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Michu opens the scoring at Emirates

Arsenal 0-2 Swansea | Their wage bill is £17.4m, ours is £130m

I had a family function to attend this afternoon and for the first time I can remember I didn’t try to get out of it when I realised it clashed with an Arsenal match. Nor did I moan about not being
Theo Walcott in action for Arsenal

Everton 1-1 Arsenal | Scrappy game, but a good point

I think most Gooners would’ve taken a point had it been offered beforehand. Goodison Park is always a tough place to go and after the poor display at Aston Villa, with the manager taking some deserved flak from the press and
Arsene Wenger during the match against Aston Villa

Villa 0-0 Arsenal | Can everybody see the cracks now?

My headline for last week’s match report against Spurs was Papering over the cracks. Refusing to get carried away by a victory that was mostly down to Adebayor’s red card, I wrote a critical piece that pointed out the flaws in
Lukas Podolski scores against Montpellier

Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier | Job done, but bigger tests to come

Wenger’s men took their sweet time about it, but eventually overcame a poor Montpellier side to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. We started with an all too familiar lack of urgency and the first half dragged by slowly,
Emmanuel Adebayor is sent off against Arsenal

Arsenal 5-2 Spurs | Papering over the cracks

When we beat the old enemy 5-2 in February we did it on our own with a brilliant, passionate second half that blew Spurs away. This time we needed a reckless moment from Adebayor to rescue us from what was shaping
Stan Kroenke and Peter Hill-Wood at Arsenal

Arsenal 3-3 Fulham | This mug punter has had enough

There was a time that Aston Villa taking a two goal lead against Man Utd would have me dancing around the living room, excited that the Brummies were going to do us a favour. Not these days. Watching the late kick
Arsene Wenger on the touchline at Schalke

Schalke 2-2 Arsenal | A decent point, but frailties remain

I think most Gooners would’ve taken a point before kick off considering how poor we’ve been of late, but this was a bittersweet draw. The performance was patchy and we were second best for most of the night. We also blew
RVP does the decent thing, unlike Adebayor

Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal | We didn’t even give them a game

There was a time when Ferguson would only play one up front against us, even at Old Trafford, and pack his midfield full of defensive players like Fletcher and Park. It was quite the compliment. But he no longer needs to
Stephan Mbia gets a red card against Arsenal

Arsenal 1-0 QPR | Lucky to grab a much needed win

Well, that was unconvincing. Needing a late, offside goal to beat 10 men who are bottom of the league pretty much sums Arsenal up at the moment. A win was the most important thing though and it should give the players
Lukas Podolski in action against Schalke

Arsenal 0-2 Schalke | Here we go again

Saturday’s humiliation at Norwich was down to a lack of effort and quality. Tonight’s defeat was just down to a lack of quality — that’s pretty much the only positive spin I can put on the match right now, that at