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Arteta Arsenal Manager: A Bold Choice or a Foolish Gamble?

We now appear to be on the cusp of the Mikel Arteta era. Though the appointment of the Spaniard has not been confirmed, rumour is gathering pace aplenty. Of course, it may all be a smokescreen for a ‘bigger’ name, however unlikely that is increasingly looking. Odds with major bookies have gone from 20/1 last […]

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Ozil extends

‘A very Arsenal 24 Hours’ – With Mkhi, PEA and Ozil the rebuild begins but Wenger not the man to finish the job

If ever a 24 hours summed up Arsenal Football Club in 2018, it’s this last set. From the utter despair of yet another Premier League away day – complete with comedic howler – Wednesday has seen us sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and tie down Mesut Ozil before lunchtime.   In truth, I’m not sure how to […]

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walcott goodbye

Theo Walcott, I Almost Loved You – A Fond Farewell to Arsenal’s Longest-Serving Player

I distinctly remember the feature in The Sun. Across the page was a headline about Arsenal’s future, with three pictures of players underneath. “The new Vieira, the new Kanu and the new Henry,” the piece proudly said, along with each of the price tags the club was set to pay per player. Emmanuel Adebayor of […]

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Abject Gunners spoil the festive mood by falling short once again

Following the defeat to Manchester United, my dad and I engaged in our usual post-game analysis phone conversation. He was fuming, deriding us for not taking something from the game having made so many chances, whilst at the same time making stupid errors at the back. He was right, but for some reason I was […]

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Last season's failure in PL a 'Catalyst for Change'

Wrigglesworth, Mislintat and now Sanllehi – Is the Gazidis delivering on the ‘Catalyst for Change’?

For some years now, we’ve all known the score. Under Arsene Wenger, you had Pat Rice, and then Steve Bould. Alongside the manager and his direct assistant, the backroom was made up of Boro Primorac, Tony Colbert, Steve Rowley and Gerry Peyton. Essentially if you’d played Football Manager down the years, this troop were your […]

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Zaha

Zaha to Arsenal: “Haha!” or “Aha”?

During a slow international weekend break, Arsenal Fan TV tweeted: “Wilfried Zaha is being lined up for a move to Arsenal. Is he good enough to replace Sanchez?” Or words to that effect. It would be wrong to say responses to the tweet were unanimously negative, but overall it appeared as if Zaha wouldn’t be […]

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eddie-nketiah

Nketiah and Akpom – The Next big thing and the Nearly was our Next big thing?

Two and a half years have passed since Arsenal demolished Aston Villa 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium. In a routine Sunday afternoon stroll on February’s first day, Chuba Akpom was given 20 minutes to impress, replacing Olivier Giroud off the bench. Within five minutes, some intelligent play saw Akpom dragged down, winning a penalty which […]

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More Joy with 4231

Last Night again shows Wenger MUST use the 4231 and 3421 as Appropriate

So with last night begun a season (at least) of Thursday night football. With kick-off delayed an hour due to the issues with the Cologne supporters that descended on the capital, Arsenal laboured through a dreadful first half in which they played as if they were still waiting for the game to begin. A quick […]

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So Arsenally

A not so Strong Case for the Arsenal Defence as Attack comes to Rescue

Last season started at 100mph. Playing at home, Arsenal looked decent going forward, but vulnerable at the back, playing out a match that ended 4-3. Last night, 12 months had past, though little had changed, with the same questions asked and the same scoreline occurring. Fortunately, this time it was a win over Leicester rather than a […]

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Champions League hat-tricks are rare beasts

The Curious Case of Lucas Perez and the Arsenal No.9 Curse

As Arsenal jetted off to Australia at the weekend, the newspapers were quick to tell us which players did not travel. With the futures of Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs up in the air, the defensive duo were left behind, with moves away from N5 imminent it seems. Another who didn’t go Down Under was […]

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