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The Importance of being Flamini

There has been a lot of talk about the resurgence of Arsenal this season and the immense impact that Mesut Özil has had on the team. However, Mathieu Flamini has been the unsung hero. Although he has been mentioned, he has been largely overlooked. I for one am guilty of that. So this article is a bit of a tribute ...

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Player Ratings: West Brom 1-1 Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny – 8 – Confident performance and a couple of top saves. Carl Jenkinson – 5 – Looked out of his depth, a bit scared and clumsy. Per Mertesacker – 7 – Top, assured, mature performance from Per. Laurent Koscielny – 6.5 – Maybe at fault for goal but otherwise solid. Keiran Gibbs – 6.5 – Not as effective as usual but did OK. ...

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What are realistic expectations for Arsenal’s season?

Speaking before the Champions league clash with Napoli, Arsene Wenger played down expectations of winning the league title “We want the right balance between ambition and humility. To speak about the title today is ridiculous,” he said. However his comments beg the question what is truly realistic for the Gunners this season? The Manchester clubs are currently struggling with their ...

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Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-0 Napoli

Woijech Szczesny – 6.5  Looked confident in the air but never really tested. Bacary Sagna – 7  Didn’t have a lot to do but a professional second half. Per Mertesacker – 7  Didn’t have a lot to do but a professional second half. Laurent Koscielny – 7  Didn’t have a lot to do but a professional second half. Keiran Gibbs – 7  Didn’t ...

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Are Arsenal Title Contenders?

Arsène Wenger has recently claimed that talk of Arsenal being title contenders is ‘ridiculous’ and that the title race is wide open. Considering that we are only 6 games in to the season, he’s not wrong. We currently sit at the top of the premier league, Southampton are occupying 6th place and the ever-present title contender Manchester United are struggling ...

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Öutclassed – Arsenal have always had the quality

“People have been brainwashed. People don’t question any more if players are better than the ones you already have” – Arsene Wenger There was a time when Arsene Wenger would have been laughed at by fans for quotes similar to the one above.  The Frenchman has often seemed foolish in his unwavering support shown towards his players.  To say you ...

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Player Ratings: Swansea 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal won again on Saturday night to go clear at the top of the Premier League table. Goals from Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey secured the win. Wojciech Szczęsny – 7 – Confident performance in the air. Bacary Sagna – 8 – Solid and focussed, really professional performance. Per Mertesacker – 6.5 – Usual solid self but caught out for ...

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Bergkamp vs Özil: A Comparison

God’s manifestations on earth are well known amongst both the religious and non-religious communities. His first coming was as Jesus, being born in a manger to the Virgin Mary and ultimately being dubbed the saviour of men on earth. He went on to perform miracles, such as feeding the 5000 with no more than a little bit of fish and ...

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How do you solve a problem like Vermaelen?

Arsenal’s impressive run of form since their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham last March, including a record breaking run of 11 straight away wins, has attracted praise from both fans and football pundits. Players like Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud have repaid the faith shown in them by Arsene Wenger and Mesut Ozil’s arrival has seen The Gunners be talked about ...

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