Arshavin: the little Russian that Couldn’t?

It was the January transfer saga of 2009.  And it only got better with his 4 goal game AT Anfield.  The little Russian Arshavin seemed to be the final piece of Arsene’s puzzle.  Wily, quick, a veteran and captain of a big national team, Arshavin brought the guile and attitude Arsenal seemed to so desperately need, not to mention his ability to score goals.  Expectations for the 2009 campaign were unimaginably high for his first full season as a Gunner, but it didn’t quite come to pass.  And now, solidly into the 2010 season, the little Russian that could, seems to be the little Russian that can’t.  A fan favorite for his unfiltered commentary and often incoherent discourse with fans, Arshavin put it best when he said he’d “lost his sparkle.”  So what happened?  Is it time for the St. Petersburg Express to move on? Continue reading


Arsenal America fans: it’s called soccer and that’s okay


Nike got this one right....


Sigh. Unfortunately, Americans feel like they can’t say the word “soccer.” Somehow it’s wrong or dirty.  Sometimes fans get a little too emotional, it’s all very “The Soccer Dialogues.” Some guy hoists a beer and starts talking about what the word “soccer” means to him, from his days as a young AYSO player, while a bunch of other fans nod their heads knowingly.  Then another fan steps up and talks about all the stick he takes, if any Brits are around, yelling at him for using the word “soccer” because “it’s called football since it’s played with your feet!”  Another cries softly as he talks about his embarrassment, when he accidently said “soccer,” but he meant to say football and everyone looked at him funny.  He tries so hard to fit in!  Until finally, one fan stands up, looks at the others in turn, looks to the ceiling and shares an eye-opening discovery that changed his life: It’s okay to say: soccer. Continue reading

Mozart has heart: understanding Arsenal player Tomas Rosicky

Editor’s Note: This is a special piece submitted by a guest writer (Michael Schreiber) that GOA is proud to post.

This piece analyzes the role and importance of Tomas Rosicky.  The Czech international has had an injury-plagued five years at Arsenal, but he seems fit and ready to prove his worth in 2010-2011.  This piece discusses 1) his journey to the Emirates, 2) his role at Emirates, and 3) his value to the club.

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