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Is 3 The Magic Number?

As I have documented in this column many times before, when it comes to the setup of his team, Arsene Wenger is more alchemist than strategist. He assembles his materials and figures out how best to deploy them...
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Alexis’ Midfield Runners

With Olivier Giroud unavailable at the outset of the campaign, Theo Walcott no longer interested in playing centre forward and Danny Welbeck injured, Arsene Wenger’s centre forward options were somewhat limited...
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Mob Justice

Back in August, I wrote a piece about the volatile atmosphere at away matches. I wrote it in the wake of a 0-0 draw with Leicester when, by my reckoning, a concerted chant of “we want Wenger out” was audible fr...
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Tellin’ Stories

Last week I attended a conference. Radio 4’s Aleks Krotoski was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Krotoski is a podcaster and broadcaster, she effectively tells stories for a living. In her address, she reflecte...
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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...