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The Accidental Benefit (or was it?) of Arteta challenging Saka and ESR to score more [Expanded Edition]

An Accidental Benefit   POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES At half time yesterday I had written down five potential headlines for this blog all about our obvious need to be able to create clear-cut chances. We had recorded more chances in one half than anybody else in the Premier league this season. Apart from Lacazette‘s disallowed […]

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A Deeper dive into Mikel Arteta’s flexible long term system for his Arsenal

With Manchester United and Tottenham both dropping points throughout last week, Arsenal took the opportunity to capitalise on their rivals’ slip-ups with both hands, defeating Wolves at Molineux by one goal to nil. It was a relatively comfortable evening for the Gunners following Gabriel Magalhaes opening the scoring in the 25th minute, notching his third […]

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Headers and Volleys: vital win for careless Arsenal against in-form Wolves

Headers and Volleys POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Did you play Headers and Volleys when you were young? I did. Every day. At lunch break. Rising like a salmon at the far post with a salmon sandwich in my hand. Actually, I don’t like salmon. I made that part up because it sounded cute. For those […]

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The players who make Arsenal tick: Player | Goal Differential data analysis

Here we go! I’m back at it this time, from the midst of the sunny Coromandel on the East Coast of NZ! Great place for a summer holiday. The camping equipment is out, BBQ is shimmering, the beaches are full, however, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, given our injury crisis) The Arsenal haven’t played in a […]

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Saka Surrounded

Big fat respect points: Arsenal’s bright future shines beyond controversy [Ars 1-2 MCI]

Big fat respect points POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES There are certain games that are even more important than the points and performance. New Year’s Day, the only game on TV in the world, the beginning of the transfer window and a chance to confirm the rumor that you are good. If you aren’t an Arsenal […]

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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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Auba and Tierney

Who should succeed as Arsenal’s Club Captain (where Aubameyang failed)?

I cannot say I am happy to be writing this piece but nor am I surprised. Arsenal have officially confirmed that Aubameyang has been stripped of the club captaincy and it has not come as a shock. His recent breach of discipline is not the first and whether we agree with how the situation has […]

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Arsenal Bingo: The Unpredictables seize the Win over So’ton in vital confidence boost [ARS 3-0 SOU]

Arsenal Bingo POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Is it fair to say that Arsenal are hugely unpredictable? Without fail my son asks me “What do you think the score will be today?” Without fail I say, “I’ve no idea, Max.” Then we go to the NBC predictor app and I quickly guess at the 6 results […]

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Arsenal the Moody Teenager in frustratingly disjointed Palace draw (Positive Needs & Hopes)

Arsenal the moody teenager POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I remember being 13. An absolute whirlwind of emotions. I was dealing with realizing that my parents needed to be shunned as all my friends were doing the same. Girls were on the scene and so I had to activate my sweet side for them. My friends […]

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A game for the future: Arsenal lack crucial tools to dismantle a soggy, stubborn Brighton. [Positive Needs & Hopes]

A game for the future POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES Did we simply not play very well? Were we pressed beyond suffocation? Were we a little lucky to get a point? Are we a ‘prime conditions’ team? Are we still a team that needs ‘perfection’ to create chances? Did we play to Brighton’s strengths? Are our […]

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