The Premier League began last night with a match that had the air of being a friendly. Liverpool’s defensive vulnerability from the preseason continued but Norwich’s? What do you say,Continue readingÖzil & Kola Shocker Plus Other Newcastle Team News
Arsenal 1 – 2 Lyon I repeated the mantra so often yesterday that now I believe it: I will not lose my sh*t over a friendly, I will not loseContinue readingLaca’s Knack, The Defence Is Cack = The Arsenal’s Back & Transfer Gossip
Christmas Day arrives and you’ve clicked here to escape the insanity of the family arguments over who’s been affected by the sprouts worst of all. Merry Christmas, people. If you’reContinue readingFull of Festive Cheer: Injuries and Mistaken Identity
The matches come thick and fast for the next fortnight with European and domestic cups interspersed among the Premier League schedule. With injuries taking their toll, the depth of theContinue readingOn Rotation, Consistency and Summer Sales
Yesterday’s confirmation that Rob Holding misses the remainder of the season came as no surprise; it’s just distinctly unwelcome. Unai Emery’s decision on how to compensate – Lichtsteiner in aContinue readingHuddersfield Preview: All Change But Three Points Demanded
Speculation is now an ‘exclusive’ on the back pages if anyone reads them any more. The immediacy of the internet is rendering the printed word less relevant. Those media outletsContinue readingWill Injuries Force Transfer Action?
It’s almost worth rehashing the Albert Camus quote from earlier in the week. Morality and football are uneasy bedfellows with the professional game hogging all the duvet. As far backContinue readingArsenal, Welbeck and Morality
Attention quickly turns to Liverpool following the diversion into the League Cup. History dictates this is one of the biggest home games of the season, even when they were onContinue readingEarly Liverpool Thoughts: Heading for the Tenth Circle of Hell
The ‘Appy ‘Ammers pitch up at the Emirates this weekend with the media focuses on Jack Wilshere’s return to Arsenal sure to ratchet up. That’s if he hasn’t suffered aContinue readingNovember is the New Black & Heads Up: My Story by Alan Smith Review
Do you remember when everyone was out for three weeks? About how we raised our eyebrows when players disappeared into a black hole of the medical rooms for months? Yeah.Continue readingGuendouzi Targets The Quick Route To The Top
Years ago, a sunny Saturday afternoon in August was something to look forward to. The first time I remember it not being the case was 1984 – I think –Continue readingTheatre of the Absurd – The Premier League Returns
After the euphoria of Thursday night’s rout, the comedown was very quick indeed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has torn one, with his medial ligament damage reportedly keeping him out for a fewContinue readingMhiki-tears-one and Ramsey: Lost in Contract Mess or Staying Put?
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We’ve all lived perfect lives in a perfect world with its’ benefit; becoming as boring as hell in the process. And never learned a damnedContinue readingThe Battle of Wounded Knee and Arsène’s Future
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It must be October because the injury gremlins are here. The month when national teams borrow players and return them crocked for Arsenal. The time when we start trying everythingContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Give Me October, I’ll Give You The Gremlins
It’s been a while since the international break wrought havoc over a season so Shkodran Mustafi pulling up with an unidentified knack was a return to the old days. ThisContinue readingMustafi Knack: Come in Mr Holding, Your Time is Now
The Premier League’s unilateral closing of the transfer window won’t make much difference, Arsène thinks. If the whole of Europe does the same, it’s a different ballgame. I suspect weContinue readingAlexis & Mesut Staying, Early Stoke News & Gabi-gone – Why?
Pre-season is almost over and Arsène got some practice in on giving injury updates before the weekend. Gabriel? Still injured. Jack Wilshere? Not back in training yet. Santi Cazorla? WhoContinue readingOn Injury Crisis, Lemar, Barkley & More
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Arsène cut to the chase yesterday with the team news for Sunday. Bellerin, Coquelin and Gibbs are all fit, Giroud as well, but not Theo, no. They’ve looked everywhere forContinue readingBurnley, Per Is Inspector Gadget and Not Now Me Old China
A quick start before I sit down with the Press Conference Bingo sheet. Danny Welbeck is ‘Like A New Signing’ but for this to work, Arsène needs to get offContinue readingLike A New Signing, Welbz Gives Us The ‘WÖW’ Factor
Short of Spurs losing and Chelsea drawing, that was as good as it gets football-wise. Sergio Aguero’s red card means he misses our trip to the Etihad under the FA’sContinue readingEarly CL Thoughts & Long-term Injuries – What’s The Cost?