Tim Stillman column Arseblog

Dressing Room 101

Arsenal move into April with their hopes of Champions League qualification hanging by a thread. It’s a familiar story, of course. The club and the manager have been in this situation several times before, their...
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Upgrading the Software

Throughout their history, Arsenal have had to take decisions in order to speed up the evolution of the club. This is true of every big football club, or indeed organisation. They’re pretty simple to plot when y...
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1,2,3,4 I Declare A Spin War

Professional footballers (and indeed sportsmen and women) are not 'normal' people. To be sifted through the Serengeti of youth football, from playground cradle to academy, in an ultra-competitive, highly charge...
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Lukewarm

Lucas Perez’s ascent at Arsenal has been gradual. This is because his Gunners career to date has comprised of a series of vignettes, with the Spaniard often deployed from the bench, or else given sporadic start...
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Mes-anine

There are few folk heroes more celebrated in football history than the will o’ the wisp number 10. We are familiar with the well-worn stereotype by now. Socks rolled down, shorts pristinely clean well into the ...
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Saxa-ma-phone. Saxa-ma-phone.

Squad flexibility is a desirable characteristic for a manager to cultivate. A player’s position or role should only ever be informed by how they serve the collective. Of the Invincibles back four, Ashley Cole s...
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When Two Vibes Go To War

I have long suspected that choice is one of Arsene’s great enemies. Squad rotation is not something he has ever shown a particular flair for. I have always thought of him as more of an alchemist than a strategi...
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Stand Together

The Football Supporters’ Federation gave birth to the Twenty’s Plenty movement in January 2013. Gradually the campaign built momentum and with numbers of away supporters decreasing in the Premier League, as the...
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Chaos Theory

This season Arsenal have demonstrated a predilection for a late goal and a fightback. There are two prisms through which to view this. It can be viewed generously. It shows that the team has a measure of fortit...