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The Initiative Issue: the simple coaching tip Arteta needs to learn [ARS 0-1 EVE]

The Initiative Issue POSITIVES, NEEDS and HOPES I think that Mikel Arteta’s greatest success since becoming coach/manager has been defensive intensity and organization. If he were not to remain as coach in the long term I think he has solved arguably the most important need that the club had on the field in 15 years. […]

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Football is broken. Here are 3 ways to fix it. (You’re welcome.)

The 3 ways I’d change football Honestly, the game of football is becoming less attractive to me. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way too. It could be recovered though. I have two problems. The sport is now predictable. The rules are sucking out the joy and the punishment isn’t even […]

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Behind the scenes at the VAR (Very Average Referees) Academy

VAR (Very Average Referees) Academy It is the mid-season review at the VAR Academy, where all the ‘referees’ get together to assess how things are tracking and to check if all the refs are on course to meet their season KPIs. It’s 9.30am and the full thicket of EPL referees (google it, it’s the collective […]

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Arsenal still have two routes to Europe and MUST go all out for both

The biggest match of the season, a season defining week, make or break for Arteta, are all phrases that any Arsenal fan will have read or spoken this week ahead of the Europa League Round of 16 and the North London Derby. In reality, it is simply the biggest week, since the last biggest week, […]

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Will Everton Away, be Martinelli Day?

Match day today, on a Saturday of all things. With Europa League on pause until next year there’s a chance for the Gunners to enter a less familiar routine and likely miss James Martin Saturday Kitchen in favour of match day preparation. It’ll be rare though as the Christmas schedule eventually kicks in the players […]

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VARrrrrrgh! Arsenal paying the penalty for poor officiating, NLD incoming and debt restructuring [GT Pod Episode 05]

Gunners Town Pod – Episode 05 “VARrrrrrrgh!” Chris, Charlie and Gav have a little moan about the inconsistencies of VAR. Also – a quick look ahead to the North London Derby, and some breaking news about KSE, Kroenke and the stadium debt. Don’t forget to subscribe using the many options below. WATCH On the Gunners […]

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9 Arsenal Thoughts: cutting Laca loose, anti-social celebrations, the next Ems statue (and more…)

9 Arsenal thoughts  1. The common reaction to a player potentially leaving is to find a transfer to replace him. If Alexandre Lacazette leaves Arsenal, which is looking more likely, then comfort tells me we need to sign a replacement. Odsonne Edouard looks most likely. Due to the talent and age of Martinelli, Nketiah and […]

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It’s time to scrap the Offside Rule.

It’s time to scrap the offside rule. In the Premier League season 2019/20, VAR was supposed to take care of the incorrect offside decisions that plagued previous seasons. Officials were told to delay marginal offside decisions where there was a clear and obvious goal-scoring opportunity. Play was allowed to continue until the current phase of […]

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Dodgy Defence, Dodgy Ref, Dodgy Pen over shadow a Wilshere Masterclass

Having slept on yesterday’s draw, watched the highlights and both AW’s presser and post-game interview, and gulped down some validol to get over the fact how monumental an excuse of a ref Anthony Taylor is, I’m ready to say the draw was a fair result overall. For every good attack of ours we looked just […]

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