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All Together Now! Arsenal in February – Part 2: Tactics, Improvements and Innovations)

Arsenal in February (part 2)  Tactics, Improvements and Innovations How incredibly weird this season is. Fans started the summer happy for a sabbatical as Arsenal had upset us in April and May. We then got excited as Edu returned.  Then we panicked, got angry, #wecaredoyou, then we got a handful of shiny signings. Started slowly but […]

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Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – Emery tweaks, Defence Leaks, Future’s Bleak? (Review + Player Ratings)

Did Emery replace our defence with a sieve?     This may surprise some, but I think our display wasn’t all bad at Anfield. This ground is an odd one for us – we’ve had some immense highs (1989) and deep lows. This has to go along with the lows. We created chances in some […]

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Arsenal Legend Paul Merson triggers Gooner snowflakes: is it justified?

  Paul Merson is without a doubt an Arsenal legend.   He was part of the mid-80s crop of Keown, Adams, the late, great Rocky Rocastle, Thomas, Quinn, etc. who were part of the core of the 1989/1991 title-winning teams. He also had the guile which possibly made our “boring” tag of this period unfair. […]

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Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool: Magic and Manic, Picnic and Panic in Chilly Thriller

Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool Matchday 19 • Emirates Well…wow. What the hell was that? In my preview, I mentioned Liverpool and Arsenal are similar, but this is taking the mickey.This game was a tale of two good attacks, and two poor defences. Liverpool dominated the first half. Firmino looked primed, as Cech saved well at the […]

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Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

Fantasy preview: Lacazette and Monreal make their case

Howdy. A new gameweek is nearly upon us, however there is still a day to go to get your squad in top shape. I’ll try to navigate you through this exercise. Defense The last week demonstrated how the Manchester clubs are not only firing on all cylinders up front, but also remain the least leaky […]

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Liverpool Preview: An Arsenal in Shambles Dreams of Anfield Redemption

It’s been a while since I wrote back home. Pardon such an abrupt disappearance from your radars, dear readers, but I’ve had an incredibly busy summer, much more than I could have imagined, or, indeed, would have liked. What I also couldn’t have imagined, and something I certainly don’t like, is that Arsenal had a […]

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Ramsey's equaliser was eye-of-the-needle stuff

Tough times ahead: Wenger better tailor his tinkering to get results

The match last night was a viewer’s delight. Before the game, the papers were full of what Klopp intended to do in order to counteract Arsenal`s passing game and to take the game to them. There were rumours that Wenger had suggested that he was prepared for the hard pressing onslaught that typified Klopp`s approach […]

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City despair

The League is a 6 Horse Race but surely Jose’s pony fell at the first fence?

Following the end of 2015’s series of International breaks, club football has once again taken centre stage, to pave way for four un-interrupted months of league action. By the time the next set of FIFA engagements takes place in February, we will be greeted with a less ambiguous picture of clubs’ aspirations, heading into the […]

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Petr Cech after Liverpool game

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool: Cech stands firm as Gunners come up short

There are draws which feel like a point rescued and draws that feel like points dropped. Yesterday’s result falls into the second category for me for two reasons: We expected a win. Quite rightly so, given the overall quality of our squad and the overall quality of Liverpool’s The last impression sticks. By that I […]

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4-2-2-2 or Zonal Attacking - in any case, it was effective and we took the 3 points

Arsenal deploy new boxy “Zonal Attacking” system to great effect in away games?

Crystal Palace Last week I wrote this; “…it wouldn’t surprise me if we played narrow again with the intention of forcing them to match our shape.” We did indeed play quite narrow, but with a very specific shape which Andrea suggested was very much like a 4-2-2-2. Watching the game back I began to notice […]

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