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Why David Ospina is important for Arsenal this summer – Football Article

Morning all, welcome to a brand new week and after an Ozil-heavy weekend, what about trying to find something else to talk about this morning (especially as that whole thing is bound to be a topic of conversation on the Arsecast Extra later on)? Therefore, I’m going to start with David Ospina. Had you forgotten about him? Well, he’s an Arsenal player on loan at Napoli, and he has a contract with us until 2020. We signed him in 2014…

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Arsenal the collateral damage of the Mesut Ozil Tweet – Football Article

Good morning. It’s an Arsenal free weekend, so this blog is likely to be short and succinct because there’s nothing going on. So much nothing. As Ned Flanders might say, “Nothing at all. Nothing at all. Nothing at all.” Just a whole pile of no news. So, I guess we’ll leave it there for today, thanks for reading, and I’ll be back tomorrow … ok, ok … there’s the Mesut Ozil Tweet which has got people talking in a big…

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How to approach the first leg of our Europa League tie – Football Article

As the others get on with their piffling Champions League adventures, Arsenal are getting ready for the competition that really matters: The Europa League. The Champions League is full of teams who aren’t champions, but the Europa League is made up entirely of European teams or teams who enjoy The Final Countdown by Europe so it is a much purer experience. I did watch a bit of Man Utd v PSG last night. They lost, which is always kinda fun,…

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City kick us up a place + thoughts on Maitland-Niles/Iwobi abuse – Football Article

Morning all, welcome to a brand new week. My German Shepherd shaped alarm clock got me up at 5.45am, and here were are. What’s different between today and yesterday? Well, yesterday we were in sixth place in the Premier League and today we’re in fifth thanks to Man City’s annihilation of Chelsea at the Etihad yesterday. Our goal difference is now the same (+16) but we go above them by virtue of having scored more goals (53 to 45). Chelsea…

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Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal: Unai Emery’s side win ugly again – Football Article

Already without a clutch of players due to injury, Arsenal went into this game with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang absent through illness, Aaron Ramsey missed out with a knee injury, and Granit Xhaka’s groin strain saw him sidelined too. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was fit again and started on the right, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was back in the side for the first time since December, and against the league’s bottom side we played a back three with Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal. In…

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Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog – Football Article

This week the Gent hands over his column inches to a new man … — Hello, I’m Dennis Suarez. You may remember me from such movies as No Goals for Celta Vigo B, Seven Glorious Strikes for Barcelona B, Loan Vengeance: Sevilla, 2012: Etihad Judgement Day, The Realest Real Deal at Villareal: Competence Near Valencia and Bit Part Part VI: Barcelona A. Now I have brought my relative competence as a midfielder to Arsenal Football Club, and I am determined…

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Taking stock | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog – Football Article

Most mornings I get up, make coffee, sit down and start writing. Sometimes during the day I’ll leave a little note in WordPress to remind me of something I thought of. This morning I got up, made coffee, and there’s a line: Time to take stock. I know generally what I was thinking about, it’s a reaction to the reaction to the defeat against Man City. Even though most people thought we’d lose, the defeat caused the kind of reaction…

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Man City away: Recent history suggests this will be a difficult day – Football Article

It’s Man City at the Etihad today and it’s a game I’ll be delighted and a bit surprised to take anything from. If it sounds negative, it’s not necessarily meant to be, simply a reflection of what we’ve done and how we’ve performed in these kind of fixtures in the recent past. I think it was the 2-0 win over City in 2015 when we last won away in a game against one of the other teams from the ‘big…

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What can we expect from Denis Suarez? Thoughts on the January window – Football Article

So transfer deadline day came and went, and there were really only two significant deals done by Arsenal. One in: Denis Suarez. One out: Emile Smith Rowe on loan to RB Leipzig. There was some hope at one point that we might also bring in Christopher Nkunku from PSG but that never came to fruition so the squad we have right now is the one we have until the end of this season, the one that will have to get…

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Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff: Three points welcome but Emery’s Arsenal aren’t always easy on the eye – Football Article

It was the 66th minute before Arsenal had a shot on target in last night’s 2-1 win over Cardiff at the Emirates: and that was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty which put us 1-0 up. Until then we had huffed and puffed, but not come even remotely close to blowing the visitors house down. In fact, they had by far the better chances, Bobby Reid with two first half opportunities which a better player would have taken. That has been the story…

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Winging it? | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog – Football Article

Morning all, a quick Sunday round-up for you. After the disappointment of Friday night’s defeat to United, the club’s official channels have been very quiet on the post-match reaction front. That’s not particularly surprising. With another game coming so soon, it’s probably more palatable to just draw a line under things and to look forward rather than back. It’s still unclear whether Laurent Koscielny (jaw) and Sokratis (ankle) will be available when Cardiff visit the Emirates although the BBC’s David…

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FA Cup fourth round preview, plus the weather hates me – Football Article

Good morning from a positively balmy undisclosed location near Edinburgh. The sun is up, it’s 10c outside, clear blue skies – that’s almost what passes for sunbathing weather here! Perhaps to counteract the positive energy the weather is trying its best to muster, my car battery went flat last night, and left me stranded at the nursery when I picked up the boy, so that was fun. No doubt it’s going to cost me a fortune for new one, and…

