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

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

Messi masks Arsene’s Arrogance

Much will be made of barca, or rather Messi’s quality after this game. But make no mistake, this game was lost by Arsene. We could have won. This was not barca’s master class. It was nothing more than the epitome of managerial arrogance. There are times a manager must forgo philosophy; he must settle into the storm of reality and right the ship. Arsene did none of this. Instead he left his players floundering and asked more than he gave. He used an inexplicable strategy that led to a predictable failure. Continue reading

Nasri and Diaby: the sum is greater than the parts

This game comes down to Nasri and Diaby playing their way. Unlike the first match, this one looks to be more physical, less pretty and more like an EPL match. Don’t misunderstand me, this won’t be a Bolton v. Stock City matchup -the players won’t be out to put on the pain. But it will be faster paced, less passing, more dibbling and harder tackling. Continue reading

What to do with Walcott

The issue with Walcott is that he doesn’t fit the Arsenal mold.  I used to rue this fact because he looked like a bad apple among a prime pick.  Bendtner falls into this same category.  He’s big and gangly and does not play with the pace or panache that the Arsenal have grown accustomed to.  However, both Bendtner and Walcott are effective when played correctly. Continue reading

I believe, the players believe and so should you: the Barca game was a success

Normally I don’t care about “moral” victories. But the barca game might just qualify. Yes barca was better, yes we lost Fab and Gallas. But the facts are, (1) we did not play our best, but didn’t lose, (2) we did not give up, and (3) we gutted out a draw. These are the games we need to go to the next level. Momentum is on our side because our players now know they can play with and beat barca. They believe and so should you. Continue reading

Tomorrow

We can win this match if we play like we did in the second leg against Porto.  And I believe we will.  Why? Well I’m glad you asked.  Continue reading