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1007, 2018

World Cup disappointment could augur well for Xhaka of all trades

By | July 10th, 2018|2 Comments

Despite the lack of marquee signings, the failure of the current Arsenal squad to make an impact at the 2018 World Cup could pay dividends for the team in the domestic campaign ahead. There are two obvious reasons for this: 1. Players returning from a both physically and mentally draining international tournament rarely hit the ground running the following season. They are normally too exhausted [...]

207, 2018

Big names slip through Arsenal’s fingers

By | July 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Given that the summer transfer window is shorter than previous years, many may have thought there would be a flurry of early business: that has not been the case. Arsenal’s signings so far consist of Leichsteiner and Leno; both are likely to bolster the new boss’s backline options significantly. Meanwhile, Ospina seems on the way out and Wilshere has already flown the nest. Although Wilshere [...]

1106, 2018

Gooners getting excited now?

By | June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Now that Arsenal have made one signing and changed the manager, perhaps it’s time for Gooners to get excited about the pre-season. It all kicks off against Boreham Wood. Four years ago on 20th July 2014, I wrote an article entitled: Lessons from Boreham Wood. I remember being impressed by a relative-unknown called Hector Bellerin. The article is below: ‘How much could we learn from [...]

1106, 2018

New Odds Show Tough Task Awaits Unai Emery

By | June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

One could hazard a guess that the number of Arsenal fans who believe the Gunners will win the league next season falls within a very small percentage. There is, of course, some sense of renewed hope with the appointment of Unai Emery, although it remains to be seen whether he will be able to recalibrate the squad, or simply paper over the cracks. [...]

2905, 2018

Can Emery paper over the cracks?

By | May 29th, 2018|1 Comment

New Arsenal boss senor Emery certainly will have his work cut out in his new post. Although he has £70m in his transfer kitty, the weary-looking squad is need of a major overhaul. However, it could be that a new voice in the dressing room will be enough to raise performances, as long as that is married to a new training regime and a stricter [...]

2005, 2018

Iniesta: worth a punt?

By | May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Now that one of the world’s best midfielders is available, surely it makes sense for Arsenal to make a move for him. Additionally, the likely boss to be is going to need help on the coaching side of operations, so why not offer Iniesta a player-coach role? Apparently Manchester City are in the process of doing just that, but apart from the money, the squad [...]

1905, 2018

Can Arteta make sushi with spuds?

By | May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As much as I was looking forward to hearing Klopp’s ‘Brains’ stuttering in the presence of Mr Kronke-backer (see original ‘Thunderbirds’), I am delighted to hear that Captain Scarlet lookalike, Mikel Arteta, is set to be appointed the new Arsenal boss. He’s going to have to be a master chef to make a delicate sushi out of what Wenger has left in the kitchen: mostly [...]

605, 2018

Puppet master will control Klopp’s brain at Arsenal

By | May 6th, 2018|2 Comments

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas is a pundit nowadays, who’s more often right than wrong when it comes to Arsenal. Once again, I believe he’s stated what many Arsenal fans think: the club have not decided who will replace Wenger yet. From the outside looking in, the club appears to be incredibly disorganised: how else can we explain the Keystone Cops defending and the mess-up [...]

505, 2018

Two midfielders away from glory

By | May 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Eric Cantona was never a favourite player of mine, although I knew he had a lot of talent. However, he lacked pace and was arrogant. Perhaps that’s why he never went to the World Cup finals with France. Likewise, Arsene Wenger has a reputation for arrogance and tactical ineptitude (as although ‘pace’ is not a criteria for good management, you could argue his predictable 70th-minute [...]

305, 2018

Kiddology – no recipe for success

By | May 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Suddenly, we are hearing that Klopp’s right-hand man at Liverpool could be taking the reins at Arsenal. Zeljko Buvac is his name and he is allegedly the ‘brains’ behind the Reds’ resurgence, so it’s no wonder Arsenal are being linked to him. However, being a good assistant manager does not maketh the best boss, as the role is completely different. Let’s cut to the chase: [...]

2904, 2018

Mavropanos makes promising debut

By | April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Thrown in the deep end, at Old Trafford, Mavropanos made a promising debut for Arsenal. Although it ended in defeat, the defender performed well against the likes of Lukaku and later Rashford. For the first time in quite a while, it’s easy to see what all the hype is about when it comes to a youngster making the grade. In fact, he’s the first youngster [...]

2904, 2018

Man U away: not ideal for debutants

By | April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

While I accept that there’s not much riding on Manchester United versus Arsenal this season, it’s still not a place  to go cap in hand begging for mercy. The home fans will be baying for blood and although I’m not seeing another 8-2 defeat, it could still be painful viewing for Gunners’ fans, especially if Wenger throws in Arsenal’s promising Greek central defender, Mavropanos, in [...]

2104, 2018

Arsenal is no ‘Hotel California’ for Wenger

By | April 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Although nearly everybody is heralding Arsene Wenger's departure as good news, I'm not sure I can agree. The point that everyone seems to be missing is everything depends on his successor. As I've stated before, does anyone trust the current board to make the right appointment? If David Dein were on it, I may feel more confident that the board would make the right choice, [...]

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|1 Comment

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 [...]

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