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Hector Bellerin’s season over :: Club confirm Sven Mislintat departure – Football Article

It’s bad news to start with this morning as it was revealed last night that Hector Bellerin’s injury is a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament which ends his season, and will more than likely see him miss the start of next season too. It’s a huge blow for the 23 year old who, under Unai Emery, had rediscovered some of his best form. He has five Premier League assists to his name, only Aaron Ramsey has more for us this season…

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Emery does team building while he waits for team building – Football Article

So, as Arsenal confirmed the news about Hector Bellerin’s injury, the full-back came to terms with the fact he’d be out of action for up to 9 months following his surgery and rehab. Via his social media, he posted a message which said: There are no obstacles in life you can’t get over. Been a difficult couple of days but I’m positive and ready to take whatever challenge comes my way. Thank you so much for the love and messages,…

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Bellerin’s injury could be an opportunity for Maitland-Niles – Football Article

Morning all. Welcome to a brand new week, and one that should bring with it an official diagnosis of Hector Bellerin’s injury. The right-back was stretchered off against Chelsea on Saturday, a knee ligament issue by the looks of it, and given how serious it looked and where we are in the campaign it’s probably going to be the end of his season. It leaves Unai Emery with another long-term injury to contend with. Having gone quite a while without…

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Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog – Football Article

*Please note: This missive was sent by Pony Express before the 2-0 win over Chelsea, but was held up by a carriage transporting compressed tinned meat. — Well, well, well. What a week we have had. As a repressed Englishman with typically limited emotional range (what is known as the ‘stiff upper lip’) and the traditional inability to deal with problems, I turn to a British idiom drummed into me by sadistic masters at public school. And yet… even these…

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It’s time for Ozil and Emery to do what’s best for Arsenal – Football Article

Arsenal face Chelsea tomorrow in a game that will more or less decide whether or not we can continue to fight for a top four place. Win and we cut the gap to 3 points, lose and it’s 9 – and you’d have to think that’s too big a gap to make up between now and the end of the season. Of course we could draw, and chug along looking to make up a more reasonable 6 point gap, but…

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Sven Mislintat’s imminent departure a worry as Raul Sanllehi takes control – Football Article

The last 12-18 months have seen Arsenal undergo substantial change. A while ago I put together a timeline of Ivan Gazidis’ Catalyst for Change, detailing every new appointment, the departure of a manager who had been in situ for 22 years, and the myriad backroom changes which took place. What provided some hope was that we’d modernised the structures, bringing Arsenal up to date with how some of the biggest football clubs were run. The appointment of Raul Sanllehi, former…

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A pivotal few weeks ahead + a chance for Arsenal to communicate – Football Article

There’s been radio silence from the club since Saturday. It’s not at all unexpected, that’s usually the way after that kind of result and performance, and hopefully Unai Emery and his players are hard at it on the training ground this week because our next game – and the next couple of weeks – are absolutely pivotal. Saturday’s game against Chelsea could sound the death knell for our top four fight, or open it all up again. Win and we’re just…

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Episode 509 – Money | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog – Football Article

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On this week’s show I’m joined by Andrew Allen and Tim Stillman, and we react to the news that we can only loan players in January. Does it mean we have no money at all? Is it part of more long-term strategic transfer thinking at last? How much is down to the bad spending and bad selling we’ve been complicit in for the last few years? Should we throw…

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West Ham 1-0 Arsenal: Big questions for Unai Emery and the club after dismal defeat – Football Article

During our 22 game unbeaten run there were things that were good, and things that were not so good. It’s difficult to focus on the bad when you’re not losing games, but I tried to temper praise for what was going right with some reflection on areas which still needed some work. Generally though, there were positives that we looked to as signs of a new manager working things out at a club which was entering a new era and…

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A Monday morning stream of consciousness – Football Article

Just a few weeks ago we were 8 points better off than Manchester United. Their 1-0 win over Sp*rs yesterday saw them draw level with us, we remain in fifth thanks to slightly better goal difference, but what looked like a two team scrap for a place in the top four is now very much an unpleasant threesome. On the one hand it’s an illustration of how quickly things can change when a team puts a run of good results…

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Is January’s short-term pain for longer-term gain? – Football Article

Well, there’s only one place to start this morning, and that’s the comments by Unai Emery which had people up in arms yesterday. At his pre-West Ham press conference, he dropped the ‘bombshell’ that Arsenal couldn’t buy players in January, only loan them. For the sake of clarity, these are his exact words: We cannot sign permanently. We can only loan players. Only loan players. I should also point out that this is something we discuss at some length in…

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All eyes on the defence as we take on West Ham – Football Article

It’s Premier League action as we travel to the Freebie Stadium for a game against West Ham. Unai Emery has had a full week with his players, no midweek games or distractions, so you hope we’ll be fresh and ready for this one, as well as tactically prepared, particularly at the back. The return of all our defenders bar Rob Holding to full fitness is a boost and my suspicion is today we’ll see a back three of Mustafi, Sokratis…

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