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Success or failure? Arsene Wenger in the Emirate era

Arsene Wenger
In 2004, Roman Abramovich, who had recently become the owner of Chelsea Football Club, started putting together the pieces necessary for the rise of the club as a superpower.

Why do we still do this to female football fans?

Almost four years ago, one of my first features for Daily Cannon was about the condescension of female football fans, yet here I am, years later, talking about the same thing.

Wenger’s final season: 2017/18 review – February to May

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goodbye to the Arsenal fans after 22 years at the helm at the end of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Now we've come to the end of Arsene Wenger's final season with Arsenal, we're looking back at the manager's final campaign, and this time specifically February to May.

Mikel Arteta: An unsung Arsenal hero

Mikel Arteta
Despite sitting alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Mikel Arteta's career as one of Arsenal's unsung heroes should never be forgotten.

Ivan Gazidis speaks volumes about Arsene Wenger's future

All three of you who have read my columns on a regular basis will know that I am not an overly sentimental chap, and the recent Mikel Arteta rumours suggests Ivan Gazidis isn't either.

Power of Habit – Why Arsenal lose against the top sides

We all have habits. Some of them we are only too aware of while others allow us to go about our business in the world...

Technology to Help Track Exercises

This week we'll focus on technology to help us quantify and track our energy burn through exercise. Last week we discussed how calorie counting could...

How Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain affects Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

Here comes the money! Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £198m in cash, up front. And he'll make another £180.7m in wages for the next five years.

45-minute read: Mesut Ozil – A casualty of a divided world

Anyone with an outward eye doesn't need the vilification and subsequent international retirement of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil to remind them of how polarised opinions have changed our political landscape across the western world.

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...

Did Watford's win make Wenger's position at Arsenal untenable?

Sunday's FA Cup tie was not only hard to endure in isolation but was a painful microcosm of Arsenal in 2016, despite Arsene's best attempts...

This is how Arsenal could have corrected the problems from the...

Last Sunday, when Arsenal's team selection to face Manchester City was announced, there were two immediate reactions of disbelief.

Wenger’s final season: 2017/18 review – November to January

Now we've come to the end of Arsene Wenger's final season with Arsenal, we're looking back at the manager's final campaign, and this time specifically November to January.

Arsenal become first team to reach century in top flight

24th April 1915: Arsenal 7-0 Nottingham Forest. 100 years ago today saw Arsenal play their last game in the Second Division, yet they were never promoted.

Five ways to prepare for marathon training

by Mark J. Fine Marathon season is a lot closer than you think, so if you haven't begun training, now is probably a good time...

This is what the shambolic Annual General Meeting really said about...

Stan Kroenke who owns Arsenal
Is it possible to be both optimistic and pessimistic about the same thing at the same time?

Out you go: Impossible to argue this player should remain in...

Theo Walcott
As an avowed Theo Walcott fangirl, it breaks my heart to be writing this column.

Unai Emery: Understanding Arsenal’s new ‘El Maestro’

Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish headcoach Unai Emery gives a press conference at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 7, 2018 on the eve of the French Cup final football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Les Herbiers VF. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)
After Arsène Wenger’s announcement that he would leave Arsenal the carousel of potential successors was in full swing before finally landing on an unexpected name. So how did Arsenal end up picking Unai Emery and now that the dust has settled, what can Arsenal fans really expect from their new manager in the new season? 

Time for Arsenal to focus on this competition

If Arsenal held the winning positions against Liverpool and Chelsea over the Christmas period, they would be in fifth in the table.

Why Arsenal would be crazy to sell this 27-year-old who could...

Wojciech Szczesny
Arsenal's goalkeeping situation has been the subject of debate for many seasons now, so what is really going on?

Arsenal 2017 review: January/February/March

In true Arsenal style, after the busy festive period and back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City in December, January went rapidly downhill.

Why men are better at football than women

12th May 1925: The French women's football team, complete with berets, line up before the England vs France Women's International Football match in aid of shipwrecked mariners at Herne Hill in London. England is represented by Dick Kerr's team From Preston. (Photo by MacGregor/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Malcolm Gladwell explained in Outliers why talent is not what takes a person to the top. He shows that where you come from and when you’re born is just as important, but his theory also translates across gender lines and helps explain why women’s football still struggles. That, and the FA banning the game for 50 years.

Arsene Wenger is the last of his kind and his era...

As pressure grows, again, on Arsene Wenger to call it a day on Arsenal, the Arsenal manager represents the last of his kind - a long-term club man in a world that has moved on without him.

