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Arteta’s Dilemma – 4231 or 433 without Xhaka?

There has rarely been a player in recent years to divide the Arsenal fanbase in the way Granit Xhaka does. Perhaps only latter day Ozil in the last few seasons. However, whether you are in the pro Xhaka camp, or in the camp that feels he represents years of under achievement, you will acknowledge that […]

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Sambi, Maitland-Niles or Elneny if Arteta stays 4231 at Brighton?

  Today we take the trip up to Brighton for the early evening fixture. Given the events of Guendouzi/Maupay-gate a little bit of a feud has built up between Arsenal and Brighton fans and players alike. Nothing sinister of course but Arsenal fans certainly remember the challenge by Maupay which resulted in a long term […]

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DB’s Season Diary Week 2: Tales from Twitter Jail – A Week in the Life of an Incarcerated Arsenal Supporter

Welcome to week two of my Season Diary, which comes to you this week from The Twitter Penitentiary. My crime? A crime of passion. Well, that’s the way I see it, anyway. Anyone that knows me, knows how passionate I am about The Arsenal. I’m not sure exactly when this became something to be mocked […]

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Arsenal have a garden ready to bloom but is Arteta the best gardener to see it flourish?

As I wake up early to read the gossip and my Twitter TL, it is safe to say I will not be drawing any Arsenal positivity. It is a tough time to be a fan of our great institution, or so I keep reading. Of course, that is not true, it is as it always […]

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It’s 3421 to beat Chelsea with Saka and Maitland Niles as Wing-backs

Since the opening day defeat, given the quality of the opposition, in the next 2 matches for Arsenal, I have been pondering whether Arteta might opt for the comfort of three at the back for the Chelsea match. Of course, he has done so before, matched up his West London rivals and with some degree […]

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Arteta’s Closing Window of Opportunity – Key Signings needed urgently but time for AMN to embrace right back role

Well Saturday morning (AEST) was a depressing start to the season. Many others, more eloquent than I, will dissect and critique the players, manager and board on that one. Now I’ve chilled out a bit, I thought I’d look at the next two weeks and what we can hope for / need / realistically achieve […]

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A Blueprint for Arsenal’s 2021/22 Summer Rebuild – Part One

They say that you can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice. If that’s anything to go by, then it appears the Arsenal hierarchy made their choice a while ago to take a back seat, and allow the club to slowly regress. […]

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Even now, Arsenal’s Young Stars can learn from Cazorla -The Ever Evolving Midfielder.

“We lost a good player, a world class player – I don’t deny that. It is a massive challenge to replace him and therefore we have to be even more of a team and work even more to together to compensate.” Sadly, that Arsene Wenger quote could be applied to many players over many different […]

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An Open Letter to Ainsley Maitland-Niles

We are all very aware of the Arsenal being in the market for a first choice right-back, given the rumored appetite of Héctor Bellerín for a new experience abroad and the doubts surrounding his deputies, Cédric Soares and Calum Chambers.Mikel Arteta and Edu are reportedly looking for an athletic full-back with good defensive skills, comfortable […]

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Is the Writing on the Wall for Hector Bellerin?

There was a mixture of emotions for Arsenal fans when news broke last summer of a potential move for Hector Bellerin to PSG, some rejected the prospect out of hand, not entertaining the thought of the Spaniard leaving, but it seemed the majority felt it was a necessary move in order to bring in cash, […]

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