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Arsenal FC – Mesut Ozil Has Never Looked Worse

Posted on 9 Feb, 2014, by in Soccer

Passion never burns through Mesut Ozil, or at least it doesn’t seem to. An enigma when trying to decipher based on what’s seen on the outside, but it wasn’t hard to read his thoughts as he was taken off the pitch at Anfield, being one of the main culprits in a humiliating performance that might cost Arsenal more than just three points. More

Arsenal FC – Olivier Giroud Thriving Under These Conditions

Posted on 27 Oct, 2013, by in Soccer

We’re at this point of the season in which Arsenal need to start proving they’re not only winners with style, but also a team that can pull three points out of rough matches with their teeth. Their most recent victory is one of those hard to obtain ones, as Olivier Giroud continues to show just how wise Arsene Wenger was to sign him last season. More

Mikel Arteta Shouldn’t Have Been Sent Off by Chris Foy

Posted on 26 Oct, 2013, by in Soccer

Although Mikel Arteta denied Marouane Chamakh the possibility of carrying on towards the Arsenal goal without interruption in the way, Chris Foy doesn’t have prophetic powers. A player fouled on the halfway line is too far away from goal to declare whether or not it’s a clear goal opportunity. More

Arsenal FC – Mathieu Flamini More Important Than Mesut Ozil

Posted on 20 Oct, 2013, by in Soccer

Without Mesut Ozil, Arsenal aren’t sudden title contenders and league leaders in the Premier League, but they weren’t exactly short on creativity in the midfield before his arrival. However, bringing back Mathieu Flamini gave the team a real defensive midfielder and not a converted one for the first time in a very long while, happening to be the biggest reason for their success this season. More

Arsenal FC – There’s Still Hope For Nicklas Bendtner

Posted on 26 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

Out of shape and without a match for a very long time, Nicklas Bendtner shouldn’t have looked so comfortable on the pitch, looking dominant in the air like nothing has changed. In a match that was mostly about giving very young players a chance to shine, there’s still hope for the Danish striker, who is a lot more important to Arsene Wenger than he should be. More

Arsenal FC – Mathieu Flamini Trying to Change the ‘Soft’ Image

Posted on 24 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

When it was announced that Mathieu Flamini would be the second signing for Arsenal this summer, few thought that the return of the Frenchman, five years after he left to Italy, would bring the necessary toughness and “badness” this team has been missing for so long. More

Arsenal FC – Mikel Arteta as Another Symbol of Mediocrity

Posted on 6 Aug, 2013, by in Soccer

How many OK midfielders do Arsenal need? A lot, apparently. Mikel Arteta is another one in a long list of not-too-special central midfielders Arsenal have on their roster. The biggest problem? He’s also their most important player at times. More

Arsenal FC – Jack Wilshere Needs to Prove He’s Not Overrated

Posted on 30 Jul, 2013, by in Soccer

There are still those who are sure that Jack Wilshere is the savior of Arsenal & English football, but with every season and comeback attempt from injury that goes by, it’s getting clearer and clearer that the words ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ might be fitting the central midfielder quite well. More

Arsenal FC – Theo Walcott Strikes Before it Got Really Boring

Posted on 5 May, 2013, by in Soccer

Boring Arsenal is no longer a chant attached to the team George Graham led to win two Premier League titles over 20 years ago. It’s alive and well, even under the hands of the Arsene Wenger, who’s no longer the magician he used to be. Theo Walcott may have broken the club’s Premier League record for quickest ever goal, but there was nothing too impressive in the 89 minutes that followed. More

Arsenal FC – Arsene Wenger Can’t Leave as a Failure

Posted on 1 May, 2013, by in Soccer

Each season has its own goals an ambitions, and Arsenal, as strange as that sounds, have been lowering their standards with every passing year. Arsene Wenger is a big part of that “tradition”, as the club becomes more and more about ending the season with an impressive profit line, instead of trying to compete for titles or the best players available on the market. If Santi Cazorla is the best this club can find, it means someone is doing something wrong. More