Caviar & Sausage – The new Arsenal magazine out now!

Well this is new, eh? Enough of your rambling, take me straight to the magazine At Daily Cannon, we’ve come a long way since it all...

10-minute read: Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal’s next breakthrough prospect?

This summer, with most fans pre-occupied by the excitement and fear surrounding the comings and goings of established first teamers, it’s easy to forget those players who are trying to create a foothold for themselves at the top level.

Wenger’s final season: 2017/18 review – August to October

Now we've come to the end of Arsene Wenger's final season with Arsenal, let's take a look back at the manager's final campaign, starting with August to October.

Red, white and green: Celebrating Arsenal’s Irish Connection

I'm sure it won't have escaped the attention of all reading this that today is St. Patrick's Day, and as such is a date...

Arsenal 2017 review: April/May/June

The tail-end of last season was bittersweet for Arsenal supporters, with an FA Cup triumph softening a failure to attain Champions League football.

Arsenal’s 12 heroes and villains of 2017

Arsenal had another roller coaster year in 2017, with plenty of heroes and villains contributing to such drama on and off the pitch.

Why Manchester City's pretenders don't come close to Arsenal's Invincibles

There have been many pretenders, but none have come close to Arsenal's magnificent achievement.

Success or failure? Arsene Wenger in the Emirate era

Arsene Wenger
In 2004, Roman Abramovich, who had recently become the owner of Chelsea Football Club, started putting together the pieces necessary for the rise of the club as a superpower.

Technology to Help with Calorie Counting

The story doesn't end with just achieving weight loss. There is still work to make sure it stays off and technology is there to...

Arsenal players and the Euro's

With the international break in full swing, we thought it timely to take a look at Arsenal players in and how they got on in Euro 2012.

Arsenal have paid the price for not taking risks

When criticising Arsenal for not taking enough risks, there is plenty to choose from.

Drones, helicopters and an Arsenal forward: Croatian football's propaganda war

Over the last few years, I keep telling myself I should stop getting involved with Croatian national team and the whole shenanigans happening in Croatian football but, here I am again, talking and moaning about it.

2 more added to Arsenal's managerial shortlist: 9 assessed

Although nothing is confirmed, it has been widely reported that Arsenal's hierarchy are considering their options since the cup final defeat. The papers have suggested that if Wenger fails to qualify the club for the Champions League, that could spell the end for the manager.

8 reasons Arsenal need to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovich

Despite the player insisting that he hasn't opened talks with anyone, speculation continues to link Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a Bosman move to Arsenal in...

You won't want to miss this: Arsène Wenger's AGM speech in...

Arsène Wenger gave a speech to the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, and we've written up a full transcript for you.

How should Arsenal set up their midfield in 2015/16?

By Matthew Wade Arsenal's midfield has an embarrassment of riches: does more mean merrier? With Arsenal's improving squad strength, other challenges arise - how does the...

Long read: Reliving Arsenal’s Invincibles

There have been many pretenders, but none have come close to Arsenal's magnificent achievement.

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.

Away days to Zombies: The A-Z of Arsenal’s season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goodbye to the Arsenal fans after 22 years at the helm at the end of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
So it's all finally over, in more ways than one This has certainly been a roller-coaster of a season, but a faulty one with more downs than ups. Let's take a look back over Arsene Wenger's final campaign at the club in an A-Z of Arsenal's season...

Is Wenger right about Arsenal’s quality?

Arsene Wenger claims that this current Arsenal squad are the most focused group of players he's worked with in his life and, to be honest, I'm a little confused by this.

Only 2 reasons Arsenal have let so many contracts run down

There is one question that lies at the heart of Arsenal's transfer activity so far this summer; why have they let so many of their key players run down their contracts?

Everton could help develop young Arsenal star but he has to...

Alex Iwobi struggled with second season syndrome last year, so how do Arsenal ensure his progress doesn't stall as he falls down the pecking order?

Technology to help you succeed in getting fit and losing weight

Sometimes even the best of plans need a bit of supporting structure and technology to get you over the hump. There are literally a plethora...

This midfield partnership could lead Arsenal to a long-awaited title

With Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have a midfield partnership that can finally boss the game around. Recruiting a top midfielder is easier said...

Are Manchester United in greater need of a striker than Arsenal?

There are few players in the world whose stock continues to rise despite spending the majority of the season warming the bench, but that is the reality of Alvaro Morata.

Arsene Wenger gave so much away about his job security with...

