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  • Arsenal’s new template taking shape – FC Vorskla ratings
    So, exactly what did we expect from a game against Vorskla Poltava Who? Goals? Yes, sure, but there’s a bigger picture. We will try hard to win this Trophy for obvious reasons, and this journey will include a few more Who Teams before we get stuck into the tricky fixtures ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-21By chas
    10 hours ago
  • Europa. Who Starts?
    Back to Spursday football. An enjoyable test with the possibility of CL entry should we win the Big Vase. We did well last season, losing in the semi’s to the eventual winners, could we reach the final in Baku Olympic Stadium (that’s in Azerbaijan, you thicko))? There are some ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-20By Big Raddy
    1 day ago
  • Gazidis. Goodbye and Thank You
    How do we assess the work of Mr. Gazidis? Do we look at the results on the pitch? Of course not, that is the responsibility of the coaching and playing staff. So, has Gazidis taken Arsenal forward as a commercial venture? The answer must be a solid Yes. When Ivan ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-19By Big Raddy
    2 days ago
  • FC Vorskla – Who are ya?
    With the much-awaited return of Thursday night football this week, it’s time to take a look at our first opponents, FC Vorskla of the Ukraine. Based in the city of Poltava, FC Vorskla were born out of the ashes of a former Soviet trade union sports society. called Kolos. Going ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-18By chas
    3 days ago
  • Things we Learnt from the weekend
    When Lucas Torreira was bought from Sampdoria, a clause was inserted in the sale agreement which would trigger large additional payments if he started a League game before Christmas. Auba doesn’t appear to like his left wing duties and didn’t look best pleased when substituted. No-one really knows what ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-17By chas
    4 days ago
  • Toon dooned by a Xhaka boom
    First Half Nothing happened. Hopes (and fears) for a deluge of goals were battered on a sea of directionless football from both sides. No shots on target, virtually no shots. Duller than a day trip to Sunderland. Second half Another half time sub, presumably a firework or two tactically inserted ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-16By chas
    6 days ago
  • Haway The Lads
    The Toon away. We do OK up there but as RC78 so rightly says, this will be a difficult fixture from which to garner 3 points. NU have only lost by one goal against the Chavs, MC and the Lilly-livered Lillywhites Last season we lost 2-1 at St James. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-15By Big Raddy
    6 days ago
  • Arsenal F.C. – Our record against the Toon
    This is an incredible accounting of our first ever official league game – it was in Division 2 against Newcastle United and was played at The Manor Field on September 2nd 1983. The report is courtesy of the brilliant “The Arsenal History” website …….. Competition: Football League Division Two Location: ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-14By chas
    1 week ago
  • Ramsey, Contracts and Mr Slime
    Something has been troubling me, so this is more a line of inquiry rather than one of my indisputable facts. I do not follow any Arsenal behind-the-scenes action. In other words, I’m not interested in The Board, finances, staff, training or anything much beyond our goal scorers, however, I’m slightly, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-13By chas
    1 week ago
  • Is Xhaka Pants?
    Well. is he? Xhaka has become the butt of the doubters and stands in danger of getting the Eboue, Cygan, Squillaci, Stepanovs or Song treatment. None of them were bad players but only two of them were able to turn the “haters” (horrible modern word). At Cardiff, Xhaka made 99 ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-12By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • Dreams Can Come True
    Sport is fantastic, it can infuriate, inspire, thrill, and every now and again, bring a tear to the eye. Sometimes it can get an old man out of his chair cheering when everything he wishes for comes together in a magical moment. These moments are few and far between and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-11By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • International Rescue – who’s coming back unscathed?
    Saturday Along with Danny Welbeck’s five minute cameo for England and the surrounding controversy, some other Arsenal players were involved in action for their national sides. Mo Elneny had a leisurely run out for Egypt in a 6-0 win against Niger in their opening African Nations Cup qualifier. He even ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-10By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Welbeck denied a typical Welbeck goal
    So, the UEFA Nations Cup opened up for England in dramatic style with the ref displaying the usual UEFA bias towards Spanish teams when he disallowed Danny Welbeck’s late equaliser. Foul? Apparently the goal was disallowed because Welbz just stood underneath De Gea waiting for him to fall on top ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-09By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • UEFA Nations League – what the hell is it?
    The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014. The motive behind it seems to have been a desire to pep up international football by removing many of the meaningless friendlies and replacing them with a new competitive format. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-08By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Guardiola and Emery – a Fair Comparison?
