Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
05 Feb 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

We shall briefly touch upon the affliction known as Total Impotence Torture Syndrome, or ‘T.I.T.S.’ Arsenal have been suffering from various strains of T.I.T.S. for some time now. We first contracted the disorder in the middle of January, with precisely no goals against the Staffordshire Cave Dwellers. T.I.T.S. got slightly

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tim_new_2015
04 Feb 2016

Keep on Roquelin in the free world

Partnerships are a crucial part of the nucleus of a successful football team. There is good reason that Petit and Vieira, or Bergkamp and Henry are spoken of in reverential couplets. Arsenal’s legendary back five is probably the greatest working example of the importance of chemistry. Individually, Dixon, Winterburn, Bould,

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tactics_new
03 Feb 2016

Tactics Column: Arsenal miss chances and fail to build effectively

If the signing of Petr Cech was supposedly be worth an extra 10-15 points come the end of the season, then it might be worth applying the equivalent logic to the other end of the pitch. That might be harsh on Olivier Giroud, who has shown the character to make

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
29 Jan 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Before Woolwich headed into this set of New Year’s fixtures, there was one phrase, repeated endlessly, to the point where it began to obganiate. It was along the lines of: “The question is: January will be a testing time for Arsenal. Will they still be title contenders at the end

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tim_new_2015
28 Jan 2016

Celebrate Good Times

Generally speaking, a society’s attitudes to any given phenomenon liberalises over time. People begin to dip their toes into hitherto unchartered waters, creating a frisson of panic from the side lines. Prophesies of impending doom abound. But as more people take the plunge, these concerns are often exposed as overwrought.

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
22 Jan 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Once upon a time The Potteries was a proud industrial area of Great Britain. In 1720, a local potter, Mr John Astbury, more of whom in a moment, discovered that by adding heated and ground flint powder to the local red clay you could create white or cream ware. An

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tim_new_2015
21 Jan 2016

The Why of Walcott

Theo Walcott reached the ten year milestone at Arsenal this week, to great fanfare. In the 21st century, it’s a pretty big deal for an international footballer to stay at a top club for a decade. Ordinarily, a player with this length of service behind him engenders a great deal

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tactics_new
21 Jan 2016

Tactics Column: Joel Campbell provides the right balance

Joel Campbell fumbled about a bit with his shorts but finally he was able to whip it out. It was a diminutive thing – a dummy, which he tucked beneath his kit tied to a bit of string and formed part of his celebration after his first two Arsenal goals

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
15 Jan 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Have you ever ventured to Liverpool? I shall spare you the effort, and the horror, by describing the City precisely. It is like Tottenham-on-Sea. The hapless citizens of this crime-ridden and godforsaken cesspool, where missionaries are still regularly burnt, cling to the following things: Popular modern beat combo The Beatles,

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tim_new_2015
14 Jan 2016

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes for Ch-Ch-Ch-Chamberlain

Few Arsenal players have sparked more conversation, more strange fascination and, it’s fair to say, more frustration than Alex Oxlade Chamberlain this season. The Ox has been on the cusp of a breakout season since he joined the club in 2011. Perpetually, he has teetered on the precipice between potential

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
08 Jan 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

When one awakes overlooking the throng of a Moroccan zouk in something of a zwodder* four days after celebrating the turning of the year, one knows that the evening, or rather evenings, was/ were a good one/ones. Things for the gent began in a relatively low-key manner; three or four

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tim_new_2015
07 Jan 2016

It’s A Knockout

In the Gregorian regularity of the English football fixture list, cup football begins to take hold of the schedule in January. The FA Cup 3rd round acts like a bookmark for the season, neatly accentuating its halfway point. The league cup semi-finals offer up that rare beast of two legged

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