Helen Trantum

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Helen is a season ticket holder with a desperate addiction to both chocolate and the Arsenal. It's really just a question of which kills her first! Since making the (near) fatal mistake of setting up home with a Tottenham season ticket holder, life has become much more complicated. She finds solace by writing for Daily Cannon and cleansing herself of all traces of Spurs on Twitter @nellypop13.
Arsenal fans are planning to protest against Stan Kroenke at the FA Cup final, but shouldn't this be one day when we put all that aside and get behind the team 100%?
Arsenal are struggling to sell their allocation of FA Cup final tickets, but why?
Going into the final round of matches relying on favours from other teams is never a good place to be. For all our flirtations with Europa League football over the years, we've very rarely left our destiny in the hands of others.
Season ticket holders have a contribution to make to Arsenal Football Club, a duty, if you will. But it’s twofold. Obviously we have to make a financial contribution – that’s the price you pay for access to a regular matchday ticket. But we also have a duty to support the team by actually using that matchday ticket, whether with our own backside or someone else’s.
Q: How do you keep two left backs happy? A: Change to a back three so you can play one of them at left centre half and the other at left wing back.
The thing with success, is you start to take it for granted. At Arsenal, we might argue about the importance of each, but we largely define success in three ways: trophies, Champions League football, and finishing above Spurs.
Let’s assume that you want Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal this summer.
The thing with success, is you start to take it for granted. At Arsenal, we might argue about the importance of each, but we largely define success in three ways: trophies, Champions League football, and finishing above Spurs.
Some Arsenal fans are planning a 'Wenger Out' protest for Wembley, while others are encouraging them. Helen Trantum explains why it's time to shut up, grow up, and get behind your team.
We've heard a lot about Arsenal needing a new keeper, but don't they already have one? It can be hard to tell a great goalkeeper from a good one. Part of that is because the career trajectory for a top level...
Arsenal are facing an unprecedented situation with many players out of contract at the same time in 2018. What's going on?
He's been at Arsenal ten years, yet for most of his club career, it would have been unthinkable for Theo Walcott to lead an Arsenal XI onto the pitch in a competitive match.
Throughout his Arsenal tenure, Arsene Wenger has been very good at stopping the rot. Whenever we've lost a game, or perhaps two in a row, that's generally as far as it goes. Very rarely is a bad run allowed to fester
David Opsina makes a lot of high-profile errors, but those aren't the ones that are most concerning
If Arsenal can take the feel good feeling from last weekend, and turn it into a great first half against the Baggies, that confidence could come flowing back.
Arsenal are listening to fans - they just don't agree with them
I also thought it'd be fun to look at some of the (tiny, invisible, ignored by the mainstream media) positives of Arsenal's defeat to Bayern
We don't need to take a game out of context and use it as a stick to beat Wenger with. The truth is - there's plenty enough live ammunition from previous games. There's no need to fire Bayern blanks in his direction too.
Would you rather sell Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez?
For Arsenal, change is all anyone talks about at the moment. The question is, what do we want to achieve? And moreover, what should that change look like?
Should Arsene go? I don’t even know what to think any more.
As the debate rages over who should replace Petr Cech in Arsenal's goal, Helen Trantum looks at how the club already have his replacement
Sports psychologists are all the rage, and for good reason.
Referees give a lot of penalties against Arsenal, but why doesn't Petr Cech save any of them?
Arsenal are facing an unprecedented situation with many players out of contract at the same time in 2018. What's going on?
New signings aren't the answer, old players signing new deal is
You may have heard about type A personalities.
Ever feel like we're playing the same game of football over and over?
Who sets the tempo of Arsenal’s play?
“Be careful what you wish for.”
We talk a lot about mentality as a key component of great sides.
You’ve probably heard of xG models.
Professional athletes get injured a lot.
How do you choose the name that adorns your Arsenal shirt?
Twenty years is a long time.
At the start of the season, all the noise was about Pep Guardiola.
Have Arsenal learned the lessons from overplaying youngsters?
Jack Wilsere may have exchanged his frantic London life for a more relaxed seaside adventure, but reports emerged this weekend that his move has caused angst both back at Arsenal and down at Bournemouth.
Earlier this week, Arsene Wenger claimed that he has two world class keepers in Petr Cech and David Ospina. Our resident goalkeeping expert, Helen Trantum, disagrees.
Why does the Emirates rarely look full?
Sometimes your destiny is in your own hands, or at very least materially so.
Stephen Bradley wrote a fascinating column yesterday.
First of all, I owe you an apology. In fact, I owe you a couple. In writing last week’s column on the beautiful football of our previous two results, it was perhaps inevitable that Sunday’s efforts - an away fixture in...
Whisper it, but Arsenal haven’t been playing the most beautiful football.
There is a generation of Arsenal fans who have known no other, so what, exactly, has Arsene Wenger done in his 20 years at the club?
