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A Blueprint for Arsenal’s 2021/22 Summer Rebuild – Part One

They say that you can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice. If that’s anything to go by, then it appears the Arsenal hierarchy made their choice a while ago to take a back seat, and allow the club to slowly regress. […]

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Aubameyang to return v Olympiakos, but will be see Martinelli too?

A week is a long time in football isn’t it? Last Thursday was according to many the biggest week of Arsenal’s season and make or break for the manager, Mikel Arteta.  A week later, after a 3-1 win in Olympiakos and entirely outplaying the old enemy for 80 minutes and winning the North London Derby, […]

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The Absence of Automatic: how City’s slick beast was too good for Arsenal’s rag-tag strangers

The absence of automatic POSITIVES, NEEDS AND HOPES Everyone seems to be dealing with their own level of disappointment after yesterday. Some have gone for fire-face emoji-man. Others are emotional because it just happened and it wasn’t very pretty. There are a batch who see a 0-1 to City as ‘not bad considering.’ Then there […]

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January 2 December 0 – The December Old Boys given a chance but saved By January Boys

January 2 December 0 POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I kid you not, I wrote that headline on my notepad before the game. I looked at the line up and wasn’t entirely disappointed as the key players needed to be rested, but I saw Willian and some of his buddies and predicted that the ‘December crew’ […]

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Arteta told his Europa Players that starts versus Tottenham were up for grabs – AMN said YES PLEASE!

….. and Arteta saw that POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I understand that I might be preaching to the choir here, as Mikel Arteta was probably the one who initiated that performance last night, but if I was one of his staff I’d make him watch the Wolves game again then this one, and play spot […]

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Arsenal’s Centre back surplus: Who stays and who goes?

With the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille imminent, Arsenal have a surplus of centre backs in their squad. The arrival of the Brazilian and the return of William Saliba from a loan spell at St. Etienne mean that we now have a whopping NINE centre backs on our roster. How we got here is […]

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Keep, Sell or Loan – A Dispassionate look at Arsenal’s First Team Squad in need of Rebuild

I was asked to offer a keep, loan or sell assessment for this week’s Sun Football column  With their permission I am reproducing here with a less outrageous title 🙂 With Arsenal’s season concluded and the FA Cup, on the bag the club and of course the fan’s attention will turn to the transfer window. […]

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The % Game – % Chance of each Arsenal Player being in Arteta’s Squad for 2020/21

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the % game. With the transfers window now open and in an attempt to take my mind off the upcoming FA Cup Final against Chelsea, I tried to assess the current squad and see how many chances each player has to still be at the Club, next season.   It […]

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THERE IS NO TRANSFER WAR CHEST – What will Arteta do with his ‘Minor Skirmish’ Chest

Arsenal fans are no different to any in their fascination with transfer gossip and speculation and it now seems likely we know when this summer, or perhaps I say summer/autumn window will be. The first moves could be ratified as early as the 27th July. I am sure some of the free agents, who declined […]

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Edu me a favour – Re-thinking Arsenal’s Transfer Policy on Dortmund lines

Edu me a favour: Rethinking Arsenal’s Transfer Strategy With this post I want to look at Arsenal’s transfer strategy and give my thoughts about the direction the club should take moving forward. Unprecedented is a word we’ve all heard so frequently over these past weeks, but it really does best describe the pandemics impact on […]

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