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  • Santi Cazorla – Out For The Season
    Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Cazorla has been out since limping out of the Champions League group stage game against Ludogorets at the Emirates Stadium in October. He underwent surgery in December and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hoped the 32-year-old ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-24By Big Raddy
    3 days ago
  • Arsenal. Europe. Why bother, and if so, how?
    Let’s be clear, The UK tumbling out of Europe is one thing, The Arsenal tumbling out is an altogether more serious matter, however, it’s not just us. Why? My first thought was that having just been reminded about the wretched League Cup, it would be down to our larger league ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-21By chas
    6 days ago
  • Sutton: Team and thoughts.
    Exciting times ahead, or will this be  ….  I can’t even bring myself to write it Beating Sutton brings no glory only the opportunity to go further in the FAC. If I had the choice I would prefer to play a PL team at home but such is Lady Luck. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-20By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • Where Do We Go From Here?
    fgg says Alonso -£8m Vidal – £25m Thiago – £20m Not exactly crazy money. Massive transfers still get the headlines in football, but there are thousands of transfers that happen every season that are value for money. Leicester were a prime example of this last season. Ox Ramsey Wilshere Xhaka ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-17By chas
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal to Park The Bus?
    I should be excited as we go to play one of the very best teams in one of the best stadiums  in the world, I’m not. Is this CL fatigue, Arsenal fatigue, sam old same old or something deeper – perhaps a winter depression? Who knows, all I know is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-15By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal. Mesut. The No10 role.
    Messi is quite good, bit like Mesut, and he plays to the right of Neymar and Suarez. Much chit chat these days about Mesut, and as always, much talk about formations. I believe he plays wide for Germany, and I’m also beginning to think The No10 role is a thing ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-14By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal back to winning ways and player ratings
    We all know the drill by now, lose against weaker opposition (Watford), drop out of the title race and then when the pressure is off we put in a barn storming run to the end of the season. Yep, no real pressure today and the barn stormer seems to have ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-12By LB
    2 weeks ago
  • Hull.A New Dawn?
    Should be a fine day’s sport. Arsenal, a respite and then England/Wales in Cardiff. The damage of the last two losses is in the past, the players have to show why they earn squillions and give us a reason to believe (sounds like a song). We are at home against ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-11By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Chelsea. With Hindsight.
    Was it really that bad? Enough to launch a Wenger Out campaign? Enough to insist upon radical changes in our squad? Let me start with a statement which IMO is clearly true. Had we played our best 11 at SB we would have taken the points. We couldn’t and didn’t ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-10By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal: expectation and enjoyment
    Someone close to me has just been diagnosed with severe depression. We talk at length on a regular basis and it’s always been clear to me that he sets himself up to fail. For him, being anything other than the best at anything he does, renders it all completely pointless, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-06By peachesgÖÖner
    3 weeks ago
  • Don’t make me laugh …………….. Match preview
    So it’s been a difficult week for some Gooners, the team has gone from ooh aah heroes last Saturday to utter befuddlement  at the performance on Tuesday night against Watford. Less said about that the better. On to today…………. We picked up a couple more injuries the other night, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-04By peachesgÖÖner
    3 weeks ago
  • Forgive Fabregas? Is Giroud injured?
    Fabregas is in the news in the run up to Saturday’s game at the Bridge, professing his gratitude to Arsenal for believing in him in an interview published on youtube this week. He’s also put up some Snapchat photos of him with Hector and Bobby P at a Puma event ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-03By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal Have Been Found Out – Watford Player Ratings
    Yes, that’s right, you know it and I know it, we’ve been found out, Bournemouth were the first to work it out and every other lesser team has followed suit with Watford jumping on the bandwagon and speeding away with all three points. I say speeding because they, like Bournemouth, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-02-01By LB
    4 weeks ago
  • Minnows & Days of Yore.
    An away draw at Sutton Utd . A win takes us into the 6th round a loss is unthinkable Back in the Days of Yore, I went with AFC to Yeovil for an away Cup game. In order to get tickets one had to check in the program, find out ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-31By Big Raddy
    4 weeks ago
  • Watford, Minnows & Days of Yore.
