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2906, 2019

Tierney transfer could be a bum steer

By | June 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Celtic and Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has cast doubt over how much the possible signing of Kieran Tierney will strengthen the north London team defensively. It may make Gunners fans wonder why the club is supposedly in pursuit of this player, or make some wonder whether or not it is a ‘bum steer’ to use one of Glenn Hoddle’s favourite phrases. Although Arsenal pursued Fulham [...]

2206, 2019

Tierney transfer talk brings tears to eyes

By | June 22nd, 2019|26 Comments

Arsenal fans may be excited about the prospect of signing the injury-prone Kieran Tierney, but will he be a good investment? As already alluded to, Tierney’s injuries are a cause for concern. Additionally, Arsenal’s Scottish imports have been less-than-impressive. Stepping back in time, for a moment, cast your mind back to when the Gunners signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst from Glasgow Rangers. Undoubtedly, he was a [...]

1606, 2019

Strap yourselves in for a low-cost rollercoaster ride next season

By | June 16th, 2019|0 Comments

I’m trying to see the positives of keeping costs as low as possible at Arsenal, but it’s hard to be optimistic, especially when even former Gooner Robert Pires thinks that the club’s transfer budget is too tiny to compete at the top level. Of course, £40m is a laughable amount to spend to improve a squad that imploded at the end of last season. If [...]

906, 2019

Reyes: one of Arsenal’s best ever wingers

By | June 9th, 2019|0 Comments

The close season is upon us in earnest and the focus has been on possible incoming players, unsurprisingly. However, the tragic news of Jose Antonio Reyes’s death is all I can think about so far this summer. To die at 35 is too young, but at least he made his mark on the world of football during the brief time he was on this planet. [...]

206, 2019

End-of-season musings

By | June 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Arsenal’s stuttering season came to an abject end in Baku and, perhaps more importantly, Gunners fans may have seen the last of the misfiring Fortnite addict, Mesut Ozil. Ozil wore his cloak of invisibility yet again, allowing Xhaka to play the role of playmaker. The Switzerland international has risen to the occasion on numerous occasions, while Ozil still fails to turn up. Ozil dawdled off [...]

705, 2019

Semi-finalitis confirmed

By | May 7th, 2019|0 Comments

After another shocking performance in the league, I must say my diagnosis seems correct: Arsenal are suffering from an acute bout of semi-finalitis. This involves the patients saving themselves for the big occasion and doing less than required in the present. Although it was another poor result, Arsenal did at least score, albeit from the spot after a soft penalty award. If you thought that [...]

2904, 2019

Blame the team, and ‘semi-final-itis’, not Mustafi!

By | April 29th, 2019|0 Comments

After the Foxes defeat, it's difficult to have positive thoughts about this Arsenal team. The only exception to the rule is Leno, who conceded three again, but comes out smelling of roses, as Gooners can only sympathise with the lack of protection offered by what's in front of him. However, I do think a lot of the Mustafi criticism is over-the-top. The German is not [...]

2304, 2019

Emery guilty of hubris

By | April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Over-confidence, arrogance, hubris (call it what you like) but Unai Emery was guilty of it against Palace and, consequently, threw away the chance to cement a Champions League spot for next season. It’s not often I agree with the majority of fans, but the pre-match team news was startling: in midfield, Elneny and Guendouzi, the tried and tested worse partnership Arsenal have fielded this season. [...]

1904, 2019

Lettuce pray that Kos doesn’t get injured

By | April 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Once again, Arsenal have triumphed 1-0 away from home in what was described by many as a difficult fixture. Winning at Watford in their Hornets' nest is one thing, but beating Napoli in their own backyard adds to the belief that the Gunners have finally found defensive solidity. It wouldn't be Arsenal, though, if there weren't some hairy moments, but it's good see Leno and [...]

1404, 2019

Never mind the bollards, Emery to throw caution to the wind against Watford

By | April 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Everybody seems to be talking about Spanish swear words in the run-up against the Hornets. No one will ever forget how Troy Deeney disparagingly described Arsenal and the Watford striker could be about to inflict pain on the Gunners once more, albeit on the field rather than off it. Technically, Deeney might not be amazing, but he's a real handful and I don't envy Arsenal's [...]

704, 2019

Emery: guilty of one cardinal sin

By | April 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Unai Emery has been relatively successful already in his time at Arsenal but, against Everton, perhaps he was guilty of one cardinal sin: underestimating the opposition. Experienced campaigners would know that any team can beat any other in the Premier League on their day. There is no league like it, which explains its popularity. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon to see new arrivals in England throwing [...]

704, 2019

Martinez should be number 2 to Leno

By | April 7th, 2019|0 Comments

In an era when Arsenal find it extremely difficult to retain players, allowing them to leave cheaply or on Bosmans, surely the Gunners should keep Martinez at the club a bit longer. After all, the keeper signed a six-year deal and it’s difficult to see a weakness in his game. The good news is Martinez wants to stay, but he’s sick of being loaned out. [...]

1103, 2019

Musketeers not cavaliers cut and thrust

By | March 11th, 2019|0 Comments

In the last article posted, I noted the ‘New Orcs can be caught’ and after the 2-0 victory over Man Utd, it begins to seem like a distinct possibility that St Totteringham’s Day will be reinstated onto the Arsenal calendar. The last 8 games look relatively easier for Arsenal than they do for Spurs, but in this league anything is possible so nothing should be [...]

303, 2019

With confidence, new Orcs can be caught

By | March 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

After losing count of the number of x-rated challenges that Spurs players were allowed to get away with versus Arsenal, it came as a big shock when Torreira (one of the few Gunners who can mix it, hence his introduction at half-time) was sent off for a challenge on Rose, after getting the ball first. It was a harsh red card, in my opinion, and [...]

2502, 2019

Freaky, freaky goal! La-la-Lacazette

By | February 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Have Arsenal turned the corner defensively? After two consecutive clean sheets, surely that means there must be some improvement. My view, for what it’s worth, is the midfield are still letting Arsenal down defensively. Against Southampton, Xhaka once again showed how to gift the opposition the ball. Luckily, the Saints didn’t have their shooting boots on and when they did Leno was equal to anything [...]

2202, 2019

Return of the brat overshadowed by unsung heroes

By | February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

Many had waited with BATED breath for the return of Ozil, but the prodigal son was upstaged by Must-Have-Him-In-The-Team, who scored the decisive goal and didn’t put a foot wrong. Fans have short memories: when Mustafi started at Arsenal, the defence looked solid and a long unbeaten run began. Since then, Arsenal’s defence has turned into an antonym of solid. Nevertheless, against BATE, Arsenal recorded [...]

1002, 2019

A game of one half for Arsenal and unfulfilled potential

By | February 10th, 2019|0 Comments

It had to be Ainsley Sublime-Ridiculous to assist the second goal against Huddersfield, which it was hoped would put the game beyond doubt. Lacazette finished with aplomb, as you’d expect, but Ainsley’s game was full of what you’d expect from a youngster: moments of madness followed by moments of genius. Although there’s no doubting Ainsley’s technique, I’m not always sure about his skill in knowing [...]

2701, 2019

Arsenal should trawl deep domestic sea waters

By | January 27th, 2019|0 Comments

After watching Millwall deservedly albeit slightly fortuitously eliminate Everton from the FA Cup, I couldn’t help but wonder why Arsenal don’t spend time trawling deeper domestic waters when it comes to their transfer activity. If you want to find a top defender, who actually enjoys doing that job, then Premier League could do worse than give Jake Cooper a second look. The Millwall defender stops [...]

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