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2201, 2017

Central midfield is still Arsenal’s Achilles heel

By | January 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

After seeing Arsenal only just about emerge victorious against Burnley, I can't help but think that the London club still need to strengthen central midfield. Although Granit Xhaka has an awful lot of talent, in that he can spray long-range passes with a fair bit of accuracy as well as supply well-weighted short passes and break up play, I am still concerned about his temperament. [...]

701, 2017

Tough draw but Arsenal make it

By | January 7th, 2017|1 Comment

I just call it as I see it and Arsenal's FA Cup 3rd round game was 'tough' in anyone's dictionary. To go a goal behind so early after a comedy of defensive errors. More worrying still was the fact that Preston could have been more than one up at the break against a toothless and backbone-less first-half Arsenal. Luckily, the Gunners responded well after he [...]

301, 2017

Point is not enough to sustain a title charge

By | January 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

After watching the Gunners go three down at Bournemouth, I was just about to write my apology for daring to suggest that Arsenal could win the title. Despite the amazing comeback to make it 3-3, I still think I called it wrong. Yes, there may be lots of twists and turns to come in the race for the Championship, but Arsenal really could not afford [...]

201, 2017

Giroud – the perfect second striker

By | January 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

If we accept that Sanchez is Arsenal's first-choice striker, then even Giroud's fiercest critics must believe that the big Frenchman offers something which enhances the Gunners' title credentials. Although they are still trailing Chelsea by nine points, Arsenal now have a run of relatively easy games on paper before the showdown with the league leaders in February. Additionally, when your 'second striker' is scoring impossible [...]

3112, 2016

Don’t write off Arsenal as title winners!

By | December 31st, 2016|3 Comments

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016, a lot of us are ready to say 'good riddance' for various reasons, not necessarily footballing. For example, think of the musical talent we now will have to do without. I'm not going to comment on the current crop of 'musicians' that are hoping to take their place, but I will say that talent goes where the [...]

1912, 2016

Time to bring Holding in for Gabriel?

By | December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

The latest 2-1 defeat in the north east has really shown how shaky Arsenal are defensively without Mustafi. More worryingly, the German's absence seems to have affected virtually the whole team, who are playing under par and even the manager, who made some strange substitutions. When you're losing a game, even against a side with Man City's quality, the most obvious course of action would [...]

1612, 2016

‘Clients’ clash no easy ride for Arsenal

By | December 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Interestingly, ahead of the Man City clash, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger referred to the opposition as 'clients'. This, of course, was in answer to speculation regarding Alexis Sanchez's future and the fact that Arsenal have been a selling club in the past. Rumour has it that Guardiola may have been in contact with the Chilean over the possibility of a move north. Officially, it's not [...]

1312, 2016

Get well soon, Mustafi…Arsenal need you!

By | December 13th, 2016|1 Comment

The loss of Mustafi for 3 weeks is a huge blow to Arsenal's defence which has looked so solid of late. It's hard to imagine how the unbeaten away form can continue without the German, who is coolness personified. Although Gabriel will, no doubt, give a good account of himself, he is not in the same league as Mustafi. The Brazilian will need more protection [...]

412, 2016

Arsenal don’t need the curse of the ex-Hammer to cruise

By | December 4th, 2016|0 Comments

If I were a betting man, which I'm not, I'd have gambled on Carl Jenkinson getting the first goal against his old club, West Ham. The only problem is the 'Corporal' had been dropped. He's lacking confidence, apparently. He played well enough against Man U recently, so I don't see what the problem is. Anyway, Gabriel played at right back instead, which I thought was [...]

2811, 2016

Monreal or Gibbs – which is the better option?

By | November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Let me start by stating that Nacho Monreal is a player I have a lot of time for. I applauded Wenger when he first signed him. Here was a solid left back, who had plenty of positional nous and would not let the club down. Although my view has changed somewhat, I still believe Monreal is an asset. However, if he keeps conceding penalties and [...]

2011, 2016

Two points lost or one point gained?

By | November 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Arsenal's draw at Old Trafford may have felt like a win, but perhaps at the end of the season the Gunners may see it as a missed opportunity. It's never going to be easy to roll over Manchester United, especially when they are managed by Mourinho, who has such a good record against Wenger. Mourinho sets out to stop opponents from playing and, in that [...]

211, 2016

Arsenal in great shape ahead of ‘derby’ clash

By | November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

The Gunners' superb run of form continued, as the team staged an extraordinary comeback after falling two goals behind to Ludogrets in the Champions League. Although it can be argued that the Bulgarian side are not the strongest and Arsenal should roll over this sort of opposition, it can't be overestimated how difficult it is to come back from two goals down against any team [...]

2810, 2016

The Ox: bench-warmer or star performer?

By | October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

A home draw against the Ox's former club, Southampton in the EFL Cup might seem like a just reward after seeing off Reading so comfortably in the previous round. However, let's not forget the Gunners needed a last-minute goal from Santi Cazorla to overcome the Saints last time around. Therefore, no one can think this will be an easy match, especially as Southampton have only [...]

2210, 2016

Theo is no ‘almost man’

By | October 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

I was a bit shocked the other day to pick up the Evening Standard, only to discover that Rio Ferdinand laying into Theo Walcott, calling him an 'almost man'. I suppose it makes a change from 'nearly man', but what Rio is saying is essentially the same: Theo has not delivered quite the way many expected. The timing of these comments are strange, given that [...]

1610, 2016

Arsenal finally get a fox in the box

By | October 16th, 2016|Tags: |2 Comments

You've heard of the phrase: 'growing into the role', haven't you? Well, that's exactly what's happened to Theo Walcott who, as I've said for as many years as people would care to listen, is a goal predator. I was so impressed by Theo's instincts in front of goal that I was even moved to call him a 'fox in the box' after yesterday's performance against [...]

1310, 2016

Can Arsenal win the Premier League this season?

By | October 13th, 2016|0 Comments

After a slow start to the campaign, Arsenal are getting it together as they bid to win the Premier League title or the first time since 2004. Arsene Wenger came under scrutiny this summer for his lack of transfer activity but the Gunners appear to be set to challenge for silverware this season. Wenger has his critics but fans cannot have too many complaints about [...]

310, 2016

Arsenal’s name is on the title

By | October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

If you're winning games that you perhaps deserve to lose, you've got to start believing your name is on the title. Although, it must be said that this phrase is only used for knock-out competitions usually, where Lady Luck can play a major part. Can she have as much impact in the league? Well, if yesterday at Burnley is anything to go by, then the [...]

2609, 2016

Credible title challengers?

By | September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Now that Arsenal have successfully taken Chelsea 'to the cleaners' for the first time in recent memory, perhaps it's time to consider whether the Gunners have what it takes to win the league. Of course, a lot depends on other teams and how they are faring. First of all, let's consider Man City. By all accounts, City were unconvincing at Swansea but, nevertheless their one-hundred [...]

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