    An away draw at Sutton Utd . A win takes us into the 6th round a loss is unthinkable Back in the Days of Yore, I went with AFC to Yeovil for an away Cup game. In order to get tickets one had to check in the program, find out ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-31By Big Raddy
    4 weeks ago
  • Dannyyyyyyyy………………..and player ratings.
    Well that was exciting, I was excited thinking about the game all week and was even more excited when I saw the team selection by the end I was ecstatic. An outstanding performance and a great result. Days like this are our reward for being Arsenal supporters. Player ratings Ospina: ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-29By LB
    4 weeks ago
  • An Afternoon for Attack?
    Are you confident of a win today? Really? We always used to win at Southampton but in recent years our win ratio has plummeted. Given the lack of Elneny, Xhaka and Cazorla we are reduced to just two effective MF’s -Ramsey and Coquelin, a partnership which has yet to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-28By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • China or Arsenal?
    Imagine the situation …. you are sitting at your desk doing whatever it is you do (or in some  cases out on the streets) when you get a call from a friend who says” There is the possibility of quadrupling your wages but you have to move to the suburbs ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-26By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Who will win the 2016/17 Premier League?
    We are close to 60% of the way through the season having played 22 out of the 38 games. It is the closest we have seen the league in many years with the top 6 teams separated by 14 points but the 2nd to 6th places by only 6 points. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-24By chas
    1 month ago
  • Can Arsenal win the league?…..a fan’s view and player ratings.
    So we managed not to slip on the banana skin or should that be the Burnley skin. Slippery enough as a fixture before the weekend which only got slipperier after the Liverpool result and was downright black ice slippery after Manu, man city and spuds all dropped points; we wobbled ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-23By LB
    1 month ago
  • Did Arsenal bid for Barton?
    Seems ages since we last played. Imagine how it is for teams that don’t have European football like Chelsea and Liverpool. But … does this really give them an advantage.? Well, it is said, justifiably, that the table does not lie. We have two home games ahead of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-22By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal have the Best Fans?
    Only 13k at S’ton last night. What has happened to the Magic of the Cup? If we draw at S’ton how many would go to the replay at the Emirates? My guess is another full house. Our average gate through 2016 in the PL was 59,444 which is 99.4%  capacity.  Slightly ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-19By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • 3-5-2. What’s that all about, then?
    Quite apart from the fact that it’s all the rage, we go to Chelsea in a few weeks, and we know this is how they will set up. What is considered the best formation to counter the 3-5-2? Do managers build a team around a formation, or a formation ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-18By peachesgÖÖner
    1 month ago
  • What is your best midfield?
    The choices are Elneny, Cazorla, Ramsey, Xhaka, Coquelin. Let’s make it more difficult and add in the attacking MF. So now we have to include Iwobi, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil. If we have 3 attackers and 5 defenders (inc Gk) it leaves 3 or 4 places. Ozil is a guaranteed starter ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-17By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Swansea 0 Arsenal 4……..A fan’s view and player ratings.
    There is never anything wrong with winning four nil and that, as you know, is exactly what we got and it sure made a pleasant change from going behind and having to claw our way back all the while with stress levels climbing to unhealthy heights before Giroud scores his ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-15By LB
    1 month ago
  • Clement to improve ailing Swansea?
    Swansea. What a shame. Lovely small club, promoted to PL. Get big name manager. Do exceedingly well considering budget. Sell best players. Don’t re-invest. Manager wants better players, owners want profits, manager resigns. Then it is all downhill. Managers come and go, results don’t improve. Relegation highly likely. So ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-14By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Who Let The Dogs Out?
    Apparently this is a new Red Action banner to be displayed at The Emirates Stadium. The Gooniverse has generally responded in two ways: those who think it’s a rather touching idea intended to make Alexis feel at home; and those who think it’s shameful and trivialises a professional football ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-12By chas
    2 months ago
  • Better Days?
      The Old Days. We always think they were better … Would you exchange the better standard of football we see every season at The Emirates for the mud and passion of Highbury? Why do I long for a TA/Steve Bould  tackle which would “let the player know you ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-11By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Why are we going backwards?
