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Sam Drew

Sabotaging since 10 Oct 2011

Third generation Arsenal fan who regularly goes to the Emirates. Once adored Cesc Fabregas, now more of a Van man. As of the 4th of July, it's all about Koscielny. Recently finished battling my GCSEs. Tweet @chroniclesofal.

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Arsenal: Why Julian Draxler Could Be The New Jose Reyes (And Then Some)

Signed 10 years ago this month, there are more than a few parallels between Arsene’s signing of the mercurial Spaniard and the rumours about the Schalke playmaker…

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Arsenal: Intelligent Rosicky Deployment Is Crucial To Title Charge

Arsene needs to take a leaf out of Fergie’s book and use Rosicky as his Park Ji-Sung in big games and his inclusion would be vital to unlocking Chelsea…

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Arsenal: Faith In Arsene, Sign Lavezzi & A Big F****** German

The City result might have been horrific, but we’re still on top and can dare to dream…

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Arsenal: How Flamini Made Arteta Great Again

A masterstroke in that he cost nothing and knows the club inside out, the signing of Flamini has also reinvigorated Arteta and made him the player of two years ago…

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Arsenal: Streetwise, Can Control Matches & Ready To Outplay Dortmund

Other Arsenal teams might have been able to control possession more, but this team reacts brilliantly to setbacks, knows how to win and can frustrate opposition as well as tear them to shreds…

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Arsenal: Swansea Win Invincibles-Esque But More Injuries & We’re Screwed

The win was brilliant and Metresacker was outstanding once again but we have to remember that it’ll only take a few injuries and we’re back to square one…

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Arsenal: 5 Directors Of Football To Ensure Transfer Hell Is Abolished

Arsenal haven’t quite been the same in the transfer market since David Dein departed, but he’s almost 70 now. Here are five sporting directors who could (belatedly) replace him…

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Arsenal: Wenger Must Sign Players For Walcott To Reach His Potential

Okay so he might not be the next Henry, but without competition for places, Theo Walcott won’t ever fulfil his potential to player we need him to be…

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Arsenal Have To Sign Flamini, But Wenger Needs More To Avoid Mutiny

The former midfielder is training with the club and would be a fine short-term solution, but Wenger needs to strengthen asap to avoid his neck being put on the block…

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Arsenal Will Surprise People This Year – Even Without New Signings

They may not have made any significant signings (yet), but Arsenal’s chemistry has improved, as have lots of their players. They may do better than expected this season.

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Forget Suarez, Arsenal’s Midfield Weakness Needs Seriously Addressing

Ok, perhaps not forget the Uruguayan, but it’s becoming clear that Liverpool won’t budge and the weekend games showed the midfield needs some attention if silverware is to be won…

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Jimmy Eat World Frontman Interviewed: “Some Of Our Funnest Shows Have Been In The UK”

The alternative rockers talk about the release of their new album, Twitter, touring and recording on tape…

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Michael Ballack: “Wilshere As Good As Götze”

He may have played for Chelsea, but when asked which youngster had impressed him the most in the Premier League this past season, the German had praise for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere…

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Arsenal End Of Season Report: Freund Was Hilarious, Now To Sign Jovetic And Finish Spurs For Good…

We might have made hard work of it but now it’s time to kick on, strengthen properly and go for the title…

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How Man United Target Cesc Fabregas Became The World’s Greatest Utility Player

Manchester United have targeted former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas. Here’s how the Spanish maestro has transformed himself into a player that has the versatility to improve any team.

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Manchester United: How Van Persie Became The World’s Greatest Striker

From injury prone kid without a defined position to the world’s most prolific striker and Premier League Champion with Manchester United, how did Robin Van Persie do it? Who better to ask than an Arsenal fan.

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10 Reasons Bayern Will Beat Barcelona

A tie that many wanted to see, arguably the two best sides in Europe will go head-to-head in the Champions League semi-final. Barcelona aren’t as invincible as they once were – here are 10 reasons why Bayern can reach the final…

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Get In A World Class Striker, Forget Diaby & Arsenal’s Trophy Cabinet Will Fill Up

Another season without any silverware and while securing a top four finish will be great, Arsene Wenger needs to make drastic changes in the summer if Arsenal are to end the baron trophy run.