"Remember who you are, what you are, and who you represent."
There is a generation of Arsenal fans who have known no other, so what, exactly, has Arsene Wenger done in his 20 years at the club?
Tottenham are at least a decade behind Arsenal.
What have you achieved in the last ten years?
Is the term 'legend' too readily used in modern football?
We look at how our transfer window compares to that of our rivals. First up: Tottenham Hotspur.
Shipping four goals is never, ever, excusable but Arsene Wenger was right to not play Laurent Koscielny against Liverpool.
It's not been a year to remember for Theo Walcott.
For every fan that gets to go to every game, there are a hundred more that will never have that chance, so I thought I'd use this week's column to describe what a matchday in the life of Helen looks like, in an effort to share the experience.
The observant among you will know I’m a big Wojciech Szczesny fan.
I left home over four years ago.
Our striking options are looking a tad threadbare.
I’m lost without football. Each summer, I spend three months in purgatory, with the solace of international matches and pre-season friendly barely the slightest comfort, while the incessant transfer gossip makes the situation, if anything, worse! However, sometimes football – a...
You cannot afford to stand still, even if you win the league. You could argue that it’s a theory created by fans who simply always want the next shiny thing, and if you’re a Real Madrid fan, maybe there’s an...
Mr Arsenal is home, but is he home for good?
I saw a tweet today which suggested the correlation between AKB and Remain / WOB and Leave were probably pretty strong, and while that's a sizeable jump, it did get me thinking about the similarities between the Brexit fallout and the divisions in our fanbase.
Would you rather Arsenal win the Champions League or England win the World Cup?
Strikers are judged on how many goals they score.
If we successfully convince everyone that we have a destroyer who will take everything they throw at us and return it twice as hard, maybe we won't even need a destroyer after all.
With this week’s announcement that there’s a new number 7 on the block, I couldn’t help thinking that it’s a good job Alexis’ move came this summer rather than last, for if it had been announced pre-publication, we’d have had to reconsider our list for our Greatest Number 7s book..
Is finishing above Spurs like winning a competition? Is it better?
Most seasons turn on just a few brief moments: here are the 2015-16 versions we've pulled out.
Can you fall out of love with football?
I don’t think I'll ever get closer to forgiving Fabregas for abandoning my club than Monday night.
As Saturday's protest was drowned out, Arsenal fans proved the media wrong.
In the face of adversity, do you favour fight or flight?
If you believe the press, Leicester City are the best side ever to play in the Premier League. Of course, we all know that the real best side ever to play in the Premier League is our very own Invincibles, achieving a feat that none has even come close to since.
Helen Trantum tries to understand if Arsenal's lack of players combinations lies at heart of many poor performances this season.
With Leicester still to entertain Bilic’s men, three points for Arsenal against a team punching well above their weight could be one of the critical stepping stones towards a title or a 23rd consecutive finish above our neighbours. To do so Arsenal will need to learn the lessons of their opening day defeat.
We've all heard the saying "one swallow does not a summer make" and in footballing terms it can be termed as "one season does not a superstar make."
I’m a (very) bad loser. Whether I’m playing or supporting, there’s something inside of me that just outright rejects the idea of coming off second best. So I don’t know about you, but I find myself fighting the urge to avoid...
Prejudice is a funny thing. I read Nia's article earlier this week on International Women's Day about the difficulties she faces in establishing her credentials in any footballing conversation with interest. That women don't know the offside rule is one...
Football is a game of small margins. When Bobby Madley decided that throttling Mesut Ozil wasn’t even a challenge worthy of a free-kick, he effectively undid all the (admittedly baby) steps that Arsenal had taken following a well-worked opening goal...
Momentum can be, well, momentous in football. When the Invincibles lost to United (or should I say: “were Mike Rileyed* at United”?) it triggered a run of form which went LDDWDLLWD. The greatest team in the country at the time, and...
MSN are going to tear Arsenal a new one. That's if you believe the press anyway. There's been lots of hype around Barcelona's attacking threat, stemming for their triple-headed forward line, and the overall message has been that Arsenal's only...
Arsenal are allowed to attack. All the talk this week has been of Barca's menace but little credence has been given to our own forward line. Our friends over at @totalbarca ran a poll to see who their fans think...
Barcelona have possibly the best front three in the world. Obviously none of them are a patch on Yaya Sanogo, but we thought it would be interesting to find out who we're all most worried about ahead of our big...
Arsenal face European champions Barcelona on Tuesday night, so we sat down with renowned website Total Barca to get the inside track on the Spanish Giants. 1. So, Arsenal v Barcelona again, who do you think will come out on...
Should Arsenal sell the seats of season ticket holders who repeatedly turn up late or don't turn up at all? Helen Trantum thinks so. Read on to find out more. Twitter does funny things to people. Last week’s column obviously ruffled a...
