The ‘Makelele role’ is still important

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On the same day that Arsenal’s main defensive midfielder was confirmed as a Barcelona player, Everton overran Manchester United in a very impressive and fully deserved 1-0 win at Goodison Park. The link here? United had no midfield. Sky called it a 4-3-3 in the pre-match buildup, but it looked more like a 4-2-3-1 with […]

United bid for van Persie signals end to rivalry

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Perhaps worse even than the sight of talismanic striker and captain playing in the red of Manchester United, is the fact that our long-standing rival Ferguson felt he could make a bid at all. If it wasn’t already pretty clear, it is now official: we are not the rivals we used to be. It almost […]

Deja vu, all over again

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We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Too many times. Star player…club captain…one-man team…selling club. The words have lost all meaning. Though I have been toughened up by so many recent experiences (or perhaps simly grown numb to the modern running of Arsenal FC) I have to, as ever, express my disappointment at Arsene Wenger and […]

There’s a talented player in there somewhere

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I have to admit that I naively raised an eyebrow yesterday when Roberto Mancini, chasing a much-needed win at Newcastle, took off attacking midfielder Samir Nasri for defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong. In the end, this turned out to be the masterstroke that won City the game, and possibly the league title. Having been largely […]

Where are the defenders?

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I think it would be fair to say if you were to ask most people to people look back at what has set this Premier League season apart from others the answer you’d get would have to be: high-scoring games. For a slightly more pessimistic view: bad defending. It is in the big games where […]

Arteta success story continues

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There could not be a more fitting match-winner yesterday than Mikel Arteta, who fired in a glorious late winner from long range to beat moneybags Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. While Arsenal lost big names in Fabregas and Nasri last summer – the latter, importantly, going to City – the comparibly modest Arteta was […]

There is only the end of the season

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Yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to relegation strugglers QPR summed up Arsenal’s season, just as every game seems to do at the moment. We learned nothing new yesterday, and won’t until the season ends. I said it a few months ago – it’s all about who messes up least often. We put together a surprisingly good run […]

Bilbao give a great advert for La Liga

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Since Barcelona and Real Madrid started regularly thrashing everyone and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would fight it out every week for who can score the most hat-tricks, it has become a widely accepted norm among English fans and pundits that the Spanish league is just weaker than our own. Barca and Real are great […]

A reminder for Tottenham fans

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Most of the time I’m not one for animalistic rivalry. I prefer to put my bias aside and keep a rational head; to see football for what it is. But as derby day edges closer, I’m afraid instincts are kicking in. Firstly, congratulations to Tottenham. After a LOT of waiting, they finally have a very […]

Video Blog: Arsenal 0 – 1 Manchester City

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the Carling Cup match against Man City. Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London’s […]

Praise for Arsenal’s defence is a tad premature

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The in-thing at the moment, aside from rightly praising Robin van Persie for being a goalscoring machine, is to praise our new-found solidity at the back. While results have been good recently, I’d say it’s more down to the form of our attack than any miracles happening in defence. Looking at our form since the […]

Gunners continue ticket reduction policy for Man City clash

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Gunners continue ticket reduction policy for Man City clash Arsenal offer tickets from only £5 for Carling Cup tie Arsenal Football Club has announced that it is continuing its reduced ticket price approach for the forthcoming Carling Cup Quarter Final clash with Manchester City. All tickets for the cup-tie, for which the date is still to be […]

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 […]