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  • Walcott’s Deal: A Good Ting for Arsenal

    Arsenal’s July 31 announcement that forward Theo Walcott had signed a new four-year contract was a positive development in just about every respect. As with any club news, particularly involving players and salaries, enthusiasts and detractors emerged. Some pointed to Walcott’s production since his last pay increase in early 2013 and argued he didn’t…

  • Scouting Report: Sergi Samper

    In amongst some very unrealistic dreams to splash the cash like City, United, and Liverpool this summer was the very real possibility of finally securing their prized Frenchman. No, we’re not talking about Karim Benzema — but the former defensive midfielder for Southampton, Morgan Schneiderlin. Instead, Wenger, to the dismay of fans and pundits alike,…

  • Sayōnara for Szczesny?

    Late yesterday many media outlets and social media were abuzz with reports that Arsenal and AS Roma were in negotiations for a loan deal for keeper Wojciech Szczesny. If true it either could be viewed as closing the door on his tenure at the club or the start of an ambitious reclamation project. When…

  • Do Arsenal need to bring in another striker?

    Next to do we need a DM or does Arsene Wenger need to make substitutes earlier in the match, the longing question for Arsenal supporters is whether or not Arsene needs to go out and get another striker to lead the line. On Tuesday, we looked at the current crop of players and surmised…

  • Nacho Monreal, Management Material

    A lasting image of Arsenal’s 2015 FA Cup triumph was manager Arsène Wenger hoisting the trophy with left back Nacho Monreal. Wenger’s joy, as unrestrained in his sixth win as in his first, warmed many supporters’ hearts. The moment was all the more stirring because Wenger shared it with Monreal. The Spaniard had shone…

  • Jack Wilshere Still has a Future at Arsenal

    Given how long he’s been in the senior ranks of the club, it’s easy to forget that Jack Wilshere is just 23 years of age. Despite that fact, it seems topical to discuss whether or not Jack has a future at Arsenal. Years of injury issues have plagued Wilshere’s development and questions linger as…

  • The Özil Yin and the Alexis Yang

    Since Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil returned to full-time action in late January, questions have arisen about his compatibility with new teammate Alexis. The two have joined forces in seven matches in 2015, during which Alexis has scored just one goal. That’s a significant dropoff from his 13-goal production in 18 games without Özil. This…

  • Theo Walcott & Arsenal’s Best Attack

    As Arsenal forward Theo Walcott returned from a 12-month injury layoff in January, he praised his teammates’ collective attacking talent. Walcott, typically a measured interviewee, made what was for him a bold statement to the club’s Website. After describing the qualities of newcomers Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, Walcott identified other members of the…

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Amazingly Coiffed Olivier Giroud

    Arsenal center forward Olivier Giroud received widespread condemnation for his performance in the club’s 3-1 home Champions League defeat to Monaco. The criticism wasn’t entirely unwarranted: Giroud had misfired on six shots, failed to complete eight of his 18 passes, and went off defeated midway through the second half. The interesting development wasn’t Giroud’s failure…

  • Mesut Özil Remastered

    Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has earned widespread acclaim since his mid-January return from a knee injury. This praise marks a change for the club’s record signing, who had been a target of criticism for much of his first season and a half in London. In my view, these negative opinions stemmed from a failure to understand Özil’s skill,…