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1808, 2019

An accident is waiting to happen

By | August 18th, 2019|1 Comment

The Bash Street Kids of Burnley arrived at the Emirates ready to smash the Arsenal but, for once, the Gooners were made of sterner stuff. Part of the reason for that may have been the addition of David Luis to the starting eleven, which was a slight surprise given the impression made by Chambers at Newcastle. What a difference the Brazilian made! Elegance personified, Arsenal’s [...]

1208, 2019

Arsenal prove doubters wrong

By | August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Glad to be proved wrong When I saw Arsenal’s starting line-up away against Newcastle, I could not see how the visitors could fashion a win. Although Aubameyang can score given a half-chance or less, who was going to supply him? I looked through the midfield and wondered. Mkhitaryan has gone from mostly bad to mostly awful (a bit like those adjectives used to describe him) [...]

508, 2019

Pepe, the panacea?

By | August 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Although it ended in defeat, Arsenal should not be too downhearted after their final friendly of the season. The first half, in particular, should give rise to optimism in the camp. Although Ashley Sublime-Ridiculous scored a second-half own goal, in the first forty-five minutes, he was tenacious in the tackle and quite a handful going forward. Nevertheless, you’d have to say that the youngster looks [...]

108, 2019

We won’t look back at Angers, unless you’re Reiss

By | August 1st, 2019|0 Comments

This was a headline waiting to be written and I’m not even an Oasis fan. Perhaps you want to know, why won’t we look back at Angers, which is pronounced more like ‘armchair’: the viewing position of many on the pitch in Arsenal’s penultimate friendly. Aside from Nelson, there was very little to celebrate in Arsenal’s meagre attack, spearheaded by the hardworking, but ineffective, Nketiah. [...]

2907, 2019

Few reasons to be ‘drearful’, despite being tamed by Lyon

By | July 29th, 2019|1 Comment

In the event of a no-more-deals summer, Arsenal can rest assured they should have a decent season ahead of them, despite not strengthening the defence in the transfer market, at least. This game with Lyon was almost like a leaflet through the post, reminding us that we don’t need to be on a war-footing or as Corporal Jones of ‘Dad’s Army’ would say: ‘Don’t panic!’ [...]

1607, 2019

The kids are alright!

By | July 16th, 2019|0 Comments

First-half goals from Saka and Olayinka were enough to give Arsenal a convincing lead at the interval over the Colorado Rapids, who belied their nickname and were outsped by their young visitors. Perhaps this was the first bit of good news for Arsenal fans this summer: some of the rookies are determined to fill the void left by the senior professionals, who have moved on. [...]

3006, 2019

Ha ha! Zaha for £80m?

By | June 30th, 2019|11 Comments

If Wilfried Zaha moves from Palace to Arsenal for £80m, the joke will be on the Gunners as: 1) they can’t afford the transfer fee; 2) Zaha is worth nowhere near that much; 3) Zaha is not necessarily better than Iwobi and might not get in the team; and 4) Zaha was not exactly successful last time he was at a big club (Man U), [...]

2906, 2019

Tierney transfer could be a bum steer

By | June 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Celtic and Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has cast doubt over how much the possible signing of Kieran Tierney will strengthen the north London team defensively. It may make Gunners fans wonder why the club is supposedly in pursuit of this player, or make some wonder whether or not it is a ‘bum steer’ to use one of Glenn Hoddle’s favourite phrases. Although Arsenal pursued Fulham [...]

2206, 2019

Tierney transfer talk brings tears to eyes

By | June 22nd, 2019|26 Comments

Arsenal fans may be excited about the prospect of signing the injury-prone Kieran Tierney, but will he be a good investment? As already alluded to, Tierney’s injuries are a cause for concern. Additionally, Arsenal’s Scottish imports have been less-than-impressive. Stepping back in time, for a moment, cast your mind back to when the Gunners signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst from Glasgow Rangers. Undoubtedly, he was a [...]

1606, 2019

Strap yourselves in for a low-cost rollercoaster ride next season

By | June 16th, 2019|0 Comments

I’m trying to see the positives of keeping costs as low as possible at Arsenal, but it’s hard to be optimistic, especially when even former Gooner Robert Pires thinks that the club’s transfer budget is too tiny to compete at the top level. Of course, £40m is a laughable amount to spend to improve a squad that imploded at the end of last season. If [...]

906, 2019

Reyes: one of Arsenal’s best ever wingers

By | June 9th, 2019|0 Comments

The close season is upon us in earnest and the focus has been on possible incoming players, unsurprisingly. However, the tragic news of Jose Antonio Reyes’s death is all I can think about so far this summer. To die at 35 is too young, but at least he made his mark on the world of football during the brief time he was on this planet. [...]

206, 2019

End-of-season musings

By | June 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Arsenal’s stuttering season came to an abject end in Baku and, perhaps more importantly, Gunners fans may have seen the last of the misfiring Fortnite addict, Mesut Ozil. Ozil wore his cloak of invisibility yet again, allowing Xhaka to play the role of playmaker. The Switzerland international has risen to the occasion on numerous occasions, while Ozil still fails to turn up. Ozil dawdled off [...]

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 [...]

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