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A Strong Second String v AFC Wimbledon, with with a debut for ‘You know who?

How do you predict a line up for a game like this? AFC Wimbledon are the visitors to the Emirates for the Carabao Cup Third Round tie and there is a clamour for one or two exciting prospects to get some much anticipated minutes for the first team. This type of fixture was the very […]

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Omar Rekik – Exclusive Scouting Report from Germany on Arsenal’s New Centre Back

When the story of Rekik to Arsenal emerged a founding member of the Gunners Town writing team to do some research in Germany of the young centre back. Welcome back, Chis Mader @Germangunners Omar Rekik-What to expect   Decisive crossroads in a footballer’s career are reached earlier than ever before and it’s no different with […]

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The Future of Arsenal’s Defence – His Name is Monlouis, He plays like Desailly

Last week saw Arsenal award two further first professional contacts to exciting talents turning 17. One was for our previous interview subject Charlie Patino and the other for an exciting Hale End graduate, central defender Zane Monlouis. Timely therefore for this week’s Youth Star catch up with resident expert John Williamson (@willow1860) to on Monlouis. […]

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Introducing Marcelo Flores – a two-footed Samir Nasri but with more goals in him!

It seems there are an unlimited number of exciting youngsters at Arsenal at present. We all know that the actual number – and it is a numbers game – that make it into first teamers is small, but it does feel, with our current first team squad as it is, that the next few years […]

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Introducing Arsenal’s Future Vieira Style Central Midfield Captain – Miguel Azeez

Here we are back again with Arsenal Youth expert, John Williamson (@willow1886) and I suspect, with respect to all our recent subjects, this is an interview that our readership has been waiting for. Yes, in the week, Arsenal signed Thomas Partey, potentially the most complete all-round central midfielder we have had since the great Patrick […]

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The New Reiss Nelson or the New KIDO on the Arsenal block?

If we get our timing right this article should be published on the occasion of our next Arsenal Youth Star’s 18th Birthday. (Happy Birthday!) Of course, we have had many special players younger than 18 grace the Arsenal first team and one such individual – Bukayo Saka – also broke through on the left wing, […]

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Analysis of whether Saliba-Gabriel can work as a defensive partnership?

It has been impossible to get away from the excitement around the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes. As a fanbase, Gooners certainly don’t make it easy to disconnect: tracking planes, pulling traffic feeds, the works. Beyond the more fringe craziness though, it is easy to see why a lot is anticipated and expected. There is no […]

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An Arsenal Testimonial for Santi Cazorla please – If we don’t sign him, that is!

Let’s go back in time, it’s the FA Cup Final 2014 in the first ten minutes Hull City have just scored twice from back to back corners. Wherever you were watching (I happened to be at the Emirates screening) it would have been shock and possibly silent. If you were at Wembley; maybe some half-hearted […]

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Did Arsenal play Norwich or Arsenal? [Positive Needs & Hopes]

‘DID ARSENAL PLAY NORWICH OR ARSENAL?’ Positives, Needs and Hopes If you could pick the most important need for improvement on the field, what would you choose? I’ve thought about this too much. I think this means I’m sure of what I think. I’d try to improve defensive transitions. I bet I’m not alone. The […]

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From Banter Era to Torreira – Why is Arsenal’s Defence so poor? Part 2

Why is our defence poor? – Part 2     I wrote earlier that the inclusions of Bellerin, Tierney and Holding won’t alone change our defence. However, why is our defence crap? In this part, I’ll explain where I feel we’ve gone wrong. For me, it’s in stages and has regressed year on year for […]

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