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East Lower - Mon May 7 12:12 PM
Arsenal 5-0 Burnley A perfect ending. The sun set on Wenger’s tenure at the Emirates, with the team on the one hand lashing five past Burnley, and the club on the other getting the tone spot on in a goodbye that gave Le Boss the farewell he’s earned and deserved. It was an emotional day Read More
East Lower - Fri Apr 20 5:00 PM
Embed from Getty Images In the end, the announcement came out of the blue, pushed onto the Arsenal website and social channels with the simple words: Merci Arsène. That’s it, it’s over. Wenger finally pulled the plug on his 22-year reign with delicately chosen timing. There’s long enough to think...
East Lower - Wed Apr 4 7:06 PM
I’m still here, just about – much like Arsenal this season. Moving on up Last time I posted here, about a month ago, I pretty much couldn’t see anything other than a summer exit for Wenger. Things felt bleak: it’s been a season that has careered from one statistical zinger to another. The stats s...
East Lower - Fri Mar 2 5:11 PM
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City The thing about saying “it feels like Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal reign has reached its end” is that I’ve definitely said it before, at various points over the last five years. And it never has been the end of Wenger’s reign, because – remarkably – he’s been the one who de...
East Lower - Wed Jan 31 10:51 PM
It’s hard to remember a transfer window like it. Two players in, five out, one superstar signed, one sold, another nailed down to a new contract – leaving us with an attacking line-up that has been comprehensively rejigged in a footballing blink of the eye. I know the goals have dried up this sea...
East Lower - Sun Jan 21 11:35 AM
Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace Thanks to the attacking instincts of our defence, and the brilliant feather-light touch of Ozil, we swatted Palace aside in 22 minutes yesterday – then throttled back and watched the world go by. Stamping our authority on a game – how I’ve missed that. We couldn’t have...
East Lower - Fri Dec 29 10:43 AM
Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal I enjoyed that – well, most of that. Reverting to a back three (having previously reverted to a back four having converted to a back three in desperation at the back four not working – do keep up) seemed to give us a bit more attacking oomph, if not any additional Read...
East Lower - Sat Dec 23 10:27 AM
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool After last night’s game, Wenger joined Kelly Cates and Gary Neville on the grass at the Emirates (maybe the camera-on-a-string had run out of batteries) to chew the fat on a match that had it all. I use the word ‘all’ as it’s sufficiently ambiguous and can be taken to mean ‘...
East Lower - Sun Dec 17 9:18 AM
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle Firstly, an apology. After the World Cup of Christmas songs (congratulations to the Pogues for pipping Wham to the post) I had my heart set on inserting a cheesy Christmas song into the title of this blog post. It’s a terrible pun Yes, yes, I know. But here’s the pun-manufac...
East Lower - Sun Nov 19 9:02 AM
Arsenal 2-0 Spurs Well stone the crows – wotcha Arsenal! There was a heavy dose of pessimism in the air in the run-up to this one; or if not pessimism, at least more anxiety than usual. All but the most myopic of us have seen Spurs improve in recent seasons, and we’ve also watched the Read More
East Lower - Fri Oct 27 8:10 PM
Cheap shot for a stupid headline? You know me. But having watched Mesut Ozil dismantle Everton – I wouldn’t say single-handedly, but he was bloody good – it was a gentle reminder that he’s a rare talent indeed. I say gentle reminder, because from time to time I lose a bit of faith in him. Read More
East Lower - Fri Oct 13 11:58 AM
When I was a mere stripling, Arsenal was my be-all and end-all. If we lost I’d mope around all weekend, and if we won I’d be bouncing off the walls. I’d pore over league tables, cut out clippings from the papers, crouch over my portable radio and gen up on Arsenal’s history. I couldn’t get Read More
East Lower - Fri Sep 1 9:07 AM
After all that hot air, there goes the summer transfer window. In a market where some teams have spent upwards of £200m, we’ve snuck in with a tidy profit of £30m. Now, I know it’s not all about how much you spend, but for a club that has pots of cash already, and is on Read More
East Lower - Mon Aug 28 9:19 AM
Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal How many times has Arsene Wenger stood in front of the cameras after a defeat and pointed out that we were not “at the level requested”? I’ve lost count. Arsenal not being properly prepared or set up for big games is a festering sore that he now cannot fix. You’ve all seen R...
East Lower - Sat Aug 12 12:12 PM
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester Do I have the strength to dust myself down and go at it for another year, with diminishing returns, or shall I just pack it all in? I ask myself this question every summer. But enough about this blog, because the season’s started, and it started with a bang, a crash, several...
