Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
17 Apr 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

‘Tis that time of year again. Blossom falls from the trees. Grass rises. Aston Villa fans check the run-in nervously. And of course Tottenham fans all pretend that It is not going to happen again. This year will be the 20th time in a row that It has happened. It

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
10 Apr 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

When proud Empire Adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary, and his able assistant and rope carrier Mr. Norgay, reached the summit of Extended Britain’s highest mountain, Everest, the delight could not have been matched by the elation experienced by Arsenal’s fine players this weekend last when they vanquished not only England’s greatest

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tim_new_2015
09 Apr 2015

DM. Dee, em. Deeeee M. Dee-M. D-Emmmmm.

The resurrection of Francis Coquelin has been one of the revelations of 2014-15, not just for Arsenal, but for the Premier League. Rarely does a player rise from a Championship outpost such as Charlton Athletic on loan to become one of the most important components of a top Premier League

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tactics_new
08 Apr 2015

Tactics column: Arsenal’s high press, Coquelin hits

After fifteen intoxicating first-half minutes, everybody in the ground was left wondering how Arsenal weren’t ahead. Later, those doubts were erased as Hector Bellerin curled home to spark a three-goal first-half salvo for Arsenal, and pave the way for an excellent 4-1 win. But there comes a caveat. Because while

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tim_new_2015
02 Apr 2015

WojFlamiSacker

The season’s last international break is behind us and the final bookmark of 2014-15 is lovingly removed. The curtain is looming as we skilfully finger the riff to ‘The Final Countdown’ on our air keyboards. (They’re a thing). Arsene Wenger recently remarked that “95% of the players will still be

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tactics_new
01 Apr 2015

Tactics Column: Francis Coquelin rises from the shadows to take centre stage

Is Francis Coquelin “The Answer?” The prophecy that a holding midfielder will fall from the sky and drop straight into the line-up and cure Arsenal’s defensive problems has had no better candidate in recent seasons. Yet for all that Coquelin possesses as the antidote for Arsenal’s gung-ho style, there are

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
27 Mar 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Since my last epistle Woolwich have visited something of a happy hunting ground, the Sports Direct Big Fat Lad Howay Man Toon Time St. James Park Comedy Arena. Do you know the place? The one with the famous atmosphere that mysteriously seems to evaporate when the buggers go a goal

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tim_new_2015
26 Mar 2015

The Battle of Highbury 1934

This Sunday, the Emirates Stadium will again host international football as Gabriel’s Brazil square up to Alexis Sanchez’s Chile. Arsenal’s new stadium has a recent history of entertaining the Seleção, whose friendly games have become something of a global roadshow. But Arsenal have provided the canvas for international football prior

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wilshere_injured
24 Mar 2015

Wilshful thinking

It is difficult to look at Arsenal’s record before and after the home loss to Manchester United and not be filled with some combination of regret, rue and rage. Before it, Arsenal had played 18, won 7, drawn 7 and lost 4. Since then, they have played 26, won 21,

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
20 Mar 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

We have been here before, and before, and before and before and before. For the fifth season on the bounce, we have both excited and then exited Europe. Which begs the question: If one walks into the same door four times in a row, unless it is for a wager,

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tactics_new
16 Mar 2015

Tactics Column: Walcott on the periphery, Ramsey, Giroud on top form

It wasn’t long ago that Theo Walcott was considered Arsenal’s most dangerous weapon, his breathtaking speed offering The Gunners a straight line alternative to their triangle passing. Part of this potency was that there was an almost otherworldly quality about his presence on the football pitch; like an Olympic sprinter

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
13 Mar 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Do you have something of an extra spring in your step this week? A little joie de vivre? Specifically a wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk? Are you full of spunk? I certainly am. The downstairs staff are a touch more relaxed since last Monday evening.

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