Syracuse Gooners

  • Good Signs From Arsenal’s Victory Over Leicester
    Fixating on negatives is generally the easy thing to do. Negative thoughts and feelings are more powerful than their positive counterparts and elicit stronger responses from others. I’m choosing to focus on the key positives from Arsenal’s 4-3 opening day win over Leicester City. League titles are not won or ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-08-15By Dougie Cazorla
    1 day ago
  • Arsenal Topics That Need More Attention Heading into the Season
    Will Lacazette hit the ground running in his first season? Is Arsenal going to strengthen at CM? Will Aaron Ramsey return to his form of the ‘13-’14 season? These questions, as well as the looming contract situations of Alexis, Ozil, and the Ox, have been the main talking points this ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-08-10By Dougie Cazorla
    6 days ago
  • Community Shield Preview: AFC v CFC
    Let’s face it, unless you follow the logic of Jose Mourinho, the upcoming Community Shield against Chelsea is nothing but a glorified friendly. That being said, it will give us our first true taste of a viable squad as this is a valuable tune-up for the start of the Premier ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-08-05By Dougie Cazorla
    2 weeks ago
  • The Current State of the Arsenal Midfield and Finding a Balance
    Another day, another Arsenal transfer rumor. You know we’re at the heart of “silly season” when the narrative drastically changes daily in regards to potential incomings and outgoings. A few days ago the speculation revolved around a Matic-for-Ox swap deal. Immediately many, myself included, rejected this as nonsense and pure ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-07-19By Dougie Cazorla
    4 weeks ago
  • Wenger’s Frenchmen Conversion Rate
    If Arsene Wenger were to make a list of what he loved most, the first would be “Arsenal Football Club” and “French Footballers” would be a close second. Few can doubt Wenger’s affinity and knowledge of players from this country, as he was born in Strasbourg, France, played amateur French ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-07-10By Dougie Cazorla
    1 month ago
  • The Welshman
    Arsene Wenger is well known in the footballing world with his uncanny ability to spot talents and groom them. The list of players he has developed is lengthy and polished for a man with a 21 year tenure at a club. With each young signing, Arsenal fans would hope and ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-07-10By Dougie Cazorla
    1 month ago
  • The Search for Xhaka’s Perfect Partner
    Granit Xhaka sits in his lavish home office at an executive desk. In his left hand is a glass of fine champagne and in his right is a computer mouse. He gazes anxiously at the widescreen monitor of his computer that currently displays the homepage for the popular dating site, ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-06-28By Dougie Cazorla
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal Stars That Need To Pass the Baton Next Season
    This is a massive summer for Arsenal Football Club. Vital decisions will be made in regards to front office, coaching staff, and player profile that should change the complexion of our organization as we know it. This transitionary period could well decide if we are on the precipice ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-06-16By Dougie Cazorla
    2 months ago
  • The Top 5 Smaller Moments of the FA Cup Final
    The Arsenal we know and love was on full display Saturday. They showed the blend of industry, guile, and fluid attacking football that helped me fall in love with this team over a decade ago. Regardless of whether or not you feel Alexis’ early goal should have stood, you can’t ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-05-30By Dougie Cazorla
    3 months ago
  • 3 Keys to Beating Chelsea in the Final
    For me it begins just over an hour before every Arsenal match. It’s the perfect blend of excitement and anxiety that gets my blood boiling. I open Twitter and refresh my feed constantly with the hope of being one of the first to see the official Arsenal starting XI. Days ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-05-24By Dougie Cazorla
    3 months ago
  • 5 Goals That Would Have Been Avoided with a Back 3
    Maybe it’s the warmer weather, increased sun exposure, the fact they will no longer have to train with the likes of Sanogo much longer, or whatever it may be, Arsenal always seems to to end a season strong. Arsene Wenger receives a lot of criticism for his lack of adaptability ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-05-17By Dougie Cazorla
    3 months ago
  • Have Arsenal Lost Its Identity?
