About Bendtnersbettercousin

Gooner born in 1982 from Harlow, Essex, with a love for Arsenal that knows. I'm not an AKb, nor am I an 'In Arsene we Rust', but I like to think that I can tip-toe between the two, occasionally veering into both camps.
19 08, 2018

A weird result at Stamford Bridge – positives and frustrations

By | 2018-08-19T08:38:48+00:00 August 19th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|2 Comments

I feel weird writing about Arsenal this morning. Weird because I don't know exactly how I feel. Often I will feel happiness, elation, anger, sadness, frustration, but today I feel a little bit of everything. And that's weird. Ultimately I guess the emotion that overrides all is sadness because we once again lost at Stamford [...]

18 08, 2018

High pres versus high press: Chelsea v Arsenal preview

By | 2018-08-18T08:46:24+00:00 August 18th, 2018|Arsenal, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Saturday is football and football is Saturday. I love it when The Arsenal play on a Saturday (even if the actual kick off time is rubbish). It feels right and proper. And what with this being the first Saturday of the season it feels extra exciting. I have that nervous butterflies in the stomach feeling [...]

17 08, 2018

Emery’s positive vibe presser

By | 2018-08-17T07:58:02+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, gooners, Gunners, premier league, press conference, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Unai Emery delivered his second press conference of the new season yesterday and I think it's fair to say it was a mixed bag for us. The positives are that he's getting to grips with the language more every week and it feels like he should be able to deliver a pretty flawless presser by [...]

16 08, 2018

Arsenal Deadwood sequel to pave way for Ramsey signing?

By | 2018-08-16T07:59:22+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, contracts, gooners, Gunners, premier league, Transfers, Unai Emery|1 Comment

Happy Thursday y'all! It's technically still summer in the UK but given the drizzle that has engulfed my particular corner of the world, you'd never have guessed it, because it's looking pretty grim. As grim as Carl Jenkinson's hopes of getting out of Football limbo, where he currently resides, too expensive salary-wise to leave Arsenal [...]

15 08, 2018

Ivan’s at ChampMan again; Elneny offski?

By | 2018-08-15T07:59:21+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, gooners, Gunners, midfield, sven mislintat, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

I wonder if Ivan, Raoul and Sven have been playing Football Manager over the summer, because that's the only fathomable explanation why they've decided to issue a 'not-quite-official' declaration that Unai Emery's job is safe. There were a few reputable places online reporting it yesterday and when I read it whilst on my way to [...]

14 08, 2018

Players need time to adjust, Arsenal fans do too

By | 2018-08-14T07:45:18+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, gooners, Gunners, premier league, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Morning all. Happy Tuesday unto thee. Hopefully you're feeling grand and the usual bitter taste after a weekend defeat doesn't feel as lingering in your mouth as it usually does for me. I'm all for the idea of the season taking a reboot after next weekend, you see, because with a new formation, new style [...]

13 08, 2018

An expected City defeat, but some attacking worry remains

By | 2018-08-13T07:58:57+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, midfield, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

I expected us to lose against City because they're two years into the development of their team under Pep. His training, his identity of his team, the way they press, the acquisition of the types of players he wants; all of it was quite clearly evident yesterday as City we're controlled, they took their chances [...]

12 08, 2018

Nerves, unpredictability, possibility: The Arsenal are back

By | 2018-08-12T08:46:27+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Morning all! Excited? I know I am. Of course I'm also absolutely bricking myself as to what lies ahead because quite frankly, the Premier League random fixture generator couldn't have made it more difficult for us if it tried. Man City were so many streaks ahead of everyone else last season that it's hard to [...]

11 08, 2018

Unai nails another presser and the positivity and press at Arsenal is exciting

By | 2018-08-11T10:01:13+00:00 August 11th, 2018|analysis, Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, gooners, Gunners, premier league, press conference, Tactics, Unai Emery|1 Comment

So, we have a press conference ahead of a proper game to digest, eh? Uni took to the press conference and spoke to the assembled hacks to talk about the game this weekend and once again, he sounded like his English is improving at each time and once again I was impressed with a guy [...]

10 08, 2018

No deadline day excitement, because it’s saved for our attacking line up

By | 2018-08-10T07:52:16+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Formation, gooners, Gunners, pre season, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

That was that then. The transfer window closed an unsurprisingly, given that so many people talked up 'madness' and went on about a defender and Dembele from Barca, there were only outgoings yesterday from Arsenal. Lucas Perez ended an unhappy two years at the club by signing for West Ham for a paltry £4million and [...]