    Two wins out of four is clearly not the best start but not the worst either. The last two wins have given Emery a bit of stability; his own way of doing things is coming into focus and as such he is now starting to be able to stand on ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-07By LB
    2 weeks ago
  • Playing the ball out from the back – Progress Report
    What on earth is going on with Emery? We are a Harry Arter miss away from being the laughing stock of the Premier League. If the Cardiff player had scored from the gift that Cech presented him early in the weekend’s game, the Arsenal Blogsphere would have gone into melt ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-06By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Give the new guys a try, Unai!
    Hopefully most AAers are prepared to give Dick a real chance to get things right before they decry too much his tactics or methods. I for one am looking for, amongst many other things, a change in attacking style. For many of the last five to ten years of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-05By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Time to sort the Flaky Defence
    Perhaps the main factor in Arsenal dropping out of the Champions League top 4 places in the last two seasons of Arsene Wenger’s reign was the number of goals we were shipping. We conceded 44 goals in 2016/17 and a monstrous 51 big ones in 2017/18. At the other end, there ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-04By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Sticky Taffy Pudding – Cardiff ratings
    Well, the world feels a whole lot better having beaten Cardiff than had we drawn. We got there in the end but not after more stressful defending nightmares. The image that came to mind was of a group of eleven men dressed in red and white Father Christmas outfits arriving ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-03By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Still sick?
    Let’s cut top the chase … does Ozil get into the team, and if so, who doesn’t? He has to play, he is our best player, our most expensive asset and the finest provider of goals in the PL. Yet, away from home we need defensive cover and this is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-02By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal F.C. – Our record against The Bluebirds
    Arsenal results v Cardiff City Our first game against Cardiff City was a Division 1 game that took place at Woolwich Arsenal on December 26, 1921 it ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Our unhappiest defeat against Cardiff City came on St George’s Day, 23 April 1927, at Wembley Stadium ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-01By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • 4-3-3 …. Who plays in the front three?
    Having sorted out our right flank issues on Tuesday plus deciding who should partner Lucas Torreira on Wednesday, it’s time to shift our attention to the business end of the team and the front three. When you’re taking half chances and scoring at crucial moments in a game, victories look ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-31By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Cardiff Away Remembered
    Last time we played Cardiff away at the end of November 2013, we cruised down the River Taff to take a 7 point lead over Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League (both were playing a day later). The BBC published this stat alongside their match report…… ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-30By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Cardiff Away Remembered
    Last time we played Cardiff away at the end of November 2013, we cruised down the River Taff to take a 7 point lead over Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League (both were playing a day later). The BBC published this stat alongside their match report…… ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-30By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Who partners Torreira? – Poll
    Having sorted out Arsenal’s right side rearguard and assisting flank provider yesterday, today we turn our attention to the midfield pivot. Everyone is clamouring for Lucas Torreira to start just in front of the back four. Surely the only reason for this not happening so far is due to fitness ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-29By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Is Lichtsteiner the solution to the Bellerin conundrum?
    Following we have two respected AAers coming to very similar conclusions re: Hector and Stephan. Could this work? First up, your Copenhagen correspondent…….. Torn apart down the right flank by a very average team. Bellerin struggling. Mustafi and GB too far apart and outpaced. It is becoming a familiar ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-28By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • What we learnt from the weekend
    At home Unai Emery’s new Arsenal team is a work in progress being only marginally better than Pellegrini’s hammers. After much analysis from AA’s reservoir of keen students of the game, it has become clear that the Arsenal right side needs some work. The first and third goals against West ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-27By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Slightly less pants than West Ham – Player Ratings
    And we’re off. Arsenal’s season is up and running with a 3-1 win over West Ham. Not one for the purists, names like Bergkamp, Pires and Henry will not be needed to describe this one; live long in the memory it will not, if it makes it past Tuesday it ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-26By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • A WHU Perspective
    We are fortunate to have another of West Ham Bob’s posts about this fixture. Thank you Bob. It all changed one Saturday afternoon in March. Burnley were the visitors to the London Stadium and there was a palpable sense of anger and frustration just waiting to boil over. Sure ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-25By Big Raddy
    4 weeks ago
  • Fundamentals of Football – How hard can it be?
