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6 02, 2016

Small battle won, war on football affordability goes on, but we can get back to talking football for now

By |February 6th, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Attack, gooners, Gunners, premier league, press conference|0 Comments

There’s no place better to start today than with the u-turn by Arsenal yesterday evening on the surcharge for ticket prices, announcing that they would not, on this occasion, enforce the charge for the Barcelona game. Funnily enough, I was actually halfway through a podcast talking about the issues of the surcharge and how it felt […]

3 02, 2016

Arsenal: Familiar failings for a fading title bid

By |February 3rd, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, Attack, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, midfield, premier league, Rant|3 Comments

By now you’ve read plenty of match reports, probably seen the game either in the flesh or on TV, you’ve checked your social feeds a few times and you know all about what transpired last night. So there’s no point in me giving you a blow-by-blow account of what happened at home to Southampton. Well, […]

2 02, 2016

Debuchy deal good for all; Arsenal need to get back on the winning wagon

By |February 2nd, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsenal Transfers, Arsene Wenger, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

So after all the hype, all the over-the-top Sky Sports blustering, all of the pomp and everything being turned yellow, the transfer deadline day (no, I’m not capitalising it) turned out to be what it is every season: an exercise in how to get overexcited. 

I’ve got to tell you, I was glad we weren’t involved, […]

26 01, 2016

Mesut at 100, Arsenal in the final third and Coquelin back in the team

By |January 26th, 2016|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, gooners, Gunners, injuries, midfield, premier league|2 Comments

As Mesut Özil hits the 100 appearance mark for The Arsenal, what better way to celebrate it by the media, than talking up a story about a buyback clause that Real Madrid insisted upon? 

Does such a clause exist? I’d be surprised. Arsenal don’t tend to do those types of clauses unless they are the selling […]

25 01, 2016

The predictability is more painful than anything else

By |January 25th, 2016|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, premier league, Rant, referees|0 Comments

The most galling thing about yesterday’s game against the most morally bankrupt club of all time, was the predictability with which we enabled them to pick up a result, from both the sending off and the goal we conceded.

In the morning as I blogged, I was nervous because of our appalling record against footballs equivalent […]

24 01, 2016

Frustration with the fates, but Arsenal need to overcome the psychological battle, too

By |January 24th, 2016|Arsenal, gooners, Gunners, History, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

This fixture has become the one in which more frustration exists than ever before and it’s been like that over the last ten years or so because it doesn’t matter in what position the two teams are in, Chelski usually come out on top, or at least without defeat. It doesn’t matter if they’re flying high […]

23 01, 2016

Fans for a day, Vieira no love Wenger and trolling gets its comeuppance 

By |January 23rd, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, gooners, Gunners, History, premier league, Rant|2 Comments

With another day to go before we line up against Chelski, today is all about looking at others and praying for results to go our way. Most of my family on my Dad’s side are West Ham fans, so is my brother, so they’ve always kind of been my ‘second team’ if there could be […]

22 01, 2016

Here comes the cavalry

By |January 22nd, 2016|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, injuries, premier league, press conference, Rant|0 Comments

Good ol’ Arsène and his day early pressers. He’s enabled me to talk about the game ahead on Sunday a day early, which is great, because I’ve been dying to sink my teeth in to it. Well, I have been and still am, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be absolutely bricking it come Sunday. 

Anyway, […]

19 01, 2016

Arsenal fixture review and Walcott’s ‘mental strength’

By |January 19th, 2016|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, Gunners, injuries, premier league|0 Comments

I wonder if there was a conversation between Theo and Arsène, before Walcott talked up the teams ‘mental strength’ post Stoke away. It does seem as though that interview was straight out of the Arsenal Wenger handbook on how to talk up your team, so perhaps after ten years in his regular presence, Le Boss’ […]

18 01, 2016

Cech shines in Stoke, but should we be happy with a point?

By |January 18th, 2016|Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Defence, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, premier league|3 Comments

As the final whistle went yesterday, with Arsenal securing a point at The Britannia, it was hard for me to properly assess how I felt about the result. On the face of it it was a hard-fought point. It was more than City got against the Orcs and sees us go back to the top […]