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  • Arsenal v Palace. 3pm KO. It matters.
    First up, a word on the opposition, Crystal Palace. Here is another club I don’t think should even exist. So someone knocks up a glass shed in Hyde Park to show off some knick-knacks from around the world, then moves it South London when everyone’s seen enough, and somehow, this ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-20By chas
    1 day ago
  • Mr. Walcott. A Fond Farewell.
    So long, Theo. Let’s be honest, you played 400 games and yet never really established yourself, did you? Never showed consistently that you could achieve all you promised. We know some of the reasons why but perhaps part of the problem lay with you.   I was very excited when ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-18By Big Raddy
    3 days ago
  • If Maitland-Niles is the answer….what the hell is the question?
    Ok that headline is pure click bait, and I predict we will see a number of comments from people who haven’t read the post telling me that I should leave our homegrown talent alone and that he is a wonder kid in the making. Let me be clear I won’t ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-16By Gööner In Exile
    5 days ago
  • Arsenal Top Seasons – 1934/35 our 8th Best
    The previous season had seen the Gunners win the league for the second successive time despite the untimely death of the great Herbert Chapman in January 1934. The Club appointed the club’s press officer, George Allison, as Chapman’s successor. In some ways, Allison moved from publicity expert to Club figurehead ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-16By chas
    5 days ago
  • Time for Change?
    There has been mis-management at our club for the last few years and it is not all down to Wenger. However I feel he has hugely contributed to where we currently are in spite of who might be responsible for things right now. Personally I think the real issue started ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-15By Big Raddy
    6 days ago
  • Many questions, Few answers
    Be honest, how excited are you about this game? Less than thrilled? Give a monkey’s? Stomach churning anticipation? Mildly interested? How did you feel pre-game at season’s start? What’s changed? Is it the surfeit of football since Xmas? Or that Buornemouth are likely to PTB? Or that Arsenal are ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-14By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • A Fond Farewell.
    So, Mr Coquelin leaves the squad. A player who resurrected a failing career in a manner which will inspire other players. He is proof that endeavour pays and his reward is a fat contract with a top Spanish club. Well done, Francis. I cannot say that I have been a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-13By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • Where’s the transfer fizz and froth?
    Sources say, linked to, Gazidis on flight to, sister-in-law confirms…… yip, transfer season, but hey it’s January 12 and I hear so little noise. What’s up? Well, I like to think it’s crazy busy out there, and that my recent internetless period has merely kept me out of the loop, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-12By chas
    1 week ago
  • Solid at the Bridge – Player Ratings
    Serial Diver Went down only when he’d lost his balance Ratings Ospina – Lazarus got in the way when it mattered ….8 Chambers – WWE slam on Azpilicueta my personal highlight ….8 Mustafi – No unnecessary lunging tonight, except to block shots ….9 Holding – Looked more comfortable ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-11By chas
    1 week ago
  • Wembley on the Horizon
    Chelsea away. Injuries all over the shop. Porous defence. Lack of confidence. Fans less than enthusiastic. Doesn’t bode well. Last game was a cracker; full of excitement and top quality attacking allied to dreadful defending from The Arsenal, diving and awful finishing from Chelsea. I expect much of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-10By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Should we sign a Forward?
    FA Cup. It has been good to us in recent years having only lost once in 4 seasons, can this run continue? Away at Forest is a potential banana skin, especially as Mr Wenger  is expected to rotate his squad. Xhaka, Ramsey, Giroud, Kolasinac, Koscielny and Monreal are all injured, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-07By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Lacazette to Score?
    Hopefully we will be playing against 11 and not 12 tonight. Another points-robbing refereeing decision could see me give up watching. For a decade Chelsea have been a team studded with A-holes. Lampard, Terry, Costa, etc there were loads of them. Today only Luiz really approaches the awfulness of the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-03By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Signings on the Horizon?
    Windows open. We could use some new blood. Will we get any? Can Arsenal afford to let Sanchez go and if they decide they can, is there a viable transfer target to replace him? Debuchy could go but we have no-one to back up as a RWB/FB. Our central ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-01-02By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • 2017. How was it for You?