    Looking at stats behind the scenes, this post seems to be read on a daily basis, 3 today, 10 yesterday and 17 on Tuesday etc etc. Written in June 2012, I was wondering what is its specific appeal. Does it come out on top from search engine enquiries?  What, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-24By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Ramsey Mishandled?
    Both Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey are in the final year of their contracts; neither of them has indicated a willingness to stay nor have they responded to the improved deals on offer. It is rumoured that Ramsey has said he will sign in AFC double his , already inflated, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-23By Big Raddy
    4 weeks ago
  • Drop Özil for the sake of the High Press?
    Below is a comment RC78 wrote on 22/5/18 in response to a question from Micky about Unai Emery’s style of play and what we can expect. RC78 was convinced Mesut would be a sacrificial lamb to Emery’s favoured high press tactic. (So far he has been right about Calum Chambers, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-22By chas
    1 month ago
  • Gary Neville – Idiot or Savant?
    Unai Emery’s Arsenal are certainly causing some debate after only 2 games played. Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher squared up on MNF over whether Unai should stick to his guns or settle for a more pragmatic approach. Read Carragher and Neville’s contretemps in the link below, followed by FGG’s ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-21By chas
    1 month ago
  • Failing the Football Proficiency Test
    At age 11, a young lad from Edmonton was selected for a boys district XI. Well when I say selected to play, he was actually used as the substitute partly due to physique and partly because of a chronic lack of pace. Anyway enough of a failed footballing ‘career’. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-20By chas
    1 month ago
  • Shambolic, Mesmerising, Perplexing – take your pick – Chelsea Ratings
    Woulda, coulda, shouda, it was always going to be hard to imagine that such missed sitters would not come back to haunt us – and so it proved. We had the opportunities; they even fell to the players who we would most want them to fall to. But alas they ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-19By chas
    1 month ago
  • A Point?
    Let’s be honest, if we get a point from this evening it would be a surprise. Come the final whistle we are likely to be rooted at the bottom of the table with no points to our name. When was the last time we propped up the table? Only GN5 ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-18By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal: We’ve Got Our Bottle Back?
    On the eve of our Saturday tea time visit to Stamford Bridge, perhaps it would be enjoyable to remember a fine performance away at the bus stop in Fulham. Victories when they come at unexpected moments are often the most pleasurable. With our new manager and signings already showing hints ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-17By chas
    1 month ago
  • Welcome to a state of the art Cockspur Up
    So it looks like the crews of Arsenal supporting contractors are doing a fine job at the new Sh*thole. Spuds fans are revolting (fuming), travel plans are in disarray and the tawdry N17 club is at the mercy of the FA and UEFA in terms of being allowed ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-16By chas
    1 month ago
  • How Did you Rate our Debutants?
    How would you rate our summer signings in their first appearance? This is meant to be a bit of fun; mainly for Eddie who loves a poll! It’s obviously too early to make any decisions about our new signings but first impressions often linger.   Sokratis Papastathopolous – looked ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-15By chas
    1 month ago
  • Same Old Arsenal, Always Cheating
    An interesting discussion between Rasp and Aaron about Man City’s use of  persistent foul tackles to disrupt counter attacks and their use as part of the high press tactic, highlights how this original piece from Rocky is still relevant. The high press fails, someone get a boot in quick before ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-14By chas
    1 month ago
  • One Swallow does not a Season make
    Well, the game has ended and too bad we lost. I am sad that we lost but I don’t share the sentiment of many that we are doomed and condemned to another inglorious season. I am certain there’s no way we would have a repetition of the immediate past ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-13By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Opening Day
    Last season’s champions versus this season’s. The PL couldn’t have a better opening. Man City were magnificent in winning the title, possibly the best team since the Invincibles. They showed in the thrashing of Chelsea in the Community  Shield that they remain highly impressive, BUT we will beat them. Why? ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-12By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Season Predictions.
    We know our squad, we know the strength of the opposition squads, where do you think we will finish come season’s end? I am excited (as always) by the prospect of a winning season for The Arsenal and IMO we have almost all the assets to do well; a mixture ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-11By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • How does the Arsenal squad 2018/9 shape up?
    So, it looks as though the departure of Lucas Perez to the happy hammers was the only deadline day deal to get over the line. Below is the Arsenal squad according to the Premier League website but, apparently, players can still be sold or loaned out until the end of ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-10By chas
    1 month ago
  • Deadline Day Surprises?