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What If: Van Persie Hadn’t Been Sent Off At The Nou Camp

Van Persie’s sending off against Barca gave Arsenal a mountain to climb, but what if he’d stayed on and they’d gone through? Here are the possible ramifications…

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Aaron Ramsey: Versatile, Integral & Vital To Arsenal’s Progression

He’s received a lot of stick this season, but Ramsey hasn’t let the critics affect him. Now back in the middle of the park, the Arsenal man is finally showcasing his talent that saw us buy him in the first place.

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Gervinho Will Be Vital To Arsenal’s Strong Finish To The Season

Hey may’ve become the butt of jokes in recent months, but the Ivorian will be crucial to Arsenal securing a top four finish and a return to the Champions League.

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Pride Restored, But Arsenal Need To Get Shot Of Arteta To Progress Next Year

The Spaniard looked out of his depth against Bayern and it’s high time Wenger bites the bullet and brings in a new midfielder who has the engine and passing game to take Arsenal forward…

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Sticking Ramsey On Bale Will See Arsenal Come Away From White Hart Lane With All Three Points

The midfielder has performed admirably when shielding the back four and if Ramsey can prevent Bale from going for goal from range, Arsenal can inflict defeat on Spurs.

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Victory Through Harmony: Tonight The Club Motto Has Never Been More Important

A victory against Bayern is essential to help the club overcome its recent fractures and to do this not only must Arsenal play as a unit rather than the team of strangers that faced Blackburn but fans and manager must all pull together.

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Arsenal: We’re Stuck In A Vicious Cycle Of Which Wenger Is Fronting The Blame

A demoralising defeat to Blackburn Rovers wouldn’t have boosted the confidence of the squad one iota ahead of Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but Arsenal’s lack of continuity is evident and it’s slowing beginning to kill us.

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Arsenal: Returning Gervinho The Key Against Blackburn

The Ivorian Gunner has inspired and infuriated in equal measure in his time at the Emirates. Starting on Saturday, Arsenal’s supporters can do their bit to ensure that he remains on top form…

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Arsenal: Sagna’s Proven His Future Is At Centre-Back

Called upon to play in the heart of defence against Sunderland, Sagna put in a stellar performance alongside Mertesacker as Arsenal secured an unlikely three points at the Stadium of Light.

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Arsenal: Wilshere + Giroud = Three Points Against Sunderland

Arsenal have a patchy record at the Stadium of Light, but a direct approach should get the best out of Arsenal’s form players and secure victory on Saturday…

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Arsenal: New Signing Monreal Will Be Key To Picking Up The Win Over Stoke

At long last – someone that isn’t Andre Santos can play at left-back. With Gibbs out injured, deadline day arrival Monreal will be vital if Arsenal are to secure all three points against Stoke.

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Forget The FA Cup: Fourth Place Must Be Arsenal’s Priority

Arsène Wenger appears determined to end Arsenal’s long wait for a trophy. He must be careful: Champions League qualification is more important than silverware…

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Arsenal: Get Cazorla Out Wide And Wilshere As The Playmaker To Beat Chelsea

His return disrupted the balance in the midfield, but we’ll need Jack to pull the strings in the middle of the park if we want to defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, even if it means shifting Cazorla to the wing.

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Arsenal: We’re Lacking Leaders And Confidence Across The Pitch

Koscielny’s early red card didn’t help, but the capitulation of the team was of one that is devoid of confidence. We need leaders once again on the pitch otherwise it could be a gloomy second half of the season.

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The Arsenal Midfield Will Be Key To Keeping Up The Record Vs City

The last player to score for City at the Emirates Stadium was DaMarcus Beasley five seasons ago. If our midfield is up to the task against the champions, there is not reason to extend that record to six.

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Arsenal: We Won’t End The Trophy Drought Until We Strengthen The Midfield

Our starting trio is as a good as any, but it’s the back ups that fail to provide the necessary quality to step up to the field of play when called upon. Until the problem is addressed, you can expect the Gunners to continue their current trophy drought.

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Arsenal: Theo Proves He’s Got It But Arteta Can’t Be The Water Carrier

Theo Walcott’s hat-trick against Newcastle has shown just how valuable a part of Arsenal’s strike force he can be. However, at the other end of the pitch, Arsenal still have problems…

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Arsenal: Walcott Could Become Our Hernandez

The Gunners have the chance to return to the top four with a win against the struggling Geordies, but the big question for Wenger is whether he lets Theo continue in his preferred central role..

