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1401, 2018

Sanchez is as good as gone after missing Arsenal debacle

By | January 14th, 2018|1 Comment

Arsenal fans are blasting Arsene Wenger after leaving Alexis Sanchez out of the squad that faced Bournemouth, but what if the Chilean didn't want to play? It seems unlikely, I know, given Sanchez's appetite for the game, so I'm leaning towards the idea that Arsenal didn't want to risk him before a lucrative transfer to Manchester United or City. If Arsenal were a normal club, [...]

1401, 2018

Arsenal decimating squad before adding to it?

By | January 14th, 2018|3 Comments

Arsenal's transfer policy has been questionable for a number of years, but this January the club seem to be surpassing themselves with their ineptitude. Let's think about this for a moment. Arsenal are a club, who have so much 'strength in depth', that they managed to get knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle by a Championship side, Nottingham Forest. Going into [...]

1401, 2018

Arsenal to pay £45m for a work-permit-less not-so-Supermac we can’t even spell?

By | January 14th, 2018|4 Comments

The Gunners are ready to pay out £45m on a Brazilian called Malcom, according to many sources, although one source claims that the player in question is Malcolm. Many Arsenal fans with long memories may wish it were Malcolm MacDonald Mark II, who cost a whopping £333,333 back in 1976. 'Supermac', as he was called, scored every other game after joining from Newcastle. It was [...]

1301, 2018

Can Arsenal replace ‘the policeman’ in house?

By | January 13th, 2018|3 Comments

You've heard the phrase: 'If you want to know the time, as a policeman?' Well, let's hope Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are not listening as Francis Coquelin, dubbed 'the policeman' by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, seems to be saying: 'It's time to go', by joining Valencia for around £11m. There was ridiculous talk that the fee was going to be double that, [...]

1301, 2018

5 reasons why Ozil may stay at Arsenal

By | January 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Apparently, Arsene Wenger has all but admitted defeat, regarding his attempt to keep Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal. However, when it comes to Mesut Ozil, Wenger appears to feel he has a ghost of a chance of retaining this particular out-of-contract star, which is an apt metaphor given the way the German appears and disappears on the pitch. In my mind, there are a number of [...]

701, 2018

Wenger’s DIY remedy for congestion

By | January 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The illness that Arsenal have been suffering from was called ‘fixture congestion’ and little did anyone know that Dr Wenger had the cure:  field a weakened side in the FA Cup. Consequently, Wenger will have less fixtures to worry about now that Arsenal’s involvement in the FA Cup is over. You would think that someone with as much experience winning the FA Cup would know [...]

701, 2018

Hleb’s warning is laughable

By | January 7th, 2018|0 Comments

For a few Arsenal fans, Alex Hleb was one of the best wingers ever seen at the club. To me, despite his excellent technique and ability to keep the ball stuck to his foot (in a way that almost replicated Harry Enfield’s legendary Gunner, Charlie Charles), there was a serious lack of end product from Hleb. In short, Hleb exemplified everything that is wrong about [...]

501, 2018

More money spent on fines than squad overhaul

By | January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

For such an intelligent and financially prudent man, Wenger’s recent reaction to poor refereeing decisions seems questionable. After bad-mouthing referee Mike Dean, Wenger has been hit with a £40,000 fine, which is more than he is likely to spend on rebuilding the first-team squad. Everyone knows, the sixth-team in the league needs a major overhaul to compete nearer the top; that means new players or [...]

301, 2018

Wenger’s right: it’s a conspiracy

By | January 3rd, 2018|3 Comments

After the shambolic display at West Brom, it was strange to see a fully-focused and energetic Arsenal take the field against Chelsea. You would guess, if you didn’t know better, that the Gunners had more time to prepare for the crunch clash than the Blues. However, Arsenal showed it’s the quality of the preparation that counts most, as the hosts (decimated by injuries) took the [...]

301, 2018

Arsenal on verge on signing new Tavlaridis

By | January 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

I'm not sure many of you remember Stathis Tavlaridis, but he was Arsenal's promising Greek centre back in the day. The year was 2001 when Arsenal signed him for £1m. He eventually played a few times for Greece and he definitely had talent; anyone could see that. However, he faded into relative obscurity, although uou could see why it was hard to break into the [...]

101, 2018

Ozil’s ‘convenient’ injury foreshadows early departure?

By | January 1st, 2018|0 Comments

For all his talent, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has a nasty habit of going AWOL before low-profile trips up north. The latest ‘injury’, which kept him out of team for the clash in the Midlands against WBA, is his sixth this calendar year, according to Soccerway. When Ozil was missing for the Burnley away trip in November, I smelt a rat and now that the German [...]

3012, 2017

Why Sanchez to Real might happen

By | December 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Of course, it’s not the kind of transfer news that Arsenal fans dream of hearing, but the rumour linking Alexis Sanchez with Real Madrid this January appears to have legs. So why might this happen? See the list below: 1. This is Arsenal’s last chance to cash in on the Chilean. However, expect this to go to the wire, as the Gunners will definitely hold [...]

2012, 2017

Silly season begins in earnest

By | December 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Let’s be completely honest: David Luiz is never going to be allowed to leave Chelsea to join Arsenal. There’s not a chance of it happening, no matter how out of favour he is there. Let’s consider the reasons why. 1. Chelsea are a relatively well-run club. When was the last time they lost a top player on a Bosman? I don’t remember, do you? Meanwhile, [...]

1112, 2017

Contract rebels crucify without nails

By | December 11th, 2017|0 Comments

The days of successful eye-of-a-needle football are long gone, it seems. Arsenal tried their speciality-style of football against Southampton and came up short. The Gunners lacked natural width and it nearly proved costly. In fact, for all their possession, Arsenal were lucky to get a point. It started awfully, with Mertesacker, the slipper/skipper for the day, slipping at an importune moment. Charlie Austin was the [...]

312, 2017

Poor tactics, recruitment and management reaps its reward against United

By | December 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

No one seriously believed Wenger would outwit Mourinho, did they? Arsenal’s record against Jose teams is abysmal and, although the Gunners had put together a decent run at the Emirates, it was bound to end in tears and jeers. Actually, there wasn’t that much jeering, although, Arsenal, defensively, were poor at the start and fell behind to two early goals, losing Mustafi to injury in [...]

2711, 2017

Arsenal escape cost of false economies

By | November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

After the victory against Spurs, very few Arsenal fans expected the team to ‘turn up’ against Burnley. True to form, Ozil literally didn’t, as he was ‘ill’. The north-west of England often seems to bring out the worst in Arsenal, who usually struggle to deal with high balls, howling winds and hostile opposition fans. Trips to Bolton and Blackburn in days of old come to [...]

2111, 2017

Nothing’s changed at Arsenal despite Sven & ‘derby win’

By | November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

I hate to remind readers about what I dared to write at the beginning of the season, but I feel I must. I had the temerity to suggest that man for man, Arsenal are a better team than Spurs. Cue general derision. However, after the weekend's result, perhaps some football fans are starting to see it my way. To me, it wasn't surprising to see [...]

511, 2017

The Malaise Exposed

By | November 5th, 2017|1 Comment

Back in the day when I watched Spurs youth and even coached one of them, I used to think they played with a sense of entitlement. It was if they already thought they were ‘all that and a bag of chips’ before they’d actually achieved anything. Any setbacks and they would be at each other’s throats. Individually, they were skilled, but as a team mostly [...]

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