    Are we short in defence with Calum Chambers on loan at Fulham and Kos out for most of the season? Will some players who appear surplus to requirements be sold to fund the purchase of Livin La Loca? Will Rambo either sign a new contract, or play the Club ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-09By chas
    1 month ago
  • Another Arsenal season is Upon Us
    Here we are at the front door of my 71st season and I’m feeling uncertain about my feelings. (After hearing of Kronke taking full control of Arsenal I’m even more apprehensive). What has happened in my first 70 seasons, well I’ve seen 2,876 league games, thousands of different players, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-08By chas
    1 month ago
  • The Rules of Being an Arsenal Player
    More Rocky – with slightly amended dates but with no removal  of references to Lord Bendtner, catastrophic displays against Burnley and his pink boots! Enjoy. One thing a new season should bring with it is a clean slate. Before a single player – sorry, ball – has been kicked in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-07By chas
    2 months ago
  • Do Players Need to Like Each Other
    A mention of the incomparable Rocky yesterday had me glancing through some of his old posts. The current mood at Arsenal Football Club seems to one of bonding and happiness and is part of the reason for the optimism surrounding the Club going into the new season. Esprit de corps ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-06By chas
    2 months ago
  • More Gears to Come – Arsenal beat Lazio
    Going into the game, expectations were high with the prospect of a debut for Lucas Torreira and a return for the Albanian Eagle. Impressions after the match were dominated by the impact second half substitute Matter Guendouzi had on the look of the Arsenal team. The match began as ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-05By chas
    2 months ago
  • Torreira Debut? – Arsenal v Lazio
    Today’s friendly in Stockholm is Unai Emery’s last chance to get the measure of his squad before next weekend’s Prem curtain raiser against City. The biggest question and most enthralling prospect for the game is whether we might get a look at Lucas Torreira in an Arsenal shirt. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-04By chas
    2 months ago
  • The Ramsey Question
    The transfer window closes shortly, and I believe the manager has hinted business may be done, albeit with the inevitable ‘but you never know’ proviso tagged on. I’m guessing the tag refers to unfinished business as far as Ramsey is concerned, although, as usual who knows whether arrangements have been ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-03By chas
    2 months ago
  • Last Gasp Laca – Chelsea Chastened by Iwobi pen
    Let’s just cut to the chase, dive straight in and talk about the best part of the ninety four minutes, no I don’t mean the last gasp goal from Lacazette that saved us from one of most horrible feelings that there can be no matter what the competition – losing ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-02By chas
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal v Chelsea – plans firming up
    Apparently today’s friendly in Dublin is still part of the International Champions Cup so it’s all to play for! New chav manager Maurizio Sarri will be at a similar stage to Unai with ideas forming as to who will be playing for him in the new look West ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-08-01By chas
    2 months ago
  • The Missing Piece of the Jigsaw?
    For years, according to the Gooner blogdom experts, we’ve been 2 or 3 players away from having a team capable of mounting a serious assault on the Premiership summit. Arsenal goals Centurion he may have become, but Monsieur Giroud (gorgeous though he was) never looked capable of pushing the team ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-31By chas
    2 months ago
  • The Catalyst that Sparks the Revolution?
    LB wonders what it is that’s different in the air. My observations, amateurish though they be, can be summarised in three words. Pierre. Emerick. Aubameyang. He never EVER stops smiling. And if you look at training vids/photos, publicity moments like the new kit launch, or even match time, Mesut seems ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-30By chas
    2 months ago
  • That’s Entertainment – Arsenal thrash PSG
    If football is meant to entertain, lift the spirits and make us happy then watching Arsenal beat PSG in Singapore on a Serbian stream while sitting on my sofa in London ticked all of those boxes. It was good fun wasn’t it? Something new is happening, it may not be ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-29By chas
    2 months ago
  • PSG v Arsenal F.C. – Oh Miss Jones!
    Our second game in the International Waste of Time Cup sees us face the French champions. Luckily they’ll be without Mbappe and that Brazilian with all the Baftas so it should be a stroll in the Jardin des Tuileries. Expect more player rotation and very little to indicate which direction ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-28By chas
    2 months ago
  • Atletico Arsenal – Deja Vu?
