Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
28 Aug 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Well what a harum scarum 90 minutes that was against Mr. Rodgers’ Anfield Comedians, was it not? With both Lord Peregrine Meatlocker and Larry Costerley both out for the first time in three years it was up to young, eager but awful Indian Kanvar Kumar and our very own naked

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tim_new_2015
27 Aug 2015

Stone Cold Dead in the Market

Arsenal and the transfer market is a thorny, but absorbing subject. The manager has a reputation not so much for pinching pennies as clutching them lovingly to his bosom. It is proving difficult to shake off. Arsenal’s spending has spiked dramatically since commercial deals were renegotiated in 2013, but Wenger’s

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
21 Aug 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

What a curious week. As summer enters its Rooney period – that is not as good as it once was, and now bloated and ageing, with everyone wishing it would just put itself out of its misery soon – thoughts turn to the feverish pagan festival of Transferia, which is

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tim_new_2015
20 Aug 2015

Coq-less Crew

The modern obsession with transfers and the publications produce streams of transfer pornography mean that new signings are a topic never entirely removed from the conversational menu. But it feels as though Arsenal palates are being whetted by hors d’oeuvres from a different delicatessen of late. The issue of how

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tactics_new
17 Aug 2015

Tactics column: understanding Coquelin/Cazorla partnership v Crystal Palace

As a player, Pep Guardiola had a deep-seated fear of being attacked which he has carried with him as manager. On the touchline, he can be seen gesticulating wildly, at times scratching his head furiously whenever the opponent has the ball. As a player it was his job to stop

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
14 Aug 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Felicitations and salutations, chums! How do you do? Seems like simply yonks since my type reached your peepers, and much has happened since then. Not least, a four-week laudanum and cocaine binge that left me a weeping, destitute wreck and resulted in the suspicious deaths of three debutantes, one of

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tim_new_2015
13 Aug 2015

New Balance

“[Zinedine] Zidane went to Real Madrid, he played on the left. There was never a debate and he had to play there. It is a debate as old as the world. Since we played football. When you look at the Brazil team in 1970 they had Tostão, Rivelino, Pele, Jairzinho

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tim_new_2015
06 Aug 2015

Left-Back: Kieran Gibbs

During Kieran Gibbs’ nascent seasons in the first team, popular opinion suggested that the barriers his barriers to stardom were purely physical. He turns 25 in September and his bill of health has been relatively clean since a calf twang in January 2013 forced Arsene Wenger into the abrupt purchase

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tactics_new
03 Aug 2015

Tactics Column: Arsene Wenger puts defence first for new season

For all that Jose Mourinho asserts that Arsenal “abandoned their philosophy” in their 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger might quietly agree. Because in recent seasons, he’s realised the need to add pragmatism to his side’s tactics and, as such, Arsenal are more comfortable at withstanding

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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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