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  • Talking ’bout an Emery Revolution.
    Is there one? Over the past couple of posts we have taken stock of the season so far, I am sorry but today you will get much of the same! When comparing games against the same opposition at this point in the season we have less points than 2017 ( ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-16By Big Raddy
    8 hours ago
  • Stretching a point – Unai discovers the limits of his squad?
    It really does feel to me as if the XG chickens have come home to roost. Or at least it does until I realise that the meaning of that statement is in the mind of the writer and as such open to interpretation by everyone who reads it. The image ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-15By LB
    1 day ago
  • Can Emery’s Arsenal maintain our current League position?
    The following is a tweet from Orbinho‏ @Orbinho from just before the Wolves game…………………. Arsenal seemingly worse under Emery than during Wenger’s last season in everything apart from actual goals scored and conceded (and therefore results). It’s enjoyable so far, but if things don’t change there’s probably ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-14By chas
    2 days ago
  • Arsenal’s Interlull – Who’s involved and when?
    It’s getting more difficult to find words to describe how horrendously tedious these regular international breaks actually are. There will be 9 games for Arsenal in December – just imagine how much easier December could be if we dropped two of the international breaks, enabling fixtures to be more evenly ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-13By chas
    3 days ago
  • Arsenal FC Player ratings – Almost Savaged by Wolves
    This was always going to be a tough fixture against a team known for being hard to break down and quick on the break. Arsenal’s attitude was going to be key, matching the intensity of David Wagner’s boys. First Half Unfortunately Arsenal’s attitude stunk the place out early on. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-12By chas
    4 days ago
  • Wolves: A Difficult Afternoon?
    After two draws, can we return to winning ways this afternoon? Wolves have lost their last 3 games, we are on an unbeaten run stretching back to 1982, the portents are good. But before we start assuming an easy victory Wolves are the only team apart from L’pool to take ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-11By Big Raddy
    5 days ago
  • Arsenal FC – Our home record against Wolves
    September 24th 1904 was the date we played our first game against Wolves and also the day we scored our first ever top flight goal. Charlie Satterthwaite holds the honour of scoring Arsenal’s first goal in the First Division. The striker had a keen eye for goal during his six-year ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-10By chas
    6 days ago
  • Poor Danny – Arsenal player ratings versus unSporting Lisbon
    Arsenal supporters turning up for Thursday night Europa League football were hoping for some excitement to warm them up and also for outright group victory with a win and three points. Things didn’t really turn out like that. First Half The best chance I can remember was when Douzi played ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-09By chas
    1 week ago
  • Sporting Lisbon Preview.
    Win tonight. Top the group with two easier games to go. Job done. Perhaps the post should stop here! Man Utd and Spurs completely undeserved victory will hopefully keep them out of the Europa. There seems to be heightened expectations that we will win this tournament but, like the Carabao, ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-08By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • Was Leno at Fault for Liverpool’s Goal?
    Following on from a thread about  whether Leno was at fault for the Liverpool goal, this is taken from a comment by our resident Keeper, GIE: Now on to the goal plus general command of the box from Leno and I am not so impressed. That said, I think Cech ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-07By Big Raddy
    1 week ago
  • Pleased with a point from Saturday? Really?
    So the dust is starting to settle after the Liverpool game and minds are starting to turn to future fixtures which is understandable, but the thing is, I find myself troubled and not quite ready to move on just yet. Apparently, if I believe what I read, we passed a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-06By LB
    1 week ago
  • What does November hold in store for Emery’s Arsenal?
    So, after October ended in subdued fashion with a ‘bridge too far’ performance away at Selhurst and a workman-like win at home to Blackpool, November began with a bang with a really decent fireworks display against Klippety Klopp’s team. How good was it to see the new Arsenal stand toe-to-toe ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-05By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal Player Ratings
    Terrific game played by two teams with managers committed to entertainment. Those lucky enough to attend created a fine atmosphere which enhanced the fun. Player Ratings are from a dodgy stream and if you disagree, please tell us why. Leno. We knew when he was bought that there were questions ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-04By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Liverpool. A stern test.
