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

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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As the Arsenal Turns: Arsenal’s goal keeper soap opera has 8 more months to run

I don't want to play with goal keepers!

No soap opera would be complete if there weren’t multiple story lines. Arsenal is no different. The main plot is and will be Fab’s role on the team: will he or won’t he? And of course how will other players react. Nasri made his feelings clear: I think he impregnated his shirt after he scored a penalty against the tiny Totts. Yes, you’re a Gunner, we got it. But the most recent subplot to unfold is yet another summer story come to pass: the goal keeper. Unfortunately, this story is more fodder for everything else. Anyway, go grab your notepad, because walking through this plot ain’t easy. Thanks Arsene (sarcasm).
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As the Arsenal Turns: thanks to B*rc* Fab is no longer the real captain, but that’s good

It's not easy being El Capitan

This season’s soap opera is already unfolding before our eyes. And true to a quality telenovela, it will be daily, dramatic and emotional for those involved and those watching. Fab is facing a loss of esteem by his own creation. It’s a hard lesson for one so used to being loved. But the race is on to replace Fab as the face of Arsenal and it has all the makings of a fun year long drama. And football fans love nothing more than a good telenovela. Continue reading

Walcott quits the Mousekeeters; Rosicky retires; Gooners get a man-crush and a terrifying rodent joins the squad

There’s a lot going on following the game against Blackpool. First, we had the Walcott show. Then Rosicky announces his retirement…from forward to central midfielder. Song has become a mainstay on Tiger Beat magazine for Gooner fans. And, oh yeah, we picked up another central defender: a squirrel with a vicious streak a mile wide.
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Fabregas is no longer captain of the squad

No matter what the Fab apologists might say, the damage is done. The unending, enduring and voluminous noises made out of of barca have had an effect on Fab. Mostly though, because of Fab’s reluctance to put an end to it. Regardless, every action has a reaction; and in this case, it’s time for Arsene to strip Fab of the armband. Fab is no longer the captain of the squad, at least not in spirit. Fans know this, players know this, and even Fab knows it. For the sake of the Club it’s time to give the armband to its rightful owner: Vermaelen. Continue reading

Arsenal’s savior: it’s Nasri’s time to take over Arsenal

Watching Nasri this preseason I can’t hep but think Nasri senses that his moment is now. Only two games and three weeks into preseason, but one can sense something is afoot in the french tasmanian devil. For all of this summer’s talk about Fab, GOA is going on record to say that this will be Nasri’s breakout season. Too often playing second fiddle combined with failing to make an impression when given an opportunity last season, the stars are aligned for the frenchie from Marseille. Besides this goaland this goal, here are five reasons why: Continue reading

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