Tactics: How Arsenal's resilience and Wenger's innovation beat Pep and Manchester...

Arsenal tactics
Arsene Wenger’s decision to adopt a back 3 paid dividends as The Gunners were able to overcome Manchester City in extra time at Wembley and advance to yet another FA Cup Final.

Tactics: How Arsenal used Middlesbrough as their Manchester City testing ground

Arsenal tactics
There are two schools of thought regarding Arsenal’s formation switch ahead of Monday night’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Tactics: Arsenal's pathetic Palace performance indicative of deeper problems

Arsenal tactics
A gameplan, no matter how elaborate or simple, stringent or fluid, can only be as effective as the players tasked with implementing it. At Selhurst...

How Arsenal's throwback tactics against West Ham got the best out...

Arsenal tactics
An Arsenal side inspired by Mesut Özil and captained by Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey got back to winning ways against West Ham, while also turning in a solid performance they can build upon moving towards Wembley.

Tactics: Explaining went wrong for Arsenal against West Brom

‘Control’ in a footballing context is an almost subjective word that means different things to different people. Someone who didn’t watch Saturday’s match at The...

Tactics: What went wrong for Arsenal against West Brom

Arsenal tactics
‘Control’ in a footballing context is an almost subjective word that means different things to different people. Whatever it is, Arsenal lacked it against West Brom

Long read: How Wenger changed Arsenal's tactics against Bayern to secure...

Arsenal tactics
In March 2013, Arsene Wenger used a dead rubber Last 16 2nd Leg against Bayern Munich to experiment with a new line-up that would click and ultimately get Arsenal over the line and help them achieve that season’s minimum requirement of retaining Champions League football for the following season.

Tactics: What went wrong for Arsenal at Liverpool

Arsenal tactics
Rather than persist with something that was proven to not work at Anfield, Arsene Wenger instead tried something different in an attempt to come away from one of this current Arsenal team’s bogey grounds with an unlikely victory.

Tactics: Why this Arsenal humiliation was more worrying than the last...

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Arsenal’s fundamentally sound gameplan was undone by a series of individual errors in a 10 minute period as the Gunners slumped to a very different 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena than the one they had suffered last season.

Tactics: How disjointed Arsenal stifled Mesut Özil against Hull

Arsenal tactics
A disjointed and unconvincing Arsenal side achieved what they ultimately needed to against Marco Silva’s rejuvenated Hull on Saturday, but there is cause for concern moving forward.

Tactics: The fundamental flaw at centre of Arsenal’s limp display at...

Arsenal tactics
Arsenal were found wanting yet again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a defeat that finally ended a title challenge that had been running on fumes.

Self-sabotaging Arsenal set themselves up for a fall against Watford

Arsenal tactics
An Alex Iwobi inspired Arsenal were well on their way to staging a second half comeback and digging their way out of a hole that was completely of their own making, but instead dug their way back into it, while Watford watched on.

Arsenal tactics: How Oxlade-Chamberlain made his case for a new contract...

Arsenal tactics
When the teamsheet came out on Saturday, some worried Arsenal may have to continue their wait before getting a first win at St Mary’s since Southampton’s return to the top flight in 2012.

Tactics: How Arsenal reverted to Wengerball to destroy Swansea

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Saturday’s performance in the 0-4 win at Swansea was Arsenal’s most aesthetically pleasing display in the league since the win over Chelsea back in September, so what did they do differently?

How Aaron Ramsey sparked Arsenal’s resurgence at Preston

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Football matches turn on moments.

Tactical long read: What went wrong for Arsenal at Bournemouth?

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For the fourth straight year, Arsenal’s festive fixtures featured a frustrating display on the South coast.

Tactics: Arsenal’s late show smashes through West Brom’s parked bus

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After being frustrated for 86 minutes, Arsenal finally broke the deadlock against a dogged West Brom side thanks to an Olivier Giroud header.

Tactics: Arsenal’s pressing concerns v Manchester City

Arsenal tactics
Arsenal’s second half performance in the defeat for Manchester City was a cause for great concern.

Tactics: How Arsenal came unstuck at Everton

Arsenal tactics
Arsenal came away empty-handed from Goodison Park after playing well for approximately two of the final 60 minutes against Ronald Koeman’s resurgent Everton side, who had only won one of their last 10 matches.

