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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...
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Together in Alexis Dreams

At the outset of the 2014-15 season, Arsene Wenger briefly experimented with his system, moving Mesut Özil into a wide left position. He did this partly because Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla wer...
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A Cultured Left Foot

When a club has the same manager for 20 years, inevitably, the manager in question has to build several iterations of his team. It wouldn’t do to ask Nigel Winterburn to play left-back for Arsenal in 2016 after...
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Hero In A Half Space

Two and a half years ago, I wrote a piece lamenting Arsenal’s ongoing inability to replace Robert Pires. The feeling has remained pervasive for much of the two and a half years since it was published. There has...
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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...
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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...