I'm a self-confessed Theo Walcott fan. This won't surprise regular readers of Daily Cannon, as it's quite often a subject of debate between myself and <insert name of basically any other DC writer here>. Yet even I would admit that Theo's...
I don’t care about ticket prices. There, I said it. I mean: obviously I do care, since I spend more per year on Arsenal than any other thing except for my mortgage, but what I really mean is that the ticket...
Unexpected. That's right, it's 9pm GMT on a Wednesday and instead of the usual musings of Mr. Paul Williams, you've opened up today's column to be greeted by the rather less exciting diatribes I more commonly offer up on a...
How good can Héctor Bellerín become? Right now our young fullback is just 20 years of age, yet he’s already packed the bags of a French international with 27 caps and despatched him back to Ligue 1. In his first...
Nine years. I don't know about you but I was thoroughly sick and tired of hearing that incessant refrain right up until 17th May 2014. (We'll ignore the part where it's not even factually correct, since the previous win of...
Burnley is a massive game for one T J Walcott. Desperately out of sorts and out of form, our English forward only remained on the pitch in favour of Olivier Giroud against Chelsea because the manager chose to set up...
Our number 14 is in terrible form. I wanted to get that out of the way early on, if only so that I can’t be accused of *total* blindness or bias, and make it quite clear that my admittedly red-and-white-tinted...
Arsene Wenger has tried to sign Petr Cech on three occasions. The first time, when Cech was just 19, was thwarted by work permit issues. The second time, in 2004, he was gazumped by Chelsea’s megabucks following a degree of...
Twelve to fifteen points. That’s what Petr Cech would be worth to us this season according to a man who would know (on this subject at least): John Terry. Numerous people have attempted to tot up his contribution so far, but...
It's funny how a player moving clubs can offend your sensibilities. This weekend, two excellent footballers face their former clubs, each on the opposing team to the one where they made their name, and will cause fans of both sides...
Much has been made recently of Arsenal’s record at Stoke. We’ve faced them in the league eight times since they were promoted to the top flight back in 2008, and in that time we have only won at the Brittania...
Today marks 10 years since Theo Walcott signed for Arsenal. I've long made no secret of my admiration for Walcott; certainly he has been the subject of some heated debates between myself and the erstwhile Paul Williams over the years. He...
“I don’t know if I’m more worried cause Mesut is injured or cause Ox is starting.” So said Daily Cannon’s own graphics guru Anita Sambol on seeing the team news. It’s fair to say she was not alone – Twitter was...
Rambo is in red hot form. Two goals and an assist in the last two games are evidence of how he's found his way back to the top after a complete festive blank: four games without a goal or an...
What does it take to be Premier League champions? When Arsenal skipped off into the sunset last weekend with three barely deserved points in the bag, that old cliché about winning when you’re playing badly made its customary appearance. Not...
Legacy (n.) something handed down or received from a predecessor. With the exciting news that Jose Mourinho has finally been sacked from his position at Chelsea by mutual consent*, it has got me thinking about the mess that his successor...
Arsene Wenger isn’t perfect. He’s stubborn, he has a penchant for a gamble and he sometimes puts too much faith in players who then let him down. But one thing is undeniable: he’s consistent. For sixteen seasons straight he has delivered...
Magic doesn't exist. I know that's hard to take, and probably not one to share with any kids you might own/disown at a time when a fat man swoops through the skies propelled only by flying reindeer and slides down...
Joel Campbell has had something of a topsy turvy few games. Against Dinamo Zagreb he was a live wire, making one very smart assist and generally looking a likely suspect for anything good Arsenal produced. By contrast, when he came on...
There’s only been one word on everyone’s lips this week at Cannon Towers this week: injuries. We spent approximately three times as long discussing that very topic on this Tuesday’s podcast as Arsenal did playing proper football against Norwich City*...
There’s a Chinese proverb which applies quite aptly to Joel Campbell. “Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” Arsenal sign a lot of young players who never make it to the first team, let alone manage...
I have a special relationship with Stoke City Football Club. No, not that kind of special relationship! Quite the opposite in fact. Every time we face the Stokies, my column tends to be more than a touch critical of their ideals...
Don't ask me how I found a Manchester City fan in London. Suffice to say I did, and earlier this week we had some banter going back and forth at work. Even an October where our boss (deservedly) won the...
Sunday’s fixture is destined to be a firecracker, and not only because of the football. In some ways, it will be a game of ‘Arsenal past’ against ‘Arsenal present’. I should be absolutely clear. Obviously Tottenham are not, and never will...
Should you be judged by what you achieve or what you leave behind? Arsène Wenger has won quite a few pots in his nigh on twenty years as manager, but he seems to set as much store by the legacy...
