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Season Review: Forwards

While the midfield was still an uncertain muddle, and the defence reliable enough though lacking any genuine match winning quality, except Kieran Tierney (and Bernd Leno on certain days), Arsenal went into the 2020-21 season with a reasonable degree of confidence in the consistency and reliability of their attacking force. The ever-smiling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had […]

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Season Review: Midfield

Embed from Getty Images Arsenal ended the 2019-20 season with a newfound degree of optimism which was entirely unanticipated when earlier in the winter, floundering on the bottom half of the table and playing undoubtedly their worst football in this millennia, the club had no option but to bring in a new permanent coach as […]

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The defence improved. Thirty-nine goals were conceded in the league against 48 the previous season; third-tightest defence after Chelsea and Man City as opposed to eighth-best in 2019-20. Twelve clean sheets were two more than during the previous league campaign and fifth-best in the league (ninth-best in 2019-20). Yet, the improvement was not consistent enough […]

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Whither Arsenal? Change or Progress?

Embed from Getty Images In the business world there is an entire industry devoted to managing change within organisations. Most large organisations now have a Change Management function within them. I find the linguistics of this fascinating.  You will notice that the term used is “Change”.  Not “Progress”.   It is almost as though there […]

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I’m sorry that this review comes so long after the publication of Arsene Wenger’s autobiography, not least because it has given time for some apparently genuine anticipation to build up. With matches coming twice a week, each calling for a preview and review, it has had to wait for an international break. It only occurred […]

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