    It’s been an odd 2017, hasn’t it? Will he stay/should he go being one of the main talking points (AW/AS/MO/JW/HB etc). Team played some great football, some lamentable football, some boring football and some football which got you out of your seat marvelling at the sheer ingenuity of the interplay. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-31By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Merry Christmas, Sanity is Over – Arsenal v Liverpool player ratings
    Woo, that turned out better than I expected a good way into proceedings. Slightly disappointed that we didn’t come away with all three points just to be able to rub their noses in it but hey ho, we could be feeling a whole lot worse over Christmas. Cech must ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-23By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • About time we turned over the Mickey Mousers
    The first team will be back on show at the Emirates this evening after Tuesday’s exhilarating performance from the second stringers. This game could set the tone for a very happy festive period. The players owe us a special win after their dismal away performance at Anfield. Maybe Sanchez will ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-22By chas
    1 month ago
  • Welbz with a Christmas Cracker
    The midfield was a little flat with two similar players in the centre. The centre backs handled a strong forward line with ease and composure. Welbz ran his heart out and was duly rewarded, Big Ollie tried a few flicks, Theo missed a sitter.                                       courtesy of @11tegen11 Aside ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-20By chas
    1 month ago
  • Is there a game on?
    Apparently there’s a Carabao carnival of soccer ball in North London this evening. The “happy” Hammers come to the Emirates hoping for another glorious bore draw and penalties. Either that or the shackles will be off with the fear of losing Premier League revenue removed and we could be in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-19By chas
    1 month ago
  • Newcastle: “looking good at Subbuteo is not enough”
    September 2nd 1893, The Woolwich Arsenal play their first competitive match against Newcastle Utd. Then there was Supermac. However, those are not the greatest ties between ourselves and today’s opposition. Newcastle were my favourite opponents on my Subbuteo baize. Always liked the red and white of Arsenal against the Magpie ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-16By chas
    1 month ago
  • Academy of Football. Moyes?
    The Hammers. Blowing bubbles. The Academy. Bobby, Geoff and Martin. Trevor’s header at Wembley. All a long time ago. Nothing remains of that West Ham. Now they are just another industrious, unimaginative team. Allardyce and Moyes. Pragmatism. Andy Carroll. This doesn’t mean they cannot beat us, as they showed ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-13By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Have Arsenal blown their big chance?
    In the recent seasons, teams like Chelsea, Totnum, Pool, and of course Leicester, have profited enormously by not being in the Champions League and being able to field injury free, fresh XI’s on the weekends following Continental outings for League competitors. This season was our chance to capitalise on fielding ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-11By peachesgÖÖner
    1 month ago
  • A Lunchtime Appointment.
    I used to like Southampton, mainly because of their kit but also because of Alan Ball, Le Tiss and Mick Channon. The kit has stayed almost the same, the club hasn’t; in recent years they have become a feeder club – think Bale, Walcott, Ox and Shaw ++. Today ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-10By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Theo off the Naughty Step?
    Welcome to Bate Borisov. We beat you at your noisy home ground and tonight you will admire our magnificent, state of the art stadium which is likely to be half-full. I expect you to lose again. We have already topped the group, can’t do any better than that, so I ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-07By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal Top Seasons – 1932-33 our 9th Best
    1932-33 turned out to be the final full season that our inspirational and creative manger Herbert Chapman would manage Arsenal; he passed away from pneumonia in January 1934. He had been instrumental in many innovations at Arsenal including getting the local underground station, Gillespie Road renamed to Arsenal, and he ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-05By chas
    2 months ago
  • The Glamour Game
    Throughout my Goonerdom there have been two fixtures which thrill – Spurs and United. There was a time when the arrival of Liverpool or City created a frisson but they are just not the same. United has always been the glamour tie of the season. Why? George Best, Duncan ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-12-02By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Mesut’s Master Class
    A stroll in Drayton Park, Mind the Gap, there are so many possible headlines but homage to Özil seemed the most appropriate. The maestro conducted the orchestra from start to finish; his silky skills being just that bit more in focus when so easily being able to compare his recent ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-30By peachesgÖÖner
    2 months ago
  • Goodfellas. Player Ratings
    Arsenal passed their first test against serious opposition in recent weeks with flying colours. A game of two halves with Burnley having the better of the first; Sean Dyche has got his team playing well with committed, crisp interplay play that took all of Arsenal’s concentration to go into the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-27By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Up North Again.
