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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 [...]

2210, 2017

Arsenal have more maracas than Troy thinks

By | October 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Watford’s Troy Deeney may have done Arsenal a huge favour by questioning their lack of maracas...or something like that! The Spanish word that Deeney used is generally thought of as vulgar, so I thought I’d use a euphemism. To me, if Arsenal had maracas, they would be playing to a rhythm, which should involve chasing back as well as racing forward. Since that comment following [...]

1410, 2017

Arsenal’s Watford worries

By | October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

As has been well-documented elsewhere, the international break couldn't have come at a worse time for Arsenal. The team have been on a roll of sorts, steam-rollering...wait scrub that...I mean, managing to beat some of the lesser lights of football not particularly convincingly. However, to me at least, a win is a win. I'm not at all unhappy with the way the team grind out [...]

2309, 2017

Ozil offers ‘O’ defensively: hence clean sheets

By | September 23rd, 2017|3 Comments

Having just watched Arsene Wenger's press conference before the forthcoming WBA game, one thing that struck me is how honest the Arsenal manager is. One of the questions, inevitably, was about Mesut Ozil's recent absence, and I am not going to doubt that the Germany international has been suffering from inflammation of the knee. However, what the assembled journalists seemed afraid to ask (making it [...]

1609, 2017

Dick Law’s departure and what it means for Wenger

By | September 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Dick Law's departure at the end of this month comes after a turbulent transfer window, where it was much ado about nothing. The exit door did spin a bit, but the entrance still retains the cobwebs that Arsenal fans have become accustomed to. The question is: who is to blame for the lack of quality incoming players and the inability to retain those already at [...]

609, 2017

Reaction to Ornstein’s shocking revelations

By | September 6th, 2017|2 Comments

We all know that something is dramatically wrong on the field and with all the reported shenanigans going on off the the field, it is difficult to see how Arsenal will turn this disappointing start to the season around. One of the most shocking bits of news, if you can believe it (and I can) came from David Ornstein. I'll let one of our correspondents, [...]

209, 2017

Gaping holes at Arsenal remain unplugged

By | September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

There are so many problems at Arsenal and, although Wenger says we live in a world of 'transparency', we know that's not the case when we read that a transfer fee is 'undisclosed'. Nevertheless, the media are capable of hounding agents and other clubs to find out how much money changed hands and it's thanks to them that we get to find out that Oxlade-Chamberlain [...]

2308, 2017

Lemar Would Offer Arsenal Different Threat

By | August 23rd, 2017|1 Comment

Source: DeadlineDayLive via Twitter Arsenal’s defeat at the hands of Stoke highlighted their need for creativity in the final third. The Gunners are staring down the prospect of losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, although Arsene Wenger has reiterated his stance that the Chilean will not be leaving the club. Without his presence, Wenger’s men struggled to overcome Leicester in their opening match of the [...]

1408, 2017

Sead Kolasinac Is Already A Favourite Amongst Arsenal Fans

By | August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The headlines may have been all about Alexandre Lacazette's arrival from Lyon this summer but another of the Gunner's pre-season recruits, Sead Kolasinac, is quickly becoming a popular figure at the Emirates with the full-back impressing in the Community Shield at the beginning of August. Source: Sead Kolasinac via Twitter The 24-year-old joined the club on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke this summer [...]

1208, 2017

Ozil irony at the Arsenal circus

By | August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Showtime at the Emirates is something to behold, especially when all the drama ends happily, as it did on the opening day against Leicester. As usual, it was an exciting white-knuckle ride for Arsenal fans and, according to Ivan Gazidis, that's what Gooners want. I'm not sure I'd agree, as I prefer a 1-0 to the Arsenal over a 4-3 with a defence that is [...]

708, 2017

Arsenal earn first silverware of the season – will there be more?

By | August 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Source: Arsenal via Facebook Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield was well fought for and well deserved. There are a few points that need to be discussed, but I, for one, am happy with the performance and fairly encouraged that the Gunners can shine this season. Arsene Wenger’s men have drawn first blood and, although it is dangerous to be optimistic regarding Arsenal, [...]

308, 2017

Elneny’s not a ninny at the back

By | August 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Although Wenger has had a fair bit of stick in some quarters, including from me, about his decision to try Elneny at centre back, I think even the detractors have to admit the Egyptian's performance against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup was impressive at times. On the plus side, Elneny's distribution was excellent, as was his reading of the game and timely interceptions. He can [...]

3007, 2017

‘Sickie’ Sanchez is no longer an asset

By | July 30th, 2017|1 Comment

As readers of this blog may already be aware, I am a big fan of the Alexis Sanchez's technical ability. I've always been of the opinion that Arsenal should break the bank to keep him happy. If he wants £400k per week, just give it to him or at least offer him something close to it. £275k per week is probably not close enough. Nevertheless, [...]

2407, 2017

Why not bid for Vidal?

By | July 24th, 2017|2 Comments

If Inter Milan are reportedly lining up a £45m bid for Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal, why don't Arsenal follow suit? One way to stop this Alexis Sanchez transfer saga would be to sign one of his international team-mates, and Vidal is something special. He's not only got skill, but he has a phenomenal work rate too. Vidal would be an amazing signing and cheap at [...]

2007, 2017

No smoke without Szczesny

By | July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

I've got mixed feelings over the departure of Szczesny. In my opinion, he was potentially an Arsenal great. He had many of the attributes that you want want in a keeper: presence, handling ability, agility and confidence. However, his confidence often turned into over-confidence and, after the alleged revelation (which obviously was some time ago) that he was smoking in the showers hit the headlines, [...]

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