Author Archive | John Redmond


Stripping Xhaka as captain: The final nail in the Emery Coffin

The gripes that many of the Arsenal fans had at the beginning of Emery’s tenure were often assuaged by assurances that the board were quietly and efficiently putting together a structure that looked beyond the current incumbent. The promotion of Freddie Ljunberg to assistant coach, the introduction of Edu as Director of Football and Per […]

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Emery’s Changing from High Press at Home to Sit Deep and Counter Away doing more harm than good!!

Arsenal’s first Europa League game of the campaign will be a welcome distraction from the Premier League. Following the capitulation at Watford, the mood around the Emirates is far from upbeat. Five games into the season isn’t the time to panic. But the rumours that are circling the club about players not understanding the manager’s […]

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Matteo Guendouzi: Matador or Rodeo Clown?

Matteo Guendouzi’s call up to the French National Team seems like just rewards following his performance in the North London Derby. His first international cap, following an injury to Paul Pogba, marks a wonderful year for the youngster whose meteoric rise has shocked even the most optimistic of Arsenal supporters. The precocious talent who was […]

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Nicolas Pepe – Long Overdue speed and dancing feet, to get us Gooners out of our seat

Liverpool’s dominance at Anfield on Sunday acted as a reminder, not that anyone really needed reminding, that the Premier League is a two horse race. Following the team’s lacklustre performance, to be considered anything other than also rans would be an insult to the shadows which Arsenal chased on Saturday. And yet, the mood remains […]

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Xhaka: Is the Swiss Midfielder’s Return a Big Plus?

Humanity often has the habit of looking towards the future and forgetting the past. Not from a sanguine or optimistic standpoint but in a disregard for that which has served them well. We are quick to throw out that which is not broken and upgrade or update for the sake of appearances. Granit Xhaka, for […]

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Project Youth – Can Arsenal learn from the The LA Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA??

It was interesting to see that no more than a few hours after the Toronto Raptors sealed a (pre)historic NBA Championship over Golden State, that the LA Lakers – a team that has missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season and been all but irrelevant for quite a while, sent shock waves through the […]

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Arsenal Transfer Talk through the eyes of Elmer Fudd – Its all Wewy Wewy Quiet, I’m hunting Wabbits

To some the transfer window is a joyous time filled with hope and wonder; to others, it holds the same appeal as a state visit by Donald Trump at the taxpayer’s expense. For Arsenal fans, it’s as awkward and embarrassing as a Trump and Kanye West meet and greet. It’s hard to adequately convey Arsenal’s […]

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Europa success may well define Unai’s season – but should it? A close look at the Tricks of Emery’s Trade.

For Arsenal fans, victory on Wednesday evening is all that will matter. A European trophy, a return to the Champions League and a significant influx of cash that will hopefully give Emery the tools to rebuild and restructure a somewhat dysfunctional squad will be significant reward for what has been at times an underwhelming season. […]

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