    Stevie Me, Small Head Carragher, Thicko Rush, Dirty Souness, Thunderbird Hansen, Biter Suarez, Steve One Minute, Fatboy Molby, Idiot Lawrenson, Big Nose Thompson, Steve Boring Macnanaman. What unites them? Yes, they are all Liverpool greats but they are also media darlings and Complete Lemons to a man. Since the 80’s  ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-03By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal FC – Our home record against the bin dippers
    Our first game against Liverpool (October 28, 1893) was a Division 2 home game at Manor Road before 7,000 fans – they gave us a rude awakening and beat us 0-5. The Arsenal team on the day – 1 Billy McOwen, 2 Andrew Hannah (c), 3 Duncan McLean, 4 John ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-02By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Not the most entertaining evening at the Seaside – Blackpool ratings
    Another tie against a lower league side, another chance for our exciting youngsters to get some Emirates pitch time. Well, that’s always the hope. The reality is usually far less enticing. First Half Pretty dire throughout. The only moment of quality was the goal. Stephan Lichtsteiner made a superb diagonal ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-11-01By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Blackpool. Possible Line-Up. Miss Ross-Eggert
    Carabao. Do you remember how we did last season? I have to admit I struggle. We reached the Final and had a day out at Wembley which went very well until the 18th minute after which it all went TU. Was it worth it? Do the clubs value the competition? ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-31By Big Raddy
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal FC – Our home record against the Seasiders
    Division Two Our first game against Blackpool was a Division Two fixture played December 19, 1896 – one hundred and twenty two years ago – we won the game 4-2 with a brace apiece for Gavin Crawford and Adam Haywood. Highbury in 1914 League Cup Ticket from first replay ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-30By chas
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s winning run ended by Atkinson – Palace ratings
    If you had to run 100 metres it would take you a certain amount of time, yes? With a bit of training you might improve slightly but it wouldn’t take long before you reached maximum capability. This is what yesterday’s game felt like to me; there was no more to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-29By LB
    3 weeks ago
  • Another London Derby. Another Scorpion?
    Yet another London Derby. Games at Palace are usually exciting events, let’s hope for a winter cracker this lunchtime. I am always grateful to Crystal Palace for developing the talents of Ian (God 8) Wright. I fondly recall his brace for Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final against ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-28By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsenal FC – Our away record against the Eagles
    In 1895, the Football Association had found a new permanent home for the FA Cup Final at the site of the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building. Some years later the owners, who were reliant on tourist activity for their income, sought fresh attractions for the venue, and decided to form ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-27By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Emery’s red-tailed Boa gently squeezes Sporting
    If Unai Emery’s Arsenal were a snake, what snake would they be? What I mean is, if you had to compare Arsenal’s style of play or, let’s say, their game plan with a snake what snake would it be? It struck me as I was watching Arsenal beat Sporting to ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-26By LB
    3 weeks ago
  • Sporting Lisbon. Ramsey to Shine?
    Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Quaresma, William Carvalho, Luis Figo, Peter Schmeichel, Phil Babb (!),  All played for Sporting and, had they still been in the green and white shirt, this evening would be very difficult but they don’t. In fact, Sporting Lisbon had a player revolt in summer which resulted in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-25By Big Raddy
    3 weeks ago
  • Sporting Clube de Portugal – Who are ya?
    Sporting Clube de Portugal was founded in 1906 and is most famous for its football team. Part of the big three Portuguese clubs along with Benfica and Porto, they’ve never been relegated from the top flight in Portugal and have won the third most trophies, 48 including 18 League titles. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-24By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Wow, that was a hell of a half time talk! – Leicester ratings
    We were so poor in the first 30 minutes I was starting to wonder why I’d made the trip down from Notts. By the end of the second half I was ecstatic and delighted to clap my team off the pitch. Occasionally under Arsene it seemed as though a half ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-23By chas
    3 weeks ago
  • Strap up tight – could be a bumpy ride – Leicester (H)
    Lashing Fulham at the Cottage seems like months ago. City, the dippers and spuds all won and the chavs/manc shitfest ended with the points shared which all puts extra pressure on us to beat Leicester. Monday night games – just dreadful. Having said that, we could be in for a ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-22By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal FC – Our record against the Foxes
    Our first home game against Leicester City was on March 9th 1895 and ended in a 3-3 draw.  It was played at Lyttleton cricket ground in Leyton as the Manor Ground was under a 6 weeks suspension due to an incident in a fractious match against Burton Wanderers; the referee ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-21By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Was Arsène Right?
    Before I begin, can I ask that if anyone reads this who really knows about player development to kindly leave a comment, because this post is a question as much as an observation, and I suspect that like myself, most regulars on this site would be guessing. We all heard ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-20By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • AFC Hunters and Gatherers – which are you?