Arsenal tactics: Xhaka, Ramsey and the return of Wengerball

Arsenal tactics
The enduring memory of Tuesday night’s triumphant trip to Basel will be the scintillatingly slick move for Lucas Perez’s second goal but it should also be of the Xhaka-Ramsey partnership

Tactics – How Xhaka helped Arsenal back to winning ways

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Arsenal managed to both play fairly well and also make life unnecessarily difficult for themselves against a very competent Bournemouth side. Here's how Granit Xhaka played his part.

Tactics: How Wenger is working up to a Ramsey-Xhaka midfield

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Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka could be a formidable midfield pairing for Arsenal, here's why

Tactics: This is what cost Arsenal against Manchester United

Arsenal tactics
As you were no doubt told when you first started watching football, going in 0-0 at half time of an away game is no bad thing.

Tactics: How Arsenal allowed Tottenham to claim a draw at the...

Arsenal tactics
Arsenal should have been out of sight by halftime in the north London derby, so how did Spurs end up with a draw?

Tactics – Ozil’s brilliance + Arsenal’s evolution dissected

Arsenal tactics
On 4th July 1998 in Marseille, Dennis Bergkamp turned in a performance that for 89 minutes of the match was considerably shy of his...

Tactics: How Giroud provides Arsenal with plan B they desperately need

Arsenal tactics
When something isn’t going your way, you either try to work harder to make it happen, or you try to work smarter; in the final 25 minutes against Sunderland on Saturday, Arsenal did a bit of both.

Tactics: How Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is changing his game to save his...

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Mesut Özil rightly took the plaudits as Arsenal’s standout performer in last night’s 6-0 win over Ludogorets, as The Perfect 10 crowned his sublime overall performance with his first ever senior hat-trick in the second half but it's the Ox who we taker a closer look at.

Tactics: Why Arsenal swapped caviar for sausages against Burnley

Arsenal tactics
After two exhilarating champagne and caviar displays against Chelsea and Basel, Arsenal were very much back to sausages at Burnley, but managed to escape Turf Moor with all three points after a somewhat fortuitous last-minute winner.

Tactics: Why it's taken so long to integrate Granit Xhaka at...

Arsenal tactics
In the first of his regular post-match tactics pieces, Amrit Rae explains why it's taken so long to integrate Granit Xhaka at Arsenal

Long read: Wenger’s tactical plan starts to form

Arsenal's Saturday stroll in Hull showed some hints of method to what has appeared tactical madness.

Why Arsene Wenger needs to do more to avoid being so...

With the majority of things in football, once a team is successful in adopting an approach to winning - others follow suit.

Do Arsenal need a Plan A, never mind a Plan B?

I've just spent the last couple of hours having the 'pleasure' of watching Roy Hodgson metamorphose from 'incompetent buffoon' into 'tactical god', all because...

The tactics behind Arsenal's record FA Cup win over Chelsea

Pedro Losa's side maintained the Arsenal Ladies' tradition of bringing one trophy home per season with the club's 14th FA Women's Cup triumph on Saturday against Chelsea at Wembley.

Wenger's wrong, here's the real reason Arsenal are poor at home

Slipping out of the title race and into the fight for Champions League places, questions are going to be asked of Arsenal's home form this season.

How Arsenal are getting Alexis to inspire the team again

A second strong performance in a week suggested Alexis Sánchez is close to finding his best form again. A stop-start season has undoubtedly held the...

Analysis: How Arsenal can use Elneny to revitalise season

A north London derby at White Hart Lane is quite the occasion for a full Premier League debut. It's even more daunting when you're in red. Signed...

Tactical analysis: Why Arsenal struggle to break teams down

Arsenal's issues in possession against a defensive team were evident once again in the 0-0 draw against Hull City on Saturday I had intended to...

Is Wenger set to get his tactics wrong against Leicester?

Arsene Wenger's pre-game presser has left me scratching my head about the tactics that will be employed against Leicester City. It looks like he will...

Should Arsenal adapt to midfielder?

Following Carla Humphrey's season loan move to Doncaster Rover Belles, it looks quite obvious that the coach nearly never played her in her best...

Analysis: Other players to blame for Mertesacker's red card against Chelsea

Per Mertesacker saw red fewer than 20 minutes into Arsenal's crucial game with Chelsea, but was he really to blame? There's no doubt the German's...