During an international break, the only thing that usually commands the attention of a club's fans is the continued health of its players.

This is why Liverpool's new £40m signing doesn't deserve damning

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Sentiments that apply, almost perfectly, to the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saga.

How Wenger’s tactical tweaks inspired Arsenal’s comeback against Cologne

Arsenal tactics
Arsene Wenger’s half time adjustment proved the difference as a stuttering Arsenal overturned a first half deficit en route to a 3-1 win over a Cologne team who were lacking the enthusiasm of their supporters.

The Kroenke effect: Why Arsenal's low attendance v Doncaster Rovers is...

With Arsenal recording their lowest ever home attendance against Doncaster on Wednesday night, you may or may not be shocked to learn that Stan Kroeke's other teams are facing similar issues.

Arsenal must retain these two important attributes to be successful

From the mood of everyone surrounding the club coming out of the North London Derby, you wouldn’t think Arsenal were in trouble in the table at all.

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance: Five stages of grief for an...

Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. To most people, these are the five stages of grief. To Arsenal fans of late, these are simply known as 'Monday'.

The real person to blame for Alexis' potential January exit from...

If you had asked Arsenal fans back in August to list any reasons that might cause Alexis Sanchez to want to leave the club, how far down would David Ospina have been?

Long read: Arsenal's Manchester City salvage job doesn't dispel dissent

The best that can be said about the weekend's game is that it stopped the losing run.

Euros highlight Arsenal’s tactical questions

So; the summer's international tournament has concluded, with Portugal playing Greece to France's Portugal. Some reputations have been enhanced and others, particularly managers, have been...

How Arsenal can get Alexis to stay

Alexis Sanchez has one year left on his Arsenal contract, and has given no indication that would suggest that he intends to extend that.

Tactical long read: Both sides demonstrate strange tactics in Arsenal's draw...

Arsenal tactics
Arsenal broke their Premier League losing streak with a well-earned point in what transpired to be a strange tactical battle against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Why Aaron Ramsey is such a divisive figure amongst Arsenal fans

It's almost impossible to discuss Aaron Ramsey without it turning into a blazing argument. Why is that?

Liverpool and Chelsea’s seasons out of Europe helped them, that’s what...

There is a scenario that could see Arsenal starting next season with a Europa League qualifier just 11 days after the end of the World Cup.

Are Arsenal a one-man team?

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,...

8 perfect post-Arsenal job opportunities for Arsene Wenger

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
One of the main reasons Arsene Wenger found it so hard to let go at Arsenal is because the manager has little else in his life to distract him, but there is plenty out there for him to do.

Caviar & Sausage Issue 2: Last Christmas? Bumper edition with Arsenal...

After the success of Issue 1, we are delighted to bring you an even bigger and better Issue 2. Featuring over 30 articles and containing...

Is Wenger's importance his biggest problem?

Another week of underachievement in a season where, since November, disillusionment has never been far away.

5 positions Arsenal must strengthen before the season starts

Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin
In the past, Arsenal have not always been punctual with their transfer dealings but this year they need to change that

This is the player who can be the key to Arsenal's...

When Arsene Wenger was planning for the 2011-12 season, he was not too concerned with the loss of captain Cesc Fàbregas or Samir Nasri, the most influential player of the previous season.

Arsenal hire new Assistant of Tea and Biscuit Operations as Gazidis...

So rather than twisting, Arsenal have decided to stick with Wenger, the board, the coaches and the staff.

Long read:Trying to understand Arsene Wenger's baffling tactics

Over the last few years, I have bemoaned Arsenal's resistance towards changing the way they play depending on the opponent they face.

Long read: 4 things Arsenal must do to fix themselves

This advice to Arsenal comes from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Long read: What do Arsenal do with a problem like Jack...

After an encouraging first start of the season, it is clear that Jack Wilshere is an attacking midfielder now. This is a BIG problem for Arsenal.

Daily Cannon Exclusive: Interview with former Liverpool and England defender

We were fortunate enough to speak to ex-England international Becky Easton, who has 44 caps to her name, while having won three league titles at club level.

Arsenal’s 2017 review: July/August/September

As July got underway, Arsenal were undergoing the final preparations for their pre-season tour.

Would a swap deal get a better Sanchez replacement than using...

Alexis Sanchez v Manchester United
So, it's the end of June, and we still have no idea as to whether Alexis Sanchez will be playing for Arsenal next season or not. Huzzah!

20-min read: What the world cup tells us about Arsenal's summer...

