17 Sep 2016

Hull preview, as Wenger extols the virtues of Xhaka

I have just had a piece of toast. I don’t know if this augurs well for the day ahead and Arsenal’s trip to Hull, but I just thought I’d mention it anyway. There’s no such thing as lucky toast, so I doubt it. I suspect what transpires today on the

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
16 Sep 2016

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Ah, Paris. A wonderful city. Beautiful, romantic, poetic, lyrical. If I were to choose a place to live other than London then it would have to be Paris. As the poet Mr. Ginsberg said, “You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
16 Sep 2016

Xhaka can, can’t he? + Arsecast 397

Good morning, it’s a Friday and nothing happened yesterday. Well, nothing from an Arsenal point of view anyway. Not even a screed of team news to keep us going, so we’ll have to get all our info from the manager this morning at his press conference. We have Hull in

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
15 Sep 2016

Arsenal’s Pressing Concerns

The day after the 2015 FA Cup Final, Arsene Wenger broadly hinted at a quiet summer on the transfer front, explaining, “people think always it’s about buying but it’s as well about cohesion, and cohesion is a very important factor that is a bit underrated usually by people. We have

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white lines
15 Sep 2016

A million magic crystals, painted pure and white

There are always lines. Lines between things. People will say, ‘There’s a thin line between madness and genius’, and perhaps that is true. Some people skirt both sides of the line. One minute he’s a madness line crosser because he’s invented a device that attempts to pre-butter your toast; the

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14 Sep 2016

PSG 1-1 Arsenal: Gunners let off the hook by profligate PSG

Match report – Player ratings – Video Even in the cold light of day it’s hard to look at last night’s game and not laugh. I think you have to laugh. Otherwise you’d kinda go a bit mad. A point away from home in the Champions League against the strongest

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Arsenal live blog
13 Sep 2016

PSG v Arsenal – live blog

Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Champions League clash between PSG and Arsenal, kick off at 19.45. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main

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13 Sep 2016

PSG preview: Wenger backing experienced squad in Europe

Our Champions League campaign kicks off this evening with the most difficult away game of the group. We’re facing PSG in P, and even if they have some injuries, they have plenty of talent, quality and experience. Their start to the season has been mixed, a couple of wins, a

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Arsenal tactics 2016
12 Sep 2016

Tactics Column: Looking at Coquelin’s role vs Southampton

There was a segment on Match of the Day when the commentator was extolling the virtues of Francis Coquelin before he was cut off. In it he was saying, as Coquelin drove through the midfield, that “he has had a good game actually, not just in a defensive sense but…”

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
12 Sep 2016

Arsecast Extra Episode 139 – 12.09.2016

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look back at the late 2-1 win over Southampton, the collective performance and those of new signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi. We discuss Santi Cazorla’s penalty technique, refereeing decisions, and

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12 Sep 2016

Wenger on Koscielny and Perez as PSG looms

This is one of those weeks where there’s barely time to let one thing settle before we have to turn our focus onto something else. The Southampton win has barely been digested and we’re off again, preparing for our first Champions League game of the season against PSG tomorrow night.

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Arsenal 2-1 Southampton 2016
11 Sep 2016

Arsenal 2-1 Southampton: Three points welcome, but things to ponder

Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Some people will tell you there’s nothing like a late win. I have to admit, I’m very fond of it when it happens. Especially when in the build up to a contentious goal, a player who got away with

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