    I·den·ti·ty  /īˈden(t)ədē/ (Noun)  the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. what Arsenal have lost over the past few seasons. Arsenal are in the midst of an identity crisis. For large portions of the past few seasons, our style of football has been unrecognizable ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-05-10By Dougie Cazorla
    3 months ago
  • Tottenham: Our Enemy, Our Antithesis
    Tottenham is the enemy. Always has been; always will be. It will take sustained success as well as forthcoming trophies in their cabinet, however, before there can be a sensible conversation about a “power shift”. That being said, it’s not against the rules to respect your enemy and see things ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-05-03By Dougie Cazorla
    4 months ago
  • Arsene Changer? Have Arsenal Begun to Adapt Stylistically?
    Our last two games have been a breath of fresh air for Arsenal fans. A new formation, two wins, and the sense of optimism that we can adapt stylistically to an ever-evolving Premier League. While the 3-4-2-1 formation is gaining the majority of the recognition, and rightly so, my eyes ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-04-26By Dougie Cazorla
    4 months ago
  • The Arsenal Power Card
    Do Arsenal have an ace up their sleeve waiting to be played? It’s no secret, Arsenal Football Club is a sporting entity that runs itself differently. This contrast lies in the inordinate amount of decision-making placed in the hands of the manager while the Board and organizational personnel handle matters ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-04-18By Dougie Cazorla
    4 months ago
  • Diving Into Arsenal’s Issues
    Arsenal is in an awful place – there is no argument about that. For this piece I’m going to look past contract negotiations, locker room disharmony and public displays of protest in favor of statistics. Statistics that I hope will shed light on the issues my eyes have been telling ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-04-12By Dougie Cazorla
    4 months ago
  • The Lost Art of Reading the Game
    As Arsenal fans, we have been witness to some truly brilliant footballers. Ones that led with their advanced footballing IQs through and an innate awareness of space. These players could truly read the game around them. While many feel we lack overt leaders on the pitch who will tear into ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-04-04By Dougie Cazorla
    4 months ago
  • Are We About to Witness Ozil’s Final Assist?
    I have an awful feeling Mesut Ozil’s final assist in an Arsenal jersey will be to himself–an assist that helps him pioneer a move away from Arsenal Football club. His deployment within our system this season has simply not catered to his strengths and he knows it. It will be ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-03-28By Dougie Cazorla
    5 months ago
  • Lansera the Giant
    Every so often we encounter something remarkable, something that will shape the remainder of our existence. Lansera the Giant is one such example. Despite his origins being unknown, his records trace back over 100 years to in and around the great city of Nodnol. He first attracted the attention ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-03-21By Dougie Cazorla
    5 months ago
  • Wanted: Ball Winners
    I looked on helplessly from my usual pub chair for our match last Saturday against Liverpool. Despite a different setup and tactical game plan, this game was beginning to unfold like so many over the last month. Always with my analytical cap on, I reflected on past ideas and reasons ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-03-14By Dougie Cazorla
    5 months ago
  • Santi Cazorla: The Slimming Mirror
    We’ve all been there before. We need new clothing. Maybe it’s a pair of slacks for the office or a suit for a formal gathering. We go to a store, identify some possible options and bring them into the changing room. Every so often there is a mirror in the ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-03-07By Dougie Cazorla
    5 months ago
  • It’s Elementary, Arsene
    It’s 10 a.m. at Arsenal Elementary School and class is in session. I enter the school and walk down a long hallway past classrooms of various grade levels. A quick glance into door windows shows characteristics of a successful educational environment: peer collaboration, student engagement, in-depth discussion, etc. After what ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-25By Dougie Cazorla
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal “Sharpen the Saw”
    “Sharpen the Saw.” This advice comes from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It refers to the idea that one must take a step back and engage in different forms of self-renewal before growth can occur. In the literal sense, in order to most efficiently cut down ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-20By Dougie Cazorla
    6 months ago
  • Arsenal Valentine’s Day Partnerships
    Love is in the air at London Colney. After weeding out a variety of shady Bendtner-like characters over the years, Arsenal are a close-knit bunch. As a result, partnerships have been cultivated and we see “bromances” in full effect both on and off the football pitch. Like Romeo and Juliet, ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-14By Dougie Cazorla
    6 months ago
  • The Hidden Game: Why Arsenal Doesn’t Consistently Perform in Big Games
    In a game of football, there are two games going on simultaneously: the one on or near the ball and the one off the ball. Even the most avid analysts of the beautiful game fall victim to paying too much attention to the first. Our eyes like to follow the ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-09By Dougie Cazorla
    6 months ago
  • Post-Chelsea Match Analysis
    We all know that feeling as Arsenal fans. The moment in the season when we realize the title is unattainable. Two seasons ago it was loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day. Last season it was a loss to Swansea at home in early March. This year it is Chelsea ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-04By Dougie Cazorla
    6 months ago
  • Post-Chelsea Analysis
    We all know that feeling as Arsenal fans. The moment in the season when we realize the title is unattainable. Two seasons ago it was the loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day. Last season it was a loss to Swansea at home in early March. This year it is ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-04By Dougie Cazorla
    6 months ago
  • Superheroes of Arsenal
    To many, football is both a religion and an entity that resonates through every fiber of their being. All of the following take on added significance in the context of our lives: club crest, team colors, fixtures, results, team news, and especially…the players. The current squad is at our epicenter ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-02-02By Dougie Cazorla
    7 months ago
  • Has the Arsenal Midfield Been Shell-Xhaka’d?
