Author: Chris Moore

Prior to joining the writing team at World Soccer Talk in the summer of 2014, Chris was a freelancer for the Yahoo Contributor Network. While at Yahoo, he published over 100 soccer-related articles and was a regular in the website’s monthly “Hot 100” list. Chris also wrote Baltimore Orioles minor league reports and game recaps for the Maryland Sports Blog during the 2014 season.

Individual errors are Arsenal’s ‘Achilles heel’

Arsenal once again shot themselves in the foot to drop points. After going up 2-0 away to Watford at the weekend, the Gunners endured a horrendous second half to only salvage a draw. While the draw means that they are still level with their main rivals for a top four place, these self-inflicted wounds are becoming a habit for the north London club. The two goals allowed on Sunday were both easily avoidable. Firstly, defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos quite literally passed the ball directly to an opposing player inside his own penalty area. On the mistake, the veteran center back took ... Read more

Arsenal’s summer clear-out makes a top 4 finish very likely

Most of the talk surrounding Arsenal’s summer transfers was about their purchases, and rightly so. The Gunners stunned the soccer world by securing Nicolas Pepe in a club-record £72 million deal. One of the most sought after players in all of Europe, Pepe gives Arsenal some much needed creativity, pace, and width on the pitch. They also intelligently added quality players in the correct positions. Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, and William Saliba were all brought in to help stabilize a leaky defense (although they will have to wait a year on the Frenchman). The loan deal for Dani Ceballos also ... Read more

Alexis Sanchez’s career nose dive is remarkable

Alexis Sanchez became one of the sport’s most dangerous forwards at Arsenal. The former Udinese and Barcelona star certainly excelled during his time in Italy and Spain; however, it was during his three-and-a-half years in north London that propelled him into the spotlight. In particular, the Chilean’s 2016/17 campaign, his final full season at the Emirates was especially excellent. Sanchez started the summer of ’16 by guiding his country to the Copa America title. Not only did he help Chile win their second consecutive South American competition, but he was also awarded as the Player of the Tournament as well. ... Read more

Why Nacho Monreal’s Arsenal departure is understandable

Photo credit: Chensiyuan Real Sociedad are reportedly closing in on Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal. The 33-year-old defender is currently in his final year of his current contract with the Gunners. Despite playing every minute of the north London club’s first three Premier League games, it would appear that Monreal would fall down the depth chart once Kieran Tierney recovers from injury. Along with Monreal and Tierney, Arsenal also have Sead Kolasinac in the position. Although the Bosnian is certainly better suited to be deployed as a wing back, he can fill in at left back as well. Head coach ... Read more

Dani Ceballos’s dream Arsenal debut gives Gunners plenty to be excited about

It’s safe to say that Dani Ceballos had a successful opening match at the Emirates Stadium. On loan from Real Madrid, the 23-year-old midfielder dazzled the home crowd on his full debut with the Gunners. Arsenal grabbed the victory against Burnley, as Ceballos provided assists on both goals scored by the north London club. As impressive as that is, it was his overall game that was truly special. To go along with the two aforementioned assist, Ceballos also posted a 90% pass completion rate (63 of 70), made three key passes, completed all four of his attempted dribbles, and also ... Read more

Arsenal’s head of recruitment Raul Sanllehi is transforming Gunners

When Raul Sanllehi left Barcelona for Arsenal in December of 2017, his initial role with the north London team was Head of Football Relations. This was at a time when Arsene Wenger was at the helm and Ivan Gazidis was still CEO of the club. The appointment of Sanllehi was the first big step into the future at Arsenal without the legendary Wenger. The Frenchman was a massive success with the Gunners, collecting 10 major trophies in 22 seasons at the club. Despite these triumphs, many would claim that the time was right for the illustrious Wenger to finally depart ... Read more

3 ways Unai Emery can deploy Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal

Now that Arsenal have officially announced the record signing of Nicolas Pepe, head coach Unai Emery will have a few options with formations. The £72 million deal for the former Lille winger gives the Gunners much needed versatility and width in the squad. How are three different ways Emery could utilize his new star. 1. Part of a Front Three (4-3-3) A front three of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette is about as lethal as it gets in the Premier League. Aubameyang is obviously best suited as a center forward, but that doesn’t mean he can’t also play well ... Read more

Dani Ceballos to Arsenal is a solid short-term move by the Gunners

Arsenal has finally announced the signing of Dani Ceballos. The Real Madrid midfielder will join the Gunners on a one-year loan deal for the 2019/20 campaign. There is supposedly no agreement between the two clubs for a purchase option at the end of the season. Ceballos, just 22, has not been given a ton of minutes since his switch from Real Betis in the summer of 2017, but has certainly impressed mostly being used as a substitute. The loan deal should theoretically benefit both clubs. Arsenal will be receiving a player of quality in the middle of the pitch, while ... Read more