Standing shooting the breeze at half-time on Thursday night, in a humiliatingly half-empty stadium, the like of which we’d not seen since the inauguration of the Gunners new home in 2006, it couldn’t have possibly been more glaringly obvious that Unai Emery’s number was up.
Sat, 30 Nov, 2019
With football’s powers that be seemingly intent on garroting their golden goose, with increasingly relentless, wall-to-wall live TV coverage, it's somewhat of a relief that unlike our disappointingly underwhelming midweek cup win, an Arsenal v Liverpool Premiership outing, under the floodlights, remains a sufficiently portentous encounter to set Gooner pulses racing and pack out the Emirates.
Mon, 05 Nov, 2018
They’re coming home, they’re coming home, the footballers are coming home… Well, to their home from home at any rate, the heroes and villains, the few triumphant and the many also-rans, all back from a sensational month in Russia and returning to what nobody ever calls the ‘bread and butter’ of the Premier League (#notthegreatestleagueintheworldbutwedontcallitthateither).
Sat, 11 Aug, 2018
It’s certainly been a week for unlikely bedfellows getting pally. Trump manhandled Macron; the two Koreans hugged; and then, most unexpectedly of all, Old Trafford embraced Arsene Wenger. Where once would rage ‘shooting by other means’ now reigned sentimental applause.
Mon, 30 Apr, 2018
The rise and fall of Arsène Wenger: An insider’s account of how the historic success of Arsenal’s greatest manager ultimately contained the seeds of his own downfall.
Sat, 28 Apr, 2018
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. So it would appear that swathes of empty seats and the prospect of the financial pain of a desolate prawn circle, after the installation of more Club Level seats this summer, has finally forced a response to the interminable outcry for change at the Arsenal, signalling the end of a glorious era.
Sun, 22 Apr, 2018
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis presided over a packed press conference to discuss the end of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year managerial reign, making it feel more like a funeral, but without discussing what part he or the Arsenal board played in killing off the French coach.
Sat, 21 Apr, 2018
In a beautiful column for sportsjoe.ie last week, Dion Fanning wrote of the joy that has exploded at home courtesy of his four-year-old son’s discovery of football via the hair and then the magic of Mo Salah, writes.
Sat, 21 Apr, 2018
Pep Guardiola has his first trophy as manager of Manchester City and Arsene Wenger may have won his last in charge of Arsenal after the Premier League leaders dismantled their rivals 3-0 in the Carabao Cup Final on a day of bitter contrasts.
Mon, 26 Feb, 2018
Two dropped points may mean little in the context of Manchester City’s yawning 14-point lead at the head of the table, but the chasing pack can at least draw comfort from the knowledge that Pep Guardiola’s side are fallible after all, writes
Mon, 01 Jan, 2018
News of Arsene Wenger’s contract renewal hardly came as a shock. Would it have been any different if he’d not just become the most successful manager in FA Cup history? I doubt it, because the club simply doesn’t have the structure in place to cope with a smooth accession.
Wed, 31 May, 2017
Just to undeceive you before you begin. This main piece is about the FA Cup semi-finals, what with the weekend that’s in it, and as a result the illustration was supposed to feature Pep and Arsene and Antonio and Mauricio, with — to give you added value after the week that was in it — a certain vociferous Clare man lurking in the background.
Sat, 22 Apr, 2017
The hierarchy at Arsenal is reportedly prepared to make star striker Alexis Sanchez the highest paid player in Premier League history by offering the Chilean an astonishing €300,000 (€353,000) per week to stay at the North London club.
Fri, 14 Apr, 2017
Usually I’d be positively bristling with anticipation at the prospect of getting round to the Arsenal, in the gorgeous spring sunshine, following the comparative purgatory of a fortnight’s international break.
Mon, 03 Apr, 2017