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Post Match Review

Post Match Review

  • Post Match Reaction: Three Things We Learned from Newcastle v Arsenal

    Arsenal dominated 10-man Newcastle on Saturday but needed a Fabricio Coloccini own goal to secure a 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. A speedy attacking lineup, featuring Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, struggled to provide much more excitement than the more conventional group that had started the scoreless draw with Liverpool. The lack of…

  • Post Match Reaction: Three Things We Learned from Arsenal v Liverpool

    Arsenal’s scoreless draw with Liverpool was as intriguing and engaging a nil-nil result as you are likely to see. Each side enjoyed periods of dominance and came close to scoring the decisive goal. There was an unexpected–and unwelcome–lineup change; the action was both end-to-end and tight; the tactics from Liverpool’s supposedly progressive manager were…

  • Community Shield: Three Things We Learned About Arsenal

    Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield capped a perfect pre-season in fine style. The sun shone on Wembley, supporters were in mid-season voice, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a lovely goal, and Chelsea manager José Mourinho was irritated. In other words, success. Although we shouldn’t draw any definitive conclusions from the match, we…

  • The Hunting of Goats of Scape at Arsenal

    As supporters it is our right to complain and criticize. That is part and parcel of being a supporter. Yet at a certain level, the need for scape goats in light of losses results in critique that goes way beyond even normal the boundaries of normalcy for the average upset supporter. First, let’s just…

  • Life for Arsene Wenger is a No Win Proposition

    This season I joined a new Saturday league side, at a level just below combined county amateur level. As the season has developed I have found myself for whatever reason, looking a lot more at the decisions the manager makes, and how they are viewed by the squad and those involved with the club.…

  • Arsenal Deliver Hope

    Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City is an occasion to savor but not to belabor. As sports fans in general and Arsenal supporters in particular, we have yearned for moments like this, an event that is all the more satisfying for our inability to see it coming. We struggled to imagine the satisfaction of…

  • Arsenal’s Little Moments Led to the Big Moment

    Before yesterday, Arsenal had managed to muster only 7 points from 16 trips to either Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea. In most cases, they were exposed as their desire to get forward and take it to the opponent, hurt themselves more than their opposition. On Sunday, Arsenal turned that upside down and set…

  • Arsenal’s Next Steps

    As the Chelsea defeat came to a close on Sunday, I thought, “That’s just great. We’ve got two weeks to dwell on this.” The second international break of the season affords fans and pundits 13 days–until the visit of Hull City on October 18–to pore over what went wrong at Stamford Bridge. Thanks to…