    Our away form is a worry and a trip to Burnley, which a couple of seasons ago would have been one filled with optimism, is now a concern. Chapeau off to Burnley who have done remarkably; a team with little money, small crowds and limited resources, are not only keeping ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-26By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Elneny in a Back 3 again?
    A win in Kōln sees us top the group which will bring us an easier route through the tournament. Given they are bottom of the Bundesliga without a win it should be a formality but we know otherwise. Mr Wenger says he will pick a team full of PL ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-23By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Top Seasons 1997-98 – Our 10th Best
    This was Arsenal’s 100th season in competitive football and also Arsene Wenger’s first full season as our manager. In the transfer window, Arsenal purchased several players, including midfielders Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit and goalkeeper Alex Manninger. Below are the comparisons of the 1997-98 season results for both Arsenal and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-21By chas
    2 months ago
  • 5 things we learned from Saturday
    I will start with this because IMO it is the most important. We had a proper 12th man. The fans were wonderfully raucous from before kick off until well after games end. It makes a massive difference to the players. Just imagine you were on the pitch (a dream, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-20By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Spud Bashing – Player Ratings
    Team up for it, crowd up for it, great day in the Red and White side of North London. Grown men singing Sweet Caroline at the tops of their voices as they left the ground – Good times never felt this good and Neil Diamond was not wrong. Cech: his ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-18By chas
    2 months ago
  • Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent
    The last two posts have given begrudging admiration towards  the positive developments happening down the Seven Sisters Rd, but let’s be honest … you can’t polish a Richard Always in our shadow. Flash in the pan, One swallow – summer, a pig’s ear doth not a purse make ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-18By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Spurs. An Obsession?
    Over the years of AA we (or should I say “I”) are often accused of being “obsessed” by Spurs. Is it true? Judge for yourself. Firstly, I was born in North London, equidistant from AFC and THFC. Most of my friends were Spurs, my father was Spurs, thankfully my Uncles ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-17By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Spurs. A worrying trend.
    Remember when they were a laughing stock? Doesn’t seem that long ago. This is the  bunch who employed Harry Redknapp thinking he would bring back the Glory Days   Times have changed and it started a few years back. I loved it when the muppets had to sell their best ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-16By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Arsenals Top Seasons 1988-1989 Our (last gasp) 11th Best
    Eighteen years we waited for this to happen – eighteen very, very long and difficult years and we fans were wondering if it would ever happen again. Our last First Division Championship win had been in 1970-71 when, under Bertie Mee, we won the First Division and FA Cup double. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-10By chas
    2 months ago
  • Ten League games in 6 weeks
    Hey kids, I’ve just updated the widgets. I’ve finally gotten round to spacing out the games per month in the Rasp’s excellent “Points Comparison” widget. I was gobsmacked to find that in addition to the 3 League games left in November which start after the international break, we also have ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-07By chas
    3 months ago
  • A Serious Test of Mental Strength.
    If, as so many pundits and even Gooners expect, we get creamed, will I be able to enjoy the excellence of Man City? This is what I woke up to think about, then I had a cup of Builder’s and reconsidered. What if we beat them? Unlikely but not beyond ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-05By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Santi’s Ankle
    We are all horrified by the extent of Santi’s injuries. LB makes a good point that potential transfer targets will be impressed about how the club stand by their players following serious injury. One only has to look at Diaby to see how the club focus on their well-being. Wilshire ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-04By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Our…
    Turn The B team. Any team which represents Arsenal has a duty to give 100% and perform with pride. So far our reserves have done just that. We welcome Red Star and their passionate fans, who will hopefully bring the kind of atmosphere created by Koln (but not the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-02By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Yours
    Continuing on from Rasp’s excellent but somewhat truncated post … Is Arsenal yours or theirs? Does it belong to Kroenke and Usamov or the millions of fans? What do you think (if anything)? written by Big Raddy   ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-11-01By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • My 
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-28By Rasp
    3 months ago
  • Home Run to Continue?
