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A Game of 3 Headlines: careless and unfocused Arsenal fall to Imaginary Opponent [MUN 2-3 ARS]

A Game of 3 Headlines POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I love to write these post match thoughts. I find it cathartic. It’s my pub in a largely pub-less country. I’ll tell you what I love the most about the posts. It’s choosing the headlines and then the opening thoughts. I drove home yesterday after watching […]

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A Game for the Others: when unexpected players don the hero’s cape [ARS 2-0 NEW]

A Game for the Others POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Best laid plans. Sometimes you’ve got to bin them. Players you expect to make the difference could sometimes be out there all night. Not happening. Opponents drive your choices as much as you can. Then sometimes you win but only if you aren’t stubborn. You can’t […]

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Composure and Confidence: Arsenal have their pockets picked by relentlessly intense Liverpool [LIV 4-0ARS]

Composure and Confidence POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I’m writing this late in the day. Had to take time out from being disappointed. I just wasn’t expecting a return to shooting ourselves in the foot and quietly I thought that our momentum could sneak us a 1-0.  I admittedly floated off to my dream state of […]

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Arsenal the Moody Teenager in frustratingly disjointed Palace draw (Positive Needs & Hopes)

Arsenal the moody teenager POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I remember being 13. An absolute whirlwind of emotions. I was dealing with realizing that my parents needed to be shunned as all my friends were doing the same. Girls were on the scene and so I had to activate my sweet side for them. My friends […]

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Arteta’s coaching concerns now clear: lack of experience is not the issue, lack of humility is.

Coaching concerns clear POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I’m not sure I can think of a new coach that has had one unfortunate circumstance after another quite like Mikel Arteta. We know the list. I won’t bore you. Yet again, he was confronted with another list of unfortunate circumstances with multiple key starters out and others […]

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Why in 21/22 Emile Smith Rowe will be the Croydon Nasri and not the Croydon De Bruyne

As we approach the new 21/22 campaign, as Arsenal supporters, we are still yet to discover which player will arrive to take some of the creative burden from the young shoulders of Saka and Smith-Rowe. Will it be Maddison, will it be Odegaard, or Aouar, or even another left field suggestion such as Renato Sanches? […]

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Evidence says both Maddison and Aouar are upgrades on Emile Smith Rowe – But which is the best option?

With the Euros done and dusted (love you Bukayo!), it is time for the focus to shift completely to The Arsenal – especially their squad building for the upcoming year. Nuno Tavares became the first signing of the summer last week and the pace of arrivals and departures is expected to pick up over the […]

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Arteta show faith in Smith Rowe or risk losing him the way of Martinez

The Emile Smith Rowe saga is trundling along, and it seems to be bringing out the usual contradictions in the Arsenal fanbase, on social media at least. Perhaps some of us should step back and consider the irony of simultaneously demanding a Maddison, a Grealish or an Aouar on the one hand whilst declaring faux […]

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Tie down Emile Smith Rowe down before worrying about new playmakers we aren’t signing!

I do find this time of year, as the transfer speculation mounts, and the angst heightens amusing and bemusing in equal measure. I used to get dragged in far more than I do these days. Now I just sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing that there is nothing I can do to influence proceedings […]

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Two excellent finishes from Pepe as Arteta does the double over Potter!

  Whilst it’s been a very poor season for Mikel Arteta as Arsenal manager, he can certainly be encouraged by his side’s form since Christmas and the way his players have finished the league campaign on a high. In this piece, an analysis of Arsenal’s victory against Brighton is discussed. In possession On the final […]

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