Book review – Captain of Wales

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  Walley Barnes – Captain of Wales (GCR Books) GCR Books (http://www.gcrbooks.co.uk) republishes classic books from the past that might otherwise have slipped into obscurity. The latest in their Arsenal series was originally published in 1953, almost 50 years ago. Walley Barnes’ story is a fascinating one. This volume hit the bookstores less than ten […]

Arsenal and Citroën Unite through Ballet

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Yes, it’s true, the mighty Arsenal and Citroën have combined to promote the new Citroën DS5 through a video shot with the English National Ballet. No doubt the players involved in the video have been subject to more than one or two dressing-room comments on their newly-found artistic skills, but ballet dancers also need to […]

Seven good minutes enough for Arsenal

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Three goals in seven second half minutes – that’s all it took for Arsenal to win a game in which they were otherwise unimpressive. While the comeback was miraculous and the result crucial, many problems still remain. As has been the case for the last month or so, Arsenal started at a pedestrian pace. While […]

The Arsenal fans want to win the FA Cup

The Arsenal fans want to win the FA Cup

Here we are on the verge of our 4th round FA Cup tie with Aston Villa, and yet I find myself still thinking about the substitution of Oxlade-Chamberlin in last weeks 2-1 loss to Manchester United. With the way Wenger was talking it makes me wonder if he is getting his apologies, or should I […]

There’s only one. Or two.

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Sing along now: “There’s only one Arsenal.” Or not. Fans of the Gunners familiar with only the Premier League, or the top four leagues in England, might know a few teams from other countries. Mostly, this has been due to the Champions League being televised so widely. Crazed football fans may watch more games, including […]

Name that team

A quick test for you: what team is this? GK Kapino DL Shaw D Vertonghen D Alex DR Beck ML Capoue M Gonzalez M Kaka MR Reus F Podolski F Leandro Sub: Montoya, Goetze, Garcia, Grosskreutz, Vargas, Casemiro, Barrada, Ayew, Drame A European club, perhaps? Or a fantasy XI for a website competition? Actually, if […]

Credit where credit’s Djou

Sorry about the title, but I can’t resist a good pun if possible. Misleading as it might be, I must stress that I am not saying Johan Djourou deserves any credit for his performance against Manchester United. However, for all the criticism surrounding Arsene Wenger for his choice to remove Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain just as he’d […]

Desperate Wenger is living off his reputation

Arsenal fans who argue that Arsene Wenger should not be sacked can only come up with one reason – “He’s our most successful manager ever”. Others might also point to his unearthing of talents like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. The theme here? It’s all stuff from an increasingly long time ago. Wenger himself resorted […]

Arsenal lose three Premier League matches in a row

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For the first time in five years we have now lost three Premiership matches in a row. I am starting this story now Tuesday evening the 17th where the thoughts of last nights radio conversation on Talksports Drivetime between Adrian Durham and Ray Parlour are still fresh in my mind. The radio show host was […]

This might be a good time to play United

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I might be clutching at straws a little, but there’s a small amount of evidence to suggest that our best results against Manchester United in recent times come during difficult periods. Now is certainly one of those periods. After we looked like recovering a season that looked lost as soon as it started, we are […]

Deep-rooted problems at Arsenal

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There are no excuses, yesterday we were outplayed and outfought by a newly promoted side, as Swansea beat us 3-2 to seriously dent our hopes of making the top four. The penalty decision was questionable, yes, but as has been the problem recently, we were not up for this game at all. We scored early […]

I Have a Dream. And Thierry Henry is Living It.

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Considering the fact that much of the world is going to be focused this coming weekend on the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his accomplishments toward bringing about progress in the area of civil rights, I believe it is quite fitting to spend at least some time dwelling on the […]

A rare moment of true beauty in football

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If ever there was a match made in Heaven in the footballing world, it would have to be between Arsenal and Thierry Henry, who have found each other again after a five-year absence, with the magic the same as it ever was. It was an otherwise drab encounter, with little to get excited about as […]

Rivals Watch: Trouble at United?

While watching Liverpool take on Oldham last night, I couldn’t help but notice a much bigger deal (footballwise) going on in the media world – a leaked copy of tomorrow’s front page of the Independent, claiming that Wayne Rooney might be on his way out of Manchester United that had somehow found itself causing a […]

It’s vital Arsenal boost squad in window, Arsene

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Losing to Fulham to start 2012 hurt but it has hopefully served as a wakeup call for Arsene Wenger that his side cannot continue to challenge for the top four without recognised fullbacks. The regulars are out injured and have been for a considerable time. Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson are on the […]

Expect more ups and downs

Consider this a ‘half season review’, but with one game added on. After a terrible start, followed by an excellent run, followed by a topsy turvy Christmas period, I feel we now have a good idea of how the season is going to go. When we beat QPR and Chelsea lost at home to Villa, […]

Why Villa Park is new seat of learning for Gooners

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Doctor Johnson wrote something along the lines of: “A man who tires of London, tires of life.” It holds up. But had he replaced London withVilla Park it would be Grade A bunkum. Because, I have to say, after almost 30 years of watching the Arsenal at the home of Aston Villa, I have tired […]

How will London do in the Champions League?

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The Twittersphere was alive last night with the scoreline London 2-0 Manchester, as both City and, more spectacularly, United failed to join Arsenal and Chelsea for the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League. The response from dejected mancs has been that this scoreline is of little relevance; the red and blue halves of Manchester […]

Gunners Progress Despite Greek Loss

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Arsenal’s last Champions League group stage match ended in defeat, as a tough Olympiakos team beat an inexperienced Gunners side 3-1 in Greece. In a match where poor defending dominated, Arsenal went behind from a 16th minute strike from Rafik Djebbour, who rounded Lukasz Fabianski before slotting home to give the Greek side the lead. […]

RTK’s TGIF: AFC to beat WBA 3-0?

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Welcome to another TGIF, which because of my work commitments is now written between Friday evening and Saturday morning. I still feel that this feature is worth producing. It gives me a chance to round up the issues of the week and comment about anything which is exercising Gooners over their pints of beer. The […]

Lacklustre Arsenal draw a blank

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Arsenal were uninspiring at best, cocky at worst, against Marseille in a 0-0 draw at the Emirates tonight. It was disappointing to see the players unable to build on the fantastic win at Chelsea. Overall, the team lacked urgency, Walcott reverted to type, and Park was invisible. Szczesny nearly cost us a stupid goal after […]

A game of two halves for Andre Santos – what now for the big Brazilian?

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There’s not much more that needs to be said about Arsenal’s memorable 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday. I could repeat what everyone else has said about the entertainment and sheer brilliance of Robin van Persie, but that would render me somewhat pointless. So instead I’m going to focus on the performance of […]

Wenger sounds fed up

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If a lack of confidence is a problem with this current Arsenal team it’s easy to see why, going from Wenger’s latest comments to the French media. Back in the days when there were few cooler than Wenger and he came out with his ‘prettiest wife’ comments, he unsurprisingly seemed better able to command respect […]

RTK Blog: Call to Arms – We are the ARSENAL!

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Today all Gooners must do their duty. They must recall the greatness of the past and temporarily cast aside the divisions that recently have weakened the Arsenal Faith. If you feel that you can’t then let me try to get you to understand why you support this club. What ever your age, I want you […]

Arteta: I must help Arsenal win trophies

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Mikel Arteta knows he must live with the pressure of being at Arsenal if he is to perform in a  can lead us to somne silverware. After a solid display in the 1-1 draw in Dortmund, he had his morning’s papers on his move from Goodison to the Ems.He tells the Daily Star: “Winning a […]