21 Jan 2015

It looks like we’ve found the defender, but it’s complicated

Morning to you. January really is a long month, isn’t it? It’s not like when you’ve got a splendid June or July with some warm weather and it goes by all to quickly. Instead it’s like the dentist’s chair of a month where every minute seems like an hour and

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Francis Coquelin contract
20 Jan 2015

Coquelin comes out of the cold to hand Arsenal a contract saga

There are a lot of things that can make a footballer’s career a successful one. The obvious traits like talent, ability, application, professionalism, commitment, hard work, dedication, and the rest, play a big part in whether or not a player makes it. But there have been many talented, dedicated men

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19 Jan 2015

Tactics Column: Santi Cazorla the key player with and without the ball

In a week where football took a back seat to the very components that give it life – the players – as Cristiano Ronaldo was crown the world’s best footballer, Arsenal responded by showing that they are not a one-man team. Talk before The Gunners’ 2-0 win over Manchester City

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
19 Jan 2015

Arsecast Extra Episode 51 – 19.01.2015

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look back at the rather splendid 2-0 win over Man City, a fantastic team performance and some outstanding individual ones. We also answer questions about why the approach was so different yesterday, Francis Coquelin’s

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19 Jan 2015

Man City 0-2 Arsenal: Gunners have plan and tactics, and it works

Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Same old Arsenal eh? Away game against one of the big clubs and we … er … hang on … we … we … we play like a cohesive, well drilled unit and win. Zoinks! I don’t know about

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18 Jan 2015

Man City v Arsenal – live blog

Join us this afternoon for live blogging of the Premier League tie between Man City and Arsenal, kick off at 16.00GMT. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. This season we’ve added a mobile

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18 Jan 2015

Man City preview + Wenger on defensive recruitment

If we were hoping yesterday’s results might provide some wiggle room ahead of today’s clash with Man City, then disappointment was the order of the day. There were wins for Man United, Sp*rs, Southampton and Chelsea which makes getting something from today’s game even more important. Of course many hark

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17 Jan 2015

Wenger on his Bielik intentions + transfer update

It’s early on a Saturday and the sky is kind of eerie at this time. It looks like the kind of slate grey you get in a Sci-Fi film when humans now live in ruins and basements and gigantic alien machines prowl the surface. I really hope there hasn’t been

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
16 Jan 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

You find me this week, as is traditional following the excesses of yuletide over consumption, undertaking what is known as a ‘diet’. Breakfast in Gentleman Towers normally consists of eight rashers of back bacon, four eggs four ways (a poacher, a boiler, one fried and one deep-fried), black pudding, white

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
16 Jan 2015

Three months for Arteta and Debuchy + Arsecast 336

Another day, another couple of three month injuries. Fairly standard stuff at the Arsenal. As vexed as I am by the absences, in this situation I’m a little torn. On the one hand the idea that Mikel Arteta has fallen victim to a ‘bony spur’ and that it’s only been

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15 Jan 2015

Decisions Decisions

Alanis Morissette may have struggled to grasp irony, but Arsenal Football Club seem to have a pretty firm handle on it. I think you would have to be suffering a special brand of delusion to suggest that Arsenal’s squad is completely set in defensive areas. Yet ahead of Arsenal’s trip

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15 Jan 2015

Sales and loans and Arteta blow

As expected the big transfer news yesterday was the sale of Benik Afobe to Wolves for around £2m, no doubt with the typical Arsenal sell-on clause involved too should he really start fulfilling the potential the club saw in him. Highly regarded but hampered by a couple of bad knee

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