Topic: Arsenal

September 6, 2013

There's a song to be written about this whole Suarez-to-Arsenal-then-not-and-now-they-have-Mesut Özil thing. Something about not always getting what you want, but that if you tries sometimes, you just might find you get what you need. For now, though, all Arsenal fans can hear is the sound of "öööööööömmm …" in their ears.

July 23, 2013

When your team starts barking up the wrong tree, you just hope the fox they're looking for isn't a biter. 

May 28, 2013

After 14 months of contemplation and reflection, the mind behind Capybaras That Look Like Rafael Nadal is back with another sports-y animal-comparison Tumblr. It will change your mind, and possibly change the world, and is eminently worth talking about.

March 13, 2013

Leaving Arsenal, Gunner star Cesc Fabregas anointed the young Jack Wilshere, saying, “Jack will be the England captain inside the next two or three years, you don't have to be a magician to work that one out.” Wilshere’s talent was never questioned,  but did little to ease pain of Fabregas's departure. His play, on the other hand, has managed that.

December 10, 2012

Arsenal isn't just a soccer team, it's an expression of a philosophy about the sport. But Per Mertesacker, the quiet, constant and deceptively remarkable defender who is the team's best player, embodies a different and more practical philosophy simply by playing the way he does.

November 27, 2012

The most exciting point in a football match comes when it dawns on you that neither team is in control of it, when both teams hit the sweet spot of incompetence: just about bad enough that every attack on them is potentially fatal; just about good enough that each can exploit the other's dozing immune system. When it's your own team, though, it's a lot more unsettling.

November 7, 2012

Something strange happened to the English League Cup last week. You could even say it was spooked. No, this isn't just a bad attempt to make an otherwise matter-of-fact teaser appear more intriguing by making altogether too much of the chance simultaneity of the recently-played fourth round of the competition and Halloween. How dare you. No, there were odd things going on, alright: goals. Lots and lots of goals.

September 12, 2012

With his triumphs as a member of the Gunners behind him, incandescently brilliant striker Robin van Persie has begun a new life with a new team at Old Trafford. But that doesn't mean that the Gooners have forgotten about him or his silhouette. And that's not as weird as it sounds.

September 10, 2012

Arsenal hasn't made a big impact in the English Premier League in some time, but it is one of the most financially responsible and intelligently run teams in big-time sports. Which is nice, but can the Gunners keep going like this and hope to win big, again?

July 24, 2012

How did an act of love and dedication become a symbol of displaced cynicism and the futility of modern fandom?