Mesut Ozil divides opinion amongst fans and pundits alike, but why?
When Arsenal won the league at Anfield on 26th May 1989, it was my first high as a football fan and still the greatest.
Following his previous interviews with Spanish and French publications, and after his latest a fortnight or so ago with Sid Lowe at The Guardian, Unai Emery’s reputation among Arsenal fans hasn’t exactly been enhanced.
As of 5th of this month, I have survived 42 years on this planet, which involves quite a lot of football, and with neither Spurs nor (of course) Arsenal being relegated in that time, there is a lot of history with our noisy neighbours.
Some players come into the category of the under-appreciated because they are over-shadowed by superior team-mates. Others because they excel in under-achieving teams. There are even those whose ebullient personalities serve to distract from their dedication and skill. None of these apply to Peter Frederick Simpson.
Sammy Nelson was never your archetypal unsung Arsenal hero.
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.
Down the decades, Arsenal fans have been spoiled with a succession of top-class goalkeepers but this seemingly unbroken alternation between club greats and journeymen since WWII doesn't include one very notable exception - John Lukic
Mesut Ozil continues to divide opinion, be it about his football, personality or nationality. So what is the problem? How did an entire nation seemingly turn on their star in one summer? Is that behind his strange season at Arsenal?
So, Diamond Eyes, our great jewel finding coup, has left after just over a year and in the absence of anyone spilling the beans In a spectacularly unprofessional manner, we, the fanbase, are left to speculate why.
Despite being one the best run clubs in the country for the majority of the last century, under the watch of Ivan Gazidis Arsenal have, in a strategic sense, seriously dropped the ball at exactly the wrong time.
Not all of Wenger's departing squad will fit into whatever Emeryball turns out to be, much as, frankly, it didn't really suit Wengerball by the end. With this in mind, and with half the season gone, let's have a look at where things stand.
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.
So, as everyone really knew, but many pretended they didn't, football wasn’t 'coming home' (as if!).
Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return after a leg break, but it was overshadowed as Reiss Nelson stole the headlines.
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.
As Arsenal started their preseason in Australia with a routine 2-0 win, there were some surprising names in the starting eleven.
In the dark late season months preceding the formation alteration inspired recovery, we heard Ivan Gazidis talk of ‘catalyst for change’, leading to even further speculation regarding the manager and who might appear above or beside him in the managerial structure.
Arsene Wenger's future looks set to be sorted out this week but we still don't know what way it will go. What we do know if that the FA Cup win now gives him an out with dignity.
Arsenal have crashed out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion and slid down the Premier League table so that qualification is an outside shot at best. So it falls to the FA Cup, so often denigrated in word by fans and in deed by managers with eyes on bigger prizes, to salvage the season.
The best that can be said about the weekend's game is that it stopped the losing run.
So another week has come and gone and less and less makes any sense aboard the good ship Arsenal.
Daily Cannon's Matthew Wade discusses Arsenal's latest disaster, this time at West Brom and Arsene Wenger's future.
At the moment it's quite hard to write about Arsenal without writing about Arsene Wenger, but although an ongoing story, the subject is getting old.
The Anfield defeat feels like another big nail in the coffin of the Wenger years.
Since I last wrote, it's all gone a bit apocalyptic. Without wallowing any further in Munich misery, it was a game that felt like a...
Is it time to stop seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wide boy?
Did Arsenal show their fabled 'mental strength' for real this weekend?
An Alexis Sanchez strop can't mask a good weekend for Arsenal.
Muddling through as seasonal schizophrenia returns.
Safety in numbers helps Arsenal return to winning ways, despite notable absences.
'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...
Arsenal are firmly back on track after a week of two halves.
For most of Arsene Wenger's time in charge (and actually a fair bit of Gorgeous George's before him), the eleventh month has been a bete noire for Gooners.
A bad performance but a good point.
Can improved strength in depth offset traditional curses?
Last week's strolls against Reading and Sunderland highlighted why Arsenal are a more serious proposition this year.
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.
South Wales' finest once again gave Arsenal a scare in our own back yard.
Gareth Southgate's team tinkering may have some long-term pluses for Arsenal.