20 11, 2021

Liverpool preview – at least we have hope…

By |2021-11-20T08:13:27+00:00November 20th, 2021|Arsenal FC, Defence, Formation, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, premier league|0 Comments

So here we are. Back to match day and the excited nerves are kicking in already. Although I will admit that I'd have preferred us to get back in to the swing of the Premier League without having to play one of the hardest away games in world football right now. And it's probably made [...]

7 11, 2021

Watford to mirror Arsenal’s formation, so we must step up

By |2021-11-07T09:49:26+00:00November 7th, 2021|analysis, Arsenal, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

This'll be a quick one today as I'm off to have a pre match meal with the family in Islington before the old man and I make our way to the game. Watford at home in the old days - like six or seven years ago - would be one in which you'd be wondering [...]

1 11, 2021

Is Lacazette the false nine when we already have a nine on the pitch?

By |2021-11-01T08:11:18+00:00November 1st, 2021|Arsenal, Attack, Formation, Mikel Arteta, Tactics|2 Comments

Yesterday morning I went out for my morning run in the pouring rain of Northumberland and I was listening to a post match podcast, which triggered some thoughts in me about Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The thoughts revolved around the fact people are talking about us playing 4-4-2 and also trying to work out [...]

30 10, 2021

A tough ask for Arsenal at Leicester today

By |2021-10-30T09:39:44+01:00October 30th, 2021|Arsenal, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

I'd take a draw today. There, I said it. I've set my stall out for today's blog early on and I'll be completely frank with you, I fear this game now that we are on the eve of it. We've scored one goal away all season, which was in the 1-0 win over Burnley. We've [...]

23 10, 2021

Impressive Arsenal blow away Villa

By |2021-10-23T08:57:23+01:00October 23rd, 2021|Arsenal FC, Attack, Formation, Match Review, midfield, Mikel Arteta, premier league|0 Comments

Leaving the Emirates last night, after Arsenal had blitzed Aston Villa over 95+ minutes, I’m sure I wasn’t the only Gooner thinking “that’s more like it” as I queued for the Victoria Line at Highbury & Islington. One swallow does not a summer make and one performance does not a ‘click’ or ‘turnaround’ materialise, but [...]

22 10, 2021

Arsenal must win the duels against a counter-attacking Villa

By |2021-10-22T07:48:37+01:00October 22nd, 2021|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Formation, Gunners, Match Preview, midfield, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

Happy matchday folks. Hope you and yours are well. It's two in a week for us; feels almost like the old days of the Europa League and Champions League, eh? Those feelings of playing every few days may have gone, but at least we've had a fair few like that with the League Cup and [...]

20 10, 2021

Arteta can’t coach-out stupid mistakes, he CAN mitigate them. But is he?

By |2021-10-20T07:34:34+01:00October 20th, 2021|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Formation, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

Morning folks. How is it Wednesday already? Given we have a game on Friday too, there will probably be a pre-match presser tomorrow and so it'll be interesting to hear what Arteta thinks of what transpired on Monday given there has been some time between the raw emotion of a disappointing result and when he [...]

19 10, 2021

Overly-structured ArtetaBall isn’t working: Palace

By |2021-10-19T08:18:19+01:00October 19th, 2021|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Review, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Rant|1 Comment

At just before the hour mark I looked up to the big screen behind me yesterday and saw that with two thirds of the game gone, we were labouring, with Palace in the ascendency. And I hoped for a change. The set up wasn’t working. Crystal Palace we’re pressing across the pitch in an organised [...]

18 10, 2021

Arteta needs to sweep aside the narrative and Arsenal must ‘click’ against Palace

By |2021-10-18T07:39:55+01:00October 18th, 2021|Arsenal, Arsenal Manager, Attack, Defence, Formation, History, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics|0 Comments

A week of 'R n R' in Spain this past seven days and having also decided that the international break was an opportunity to step away from the blog in the mornings, I find myself rejuvenated and excited for what feels like 'Part III' of Arsenal's season. In Part I we experienced the lows, the [...]

5 10, 2021

Freestyle footballers might be absent, but knowing the opposition intimately shouldn’t be

By |2021-10-05T07:48:33+01:00October 5th, 2021|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Formation, Mikel Arteta, Tactics|0 Comments

Morning folks. Hope you and yours are well on this Tuesday morn. My evening was spent without Facebook and WhatsApp and aside from planning a couple of vineyard tours next week in Spain as I go to celebrate my mates wedding and then stay out in Catalonia for a few days extra, I didn't miss [...]

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