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Parsing Midfielders

The subject of Arsenal’s central midfield has generated a lot of discussion this season. It is unquestionably the area of the pitch where Arsene Wenger has the greatest amount of choice. The manager probably ha...
Tim Stillman column Arseblog

Arsene Wenger Is Like My Dad

Arsene Wenger is like my dad. He’s not like my actual dad. My actual father died when I was a baby and I grew up with my mum and four older sisters. I was 12 years old when Arsene Wenger took the reins at Arsen...
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The Sea Wants To Take Me

Football moves along at light speed. The succession of fixtures and storylines are so dizzying that it is difficult to release oneself from the echo chamber and take stock. Football is akin to soap opera in thi...
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Another Brick in the Walcott

Towards the end of last season, Theo Walcott’s Arsenal career appeared to be fizzling out into a series of comedy vines. Seemingly every week, Walcott was going viral for all the wrong reasons. From showjumping...
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Ox-Tale

‘What’s eating Alex Oxlade Chamberlain?’ It’s a question that has been, well, eating large swathes of the Arsenal fan base for some time now. Since signing as an exciting 18 year old in 2011, The Ox’s seasons s...
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Arsenal’s Pressing Concerns

The day after the 2015 FA Cup Final, Arsene Wenger broadly hinted at a quiet summer on the transfer front, explaining, “people think always it’s about buying but it’s as well about cohesion, and cohesion is a v...
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Looking Through the Window

I have aired my impression that the transfer window is treated as a competition in its own right on many occasions now, so I shall not flog that particular hobby horse further. Definitively judging transfer bus...
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Centre Flack

The art of defending has undergone a rapid transformation over the last twenty years or so. Generally speaking, the quality of individual defenders has declined in the global game. In the 1990s, the likes of Pa...
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A Crèche Start

“What I think will happen is that you will have more and more players coming out of the lower leagues who have had to fight their way through. Compare that with a player who has been educated here, who has had ...