    I scratch my head trying to rationalize the changing moods of football fans around the world. In my youth your football team and its players were god-like figures who were held in the highest esteem. We kids were in total awe of the players, our imaginations were stimulated by the ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-19By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Ainsley Maitland-Niles – where will he fit into Emery’s team?
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Con) is back in full training and in contention for the Leicester game on Monday. Perhaps Monday will come too early for the lad but away to Sporting a few days later could see him return. The question I was asking myself is, ‘what will Unai see as ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-18By chas
    4 weeks ago
  • Are Arsenal handling the Ramsey situation well?
    Just when we thought that the Aaron Ramsey story of ‘will he or won’t he leave the Club’ had been flogged to death, flickers of new life have appeared since he scored ‘that goal at Fulham’, leading me to believe that it needs a bit more flogging and that is ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-17By LB
    1 month ago
  • Mustafi or Holding – who partners the Greek Colossus – Poll?
    Morning all, fellow suffering Gunners. Back to me poll do-da to help fill the gap. Pretty sure we’d all be pretty close now after 8 league games to picking Unai’s starting XI. I’m by far and away the most knowledgeable on this site when it comes to attacking football, but ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-16By chas
    1 month ago
  • Where do you think we’ll finish in the Prem? – Poll
    So after not quite a quarter of League games played and not quite half of all of our Premiership opponents played once, where do we stand? The table says 4th, above the spuds on goal difference and only two points behind the three-way joint leaders. The enforced interlull break gives ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-15By chas
    1 month ago
  • Alex Iwobi – What’s changed?
    Following on from Friday’s post and the idea that youth players may not have that drive and hunger to succeed, let’s take a look at Alex Iwobi who appears to be emerging from his chrysalis like a Giant Swallowtail this season. How has a player who in the past sometimes ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-14By chas
    1 month ago
  • Old School Football – Better or Worse?
    Chas published this picture of a game against Leicester in ’71 (which I attended) and it sent me into a land of memories. Black and White photography Players wearing the same coloured shorts Proper numbers – none of this 54 nonsense Uncovered Clock End Sideburns Standing Leather ball, and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-13By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Should AFC follow the Chelsea model?
    LB recently wrote (briefly) about the efficiency of the Chelsea model i.e. buying every youngster from anywhere, lending them out all over Europe, and not using their Academy to develop players. Arsenal, however, choose to take a different path; bringing young players through the ranks at the Hale End Academy ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-12By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Who exactly is Unai Emery?
    Most of us know his football CV, an underwhelming football career, moving into management after a serious injury to his knee; successfully taking lower league sides up through the divisions before landing the respected job at Valencia. He stayed there for three seasons doing perfectly well and then bizarrely he ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-11By LB
    1 month ago
  • Internationals – when and where do Arsenal players feature?
    So interlull dullness hits us like a big wet sock just as the season was beginning to look so bright after such magnificent goals at the Cottage. I’ve learnt a few things looking into these fixtures………….. Auba, Wobbly and Mo Elneny are involved in home and away fixtures against South ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-10By chas
    1 month ago
  • Poll – Mesut or Miki – You Decide
    Ahead for Gunners is a very long International break, so here’s an easy conversation starter. I’m offering one formation and one positional player option. It’s a 4-2-3-1 and today the option is Mesut or Mkhi. Obviously you vote for one, but can then elaborate in comments i.e. Mesut only starts ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-09By chas
    1 month ago
  • Unai’s boys flatten Fulham with flawless finishing
    Wow, it really is an exciting time to be an Arsenal supporter. With the toxic infighting of last season fading from memory and now, incredibly, nine wins on the bounce it rightly has to be said that the Unai Emery revolution is gathering pace. I can’t remember the last time ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-08By LB
    1 month ago
  • Away form to Continue?
