Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
23 Jan 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Today’s missive: Destroying the Manchester City Vulgarians; imminent arrival of Gabe Pallister and a first look at Chris ‘The Bollock’ Bullock. Let us examine our foe of this weekend last, and their meteoric rise. Not that one likes to gloat, of course, but one billion pounds worth of filthy lucre

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tactics_new
19 Jan 2015

Tactics Column: Santi Cazorla the key player with and without the ball

In a week where football took a back seat to the very components that give it life – the players – as Cristiano Ronaldo was crown the world’s best footballer, Arsenal responded by showing that they are not a one-man team. Talk before The Gunners’ 2-0 win over Manchester City

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
16 Jan 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

You find me this week, as is traditional following the excesses of yuletide over consumption, undertaking what is known as a ‘diet’. Breakfast in Gentleman Towers normally consists of eight rashers of back bacon, four eggs four ways (a poacher, a boiler, one fried and one deep-fried), black pudding, white

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tim_new2
15 Jan 2015

Decisions Decisions

Alanis Morissette may have struggled to grasp irony, but Arsenal Football Club seem to have a pretty firm handle on it. I think you would have to be suffering a special brand of delusion to suggest that Arsenal’s squad is completely set in defensive areas. Yet ahead of Arsenal’s trip

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
09 Jan 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Since my last epistle we have seen the possibly permanent but definitely definite departure of a much-loved forward, Mr. Lucien Ponsonby, who hath decideth, as he decideth everything, with a big Mozzarella eating grin, that he shall be plying his trade for the Milan Internationals. I have managed to find

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tim_new2
08 Jan 2015

Window shopping

With Arsenal fixtures arriving at neat seven day intervals throughout January, and with gaps still to fill in a lopsided Arsenal squad, the January transfer window is likely to dominate discussion even more than it usually does. Whilst I think the window has taken on an overly phantasmagorical appearance in

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podolski_inter
07 Jan 2015

Podolski: Vital hotshot or Cologne Ranger?

After his departure to Inter Milan on loan, @RoamingLibero looks back to Lukas Podolski’s Arsenal’s career and questions if we’ll miss him at all. — Following the two hammerings at the hands of Liverpool and Chelsea, the dreadful loss to Everton and the points dropped away at Stoke and at

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tactics_new
06 Jan 2015

Tactics Column: Analysing Arsenal’s performances over the festive period

By design or by accident, Arsenal stronger down the right Arsenal’s first two fixtures of the festive period were predicted to be comfortable 6-pointers, though we all know it’s not as simple as that. And sure enough, Arsenal were pushed hard in both matches, but against QPR at home, much

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
03 Jan 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in a peculiar world. We are living in a world in which Jose Mourinho struggles to understand why everyone hates Chelsea. We are living in a world in which if you so much as give your first footman the slightest thrashing for arriving two

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tim_new2
30 Dec 2014

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots

What constitutes an entertaining style of football has become one of football’s thornier ‘moral’ debates of the last decade. At least, it is a debate that has become peculiarly moral. Whilst John Beck’s Cambridge side and Wimbledon’s infamous ‘Crazy Gang’ were always frowned upon as scallywags, with saturated coverage and

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
27 Dec 2014

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

You find me this week in a state of some psychological discombobulation. Regular readers will note that one often finds oneself in a state of advanced refreshment de booze. In recent months, in preparation for the onslaught of yuletide excess, I have pared back a little. With breakfast, only a

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tactics_new
23 Dec 2014

Arsenal’s lack of cohesion off the ball costly

Transitions, the moments when defence turns into attack (or vice-versa), have, for a while now, been considered to be a crucial concept in the modern game. Managers no longer just trade in the major chord inspiration, instead they devote much of their planning on exploiting these momentary weaknesses – when

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