    Jan 10th 2016. Arsenal are top of the table with 43 points. Leicester the same point total. MC 3rd with 40 Spurs 4th with 36 MU 6th with 34 Liverpool 9th  31 pts Chelsea   14th  24 pts.   Jan 10th 2017 Chelsea  49 points Liverpool 44 Spurs   ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-10By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal: a transfer epiphany.
    You all know the Didit footballing code. Score goals and then score some more. A simple, elegant and entertaining formula. As always, with the transfer window upon us, my thoughts turn to acquiring expensive goal scorers. At least, my thoughts turned that way until yesterday. I fell off my surfboard, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-09By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Giroud Saves the Day — Again. Match Report, plus Player Ratings.
    Arsene Wenger’s record of never losing a 3rd round FA Cup tie remains intact; I think the victory over Preston makes it a consistent 21 years which is pretty impressive but boy were we made to suffer for it – again. Surely we are due a game in which we ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-08By LB
    2 months ago
  • Who will play at Deepdale?
    Preston? Never been there. Deepdale?  Never been there.  North End?  Same.  Did I ever see Tom Finney play? No. Have I ever heard of any of PNE’s players? No. Their manager, Simon Grayson …. well, I did see him play for Blackburn.  Preston’s Finest In other words I have no ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-07By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Will Sanchez leave during this transfer window?
    Maybe it’s just me but I’m worried that Sanchez is seriously considering leaving, in the last few games he has shown signs of disinterest and stands around with his hands on his hips and looks disgusted with his team mate’s decision making. I first noticed this during our loss ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-05By peachesgÖÖner
    2 months ago
  • Mustafi Refuses To Give Up his Unbeaten Record
    What a crazy game of football! No wonder we are always on telly when we can be so easily  turned over and then forge such an amazing comeback, all in the space of a couple of hours. How can Michael Oliver see Xhaka’s shove as different to the one ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-04By chas
    2 months ago
  • Happy Holidays?
    Bournemouth is known as the English Riviera (or it is in my family!!).  We used to holiday there in the days before I was allowed to travel on my own. When I passed my driving test Bournemouth became a weekend destination because there were language schools full of Scandigirls who ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-03By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Palace: Player Ratings
    A bread and butter win against a poor Palace, with Özil out, presumably to flu, it gave us a chance to see what life would be like with a proper Mesut injury and to my surprise it didn’t look as bad as I feared. His absence seemed to embolden some; ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-02By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • How to beat Palace. Turn Japanese
    Bloody Fat Sam again. Pardew was bad but The Walrus? Didn’t the Palace directors ask WHU about him and his style of football? I am sure Cabaye will be thrilled. What can we expect from today’s game? You already know. FS will start his tenure at CP by  “shoring” ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-01-01By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Hello Arsenal, Shanghai Shenhua calling”
    32 year old Carlos Tevez transferred from Boca to Shanghai for £70M. Oh, and if you think that’s funny, then let me tell you his wages: £615,000. Per week. We’re talking New World Order stuff here, and I reckon David Beckham could be lacing up again any minute. I would. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-30By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Are refs biased? Discuss
    Mike Deans last 7 Spurs games. 6 Wins1 draw0 losses 5 penalties awarded for Spurs3 red cards given to opposition Bald pic.twitter.com/3wAHECMSUu — ️️️Aaron (@ReidTheGame) December 28, 2016 ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-29By peachesgÖÖner
    2 months ago
  • NO to boring games: The Plan
    The excuse: we’re poor minnows and can’t out football you, so we’ll out bore you for a point. My response: bugger off and don’t darken our doorstep again. The object: reward adventure. Stamp on dullards. We want goals. My plan: 1 point per goal and a further 2 to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-28By chas
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal vs WBA: Player Ratings
    This is what I think. Cech: if you keep a clean sheet you must have done something right. Commanding, confident and his usual array of hoofing the ball upfield. 7 Bellerin: the curious thing about Hector is none of us know how good he is going to end up being; ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2016-12-27By Big Raddy
    2 months ago