Confidence will do wonderful things for a player. There was one moment in the second half of the game against Everton which perfectly encapsulated the confidence coursing through the veins of one Mesut Ozil, in a game which he ran...
At what point does Francis Coquelin start to be described as world class? On a day when a man most would deem worthy of that description - Nemanja Matic - was sent off for two bookable offences, which would ultimately cost...
Boring. That's what Pep Guardiola said earlier this week about staying at the same club for 20 years. There is increasing speculation that Arsene's departure is becoming more a case of 'when' rather than 'if' with each passing match, particularly after...
The first half against Bayern was a reminder of Hector Bellerin's Champions League debut to forget. In a game where Arsenal were very much second best, our then 19-year-old was given a run around by Dortmund's finest, although it is...
Tuesday's game is a big one. And big Champions League nights are always great experiences, even when a poor result tarnishes the overall enjoyment. I'll be safely ensconced in my seat a good half hour prior to kick off against Bayern...
My history* teacher at school used to have a saying. (*sorry, I know I sound like a Liverpool fan banging on about history. I promise to try not to mention 'five'...) "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." As...
Bayern Munich are off on their high horse again. On a day where Arsenal’s ticket pricing has – again – come under huge scrutiny, a Bayern fan group has announced its intention to boycott the first five minutes of the...
  This is an Arsenal column. As such, I try not to write too much about Chelsea and in particular their tramp in a tracksuit manager. (Don’t worry, I know I fail on a regular basis. Accepting you have a problem...
Mesut Ozil frequently runs games; he conducts them. It's usually through simple, often underrated, moments that change the course of a particular play, but against Manchester United our record signing provided the end product that will surely get him the...
Sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it. We want our full-backs to be defensively minded players who prioritise keeping clean sheets above all else, but we also love our full backs to get forward in support of our...
We don't have to do well to win the league. We just have to do better than everyone else, and that looks increasingly straightforward. It's a different story in Europe, with only Chelsea winning their opening fixture and both United's and...
I have a confession to make. I didn’t watch the season’s first clash with our noisy neighbours live – in fact, I didn’t even watch it the same day – as I couldn’t bring myself to cancel a long-standing engagement...
It may only be the Capital One Cup, but this week's game takes on a new level of importance for one reason. It's against Spurs. My league cup memories are somewhat tarnished by one day in history - 22nd January 2008...
Per Mertesacker is close to fitness again, but should he return straight into the Arsenal side? Our German beanpole offers height and anticipation, and of course the wealth of experience and calmness that you would expect from a World Cup...
Theo Walcott must start against Chelsea; of that there is no doubt. On this week's Daily Cannon podcast, Stephen and Matthew had quite an entertaining debate as to which of our strikers should lead the line at the weekend, with...
I don't care if you get the ball. That should be the stance when players go in for challenges which even if they win them seriously endangers the safety of a fellow professional (and indeed at lower levels of the...
Here’s a conundrum for you. In Theo Walcott, Arsenal hold the registration of the player officially crowned as the fastest footballer on FIFA 16. He can not only tear away from the speediest of defenders, but can also finish with aplomb...
Earlier this year, I got into something of slanging match with a Stoke fan. The subject in question was whether Charlie Adam is a thug or not. I call it a slanging match, but to honest it was pretty one-sided:...
Ticket pricing is always an emotive issue. It's easy to reminisce about the days when the cost of attending a game was less than it now costs to purchase a pie or a pint, but over time the cost of...
Something only we know. Paul will probably murder me for not only knowing, but quoting and bastardising a lyric from a song by Keane. Or, perhaps worse, a Lily Allen cover. But Arsenal fans were driven up the wall this week...
Second place. That's the fate that apparently awaits Arsenal in Group F of this year's Champions League after drawing the mighty Bayern Munich, and the supposed pushovers Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb. It's a story to which we have become accustomed, one...
Ten years. That’s the millstone still hanging about our neck, denoting the last time Arsenal won the league title, and it’s a statistic I know we’re all keen to address. But is it an outcome which is a prerequisite to us...
You cannot replace one top quality player with an amalgamation of mediocre ones. That's the lesson Liverpool have failed to learn from top six bedfellows Spurs and their Bale-facilitated shopping spree, as they seek to fill the holes left by...
I don’t often agree with Jose Mourinho. I doubt I’m alone in that, and to be honest it’s something of a standard that I apply to assess how credible someone’s footballing opinions are. But when it comes to Mesut Ozil,...
Arsenal’s record on the opening day of the season leaves something to be desired. In fact, since we moved to the Emirates we have won just four games in ten attempts, drawn a further four and lost two. The maths...
Our need for a new “DM” since 2008 have become the stuff of legend. Since Flamini ran his contract down and some Arsenal fans were nigh on begging Arsene Wenger and the board to throw money at him, the likes...