Analysed: The defensive weakness Arsenal must exploit to beat Manchester City

Manchester City's ability to dominate sides with their attacking ability is well known, but they rely heavily on individuals who Arsenal must look out...

Can Bellerín blunt Manchester City's dangerous left-side combination?

At the start of November, injury ruled Héctor Bellerín out of two of the biggest games of the season. On Monday, he will face his...

Ramsey reuniting with Özil can inspire Arsenal to the title

Boxing Day 2013, Arsenal won at Upton Park but Aaron Ramsey picked up a thigh strain which ruled him out until April. Mesut Özil had signed...

Arsenal midfielder has convincingly outpassed the Premier League

Santi Cazorla
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has completed more than 200 passes more than any other Premier League midfielder so far this season. An injury suffered by...

Ramsey's return gives some hope on an otherwise bleak day for...

Arsenal struggled to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road on Sunday evening but there is one positive thing to take from the game: Aaron...

Arsenal's midfield will not help them win games under pressure

Another game against Mauricio Pochettino, another struggle. "The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos,...

Wenger should consider dropping defensive weak link for Tottenham game

It's been a rough time at Arsenal for Mathieu Debuchy. After a move to the tune of £10m, the former Newcastle United man joined up...

Will Wenger play Özil wide in injury crisis?

At the start of last season, Arsène Wenger attempted to play Mesut Özil wide to accommodate all of his central midfielders. It didn't really work....

Wilshere: We had a meeting about it

Jack Wilshere has revealed that Arsenal had a meeting regarding their set-pieces at the start of the season as they looked to improve their...

Tactics: How Wenger is using Bellerín to get the best out...

After six Premier League games this season, Arsenal had experienced some trouble in front of goal. Finishing is indeed cyclical, as Arsène Wenger reminded us,...

How Arsenal beat Manchester United

Arsenal demolished Louis van Gaal's Manchester United side with a first-half masterclass on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners were 3-0 up within 20 minutes, exploiting Manchester...

How Arsenal's lost generation fell apart

This week sees the start of the new Champions League season, with Arsenal travelling to Zagreb for the first group game. It isn't the first...

The key to fixing Arsenal's offensive issues

With an abundance of central players, Arsène Wenger has been turning a blind eye to width so far this season. The Arsenal manager has too many...

Tactics: How Wenger finally beat Mourinho

by Lewis Ambrose Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley on Sunday to win the Community Shield ahead of the new Premier League season. It quite clearly...

Arsène Wenger finds new midfield

by Lewis Ambrose Has Arsène Wenger found his new midfield? The convincing manner in which Arsenal beat Everton on Saturday afternoon could be swept under the...

Tactics: How Wenger masterminded cup final victory

Arsenal lifted the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday with a dominant 4-0 win over Aston Villa. The game was always likely...

Tactics: How Arsenal really got a point against Manchester United

Two Arsenal sides turned up at Old Trafford on Sunday. The second half was more familiar and saw Aaron Ramsey back in midfield with Theo...

Tactical analysis: Improving Arsenal ready for title challenge

The game against Chelsea on Sunday was, as I’m sure you all know by now, a goalless draw. As everyone always labels them, it was inevitably...

Wenger proves doubters wrong with tactical masterclass against Liverpool

There were a number of surprising elements to the stunning result at the weekend. Just how did Arsenal manage such a demanding performance over Liverpool?

Tactics: Giroud and Monreal shining as competition inspires fight

The sky’s the limit as Arsenal players are inspiring each other to become better players.

Ozil's understated class and the tactics behind Arsenal's 2-0 win over...

How Mesut Ozil shone once again and a look at the tactics behind Arsenal's win over Everton

How Arsenal swept the Manchester City slayers aside with another tactical...

Lewis Ambrose looks at the tactics behind Arsenal's comfortable win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday at the Emirates.

This is how Wenger solves his wide-man dilemma

A slight shock emerged at 11:45 on Saturday as Arsène Wenger named his starting XI and plumped for Danny Welbeck ahead of Theo Walcott. Walcott...

Why Arsenal's new counter-attacking approach is thanks to Spurs

Arsenal's defeat at Tottenham last season was a watershed moment for Arsenal and their tactical approach to the game. Lewis Ambrose explains more here.