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Arteta Optioneering – If not Mikel then who?

I want to state up front, this is not me joining the #ArtetaOut campaign, although, there is a decision to be made in the next few days. Stick and give him until December to see if his players (if he can get any in) can turn it all around, or Twist and get someone in […]

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Is it Decision Time for Arteta on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang?

In recent columns I have argued that Arsenal Skipper, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, can play the central role, in Arteta’s preferred, though flexible 4231. In my own mind I have been weighing up what he offers in the role and comparing it to what Lacazette offers and, in truth, trying to convince myself that our Gabonese […]

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Exclusive Inside Track Interview on the ‘New Ian Wright’ – Tyreece John-Jules

With Balogun refusing to commit and out of favour, Martinelli injured and Greenwood leaving, and despite the Arsenal fans wanting to see Aubameyang played centrally, Arteta is entering the new season with only Lacazette and Nketiah as is centre forwards. Or is he…? Last summer we saw glimpses of Tyreece John-Jules, and these glimpses made […]

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Is Auba an Arsenal legend? I say yes!!

With talk on Auba’s contract being close to completion, where does Aubameyang rank at Arsenal? By that, I mean is he a club legend? I’m going to argue in his favour.       I don’t believe it’s hyperbole at all since I believe he is up there with Wright, Henry, Smith, Radford, George, Drake, […]

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The Arteta Way will be THE ARSENAL Way and Players will come!

It is always hard as a fan, particularly in the modern game, to be constantly reminded by their actions and their words, that for players, your club is just a current employer. We resent players that leave our clubs – whether for more money or a better chance at winning things -expecting them to feel […]

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An All-time British Arsenal XI – What’s yours?

Just a random post in this pandemic-initiated lockdown….. If looking at British players (from the four UK FIFA-registered associations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), which players would feature?     We’ve had many top foreigners. Some of the best ever non-British players to grace the country’s league at any period have been at […]

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Take a Seussy trip back in time to celebrate Arséne’s Double Double [Book Review]

In the few months since he left us I have had time to reflect On the legacy of a man that earned all of our respect With his mission to make football art I believe he even out did The style and free flowing fair of 1960s Real Madrid This man gave us football the […]

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1995

Arsenal's manager Bruce Rioch poses with 29 year old David Platt wearing an Arsenal shirt. Platt, who has played for Sampdoria for the past four years, joined Arsenal in a œ4.75 million poind move. Platt jumped at Arsenal's offer when Rioch made it clear how much he was wanted at Highbury.

A New Era at Arsenal – Bruce Rioch ushered in the era but Arsene Wenger was the man to benefit

PART 2   In part 1, I examined the case as to what Rioch offered Arsenal, and the effects his short tenure had on the club. Bruce Rioch, whilst born in England, was a Scottish international player and captain, having captained his country in the 1978 World Cup (the “Gemmill” World Cup).   He played […]

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Dutch international Dennis Bergkamp at Highbury, where  he became Bruce Rioch's (left) first signing as Arsenal manager, when he joined the team for £7.5 million.

Bruce’s bonus….or not? A story of the 1995/1996 season…..Bergkamp and Beyond

Bruce Rioch. Arsenal manager 1995-1996. A short and undistinguished tenure? Or the sign of things to come?   Bruce Rioch was our manager for the 1995/96 season, which in many ways was a watershed for modern Arsenal. It did, in some measure, lay the foundations for Wenger’s illustrious tenure. Rioch was hired from Bolton Wanderers, […]

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Will we see the ‘Spanish Treacle’ Santi Cazorla wear the Cannon again?

At the age of 34 years and 14 months old I’ve seen some superb footballers play for Arsenal throughout my time supporting the club.    The list goes on forever with players like Henry, Wright, Bergkamp, Pires, Adams, Parlour, Stepanovs, Helder, Sanogo etc.    Like the grime/rap group BBK say ‘There’s Too Many Man’.   So many […]

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