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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...
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Jack On Both Sides

Jack Wilshere has clocked up just over 1,000 minutes across 14 matches since joining Bournemouth on loan in late August. Back in September, I wrote a piece questioning his decision (and it did seem to be very m...
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Pressing Concerns for Arsenal

By now, there is a significant body of evidence to suggest that Arsenal really struggle with opponents that set out to press them high up the pitch. Teams that harangue the Gunners in their own half and ‘get in...
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Left Wing Reform

Arsenal’s squad is as well stocked as it has been for some years with a series of versatile options in each department. But if there is one position in which Arsenal are not as strong as they could be, it is pr...
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Sans Santi

The news that Santi Cazorla requires surgery on an ongoing achilles problem was met with predictable and understandable disappointment last week. The Spaniard starts near enough every match that he is fit to pl...