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501, 2019

Potential double winners or just double- barreled?

By | January 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Like the glorious fictional past, when the Gunners could boast the tricky winger Charlie Charlie-Charles in their line-up, the future seems double-barreled with one ‘l’ if Arsenal remains British despite a non-investing American owner. Although it was disappointing to lose Kos-Lettuce before the cup tie against Blackpool began, it’s always good to see Emile Heskey-Rowe in the squad. He’s one of the few youngsters who [...]

301, 2019

Bank on Cech & leave out Leno in the league

By | January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Despite the 4-1 victory against Fulham, the lack of clean sheets is certainly a cause for concern. Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown is of the opinion that Petr Cech is a better keeper than Leno, and I’m inclined to agree with him. It’s about time Cech was given another run in goal. The only argument for leaving Leno in goal is the German is better [...]

2412, 2018

There’s life in the old _____ yet

By | December 24th, 2018|0 Comments

The missing word in the gap fill is ‘Ozil’ or replace that with one of his nicknames. A gap fill is appropriate for the Ozil situation, as no one can deliver what the German can. In other words, without him there’s a creative gap that cannot be filled by other personnel at the club. Although Ozil goes AWOL or BaSWOL (Back Spasm Without Leave) even [...]

2012, 2018

The real reason for the loss of form

By | December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

The wheels have well and truly come off the famous cannon and I think Arsenal fans could lay the blame on the doorstep of one of Britain’s most infamous muck-raking publications: The Sun. Many people questioned the timing of the ‘Hippy Crack’ story, which featured photographs of the first-team squad in various states of intoxication. When the story was released, Arsenal had just drawn at [...]

1912, 2018

Emery’s selections continue to baffle

By | December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

After Arsenal’s shocking showing against Southampton, it was expected that lessons had been learned by the coach. However, Unai Emery’s selection of Xhaka at centre back is unlikely to please the home crowd, who were expected the Swiss to be returned to the midfield. Personally, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I think that Xhaka seems better suited to playing at left back, where [...]

1712, 2018

Arsenal’s mysteries unravelled

By | December 17th, 2018|0 Comments

There are number of mysteries following on from Arsenal’s defeat against Southampton and they will be discussed later. Meanwhile, the fallout from Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run being over has been a little unpredictable. I read online that some Arsenal fans are blaming Xhaka, but not Leno for the defeat. That strikes me as strange, Xhaka was playing out of position and putting the team first. [...]

412, 2018

Back spasms are a euphemism for…?

By | December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

How do you abbreviate back spasms? It’s a rhetorical question, so you don’t need to answer. Of course, Mesut Ozil knows what it means: fake news or a ruder phrase for that. For him, it means the end of his Arsenal career potentially. Obviously, there will be some people that believe the club’s official comments about Ozil, but they’re the type of fan who believes [...]

2711, 2018

Sanchez-Ramsey swap?

By | November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

After watching Arsenal struggle to beat Bournemouth, I couldn’t help but think that the Gunners need someone like Alexis Sanchez back in the line up. Surely Manchester United would be open to offloading the misfiring and unhappy Chilean, who might find his feet again by returning to Arsenal. To sweeten the deal, the Gunners could throw in contract rebel, Aaron Ramsey. That would make it [...]

411, 2018

Sell Rambo to 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 [...]

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