Coquelin was steely and determined against Chelsea, while keeping Hazard under the thumb for most of the match.
by Helen Trantum Petr Cech is a fantastic signing. I know you're all with me on this one at least. A sense of slight disbelief was my overriding emotion upon discovering that dear Jose had been overruled and his claws prised...
by Helen Trantum Thirteen and a half years is a long time. It’s longer than we’ve been at the Emirates. It’s longer than Daily Cannon has been online (wish us a happy 7th anniversary for Sunday, and watch out for an...
by Helen Trantum Why don't Arsenal "do" atmosphere? I'm not talking about the handful of big games we play each year; against our league rivals, against our local rivals and of course against whichever Champions League elect team we fact in...
by Helen Trantum Inevitably over the long summer break, there is only really one topic of conversation available to football fans. Identifying gaps in the squad and who we should sign to fill them is a conundrum which keeps Gooners worldwide...
by Helen Trantum Football is back! Arsenal beat a select Singapore XI 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon in the Barclays Asia Trophy, with Chuba Akpom notching a hattrick and Jack Wilshere slotting home from the penalty spot to reach Saturday's final. A selection of...
by Helen Trantum Arsenal’s academy specialises in left backs. In the Wenger years we have seen the likes of Ashley Cole, Gael Clichy and most recently Kieran Gibbs roll off the production line and enjoy significant success. In fact, consistency in that...
by Helen Trantum This Girl Can. Waiting for the tube this morning, that was the message emblazoned across an image of a girl juggling a football. The recent success of the England side, securing third place at the World Cup over in...
by Helen Trantum Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So goes the proverb, and never was it more true in football – as Google defines it: “that which one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.” Arsenal’s...
by Helen Trantum To buy or not to buy – that is the question. Even following the January acquisition of Gabriel, there is still some clamour for Arsene Wenger to purchase another defender to supplement his squad. Yet when you look...
by Helen Trantum Arsene Wenger has a type. Just like mine is tall, dark and handsome, Arsene favours some defenders over others. It has particularly become so over the last few years, but it hasn’t always been the case. Specialist defenders In the...
by Helen Trantum March 2016. That’s when I sign my life away marry my best friend, the love of my life, my soulmate. There’s just one problem. He’s a Spurs fan. Not even an armchair fan who delights in claiming to be Tottenham,...
by Helen Trantum International football bores me. It's a sad indictment of the state of football, but that's the way I feel. The trouble is, I still waste hours of my life watching it when it does sneak its way onto...
by Helen Trantum A good goalkeeper can save you 15 points a season. So the legend goes, anyway. This season Arsenal finished 12 points behind Champions Chelsea, and if rumour is to be believed, we did that without a good goalkeeper. So...
by Helen Trantum Are you stupid? That must be a question Arsene Wenger is dying to ask his FA Cup winning goalkeeper after the Pole was pictured by The Sun with a cigarette between his lips. It would seem basic common sense,...
by Helen Trantum Do you need glasses? How you view Jack Wilshere’s latest misdemeanour seems to rather depend on which side of the Emirates fence you sit. Arsenal fans are rather bemused, while many of those from other clubs are egging the...
As the season wraps up with a 12th FA Cup win and third-place league finish, we look at how the players did over the course of 14/15.   Manager Arsene Wenger Grade: B+ If Santi Cazorla has proven that you can teach an old...
As the season wraps up with a 12th FA Cup win and third-place league finish, we look at how the players did over the course of 14/15.   Forwards Alexis Sanchez Grade: A- If you had circa £60m to spend, the question is would...
As the season wraps up with a 12th FA Cup win and third-place league finish, we look at how the players did over the course of 14/15.   Midfielders Mathieu Flamini Grade: C Flamini has undergone something of a transformation this year, from a...
As the season wraps up with a 12th FA Cup win and third-place league finish, we look at how the players did over the course of 14/15.   Defenders Mathieu Debuchy Grade: B+ Signed as a direct replacement for the departing Bacary Sagna, Debuchy...
As the season wraps up with a 12th FA Cup win and third-place league finish, we look at how the players did over the course of 14/15. Goalkeepers David Ospina Grade: B Signed on the back of a promising World Cup campaign, most...
by Helen Trantum That winning feeling. It’s a pure adrenaline rush that is simply unequalled in football. For one of our boys in particular, ending the season with his hands on the FA Cup trophy can’t have seemed less likely – when...
Nine years. It’s a long time in a lifetime, let alone in football. For those of us of a Gooner persuasion, it’s a length of time which is far too familiar to us. When Arsenal won the FA Cup last year, at...
Well, this series has proven a lucky charm! For the second year in a row, we find ourselves finishing the League season with another game to look forward to - a trip to Wembley for the showpiece FA Cup final....
It's FA Cup final time and Arsenal are looking to win a record 12th trophy in their record-breaking 19th final.  Here's all they need to know to make it happen: Aston Villa Manager Tim Sherwood Home Ground Villa Park (42,640) League Position 17th Record Signing Darren Bent...