    A trip to The Cottage is full of nostalgia. Cosy ground by the river, no longer owned by that clown Al-Fayed (now owned by a Pakistani American) and managed by a chap from Serbia, Fulham are a fine club A family club (whatever that means). They have some decent players ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-07By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal FC – our record against the Cottagers
    Our first game against Fulham was on February 6th, 1904 when Fulham, then in the First Division of the Southern League, passed through all seven Preliminary Qualifying Rounds to make their debut in the First Round of the FA Cup. The eighth game was one too many as Woolwich Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-06By chas
    1 month ago
  • Bog Snorkelling in Baku – Qarabag Ratings
    Another game, another clean sheet, eight wins on the trot; ouch, it is going to hurt when we fall. Or maybe we won’t? In trying to understand the team selection, it struck me that much of what was going on had more to do with November the 3rd than with ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-05By LB
    1 month ago
  • A Tasty Fixture
    It is 2869 miles from The Emirates to Baku Stadium (see pic below), thank Dennis the lads aren’t going by coach. Chas gave us the info on Qarabag where the local food looks simply excellent. Who could not enjoy a plate of pilaf followed up by a baklava or two? ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-04By Big Raddy
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal’s Balancing Act
    Many things in life are cyclical, and as Arsenal are life, I went looking for some cycles (calm down LB  ) courtesy Getty Images Cycles are recurring patterns, and while the most important pattern is the recent winning run, there are deeper more subtle ones. Like the fact that ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-03By chas
    1 month ago
  • Qarabag FK – Who are ya?
    Qarabag Futbol Klubu (nickname ‘The Horsemen’) was founded in 1951 and originates from a town called Aghdam situated right on the Azerbaijani border with Armenia. Going through a few name changes (Mehsul, Shafaq and Cooperative Society!), plus a ten year period in the wilderness due to financial troubles, the club ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-02By chas
    2 months ago
  • A new month for the new Arsenal
    A pinch and a punch for the first of the month. What does October have in store for us? Despite the month being split right down the middle with yet another interlull (slightly improved with the new competitive format), it’s still quite a busy time for the Club. There will ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-10-01By chas
    2 months ago
  • Wobbly whips Watford – Deeney dismal
    Well that was a really rip-roaring christening for my first game ever in the lower tier at the Emirates. Watching the game from lower down and closer to the pitch makes the whole experience more visceral. Yes, you don’t see the patterns of play in quite the same way, but ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-30By chas
    2 months ago
  • Lucky 7?
    Prior to reading GN5’s history lesson, I thought we always thrashed the Bees. Apparently not. Strange how personal perceptions can deceive. I recall that thug Deeney “bullying (read fouling) his way to a victory and a long ago victory at Highbury but other than that …  well, you get my drift. ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-29By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal FC – Our record against the Hornets
    Aside from the following FA Cup wins, our league record against Watford (founded as Watford Rovers in 1881) only begins as recently as 1982. This is because they were in the Southern League up until 1920 and then finally reached the First Division with promotion from the second division in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-28By chas
    2 months ago
  • Danny quells the swarm – Brentford Ratings
    First Half Two goals from Danny in the first half had Arsenal cruising as the interval approached. His first came from a Matteo Guendouzi pinpoint cross after a short corner. The many Arsenal runs in the box confused Brentford who forgot to mark the only player who stood still; but ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-27By chas
    2 months ago
  • Another London Derby
    Carabao Cup. Usually a good night of soccer and we get to see Mr Emery’s first experiment of mixing yoof with experience. We reached the final last season before getting thumped by City and it would be great if we could win it this time. Why not? It’s silverware, isn’t ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-26By Big Raddy
    2 months ago
  • Watching The Arsenal around the World
    LB was asking if Arsenal’s Caribou Cup game against Brentford is being shown on TV on Wednesday. Obviously on holiday in Spain, he knew that he could always join the Costa Blanca Arsenal Supporters Club as they’d usually have it on. Anyway I had a quick look and the Arsenal ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-25By chas
    2 months ago
  • Hardly convincing but we’ll take it – Everton ratings
    Injury doubt, Lucas Torreira, was declared fit to make his first Prem start replacing Matteo Guendouzi but apart from that, an unchanged Arsenal were set to face their next challenge in the rebuilding process. First Half Again it was a case of not much happening at all. Everton harried and ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-24By chas
    2 months ago
  • Let’s get stuck into the Toffees
    First off a tribute to Everton’s Dixie Dean the holder of the all time English top flight scoring record. Dixie Dean’s Record 60 League Goals in 1927/28 When George Camsell scored 59 Football League goals for Middlesbrough in 1926/27 he must have believed that his record would last for ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-23By chas
    2 months ago
  • Cesc: “Only Arsenal for me”
    Just as Aaron Ramsey’s contract runs out at the end of this season, Cesc Fabregas’ contract at Chelsea does, too. Now aged 31, would you take Cesc back at The Home of Football? Some have even suggested recently that they might prefer Cesc to Aaron. Rocky wrote this in ... read more
    Source: Arsenal ArsenalPublished on 2018-09-22By chas
    2 months ago
  • 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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
    2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months ago