    So, what did we learn today after witnessing Unai Emery’s first game in charge? Your guess is as good as mine but as I am writing this it is my guess that is going to be heard. Did we see evidence of a new much talked about high press? Err ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-27By chas
    2 months ago
  • Atletico v Arsenal – pre-season gets properly underway
    So, pre-season against quality opposition begins with today’s game in the Singapore National Stadium. Will Emery’s Arsenal look significantly different to the Arsenal of the past few seasons? Will it be too early to tell with multiple substitutions and very hot conditions? The game is advertised as on channel ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-26By chas
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Speed Problem
    No idea what an Arsenal First XI’s average mph is, but I’m guessing pretty slow. Assuming Ems Emery goes for four defenders, then the midfield will come from Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Maitland Niles sort of thing. Depending on whether he goes for two or three of them, then we’re ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-23By chas
    2 months ago
  • An Embarrassment of Riches?
    Apparently an Arsenal X1 beat Crawley Town 9-0 yesterday in a behind closed doors game at Colney. Bernd Leno made a first appearance between the sticks and plenty of other first teamers dusted off their boots to grab some playing time. Lucas Perez and Laca bagged a brace each and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-19By chas
    2 months ago
  • Olivier Giroud – World Cup Winner
    Even the biblical downpour couldn’t ruin the big man’s hair. Lamppost or World Cup Winner? Discuss. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-16By chas
    2 months ago
  • The Big Game this Weekend
    The game everyone has been waiting for this week end kicks off at 3pm and is, apparently, live on AFC.com. A first glimpse at Emery’s boys. Who will play? What formation will Unai use? Cmon you Gunners! ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-14By chas
    2 months ago
  • Hugo’s Prediction
    The spuds’ glove butler (© ArsenalGent) Hugo Lloris predicted before the semi-finals began that a spud would win the World Cup. On Tuesday Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dembele were dumped out with the meaningless 3rd place play-off the only thing delaying their flights home. Last night potential Golden Boot winner, H ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-12By chas
    2 months ago
  • England or Croatia to battle the French?
    So, France had just enough to beat the Belgians. Umtiti from a set piece was enough with both goalkeepers keeping the score down in typical cowardly goalkeeping fashion. Fancy ruining all of those opportunities for lots of lovely goals! On to today and the Semi the World Cup has been ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-11By chas
    2 months ago
  • Belgium and France kick off the Semis
    France and Belgium have emerged from the tough half of the draw contrary to many’s expectations. France disposed of Argentina and Uruguay  and Belgium clinically removed Brazil. Both teams have strong English Premier League representation, their teams have that familiar feel. Perhaps France have the edge with their emerging ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-10By chas
    2 months ago
  • Three Lions versus The Blazers
    Goals from Maguire and another England player saw off Sweden in a surprisingly comfortable victory for Gareth’s boys. The waistcoat is still working its wonders. Eddie and VP’s Croatia luckily beat the host nation on penalties setting up Wednesday’s semi-final showdown. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-08By chas
    3 months ago
  • It’s Coming Home? Europe triumphs over South America
    Well, La France saw off the Uruguayans without really breaking sweat. The second goal reminded me of Xhaka’s versus Liverpool. The Flemish giants (did you notice that De Bruyne and Hazard were the only ones who looked under 6 foot?) beat Brazil and finally ended Neymar’s pathetic play acting. Good ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-07By chas
    3 months ago
  • Uruguay France and Belgium Brazil
    The tougher half of the draw continues today. Uruguay v France will have a different feel to France Argentina. The French attack is starting to click. The Uruguayans have a solid defence and some excellent strikers, so would seem favourites. Plenty of goals and no dull extra time and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-06By chas
    3 months ago
  • The Quarters Loom: thoughts and feelings
    First up, some great news. Non fans of M. Didit are in for a treat as he’s b*ggering off to the Continent for four or five days. Good news for him is that he’ll be stationed in La Belle France, so will inevitably be able to find a huge telly ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-07-05By chas
    3 months ago
  • The Emery job at Arsenal: Easy or hard?
    Here on AA yesterday there was a discussing between FGG (who knows an awful lot about football), and Erik. Naturally they disagreed, but I thought the topic was interesting. Does Emery have a difficult task ahead to improve The Arsenal. FGG felt we had a fallen quite a way behind ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-29By peachesgÖÖner
    4 months ago
  • Who Do You Believe?
