tim_new_2015
30 Jul 2015

Community Spirit

Whereas it once was an eagerly awaited showpiece, it resembles in the modern age little more than another public training exercise for sides who are increasingly being invited to practise for the season in more lucrative and prestigious events in foreign fields.” So wrote Stuart James in The Times on

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tim_new_2015
23 Jul 2015

Here’s To You Mathieu Flamini

Over the years Arsenal have and have had plenty of players that have divided opinion, many that have been universally adored and a few that have been reviled by all and sundry. Few players however, have teased the swing-o-meter quite like Mathieu Flamini. During his two spells at the club,

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tim_new_2015
16 Jul 2015

CazCoq and a RamJac

Arsenal are a relatively settled team at this moment in time. In 2012, Wenger was forced to rebuild with the departures of starting XI players Robin van Persie and Alex Song, with Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla all arriving. That turnover represented a great deal of transition and

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tim_new_2015
09 Jul 2015

Can we make up the difference with what we’ve already got?

In this week’s Arsecast Extra (from 29’45) James and Andrew discussed the prospect of Arsenal making no further additions to the squad following the capture of Petr Cech. I agreed with their prognosis that any further signings were likely to be opportunistic, a culmination of market forces aligning to put

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tim_new_2015
02 Jul 2015

Hectoriffic

It’s safe to say that my first impression of Hector Bellerin wasn’t a particularly good one. In the winter of 2011, I was at Barnet’s old Underhill ground to watch the Arsenal U-21s. A fresh faced, 16 year old Bellerin sat in front of me; having joined the Gunners that

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tim_new_2015
25 Jun 2015

Jeepers Keepers

The pursuit of Petr Cech is a very intriguing one for Arsenal on a number of levels, it weaves a web of tangled narratives. On the surface, it’s a signing that makes a lot of sense. It strengthens us in a key position on the pitch, one that many believe

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tim_new_2015
11 Jun 2015

That was the weak that was

Recently I attempted to address the ‘great Arsenal progress’ debate of 2014-15. In the immediate aftermath of the FA Cup final victory, it was difficult to take distance and prevent the article from turning into a hagiography of the season that was. It is equally precarious to address where Arsenal

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
05 Jun 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

First we consider the matter of the Football Association’s Crock of Shit first: that is, the charging of Monsieur Jacques for his utterances upon the victory omnibus on Sunday last. We know from past behaviour that the Football Association is hardly stocked with Britain’s finest minds. So on the off

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tim_new_2015
04 Jun 2015

Progress bar loading: please wait

George Orwell once said that the biggest struggle in life is seeing what is perched on the end of one’s nose. He wasn’t wrong, but sometimes it’s just as difficult to exert focus away from that which is staring you in the face. The question as to whether Arsenal have

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tactics_new
01 Jun 2015

Tactics Column: Alexis comes infield to wreak havoc in cup final

Looking back on the season, perception is invariably skewed to the now; things that happened at the start of the season seem an impossibly long time ago. So what better reminder of Alexis Sanchez’s consistent brilliance than his scorcher in the FA Cup final, a wicked, swerving shot that deceived

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facup
29 May 2015

Arsenal and the FA Cup final

A look back at Arsenal in the FA Cup final by @JonSpurling1 — Arsenal fans already know this, but unlike the other major red top sides – Liverpool and Manchester United, their team has never won the European Cup. There’s no stars on Gunners’ shirts (Nottingham Forest have 2) signifying

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
29 May 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Firstly, let us behold Mr. Michael Owen, the Chester Chump, a man who cannot, it seem, predict which foot will tread after his left. An exceptional dullard, whose monotone mooings would send a sugar-crazed six year old into the very depths of slumber. This ex-Stoke scapegrace is to football punditry

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