26 Feb 2015

The European cannon is(n’t) here

The Champions League returned to North London this week after the winter sabbatical we were back down to the bare knuckle business of knockout football, albeit with our noses bloodied and our glass jaw exposed. Arsenal under the lights, the ear splitting falsetto of the theme tune before kickoff, the

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24 Feb 2015

Nacho chips in with something extra

With the anticipated departures of Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal went into last summer in need of two centre backs. As Calum Chambers’ signing was the only one made in the area, they started the season with just three – one of whom was returning late after winning the

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19 Feb 2015

All the world’s an armchair

On Wednesday afternoon, the BBC announced their decision to televise Arsenal’s F.A. Cup quarter-final tie at Manchester United on a Monday evening. Given that Arsenal fans are entitled to a sizeable allocation of 9,000 for the tie, this tinkering affected more people than television’s indifference to the away fan usually

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
13 Feb 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

One advantage of having a retinue of butlers, under-butlers, footmen, gardeners, a chauffeur, a Lady’s maid and a valet is that when times become a little overwhelming, they do their best to shield the master of the house from bad news. And so it was that after Mr. Orwell poked

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12 Feb 2015

Ospina and Szczesny keep the debate going

David Ospina has played 6 games in goal for Arsenal since New Year’s Day. Whilst we are a long way from being able to formulate definite conclusions about his abilities, there is enough of a sample now to revisit the goalkeeping debate. Ospina played well in January, amassing four clean

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
06 Feb 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Somehow, dear chums, we find ourselves in February, the Aston Villa of months. Not awful, for there is the promise of spring in the air with March just around the corner, but still somehow disappointing and depressing. How nice then, of Aston Villa to turn up, knock on the housemaster’s

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05 Feb 2015

Giroud awakening

The signing of Mesut Özil in the summer of 2013 was significant not only for the quality of the player Arsenal had purchased. It was a signing of great political importance too. One can draw a line through Arsenal’s transfer history and plot acquisitions that were intended to signal a

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04 Feb 2015

Tactics Column: Arsenal show their full repertoire

That brilliant change of tack, which can transform a career or the fortunes of a team, more often comes from luck and happenstance rather than a sudden, piercing insight. Take Francis Coquelin’s sudden promotion to the first team for example. Only more than a month ago, he was playing on

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
30 Jan 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

At the risk of rehashing what every self-respecting follower of footballing matters already know, I should like to recount something of the life of our splendid and aggressive new sentinel,Mr. Gabby Pallister, our spanking new piratical Number 5. Born to a pirate mother, Margaret ‘Blackbeard’ Teach and travelling circus strongman/

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29 Jan 2015

Context is King

Recent events have thrust global media into a complex debate around freedom of expression. It’s a nuanced argument that often leads to contradictions and paradoxes. Football analysis is facing a similar, if considerably less grave, kind of existential crisis. At its best, football is coruscating and unpredictable. On the field,

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27 Jan 2015

For whom the Bellerin tolls

Today, @RoamingLibero takes a look at exciting young full-back, Hector Bellerin. —- In evaluating his Arsenal career thus far, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Mathieu Debuchy. An unjust red card in the Champions League qualifier and two freak injuries have restricted him to just 14 appearances, including a

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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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