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Wenger Must Stick With Mertesacker And Koscielny Ahead Of Captain Vermaelen

It may be strange to not start your skipper if he’s fit, but the Verminator doesn’t deserve to start at centre-back over Mertesacker or Koscielny, who have given Arsene the best type of selection headache…

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DENCH! Charlton Fans Should Have No Doubts Over Frimpong’s Commitment

Frimpong is known more for his off-field antics than his play on it, but make no mistake, the kid can play – and his loan move to Charlton will be mutually beneficial…

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The Tiny Totts Come To Play: Arsenal’s Character Dwarfs Tottenham’s

Every season we get Tottenham fans gloating to us about how ‘this is the season’ that they over-take us. And you know what? They never do. You think they’d learn, but no. Once again Arsenal showed their status as the superior team in North London…

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Arsenal: Why Steve Bould Should Be Wenger’s Successor

Despite the example of Ferguson at United, Arsene Wenger probably won’t stay Arsenal manager for many more seasons, but is his replacement already being prepared as assistant manager? Here’s why Steve Bould could do the job when Wenger steps down…

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Returning Jack Wilshere Will Find It Hard To Dislodge Abou Diaby

With the Gunners star set to return from injury soon, he may find it difficult to usurp the colossal Frenchman in the middle of the park…

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Abou Diaby Isn’t The New Vieira, But He May Be The Next Toure

Arsenal’s Abou Diaby has constantly had to put up with comparisons to Patrick Vieira, but there’s a certain Man City midfielder who he’s a bit more similar to… Sam Drew discusses the similarities of Yaya and Diaby.

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Arsenal: We Won The Midfield Battle And Other Things We Learned Against Liverpool

Diaby looks to have put his injury troubles behind him, Wenger’s new signings got off the mark and the other main talking points from yesterday’s win at Anfield…

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No Szczesny, No Koscielny: Make-shift Arsenal May Struggle At Stoke

Two key components of Arsenal’s defence are missing today, and the team are still getting to know each other in attack. It might be an even tougher trip to Stoke than usual…

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RVP Can Go To Old Trafford, The Future Is Bright Without Him

With the opening day of the season looming, Robin Van Persie, the Gunners’ talisman looks set to join one of their league rivals – but here’s why there is still reason for Arsenal fans to be optimistic.

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The Arsenal Fans’ Season Preview: Revenge For The 8-2 And Ignoring RvP’s Birthday

What to expect from Arsenal in 2012/13, including Gervinho having a good season, a challenge for a trophy and the customary finish above Tottenham…

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Arsenal: Expect Gervinho To Blossom Into A Real Wing Wizard

He had a mixed first season, but Gervinho should have adapted to the league enough to have a great impact on Arsenal’s season in his second campaign…

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Team GB: Stuart Pearce Must Change His Primitive Ways

Stuart Pearce’s Great Britain side won against the UAE last night, but there are still issues that need ironing out. Here’s why Pearce’s tactical methods need some revision…

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The Abou Diaby Headache Puzzling Arsene Wenger

He should be great, he offers flashes of brilliance but more often that not frustrates or is injured. Here’s the Abou Diaby conundrum facing Arsenal…

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Why Sending Arsenal’s Loan Stars To Spain is a Waste of Time

Any youngster at the Gunners who is loaned out to Spain knows the writing is on the wall for their Premier League career. Here’s why Arsene Wenger should be farming out talent to Germany and Holland instead…

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Arsenal: A Tribute To Carlos Vela’s Cheeky Chip

He may have left for Real Sociedad after a disappointing few years, but we’ll always have those cheeky chips…

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Jonathan Wilson On World Football And Writing: Brazil, EURO 2012 And The Blizzard

In the second part of our interview, popular football writer and author discusses Brazilian football, Poland and Ukraine’s co-hosting of EURO 2012, The Blizzard magazine and more…

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Jonathan Wilson On Tactics: Zonal Marking, Liberos And English Shortcomings

In the first part of a two-part interview with Blizzard Editor Jonathan Wilson he discusses back threes, the development of tactics and why English players just don’t get it…

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Why Robin Van Persie Leaving Might Help Arsenal Next Season

Robin van Persie looks set to leave Arsenal. But could their current players and new signings together do more than ease the blow, and instead fire them to a title at last?