East Lower - Sun Jul 2 10:20 AM
A Kolasinac-shaped left-back aside, this June was hardly flaming in the transfer department. July is where the action usually is, I tell myself, and it’s an opinion I can justify with the exciting and growing chatter about Lacazette. However, there’s a lot of hot air out there when it comes to tr...
East Lower - Wed May 31 10:58 PM
So it’s Wenger until 2019 – the least surprising surprise since Surprisey McSurpriseFace jumped out of the wardrobe and shouted, “surprise!” Those making the decision couldn’t have scripted a more appropriate moment to announce it if they’d tried – the warm afterglow of a fantastic performance an...
East Lower - Mon May 29 9:16 AM
Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea What a day, what a performance, and if anyone over the last few years has ever said to you: ‘Think how good Arsenal could be if they played to their full potential’, simply point them to Wembley Stadium, 27th May 2017. No shrinking in the face of the big challenge here. In Rea...
East Lower - Sat May 27 7:47 AM
*eyes open at 6am*. It’s the cup final, baby! Best write a preview then. Cup runneth over Though the river marked ‘league titles’ ran dry many years ago, leaving an arid wadi of frustration, the one labelled ‘FA Cup’ continues to bubble along nicely. In fact, while Wenger’s record in the League C...
East Lower - Sun May 14 8:52 AM
Stoke City 1-4 Arsenal Fourth is on – until it’s off again. From the rubble of a north London derby no-show, we’ve dusted ourselves down to win three on the bounce and revive our annual race for fourth. What’s more, we’re cranking up the style with yesterday’s thumping of Stoke (it’s been so long...
East Lower - Mon May 1 10:12 AM
Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal Remember that second half at Wembley, when we looked like we had a plan and worked our socks off to execute it? There was always the danger that it was the outlier in a season that began to implode in December and has barely come up for air since. The Leicester game Read More
East Lower - Mon Apr 24 7:30 AM
Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City Imagine my surprise when Arsenal’s mojo – which I had prayed for in hope rather than in expectation before the match – emerged in the second half beneath Wembley’s arch. There it was in full view in the shape of Chambo (the wing-back, do keep up) getting past his man t...
East Lower - Sun Apr 23 12:44 PM
Yesterday I took my kids to non-league football for the first time, for a play-off hopefuls clash between my local team Wingate and Finchley, and the hipsters’ choice Dulwich Hamlet. To say that it’s everything that Premier League football isn’t is to state the bleeding obvious. I’m not naive eno...
East Lower - Wed Apr 12 4:05 PM
Watching that clip of Arsenal players being abused by our own fans at Selhurst Park is really tough viewing – another low in a season that’s magicking lows out of nowhere. It’s not pretty. But in the absence of any other way to air their grievances, with the board largely silent and Wenger not pr...
East Lower - Sat Feb 18 9:27 AM
It’s been a tumultuous week alright. There have been moments – days, weeks perhaps – over the past 21 years when I’ve thought it could be the end for Wenger. The 8-2 at Old Trafford and the 6-0 on his 1, 000th match in charge felt seminal, for example. But he hasn’t lasted this long by Read More
East Lower - Sun Feb 5 10:04 AM
Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal Apologies in advance, because this is a pun-free, humourless post. “I wonder if you could stick a gag in?” asked Mrs Lower as she read it. I’ll see what I can do. Are sure as eggs are eggs, Arsenal sank to their annual defeat at Stamford Bridge with barely a whimper. In Read More
East Lower - Sat Feb 4 9:48 AM
In the heady aftermath of our 3-0 win against Chelsea in September, it didn’t seem feasible that come the return leg we’d be teetering on the edge of the familiar title challenge abyss. That we are is partly to do with the phenomenal way Conte responded – after all, we are not the only team Read...
East Lower - Sun Jan 8 9:33 PM
Preston 1-2 Arsenal Ah, hello again mystifying Arsenal. The third round of the FA Cup heralded another performance – the second in a week, now *that’s* consistency – that left me overwhelmed and underwhelmed pretty much simultaneously. Carved open at will in the first half, we improved in the sec...
East Lower - Sun Nov 27 10:09 PM
Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth As we tip-toe over the last few yards of November I keep expecting some chaos to unfold, as is longstanding tradition in our neck of the woods. But with just one game to go, whilst not entirely unscathed, we have not been weighed down by scathing. It’s been two wins, three...
East Lower - Sun Oct 30 10:14 AM
Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal Ferrying children to various sporting endeavours is pretty much my weekend. I am a dad taxi. That is my life. It’s unpaid, to flag up an obvious downside, but on the upside there is marginally less vomiting and haggling to deal with, and they never ask me to go south of the...