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Why the arrival of Ben White could signal a shift in approach from Mikel Arteta

  The signing of Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion may prove to be Arsenal’s most significant summer acquisition in more ways than one. The Gunners, whose purse strings have been notoriously tight in recent years, surprisingly splashed £50 million to secure the services of the Seagulls’ England international. Some Gunners fans will have […]

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8 Gunners playing for their Arsenal Futures

Having scraped a last-minute draw at home to lowly Fulham, Arsenal face Everton this Friday with a won now essential to stay in the race for Europa League qualification next season. Arteta will need to block out the European Super League news, which is everywhere and try to focus his squad on the games ahead. […]

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The Impressive New and the Depressingly Familiar Arsenal win well in Greece

The New and the Familiar POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Arsenal are sneaking up on us. As we have seen ourselves as a dominant possession team for the largest part of the last 20 years, I don’t think we give this current group the credit they deserve for their current improvement. For at least the last […]

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“The leader’s always by himself in a time of doom.” – The Final Days of Unai Emery.

This piece is part of a soon to be released work on Unai Emery. To borrow a quote from the intimidating Mike Tyson in Dark Trade, “The leader’s always by himself in a time of doom.” As was Unai Emery. In his final match as Arsenal manager, fans held signs calling for change, “EMERY OUT […]

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Pepe and Willian shine as Arteta tactically outsmarts Rodgers at the KP!

The Arsenal set up 1) In possession Utilising the familiar 4-2-3-1, Arsenal were building through the thirds in a 2-3-5 shape. Cedric would initially remain deep, with Tierney deployed as an outlet through the left channel, allowing Willian to occupy the half-spaces. The 2-3-5 became a 3-2-5 occasionally with Elneny dropping in between the two […]

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Despite the Crazy Substitutions, Arteta is a Coach with a Plan and the players are with him – Onwards

I, too, cannot wrap my mind around Mikel Arteta’s substitutions. I can’t explain why he keeps playing Willian on the left, I can’t understand why he seems to overlook Martinelli, and so on. I believe he should have responded better when David Luiz got sent off at Molineux and I think he killed the team […]

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When the Coach got to coach – the 3 missing pieces Arteta used to tame El Loco

When the Coach got to coach POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I was really looking forward to yesterday’s game. Off the back of two losses and another potential fan meltdown, that may seem a little crazy. My excitement was based on knowing that the game came with a full weeks preparation time. Something our coach hasn’t […]

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Have you noticed? – This Squad CARE and Arteta has transformed Arsenal to be the best DEFENCE in the Premier League

Have you noticed? POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I think it’s pretty normal for football fans to notice the following; great performances, poor performances, glaring opportunities, eye catching individualism, big effort, lack of effort and man of the match candidates. There are more but that’s enough. What I’m starting to notice with the current Arsenal team […]

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When it’s the Coach: how Arteta unlocked Southampton for the W [Positive Needs & Hopes]

When it’s the Coach POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Every game can be won or lost by a coach. Something they do or don’t do. Often it’s plural. Yesterday, Mikel Arteta and Ralph Hassenhuttl got to show themselves. Two games, same opponents, back to back. A real coaches game. Just played each other so we were […]

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A man for all occasions: how Arsenal’s Swiss Army Knife can transform in-form Gunners

The Swiss Army Knife POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES There’s a groove developing. A little swagger. Beyond the natural boost of confidence earned when you start winning and keeping clean sheets, what are the details? 1) INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENT Have you noticed? We have 11 players that we can pick who are either on a run of […]

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