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Mertesacker – Our Hale End Leader.

In recent years the ‘revolving door’ of Arsenal hasn’t stopped spinning; a new member of the hierarchy is barely in the building, before they’re back out the door again. But there is one man in a position of power who has stood resolute. Much like his time as a player, Per Mertesacker has steadily and […]

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Looking back on the Gooner Decade: highlights, lowlights, best and worst signings, memorable moments

It’s a new decade. So to get into the mood (like with our current managerial change) here are a few reminders of what transpired in the previous Gooner decade – highlights, lowlights, players, matches and of course, personal memories. First: some of the bad times. Let’s get those out the way. So first up a […]

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Who can Arsenal buy to change next season’s fortunes?

Whether Arsène Wenger stays or goes at the end of the 2017/18 season, it is likely to be a very busy transfer window at the Emirates Stadium this summer. Targeting just two or three players won’t be sufficient if Arsenal are to rid themselves of the dead wood that will see them miss out on […]

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The Unbearableness of Being Steve Bould (Goonboggle Returns!)

Courtesy of Batmandela (@invinciblog) Goonboggle 18 – Mertesacazette invinciblogI was eleven-and-a-half. My family had just emigrated from Rhodesia to South Africa. All the kids on my street supported United or Liverpool, because of their Southern African goalkeeper connections: Bailey for United and Grobbelaar for ‘Pool. Problem was: I didn’t like the colour red – so […]

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Injury Blues ahead of facing the Blues – Debuchy or Niles in with Kolasinac joining Monreal out?

Antonio Conte’s men visit the Emirates today, and somehow I feel even less optimistic about our chances to come out on top than before the Liverpool game. In part this feeling is down to the turgid performance we produced at the Hawthorns, in part because our growing injury list restricts Wenger’s options. Also, there’s that […]

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Olivier Giroud should get the nod as Gunners aim to stop the road rot: West Ham preview

In a few short hours we take on West Ham and it’s fair to say this game doesn’t look nearly as straightforward as it did two weeks ago. Back then we have battered Huddersfield at home while West Ham was at the wrong end of a pasting at Goodison Park. This in itself tells you […]

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Super-sub Giroud rescues a point

Southampton 1 – 1 Arsenal: Woeful Gunners Steal Last-Gasp Point

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal Barclays Premier League Matchday 16 St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton That was poor. Like last week vs. United. Like the Stoke away game earlier this season. Like numerous games last season. Or the season before that. Or several seasons before that. Yes, we did well to get a point in the end. But […]

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Record Equalling Giroud papering the Arsenal Cracks as on pitch failings increase

Before the game I genuinely thought we would see the Gunners respond to last week’s injustice at the Emirates. The rested during midweek squad started fully, with just one, rather predictable, exception: Mertesacker for Mustafi. It’s a change a championed myself to a degree in my preview, though it still came second after switching to […]

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Momentum of Back Four or Solidity of Three for St Mary’s? That is the Question!

It’s a visit to St. Mary’s today, and it marks the beginning of a somewhat simpler run of fixtures for the Gunners. Our only top 6 team this calendar year is going to be Liverpool on December 22. The we face Chelsea on January 3, with games against Palace and West Brom sandwiched in-between. Spurs […]

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With Transfer Fees so high, Arsenal go for “Diamond Eye”

Diamond Eye It sounds like a James Bond movie from the 80’s but this time without the Vodka Martini part. Yesterday, Arsenal confirmed the signing of BVB scout Sven Mislintat whose nickname is “Diamond Eye” as he has spotted so many great talents over the last 10 years. At this point you might have heard […]

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