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Tactical Breakdown – Why Arteta can’t keep using restrictive 3-4-3 formation and add creativity.

One step forward and two back seems to be the story of Arsenal’s season so far, as they failed to build on any momentum gained from their accomplished display at Old Trafford, by losing 3-0 at home to Aston Villa. Arteta chose to stick with the same personnel and formation that worked so effectively against […]

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Arteta to retain 343/433 Hybrid vs Aston Villa: A Tactical Preview

The Gunners come into Sunday’s fixture full of confidence, after their impressive performance at Old Trafford was followed up with a convincing 4-1 win over Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night. Arteta will be hoping his players can execute his game-plan as effectively as they did against United, as their organised and versatile […]

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Europa League Joe Willock – A Profile of Arsenal’s Progressive Midfield Talent

Ever since the era of UCL football ended and the era of UEL came in, the managers have used the Europa League for a chance to give minutes to the upcoming youngsters. In his final season, Le Professeur – Arsene Wenger, introduced the likes of soon-to-be England U21’s record goalscorer – Eddie Nketiah, and the […]

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A Blueprint for Arsenal’s rebuild: What should our aims be in the Transfer Window and for next season?

The Gunners worst placed finish in the Premier League since 1995 was confirmed on Sunday afternoon, after a less than convincing win against a Watford side that were desperately fighting for survival meant Arteta’s side could only finish as high as 8th. Not many could have foreseen how tough this campaign would be for Arsenal, […]

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Emery to Arsenal (part 2) – What To Expect…

This the second part in the welcoming of our new manager, Unai Emery. View Part 1 here. Here, I will see how he could solve our specific issues, and what we could expect from him in his first season. I must say that his press conference was well done. His English isn’t that bad, though […]

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Wenger Don’t Do Tactics: Settling The Debate

A fellow contributor here, Mr. Dougie Cazorla, made a great piece on how Wenger does “do tactics”, but not well enough. I agree with his analysis in very large part. However, I think it is a valid criticism, albeit stretched and distorted somewhat. So, using my best colloquial/non-Standard English: is the notion that Wenger “don’t […]

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Arsene Wenger Doesn’t Do Tactics…Very Well! – The Good, the bad and the ugly!

We’ve heard the phrase time and time again: “Arsene Wenger doesn’t do tactics.” If you have been watching Arsenal for any length of time, you know this over-generalization is simply not true. A manager of his pedigree with 34 years of experience does indeed tailor specific game plans for specific opponents. The above phrase needs […]

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True Leaders are Game Readers – the Lost Art at Arsenal’s Heart

As Arsenal fans, we have been witness to some truly brilliant footballers. Ones that led with their advanced footballing IQs through and an innate awareness of space. These players could truly read the game around them. While many feel we lack overt leaders on the pitch who will tear into a teammate or opposition, I […]

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Wengernalysis: He Does Do Tactics – Just Not Very Well

Wenger’s supposed tactical ineptitude is a bugbear of many. I can agree, somewhat. Though in my mind, it’s more about stubbornness than ineptitude. Wenger DOES do tactics. He can change things up. And he can take time to see what needs to change. The issue though is more about ideology, than not knowing, understanding or […]

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The Failing Midfield Dynamics threatening Arsenal’s season – Breakdown at the Breakdown

Gunners Town is pleased to share this fantastic post by the brilliant Jane Cavendish (@jcav90). Enjoy! Football at the top level is now more than ever about transitions. Gone are the days when a team aspires only to having countless minutes of possession, moving the ball slowly in front of the opposition defence waiting for […]

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