    Saturday. 3.00 p.m. kick-off. Home game. It feels wrong. I have read and heard that Swansea are our bogey team but , didn’t we beat them last season with just 10 men? Yes, I know we lost a couple at home and got beaten in Swansea in 2016, but we ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-28By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Number 6 – Mr. Arsenal
    Whenever I look back on my 70 years of supporting Arsenal and the hundreds of players that I’ve watched one name always stands out in my memory – Number 6, Tony Adams who is rightfully known as Mr. Arsenal. He was born in Romford on October 10th 1966 and grew ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-26By chas
    3 months ago
  • Things We Learned from the last 6 days
    There is a vast gap in quality between the first team and the reserves JW may not be the solution to Xhaka’s inconsistencies The team which beat Everton is capable of great things. Neither Sanchez nor Ozil should be sold in January We have defensive frailties (nothing new). We ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-25By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • What is a Carabao?
    Does anyone know? Norwich. A home game – seems ages – and another chance to see the second string. Are Norwich better than Red Star? We shall see. The Canaries are on a fine run of form, unbeaten in 9, and hopeful of a return to the PL. Can’t quite ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-24By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Everton desperate both for points and confidence. Koeman deep in the mire wearing open -toed sandals. Fans disgruntled by the awful football played, New owners disappointed by the poor return on the  €150m+ spent in summer. Not the best time to visit Goodison. Especially as we are hardly in the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-22By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Red Star Pre – Match
    There are some names in football which have a ring to them, something romantic that takes us back to times past, Red Star Belgrade is one of those. Before mass- televised football, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of Yugoslavia, before drug testing etc Red Star ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-19By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Time for a Change
    Just a quickie… Last weekend’s 15 minute collapse was horribly painful and worse, a return to the type of loss of control we have seen over the past few seasons. But Everything changed in one moment and it was a moment out of control of anyone in an Arsenal shirt. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-18By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Into the Hornet’s Nest
    The Good: We are on a fine run of results having lost just one of our last 5 games. Watford have yet to win a game at home this season. The Not So Good: Watford are on a fine run of results having lost just one of their last 5 games. We ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-14By Big Raddy
    3 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Top Seasons – 1952-53, our 12th best
    The 1952-53 season started well for Arsenal as we won the opening two fixtures but then only managed to win two of the next eight matches. A 5-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on November 15 helped to inspire the team and the goals continued to flow throughout that winter. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-09By chas
    3 months ago
  • The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us
    mickydidit89 says: October 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm Lads lads lads Had an idea for a mini series of posts The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us The worst Arsenal player to HAVE won a major trophy with us The best player for us ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-04By chas
    4 months ago
  • Premier League Top 6 Teams – Next 6 Games
    (Before we start I realize that Burnley is currently in sixth position on goal difference but this post is about the most likely top six at the end of the next six games). Here is each team’s schedule of the next six games plus their current standings. Man C has ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-03By chas
    4 months ago
  • The Seagulls fly into The Emirates
    Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. were founded in 1901 and started playing in the Southern League where they won the 1910 FA Charity Shield, which at that time was contested by the champions of the Southern League, and the Football League Champions. The 1910 FA Charity Shield was the third ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-10-01By chas
    4 months ago
  • Journey into the Unkown
    I have to admit to knowing very little about Bate Borisov – I didn’t even know they were based in Belarus, in fact I don’t even know where Belarus is! But, if they are in the Europa then they have to be decent opposition! I have read that Hleb started ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-28By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal’s Top Seasons – 1937-38, our 13th best
    (As a preface to this post, I want to make it clear that I have created a list of all of our Division 1 and PL seasons and sorted them first by league position and then by the points won %. Therefore this series may exclude trophy winning seasons where ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-27By chas
    4 months ago
  • Now we welcome the Baggies to the Emirates
    West Bromwich Albion Football Club was formed in 1878 and they have played at their current ground since 1900. They are known as The Baggies, The Throstles or WBA. They are based in the West Midlands with their main rivals being Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In 1930/31 they ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-25By chas
    4 months ago
  • Bonny Donny Gonny – Player Assessments
    Revelations and facts Ospina’s mother’s maiden name was Ramirez Chambers is closer to leaving than I realised. Mertasacker will always be an Arsenal legend. Holding purposely had his confidence massaged in this game. Reiss-Nelson is not as advanced as I had hoped. Elneny should be playing in the first team ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-21By chas
    4 months ago
  • “Donny” come to The Emirates
    The Rovers were formed in 1879, 138 years ago and turned professional in 1885, they have spent most of their years bouncing about in the lower leagues of English football and currently play in League 1 after gaining promotion from League 2 in 2016/17. Their ground is the Keepmoat Stadium ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-20By chas
    4 months ago
  • It’s not the players … it’s the tune
    Following on from yesterday’s post, there was a degree of agreement that balance is a crucial factor in the way a team performs. An extension to that theory would be that the best team may not necessarily comprise the best 11 players. Jeff Beck playing in Black Lace (showing my age ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-19By Rasp
    4 months ago
  • Superb performance, balanced side …. and without Ozil?
