Life is so much simpler in childhood. You’re more accepting of things, innocent. You don’t question, for example, how Fred pulls out a twenty-foot rigid ladder from the back ofContinue readingOf Mice and Men: Arsenal Are Back!
It’s nature’s way of saying that you haven’t screwed up the world irretrievably yet. A bit like the first cuckoo of spring, the first injuries of the international break showContinue readingStar Power & Healing Hands
The weekend is nearly upon us; Burnley are already dismissed as cannon fodder. Apparently, there is a stat which tells us Arsenal will end the weekend top of the PremierContinue readingKolasinac and Ozil: Are You Outraged?
If Celtic fans want to tell me once again that they won’t miss Kieran Tierney, I’ll be here all day. I double-checked the line-ups when I saw the result, justContinue readingTransfer Gossip: Famous Five Head For Exit?
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
For some, it was one step too far. Having gone on strike to force a move out of the club for free, Laurent Koscielny binned off his Arsenal shirt. TheContinue readingTransfer Talk: Central Defenders, Coutinho, Ozil to Join Kos in Exit?
“His arrival is the final and very important part of the jigsaw in our development of a new football infrastructure to take us forward.” Raul’s lofty claim can be viewedContinue readingThree Cheers for Our Side: Edu Arrives in Our Adidas World
The headline intimated – nay, insinuated – that Arsenal’s transfer dealings suffered from constipation. It’s a little early in the summer for to be bunged up but what else sells?Continue readingIt’s A Knockout; Arsenal and Ospina Among Others
…or one of them, at least. Thanks, Mesut. I was thinking of taking the weekend off… In case you are one of the three people who didn’t see last night’sContinue readingÖzil: Not The Cause But Certainly The Solution To Arsenal’s Problems
That’s the long and short of it. Unai Emery dressed it up more pleasantly than that, I’m sure, but that was the essence of their conversation according to Ornstein, theContinue readingMesut Told To Do One & Other Stuff
If I said “goalkeepers are crazy”, you’ll be able to tell the age of the respondent by their answer. Born in the 21st Century, you’re talking Higuita, possibly Neuer whenContinue readingCeching Out Safe Hands
Nick Lowe wondered about ‘Peace, Love and Understanding’ while we’re thinking about ‘Mesut, Unai and Understanding’. Or is it a lack of understanding? We can’t understand what Unai Emery’s philosophyContinue readingOn Football Philosophies, Mesut and Why?
Your club just spent £50m+ and the best the media can do is promote the notion you’re going to lose your star player next summer. Chelsea fans, welcome to ourContinue readingThat’s Your Umlaut: We’ve Got Özil…
In Danny Rose’s world, he imagines the shelves of his trophy cabinet creaking under the weight of silverware won in a glittering career. The title medals from childhood through toContinue readingOn Champs and Chumps: Rose and Özil
I wonder how Unai Emery surveys the room at his press conference? Sitting behind the desk, earnestly giving his views but refraining from saying anything controversial, does he look atContinue readingOn Xhaka, Mesut, Monreal, and Geoff Woad
The reaction to two players could hardly be starker. One evokes sympathy for his situation, along with admiration and acknowledgement of his skills. The other is less well-received, despite beingContinue readingCazorla and Özil: A Tale of Two Midfielders
Yesterday’s UEFA Europa League draw threw a spanner in the works for the game against Qarabag. The Azerbijian – Armenia state of war means Henrikh Mkhitaryan won’t receive a visa.Continue readingThe Henrikh Manoeuvre and Adapt To Thrive
For Mesut Özil, it was a summer to forget. Except with the UEFA Nations League commencing next week, the whole affair resurfaced. Uli Hoeness possesses an indefatigable dislike of ÖzilContinue readingLöw Blow For Özil As Joachim Puts The Boot In Plus Cup Draws
It’s car-crash television watching another club turn inwards on itself and devour every shred of dignity. You know, how other fans viewed us. Mourinho’s reign is the Hovis ad. ManchesterContinue readingA Day in the Life of Arsenal: Contract Drama and Training Soap Operas
Someone’s put Grandmaster Flash in charge of Arsenal’s PR; the message is most definitely out there. Ahead of the match against Atletico Madrid, everything football-related from Unai Emery is power:Continue readingEmery on Hard Work, Working Hard & Tells Mesut Özil Hard Work is the Answer
The fallout from Mesut Özil’s retirement statement began yesterday with the response depending on political hue or personal beliefs. Uli Hoeness waded in like any good chairman would and deflectedContinue readingMore On Özil – The Fightback Begins, Usmanov Share Sale & Transfer Rumours Abound
The head of the DFB Reinhard Grindel spoke to Kicker, the German football magazine, recently. “Many fans were disappointed because they had questions for [Özil] and expected an answer,” he said.Continue readingÖzil Excoriates DFB, Retires From International Football Due To Racism