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1201, 2020

Better with Arteta but VARsenal suffer

By | January 12th, 2020|0 Comments

For once, Arsenal were not exactly robbed by VAR, as they probably only deserved a draw against Crystal Palace, despite the Gunners rediscovered devotion to duty. Mikel Arteta has had a galvanising effect on the whole team so, suddenly, even Xhaka looks a reasonably decent player. Going back to VAR, I’m not going to argue about the decision made to send Aubameyang off. Harsh as [...]

3012, 2019

Rookie may turn this Titanic around

By | December 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Although Mikel Arteta has only won one point in his first two games in charge, it seems that the fans are pleased with what they’re seeing. One of the most pleasing aspects is the handling of Granit Xhaka, who wants to join Hertha Berlin, according to reports. The 12th-placed team are apparently keen and Arteta seems to be talking the price up, when he says [...]

2312, 2019

Burton in for Xhaka?

By | December 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Freddie Ljungberg certainly made a statement in his last game in charge, with Ozil left at home suffering from his foot-in-the-mouth problem caused by his comments on China (foot injury was the official line, I believe) and with Pepe and Lacazette on the bench. It really looked like a line-up for a pre-season friendly at Barnet and the team played like it. At least, new [...]

1812, 2019

Wenger return, anyone?

By | December 18th, 2019|0 Comments

The imminent arrival of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal is not necessarily something to be optimistic about. There are a number of reasons why. For example: 1. Highly-regarded number twos don’t always make good number ones. Ask Brian Kidd and maybe even Steve McClaren. 2. Arteta’s philosophy is similar to Wenger’s in that he’s not going to adapt the team to suit the opposition. 3. At [...]

1512, 2019

Freddie’s ruthless streak

By | December 15th, 2019|0 Comments

We all know Freddie Ljungberg is the consummate ‘nice guy’, but what no one knew is that he’d have the guts to withdraw the underperforming spoilt brat Ozil, who kicked the turf as he walked off the pitch. On the plus side, at least he walked off reasonable quickly, unlike Xhaka, who had he not been concussed would have been part of this shambolic display [...]

1512, 2019

We love you, Freddie!

By | December 15th, 2019|2 Comments

I just want to applaud the Arsenal board for failing to offer Jose Mourinho the coach’s job at a club as defensively sound as the Gunners. Although 3-0 down at half-time to Man City at the Emirates sounds pretty dire, it’s only down to abject defending. However, interim coach Freddie Ljungberg is surely partially responsible. There have been injury problems, but selecting Sokratis in front [...]

412, 2019

Meet the new boss…same as the old boss?

By | December 4th, 2019|1 Comment

It’s been non-stop drama at Arsenal, which fans know too well. With everyone’s favourite Swede, Freddie Ljungberg, installed one the hot seat, who will be surprised if he retains his position? I certainly won’t be surprised, even though his start at Norwich was inauspicious. Of course, Freddie made a number of strange decisions, including: starting Xhaka (for his first game since his strop), and the [...]

2411, 2019

You are awful Captain Dracula!

By | November 24th, 2019|1 Comment

You are awful, Mr Emery Watching Arsenal’s most recent debacle against Southampton, I was reminded of Dick Emery character’s catchphrase: ‘You are awful, but I like you.’ Other characters came to mind: Count Dracula sucking the remaining blood out of these already lifeless but talented players. No wonder the performance was anemic. It was worse than trying to watch Captain Ahab trying to catch Moby [...]

1611, 2019

Xhaka comments cross the border

By | November 16th, 2019|1 Comment

Last time I posted something about Xhaka I was told by a keyboard warrior to give up blogging. Therefore, I can’t resist commenting on the ex-skipper’s latest comments after playing for Switzerland. It’s been translated from German as: ‘Happiness is when you’re satisfied with yourself’. If that’s indeed what he wrote, then, reading between the lines, he’s saying that he doesn’t care what others think [...]

311, 2019

Mourinho needed to sort out shambles

By | November 3rd, 2019|1 Comment

I don’t want to call for Emery’s head, but his decisions in the last couple of days demand closer scrutiny. After bringing Ozil back into the fold against Liverpool away, Emery replaced him with Arsenal 5-3 up. Needless to say, Liverpool fought back to draw in normal time and win on penalties. Then against Wolves, Emery made similar mistakes. Firstly, by taking Pepe out of [...]

311, 2019

Could Xhaka be sold in January?

By | November 3rd, 2019|15 Comments

It’s almost as if Emery wants to get fired, so poor are his decisions of late. Perhaps the one that will come to haunt him the most is making Xhaka captain. Even if the players voted for the Swiss that doesn’t make him the right man for the job. It’s true, he always tries his best. Unfortunately, though, his best isn’t good enough for Arsenal. [...]

2710, 2019

Very Annoying Robbery

By | October 27th, 2019|3 Comments

Before the Palace game, I was already of the opinion that VAR must go, but after, need I say more than Arsenal have been robbed by technology and the people behind it? If I were in Ozil’s entourage I would write on Twitter, in a mature way, of course, as I don’t spend half my life playing Fortnite: ‘VAR makes me laugh’. In other words, [...]

2610, 2019

Will Ozil fare better under Mourinho?

By | October 26th, 2019|0 Comments

The Ozil-Emery war is seemingly going to continue for the foreseeable future, with the German ready to see out his contract. However, could José Mourinho’s potential arrival change that? Although when Ozil arrived at Arsenal I was delighted, as no one could deny that the playmaker had and possibly still has the X-Factor when it comes to the final pass, his attitude since signing a [...]

2310, 2019

Wenger or Emery: can we draw comparisons?

By | October 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

A recent article comparing Klopp and Solkjaer’s first twenty-nine games in charge in the Premier League revealed something shocking: the latter has the better record. While Arsenal fans wonder how it would have been if Klopp had been installed as the new boss in 2015, my question to them is how long would he have got to prove himself? As Simon Jordan says Emery knows [...]

610, 2019

It’s too early to sack Emery

By | October 6th, 2019|1 Comment

Whisper it quietly, but Arsenal have an excellent of finishing in the top four, despite all their shortcomings. Of course, Man City and Liverpool are both light years ahead of the Gunners, but the also-rans can be surpassed. After conceding 10 goals in 2 games, Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, may be ready to pull the trigger on his current coach. In my opinion, that would [...]

1509, 2019

Shot in the foot by Emery’s Russian roulette tactics

By | September 15th, 2019|1 Comment

Sporting their black and yellow halves, Borussia Watford were made to look more like Bundesliga titans rather than the Premier League minnows and relegation-fodder that they are. Although there is undoubtedly talent in their team, in the shape of Deulofeu, who gave Ainsley Sublime-Ridiculous a torrid time defensively, it was totally against the run of play that Arsenal opened the scoring. After a long spell [...]

109, 2019

Still the real deal without Monreal

By | September 1st, 2019|0 Comments

As many pundits have noted, Arsenal are moving in the right direction. This was evident at the Emirates Stadium, when the Gunners managed to dominate a game against their local rivals Spurs, but still look vulnerable to the counter attack. For their part, Tottenham looked ready to sucker punch Arsenal, who thew so much into attack that they looked inadequately prepared for any opposition threat. [...]

1808, 2019

An accident is waiting to happen

By | August 18th, 2019|1 Comment

The Bash Street Kids of Burnley arrived at the Emirates ready to smash the Arsenal but, for once, the Gooners were made of sterner stuff. Part of the reason for that may have been the addition of David Luis to the starting eleven, which was a slight surprise given the impression made by Chambers at Newcastle. What a difference the Brazilian made! Elegance personified, Arsenal’s [...]

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