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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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Apathy, Arrogance, Naivety have caused Arsenal’s Demise – It’s the time to ‘Act not Talk!’

  The saying goes, “It may get worse before it gets better, but it will get better.”  Towards the end of Wenger’s reign, the majority of Arsenal fans weren’t naïve to the fact that things may have to ‘get worse’ before the glory days returned, but there was a general belief that they would return […]

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Start at the End: how Arsenal’s poor finishing is dictating where they’ll finish

Start at the End POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES How are we going to approach the game? How do we deny them? Defensive structure. Combinations. Passing patterns. Etc… The above is a list of 5 of the most regularly practiced topics at a professional club. All are important. The first three might just be vital. Here’s […]

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Arteta’s bold selections came to fruition! An in depth look at Arsenal’s derby day victory

Arsenal build-up shape The two most commonly deployed build-up structures Arteta favours is the 3-2-5 or the 2-3-5. And in yesterday’s derby, the Spaniard opted for the latter. Xhaka and Partey operated in a double pivot, with Cedric staying deep and at times inverting. Lacazette and Odegaard would both offer themselves between the lines, Tierney […]

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Pay attention to Arsenal – After Yesterday, we are on our way!

Pay attention to Arsenal POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES When love is present it is hard to be objective. I try to be objective when writing about my team but I have to breathe after the game and wait. I wait at least 4 hours so I can divorce emotion from reality. I hope I’m not […]

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