Paul Williams

It's a family affair... third generation Gooner, obsessed with Arsenal since the 80's. I've been writing about that obsession and, ever so occasionally, the team since 2004 in a variety of places, but have found a natural home here. As you will find out if you stick around long enough, I am a huge fan of Santi Cazorla. I'm extremely fond of cheese, Marmite, Pipers Salt n' Vinegar crisps, Pilsner Urquell, vodka tonics and absinthe. I am also hopelessly obsessed with Depeche Mode.
Arsenal's English midfielder Reiss Nelson (L) celebrates with Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (R) after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 30, 2022.(Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Could Arsenal really be contenders?

After an excellent October for Arsenal, Paul Williams lets himself get a little excited...
Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 1, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

North London is red: Basking in Arsenal’s win over Tottenham

After Arsenal's 3-1 win over Tottenham to remain top of the Premier League table, Paul Williams is here with his thoughts.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, celebrates their side's win with their players during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta’s player-fan connection can triumph at Old Trafford

Over the course of three hours football at the Emirates in the last week, the Arsenal have showed an impressive resilience to go with an increased level of control in their game with five wins out of five, but can they make it six against Manchester United?.
Saint-Denis, FRANCE: Arsenal's French forward and team captain Thierry Henry passes next to the trophy after the UEFA Champion's League final football match Barcelona vs. Arsenal, 17 May 2006 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern Paris. Barcelona won 2 to 1. AFP PHOTO ODD ANDERSEN

Will Arsenal find joy instead of heartbreak in Europe this season?

Arsenal's record of winning in Europe is far from great, so why do fans get so excited when it always leads to disappointment ponders Paul Williams...
Arsenal's English midfielder Bukayo Saka celebrates after scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on April 20, 2022. - Arsenal won the game 4-2. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka’s Redemption Penalty

What a difference Eddie Nketiah makes...
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 9, 2022. - Brighton won the match 2-1. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Why it’s time for Arsenal to ditch Lacazette for Nketiah

If you didn't know it already, following last Monday's rather painful experience at Selhurst Park, Saturday's home defeat to Brighton, told us rather emphatically, that nothing can be taken for granted as we head towards the end of this Premier League season.
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Opportunity knocks for 2 Arsenal men

So, the last time we spoke, some idiot was saying something about not casting envious eyes in the direction of the Crystal Palace bench and our former captain, Patrick Vieira.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on December 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s Supermen: What makes an Arsenal hero?

Thursday, 31 March saw the 21st anniversary of the passing of one the Arsenal's favourite sons, David Rocastle. It seems incomprehensible to me now...
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is challenged by Douglas Luiz and Emiliano Buendia of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Protecting Bukayo Saka

At the weekend, Arsenal made their way into the final international break of the season by taking three points at Villa Park.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal takes on Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on March 16, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli provides reasons for Arsenal fans to believe

I'm not sure if it's a sense of my own, or indeed Arsenal's new found, hard won maturity, but I went to bed following our 2-0 reverse at home to Liverpool feeling fairly philosophical.
Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (C) celebrates with Arsenal's English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (L) and Arsenal's English striker Eddie Nketiah (R) on the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 24, 2022. - Arsenal won the game 2-1. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal fans start to care about football again

Football is a game of emotions more than anything else, as Paul Williams ponders this week.
Brentford v Arsenal - Premier League - Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.

Why are Arsenal fans split over their manager? The Arteta Dichotomy

In a long-overdue return to writing, Paul Williams ponders the difference between Arsenal fans in the stadium and those online who seem to have very different views on what Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal.
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Over Land and Sea (and Lockdown) Arsenal 20/21 – The Corona Diaries: A book...

Darren Berry, author of Clickbait: Life As a Modern Football Fan - a mildly painful chronicle of Unai Emery's one full season in charge of the mighty Arsenal, has written another book.
(Aug 1993: Peter Schmeichel of Manchester United waits by the post with Ian Wright of Arsenal during the Charity Shield Final match played at Wembley Stadium in London, england. Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties. (Shaun Botterill/Allsport)

Arsenal legends: Ian Wright Wright Wright!

Thinking about something to write this weekend... well, I didn't have to think too hard. I thought a look back at the career of Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, may be in order.
Arsenal's French coach Arsene Wenger waves as he arrive for a state dinner at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on June 6, 2014, following the international D-Day commemoration ceremony on the beach of Ouistreham, Normandy, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Reliving thoughts after Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving Arsenal

In many respects, Arsenal's 2-1 hammering of the newly crowned Premier League champions, Chelsea, in the Wembley sunshine last May can now be regarded as the cruelest of false dawns.