    Mr Gazidis stated last week that the BoD had rigourously interviewed 8 candidates prior to employing Mr Emery. He said that all 8 wanted the job right up until the final decision was made and all had been through a full interview process. Do we really believe this? Who ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-28By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • The new Arsenal manager…let’s try and be rational
    You, me, him, her, and probably everyone who reads this knows that Arsenal are by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. We’re right, they are wrong and facts are facts. However, let’s consider some other poor souls for a few short moments, and by poor souls, I’m ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-24By peachesgÖÖner
    4 months ago
  • The Invisible Man
    Amongst all the glam and glitter of the departure of Mr Wenger, there has been hardly a word about the loss of another gentleman who has worked faithfully  for over 20 years to bring glory to our fine club – Boro Primorac. He is the chap who does all the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-21By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • The Case for the Defence – New Manager Conundrum
    So, the dust has settled on the 2017/8 season and all final league positions have been decided. What pointers will it have given our new boss as to how the team needs to be reinforced? Let’s take a look at the teams at the top of table. Man City ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-17By chas
    4 months ago
  • Alex Scott. A Thank You
    This is the first of series of posts throughout the summer saying farewell to Arsenal stalwarts. We are entering a new era with the inevitable casualties as people retire or are moved on. First in the series is Alex Scott. Who? You don’t know? Arsenal Captain, 140 caps for England, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-16By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • So Long and Thanks for all the Fish – Huddersfield Ratings
    So after over 1200 games in charge, we finally reached the point where M. Arsene Wenger would be Arsenal FC boss for the last time. A goalfest in the sun would be perfect but some sneaky first away points of the year, acceptable. First Half Huddersfield pressed like terriers in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-14By chas
    4 months ago
  • The Final Hurrah
    So we come to the end of a momentous season. Superb at home, dreadful away, nearly-men in the Europa, and about to be manager-less. But let’s not look back just yet, let’s focus on this afternoon, just as Mr Wenger will. Can we finish with a win? I cannot remember ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-13By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Who should be the new Club Captain and Allegri, the new Boss?
    Arsenal FC’s new Club Captain? So the BFG is moving even further away from the playing side at the Club leaving a situations vacant for Club Captain. Does anyone leap out at you as his obvious replacement? Does the position mean much anymore? Do we need a leader on the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-11By chas
    4 months ago
  • The Leicester Game….some match feelings
    Well, if our own intrepid specialist author of the “in-depth” post, Mr GoonerB Esq, was confused after watching The Arsenal play majestic football against The Burnley, he will be aghast at the away performance of last night. This was a match with no meaning, and the ten men of Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-10By peachesgÖÖner
    4 months ago
  • Leicester Away
    This should have been a big game, an exciting step towards the title, instead it is virtually meaningless. We are finishing 6th, Leicester have avoided relegation. That’s it.  You can tell my enthusiasm by the title of the post Worth watching? Of course it is. Likely to arouse ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-09By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • This Glorious Arsenal– Burnley Ratings
    BR’s pre-match predicted the day’s path with Burnley facing both a glorious tsunami of emotion and wave upon wave of breathtaking Arsenal attacks. Could the joint third meanest defence in the league stand up to the onslaught? Would the finger in the Dyche prove capable of holding back the torrent? ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-07By chas
    5 months ago
  • Burnley face a wave of Emotion
    Has there ever been such an irrelevant game with such relevance? Today is about Mr Wenger, Burnley and the 90+ minutes between the first and final whistle are a sideshow. Should this PM be a peon to the mighty Arsene or your bog-standard run through of the runners and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-06By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Out with a Whimper rather than a Bang – Atletico Ratings
    Looking for highlights to refresh the memory of major incidents in the game, the go-to place is often Arsenalist. The clip descriptions for last night seem to form a decent match report, illustrating the fact that we didn’t really have many clearcut chances whereas Atletico did. Fair reflection or not?  ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-04By chas
    5 months ago
  • Dear Friends, Once more
    Time to gird the loins, take a deep breath, cry God for Harry, England and St. George. We can do this. We will not win the tie if we go into it thinking the game was lost with Koscielny’s mistake. We need positivity. Attack from the first, score an away ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-03By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Superb Young Footballer? Sign for Arsenal.
