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Jesus a Game Changer as Arsenal Second String demonstrate the Confidence Gap

The confidence gap POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I think we all have a tendency to put labels on human characteristics.  I used to do it until I became aware that it really is never closer than 80% true. In my job I teach children of all ages all day long. I have been doing it since […]

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3 things we learned from the Arsenal vs Manchester United rollercoaster ride

  Yesterday Arsenal beat Manchester United at the Emirates stadium and took a further step towards their top 4 finish. The 3-1 win was far from a good performance from the Gunners, but at this point of the season, what is most important is the results and Arsenal got the results. Let’s have a look […]

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Gunners Edge a hard fought scrap – MOTM and full Player Ratings

  Good day to all the jubilant and flamboyant Gunners all over the world !!! Its been a wonderful week. After 3 absolute substandard performances, (Ok- the Southampton one wasnt that bad- we were just unlucky), we are back with a bang. First we beat Chelsea in their own backyard. The performance was so gutsy […]

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Arteta will surely resort to a pragmatic 3 at the back at the Bridge tonight

Good Day Gooners!! Another Matchday is upon us, and its Arsenal v Chelsea at the Bridge. Well, last night Liverpool gave Manchester United a real thumping. Considering everyone was tipping them into the top 4 places, they have crashed down sensationally. Even with a certain Christiano Ronaldo scoring 15 League goals at the age of […]

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No Tierney, Thomas or Tomi tests Arteta’s tactical touch: is this formation his salvation?

Whilst there is no escaping the stark fact that Arsenal were very poor and outplayed by an organised and well-drilled Palace side, we equally cannot ignore that prior to Monday, Arteta’s team had successfully engineered 5 successive away wins in the Premier League. In isolation, it is therefore logical to view the 3-nil defeat as […]

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Transfer Deadline Day: More lean than mean – Is Mikel content with his Arsenal machine?

So we have reached Transfer Deadline Day. That dreaded day which plays Russian Roulette with football fans mental health when activity has been non-existent throughout the month. The transfer window is a time which I hate the most as it almost feels like daily a new name pops up as a potential target. The usual […]

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Was that easy or are we good? Arteta’s Arsenal crunch The Canaries

Was that easy or are we good? POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Sometimes I think that we are programmed as football fans to think in cheesy sound bites. Watching the game yesterday my son and I commented at 1-0 that this was ‘looking like 3 points’ That we were playing ‘comfortably in second gear.’ Max has […]

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The Wink of Clarity: Black Cat’s luck runs out at Arsenal – Ohhhh Charlie Patino! [ARS 5-1 SUN]

The Wink of Clarity POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Before we start I want you to try to not get annoyed at how many pictures of Charlie Patino I’m going to add to this blog. I’m excited. Got Patino fever. Pretending I’m 30 years younger than I am and I make no apologies 😉 There’s the […]

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New boy ready to impress?

Why the arrival of Ben White could signal a shift in approach from Mikel Arteta

  The signing of Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion may prove to be Arsenal’s most significant summer acquisition in more ways than one. The Gunners, whose purse strings have been notoriously tight in recent years, surprisingly splashed £50 million to secure the services of the Seagulls’ England international. Some Gunners fans will have […]

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