31 Aug 2016

Striker and defender arrive as the departure lounge gets busy

Well, yesterday turned out to be a busy day. A strange day at times, but there was certainly plenty going on. I guess the best way to look at it all is break down into arrivals and departures and look at each one. We confirmed two new players, but one

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wilshere 2016
30 Aug 2016

Wilshere loan makes sense for him but not really for Arsenal

We’re heading towards the close of the transfer window, and focus again turns to a departure rather than any further arrivals. This morning various reports say that Arsenal are prepared to let Jack Wilshere leave the club on loan in order to give him the playing time he needs. The

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Arsenal tactics 2016
29 Aug 2016

Tactics Column: Alexis finds killer space on the left-flank

Arsenal seem to enjoy playing against opponents who field a back three. Notable scalps in recent history include Napoli, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Sunderland – while West Ham should have been added to the list last season had Arsenal not thrown away a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3. The reason

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
29 Aug 2016

Arsecast Extra Episode 137 – 29.08.2016

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we have a look at our first win of the season, the 3-1 at Watford. We discuss the performances (individual and collective), the impact of Ozil on the team and Alexis, the

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29 Aug 2016

Interlull is here, but who’s heading out before the window closes?

Once more unto the Interlull, dear friends, once more. That’s what Henry V said when another international break came rumbling around. It’s one of those things we always complain about; the season has just begun when the brakes are put on and the players go off to play for their

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watford 1-3 arsenal 2016
28 Aug 2016

Watford 1-3 Arsenal: First half blitz enough to take three points

Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Well, wasn’t that pleasant?! Scoring goals, winning the game, feeling quite good afterwards. This winning lark is rather good. Arsenal don’t need any highly paid consultants, I can offer some free advice this morning: do that more often and

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watford v arsenal 2016
27 Aug 2016

Watford preview: How will we make the midfield tick?

So, today we’ve got a game of football. If anyone’s forgotten that’s the thing you do with all the players you buy in the transfer market. You pick 11 of them and send them out onto a PITCH to kick a BALL into the NET. Beyond that the details get

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26 Aug 2016

Two new arrivals imminent, transfer thoughts + Arsecast 394

Happy Friday one and all, and after a week not nothing much it’s all kicking off as it looks like two brand new players are on their way to sign for Arsenal in transfer deals. I know, what larks! Both of them are coming from La Liga. Lucas Perez, the

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
25 Aug 2016

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

“We want Wenger out, say we want Wenger out.” That was the chant that rang loudly and clearly from the away end on Saturday during the final moments of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City. The ditty had been preceded a few minutes earlier by the now (bi)annual favourite, “spend

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25 Aug 2016

Deportivo striker Lucas Perez on the way? + Champions League draw awaits

Morning all. It’s been a quiet week in terms of actual things happening, which leads to introspection, which leads to posts like yesterday. Anyway, thanks all for all the feedback on it, it certainly got people talking and the sense that people find it more difficult these days to identify

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24 Aug 2016

The Stan Kroenke problem and why it will probably get worse

Do you ever stop and think ‘What is the point of Arsenal?’. I don’t mean it in some existential way. We know it’s a football club that has existed since 1886 and the fundamental reason behind it is to play football matches and win football matches and ultimately win trophies.

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premier league bubble
23 Aug 2016

Is the Premier League bubble affecting Arsenal’s thinking?

In the wake of the Joel Campbell loan to Sporting Lisbon, we got a question for the Arsecast Extra which asked ‘Why do we keep loaning players rather than selling them?’ Campbell has gone on loan when it’s pretty clear that his time is up at Arsenal. The manager doesn’t

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