spot, we can be pardoned for perusing the wares on offer from other clubs, namely Southampton, Tottenham, and Borussia Dortmund. As we eye up Morgan Schneiderlin, Hugo Lloris, and İlkay Gündoğan, then, who among would we need most—and who would best boost our fortunes?

26 April 2015

We kissed our own sister, or was that Oscar? I'm so concussed...

"A tie is like kissing your sister," as Eddie Erdelataz, coach of the U.S. Navy's football team, is credited with saying back in 1953 after a scoreless draw. He's surely not the first to have said it, and yet he goes down in history for having said it. Feh. Fast-forward 50-odd years, and here we are, another scoreless draw. Even if it was punctuated by a few moments and spells of madness, we're left with a similar feeling. Sure, it's a point kept, but it's also two points dropped. Were we playing one of the most expensive squads in history, one eyeing up a Prem title? At times, it felt like we were facing off against an overmatched, outspent side in the early rounds of the League Cup. So we failed to score against Chelsea. No shame in that. The real shame lies in Chelsea's method.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM

As expected, Chelsea parked that rusty ol' bus of theirs and dared us to score. We had chances but couldn't do much with them. In fact, Chelsea had the best chance of the first half when Oscar, who had started as a false-nine in the absence of Costa, was played through on goal only for Bellerín to clear it off the line with a diving header as Ospina collided with Oscar. The concussed Brazilian was (eventually) subbed off by Drogba to start the second half, but little changed as Chelsea continued to defend deep in numbers, enough to make one wonder why they spent so much on Hazard, Oscar, Fabregas, Costa, and Remy. The Chelsea players' celebration at "winning" a point says it all. Still, the result is about as much as we could have hoped for, and it keeps us level on points with Man City, and we still have a game in hand. More on those issues later; for now, give our lads what they deserve in the poll below...

There's no way Arsenal can lose. Period.

This one is for all the marbles. Okay, no. Not really. Chelsea seem to have the Prem all sewn up. Even if we do win, it would still take an epic collapse from Chelsea to open up any opportunity for us to win the Prem. However, the match is like a microcosm for each club’s very different approaches and aspirations. For all of the hatred and vitriol spewed back and forth, Arsenal can’t lose—even if we do.