Victory through harmony. It may be the club's motto, but it also applies to two of our most exciting yet divisive players. Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott have the potential to be one of the most devastating combinations in world football. However,...
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to reproduce their FA Cup result there earlier this year. With both teams fighting it out for the automatic Champions League spot, Arsneal still hold their own destiny in their own hands. So...
Horses for courses. It's an oft heard British idiom to explain how you should select the best person for the particular job, and it's exactly how I felt watching us pass-pass-pass at Swansea in the first half on Monday. Swansea were...
Arsenal welcome Swansea to the Emirates on Monday night knowing that a win will move them ever closer to their highest league finish in a decade. Here's everything you need to know about Swansea. Swansea City Manager Garry Monk Home Ground The Liberty...
The worries of the Arsenal world weigh heavy. That's what Jack Wilshere found out back in the autumn of 2011, at any rate. With the summer departures of some Spanish bloke and some French bloke, Arsenal were left with a...
It's karaoke time! "I wanna tell you, I might as well do, About a boy who can do anything. He comes from Barca, His name is Hector, Bellerin, Bellerin, Bellerin." You've probably heard our latest song for a certain young Spanish right back recently. It's pretty...
Why Chelsea skipper's jibes about "tippy tappy football" and its failings are wide of the mark. Finesse. It's not a word one commonly associated with Chelsea's outspoken captain. Aggression? Yes. Physicality? Definitely. No-nonsense? With bells on. Finesse? Not so much. So it's...
Imagine the scene: Two players are running towards each other, fully focussed on the ball between them. At the last minute, as they prepare to make contact with the ball, the ball vanishes. They collide heavily and fall to the floor. Who...
Arsenal were unable to break down Chelsea's bus and they both left with a point. Still, it's another game that saw the 'special one' fail to win at the Emirates. He's never done that, you know! So how did the players get...
Normally we start this post every week before a game by welcoming the opposition to the Emirates. There's not of that this week, it's Chelsea. The sooner they bugger off back to their corner, the better. In the meantime, here's everything...
If Zouma plays on Sunday, Arsenal will win. Respect It's a concept apparently lost on Jose Mourinho when it comes to talking about Arsene Wenger. The man is clearly envious of how Arsene commands such respect among his contemporaries for his achievements, despite...
After putting Chelsea to the sword, it only felt fair to do an equivalent version of the cast from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the Arsenal squad. Identifying the theoretical first XI was a challenge enough in itself,...
Ahead of this weekend's fixture against the team that ruined Wenger's 1,000th game,, we look at why the manager deserves to remain at the club.
We look at the insufferable Chelsea squad and their dwarvish nicknames
In the run up to Sunday's fixture against league leaders Chelsea, we look at whether recent victories over Man City, Man United and Liverpool really have signalled a change in the tide. Flat track bullies. That's the accusation that has been...
With most of the build up to Sunday's game about one man and one man only, we examine his impact on the club and ask whether *that* banner should ever have been erected outside the Emirates.
Is there anything worse than a small time club? For years Arsenal fans have had to put up with Tottenham trying to keep up with the powerhouse of North London, but now they have another city club to deal with...
Ahead of a weekend with two season-defining games for Arsenal kicking off at roughly the same time, we look at how results in each of the games could affect us, despite only playing in one!
Ahead of our semi-final tie against Reading, we run the rule over our corresponding 2014 victory over Wigan Athletic.
Arsenal face Reading at Wembley knowing that, should they win, they will be just 90 minutes away from becoming the greatest team the FA Cup has ever seen. So here's everything they need to know to ensure they don't Arsenal...
We look at why fighting for second – although not our goal for next season – is something we should welcome.
Arsenal travel to Burnley on Saturday for what is likely to be a tougher game than the one they faced last weekend against Liverpool.
With an unprecedented number of players available for the run-in , we look at the personnel who should be on the pitch from the first minute onwards.
Following another excellent performance against Liverpool, we take a closer look at Olivier Giroud's performance and why he may be the most underrated striker in the league.
Harry Kane looks like he could be a cert for Player of the Season, but he isn't even the best player in north London
With the international break under way, we look at why Arsenal's own international focus has been on the Middle-East and Asia at the expense of the United States of America.
Arsene likes wide men who wander. When you look at the players who have featured on the wings for our long-serving manager, there is always significant license to roam no matter the chosen formation. Wiltord, Overmars, Pires, Ljungberg, Reyes, Nasri. Walcott...
After months of increasingly vitriolic speculation about the uncertainty surrounding Theo Walcott's future, the Arsenal forward has broken his silence to derail one of the media's favourite stories.
Following a reckless action in the weekend's game between Liverpool and Man United, we look at why Arsenal may suffer as a result of Steven Gerrard's ban.