So, as everyone really knew, but many pretended they didn't, football wasn’t 'coming home' (as if!).

Long read: Wenger has two weeks to save Arsenal

Ok. So it's a dramatic title. But it's a dramatic situation.

Don’t believe the hype – Arturo Vidal, Newsnow and the information...

by Matthew Wade The Vidal "Transfer Saga" reminds us why the summer holidays are a good time to take a break from following club football...

Long read: Explaining where accusations of England World Cup arrogance come...

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: An England fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
After crashing out of the World Cup, England have faced global accusations of arrogance but England fans can't quite grasp why that might be. Let me try to explain it...

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

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

3 ways Arsenal can replace Alexis analysed

With the buzzards and vultures circling Arsenal’s Champion League-less carcass, it seems the scavenger birds are intent on picking off the finest cuts of meat.

7 signings Sven Mislintat could recommend for key Arsenal position this...

Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign a centre-back as one of four positions he’s looking to strengthen this summer according to reports, but who are the available options?

Five ways to get back to running

The best part of spring is that there are better days ahead for running without wearing a lot of layers. Spring brings warmer weather without...

Why Arsenal fans shouldn't mock van Persie

by Matthew Wade Now Robin van Persie has been banished to Turkey, is it time to reassess his time at Arsenal and his move to...

Six of Arsene Wenger’s questionable decisions this season

I was enjoying my Saturday – Liverpool and Manchester United dropped points and Chelsea lost to Palace. But of course, Arsenal came along and ruined that with a terrible performance against Watford.

Long read: Why Wenger was right

Helen Trantum column
Shipping four goals is never, ever, excusable but Arsene Wenger was right to not play Laurent Koscielny against Liverpool.

This is why Arsenal 24-year-old's future has disrupted the Gunners on...

There were two things we learned from the Stoke defeat last weekend. When everything goes to plan, Arsenal can play exceptional football. But when something very slightly alters that plan, everything falls apart.

Taking the Next Step to Losing Weight and Getting Fit

A weekly look at the technology, tools and techniques to quitting smoking, losing weight and getting fit through diet and exercise.

Why does Mesut Ozil divide opinion so much?

Mesut Ozil divides opinion amongst fans and pundits alike, but why?

Deep dive – Kroenke & Usmanov: The men behind the names

Who are they really and what do they want for Arsenal?

Arsenal's Head of Recruitment has ignored obvious positions that need strenghtening

Is anybody else worried that the first two players targeted by Arsenal's Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat are ones who were good at Borussia Dortmund whilst Mislintat was employed there?

Dissecting how Arsene Wenger selected players to sign

Mesut Ozil and Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has signed many players over the years, but what did he look for when he entered the transfer market? The right stuff You may...

20+ years of transfers tells us exactly what Arsene Wenger looks...

Arsene Wenger has signed many players over the year, but what is he looking for when he enters the transfer market?

Technology to Help Regulate Our Weight

This week we'll focus on technology to help us measure, track, and regulate our weight. Last week we discussed how to use exercise tracking apps...

Tomas Rosicky: One of Arsenal’s greatest number 7s

tomas rosicky
Born in Prague on 4th October 1980, Tomas Rosicky had football in his blood.

Are Arsenal fans spoilt?

By Matthew Wade England international performances should remind us how lucky we are. While enjoying basking in the last flickering embers of the simultaneously roaring and comforting...

Memories of Anfield ’89 – 27 years ago today

26th May 1989 - My first high as a football fan and still the greatest.

Arsenal fans and Aaron Ramsey: Will they ever get on?

It's almost impossible to discuss Aaron Ramsey without it turning into a blazing argument. Why is that?

What happened between Alexis Sanchez and Barcelona & the answer to...

Considering the media hoopla currently surrounding Alexis Sanchez and his future, we looked back to three years ago when he signed for Arsenal from Barcelona. What happened and was there all this fuss then?

Taking a walk – the perfect low-impact exercise

There will be times when you will need to restrict your exercise routine to something less intense, like taking a long brisk walk. Hopefully everyone...

9 brilliant signings Arsenal can make to replace Santi Cazorla this...

Santi Cazorla is unlikely to ever play football again, let alone pull on the red and white of Arsenal, so finding a replacement for him must be a top priority in the summer.

Quitting Smoking with the Least Amount of Pain

A weekly look at the technology, tools and techniques to quitting smoking, losing weight, and getting fit.

