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If that was the past: New Arsenal succeeds where Old would have failed [CRY 0-2 ARS]

If that was the past POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES  Before the game started I was really looking forward to simply watching my team.  I’ve been bragging about the ‘new Arsenal’ to many people and told them to tune in. I desperately wanted Arsenal to show my friends and the world that they have changed.  The […]

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Like A New Signing: how ruthlessness on the pitch and trust off of it will reap rewards [ARS 6-0 SEV]

POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES  I really hate that title. That phrase. Little bit of sick mouth. I thought about calling this piece ’Similar to bringing in a player from another team’ (STBIAPFAT), but that’s trying too hard. Either way, it does accurately describe a couple of things I’ve seen at Arsenal this pre-season. One is […]

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The Never Headlines: positive Arsenal dominate Chelsea in swampy Florida clash [Positive Needs & Hopes]

The Never Headlines POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I’ve never agreed with those commenting on preseason that state that fitness is the main focus. To me that’s like telling me that the focus of my day is getting ready in the morning. Fitness is clearly the foundation and very important just like getting ready in the […]

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Raphinha to Arsenal: …but where? …but why?

  It makes a pleasant change to be discussing Arsenal’s completed transfer business early in the window, with three signings already in the bag, and several more being hotly tipped. Certainly, with an earlier start to the 22/23 campaign due to the World Cup in the autumn, we fans will hope the club can finalize […]

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Summer Wishlist and 10 Quick Fixes for Arsenal to build on last season’s springboard

The Season before the Season An end of season review and glimpse into 22/23 I’ve been on pause waiting to write this end of season review for a few weeks now. I wanted it to encapsulate how I felt about the season and what I think is fair and right to state but needed to […]

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A Place To Dream: inspired by Arsenal’s rhythm and confidence as Gunners tame Foxes

A place to dream POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Everybody went back to the bus and I stayed for a few minutes. I sat at the top of the world in Meteora, Greece on a cliff where a monastery sits, and I dreamt. A short dream. Short but meaningful. I’d being sweating it all day as […]

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Arteta’s tempo-setter, de facto Captain (and Arsenal’s latest Wizard?) shines against Brentford

  Another satisfying afternoon’s work for Arteta’s slimmed down, tightknit unit against Brentford. The 2-1 score line was scant justice for an utterly dominant and controlled display, and but for a myopic referee and the lack of a clinical striker it could and should have been more. Nevertheless, it was sweet revenge for the Bee’s […]

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A Deeper dive into Mikel Arteta’s flexible long term system for his Arsenal

With Manchester United and Tottenham both dropping points throughout last week, Arsenal took the opportunity to capitalise on their rivals’ slip-ups with both hands, defeating Wolves at Molineux by one goal to nil. It was a relatively comfortable evening for the Gunners following Gabriel Magalhaes opening the scoring in the 25th minute, notching his third […]

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Killing yourself trying not to get killed: Arsenal slide out of silverware chase (ARS 0-2 LIV [0-2])

Killing yourself trying not to get killed POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Football has trends. It always has. When I was younger the trend was 4-4-2 with a tall target man and a penalty box striker. When the Premier League came along and Arsene Wenger showed up we introduced the trend of short passing and high […]

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Big fat respect points: Arsenal’s bright future shines beyond controversy [Ars 1-2 MCI]

Big fat respect points POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES There are certain games that are even more important than the points and performance. New Year’s Day, the only game on TV in the world, the beginning of the transfer window and a chance to confirm the rumor that you are good. If you aren’t an Arsenal […]

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