Midfield Could Be Key For Arsenal in North London Derby

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In this strangest and most congested of seasons, which has a World Cup slap bang in the middle of it, club managers will be more anxious than ever about the return of their players from international duty. For Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, there is surely one player who he will worry about more than any […] READ MORE


Artetaball Evokes Fond Memories of Wengerball for Arsenal Fans

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Adding the word ‘ball’ to a manager’s name, à la ‘Sarriball’ or ‘Bielsaball’, as a way of summarising their footballing philosophy, has become one of the great clichés of modern football. Indeed, it is not limited to football, as the new England cricket coach, Brendon McCullum, has bristled at the use of ‘BazBall‘ (‘Baz’ being […] READ MORE


The Remaining Weaknesses for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta

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The cancellation of all British football matches this weekend after the Queen’s death will afford teams and their managers a rare chance in this crowded World Cup season to reflect on their progress so far and on the challenges that remain. For Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, there will be an opportunity, in particular, to reflect […] READ MORE



The Five Greatest German International Strikers – Male and Female

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Alexandra Popp is undoubtedly England’s biggest obstacle to overcome if they are to win the Women’s Euros. The Germany striker broke the record for scoring in consecutive Women’s Euros matches by scoring for a sixth game in succession against France in the semi-final. In fact, she scored twice to draw level with England’s Beth Mead […] READ MORE


Women’s Euros Already Looking Like They Could Be The Best Ever

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The news that the 2022 Women’s Euros is already the best-attended Women’s Euros ever, despite still being only at the group stage, confirms the impression that this edition of the tournament may well be the best ever. There are many reasons for that, but three, in particular, stand out. The Best Women’s Euros There Has […] READ MORE




Arsenal Ownership Situation Makes Managing Arsenal Impossible

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After Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League, one question was asked by most Arsenal fans and it is the one that has been asked all season: “Arteta in or out?” However, this is the wrong question, what is often called in science a first-order question, i.e. a direct question about a problem. By […] READ MORE


Disaster Derby for Arsenal Ends in Defeat, Suspension and Injury

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There are derby defeats (where a team loses to its rival narrowly), there are demolition derbies (where a team loses to its rival badly) and then there are disaster derbies (where a derby defeat threatens to undo a whole season’s work). After losing 3-0 away at Tottenham Hotspur – in the process losing both their […] READ MORE