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20th June 2020 – The Day Arteta’s Arsenal Died – When Mikel lost his nerve!

It is fair to state that, coming into the 2020/21 season, Mikel Arteta was very much in credit in the hearts and minds of football fans everywhere. Nowhere was his stock higher, however, than with the Arsenal faithful. He had, after all, led Arsenal to FA Cup success the previous term, with late-season victories over […]

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Analysis of whether Saliba-Gabriel can work as a defensive partnership?

It has been impossible to get away from the excitement around the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes. As a fanbase, Gooners certainly don’t make it easy to disconnect: tracking planes, pulling traffic feeds, the works. Beyond the more fringe craziness though, it is easy to see why a lot is anticipated and expected. There is no […]

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Cracking Pepe: how can Arsenal’s club-record signing kick on next season?

There appears to be a consensus in the appraisal of Nicolas Pepe’s first season as an Arsenal player. For most of the club’s fanbase, eight goals and 10 assists represents a creditable return for a wide player, and there is little doubt more is in the offing next season. Those who disagree with this tend […]

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles: If it’s a matter of trust… Arteta trusts his man

An exclusive report from the Athletic’s David Ornstein caught my attention last week. The subject was Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and his desire leave Arsenal in pursuit of playing time. Per the report, Maitland-Niles “senses a lack of trust in him from (Mikel) Arteta” and believes the time is right for him to sever his association with […]

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