Power of Habit – Why Arsenal fail to beat top sides

Why do Arsenal struggle in big games? It's all about their habits..

Arsene Wenger has one major problem with Arsenal that he needs...

After Wednesday's tepid 0-0 draw at West Ham, Arsenal find themselves in a rather precarious position.

What FA Cup final triumph means for Arsenal and their summer...

by Matthew Wade What does the Gunners' FA Cup final triumph means for the club and its summer dealings? So after a weekend where Arsenal won...

These two factors keep Arsenal supporters coming back each season

Just as Arsenal supporters got all the stress out of their systems from last season and were able to recalibrate their hopes and dreams, the new campaign is set to begin.

Long read: The condescension of female football fans in 2018

Almost three years ago, one of my first features for Daily Cannon was about the condescension of female football fans.

Long read: Stan Kroenke – Who is he and what can...

Stan Kroenke is one of the world's wealthiest businessman, but what do we know about him and his intentions for Arsenal?

How Arsenal pathetically capized against Watford

Arsenal’s recent approach to games and poor in-game adjustments finally came home to roost against Watford in Saturday night’s late kick-off.

Long read: Why Arsenal deprived fans of pre-Christmas cheer

'Tis the season to be...fed up? As the nights draw in ever earlier and the days get ever grey-er, Arsenal's title challenge has wilted badly...

Stan Kroenke - Who is he and what can Arsenal fans...

Stan Kroenke is one of the world's wealthiest businessman, but what do we know about him and his intentions for Arsenal?

The five questions Arsenal still have to answer after Crystal Palace...

On Sunday, Selhurst Park once again proved a happy hunting ground for Arsenal as a well balanced Crystal Palace side were defeated, but didn't...

How Granit Xhaka can lead Arsenal forward

Helen Trantum column
Who sets the tempo of Arsenal’s play?

Arsenal’s new manager starts work 3 months early

Per Mertesacker has been introducing himself to the kids at Hale End and setting up meetings as he uses his spare time to get ready for life in his new role, so what sort of manager is he going to be?

David Price on how to become Arsenal’s photographer, Patrick Vieira and...

Daily Cannon spoke with Arsenal photographer, David Price towards the end of 2017, and got the chance to ask him about his career as a ‘tog, his love of football, and, of course, the Gunners.

Wenger’s House of Cards

Helen Trantum column
“Be careful what you wish for.”

This is what Arsene Wenger did that has ruined Arsenal

Arsenal’s third Premier League game of the season saw them again pick the wrong players in the wrong positions, and it was no surprise they were on the receiving end of the wrong result.

August 2015: How will Arsenal line up?

Which of the Arsenal's squad's current players are guaranteed to be in the starting line up when next season gets underway?

Why this Arsenal star is such a divisive figure amongst fans

It's almost impossible to discuss Aaron Ramsey without it turning into a blazing argument. Why is that?

15-minute read: Watching Arsenal a dream come true for this Croatian...

As any other Arsenal fan from abroad, visiting London and watching Arsenal play was on the top of my bucket list. This month, it finally happened.

Jack Wilshere: What’s next for the player once tipped for greatness?

Jack Wilshere’s migration south last year was supposed to resurrect his fledgling career. But after proving fitness wasn’t an issue, it was his form that hindered his appearances at Bournemouth.

Thank you, Tomas Rosicky

As Tomas Rosicky ends his Arsenal career with the expiration of his contract on Tuesday, Paul Williams takes a look back over his Arsenal career.

Beginning a Diet and Exercise Program

A weekly look at the technology, tools and techniques to quitting smoking, losing weight and getting fit through diet and exercise.

Long read: Arsenal's Irish connection

I'm sure it won't have escaped the attention of all reading this that today is St. Patrick's Day, and as such is a date associated with all things Irish.

8 perfect post-Arsenal job opportunities for Arsene Wenger

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
One of the main reasons Arsene Wenger is finding it so hard to let go at Arsenal is because the manager has little else in his life to distract him, but there is plenty out there for him to do.

Arsenal's new Academy director: His coaching style & what to expect

In July, it was announced that Per Mertesacker would take over Arsenal's academy once his playing contract with the club ran out in June 2018, so what will he be like in charge of the youngsters?

This is the Arsenal player who makes the ridiculously difficult look...

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
There's no doubt that Mesut Özil is one of the most polarising players to have ever played for Arsenal.

How to make Arsenal invincible on Football Manager

Its that time of year again. A new season, and soon enough a new edition of Football Manager and I'm going to show you how to be Invincible.