Aaron Ramsey believes that this season can still be a success in spite of Tuesday's Champions League elimination - can it?
In a week where Arsenal were ushered out of the Champions League, we look at why that exit has been roundly criticised compared to their English colleagues.
After two of England's three representatives in the Round of 16 departed according to the Away Goals rule, we take a look at whether the rule is still applicable.
TalkSPORT recently announced that "celebrity Gooner" Piers Morgan will be joining Adrian Durham for their Drivetime show. We turn the tables.
As Arsenal are eliminated from the Champions League in an all too familiar fashion, we look at the one reason we can be hopeful for next year.
In a week when Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist having yet another pop at Arsene Wenger and his side, we look at why the Chelsea manager can’t seem to help himself.
Arsenal learn their semi-final opponents, and it's a team who have never beaten them in a competitive encounter.
Thomas Vermaelen suffers latest set back and turns to psychologist for support.
Theo Walcott has had a tough ride from Gooners – we look at how his performance against West Ham demonstrates there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.
We take a closer look at Arsenal’s main man following a perfect performance against a weak West Ham side.
With Arsenal facing a side that gave them a stern test over the festive period, we look at why our Polish shotstopper may be in line for a return.
With Arsenal's fantastic 9,000 travelling contingent receiving widespread praise for the atmosphere at Old Trafford, we look at the contrast with the home support and what we can do to close the gap.
Just what can Arsenal expect from West Ham on Saturday at the Emirates?
We look at a player who, despite a recent charm offensive, is more likely to leave the Emirates this summer than contract renegade Theo Walcott.
Arsenal have announced that they will take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy with Stoke of all teams. Here's why this is a good thing,
We look at how Arsenal's understated left back is having a season to remember.
Francis Coquelin continued his meteoric rise with another tenacious display against Manchester United.
Off the back of a fabulous win at Old Trafford, we look at how the Arsenal manager played his part in a crucial game.
With the Abou Diaby's contract up in the summer, we look at whether the midfielder has a future at Arsenal.
Ahead of our quarter final tie against Manchester United, we run the rule over our corresponding 2014 victory over Everton.
Arsenal travel to Manchester on Monday night looking to end an embarrassing run of results at Old Trafford. Here's everything they need to know to make sure they end the jinx United hold over them.
As Arsenal travel to Old Trafford this weekend, we look at why our rivalry with the Red Devils can be put in the shade by our local relationship with Spurs, despite being much more competitive
As Arsenal travel to Old Trafford this weekend, we look at why our rivalry with the Red Devils can be more intense than with Spurs, despite geographic differences
Ahead of Monday night's FA Cup clash with our rivals, we look at how £13m man Olivier stacks up against players collectively worth in excess of £90m.
Why is Theo Walcott not getting games for Arsenal? We try to get to the bottom of it.
As Arsenal build up to facing QPR, we look at how so many ex-Spurs players wound up in West London, and the danger they pose.
Arsenal travel across London for a midweek match against QPR. Never a straightforward fixture no matter how it looks on paper, here is everything Arsenal need to know to make sure they don't Monaco-up the evening.
After a nightmare midweek, we look at how na-na-na-na-Giroud set about winning the fans – and the manager – over.
Fabregas fails to flatter Mourinho when asked to compare him to previous managers at Arsenal and Barcelona.
As Arsenal come up against the shortest team in the Premier League this weekend, we take a look at why size isn’t always everything.
Arsenal welcome Everton to the Emirates on Sunday hoping to rid themselves of all memory of their mid-week capitulation against Monaco. Here's everything they need to know to ensure the same thing doesn't happen.
We look at why Wojciech Szczesny, whatever his crimes, simply must return to the Arsenal first team ahead of the weekend's game against Everton.
We reflect on an abject performance from the Gunners and the role stand-in captain Mertesacker played in generating not just a mountain but an Everest to climb in the return leg. 
Stephen has done an excellent opposition preview already, so all that Is left for our regular feature is the facts, stats and figures to give you the snapshot view of everything you need to know about Monaco. FACTFILE AS...
Palace's pitch at the weekend highlights the gamesmanship of groundsmen. We look at where it can work for or against the home side and look ahead  to the Champions League.
A look at the comedy gold when Arsenal fans discovered Tottenham's attempts to drum up some excitement for the Capital One Cup final next weekend.
The gangly Arsenal forward is unable to play against his parent club on Saturday, but does the young French forward have a future at the Gunners?
Whether by luck or judgement, Arsenal have found themselves a decent holding midfielder, but how close was our number 34 to missing out?
Teenage right back is a doubt for Saturday's game at Palace.
Calum Chambers has fallen out of favour since the festive period - the question is why? After a shaky weekend performance, Daily Cannon looks at why things are no longer going so swimmingly for the summer signing.
