Oxlade-Chamberlain takes his chance against the Cherries
Feb08

Oxlade-Chamberlain takes his chance against the Cherries

I have to thank my colleagues at Shoot for allowing me the privilege of a Premier League press accreditation. Yesterday’s visit to the South Coast was the first time I have applied to attend a game as a reporter, so it is appropriate that my column is due today. The length of the column prohibits a blow by blow match report so I would sooner look at some key aspects of interest to emerge for Arsenal’s comfortable 2-0 victory over a...

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Iwobi to take FA Cup centre stage once more for Arsenal
Jan26

Iwobi to take FA Cup centre stage once more for Arsenal

Sorry the Arsenal column is a day later than it should be this week. I blame depression and Sunday trains. I am not going to dwell on the defeat to Chelsea as I am sure it has all been covered, other than to say the decision to take Olivier Giroud off instead of Joel Campbell or Theo Walcott surprised me. With 10 men, the ability to hold the ball up allowing others to get up and join seemed more logical. The plus side if that the...

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Joel Campbell has earned the right to play on the right
Jan11

Joel Campbell has earned the right to play on the right

Two weeks on from my last column and two more wins under the Arsenal belt. By the end of this month, having played three tough Premier League fixtures against Liverpool, Stoke and Chelsea, we will be able to seriously contemplate the run-in with some confidence, I hope. What I find incredibly interesting at present, with injured players beginning to return in the coming weeks, is how Wenger will juggle and rotate his squad. The reason...

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Why Arsenal need a new centre-back pairing and change of captain
Dec28

Why Arsenal need a new centre-back pairing and change of captain

The trouble with having a column on a set day is that it gives you no flexibility and when writing the day after a depressing Arsenal defeat I can’t sadly just ignore it. That said, what is there to say that has not been said already? Yes, Arsenal without Coquelin do not deal at all well with a team set up to press them quickly and incessantly, high up the pitch. The Gunners don’t deal with it well at the best of times but having...

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Do you prefer the new Mesut Ozil, or the old one?
Dec14

Do you prefer the new Mesut Ozil, or the old one?

It is only short column from me today on Mesut Ozil, but in my opinion a pertinent one. Arsenal’s German playmaker has been nothing short of inspirational for the Gunners since the start of the campaign in August. In fact, he has been so since March in reality. However it has not always been like this. On my own blog and on social media last season and the one before, I was not always so enthusiastic. Whilst observing that Ozil was...

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Is it time for Arsene to play Aaron Ramsey as a box-to-box midfielder again?
Nov30

Is it time for Arsene to play Aaron Ramsey as a box-to-box midfielder again?

I’m not in the best frame of mind to write a blog, but column timing leaves me no choice unfortunately. I am writing within 90 minutes of another 90 minutes that should have reinvigorated the team’s Premier League campaign. Frustratingly, that has proven not to be the case. Indeed, after a lacklustre performance, devoid of structure, ideas and inspiration, any writer or observer drawing positives would be, at best, misguided. It...

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