Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
23 Sep 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Only the most isolated of hermits will by now be unaware of Hull’s imminent status of ‘UK City of Culture’. Unlike its European counterpart, which has awarded Capital of Culture status to such boring and obvious places such as Athens, Florence, Dublin, Paris, Copenhagen, Prague, and, erm, Liverpool, the UK

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
22 Sep 2016

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 seemed to take on a familiar arc. Brief flashes of promise, punctuated by

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Arsenal tactics 2016
19 Sep 2016

Tactics Column: Walcott, Iwobi typify Arsenal’s approach v Hull

It’s perhaps a little early in the season for Arsene Wenger to revert to safe mode, but his selection against Hull City on Saturday suggests a bit of that. It’s not just that Granit Xhaka remained on the bench but the fact that the line-up has barely changed for the

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
16 Sep 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Ah, Paris. A wonderful city. Beautiful, romantic, poetic, lyrical. If I were to choose a place to live other than London then it would have to be Paris. As the poet Mr. Ginsberg said, “You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
15 Sep 2016

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 very important factor that is a bit underrated usually by people. We have

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Arsenal tactics 2016
12 Sep 2016

Tactics Column: Looking at Coquelin’s role vs Southampton

There was a segment on Match of the Day when the commentator was extolling the virtues of Francis Coquelin before he was cut off. In it he was saying, as Coquelin drove through the midfield, that “he has had a good game actually, not just in a defensive sense but…”

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
09 Sep 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

As old age begins to settle its claws into your hypothalamus, indeed, into your Frontal, Parietal, Occipital and temporal lobes, distressing things begin to happen. Chiefly, the memory begins to become as flaky and unreliable as Marouane Chamakh. No. Worse. Your memory become like Nicklas Bendnter. And so it was

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
08 Sep 2016

Wilshere’s Bournemouth Ultimatum

This Saturday, Jack Wilshere will pull on an AFC Bournemouth shirt, as the Cherries take on West Bromwich Albion on the south coast. For Wilshere, this will represent a new and quite surprising chapter as he seeks to get his career back on track. For the most part, his talent

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
03 Sep 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

I have been away. We all need to revive and relax from time to time, even if one’s everyday life involves collecting rare furniture and having one’s portrait painted. And so it came to pass that when selecting one’s summer destination, one’s wife selected the delightful French hamlet of Ars

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
01 Sep 2016

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 business at the beginning of September is a by-product of this; we are persistently encouraged

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Arsenal tactics 2016
29 Aug 2016

Tactics Column: Alexis finds killer space on the left-flank

Arsenal seem to enjoy playing against opponents who field a back three. Notable scalps in recent history include Napoli, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Sunderland – while West Ham should have been added to the list last season had Arsenal not thrown away a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3. The reason

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
25 Aug 2016

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

“We want Wenger out, say we want Wenger out.” That was the chant that rang loudly and clearly from the away end on Saturday during the final moments of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City. The ditty had been preceded a few minutes earlier by the now (bi)annual favourite, “spend

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