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The Pepe Enigma – Is it more a question of his playing position in the team than his ability?

  Writing after the Southampton league game away, where Pepe scored a fine goal in a sound win, it may be harsh to call Pepe out or question his time at the club. However, as our record signing, and the poor performance of Pepe in the Cup loss at Soton, questioning him may be apt. […]

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Form is temporary: why Arteta’s Arsenal underdogs will rise to the occasion (NLD Preview)

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal – PL preview   Tottenham Hotspur irk me. Their white shirts and blue shorts. Their logo of a chicken standing on a ball. Their motto “To Dare Is To Do” when they’re seldom ever daring or doing. The fact they took their name from a 15th-century English warrior – Henry Hotspur. […]

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14 Years Of Hurt erased as Arteta’s Dependables reset the timer (MUN 0-1 ARS) [with Player Ratings]

Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal – 14 years is way too long!     This isn’t a peak Man United side by no means. Yes, they finished third last season and have some top players like Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, and now Cavani. But to win at Old Trafford after 14 years with some debasing defeats (8-2), […]

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This “L” belongs to Arteta as Arsenal blows Etihad chance – MCI 1-0 ARS [With Player Ratings]

An Arteta-induced L Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal – PL review   It is about time we got an away win at another big six club. But this game wasn’t it. Maybe we can beat City in the League Cup very soon. But not this time around. I can recall a time when City was a […]

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Arsenal 2020 transfer window – time to PARTEY or to chill and reflect? [Plus Window Rating]

An Arsenal transfer window analysis – was it good, bad, or indifferent?   We’re all pleased we got Partey, and of Aouar and himself, I believe we needed Thomas more. Though despite the high here, I’m not sure this is a stellar window. This isn’t to be unnecessarily negative. The points from the start were […]

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Arteta needs to change Pepe’s role to see best of him – Learn from Pires and Ljungberg

    Our record signing, Nicolas Pepe, had an OK season in 19/20. He contributed well in the FA Cup Final and scored some important goals at times. The free-kicks vs. Vitoria Guimaraes, at home vs. Man United, and Brighton away (even though we lost) show our quality. But he was inconsistent and perhaps given […]

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Is Tonight Arsenal’s time for the first Top 6 Away win in 5 Years? – Into the Champions’ cauldron

So, it’s back to Anfield for us then. This is a ground with some very mixed fortunes in our history. Anfield 89 stands out, of course. Some of our best league wins in the Wenger-winning period were at Anfield – Pires’s curlers were grand, as was Henry skinning his former Sky pundit buddy Carragher in […]

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Top 5 Areas for Improvement in 20/21 for Gunners Expectations to be fulfulled

    Writing after the Leicester League Cup, it’s been three wins in three in all comps, and hopefully, we can avoid another Anfield-based debasement. With our good friends being reunited with Bale, Chelsea spending like no tomorrow, and United choking over getting Sancho, it’s clear that there is competition for the top four this […]

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Two Defenders get 3/10 Ratings as below par Arsenal squeeze past Unlucky Hammers

West Ham did to us at home what they did in 18/19 and 19/20. For the third season in a row, they’ve given us a run for their money and were unlucky to get a win. David Moyes has been maligned in some parts, especially after his failure at Man United, but in this game, […]

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Angel Gabriel’s Divine Contribution – Player Performance Review and Ratings

    This was a fine start to the season. Yes, it was only Fulham, and there will be harder tests ahead. All the same, we controlled the game from the off and looked resolute throughout. Despite the changes in the brief close season, with Gabriel and Willian incoming, it was to some extent more […]

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