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First choice back 3

The Importance of Building Play From the Back with Arsenal’s 3 Central Defender System

Much of the Arsenal chat of late has revolved around the effectiveness of our recent Premier League lineups featuring the high-profile front 3 of Lacazette, Ozil, and Alexis. In their first competitive fixture together they displayed the cohesion of a far more experienced attack line as they combined for 3 goals and 2 assists in […]

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Arsenal were Holding out for a Big F..king German Miracle and we got one – #FACupAFC2CFC1

I’m not sure where to start today, I’m so filled with emotion. Ramsey wheeling away in celebration, Mertesacker and Koscielny lifting the cup together, the sight of a victorious Arsene Wenger… I have truly enjoyed the occasion, and I’m happy more than I can put into words. It is a boundless elation, a pure and […]

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Wenger knew of Welbeck's injury and its long term nature

How Will Arsenal Fare With An Increasing Injury List?

Arsenal is powering their way through the Champions League, but not without issues. As well as many injured players, could Arsenal’s manager be getting cold feet? Arsene Wenger has admitted that he had been repeatedly courted for the PSG job, conceding that their president Nasser al-Khelafi had offered him the job on three separate occasions. […]

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Yes, Arséne - we've lost 3 of the last 4 season openers...

Arsenal Fans – Is the Club Respecting your Loyalty or Simply Exploiting it?

I have read the excellent articles by Petits Ponytail, Alex Baguzin and Timothy Hargreaves and this contribution is designed to augment them rather than to try to improve upon them. The one by Timothy was predictive and was written pre the Liverpool match and that is the cue for my lead in. Just before the game […]

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Mehdi Benatia

Is it Definitely Koscielny PLus 1? Are Per, Gab and Callum not fit for the 16/17 challenge?

The silly season is upon us again and the result is fans being treated to transfer rumours of varying credibility almost on a daily basis. We all know the holes Arsenal need to plug this summer (one we already did), but we are still some distance off having a complete squad. My conviction is that […]

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Mikel Arteta of Arsenal issues instructions during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Even Great Players need a Great Leader on the pitch – But Who?

  Ever-present. Long-serving. Commanding. Here are the three qualities any captain should have, in my humble opinion. I am quite sure you already know where I’m going with this piece, so let’s cut the introduction short: why are the Arsenal missing proper captain material so badly, recently? Leadership was never an issue during Arsène Wenger’s early […]

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Jack Wilshere may be a surprise starter at the Etihad – MCFC v AFC

  Hello everyone. It’s Manchester City we face this weekend and, while our recent displays hardly fill me with confidence of any kind, there are nonetheless two circumstances which make me feel slightly better going into this game: City are a big team and they have been even more crap than we’ve been in the […]

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Carroll equalises

“No, I didn’t expect him (Carroll) to start at all” – But when they did Wenger did nothing about it!

Once again I don’t know where to start. Not because I have nothing to say, on the contrary, I have a lot to say. But little of it is good, hence my desire to delay the moment for as long as I can. I’ve never suffered from depression, you know. Depression is an actual illness, […]

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Slow and sloppy: Per, Rambo and Flamini were costing us

Arsenal’s newfound mobility is key – what took so long?!

I have been writing articles and comments exactly on the subject of an article in Arseblog today. I have complained that opposing teams were able to by pass our midfield and benefit from Merteseckers lack of mobility. Even when we had the ball, we had no “out” to Ozil or Sanchez. Ramsey and Flamini were […]

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Lack of Communication, Effort and Leadership: the keys to Arsenal’s failure

I have written and re-written this blog a few times. I decided to shelve it until after the F.A. Cup match vs. Watford, a match I was sure that Arsenal were going to narrowly win. However, I was mistaken. The Arsenal defence needs an overhaul. The two goals that were conceded were both avoidable and […]

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