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2701, 2018

Will Arsenal’s team of number 10s be upwardly mobile?

By | January 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Question: Do you get a perfect 10 if you fill your team up with 10s? Answer: No doubt we will find out soon, once Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi line up in the same team. Obviously, they can't all play the same role in the same game, so Mkhitaryan had better be prepared to be a winger. [...]

2701, 2018

You have to laugh at the Arsenal headlines

By | January 27th, 2018|2 Comments

Every now and then, I like to analyse the headlines that are most popular with Arsenal fans and, unsurprisingly, it's the 'good news' stories that get the most attention. Books on Arsenal, GCSE & 'A' Level guides The Daily Star is much better at providing the supporters with the signings they want than the club is. The words 'done deal' often hit home, despite the [...]

2401, 2018

Which is more unlikely to happen? Evans or Tarkowski to Arsenal?

By | January 24th, 2018|1 Comment

Although there are reports of a green light being on at Arsenal, according to the Mirror, battle-hardened fans who have weathered a transfer window or two will know that the Gunners are reluctant to wave wads of cash, even if it does mean strengthening the defence. Jonny Evans, though, has got the kind of pedigree that should make him a shoo-in at Arsenal. You'd like [...]

2401, 2018

Cazorla is living proof that no footballer gets paid too much

By | January 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Santi Cazorla will always be a legend at Arsenal, even if he's not offered a new contract at the club. The diminutive Spaniard who has lost 'eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle', according to Sky Sports, nearly ended up losing a leg, as the result of the surgery he has undergone. The poor guy has just had his tenth operation, just to [...]

2401, 2018

Arsenal bid an extra ‘undisclosed’ amount for Auba…reportedly

By | January 24th, 2018|1 Comment

According to sources in Germany, who know these things, Arsenal have upped their 'undisclosed' bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to an even-more 'undisclosed' offer for the 28-year-old striker. If this deal actually goes through within 48 hours, instead of 48 days (when it can't go through), then Arsenal might be able to actually look at this transfer window as a time of squad strengthening instead of [...]

2101, 2018

Are Arsenal going to be pleased with their transfer business so far?

By | January 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Should Arsenal gone for Martial instead of Mkhitaryan? (Stop press: He's actually signed after the longest '48 hours - imminent signing' of all time!) Should Arsenal have followed up their apparent interest in Malcom, who now may join Spurs instead, if reports are to be believed. Will Arsenal manage to sign Aubemeyang? Will Arsenal sign anyone, aside from the young Greek defender, who cost around [...]

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 [...]

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