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1103, 2019

Musketeers not cavaliers cut and thrust

By | March 11th, 2019|0 Comments

In the last article posted, I noted the ‘New Orcs can be caught’ and after the 2-0 victory over Man Utd, it begins to seem like a distinct possibility that St Totteringham’s Day will be reinstated onto the Arsenal calendar. The last 8 games look relatively easier for Arsenal than they do for Spurs, but in this league anything is possible so nothing should be [...]

303, 2019

With confidence, new Orcs can be caught

By | March 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

After losing count of the number of x-rated challenges that Spurs players were allowed to get away with versus Arsenal, it came as a big shock when Torreira (one of the few Gunners who can mix it, hence his introduction at half-time) was sent off for a challenge on Rose, after getting the ball first. It was a harsh red card, in my opinion, and [...]

2502, 2019

Freaky, freaky goal! La-la-Lacazette

By | February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Have Arsenal turned the corner defensively? After two consecutive clean sheets, surely that means there must be some improvement. My view, for what it’s worth, is the midfield are still letting Arsenal down defensively. Against Southampton, Xhaka once again showed how to gift the opposition the ball. Luckily, the Saints didn’t have their shooting boots on and when they did Leno was equal to anything [...]

2202, 2019

Return of the brat overshadowed by unsung heroes

By | February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Many had waited with BATED breath for the return of Ozil, but the prodigal son was upstaged by Must-Have-Him-In-The-Team, who scored the decisive goal and didn’t put a foot wrong. Fans have short memories: when Mustafi started at Arsenal, the defence looked solid and a long unbeaten run began. Since then, Arsenal’s defence has turned into an antonym of solid. Nevertheless, against BATE, Arsenal recorded [...]

1002, 2019

A game of one half for Arsenal and unfulfilled potential

By | February 10th, 2019|0 Comments

It had to be Ainsley Sublime-Ridiculous to assist the second goal against Huddersfield, which it was hoped would put the game beyond doubt. Lacazette finished with aplomb, as you’d expect, but Ainsley’s game was full of what you’d expect from a youngster: moments of madness followed by moments of genius. Although there’s no doubting Ainsley’s technique, I’m not always sure about his skill in knowing [...]

2701, 2019

Arsenal should trawl deep domestic sea waters

By | January 27th, 2019|0 Comments

After watching Millwall deservedly albeit slightly fortuitously eliminate Everton from the FA Cup, I couldn’t help but wonder why Arsenal don’t spend time trawling deeper domestic waters when it comes to their transfer activity. If you want to find a top defender, who actually enjoys doing that job, then Premier League could do worse than give Jake Cooper a second look. The Millwall defender stops [...]

1201, 2019

Vampire sucking financial blood won’t buy another Ozil

By | January 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Without Mesut Ozil, Arsenal looked devoid of ideas against West Ham and were fortunate not to concede against the hosts, who were given far too much space. Although the club have trotted out the most recent excuse again about the German’s ‘knee injury’ flaring up, you don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to doubt the validity of the official claim. It would be more [...]

501, 2019

Potential double winners or just double- barreled?

By | January 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Like the glorious fictional past, when the Gunners could boast the tricky winger Charlie Charlie-Charles in their line-up, the future seems double-barreled with one ‘l’ if Arsenal remains British despite a non-investing American owner. Although it was disappointing to lose Kos-Lettuce before the cup tie against Blackpool began, it’s always good to see Emile Heskey-Rowe in the squad. He’s one of the few youngsters who [...]

301, 2019

Bank on Cech & leave out Leno in the league

By | January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Despite the 4-1 victory against Fulham, the lack of clean sheets is certainly a cause for concern. Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown is of the opinion that Petr Cech is a better keeper than Leno, and I’m inclined to agree with him. It’s about time Cech was given another run in goal. The only argument for leaving Leno in goal is the German is better [...]

2412, 2018

There’s life in the old _____ yet

By | December 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The missing word in the gap fill is ‘Ozil’ or replace that with one of his nicknames. A gap fill is appropriate for the Ozil situation, as no one can deliver what the German can. In other words, without him there’s a creative gap that cannot be filled by other personnel at the club. Although Ozil goes AWOL or BaSWOL (Back Spasm Without Leave) even [...]

2012, 2018

The real reason for the loss of form

By | December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

The wheels have well and truly come off the famous cannon and I think Arsenal fans could lay the blame on the doorstep of one of Britain’s most infamous muck-raking publications: The Sun. Many people questioned the timing of the ‘Hippy Crack’ story, which featured photographs of the first-team squad in various states of intoxication. When the story was released, Arsenal had just drawn at [...]

1912, 2018

Emery’s selections continue to baffle

By | December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

After Arsenal’s shocking showing against Southampton, it was expected that lessons had been learned by the coach. However, Unai Emery’s selection of Xhaka at centre back is unlikely to please the home crowd, who were expected the Swiss to be returned to the midfield. Personally, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I think that Xhaka seems better suited to playing at left back, where [...]

1712, 2018

Arsenal’s mysteries unravelled

By | December 17th, 2018|0 Comments

There are number of mysteries following on from Arsenal’s defeat against Southampton and they will be discussed later. Meanwhile, the fallout from Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run being over has been a little unpredictable. I read online that some Arsenal fans are blaming Xhaka, but not Leno for the defeat. That strikes me as strange, Xhaka was playing out of position and putting the team first. [...]

412, 2018

Back spasms are a euphemism for…?

By | December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

How do you abbreviate back spasms? It’s a rhetorical question, so you don’t need to answer. Of course, Mesut Ozil knows what it means: fake news or a ruder phrase for that. For him, it means the end of his Arsenal career potentially. Obviously, there will be some people that believe the club’s official comments about Ozil, but they’re the type of fan who believes [...]

2711, 2018

Sanchez-Ramsey swap?

By | November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

After watching Arsenal struggle to beat Bournemouth, I couldn’t help but think that the Gunners need someone like Alexis Sanchez back in the line up. Surely Manchester United would be open to offloading the misfiring and unhappy Chilean, who might find his feet again by returning to Arsenal. To sweeten the deal, the Gunners could throw in contract rebel, Aaron Ramsey. That would make it [...]

411, 2018

Sell Rambo to Bayern in January!

By | November 4th, 2018|0 Comments

How wrong can you be? When I looked at Arsenal’s team selection versus Liverpool, I couldn’t see them getting any kind of result against the title-challengers. Before kick off, I wrote: ‘Arsenal are going to get stuffed tonight with such a lightweight midfield: Mkhitaryan (Ozil mark 2), Ozil (mark no one); and a left back, who has hardly played this season and has looked unfit [...]

2910, 2018

Özil needs to learn from Xhaka

By | October 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Now that Arsenal’s winning streak is over, does it really matter? Some people say it would have set up the next game in their league against Liverpool nicely, if Arsenal could have leapfrogged them with another victory. Of course, three points won’t do that now, but at least we can finally measure Arsenal’s progress against a top team. Meanwhile, in the most recent outting, Crystal [...]

2610, 2018

Victims of versatility: Elneny & Auba

By | October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Of the many talking points from the Sporting Lisbon game, one of the most controversial for many was the decision to play Mohammed Elneny. To me, the Egyptian is a decent enough player, who can play at centre back, if required. Indeed, some players lose their spark and forget how to be the best in their favoured position if turned into a ‘Jack of all [...]

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