    What you are about to read may be considered sacrilege by many. I don’t want to cast ay negatives after such a good result yesterday ….. but I’m just going to put something out there. I only saw highlights of the game, but from that and the comments of respected ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-18By Rasp
    4 months ago
  • Now we travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea
     Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 and since that day their only ground has been Stamford Bridge.  Since then they have had no less than 39 different managers go through their turnstiles. The following does not make pleasant reading but the facts are that Stamford Bridge has not been ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-17By chas
    4 months ago
  • 1-0 Down, 3-1 Up.  MOTM: Arsene Wenger.
    Here are some brief “feelings” on the back of last night’s game, pulled together from my own thoughts as well as picking through the excellent comments on here from genuine experts. Back three/four. I think it’s wrong to judge a system by the personnel. Throw Koscielny and Mustafi into ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-15By Rasp
    4 months ago
  • We welcome the Billy Goats for our 1st Europa League game
    This season we play Thursday night football in the Europa League and our first game is home to Fußball-Club Köln also known as FC Köln or FC Cologne in English. They play in the Bundesliga, the highest league of German football and were Champions in 1962/3, 1963/4 and 1977/8. The ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-14By chas
    4 months ago
  • The Mesut/Alexis Conundrum
    Question of the day from GoonerB What do people feel we should do with Sanchez and Ozil? Options could include: Play them as 1st 11 choices all season and let them leave on a free in May. Show them the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-13By Rasp
    4 months ago
  • What we learned from the Weekend.
    Lacazette is worth the money. We can win without Sanchez. Mr Wenger’s experiment of playing Bellerin on the left is over. Kolasinac needs PL experience but looks a fine addition. Welbeck can finish! Mustafi central with pacy CB’s outside him works against teams who have no attack Our midfield ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-11By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Is a Clean Sheet possible ?
    Seems an age since we got hammered up at Anfield. Why? Not just the International break but also thanks to the poisonous atmosphere around the club. Let’s be honest, it has never really disappeared despite a decent end to last season and an encouraging win on the opening day. Sadly, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-09By Big Raddy
    4 months ago
  • Arsenal 2017/18 Squad
    Now that the summer transfer window has closed here is our First Team Squad as shown on Arsenal.com. Now here is the Academy squad. I’m not and expert on either squad formation or tactics, all I can intelligently discuss is my opinion of the players skills, attitude and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-07By chas
    5 months ago
  • Now we host the Cherries at the Emirates
    Bournemouth FC was founded in 1899, 118 years ago, as Boscombe FC. They have had 28 different managers in their history including Harry Redknapp; who famously took them to memorable victory over Manchester United in the 1984 FA Cup, Tony Pulis and an ex-Arsenal manager Leslie Knighton. Their current ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-06By chas
    5 months ago
  • Media maelstrom inspires Arsenal fans
    We have just witnessed the biggest “much ado about nothing” period in the history of the Arsenal Football Club. It was ably driven by the usual culprits, the Arsenal hating Media, the fans (those that believe the nonsense they read) and, of course, the “expert pundits” who fuel the fires ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-05By chas
    5 months ago
  • What would a successful season be?
    The transfer saga has ended and our squad will remain as such (barring injuries) until the end of the year. Given our current squad, our management, the current spirit around the club as well as given our competition at national and European levels, what would success look like at the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-04By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Beginnings v Endings. Liverpool v Arsenal
    So, and this is a fact, The Ox chose Liverpool over Chelsea and Arsenal Smoke signals from some fires suggested both Lemar and Virgil fancy Pool. I’m not basing anything here on what we all witnessed at Anfield last week, because I’m talking about the bigger picture. There does ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-09-02By chas
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal – arrivals and exits, final hours.
