tim_new2
20 Nov 2014

Who knows what tomorrow brings?

Last Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of attending a Q & A with Amy Lawrence on her recent book ‘The Invincibles.’ Ten years after one of English football’s most resonant achievements, Amy had been granted access to every member of that immortal squad (bar Ashley Cole, who declined to

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
14 Nov 2014

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

And so we reach the interlull, often an unwelcome intrusion into the hurly-burly of English top-tier foot-ball, puncturing the hullaballoo like an overly officious schoolmarm piercing a balloon. But on this occasion, the Interlull allows Woolwich time to regroup. Retreats are as English as a pork pie with the King’s

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tim_new2
13 Nov 2014

Familiar faces in unfamiliar places

Back in March, I wrote a piece suggesting that whether or not you wanted Arsene Wenger to leave was more a question of whether you were bored of the journey as opposed to the destination. After eighteen years with the same partner, the flaws that you once either didn’t notice,

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
07 Nov 2014

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

First we turn to Mighty Arsenal’s crushing defeat of Burnley Casuals this weekend last. Burnley are a romantic, motley but valiant crew of stevedores, milkmen, meatpackers, bottlewashers and stable-lads who have somehow found themselves in the top division of English football despite being not very good at it. And yet

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tim_new2
06 Nov 2014

Arsenal get the drop on … er … Arsenal

It’s difficult, and not a little painful, to chart the beginnings of Arsenal’s love affair with self-destruction. Like all psychological scar tissue, I think it arrived unexpectedly and at the hands of those most familiar to us. In October 2008, Arsenal led an ailing Spurs side 4-2 as the Emirates

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tactics_new
03 Nov 2014

Tactics Column: Flamini, Arteta provided base for Alexis to flourish

Arsenal fans clamouring for a new defensive midfielder might have seen significance in Mikel Arteta’s substitution on 63 minutes in the 3-0 win over Burnley, or at least, the symbolic nature of it. Because Arteta was once the undroppable; the metronome in a team who love to pass the ball.

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
31 Oct 2014

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Greetings from Gentleman Towers on this All Hallow’s Eve. The downstairs staff are in a state of high dudgeon at this time of year, for they are allowed to fossick around in the East Wing attic for our Hallowee’en decorations to dress the halls in preparation for the visit of

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tim_new2
30 Oct 2014

Alexis: Tight fit

“Alexis is one of the best. He’s very committed. Even in recovery sessions he wants to go outside and train to keep improving.” So said Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta of his new teammate Alexis Sanchez. There were flashes of brilliance in Alexis’ opening games for Arsenal, even if the understanding

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gent_new
24 Oct 2014

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Wonderful news from weekend last as Woolwich saw off the challenge of European titans Hull City Tigers. Hull, lest we forget, are twelve time winners of the European Cup, 37 time winners of the English Premier League, and due to administrative error have won La Liga fifteen times, Serie A

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tim_new2
24 Oct 2014

Let them eat chips

“This fee was proposed by myself and Lord Harris (of Peckham) for the wide range of services provided to Arsenal Football Club by Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.” This was Chairman Sir Chips Keswick’s answer at last week’s Annual General Meeting when quizzed about the controversial £3m fee extracted from the

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tactics_new
20 Oct 2014

The 4-1-4-1 on Arsenal’s new formation

With the football world celebrating ten years since Arsenal became “Invincible,” it was interesting how chatter quickly veered away from the amazing technical accuracy the team played with, to discussion about leaders. That’s because, having begun during the international break, with no comparable action of note, nostalgia was suddenly forced

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arsenal_gent
17 Oct 2014

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

And so we return from the Wilderness Fortnight, where we have learnt several things. One: The Balkans remain the Tottenham of Europe. Like the trouble-ridden Middlesex borough of Tottenham, we hear far more about them than is necessary. From Adriatic to Ionian, from the Mediterranean to the Aegean, from Gorani

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