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Summer Wishlist and 10 Quick Fixes for Arsenal to build on last season’s springboard

The Season before the Season An end of season review and glimpse into 22/23 I’ve been on pause waiting to write this end of season review for a few weeks now. I wanted it to encapsulate how I felt about the season and what I think is fair and right to state but needed to […]

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Fear and Fearlessness – Arteta’s Real Arsenal sign off in style

Fear and fearlessness   Positives, Needs And Hopes I often wonder what the next evolution in football will be. Sometimes I think that since the game changed from being a player’s game to a coach’s game, there will be a need for greater improvisation as defensive blocks will nullify what is repeated. Sometimes I think […]

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Not with a bang, but a whimper: Arsenal tear up golden Champions League ticket in timid Newcastle display [Positive Needs & Hopes]

How should I feel? Positive Needs and Hopes What’s the name of that place in the Caribbean that everybody thinks is the ultimate luxury? I’ve forgotten so I’m going to go and ask my wife…… OK, it’s Atlantis.  At least to me as a young adult I always saw the commercials for Atlantis and thought […]

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Energetic start gives Arsenal all three points in vital Leeds clash [ARS 2-1 LEE]

Lucozade and lemon drops I always try to base my opening piece on what I think is the general feeling coming out of the game. The general feeling coming out of that game for me and most I think, was that yet again I soiled my britches and I feel like Arsenal need to give […]

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Not fun, don’t care – Arsenal grind out ugly but vital win to keep Top 4 dreams alive

Not fun, don’t care Positives, Needs and Hopes Well, actually I did care during the game. I didn’t necessarily need to be entertained but I did need to feel like we were trying to win. So, let’s get the honesty out of the way. During the games I make copious notes. I make columns based […]

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Spin The Wheel: Fortune smiles on erratic Gunners as they stun United [ARS 3-1 MUN]

Spin the wheel POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I feel like a mug. Well actually I don’t now because the game is finished, but I felt like a mug after 15 minutes of the game.  Like you, most likely, I have friends who support United. They are everywhere. I don’t normally flash my feelings about Arsenal. […]

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Arsenal find their puppy (and Chelsea pays the price) – [CHE 2-4 ARS]

POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES  Last week’s blog was called, ‘Nketiah and the Lost Puppy.’ If you didn’t read it, it was largely about a general sense of sadness that the Arsenal squad seem to have been stuck in. A fire that had been extinguished yet there was a box of matches available that we chose […]

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Nketiah and The Lost Puppy: Something’s broken at Arsenal and they better fix it fast [SOU 1-0 ARS]

Somebody at Arsenal has lost their puppy.  The puppy has been kidnapped and sadness spread around the squad.  Results aside, there seems to be a sadness. A stream of sadness that I have felt watching Arsenal the last three games. Admittedly, I am watching these games on the television screen and cannot see everybody all […]

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No-show Arsenal doubles down on poor Palace performance – but CL spot still possible [ARS 1-2 BHA]

The game didn’t start at 4:05pm POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES It’s not too late. It seems like it is, but it’s not. The situation and our push for Champions League football is still possible even though it seems like we are throwing it away. What has been too late however, is how our coach and […]

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Results fan hopes, performances calm nerves as Arteta’s Arsenal digs in [AVL 0-1 ARS]

Don’t be nervous POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Me: We need another one Max: Yeah, we definitely need another one Me: Has Leno made a save? Max: No, but we need another one Me: Do we need another one? Max: They don’t look like scoring so… Me: I’ve seen this before though. One isn’t enough.  Max: […]

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