    Here is where we are in a nutshell ……… Ox is off to Liverpool Gibbs has gone to West Brom Mustafi is still here ……. Milan have given up wanting him Today will be about whether Dick Law’s team actually know what they’re doing and can earn their wages. Rumour ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-31By peachesgÖÖner
    5 months ago
  • THE LATE DASH FOR THE ARSENAL EXIT DOOR
    A little over 36 hours to the close of the window, and wow, it’s all happening at Arsenal. Incredible really. Last season closed with ripples of optimism. The fabulous Cup win and the sexy new system. Add the three players down spine we needed, keep our best players, sell the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-30By peachesgÖÖner
    5 months ago
  • Obviously the best is still to come from Arsenal………
    it has to be – as it cannot possibly get any worse than it was today. I want to put this in perspective; now I’ve watched as a spectator or a viewer more games than anybody I know – over 2,500 and our performance (or lack of) against Liverpool ranks ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-28By chas
    5 months ago
  • Liverpool Preview
    Yet again we go to Anfield as the underdogs , a strange circumstance as for so many years they were also rans. FairPlay to the LFC BoD for investing hundreds of millions into the playing staff and then signing such an in demand manager. It has to be said ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-27By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Next up we travel to Anfield to play Liverpool
    I always get a thrill when I hear the traditional names of the stadiums, well that’s not entirely true as I get a totally different feeling when I here White Hart Lane or Old Trafford but generally the names strike a very pleasing chord with me. As commercialism has taken ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-24By chas
    5 months ago
  • Arsenal window Time Bomb
    No idea how many days in August, so let’s pretend the window remains open for ten’ish days. That is not long at all, although I suspect a great deal more business will be done across Europe. I imagine Barca will be very active, and this will have the inevitable knock-on ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-21By peachesgÖÖner
    5 months ago
  • Stoke, no longer The Orcs?
    I admit it – they don’t play hoofball any more, they have players who can pass a ball and others who are highly skilled, but they are still Stoke and the stands at The Britannia are still packed with Neanderthals and Orcs. Even the obnoxious Sparky Hughes has mellowed, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-19By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Now we play Stoke City in the Potteries
    This is my least favourite away game of the season; we play the ever repugnant Stoke City. My thoughts are always dominated by the FA Cup semi final games in 1971 and 1972, both semis went to replays and we won them both. The circumstances involved in those losses caused ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-17By chas
    5 months ago
  • Is the FA Biased?
    Now I’m not one who endorses conspiracy theories but when I look at the opening seven games in the Premier League it gives me leave to at least wonder. In my belief it is important to have a high degree of balance and fairness in the schedule in order to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-15By chas
    5 months ago
  • Tally Ho. Leicester Preview.
    Kicking off the PL on a Friday night, Thursday night football and a season full of Sunday p.m. games – could this be the recipe for a successful campaign? Let’s hope so. I wrote yesterday that I believe we have the squad, the experience and the talent to win ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-11By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Champions 2017/18?
    How do you think we will fare this season? Will the strengthening of the squad be enough to propel us to the Title? Will it be enough to regain our Top 4 status? Here’s what BR thinks (subject to change depending upon results ) Let’s look at the opposition, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-10By Big Raddy
    5 months ago
  • Friday Night Football at the Emirates
    For the first time in the Premier League history the season will kick off on Friday August 11th when Arsenal will host Leicester City at the Emirates with the game starting at 19:45. We played our first game against Leicester 125 years ago on January 7th 1895 – back then ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-09By chas
    6 months ago
  • Chelsea Preview
    Tempus Fugit. Seems like yesterday  … actually it doesn’t, much talk and some action has taken place since season’s end, some good, some not so good, some still to happen. Has anyone left from the 1st team squad? Will they? Loans must be the order of the day as we try ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-06By Big Raddy
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal Decisively Indecisive?
    Being decisive is usually recognised as recognising a problem, or identifying a need to improve a situation, and arriving at a decision to quickly and effectively act to resolve it. And in some ways, that has happened, in that defensively we seemed to be all at sea last season, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-08-03By chas
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal: Tight Fisted Scrooges or Profligate Wastrels?