    Last night I watched the youth get hammered by a superb Chelsea team in the FA Youth Cup. Chelsea won the Cup for the fifth year in a row and had some truly outstanding kids showing remarkable poise, skill, tactical awareness and above all pace. Arsenal tried hard, gave their ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-05-01By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • On the Bubble – Man U Ratings
    Heading up the M6 to the Old Cowshed in the middle of a Europa Semi was always destined to be one of the least tasty sandwich fillings. Adding some match fitness to Mkhitaryan’s comeback and giving the youngsters a run out while hoping the scoreline didn’t do them any lasting ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-30By chas
    5 months ago
  • If the Kids are United
    This is usually one of the highlights of the season but today is before the Lord Mayor’s show. Win, lose, draw – doesn’t matter, what matters is that we go to Madrid with a fit and as full as possible squad. Thinking of which, the AM game last week was ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-29By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Are We Witnessing The End Of An Era?
    Written in April 2014 by Rocky, this post illustrates how long we’ve been debating the end of the Wenger epoch and what it might bring. That time is nearly upon us. Exciting or frightening? There is an old Chinese curse that goes: “May you live in interesting times.” It ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-28By chas
    5 months ago
  • A Golden Chance Squandered but still only Half-time – Atletico Ratings
    Massive excitement and expectation surrounded this great opportunity to send Mr Wenger off to his retirement with the decent divorce settlement of his first European trophy. Could we take some chances at the sharp end while defending successfully at the other? Simeone has constructed a team which few would want ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-27By chas
    5 months ago
  • I’ve Got A Feeling
    Firstly, there is an AA’er in hospital (RA), wishing you a speedy recovery. Tonight is an oddity, we go into a tie as firm underdogs. Hardly a pundit gives us a dog’s chance, and it would take a confirmed optimist to disagree with them; AM, on paper, are easily the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-26By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Arsenals Top Seasons – 1930-31 Our 2nd Best and First Top Flight Title
    Here is an early accounting of the game against Liverpool when we won our very first Division One League Championship. Date: Saturday 18 April 1931 Competition: Football League Division One Location: Highbury Attendance: 39,143 Arsenal: B Harper, T Parker (captain), E Hapgood, B John, H Roberts, C Jones, J Hulme, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-25By chas
    5 months ago
  • What is supporting The Arsenal all about?
    Written on Saturday soon after the managerial announcement, this comment from one of our respected bloggers already seems prophetic with regard to the journos’ insatiable need to stir up discontent within the Arsenal support. ‘Did he jump or was he pushed?’, ‘ Wenger lets rip at ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-24By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Fun in the Sun – West Ham Ratings
    The first in a series of goodbye games for the great man brought some glorious sunshine to North London. Hopes were high for exceptional entertainment, though the news that Auba wasn’t starting brought the mood down a notch. I suppose the hope was to further cement some combinations for Thursday’s ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-23By chas
    5 months ago
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
    Today we have another guest post from West Ham Bob, a man with considerable knowledge about the great game but who, through no fault of his own, supports today’s opposition… Six weeks ago, I viewed this game with a great deal of fear. However thanks to the appalling form of ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-22By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • The Childlike Delusions of the Arsène Haters
    Written in June 2012 this post from Rocky has renewed relevance after yesterday’s announcement. Let’s hope that some elements of the Arsenal fanbase fade back into obscurity when Arsene leaves. There is a strong current of opinion among some Arsenal supporters that our seven year winless streak is a disgrace. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-21By chas
    5 months ago
  • Mr. Wenger retires
    End of an era. I was still on my second marriage when Areene signed. I am in shock. Mr. Wenger, your teams gave me so much happiness, you have been a superb ambassador for my club, you have developed a mid-table, struggling club into becoming one of the world’s biggest. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-20By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Arsenals Top Seasons 1970-71 – Our 3rd Best Season and First Double
    Welcome to the 1970/71 season, after 18 seasons in the trophy wilderness Arsenal finally broke their duck and won a trophy – the Inter City fairs Cup in 1970. That was the end of an extremely miserable period for us Arsenal supporters and gave us hope for the next season. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-19By chas
    5 months ago
  • Is a change of Playing Style required?
    Problems at Arsenal based on player analysis and playing style analysis:- Keeper: This hasn’t traditionally been our big problem area over the last few seasons, so is not the right place to look to for our consistent failings. It may be that in the here and now a new keeper ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-17By chas
    5 months ago
  • Turned over by The Toon – Newcastle Ratings
    The only people looking forward to this one were some Geordies hoping to finally take some points from Arsenal and Joe Willock making his debut. My mate, Nick had a tenner on 2-1 so at least some good came of it. First Half A beautiful sunny scene at St James’ ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-04-16By chas
    5 months ago