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With Arthur prove a winning ticket in the January Loan Lottery?

The January transfer window has always been one that is trickier for the Premier League clubs to navigate. Good value is notoriously difficult to find, particularly with sellers often in a stronger position, knowing that there may be a hint of desperation from the English top-flight buyers. It might be a club desperate for new […]

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It’s time to believe Arsenal will finish 4th – Here’s why

I believe we will finish 4th. There I said it. In truth, I’ll be disappointed if we don’t, unless of course, we leapfrog one or more of the current top 3. A domestic cup success would certainly help to soften the blow too. Arsenal supporters love to bemoan our bad luck but right now, the […]

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Was that easy or are we good? Arteta’s Arsenal crunch The Canaries

Was that easy or are we good? POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Sometimes I think that we are programmed as football fans to think in cheesy sound bites. Watching the game yesterday my son and I commented at 1-0 that this was ‘looking like 3 points’ That we were playing ‘comfortably in second gear.’ Max has […]

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How Arteta can give us Martinelli, Smith Rowe, Saka and Odegaard in a Boxing Day Cracker!!

Today there seems to be much discussion around who Arsenal should buy in January as a long-term successor to Aubameyang, who seems unlikely to play gain in the near future, and Lacazette, who is out of contract in the summer. The name being banded around is Brentford’s Ivan Toney and I can certainly see how […]

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Arsenal strong favourites for visit to Carrow Road on Boxing Day

Welcome to the new feelgood Arsenal! Yes, it has taken but a few short weeks since the awful performance from a winning position at Goodison Park to turn the concerned frowns and looks of bemusement on the faces of the fanbase to a collective perpetual grin. Emphatic wins home wins accompanied by clean sheets over […]

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A deeper dive into Mikel Arteta’s form of positional play – Positions, systems and methodology

On the 20th December 2021, Mikel Arteta completed two years as manager of Arsenal Football Club and to say he divides opinions amongst the ever opinionated fan base is an understatement. Prior to his appointment, the club went for experience in Unai Emery. A man whose CV suggested that more trophies would be added to […]

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How to change last night’s limpness before Aston Villa on Friday – More Questions than Answers….

More Questions than Answers Last night’s limp display, on the back of the previous outing at the Amex, left me stunned to be honest. I found myself with so many observations and queries, some linked and some not but I thought I might jot them down. Firstly, doing so might help me make sense of […]

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A game for the future: Arsenal lack crucial tools to dismantle a soggy, stubborn Brighton. [Positive Needs & Hopes]

A game for the future POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Did we simply not play very well? Were we pressed beyond suffocation? Were we a little lucky to get a point? Are we a ‘prime conditions’ team? Are we still a team that needs ‘perfection’ to create chances? Did we play to Brighton’s strengths? Are our […]

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Arteta loves it when a plan comes together – The NLD illustrated how his Arsenal, with his players, can play

1) Formation Since boxing day, Mikel Arteta has favoured a 4-2-3-1 and it’s a formation that the former Arsenal captain believes is tailored to the current side and allows key individuals to be utilised in areas in which they can showcase their best qualities. 2) In possession During the build-up phase, Arsenal set up in […]

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Arteta Hyped

The Return of Excitement: how Arteta’s Arsenal won the crowd and the game [ARS 3-1 TOT]

The Return of Excitement POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES So much can be healed at home games if you are willing to start with energy that intimidates. You have the crowd already energized as they have hope. There is the expectation from your opponent that you will start fast and on the front foot as you […]

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