    The Emirates Cup was a strange mixture of youthful carefree enjoyment in a deeply satisfying and fun filled first game against Benfica, and an inhibited and surprisingly chaotic lurch into the tippy tappy football of the older more experienced players who did not appear to gell in the second game. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-31By chas
    6 months ago
  • The Ups and Downs of Arsenal
    This is the time of the year when Arsenal, and every other club, seem to be caught in the footballing equivalent of the doldrums, once the bane of every sailing ship known to man, where a relatively calm period occurs out of nowhere, and during which time no wind has ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-28By chas
    6 months ago
  • All Aboard the Transfer Merry-Go-Round
    What is going on with these transfer bids — and rebids? A juicy rumour appears out of nowhere linking Arsenal to a player we can all see is exactly what the team need – you know you have seen those tidbits many times – right? Then the next snippet comes ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-24By chas
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal v Western Sydney Wanderers
    Lacazette has a new Arsenal striker competitor up front…. …from Per Mertesacker. Thats right, after a fantastic, stand out performance in the FA Cup final, it took Per only 4 minutes to get on the scorers sheet. courtesy of the Arsenal Gentleman Welcome to the land Down Under Arsenal. And ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-15By chas
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal in Australia from 1977 to 2017
    Let’s start with extracts from Wiki and Original 1977 Programme The tournament was the idea of English entrepreneur Reg Lambourne, Strata Travel owner Tom Lawrence and Red Star Belgrade FC Secretary General Dr Miroljub Stojkovic and consisted of two competitions. The first (also known as Metro 20th Anniversary Tournament) was a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-11By Rasp
    6 months ago
  • Life without Sanchez
    So before talking about options for life without Sanchez lets just talk about what happens if he stays. Personally I think this is rather easy. He lines up as the left sided of our double number 10’s (with Ozil as 1st choice to the right of centre) behind our new boy ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-06By peachesgÖÖner
    7 months ago
  • Arsene’s fantastic Vision of Beautiful Football
    So, here we are, a year on and openly or sneakily looking at the myriad of transfer rumours flowing around us, not just about Arsenal, but around all our rivals too – who is buying whom, who is asking for the humongously ridiculous salary and so on. The season finished ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-07-02By chas
    7 months ago
  • Season Assessment: Centre Backs
    We have a lot of them don’t we? Do we need so many? Are they all good enough to do the job? Do we need to improve on their quality? The season was definitely split into two as regards the defence, with the move to a Back 3 making giving ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-24By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Mbappe to Arsenal for….how much?
    Mmmm, sounds like the answer is about 100M. Just been reading an article about Roberto Sanches. Remember him. Portuguese star of the Euros. Last May, at the age of 18, he moved from being the star man at Benfica to Bayern for a fee that will eventually ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-21By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Season Assessment: Full Backs
    If you have been reading AA over the past few years you will know that BR knows sweet FA about tactics. This makes it difficult to judge the effectiveness of our full backs whose jobs change depending upon the formation. It was much easier to critique a performance in the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-15By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Prêt à acheter, Arsène
    Come on, you get my drift. Pret à Manger, Pret à Porter, Footballers to Buy. Anyway, France v England tonight (and on proper telly) in a friendly, and oh garçon, do they have some good footballers. Looking through their squad there are quite a few who I reckon would look ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-13By peachesgÖÖner
    7 months ago
  • Season Assessment: Goalkeeper
    Dust has settled, we have silverware, no CL, the manager contract is signed. It is time to look back … Let us start this series at the back and the men between the sticks. Prior to the Back 3 experiment our keepers were under pressure as we conceded goal after ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-11By Big Raddy
    7 months ago
  • Stand up if you Love Arsene Wenger
    Well I’m already standing and I have more hope for the future of our club than I have had in many a long year. You may ask why? The answer is that I want the Arsenal Football Club to be a club that all future generations of supporters can be ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-07By chas
    8 months ago
  • Champions League Final on the AA sofa.
    August 2016, and I was sitting next to an Italian chum in a restaurant in Northern Italy. Chum, born Italian and Juventus, has for the past fifteen years lived in North London and become Arsenal as well. The company was good and the conversation flowed merrily. I ask him about ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2017-06-03By Big Raddy
    8 months ago