Wenger Cautious with Wilshere’s Ankle, Fabregas Talks Emirates Return, Arsenal and Inter Set for Multiple Battles, Adler’s Snubs…

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Wenger Cautious with Wilshere’s Ankle Jack Wilshere is an injury concern for Arsenal FC, and manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the midfielder’s ankle problem is being carefully monitored by the club’s medical staff due to his history. The 21-year-old Gunner’s ankle injuries have forced him to miss 17 months of football so far in […]

Is it Walcott’s time? A look at history

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It might seem premature to write this when contract negotiations are still up in the air, but if Arsenal history is anything to go by, when one star leaves another unlikely one usually steps up from within the ranks to surprise everyone. I’ve been one of his biggest critics over the years so I can […]

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 […]

Constant change harming Arsenal

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It struck me yesterday that Arsenal’s starting lineup against Sunderland was almost an entirely different team from even two seasons ago. After years of being fairly quiet in the transfer market (apart from selling the occasional top player and signing the occasional teenager), Arsenal have now gone the other way: last summer saw Clichy, Fabregas […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arsenal go direct in smash-and-grab win

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So often the story with Arsenal is now well we played and how unlucky we were to lose. Quite the opposite today as we inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Liverpool. A header from a cross and a volley from a lofted through-ball – not exactly Arsenal-like goals under Arsene Wenger, but […]

Tactical blunder sends us packing

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Arsene Wenger has never been a great tactician, but tonight his bizarre decision killed us from the start. The boss was looking, as we all were, at the state of the San Siro pitch. The wings looked deliberately battered to give us a hard time in one of our stronger positions. We’ve played on some […]

Adieu, Thierry Henry. And merci beaucoup.

Arsenal a tale of three substitutes

On Saturday morning, I saw the list of potential managers for the England National Team now that it finds itself without a coach. The Euro 2012 is not too far away now, and the eyes of the world are on England, waiting to see who will take the helm amidst the international controversy. I couldn’t […]

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 […]

Now songs out for 3 matches!!

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has been handed a three-match ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct. Song was handed the charge after stamping on Newcastle’s Joey Barton during Arsenal’s goalless draw at St James’ Park last weekend. The incident was missed by referee Peter Walton during the game but the Football Association decided to act after reviewing video […]