October, 1886. At the Royal Arsenal munitions factory in South-East London arrive two Nottingham Forest players; Morris Bates and Fred Beardsley. Inspired by their arrival, David Danskin decides to form a football team with his friends Elijah Watkins, Richard Pearce and John ‘Jack’ Humble. As word begins to spread of this new football team, another […]
A humbling 0-2 loss to an energetic and tricky Chile side means Spain are out of the 2014 World Cup after only two games played. What once was a team full of superstars in their prime playing tiki-taka is now a team full of good players on the decline playing, well…tiki-taka.
Cesc Fabregas, despite being quoted more than once saying he’d never play for another English team than Arsenal, has signed for José Mourinho’s Chelsea. The biggest question mark of all is why Mourinho would even want Fabregas in his team. Not because of polarising philosophies (Mourinho isn’t the same bus-parking strategist as he was in his first stint with Chelsea, or with Inter Milan), but rather because Fabregas is notoriously positionally undisciplined – and positioning is something Mourinho’s whole system and strategy depends on.
The transfer window is buzzing with names. Familiar names, less familiar names, and…familiar names. Who we’re linked to seems to depend on one or all of three things: 1) whatever name is actually leaked from the club, and/or 2) whoever has at least 75 overall score on FIFA14, and/or 3) whoever has at least 170 potential ability in Football Manager.
We started the Injury Room in July last year, in an effort to keep track of the massive number of injuries at the club. Arsenal have had the most injuries per year in the Premier League, possibly even Europe, every single year since records began (2002). Arsene Wenger promised a comprehensive investigation into the matter, although one might wonder why it took 12 years for him to react.
After a few years of exclusively focusing on tactical match reports and in-depth editorials, Arsenal Report have decided to expand and open up the platform to the public. Instead of just focusing on curated content from a small group of pre-approved writers, we want to utilise the platform we’ve built and improved upon since we […]
In the first edition of The Not So Live Report we talk about the long overdue departure of Paddy Power pants man, errant rumors of interest in everybody’s favorite Spaniard and the upcoming Champions League Final between two clubs from a small town called Madrid.
Santi Cazorla made the difference with two second half goals to keep Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. The gunners maintain their scintillating form in the second half of the season with five consecutive Premier League wins.
A rapid two strikes within a minute from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud were enough for Arsenal to put Aston Villa to the sword and seek a little vengeance for the 3-1 opening day of the season. It wasn’t the team’s best performance this season by any means but ultimately, quality in both the front […]
No watermarks, no snazzy filters, no bullshit. Most pictures are from the Bob Wilson collection, some are of unknown origin. The quality varies, but we managed to get high resolution versions for screens up to 2560×1440 (the resolution of a 27″ iMac). Also included 1280×800 and 1440×900 dimensions for 13″ and 15″ laptops. Enjoy!
Arsenal came out comfortably on top on Saturday night in a game that was billed the biggest of their season so far, against fellow ‘title contenders’, Liverpool. The Reds were let down by their surprisingly defensive first half tactics as they set up to counter-attack the home side but struggled to involve either Steven Gerrard […]
With the £42.4m acquisition of Mesut Özil, Wenger not only boosted morale amongst supporters but also furthered a luxury problem for himself; with a team full of extremely talented central midfielders, who starts on the bench? Aaron Ramsey is currently the most in-form player in Europe, Jack Wilshere is touted to be the future England captain, Santi Cazorla was the third highest rated player in the Premier League last season, and Mesut Özil is considered to be the best #10 in the world.
Arsenal had to scrap a 2-0 away win against an inspired Crystal Palace side that tried to frustrate us by limiting space. Arsene Wenger elected not to rotate his line-up too much and played Aaron Ramsey wide right and Santi Cazorla wide left, leaving Jack Wilshere with nothing else to do but to play MiniWenger […]
In 2008 Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson were having a silent battle off the pitch in trying to sign highly rated 17-year old Aaron Ramsey from Cardiff. Ramsey had been putting in some impressive performances to delight top scouts everywhere, and now London and Manchester was knocking on his door. It took some morally questionable transfer tactics, good contacts and a personal meeting with Wenger to seal the deal that left Old Trafford fuming.
Arsenal fans had to wait almost two months, and survive a minor injury scare in the international break but the Emirates finally witnessed Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil on the pitch together. Naturally, the result of this combination was an emphatic masterclass in skill and ‘wengerball’ as all four players had […]