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A 10 Point Assessment of Arsenal’s January Transfer Window

In the days after the window closes for most fans will be mentally assessing how the club performed in the January Transfer Window. On the 2nd February 2021 are we better equipped to build on the positive momentum, the team’s form since Christmas has created? Here is a 10-point summary with the positives and negatives: […]

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Are the New Arsenal becoming as Ruthless as Chelsea?

Arsenal Finally Being as Ruthless as Chelsea Sometimes, when I’m lying awake at night and not thinking about 2007/08 Alex Hleb, I fret about the etymology of words and get myself all worked up for no reason at all. It’s a strange pastime and almost certainly a tactic from my brain designed to keep me […]

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A 9/10 Transfer Window as Arsenal strengthens – but two players still to be culled from squad sheet. (Who?) The transfer window has shut and all things considered it’s been a very good one for The Arsenal. Had the Gunners also managed to sign Aouar and move on two or three other players deemed surplus to requirements it would have been a 10/10 window. But I’m going to give them a 9/10. When […]

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Ratings out of 10 for all the signings of the Raul Sanllehi era at Arsenal

History books will show that the period between February 2018 and August 2020 at Arsenal was undoubtedly a chaotic one. The club churned through four times as many managers in those two and a half years as they had done in the previous 22. On the pitch we dropped from a team battling just on […]

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An in-depth analysis of the Arsenal squad – Part One: THE DEFENCE

An In-depth Analysis of the Arsenal Squad PART ONE – THE DEFENSE Two positive results against Sheffield United and Southampton hopefully provide us momentum to finish the season strongly. But we must not forget that a huge squad rebuild must begin this coming window. It’s the perfect opportunity for Stan Kroenke to win over the […]

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#BOUARS 1-2: How you know the Coach is good… [Positive Needs & Hopes]

When you know the Coach is good Positives, Needs and Hopes  Besides good results, how do you know if you have a good coach? Clues are found in various places. a) consistent effort. b) game winning alterations. c) bad runs of form don’t last. d) understanding of importance to build team based on their qualities […]

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Arsenal 1-0 Leeds: When Bad Is Perfect [Positive Needs & Hopes]

When bad is perfect Positives, Needs and Hopes  I have two hopes when going into the first few games of a season with the team I coach. I want to be exposed and I want to win. I want to be exposed so I know what needs to change and be fixed before the bigger […]

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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: “I see special” [Positive Needs & Hopes]

I see special My son is 9. He knows far more about football than I did at his age. He is currently baffled at how Arsenal are changing though. Whenever I tell him that the improvement he is seeing is mainly because of the coach he doesn’t understand. He doesn’t understand because he has yet […]

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Mikel turning Arsenal around – Emery looked to deny opponents, Arteta looks to maximise our players!

You can’t go back, but you can turn around   Positives, Needs and Hopes  Part way through the game I had a moment of sadness. I’d just seen Torreira win yet another tackle, Xhaka play another fizzer between the lines and Ozil pick it up in oceans. I should’ve been excited, but I started wallowing in […]

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Same Old Arsenal – Totally without guile, guidance and guts (Player/Manager Ratings)

Today was another poor game for Arsenal. Crystal Palace is a club, for me at least, that I view as a feeder of some club legends (Ian Wright and Kenny Sansom) and duds (Eddie McGoldrick). I recall that Gilles Grimandi scored a wonder goal against them, on the way to us winning the 1998 Double. […]

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