A Win’s A Win For Below Par Arsenal On Return To The Emirates

Arsenal 2 West Ham 1
Premier League
Saturday 19th September 8pm
Arsenal’s last match before a paying audience before the lockdown was a pretty laboured Premier League win against West Ham at the Emirates. Fast forward six months, and this season’s edition of the fixture, and on one level, little has changed. Yet, fans can feel better about this particular undeserved win. This is because of what has transpired since – victories over Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have renewed confidence. The critical presence of the club captain has been secured until summer 2023. Arsenal are in the top two with maximum points from their fixtures so far.
If the league is to be more competitive at the business end of the table this season, and Arsenal have any aspirations to be involved, beating the likes of West Ham at home is an example of a non-negotiable, to paraphrase Mikel Arteta. And on the day, it doesn’t matter how. Long term, the team will need to make less heavy weather of inferior opposi…

Three points at the Cottage as Arsenal impress behind closed doors once again

Fulham 0 Arsenal 3
Premier League
Saturday 12th September 12.30pmFirstly to say welcome to my blog. I’ve created this because a number of people have expressed the wish to continue reading my musings after Arsenal matches, and I quite enjoyed writing them to reflect on events on the pitch. I’ve handed over The Gooner and its website to Layth Yousif, and truth to tell, my offerings would quickly get swamped over there and sink out of view due to the sheer mass of content, given the new editor is far more active online than I ever had the time for. I did hope to start this after the Community Shield victory over Liverpool, but most of my time these days is being spent developing my holistic therapy business, which requires more hours than I’d choose, but which I am enjoying nevertheless. I’ll tart up the look of this blog itself in time, but for now I just want to get it up and running or it will never happen. So with that, onto the reason we are all here…
Fulham away is traditionally a po…