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From disheartening to depressing to enlightening: a Gooner’s journey to Arsenal Optimism

Disheartening, Depressing, Enlightening To be brutally honest, this is the first time in about six or seven years, with the new season about to start, that I actually have some real optimism. Wenger’s decline was disheartening. Unai’s one and a half years were depressing. Arteta’s 6 months have been enlightening. It helps that Saturday’s kick […]

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Arsenal’s Miki takes on Pep’s City – who will step up to help the student school his master?

It’s only a few days before we kick off vs. Man City. And Guardiola and his former assistant Arteta will face off to boot. Let’s not forget that both Pep and Arteta had varying experiences during the pandemic/lockdown. Pep sadly lost his mother, and Mikel had the actual virus. We could also meet in the […]

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Five Reasons to let Aubameyang run down his contract

Five Reasons to let Aubameyang run down his contract The last few days we’ve seen intense speculation around the future of Arsenal’s Golden Boot talisman Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. There are rumours that the club won’t give him the pay rise he’s asking for to extend his stay in North London, so the big-name suitors are circling like sharks. […]

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Next Season’s Arsenal: ruthlessly balancing the team, while carefully balancing the books

Next Season’s Arsenal  Better for Nothing How do you improve Arsenal’s team for the 20/21 season? Can you do it and end up with a zero balance? This wasn’t my goal, but this is what has happened. Read on….. I’m a bit of a dreamer. I love to wonder. Being a football fan my wonderings […]

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#CHE2-2ARS: Martinelli wonder goal joins other “Do You Remember..?” moments [Positive Needs & Hopes]

Do you remember…….? Arshavin’s one touch vs Barcelona. Henry’s rare late header vs Utd. Fabregas from kick off vs Spurs. Kanu going solo vs Chelsea. I remember where I was, who I was with and the level of mad-crazy I went. Fans love moments. They are important. Martinelli vs Chelsea has now become one. A […]

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Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United: Very clear, very complicated [Positive Needs & Hopes]

Very clear, very complicated Positives, Needs and Hopes  Some games get lost in the joy of the win or dejection of loss. Others give such clarity as to what needs to change. This season it seems that we’ve been part of three results…. a few wins, a few losses and a bucket load of clarity. […]

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#ARSSHE 1-1: Another draw. Perhaps Gunners should change crest from cannon to crayon? [with Player Ratings]

    Maybe Crayola should sponsor us – since we’re being drawn as much as their crayons. The vibe in some quarters was that we were poor here. I agree it wasn’t stellar. But then – without any real bias attached – I don’t’ think Sheffield United had many major chances. They did get behind […]

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Arsenal 1-0 Leeds: When Bad Is Perfect [Positive Needs & Hopes]

When bad is perfect Positives, Needs and Hopes  I have two hopes when going into the first few games of a season with the team I coach. I want to be exposed and I want to win. I want to be exposed so I know what needs to change and be fixed before the bigger […]

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Arsenal v Leeds (FA Cup 3rd Round Preview) – Order takes on Chaos in tricky cup tie for Arteta

Arsenal vs Leeds FA Cup third round preview Born and raised in Leeds for a third of my life, its hard to not feel a sense of affinity or almost nationality when it comes to football clubs, as is the case for me with Leeds United. Although I started supporting Arsenal in my teens, there […]

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Spineless Arsenal board are the reason for decline – nearly 14 years on from Highbury move

Arsenal’s 0-3 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday brought most people back down to earth following the amazing 9 minute spell which saw the Gunners end a nine-match barren run to win 3-1 at West Ham. It also highlighted just how bad things are. As many of the older generation reflect on how current day […]

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