The day that changed Arsenal forever

20 years ago Arsenal sacked George Graham. Little did anyone imagine the chain of events that would unfold.
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 26: Arsenal manager George Graham celebrates on the pitch after Arsenal had beaten Liverpool 2-0 to win the First Division Championship at Anfield on May 26, 1989 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

George Graham: 2 sides of the fierce and bitter Arsenal and Tottenham divide

Until 2018, Arsenal fans under the age of 20 knew only one man to occupy the manager's office, but how much do they know about George Graham?

Is it time to forgive this hated ex-Arsenal man?

Ashley Cole has all but airbrushed him out of Arsenal's history, especially his role with the Invincibles, because of the Arsenal fans. Isn't it time we forgave him?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal’s first goal against Olympique Lyonnais in pre-season (Photo via Twitter / Arsenal)

Finally a true heir to Thierry Henry: In Praise of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has, I think it's fair to say, been quite the success at Arsenal Football Club.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Unai Emery’s Arsenal evolution

When I last wrote a piece for this esteemed website, I was emotional, relieved and a little starry eyed as I reacted to the news that Arsène Wenger would be leaving Arsenal Football Club after 22 years in charge.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal's Thierry Henry (C) is congratulated by team mates from left Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell and Rami Shaaban after scoring against Tottenham during a premier league match at Highbury Stadium in north London, 16 November 2002. AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSEN - - ONLINE INTERNET USE SUBJECT TO FAPL LICENSE - - (Photo credit should read Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Thierry runs the Tottenham

Fifteen years ago, on the 16th November 2002, Thierry Henry scored that goal against Tottenham Hotspur, but was it overrated?

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.

Long read: Remembering David Rocastle

Today marks 16 years since David Rocastle passed. Here, from our Arsenal Number 7s book, is an extract from Paul Williams chapter on this true legend
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Arsenal fan reaction: We won't even make top six

Daily Cannon's Paul Williams discusses another shambles and what lies ahead for Arsenal for the rest of the season.

Adios Arsene at Arsenal

Why it's time for Arsene Wenger to say goodbye at Arsenal

Why Arsenal fans should lighten up over Alexis Sanchez banner

Arsenal's dramatic win at home to Burnley on Sunday was underscored by huge controversy.
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The transcendental nature of Olivier Giroud

This post was written prior to the events of Tuesday night Olivier Giroud scored the goal of the season on Sunday evening. Okay, yes, it's a...
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Long read: The pain and suffering of Arsene Wenger

"Pain and suffering in various tempos."

February 2017: Arsenal's highway to hell

As Ferris Bueller once sagely noted, "Life moves pretty fast. if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Is this Arsene Wenger’s legacy in action?

The subject of Arsène Wenger's likely legacy has been on my mind recently.
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Arsenal player ratings - Alexis and Xhaka star in win v Bournemouth

Arsenal recorded their first Premier League win of November with a hard fought win against AFC Bournemouth. So how did the players do individually?
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Arsenal wannabes – Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur’s bad week

Paul takes a look back over the past week and a look ahead at what is to come
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Ray Parlour shows Arsenal the way at Old Trafford

From international indifference to the white hot intensity of Manchester United v Arsenal.
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Alexis injury could open stage door for Giroud

Real life can be so inconsiderate sometimes.

Collymore’s Ozil dig, Big Game Giroud + did he learn that from Bendtner?

A discussion of Arsenal against Ludoogorets, Sunderland, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud

How Wilshere's in-depth interview reveals something even he doesn't realise yet

Reading Jack Wilshere's interview with the Daily Mail, it's impossible not to think of it as a 2,000 word exit interview.
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Santi Cazorla: The special one

It was once said of Arsène Wenger that he was an unlucky manager.
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Can Arsenal continue to lead the way in Premier League chance conversion stats?

With six wins out of six, Arsenal are currently the form team in the Premier League.
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Why current Arsenal squad could be better than Invincibles

Arsenal will be hoping to avoid new manager syndrome when they host Swansea this weekend.
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Long read: How Arsene Wenger put an end to 'boring, boring Arsenal'

That Arsène Wenger marked his 20th anniversary of taking charge of the Arsenal with a scrappy, George Graham style, 1-0 win at Burnley was an irony I feel sure the Frenchman will have appreciated.