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Don’t let the Win over Cologne Disguise another Poor Display and Odd Selections ahead of a the Real Test

The result of the match should not disguise that this was another poor performance. The first half was a copy of the game between Spurs and Borussia Dortmund except that we were the dominant force and we should have punished Cologne as Dortmund who had 63% possession should have punished Spurs. The similarity of approach […]

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11 Stars as Arsenal Dazzle Bournemouth but ‘Want Away’ Mustafi Shone Brightest

Arsenal 3-0 AFC Bournemouth Premier League – Emirates Stadium – 9th Sept. 2017 That is more like it. Today was sexy football. As sexy as a Miss World/Miss Universe event after-party…. And we got a clean sheet too, which is a plus. Overall, every player had a decent game, including the subs (Alexis included). Though […]

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D-d-d-d-d-danny Welbeck shines bright as lifeless Cherries are swept aside

Well, that went a bit better, didn’t it? A convincing win at home, some breathtaking football and a clean sheet on top. Yummy. Of course we have to take a toothless Bournemouth into account. Eddie Howe’s side offered precious little and at one point the commentator said it was probably the worst he has seen […]

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Could Wilshere be the alternative Xhaka partner to Ramsey (Getty Image AFC Sturat Macfarlane)

Wilshere ‘No.10’ rather than Ramsey ‘Wannabe 10’ could be a better link to Ozil ‘At 10’

Brilliantly inspired by Dave’s blog about Jack Wilshere (by the way: it’s not Wiltshere, it’s not Wilshire, it’s Wilshere. The number of times his name is misspelled is appalling), I started thinking about how our former academy gem could actually re-build his career at the Arsenal. Our man has quite some way to go after […]

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Victory in the end

A Tinge of Frustration but a Touch of Hope – Will History remember Giroud as an Arsenal Great?

94 Seconds is what it took for the Arsenal to open their account for the new campaign, and it had to be our club record signing, Lacazette. It was well past midnight in my part of the world when he guided that ball in, and I had absolutely no thought or respect for the fact […]

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Could Wenger try a 352 System in ‘Big Games’ with Coquelin added to Central Midfield in 2017/18?

Arsenal Expectations for 17/18 We are all awaiting new signings (Lemar?), and the Leicester game in the coming weeks. The Charity Shield* may be interesting, but then it is just a friendly, and an actual trophy win vs. Chelsea in May was better than any prospective glorified friendly “win”. Mourinho called it “half a trophy”, […]

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Teammates and friends

Wilshere and Coquelin, FA Youth Cup Winners 2009 – One destined for Greatness with Arsenal and the other?

In May 2009, an eclectic and globally assembled bunch of Arsenal youngsters won the FA Youth Cup. As so often is the case the huge and hopeful expectation that we might see a good number advance into the senior ranks has not been fulfilled. Many of the group such as Henri Lansbury, Jay Emanuel Thomas […]

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Mbappe - A bridge to far?

The Factors in Arsenal’s Favour in their bid to sign Kylian Mbappe!

This is not normally my field and I’m a bit out of my comfort zone writing about this, but anyway here are a few of my thoughts regarding Kylian Mbappe possibly moving to Arsenal Football Club. I would like to point out the minus and plus points of why he would or would not come […]

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FA Cup Final Player Assessments Special – Everyone a Winner!

Too often after a big game, we reflect on what we could have done better. Who didn’t perform out there? What could Arsene Wenger have done differently? Why has this happened again? But not today. Today, having watched the game back, it feels only fitting to give time to every single one of the Arsenal […]

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Xhaka in action in Euro 2016

Xhaka is the Real Deal but needs his Manager to give him a Real Partner

BLOCK OUT THE NOISE; GRANIT IS THE REAL DEAL. During the recent UEFA EURO tournament won by Assistant Manager Ronaldo and Portugal, many were the talents, new and old, who set France alight with their dazzling skills and overwhelming talent. Some were already established names who came to the fore more; Ronaldo, Payet, Griezmann, Boateng, […]

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