tim_new_2015
21 May 2015

Ramsey’s risk-taking renaissance continues

It is curious that the form of Arsenal’s 2013-14 Player of the Season has been discussed so little during 2014-15. Aaron Ramsey has featured in the echo chamber of Arsenal discourse of course, but the context in which he has been operating that has framed the chatter rather than his

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tactics_new
18 May 2015

Tactics column: United and Arsenal play the possession game

Jack Wilshere said it after Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea: The Gunners find it tough against teams who like to play with the ball at their feet too. “It’s almost like you play, we play,” he told Arsenal Player. That was the case again in the 1-1 draw against Manchester

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
15 May 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Flapplesthwaite’s Revenge A famous bacchanalian feast in which I partook back in 1924 at one of the Royal palaces consisted of 23 courses. Beginning with a parfait of worried cucumber, followed by an explosion of swan, dutch-style baked baboon, half an ounce of the King’s finest cocaine, roast emperor penguin,

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tim_new_2015
14 May 2015

What does Wenger want to add to his front three?

Results oriented thinking is nothing new in football, but the game exists within the framework of razor thin margins. Monday evening’s ill fated match with Swansea City followed an almost identical pattern to Arsenal’s home game with Southampton in December. The Saints were obstinate and organized and the Gunners struggled

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ox_spUrs_750
13 May 2015

Oxceptional Talent, Limitless Possibilities

The situation surrounding Theo Walcott’s contract has created a number of questions for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Should he stay, one would imagine that no forward will be signed, unless someone who has the ‘super quality’ becomes available. If he goes, then it leaves something of a dearth of high

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tactics_new
12 May 2015

Tactics column: Swansea frustrate as Coq blocked

It was a mesmerising sight, yet at the heart of it, there was also something a little odd. The Gunners were giving a display of scintillating attacking verve, the players constantly interchanging positions with each other, mixed up by some devastatingly rapid counter-attacks. Soon enough they would go 2-0 up,

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tim_new_2015
07 May 2015

Cazorla’s influence enables Arsenal

Since reverting to a three man central midfield at the outset of the 2009-10 season, Arsene Wenger has undergone a sort of philosophical struggle. In a midfield triumvirate, the roles of the holding player and the number 10 are reasonably well defined. It is the player that acts as a

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
01 May 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing to have happened this week was this ghastly video released by Chelsea Football Club. It seems that this particular Academy Award winning piece of celluloid was in response to the outrageous suggestion that by keeping a half dozen thugs behind the ball at all times,

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tim_new_2015
30 Apr 2015

Here we are now, entertain us

This week, we were handed a revealing insight into why football fans are more than mere cash machines in the modern game. For my money, the thrust for supporter issues, such as ticket prices, should focus on the realities of our current role. We are a studio audience for an

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
24 Apr 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

It’s going to happen Chelsea are going to win the English League this year and we all know it. Who would have thought that back in 2003, when the U.S.S.R.’s Mr. Abramovich first had the notion to spend a billion pounds creating a football team in west London to give

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tim_new_2015
23 Apr 2015

Can Wenger blitz Mourinho’s abyss

“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” So said sage philosopher Joey Barton Friedrich Nietzsche. I think we can all agree that Jose Mourinho is both a monster

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tactics_new
20 Apr 2015

Tactics Column: Alexis, Ozil stoke up promising partnership

Arsenal stuttered and spluttered their way to the FA Cup final thanks to two goals from Alexis Sanchez in a 2-1 victory. The Chilean wasn’t Arsenal’s best player, but he was one of the few able to find space against a resolute Reading side. At times, in his Arsenal career

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