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705, 2019

Semi-finalitis confirmed

By | May 7th, 2019|0 Comments

After another shocking performance in the league, I must say my diagnosis seems correct: Arsenal are suffering from an acute bout of semi-finalitis. This involves the patients saving themselves for the big occasion and doing less than required in the present. Although it was another poor result, Arsenal did at least score, albeit from the spot after a soft penalty award. If you thought that [...]

2904, 2019

Blame the team, and ‘semi-final-itis’, not Mustafi!

By | April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

After the Foxes defeat, it's difficult to have positive thoughts about this Arsenal team. The only exception to the rule is Leno, who conceded three again, but comes out smelling of roses, as Gooners can only sympathise with the lack of protection offered by what's in front of him. However, I do think a lot of the Mustafi criticism is over-the-top. The German is not [...]

2304, 2019

Emery guilty of hubris

By | April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Over-confidence, arrogance, hubris (call it what you like) but Unai Emery was guilty of it against Palace and, consequently, threw away the chance to cement a Champions League spot for next season. It’s not often I agree with the majority of fans, but the pre-match team news was startling: in midfield, Elneny and Guendouzi, the tried and tested worse partnership Arsenal have fielded this season. [...]

1904, 2019

Lettuce pray that Kos doesn’t get injured

By | April 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Once again, Arsenal have triumphed 1-0 away from home in what was described by many as a difficult fixture. Winning at Watford in their Hornets' nest is one thing, but beating Napoli in their own backyard adds to the belief that the Gunners have finally found defensive solidity. It wouldn't be Arsenal, though, if there weren't some hairy moments, but it's good see Leno and [...]

1404, 2019

Never mind the bollards, Emery to throw caution to the wind against Watford

By | April 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Everybody seems to be talking about Spanish swear words in the run-up against the Hornets. No one will ever forget how Troy Deeney disparagingly described Arsenal and the Watford striker could be about to inflict pain on the Gunners once more, albeit on the field rather than off it. Technically, Deeney might not be amazing, but he's a real handful and I don't envy Arsenal's [...]

704, 2019

Emery: guilty of one cardinal sin

By | April 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Unai Emery has been relatively successful already in his time at Arsenal but, against Everton, perhaps he was guilty of one cardinal sin: underestimating the opposition. Experienced campaigners would know that any team can beat any other in the Premier League on their day. There is no league like it, which explains its popularity. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon to see new arrivals in England throwing [...]

704, 2019

Martinez should be number 2 to Leno

By | April 7th, 2019|0 Comments

In an era when Arsenal find it extremely difficult to retain players, allowing them to leave cheaply or on Bosmans, surely the Gunners should keep Martinez at the club a bit longer. After all, the keeper signed a six-year deal and it’s difficult to see a weakness in his game. The good news is Martinez wants to stay, but he’s sick of being loaned out. [...]

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 [...]

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