Tag Archives | Shkodran Mustafi


It just feels different with Arteta ‘Redemption Man’ at the helm – Three Special Goals sink Evertongoals

This feels different  Positives, Needs and Hopes  I respect the world of football stats but don’t search them out. There is something in me that resists stats and considers them somewhat unnecessary even though many are interesting and revealing.   I far prefer basing my judgments on feeling.   Maybe it’s because I’ve poured much […]

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The Hale End Boys proving vital at The Vitality as the fans united behind Arteta

It has been a while since Gunners fans have been able to be enthused by their team but on a wet Monday night on the Dorset coast, a first half which showed all that Arteta is about, Arsenal set up an a mouthwatering encounter with Portsmouth in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The […]

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Arteta’s Arsenal were winning the fight before being punched below the belt by Pawson, Jorghino, Leno and Mustafi

Winning the fight, punched in the gut. Positives, Needs and Hopes    Unbelievable. I wrote that word 5 hours ago and had to walk away. It felt like all my son wanted for Christmas was some balloons. I got the balloons. He was so, so excited. Then the evil kid next door came over, looked […]

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Norwich City 2-2 Arsenal – review

The first game of the Freddie era has come and gone. And in many ways, it was the more things change, the more they stay the same.     Look, I love Freddie. He had red hair, and amongst Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira, Pires, et al., he was arguably our best player in the 01/02 double […]

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No Mourinho here thanks – Despite his love of Classy Mesut

I cannot understand why so much paper is being foolishly stuffed with talk about Mourinho. He was audacious, self – opinionated and quick to disparage other managers, but he was successful which of course increased his Ego. He was brash. An Inter fan christened him “The Special One” when he joined them and thereafter he […]

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We have swapped Calamity and Gaffs in Mustafi for an Older Version Gaffster in Luiz

  Victor’s response to the GT Match review of Anfield defeat ………   I am a bit hesitant to criticise an article by someone who is a coach and so I will stick to some basic observations for which a coach’s badge is not necessary. For instance, I did a critique at the time I […]

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In Defence of Arsenal’s Defence – Is it all out the Defenders or perhaps those missing?

In defence of our Defence I’m optimistic about this coming season. The attacking trio of Auba, Lacazette and Pepe excites me. A midfield of Ceballos, Torreira and Özil excites me. The players coming through like Nelson and Smith-Rowe give me hope for the future, but what also makes me think we can make the top […]

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Arsenal, it seems, left their Inferiority Complex in Baku – Barcelona 2- Arsenal 1 in final pre-season run out

‘HAS SOMEONE LEFT THE INFERIORITY COMPLEX IN BAKU?’ –     Positives, Needs and Hopes     I am not just trying to be rose tinted.   Coaching taught me a while ago that winning matters but the game is often a collection of separate observations.   Take the score away as it matters little in […]

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Unai Emery – Different manager, Different philosophy

Different manager, Different philosophy   There was a young man called Unai Emery Who had 45 million to spend, apparently So he brought a Brazilian prospect And a defender, he then loaned back And we thought, ‘Different manger, same old story’   Wilf Zaha was named our main target But Palace wanted more than our […]

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Mustafi – if he stays how can we (and he) handle it?

  I’ve been as rueful towards Shkodran Mustafi as any other fan. Yes, he won the World Cup with Germany. Current and past players of Arsenal were in the same side, such as Mertesacker, Ozil, and Podolski. However, he’s made numerous errors in his Arsenal tenure. And in crucial games to boot – Kun Aguero […]

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