It’s Now European Qualification or Bust for Mikel Arteta

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And then there was one. Because Arsenal failed to qualify for Europe last season, they were only ever going to compete in a maximum of three competitions this season and after the recent cup calamities, including the Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg defeat to Liverpool, they now only have European qualification through the league to aim […] READ MORE


Young Gunners Evoke Memories of Old School Arsenal

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It wasn’t Anfield ‘89, which was a once-in-an-eternity performance and result. Nevertheless, Arsenal’s performance in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final was one of the Gunners’ finest displays at Liverpool’s ground since that historic night, especially after they went down to 10 men after less than half an hour when Granit Xhaka (whose […] READ MORE


Midfield Remains Arsenal’s Biggest Problem

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When your opponent gifts you an assist, as was the case when Fred trod on David De Gea’s ankle and Emile Smith Rowe scored while the Spanish goalkeeper was still writhing around on his goal-line, and you still lose the match, you know you have a problem winning big games away from home. And so […] READ MORE





Arsenal and Mikel Arteta Must Finally Find Some Consistency

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Consistency is the sporting equivalent of the Holy Grail – the ultra-elusive but utterly priceless commodity or quality that everyone endlessly seeks. At the moment, perhaps nobody seeks it more than Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal team, who have rebounded from losing their first three Premier League games to win the next three, including the […] READ MORE


Mikel Arteta Looks Like a Dead Manager Walking

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For Arsenal fans, it must feel like déjà vu all over again. And again. And again. And so on, ad infinitum. Indeed, it is arguably now more than 15 years since the club last had a manager worthy of the title, when Arsène Wenger was just the brilliant manager who focused exclusively on what happened […] READ MORE


Mikel Arteta Looks to Rebuild British Base at Arsenal

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After Arsenal’s ignominious end to last season, when the Gunners first failed to reach the Europa League final and then failed to qualify for European football of any kind for the first time in a quarter of a century, most Arsenal fans have been happy to forget about domestic football and instead enjoy the glories […] READ MORE