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Arsenal: After Cesc Fabregas Broke My Heart, Robin Van Persie Has Stamped On The Remains

With his brutal statement criticising Wenger and stating his desire to leave, Robin van Persie has burnt bridges. Here’s why he might regret it, and has let many people down…

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Cesare Prandelli’s Handling Of Manchester City’s Balotelli Makes Him The Manager Of The Tournament

Cesare Prandelli overcame injuries, fatigue, betting scandals and Mario Balotelli’s ego to take his Italy side to the EURO 2012 final. Here’s why he’s my manager of the tournament.

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Arsenal: Steve Bould Will Freshen Things Up For The Gunners

Pat Rice was replaced by Steve Bould at the end of the season as assistant manager. Here’s why Bould can help Arsenal end seven years without a trophy…

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Why Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Will Become A Centre Midfielder

Despite having played out wide for Arsenal, all of the signs point to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in the middle for Arsenal. Here’s why he’d be best suited to a central berth…

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Arsenal: Why Emmanuel Frimpong Will Lose Out To Francis Coquelin

With Emmanuel Frimpong possibly tweeting his way into Arsene Wenger’s bad books, could he still break into the Arsenal team, especially up against Francis Coquelin?

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Futures’ New Album: A Summer Must-Have

After releasing several songs as stand-alone tracks, British rockers Futures have released their debut album, and it doesn’t disappoint. Here’s why the album should be on your list this summer…

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Euro 2012: Real Madrid’s Ronaldo Proves He’s Catching Barcelona’s Messi

After critics pointed to his international performances to show that Ronaldo is still in Messi’s shadow, he’s starting to prove them wrong…

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Manchester United’s Rooney Returns, But England Must Stick With 4-4-2

With Wayne Rooney set to return to England’s XI tonight, many are adamant England should switch to a more adventurous 4-2-3-1 formation. Here’s why they’re wrong:

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An Arsenal Fan Explains Why Walcott Shouldn’t Start For England

Many are calling for Walcott to replace Milner for tonight’s match against Ukraine yet according to this Arsenal fan, Walcott is better used off the bench for England.

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Arsenal: Signing Olivier Giroud Proves Wenger Can Work The Transfer Window

After years of not spending any money, or lots of money on flops, or last supermarket sweeps, Wenger has finally started splashing on sensible players in the summer transfer window.

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Arsenal: Alan Dzagoev Is The Creative Option That Wenger Needs

Alan Dzagoev has quickly become the player to watch at Euro 2012, and one of those watching him is reportedly Arsene Wenger. The last Russian he signed didn’t work out so well, but this time it could fire them to glory.

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Gazza, Wazza, Owen & Ox: Pray Arsenal’s Star Is Ready To Be England’s Next Wildcard

Roy has caught everyone on the hop by naming Arsenal’s tyro ahead of Downing for this evening’s game against France. But is he ready to perform consistently at the highest level?

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Euro 2012: A Tactical Analysis Of The Group Of Death

The Group of Death kicked off yesterday, with pre-tournament front-runners Germany and Holland enjoying contrasting opening games. Here’s a tactical analysis of the cagey first matches from Group B…

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Why Arsenal Must Not Sell Van Persie Go To Manchester City

The vultures of Manchester City are circling over the Arsenal captain, but losing him would send all the wrong messages and invite another season of transition

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Arsenal: Podolski Signing Sets Tone For The Summer

After years of buying young and developing players, Wenger seems ready to change tack and go with the kind of experience that Arsenal need.

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Norwich City: The Example That Newly Promoted Reading Should Follow

Reading are coming up, they could get it horribly, horribly wrong, or they could follow Norwich City’s example…

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Arsenal Didn’t Under Perform, Wigan Played Like Barcelona

Wigan’s latest big-gun upset was a surprise to most, and much of the reason for the win over Arsenal can be attributed to a fluid, interchanging defensive line that is reminiscient of Barcelona

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Gibbs vs Santos: Who Is The Solution To Arsenal’s Left Back Dilemma?

Both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but neither seem to stay fit long enough to hold down a place in Arsenal’s back four. Who is the long term solution?

