Smoke and Mirrors: Arsene is up to something

Blogging, sometimes it ain’t easy; especially not during a quiet transfer season and the World Cup. Most blogs out hanging on to any transfer crumbs that comes their way. But fair play, I’ve started a half a dozen posts to no avail, but end up giving up. Until recently. I’m not buying what Arsene’s selling. Monsignor is up to something. Continue reading

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Erik Larsen and the Gunning Hawk are wrong. Fab, sadly, must go.

Erik Larsen wrote a well written post on the Gunning Hawk today that’s fantastic. Written by a fellow American Gooner, it extols all of the reasons Fab should stay at Arsenal in a  clear, uncompromising, well thought out piece based on the simple principle, if I may oversimplify, “of manning up.” So it saddens me to say this. With all respect, the post is wrong. Fab must go. In fact, Fab must go because of the very reasons Mr. Larsen points out. Continue reading

Dear Arsenal: a lesson in public relations

Among the many changes we can anticipate for this upcoming season, one big hope I hold is for the sophistication of Arsenal’s media relations. I have no idea who manages this process, but something must give. Getting information out of the Club’s hiearchy is the proverbially fruitless task of trying to squeeze blood from a rock. It doesn’t happen. Who’s fault is this? Arsene? Gazidis? Fox? Continue reading

Arsene’s goalie trauma

Recent rumors had, emphasize had, us linked to the Russian keeper Akinfeev. Now rumors are rumors and transfers are never easy, but this looks to be true and Arsene’s failure to make the deal is troublesome. For all of Arsene’s genius, he seems utterly beguiled at this position. He lacks a vision for this position and it shows. Continue reading

A new look team: Arsenal might lose 10 players this summer

With all of the attention focused on the players Arsene might bring in, the players that might be leaving are pretty interesting as well. Five players alone will be free to transfer come Monday; two are already gone, two are likely to leave, and the fifth may retire. This means Arsenal will have gaping holes that our reserves simply can’t cover and our loanees don’t look ready to cover. No matter what, Arsenal will have a new look next year. Continue reading

This time Arsene won’t make a mistake: expect an early signing of a defensive midfielder

The summer transfer season is fast approaching! And yes, we can get excited. As information about last summer trickles out, I’m gaining faith in Arsene’s potential transfer pick ups. Yes, last summer was a debacle, a precursor to this year in fact. But it turns out last summer Arsene did know what he was up to; rumors about potential players were true after all. It didn’t work out for a variety of reasons, but what we know a defensive midfielder is coming for sure. Even better, with a large kitty, Arsene might pick up a few players we missed out on last summer. Continue reading

The danger of Arsene’s course: next season’s top four finish is at risk.

The end of this season will bring all kinds of questions and review. But people should recognize that this season was the beginning of the end of the EPL as we know it. It was just last summer that manciteh declared themselves to the league. And while ‘pool took the hit, the pressure on Arsenal has not diminished. Next year, the battle for the champions league will be 10x more fierce. Arsene’s strategy for the last five years need must change. Continue reading

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