25 04, 2023

Does the Saliba situation and the ‘Holding System’ mean a ‘Hail Mary’ is needed?

By |2023-04-25T08:27:15+01:00April 25th, 2023|analysis, Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Defence, gooners, Gunners, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|1 Comment

The all but official confirmation yesterday that Saliba would certainly miss tomorrow's game at the Etihad yesterday, sent a wave of Arsenal fans - your humble narrator included - into a wave of 'formation and play permutation bingo' and, I'll be honest, none of it was particularly palatable. We all know the issues of late; [...]

23 07, 2022

Does Arteta risk first teamers against the clobbermeisters of Chelsea?

By |2022-07-23T07:35:15+01:00July 23rd, 2022|Arsenal, Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Arsenal Transfers, friendly, gooners, Gunners, injuries, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, pre season|0 Comments

Good morning Gooners and welcome to Saturday! We are on less than two weeks and counting until the season proper and tonight the lads conclude the US tour with a game against those scummers Chelsea. This is a Chelsea side buoyed by the arrival of Raheem Sterling, who i'd expect to get some minutes tonight, [...]

28 08, 2021

Man City preview: All Arsenal have is hope

By |2021-08-28T09:45:44+01:00August 28th, 2021|Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Formation, Match Preview, Mikel Arteta, premier league, Tactics|1 Comment

I don't think there's many people on this planet who could argue a case for Arsenal getting anything today. It really does feel like we have two hopes: Bob Hope and No Hope, against the Champions of England, on their home turf. There is nothing to suggest that even a draw would be possible, given [...]

7 04, 2019

Back three to offer more protection against Everton’s pacey front line?

By |2019-04-07T09:27:38+01:00April 7th, 2019|Arsenal FC, Arsenal Manager, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Today begins the tough work as we play the first of what feels like about a billion away games to finish the season. We're on the last stretch, we probably need 12 or 13 points I think and looking at the teams we play today has to be one of those games in which a [...]

7 03, 2019

No rotation at Rennes for Arsenal

By |2019-03-07T08:58:31+00:00March 7th, 2019|Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Europa League, Formation, gooners, Gunners, Match Preview, Tactics, Unai Emery|1 Comment

Last night we saw the unlikely happen with United and I have to say it made me slightly more nervous for this Sunday's game. I'm glad we're in form and at home but they will be on cloud nine in terms of morale and confidence right now and that word I keep bleating on about [...]

8 12, 2018

Focus, concentration and not underestimating Huddersfield: Arsenal know what to do

By |2018-12-08T09:11:29+00:00December 8th, 2018|Arsenal, Attack, Defence, Formation, Match Preview, premier league, Tactics, Unai Emery|0 Comments

Huddersfield at home is our third game in a week and represents an opportunity to continue this positive countdown to Christmas with a win and to keep the good momentum going. It'll also ensure that confidence remains high at a time in which we've had a few injuries over the last few weeks and some [...]

25 02, 2018

Winning the cup: formation, Welbeck and finding Auba

By |2018-02-25T09:13:01+00:00February 25th, 2018|Arsenal FC, Attack, Defence, Formation, gooners, Gunners, History, League Cup, Match Preview, Tactics|0 Comments

Cup final Sunday. I must admit to you that I do prefer it when it lands on a Saturday and is in May, because it's a much more pleasurable experience than having to be layered up in February. But let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, eh? After all, at least we're once [...]

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