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411, 2018

Sell Rambo in 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 [...]

2310, 2018

Emery’s juggernaut still needs fine tuning

By | October 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

As readers of this blog may know, I’m not a huge fan of Granit Xhaka. However, I believe in giving credit where it’s due, which leads me to comment in how much the Swiss has improved. Against Leicester, Xhaka showed his versatility, by playing as a makeshift left back when Lichtsteiner went off. Not only that, Xhaka was pretty solid generally. My only criticism of [...]

2409, 2018

The 7 reasons Xhaka starts for Arsenal

By | September 24th, 2018|0 Comments

After watching Granit Xhaka give the ball away four times in the first twelve minutes against Everton, I thought there must be some really good reason why the Swiss continues to start. After all, Arsenal could have conceded twice in that period of time, as a result of Xhaka’s mistakes, but Unai Emery did not substitute arguably Arsenal’s biggest liability. Here are my possible reasons [...]

1609, 2018

Aubameyang: the new Walcott

By | September 16th, 2018|0 Comments

He wears number 14 like Henry and Walcott before him, but Aubameyang looks like he’s turning into the latter. More about that later, but firstly, Petr Cech may not have recorded a clean sheet yet, this season, but his display against Newcastle was less nervy than what we’ve seen to date. His handling was close to impeccable and needed to be against the Magpies. I [...]

809, 2018

Xhak-attacks? Are they unfair?

By | September 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Fans, just like journalists, surely have a right to give their opinion. Personally, I like to stay open-minded when discussing players. Not everyone subscribes to this point of view, as I recently read one ‘informed’ fan state that anyone who criticises Granit Xhaka must be playing Fifi and not watching Arsenal. Obviously, readers of this blog will know that I’ve been critical of Xhaka for [...]

809, 2018

Emery: better or worse than Wenger?

By | September 8th, 2018|2 Comments

Although it’s too early to judge how successful new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be in the post, there are, nevertheless, some positive and negative indicators regarding how well he’ll do in the Premier League. Touchline presence: verdict: negative. I’ll start here, as I think I’m in a minority on this. Although I have never been a fan of Wenger’s overall style of management, I [...]

2808, 2018

Arsenal stuck with most expensive sicknote

By | August 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Now the dust has begun to settle, after Arsenal’s unconvincing victory over West Ham, I thought I’d add my one euro’s worth to the arguments swirling around in the Goonersphere. For once, I’m not going to complain about Granit Xhaka, as he’s actually played the full game in a London ‘derby’ and finished on the winning side. For that reason, he deserves to keep his [...]

2108, 2018

The curse of the captain(s) continues

By | August 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Perhaps Unai Emery's biggest mistake, since arriving at Arsenal, was naming 5 captains: 1) Granit Xhaka, 2) Petr Cech, 3) Aaron Ramsey, 4) Mesut Ozil and 5) Laurent Koscielny. Did no one tell the new boss that the captain's armband is cursed. Maybe even the word 'captain' is cursed. However, I can see why he did it. At most clubs, the honour of being made [...]

1908, 2018

Unsurprisingly pointless but points to a brighter future

By | August 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The Gunners continued more or less where they left off against Man City and ended up losing 3-2 against Chelsea. It was away from home, but the Blues are not as formidable as they once was. Meanwhile, Arsenal have become more fragile and less industrious over recent years. Now New coach Unai Emery has to reverse the trend and stop the rot. The defeat against [...]

1608, 2018

Sense in sticking with Cech?

By | August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

We’ve all heard of the ‘curse of the ex’, haven’t we? This works very simply: your former player usually does a number on you because invariably he has something to prove. In this case, it’s Petr Cech, who must have been shocked when Chelsea let him go. He’s a consummate pro’, whose footwork let him down against Man City. Although age may be catching up [...]

1308, 2018

Drop five passengers to fix Arsenal’s train-crash start

By | August 13th, 2018|0 Comments

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery must now be aware of the enormity of the task ahead after seeing mostly the side he inherited from Arsene Wenger systematically dismantled by Manchester City. To make matters worse, the champions were not at their best: they were sloppy at times and a sharper Arsenal could have taken advantage and, at least, earned a draw. However, the gulf in [...]

808, 2018

Tougher London ‘derby’ beckons, as Hammers strengthen

By | August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

On my final trip around the Premier League 'done deals', the focus here is clubs that start with 'N' to the letter 'W'. From an Arsenal perspective, West Ham look to be the team that will cause the Gunners more problems than last season, but more about that later. Newcastle's transfer activity seems to have picked up a head of steam of late. Initially, many [...]

808, 2018

Dembele deal depends on Ospina or Perez exit

By | August 8th, 2018|1 Comment

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele would be a marquee signing in every sense of the word, but it still seems that this deal is unlikely to be rushed through before the transfer deadline. However, we know that Dembele is close to Aubameyang and other Arsenal players, and anyone else with a connection to Borussia Dortmund, so surely he would fit in well at Arsenal. Additionally, if [...]

808, 2018

Kroenke is no Klondike Pete

By | August 8th, 2018|0 Comments

To readers of a certain age, Klondike Pete means something. To those who are too young to know, or don't care to remember, Klondike Pete was a cartoon gold miner on the back of a cereal packet. The way people view 'Silent' Stan Kroenke, the owner of Arsenal, is no less two dimensional and that's purely because of a lack of information. The cereal, rather [...]

508, 2018

Grinding out a victory is grounds for optimism

By | August 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Despite a clean sheet and a two-goal margin of victory, Arsenal’s latest friendly win lacked the excitement of the ICC games. To some extent, that may have been down to the swathes of empty seats in Stockholm, which makes you wonder how much the Swedes really need Premier League football in their lives. ‘Not as much as Singaporeans’ would be my reply. Arsenal coach Unai [...]

208, 2018

Top four should be achievable, based on grit shown against Chelsea

By | August 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

Although it doesn’t finish until 11th August, the International Champions Cup (ICC - where have we heard that acronym before) has been a great success. Top clubs in Europe have played out frenetic games in front of large crowds, so what’s not to like? Arsenal’s involvement this year is over, but who can forget the tossing of a credit card instead of a coin before [...]

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