    Quietly over the last few months, Granit Xhaka has become the stabilizing force in Arsenal’s midfield. I wrote about the attributes that will endear him to us for years to come in the following piece a few months ago: Why Arsenal Fans Will Grow to Love Granit Xhaka. Few doubt ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-01-23By Dougie Cazorla
    7 months ago
  • Arsenal Tendencies to Break
    The perfect football team is a myth. Even the most dominant of squads that won countless silverware had chinks in their armor. Our ‘03-’04 Invincibles team is arguably the closest entity to “pure excellence” with its unbeaten league campaign. That being said, we drew 12 matches, were eliminated in the ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-01-19By Dougie Cazorla
    7 months ago
  • Arsenal Finishing Celebrations
    Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s I loved to watch wrestling. Not the actual sport with two dudes grappling on a mat, but the one that was meant purely for entertainment–the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now called the WWE. There were many characteristics that intrigued me: the ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-01-12By Dougie Cazorla
    7 months ago
  • A Call for A 4-3-3
      As Arsenal has carried on this season, one question keeps running thru my mind: Is it time for a formation change?  Now, I do not expect the gaffer will change his base 4-2-3-1 formation as he seems to be wed to it and he knows far more about soccer ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-01-06By Kendrick Ross
    7 months ago
  • Arsenal New Year’s Resolutions
    As an Arsenal fan, 2016 gave us a lot to be thankful for. It was another season of watching Alexis and Özil grow together, further an on-pitch understanding and become one of the most deadly partnerships in the league. We showed ambition in the summer and brought in quality talent ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2017-01-05By Dougie Cazorla
    7 months ago
  • How Ozil Can Regain His Swagger
    Regardless of his form in recent weeks, you’ll be hard pressed to find an Arsenal fan that doesn’t appreciate the brilliance of Mesut Özil. The bug-eyed maestro had me from the very beginning. That first assist against Swansea and the side-footed finish against Napoli are the two initial moments that ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2016-12-29By Dougie Cazorla
    8 months ago
  • An Arsenal Festivus Celebration
    Little do people know, Festivus was not created in the Costanza family household around holiday time, but in London at the Arsenal training facilities. George Graham, Arsenal manager from 1986 to 1995, adopted this celebration to clear the air within the squad and foster a healthy footballing culture. He strongly ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2016-12-22By Dougie Cazorla
    8 months ago
  • Why Arsenal Fans Will Grow To Love Granit Xhaka
    I know this is going to be tough but let’s look past the brilliant name and boyish good looks, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka will soon become a cult favorite among the fanbase and this will last for years to come. The 24-year-old, born in Basel, Switzerland, has been a full Swiss ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2016-12-15By Dougie Cazorla
    8 months ago
  • How Arsenal Can Rule Europe
    “Arsenal can’t win against the big teams.” We have all heard this expression countless times over the last 10 years. When it comes to facing the Premier League and Europe’s elite, Arsenal have struggled mightily to get results. We all know the names: Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, AC Milan, etc. ... read more
    Source: Syracuse GoonersPublished on 2016-12-08By Dougie Cazorla
    8 months ago