Helen Trantum gives you everything you could possibly need to know about Crystal Palace, plus a lot more.
FA Cup final winning midfielder almost halfway through rehab.
The Ox is nearing a return to the first team.
Is Jack Wilshere in line to play at the weekend?
Mesut Ozil has come in for much criticism since his move to Arsenal, most of it unwarranted. With his performance against Boro he went some way to shutting up his critics.
In another regular feature during this season’s FA Cup run, Daily Cannon reminisces about how Arsenal got on this time last year. Ahead of our 5th Round tie against Middlesbrough, we run the rule over our corresponding 2014 victory over Liverpool.
Is it better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all? Szczesny's willingness to risk everything is why he is Arsenal's only long term viable candidate for the #1 jersey as Helen Trantum explains.
Once upon a time, Arsene Wenger famously said “It wouldn’t surprise me if we were to go unbeaten for the whole season.” What happened next went down in history.
Everyone's Derby Day is different. Here's an insight into how the day can pan out when your other half supports the Lilywhites. 09:30 Wake up. Roll over to say good morning. Realise it's derby day and turn back to face the...
Resident writer at the Daily Cannon, Helen Trantum, looks at what it's like to date a Spurs fan and why it makes her more confident that the Gunners will win on Saturday.
Federico Fazio is the weak link in the Tottenham team. Daily Cannon looks at where his biggest weaknesses lie and how Arsenal can take advantage of this liability.
Christian Eriksen poses a real threat to Arsenal on Saturday. Daily Cannon looks at why he is potentially so dangerous and what we can do to stop him.
With the annual proclamations of a power shift in North London, Daily Cannon takes a look at a best combined XI from the likely line-ups for Saturday’s match
Although on the face of it Tottenham supporters can be royal pains in the bum, Helen Trantum looks at why their existence actually enriches the lives of Gooners.
It's one of the biggest games of the season, but which fans care about it more?
Harry Kane recently signed a new Tottenham contract and protested his love for the lesser North London club, but is he telling the truth? Here at the Daily Cannon, we doubt it...
Arsenal travel to Tottenham on Saturday, so what do we know about them? Here's their factfile.
If Arsenal are in a negative spiral, what does that mean for Tottenham? Daily Cannon compares Arsenal and Tottenham over the last two years and looks at why sometimes people should just keep their mouths shut.
A look at some of the accusations levelled at female football fans and the truth behind them.
Thierry Henry is unquestionably an Arsenal legend, but his return to England surely ensures that Theo Walcott will extend his contract. We explain why here.
A look at why Theo Walcott is Arsenal's most important player, and why Arsene Wenger must keep him at all costs.
Arsenal host Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday in the Premier League. This is what you can expect from them.
In another regular feature during this season’s FA Cup run, Daily Cannon reminisces about how Arsenal got on this time last year. Ahead of our 4th Round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion, we run the rule over our corresponding...
In a new series, Daily Cannon will be reviewing some of Arsenal's favourite songs to share some of the history, culture and general match-day experience with fans from around the world. And what better way to start on an FA...
Once upon a time, an Arsenal team went a full 38 game league season unbeaten. We’re often told that the Invincibles were the ultimate team, a group of players who were so successful because they were just that – a...
On Sunday Arsenal continue their defence of the FA Cup with a trip to the seaside to face Brighton & Hove Albion. Here's everything you need to know about them ahead of the game: FACTFILE Brighton & Hove Albion Manager Chris Hughton Home Ground Amex Stadium...
After Arsenal announced this week that ticket prices will not go up again next year following a 3% increase for the 2014-15 season, season ticket holder and Daily Cannon writer Helen Trantum gives her view on how price freezes alone are...
Ahead of Arsenal's trip to Manchester City on Sunday, Daily Cannon brings you the lowdown on the opposition. We've already looked at Everything you need to know about Manchester City. Our build up to the big game continues with a look...
It seems that since moving to our shiny new stadium, Arsenal have gained a bit of a reputation for being a feeder club. It started off with Barcelona, taking the likes of Henry, Hleb, Fabregas, Song and most recently Vermaelen,...
Factfile Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini Home Ground Etihad Stadium (47,726) League Position 2nd Record Signing Sergio Aguero – £38.1m in 2011 Ex Gunners Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Richard Wright Top Scorer Sergio Aguero (19) Top Assister Jesus Navas (8) Most Yellow Cards Fernando (7) Pablo Zabaleta (7) Star Player Sergio Aguero Player Arsenal Need Most Vincent Kompany Biggest...
A look back at some of the best moments at the Emirates in recent years, why they were quite so magical, and a look forward to a potential moment which could see Stoke get their just desserts. Perry Como and...
A brief look at how two of Arsenal’s best players need each other before they can consistently look like the world class players they are. Moments of individual brilliance live long in the memory and light up football matches. Think...