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1504, 2018

Rafa: ideal to take Arsenal reins?

By | April 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Hailed a ‘tactical genius’ for starting Lacazette and Aubemayang in the same starting XI, cheers quickly turned to jeers for Arsene Wenger, as his team succumbed 2-1 against Newcastle at St James’s Park. Rafa Benitez is a formidable foe, even with his cut-price team assembled in the north-east. In fact, you could say the former Liverpool manager has all the credentials necessary to be Arsenal’s [...]

104, 2018

Has Wenger really lost his voice? A new number 10?

By | April 1st, 2018|0 Comments

As per usual, the international break came at an inconvenient time for Arsenal, who actually managed to put a winning run together before nations took precedence over clubs in the fixture list. International football seems be something that many football fans shun nowadays. I never dreamed that would be the case, but the fare on offer is generally so poor that it's no wonder really. [...]

2503, 2018

Flan flung at castanet comment-maker

By | March 25th, 2018|1 Comment

A lot seems to have happened since I last posted, including (as I predicted) Arsenal getting revenge on Troy Deeney for his castanet (poetic licence allowed) comments. As well as the Gunners managing to win reasonably convincingly (by today's standards, at least) a Deeney missed penalty was the cream on the top of the metaphorical flan that was thrown in the Watford striker's face. It [...]

1003, 2018

Arsenal to ram Deeney’s castanets comment down his throat

By | March 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Just when virtually nobody thought Arsenal could ever produce another result worthy of mention under Arsene Wenger, the Gunners impressed for the first time in recent memory by ending Milan’s unbeaten run at the San Siro. I, for one, could not foresee that, so kudos to Wenger and his charges for proving me wrong. The question is can this form be sustained in the league? [...]

603, 2018

No successor on Arsenal’s horizon

By | March 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The Emirates remains the land of the sinking sun, as Arsenal continue to plough on with Wenger at the helm. The current manager has told the coaching staff that he has no intention of leaving this summer. Next summer will almost certainly be the time he goes, as even the Arsenal board must see there is no sense in him staying. The recent defeat at [...]

203, 2018

Wenger’s a poor role model in a broken home

By | March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Although I have a lot of respect for Jamie Carragher’s punditry, I think he’s called it wrong this time. The former Liverpool defender thinks Arsenal should announce that Wenger will leave at the end of this season. Does anyone remember when Sir Alex Ferguson first announced his retirement? Results went down the pan and, let’s not forget, Man United’s starting point was significantly better than [...]

103, 2018

Wenger’s Successor Blues

By | March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

After the avalanche of negativity surrounding Arsenal since the 3-0 cup final defeat, it is difficult to find anything for Gooners to be cheerful about. Literally everyone is saying Wenger’s days are numbered, but some of the names being mentioned as possible successors are worrying. Brendan Rogers is a particularly strange choice, as managing Celtic to titles in Scotland is not exactly overwhelming evidence that [...]

2502, 2018

This Arsenal needs numerous setbacks

By | February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

There will be no improvement for a while. I don’t like pessimism, but under Arsene Wenger, this team will continue to rust. This is based on numerous games, Ostersunds, Forest, Spurs and City to name but a few. I’m not going to criticise the players too much. Xhaka is a midfielder that can’t make long accurate passes. It’s not his fault, he cost so much. [...]

2502, 2018

Arsenal might surprise Man City

By | February 25th, 2018|0 Comments

When Paul Merson talks about Arsenal, he’s often right. Usually he tells unpalatable truths that Gooners don’t want to hear: hence his unpopularity with some of the fan base. However, Merson is predicting good news: an Arsenal win in the cup final. It’s down to one man: Aubameyang. The Gabon international has pace to burn and can finish, so how will City cope? This question [...]

1802, 2018

No Arsenal Fan TV in Hector’s house

By | February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Hector Bellerin's recent comments about Arsenal Fan TV has led to a lot of criticism of the Arsenal right wing-back and, like a lot of criticism aimed at the players, I think it's unwarranted, to some extent. By definition, a fan should be fanatical about the team they support. The question is if the fan is negative about the team they support are they still [...]

1002, 2018

Plan A didn’t work and Plan L is too similar

By | February 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The lack of a plan B came back to haunt Arsenal at Wembley, as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Spurs. The Gunners looked like a no-trick pony, but they remained defensively solid for most of the game, despite surrendering possession more often than not to their north London neighbours. Aubemeyang must wonder what he has let himself in for, on a day when [...]

402, 2018

Plan A works for Riri and Arsenal

By | February 4th, 2018|0 Comments

It was a night of unfamiliar superstars at the Emirates on Saturday night, with even Rihanna making an appearance. Although she was not on song, neither were Arsenal in the second half. However, by then, they’d already ripped the Toffees to shreds and were 4-0 up. After a shaky start, the injection of new blood started to take effect with new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan making [...]

3101, 2018

Arsenal finally bake an Auberry Meringue

By | January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Arsenal have finally landed their main transfer target in the winter window: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It's taken quite a while and a lot of effort, but the Gunners deserve to be congratulated. It's always dangerous to judge on superficial appearances, but Auba looks so delighted to have signed for Arsenal that you'd have to guess that he'll give this new 'gig' everything he's got. Judging by [...]

3001, 2018

Aubameyang complications despite transfer saviour

By | January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

You have to commend Arsenal: for once, they have managed to finish most of their transfer business early in this window. No more lastminute.com, since the arrival of ‘transfer saviour’ Sven Mislintat. Books on Arsenal, GCSE & 'A' Level guides Well, that’s not strictly true, as we approach the end of the transfer window, Arsenal have still not managed to finalise the biggest deal of [...]

2701, 2018

Will Arsenal’s team of number 10s be upwardly mobile?

By | January 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Question: Do you get a perfect 10 if you fill your team up with 10s? Answer: No doubt we will find out soon, once Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi line up in the same team. Obviously, they can't all play the same role in the same game, so Mkhitaryan had better be prepared to be a winger. [...]

2701, 2018

You have to laugh at the Arsenal headlines

By | January 27th, 2018|2 Comments

Every now and then, I like to analyse the headlines that are most popular with Arsenal fans and, unsurprisingly, it's the 'good news' stories that get the most attention. Books on Arsenal, GCSE & 'A' Level guides The Daily Star is much better at providing the supporters with the signings they want than the club is. The words 'done deal' often hit home, despite the [...]

2401, 2018

Which is more unlikely to happen? Evans or Tarkowski to Arsenal?

By | January 24th, 2018|1 Comment

Although there are reports of a green light being on at Arsenal, according to the Mirror, battle-hardened fans who have weathered a transfer window or two will know that the Gunners are reluctant to wave wads of cash, even if it does mean strengthening the defence. Jonny Evans, though, has got the kind of pedigree that should make him a shoo-in at Arsenal. You'd like [...]

2401, 2018

Cazorla is living proof that no footballer gets paid too much

By | January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Santi Cazorla will always be a legend at Arsenal, even if he's not offered a new contract at the club. The diminutive Spaniard who has lost 'eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle', according to Sky Sports, nearly ended up losing a leg, as the result of the surgery he has undergone. The poor guy has just had his tenth operation, just to [...]

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