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2409, 2018

The 7 reasons Xhaka starts for Arsenal

By | September 24th, 2018|0 Comments

After watching Granit Xhaka give the ball away four times in the first twelve minutes against Everton, I thought there must be some really good reason why the Swiss continues to start. After all, Arsenal could have conceded twice in that period of time, as a result of Xhaka’s mistakes, but Unai Emery did not substitute arguably Arsenal’s biggest liability. Here are my possible reasons [...]

1609, 2018

Aubameyang: the new Walcott

By | September 16th, 2018|0 Comments

He wears number 14 like Henry and Walcott before him, but Aubameyang looks like he’s turning into the latter. More about that later, but firstly, Petr Cech may not have recorded a clean sheet yet, this season, but his display against Newcastle was less nervy than what we’ve seen to date. His handling was close to impeccable and needed to be against the Magpies. I [...]

809, 2018

Xhak-attacks? Are they unfair?

By | September 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Fans, just like journalists, surely have a right to give their opinion. Personally, I like to stay open-minded when discussing players. Not everyone subscribes to this point of view, as I recently read one ‘informed’ fan state that anyone who criticises Granit Xhaka must be playing Fifi and not watching Arsenal. Obviously, readers of this blog will know that I’ve been critical of Xhaka for [...]

809, 2018

Emery: better or worse than Wenger?

By | September 8th, 2018|2 Comments

Although it’s too early to judge how successful new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be in the post, there are, nevertheless, some positive and negative indicators regarding how well he’ll do in the Premier League. Touchline presence: verdict: negative. I’ll start here, as I think I’m in a minority on this. Although I have never been a fan of Wenger’s overall style of management, I [...]

2808, 2018

Arsenal stuck with most expensive sicknote

By | August 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Now the dust has begun to settle, after Arsenal’s unconvincing victory over West Ham, I thought I’d add my one euro’s worth to the arguments swirling around in the Goonersphere. For once, I’m not going to complain about Granit Xhaka, as he’s actually played the full game in a London ‘derby’ and finished on the winning side. For that reason, he deserves to keep his [...]

2108, 2018

The curse of the captain(s) continues

By | August 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Perhaps Unai Emery's biggest mistake, since arriving at Arsenal, was naming 5 captains: 1) Granit Xhaka, 2) Petr Cech, 3) Aaron Ramsey, 4) Mesut Ozil and 5) Laurent Koscielny. Did no one tell the new boss that the captain's armband is cursed. Maybe even the word 'captain' is cursed. However, I can see why he did it. At most clubs, the honour of being made [...]

1908, 2018

Unsurprisingly pointless but points to a brighter future

By | August 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The Gunners continued more or less where they left off against Man City and ended up losing 3-2 against Chelsea. It was away from home, but the Blues are not as formidable as they once was. Meanwhile, Arsenal have become more fragile and less industrious over recent years. Now New coach Unai Emery has to reverse the trend and stop the rot. The defeat against [...]

1608, 2018

Sense in sticking with Cech?

By | August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

We’ve all heard of the ‘curse of the ex’, haven’t we? This works very simply: your former player usually does a number on you because invariably he has something to prove. In this case, it’s Petr Cech, who must have been shocked when Chelsea let him go. He’s a consummate pro’, whose footwork let him down against Man City. Although age may be catching up [...]

1308, 2018

Drop five passengers to fix Arsenal’s train-crash start

By | August 13th, 2018|0 Comments

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery must now be aware of the enormity of the task ahead after seeing mostly the side he inherited from Arsene Wenger systematically dismantled by Manchester City. To make matters worse, the champions were not at their best: they were sloppy at times and a sharper Arsenal could have taken advantage and, at least, earned a draw. However, the gulf in [...]

808, 2018

Tougher London ‘derby’ beckons, as Hammers strengthen

By | August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

On my final trip around the Premier League 'done deals', the focus here is clubs that start with 'N' to the letter 'W'. From an Arsenal perspective, West Ham look to be the team that will cause the Gunners more problems than last season, but more about that later. Newcastle's transfer activity seems to have picked up a head of steam of late. Initially, many [...]

808, 2018

Dembele deal depends on Ospina or Perez exit

By | August 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele would be a marquee signing in every sense of the word, but it still seems that this deal is unlikely to be rushed through before the transfer deadline. However, we know that Dembele is close to Aubameyang and other Arsenal players, and anyone else with a connection to Borussia Dortmund, so surely he would fit in well at Arsenal. Additionally, if [...]

808, 2018

Kroenke is no Klondike Pete

By | August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

To readers of a certain age, Klondike Pete means something. To those who are too young to know, or don't care to remember, Klondike Pete was a cartoon gold miner on the back of a cereal packet. The way people view 'Silent' Stan Kroenke, the owner of Arsenal, is no less two dimensional and that's purely because of a lack of information. The cereal, rather [...]

508, 2018

Grinding out a victory is grounds for optimism

By | August 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Despite a clean sheet and a two-goal margin of victory, Arsenal’s latest friendly win lacked the excitement of the ICC games. To some extent, that may have been down to the swathes of empty seats in Stockholm, which makes you wonder how much the Swedes really need Premier League football in their lives. ‘Not as much as Singaporeans’ would be my reply. Arsenal coach Unai [...]

208, 2018

Top four should be achievable, based on grit shown against Chelsea

By | August 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

Although it doesn’t finish until 11th August, the International Champions Cup (ICC - where have we heard that acronym before) has been a great success. Top clubs in Europe have played out frenetic games in front of large crowds, so what’s not to like? Arsenal’s involvement this year is over, but who can forget the tossing of a credit card instead of a coin before [...]

3107, 2018

£70m spent & uncertainty means exits are on the cards

By | July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

First of all, let's discuss what's going on off the field, as this may affect the club's transfer policy, with Alisher Usmanov expected to sell his 30% to Stan Kroenke. If this deal goes through, and many expect it will, the argument goes that Kroenke may be less keen on allowing the club to invest in players. I'm not sure that's true necessarily. Very few [...]

3007, 2018

Few ‘daring buds of Emery’ will be homegrown

By | July 30th, 2018|4 Comments

Some people are hailing the arrival of what I would call the 'daring buds of Emery', as pundits and fans expect the new manager to blood youngsters this season. The evidence of this is seen in how teenage sensation Matteo Guendouzi continued to run the show in the latest friendly, with Arsenal putting an even more youthful PSG to the sword. Despite the emphatic 5-1 [...]

2707, 2018

Are Arsenal’s ‘L’ opponents learning to invest wisely?

By | July 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Continuing with my analysis of Arsenal's Premier League opponents and their transfer activity, I now move to the two teams that start with the letter 'L': recent champions, Leicester City and the Champions League finalists, Liverpool. The Foxes have done their best to hang onto their star players, since winning the title two years ago, but it has proved difficult. Riyad Mahrez's departure was always [...]

2707, 2018

Sideshow takes centre stage for wingless wonders

By | July 27th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

A pre-season game against even a weakened Atlético Madrid was never going to be a walk in the park. Of course, Arsenal were without the normally-idle Mesut Özil and, with Unai Emery in the hotseat, therefore were expected to work harder than was seen for much of last season. In that sense, Arsenal did not disappoint. The player who epitomised that industrious spirit most was [...]

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