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Arsenal’s Bright Future: Mental Strength And Ox In The Middle

Arsenal might have come up short against AC Milan, but the performance of the Ox and the team as a whole shows that the clouds are lifting at The Emirates…

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Arsenal: How Sagna and Gibbs Provided The Fluidity To Hammer Tottenham

For a while now, Arsenal have been rigid. On Sunday, we saw the complete opposite thanks to Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs.

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Arsenal v Tottenham: Gunners Won’t Kick On While Stuck Between Two Eras

Since the departure of Cesc Fabregas, the pressure has piled on Aaron Ramsey to fill the Spaniards boots – with no like for like replacement signing made, Arsenal have now become a team stuck firmly between two eras.

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Arsenal: Time For The Fringe Players To Leave Theo & Rambo In The Shade

After the mauling in Milan and the ineffective displays by Walcott and Ramsey, Can Yossi and co step up and give Wenger some positive selection headaches in the coming months?

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Arsenal Can Take Positives From The Loss To Manchester United

It’s not all bad for Arsenal following their spirited 2-1 defeat to the champions. Individual performances and a vast improvement on the 8-2 show give the fans some hope.

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An Arsenal Fan On His Love For Swansea

Considered by many to play the best football in the league, Swansea will be a tough test at the Liberty Stadium today…

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Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas Would Be Better Off At Arsenal

With Andre Villas-Boas coming under predictable scrutiny whilst in charge at Chelsea, one Arsenal fan states why he believes AVB would have been better suited to the North London side…

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Henry Takes The Plaudits, But Arteta And Koscielny Are Arsenal’s New Heroes

Thierry Henry himself couldn’t have scripted his return to Arsenal any better. But let’s hear it for the supporting cast…

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Hail The New Arsenal: Direct, Together And With Walcott To The Fore

How things can change… despite drawing with Fulham this Arsenal side have found a team-spirit and resilience that has been missing for years…

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Mario Goetze and The Dortmund Danger Men Arsenal Need To Watch Out For

Despite a recent revival at the Emirates, Arsene’s men shouldn’t underestimate Dortmund, with a trio of young attacking talent to fear ahead of their fifth Champion’s League group game.

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How A Front Three Revitalised Arsenal

Defenders beware: Following a convincing win against Norwich, it looks as though Gervinho, Walcott and van Persie are here to tear you apart.

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Arsenal: Can Henry Make Walcott World Class?

Theo Walcott will be buoyed by the return of Thierry Henry to Arsenal this week for training purposes, but will seeing his idol at work help him improve his game against Norwich at Carrow Road?

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Arsenal v West Brom: The Handbrake Is Off

With star men committed to the collective cause and Aaron Ramsey impersonating Cesc assuredly, Arsenal are on the march again.

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Arsenal vs West Brom: Why Szczesny Is The Gunners Number One

After previously suffering a string of calamitous errors from Manuel Almunia against West Brom, Arsenal fans finally have a goalkeeper to shout about in Wojciech Szczesny

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Can Arsenal End Marseille’s Mini-Revival?

Arsenal and Marseille have had startlingly similar starts to this season, with both clubs in resurgence after a rocky patch can Arsenal halt the French side’s return to form?

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Chelsea 3 – 5 Arsenal: Van Persie’s Supporting Cast Step Up

Despite the captain bagging a hat-trick, the dramatic 5-3 victory against Chelsea prove that Arsenal are not entirely a one Van team, with impressive performances coming from his increasingly in form team mates.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Arteta Is Key To The Gunners’ Turnaround In Form

Positive performances from Robin Van Persie and Andrey Arshavin have made for comfortable viewing for Arsenal fans in recent weeks, but against Chelsea it will be their new Spanish midfield dynamo who will be of most importance…

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Is Arshavin Fabregas’s Natural Successor As Arsenal’s No.10?

His goal and assist helped Arsenal to Carling Cup victory against Bolton last night so is the key to the Russian’s form playing through the middle rather than out on the wing?

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Arsenal v Bolton: Forget Zombie Chamakh, It’s Time For Park Life

Accused of being a one man team, can Ju-Young Parkprove himself to be Robin Van Persie’s capable deputy up front for Arsenal where Chamakh has failed.

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Van Persie Breathes Life Back Into Arsenal

After a shaky start to the new term, and the loss of key players in the summer have Arsenal found an on field leader who can drag them back to winning ways?

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