01 Feb 2015

Villa preview: Let’s make it 5 wins in a row

This is the second attempt at starting this morning’s blog. I had written a couple of hundred words about the last time we played Villa at home – coincidentally with the same referee at the helm – but then I realised what happened back then was irrelevant (and it was

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31 Jan 2015

Saturday round-up: Alexis risk and Gabriel stats

Morning all, a quick Saturday round-up for you, as having to get out of bed into the cold this morning was thoroughly unpleasant and now I feel most grouchy. First things first and the manager says he’s unlikely to risk Alexis Sanchez tomorrow because of his hamstring strain. Sensible stuff

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29 Jan 2015

Gabriel officially an Arsenal player + some Joel Campbell thoughts

Only one place to start this morning and that’s the quantitative easing official capture of Brazilian defender Gabriel from Villarreal. It came at a time when people were getting a bit antsy that it hadn’t been announced, especially given that Joel Campbell was well and truly ensconced in Spain, but

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28 Jan 2015

I got a letter just the other day …

I get many emails, and I always manage to answer them even if it does take me a while to get around to them (if you’re still waiting, bear with me). But right now, given the time of year and what’s going on, there are some that it’d be better

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27 Jan 2015

Work permit for Gabriel + FA Cup draw

Morning. And there’s good news to start with as it was reported yesterday that Gabriel Paulista had been awarded a work permit by the home office, so the only thing stopping the deal going through now is some issue with his medical (which as far as I’m aware was completed

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26 Jan 2015

Brighton 2-3 Arsenal: Relentless Rosicky runs the show

Match report – Player Ratings – Video In the last two games we’ve been treated to wins (always nice), but also virtuoso performances by individual players. Against Man City last weekend Santi Cazorla ran the show, yesterday it was the evergreen Tomas Rosicky. He’s 34 years of age but zips

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25 Jan 2015

Brighton preview + Gabriel deal done as Campbell leaves

While I think it’s right that we should be confident ahead of today’s game against Brighton, yesterday’s extraordinary – and downright hilarious – events should remind us that you can take nothing for granted in the FA Cup. Bradford, 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge, came back to win 4-2. Amazing,

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24 Jan 2015

Gabriel signing close as Ozil bulks up + new kit news

Happy Saturday to you, here’s a quick round-up of what’s going on. The first thing to mention is that Gabriel has been left out of Villarreal’s squad for their La Liga clash with local rivals Levante. Considering he played midweek, and that he’s not listed as one of the players

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22 Jan 2015

One for all, and all 4-1-4-1

Arsene Wenger began the 2014-15 season by trialling a new 4-1-4-1 formation. Initially there were some travails with inducting the team into a slightly different formation. It led to some disjointed form as the players acclimatised, with a truncated pre-season leaving little time to chisel the team into shape. It

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22 Jan 2015

Bielik signs as Gabriel negotiations continue

Morning from a very foggy Dublin. Yesterday saw an actual signing. A transfer in the transfer window. A capture, a swoop, a coveted youngster was saved from transfer limbo after his club slapped a price tag on him, but after intense negotiation we got our target (who had been on

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21 Jan 2015

It looks like we’ve found the defender, but it’s complicated

Morning to you. January really is a long month, isn’t it? It’s not like when you’ve got a splendid June or July with some warm weather and it goes by all to quickly. Instead it’s like the dentist’s chair of a month where every minute seems like an hour and

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20 Jan 2015

Coquelin comes out of the cold to hand Arsenal a contract saga

There are a lot of things that can make a footballer’s career a successful one. The obvious traits like talent, ability, application, professionalism, commitment, hard work, dedication, and the rest, play a big part in whether or not a player makes it. But there have been many talented, dedicated men

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