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Tavares or Tierney v Liverpool or perhaps both??

As an Arsenal fan it is a lovely position to be in, where you have two players that are superb in their role, vying to be the first choice. For a manager, in this case Mikel Arteta, it must be wonderful, and this is exactly what the Spaniard will face in the coming weeks, and […]

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Is it time to go for Lucas Torreira? An analysis of his Arsenal career since joining in 2018

Initially, I think we were all very excited with the acquisition of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, back in the summer of 2018. His performances in the World Cup were impressive. The standout one was  the game against Portugal, where he put in a tremendous display against Ronaldo. With two seasons of top flight English football […]

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How will Arsenal’s midfield shape up in 18/19? – The balance between Creativity and Combativeness

With the retention of Elneny and Xhaka, a potential re-signing of Ramsey, and the incoming of Torreira, and not to forget Maitland-Niles re-signing, our midfield will have a new face to it.   Of course, Wilshere has left, so we may not have as much creative edge. Nonetheless, how can we build on this? How […]

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Ozil on song and Iwobi steps up after Alexit as Gunners blitz Eagles

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace This was a good performance overall. We blitzed Palace in the opening half an hour and they were spectacularly poor. It was our first Alexis-less game, with his move to United looking very certain. However, life after Alexit as it were seems OK. We were sharper in the first –half, and […]

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The B Team serve up a Bad B Movie Performance in Cologne

FC Koln 1-0 Arsenal Well that was interesting. The play overall wasn’t that bad, but we looked poor in the final third. The team sheet was also…interesting. With Chambers being a wing-back. Seriously? Wenger has to be commended for looking to empower his players this way. But then to be fair, he didn’t have that […]

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Midfield not delivering?

Arsenal – Out Classed and Clueless or Valiant and Robbed – Perspectives vary!!

I was going to comment on the latest articles by Steve Wellman, Alexis Baguzin and Marble Halls but there is a bit of my replies to all of them in this article. Firstly Steve`s article is right on the money when he says that true Arsenal fans should support the team on the pitch no […]

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Should have started

A Valiant Defeat and not a rout but a defeat all the same – Thermapylae not Isandhlwana

Man City 3-1 Arsenal Premier League Review Well OK. We lost. But it wasn’t the smashing that we thought it would be. City were not at their best to be frank. But to use a solid cliché, we made a good account of ourselves. Arsenal lost. But it was a valiant defeat, and not the […]

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A night of frustration

B Movie Performance from Arsenal’s B Team with no one pushing for the A Team

Arsenal 0-0 Red Star Belgrade Europa League Group Stage That was dull. Was it a lack of urgency? Or that we didn’t think we needed to win this? It seems odd to ask, but then we are through to the next round. And Red Star didn’t offer much either. The first half had few chances […]

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Right Man - Wrong Place?

Granit Xhaka – Right Player in Wrong Place? Does Structure need to change to 3142 to see his best?

Xhaka………right player, wrong place? The title is confusing, but I’m not saying we should sell him. I don’t think he has been stellar since he joined us. However, he is a good player, and it’s possible that his billing has been off. He’s not the Swiss Vieira, nor the Arsenal Dembele/Wanyama/Kante. He’s his own player, […]

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The future

Time for a full ‘Want to Stay’ and not ‘Want Away’ Arsenal 11?

The morning after a hard fought away win in Europe, courtesy of a wondrous goal, we should be waking up to different back pages than the one informing us that Mesut Ozil has told his his pals he is off to Man United. However I find myself neither upset or angry, more resigned and indifferent. […]

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