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Written by Nickspinkboots Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:37

Diaby has been the subject of much adulation after his towering performance at Anfield in September. And all of it is justified: the lanky Frenchman was linkman-incarnate against Liverpool, snapping at Sahin’s heels to win the ball, galloping past Gerrard with one telling touch, being a willing body both in attack and defense. Whether it was his hip-swivel and fake to make Suarez look silly, or the wonderfully nonchalant heel-flick to Cazorla when surrounded by the opposition; he was everywhere that Sunday, prompting a Twitter-wide volte-face of opinion among Arsenal fans and doubters. But one of those

   
Written by Mean Lean Friday, 07 September 2012 11:17

If you were told in pre season that we would start at Liverpool with our 3rd choice goalkeeper, inexperienced right back who spent large parts of last season injured and our best center back on the substitutes bench after missing the first two games with injury then you would have been given permission to go back home to fetch a change of underwear at the prospect of Gerrard, Suarez and

   
Written by @gooner_in_bcn Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:48

A thriving youth set-up, top-notch facilities, amazing stadium, and all the rest of the package make Arsenal one of the top sports franchises in the world. While the #1 goal is to win trophies, we all agree there, how we get there can be just as important. Will the 7 year wait be worth it if when we win, we do it the Arsenal way? In my opinion, it absolutely will. Add all the things that were accomplished

 

   
Written by hahostolze Thursday, 23 August 2012 07:12

The Gooners are not unlike that either. Call me too much of a fan but I feel Gooners as a whole are relatively similar to the club and its current principles. This whole story is difficult to write without generalization so bear with me. I feel that clubs and their identities can be found in their fans too. The jokes we make about how current MCFC fans were Chelsea fans five years ago aren’t that far off the mark for me. Sure you can be a fan of any club and live anywhere in the world. But regional identities matter. In earlier an earlier article the great @thesquidboylike talked about how different

 

   
Written by Nickspinkboots Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:18

It was this willing suspension of disbelief by Arsene, as protege after protege played us like a flute and got out while the going was good, which acted as a source of much ire among supporters. We had an abundance of talent in 2007-08, but lost out on three defensive minded midfielders in one fell swoop. Wenger sold Diarra because he trusted Flamini to sign a new contract, while Flamini made googly eyes at AC Milan and pranced off into the Italian sunset. Hleb got frisky

 

   
Written by @gooner_in_bcn Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:02

What does this mean for the club? I feel that Arsenal suffered at times from Song falling in love with his clear development into a CM rather than the DM position the club needed. He was excellent in attack, sometimes, but failed to track back often and Arsenal paid the price defensively more often than Song was able to deliver those wonderful chip passes. The frequency with which Song started to rely on those passes led to Arsenal having the ball less and being more

   
Written by Benjamin Cullen Friday, 17 August 2012 13:21

 

As you can see, Walcott and Chamberlain find themselves quite some way behind the pace with minute totals above the average of the nine in all four categories. Walcott creates a chance only once every 67 minutes, more than double the time it takes Antonio Valencia, Nani or Silva to do likewise. It’s a similar story with minutes per assist, and I’m afraid Theo favours even worse even when it comes to