30 November 2015

Call it the Curse of the Third Kit

A draw with Norwich in the Prem. A hiding by Bayern in the Champions League group stage. A shocking loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup's fourth round. Two goals scored, nine conceded. Injuries to Koscielny, Alexis, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Walcott, a list to which we can now add Cazorla, maybe even Gibbs. What ties this series of unfortunate events together? What execrable element unifies these otherwise-disparate setbacks into one depressing heap? We're through the looking-glass here, people. The only culprit fiendish enough to mastermind such a vast conspiracy is none other than...the third kit!

29 November 2015

Norwich 1-1 Arsenal: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM

Things got off to an inauspicious start when Laurent Koscielny came up lame in the game's eighth minute, but it was all
one-way traffic for Arsenal, leading up to a delicious goal from Mesut Özil, assisted by Alexis, to open the scoring. However, the Canaries found a toehold and an equaliser just before halftime. Things went from bad to worse when Alexis succumbed to an injury at the 60' mark, meaning that we've now lost two of our best defenders and one of our best attackers in the span of one week. Thus depleted, we lacked the incisiveness or confidence against a Norwich side that seemed content to nick a point from looked on paper to be three points to Arsenal.  Well, enough said for now. Give our lads what they deserve in the poll below...

28 November 2015

Norwich vs. Arsenal: can the Gunners unlock the Canaries' defense?

A dominant performance against Dinamo Zagreb should send Arsenal into Carrow Road full of confidence and purpose, determined to bury memories of our last match away from the Emirates. However, Norwich, despite their precarious perch just above relegation, have shown grit in recent weeks, losing narrowly to Chelsea and Man City, the latter needing a last-minute penalty to overcome Alex Neil's boys. Worse, it seems as if Neil has a plan for facing the league's big boys...

27 November 2015

The Campbell that ate the Canary...

There's tantalizing news ahead of our Sunday clash with Norwich, what with the availability of first-team regulars such as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey dangled in front of us, each of them now available after long injury-spells. Naturally, the mind turns to those who have featured and fascinated, especially Ramsey, who has delivered some scintillating moments against the Canaries in recent seasons. However, given this and future fixtures, I'm looking to Joel Campbell to electrify us. Fresh off of a confident performance on Tuesday against Dinamo Zagreb, he's well-positioned to eviscerate Norwich.