2609, 2016

Credible title challengers?

By | September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Now that Arsenal have successfully taken Chelsea 'to the cleaners' for the first time in recent memory, perhaps it's time to consider whether the Gunners have what it takes to win the league. Of course, a lot depends on other teams and how they are faring. First of all, let's consider Man City. By all accounts, City were unconvincing at Swansea but, nevertheless their one-hundred [...]

1809, 2016

No Champions League hangover

By | September 18th, 2016|0 Comments

After Arsenal's exertions in midweek against PSG in the Champions League, which somehow saw the club return with a point from France, it was pleasing to see the Gunners hit the ground running away at Hull. The Tigers had taken seven points already going into the game, so were not likely to be pushovers. Theo Walcott, absent against PSG, was back from a knee injury and, [...]

1109, 2016

Arsenal’s number 9 curse to continue?

By | September 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Maybe Lucas Perez should have thought twice before accepting the poisoned chalice, which is Arsenal's number nine shirt. The question is: how many Gunners have worn that number with distinction? Come on, let's name some names. Off the top of my head, successes would include: John Radford (70s), Malcolm MacDonald (70s), Alan Smith (90s) and Nicolas Anelka (90s). Let me know if I've missed any [...]

709, 2016

Wilshere – a number 10 or what?

By | September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Jack Wilshere's loan spell at Bournemouth has led to a lot of soul-searching at Arsenal. Gunners fans are keen to have a home-grown talent in these days of international imports and, dare I say it, Brexit, but the truth is that relatively few of them will object to Mesut Ozil taking over the number 10 shirt. I asked a Gooner friend what he thought about [...]

109, 2016

A series of unfortunate transfer events for Arsenal?

By | September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

The transfer window closed last night and the exit door at Arsenal featured some big name departures. The question is how do we view these events: fortunate or unfortunate? And how about the new arrivals? EXITS Jack Wilshere to Bournemouth on loan: Arsenal have brought in around £2m for a player set to play a bit part from the bench this season, so I see it [...]

3008, 2016

Wilshere loan hysteria: much ado about something?

By | August 30th, 2016|0 Comments

The news that Jack Wilshere is up for grabs has been greeted by hysteria. Arsenal fans are outaged. One (Bergkamp & Bergkamp @orangeiceman10) even wrote on Twitter: 'It's like a blind man selling his guide dog and keeping his binoculars [a harsh reference to Theo Walcott]'. Of course, Jack is one of the few players that is 'one of our own' and, yes, he is skillful. [...]

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