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.
8 01, 2020

Arteta’s philosophy needs a season to embed

By |2020-01-08T07:34:26+00:00January 8th, 2020|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, gooners, Gunners, Mikel Arteta, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

With the club still another three and a bit days in which we play another game (having had rapid-football fired at us over Christmas) there is understandably a desire to eek out as much delicious content from the Leeds win as possible on the official site. And who can blame the PR and Marketing Teams, [...]

7 01, 2020

Gritty Arsenal beat Dirty Leeds

By |2020-01-07T07:54:49+00:00January 7th, 2020|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, FA Cup, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, Mikel Arteta, Tactics|2 Comments

Well now, wasn't that a slightly different performance to the ones we'd had under Arteta in the previous three games, eh? Certainly it was what you'd call 'gritty' and in terms of the high intensity that we'd seen in the previous two games, it was hardly the same, but perhaps that was opposition dependent. Leeds [...]

6 01, 2020

Possession-based Leeds might work well for Arsenal tonight

By |2020-01-06T07:55:43+00:00January 6th, 2020|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, FA Cup, Formation, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, Tactics|0 Comments

Matchday on a Monday is becoming a far more regular thing than I'd have liked it to have been, if I'm completely honest and with all of the other FA Cup round fixtures now having been played, we'll be learning our fate before a ball is kicked. That is of course assuming we can get [...]

4 01, 2020

The importance of that Edu/Arteta relationship is massive

By |2020-01-04T09:40:55+00:00January 4th, 2020|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, FA Cup, injuries, Mikel Arteta, Transfers|0 Comments

Morning friends and happy Saturday to you. It's an FA Cup weekend and in my opinion it's the best FA Cup weekend - cup final day aside if you're in it - of all of the round. It's the one in which all the Premier League teams feature, there's a shedload of games going on, [...]

3 01, 2020

Arteta’s strong stance on Xhaka, Auba and transfers is welcome

By |2020-01-03T08:02:30+00:00January 3rd, 2020|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, FA Cup, gooners, Gunners, Mikel Arteta, press conference, Transfers|0 Comments

Morning folks. Ahh man, after almost two weeks of not setting an alarm before 8am, to see the wet side of pre 7am isn't fun, that's for sure. Still, at least Arsenal have made it a little more fun this week with a hard fought win against United and much like the intensity, drive and [...]

2 01, 2020

Arsenal beat United. Arsenal are ‘fun’ again. Bring on 2020.

By |2020-01-02T10:16:58+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Arsenal, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|1 Comment

Now I don't know about you, but I've enjoyed reading just about everything between last night's result and me writing today's blog. And I'm going to thoroughly enjoy today's blog from start to finish, that's for sure, because last night we won a football match and we did it in a way in which gave [...]

1 01, 2020

Arsenal must avoid the United counter with a compact team

By |2020-01-01T09:24:21+00:00January 1st, 2020|Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

Morning fellow Arsenal sufferers and welcome to a brand new year. A new year brings hope of renewal, recharging and refresh, which is exactly what we need as ~Arsenal fans having had to sit through 2019 and watch our team slowly implode from about March onward. Much like the beginning of a new season bringing [...]

30 12, 2019

Some good, some bad, some awful (refereeing decisions) – Arsenal v Chelsea

By |2019-12-30T10:05:12+00:00December 30th, 2019|Arsenal, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, injuries, Match Review, premier league, Rant, Tactics|2 Comments

I'm still trying to work out how I feel about yesterday's defeat to Chelski on our own patch. I mean, obviously I'm annoyed, but it feels like it's tempered somewhat with some of the situations that occurred during the match. Last night I lay in bed and at one point I was both pissed off [...]

29 12, 2019

Give Ozil space, ensure our fullbacks are protected and hope Guendouzi is disciplined – Chelsea preview

By |2019-12-29T09:56:23+00:00December 29th, 2019|Arsenal FC, Attack, Formation, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

Without going on to the internet and running a quick search I can't even remember the last time we won in a big game against one of the traditional 'big' teams, so I'm under no illusions that this afternoon's lunchtime match against Chelski will be a bloody difficult one to pick three points up on. [...]