Goonerboy Archives for January 2012

It's Time to Call an End to Abou Diaby's Arsenal Career

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In January 2006, we were in a bit of a mess.

Patrick Vieira, the lynchpin of three title-winning teams, had been abruptly sold in the summer of 2005 and we had failed in our attempts to buy a replacement. Fabregas and Gilberto did their best to strike-up an effective partnership in midfield, but couldn't cover up the fact that we had a hole in the middle of the side.

Inching Closer to the Finish Line: 5 Thoughts on Stoke 1 Arsenal 1

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Not really too much to write home about after today's match, but let's go over a few talking points:

* We started brightly and with a lot of purpose, so it was only natural that we conceded with Stoke's first shot on goal. We do this far too often, and it's almost become a bit comical how we don't make it hard enough for teams to score against us.

Only Third Place Will Do - Five Questions before Saturday's Game Against Stoke RFC

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Probably my least favourite game of the season arrives this Saturday, as we travel to the town that football forgot - Stoke. Here's a few things to think about before our clash - and I use that word in the literal sense - on the weekend.
* Is it third place or bust? I really didn't think the draw against Chelsea was the terrible result for us, or the triumph for them, that Sky seemed to decide it was.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea Preview: Four Questions to Ponder

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We're less than 24 hours away from our most high-profile game of the season. As I'm going on an all-day stag party tomorrow, I thought I'd do a preview instead of my customary post-game thoughts, as I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to watch the whole game. So, here are four things to think about before kick-off tomorrow.

Overconfident and Outplayed: 12 Thoughts on Arsenal 1 Wigan 2

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Our topsy-turvy season just keeps on getting topsier and, er, turvier. A really poor defeat tonight. Thoughts as follows:
* I'm not gonna lie - I had this one marked as a home win. We absolutely bulldozed Wigan oop north earlier this season, and I expected a repeat performance, or at least a reasonably comfortable win.

5 Questions from Arsenal 3 Wolves 0

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This is my first attempt at blogging from a smartphone, so it'll be brief and riddled with errors (probably) but here are 5 quick questionable that arise from yesterday's game.

1 - Does the professional foul rule need to be changed when a penalty is awarded? It seemed a bit ridiculous that the game ender after 10 minutes yesterday after the gentlest of tugs on Theo's shirt.

You Need More than Money for Success: Thoughts on Arsenal 1 Man City 0

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We left it late, but a richly deserved three points. Thoughts as follows:
* There was a degree of consternation when the line-ups were announced, but it's hard to know who else Arsene could've played. Gervinho was apparently injured, and Ramsey could hardly start after the vitriol he received last week.