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  • The Arsenal: Betwixt and Between – A Pre-Season Assessment

    In the summer of 2016, Arsenal finds itself in an enviable yet unenviable position. Enviable in that the first team achieved its best finish since 2005 in the Premier League and has the strongest imaginable financial foundation. But the club’s spot is not so desirable because its strengths have raised expectations to hysterical levels.…

  • Post-Match Reaction: Three Observations from RC Lens v Arsenal

    Arsenal’s first activity of the season was a lively 1-1 draw with RC Lens in Friday’s friendly at the Stade  Bollaert-Delelis. If the point of a pre-season encounter were the outcome, we’d focus on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s equalizing goal in the 81st minute and the mistake by Calum Chambers that led to Mathias Autret’s first-half…

  • Is Mauro Icardi the Answer to Arsenal’s Striker Woes?

    Today, if you are an Arsenal fan you awoke to social media abuzz with news that Arsenal are moving in on a “big signing” – twitter’s words not ours. There is no discernable information except during my morning twitter review I found a re-tweet of Wanda Icardi – Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent (or…

  • How Can Arsenal Get the Most from its Three Summer Stars

    Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger faces a fascinating set of decisions as he prepares for the 2016-17 season. Although much attention at this time of year goes to player acquisitions and departures, the plans for existing players are just as interesting. In particular, how can Wenger and his staff get the most from Mesut Özil,…

  • Which Midfield Mix Will Work For Arsenal?

    The acquisition of the Swiss international Granit Xhaka will change the mix in the Arsenal midfield. That’s an indisputable and welcome development. It’s easy to see Xhaka as a Mikel Arteta 2.0, a cultured distributor of the ball, an adept transition figure between defense and attack. The new boy also carries physical aggressiveness, as…

  • Rumor Mill Roundup, Week 6: Moving on from Jamie Vardy

    OK, so, the last time we checked in on the tumultuous transfer scene, Jamie Vardy looked set for a move to the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny would stay in Italy, and Romelu Lukaku was about to make bank. Just over a month later, well, not much has changed: Vardy stuck with Leicester City and the…

  • Arsene Wenger’s Transfer Comments Are Bang On – For Arsene Wenger.

    Ah social media – it’s never one to let an Arsenal, more specifically, an Arsene comment to the press left unscathed. Yesterday and carrying over into today, Arsenal social media went into full blow out mode when Arsene said this to DeSports “We’ve already bought one player — Xhaka — from Monchengladbach,” Wenger said.…