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107, 2020

Opinion: Saliba/Guendouzi/Aubameyang/Pepe/Ozil

By | July 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Saliba You may have heard the news by now that William Saliba will not be playing for St Etienne in the French cup final. It's such as shame, as it would have been a valuable experience for the youngster and he even had Arteta's blessing. However, we can't complain if the club are trying to make sure that Saliba is fit for next season, even [...]

107, 2020

Interview with a Gooner

By | July 1st, 2020|0 Comments

I was recently approached by a journalist and asked a number of questions. I thought I’d share them with you, just in case most of what I commented on gets ‘lost’ in the editing process. Relationship with Arsenal - when and how did I come across the club? My first encounter with Arsenal fans was at a primary school in south London. My entire table [...]

706, 2020

Mr Perfect Hair Is The Perfect Heir To Wenger’s Throne

By | June 7th, 2020|0 Comments

The man with the perfect hair, Mikel Arteta, has already begun to prove he is the right heir to the crumbling throne that Wenger left behind him. It seems like everything he says in public is perfect, so we can imagine what Arteta says behind the scenes is equally so. Of course, the Spaniard contracted Covid-19 but, typically, he wanted to carry on working. What [...]

1204, 2020

‘More, less or nothing’ – will Covid-19 end tiny transfer windows?

By | April 12th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

In such uncertain times, it is nigh on impossible to make predictions as to how Arsenal's squad will look once the season either resumes in earnest or is scrapped. Quite when the transfer window will kick in is another question, but with many players' contracts expiring on the 30th June, there is unlikely to be a stop on transfers commencing then. However, what is unknown [...]

803, 2020

Same old Arsenal, but new-look result

By | March 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Arteta’s ‘new-look’ Arsenal managed to pick up three points against West Ham, but quite how they did it is hard to fathom. The game began with Xhaka gifting the opposition the ball. West Ham hit the woodwork and Arsenal fans breathed a sigh of relief. That Xhaka pass set the tone really. I couldn’t help but think of how precise Arteta’s passing was during his [...]

2302, 2020

Gorgeous but nothing like George Graham’s Arsenal

By | February 23rd, 2020|0 Comments

Despite the recent clean sheets, Mikel Arteta’s new Arsenal proved how unlike George Graham’s team of old, when they gifted Everton two goals at the Emirates. The first gift came courtesy of David Luiz’s Toblerone header, which was acrobatically converted by Calvert-Lewin. There seemed no way back for Arsenal, so devoid of confidence were they, until Arteta was forced by Kolacinac’s injury to make a [...]

1602, 2020

Arteta’s management masterclass

By | February 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Dropping fans’ favourites can be an effective policy, when looking for the winning formula with an under-performing team. That maxim is understood clearly by Mikel Arteta, who left the previously misfiring Lacazette out of the starting line-up against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium. It’s not something I would have done. Lacazette, on his day, is almost unplayable for defenders. It’s just those days have become [...]

302, 2020

Arteta’s team continues to stutter

By | February 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Although Arteta’s arrival has heralded a new dawn of enthusiasm at Arsenal, it hasn’t translated itself into results yet. The improvement in the team is piecemeal, apart from the strange insistence at playing out from the back when it’s clearly not working but, at least, it’s progress so the chances are the fans will be patient during the transformation process from mid-table mush to Champions [...]

1901, 2020

Old habits die hard

By | January 19th, 2020|0 Comments

Although Mikel Arteta has reinvigorated Arsenal, he can’t turn sow’s ears into silk purses. This job he has inherited is likely to tax all his tactical acumen to the last drop. Against Sheffield United, Arsenal were decidedly average. Injuries and illnesses meant the much-maligned Mustafi was drafted into a makeshift defence. An early clanger from the German did not auger well, but he improved. Meanwhile, [...]

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 [...]

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