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Analysing Cesc Fàbregas’ impact at Arsenal

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Keeping Cesc Fabregas in the summer was a symbolic one, if not already indicated by his position as captain of this side. Fabregas is the talisman; the highest profile player and a leader of his generation. If he ceased to believe in Arsenal Wenger's project then what hope does a youth development policy have?

Analysing Cesc Fàbregas’ impact at Arsenal

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Keeping Cesc Fabregas in the summer was a symbolic one, if not already indicated by his position as captain of this side. Fabregas is the talisman; the highest profile player and a leader of his generation. If he ceased to believe in Arsenal Wenger's project then what hope does a youth development policy have?

Are target men ever successful?

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England's love-affair with the "big man" or target man perhaps transcends practicality. As a position, they are hoisted up proudly in the air like a totem, therefore, when one emerges, like Andy Carroll of Newcastle United, it is no surprise that they dangled over the balcony like one of Michael Jackson's babies.

Braga fail to cope with Arsenal’s rapid interchange as inspired by Cesc Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas was in talismanic form as he helped dismantle Sporting Braga 6-0 in Champions League Matchday 1.
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On the face of it this was another quintessential Arsenal victory against Sporting Braga but this 6-0 demolishing of the Champions League débutantes was built on clinical attacking play and a solid defensive foundation.

Arshavin looks left-field in search of his old mojo

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To most people, Andrey Arshavin would have registered on their consciousness in the summer of 2008. He was boyish in his looks; his plum cheeks and fluffy hair were never going to hide his impish charm but it wasn't before long he displayed all his cunning trickery. Suspended for the first two games of the European Championships with Russia one of which included a 4-0 defeat to Spain Arshavin made an instant impression.

Part 2: How Arsenal are looking to improve their defence this season

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The addition of Laurent Koscielny to the back line and two screening midfielders is anticipated to help win the ball back quicker.
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As soon as Thomas Vermaelen kicked his first ball in the Premier League Arsene Wenger would have known he had a bargain in his hands.

Part 2: How Arsenal are looking to improve their defence this season

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The addition of Laurent Koscielny to the back line and two screening midfielders is anticipated to help win the ball back quicker.
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As soon as Thomas Vermaelen kicked his first ball in the Premier League Arsene Wenger would have known he had a bargain in his hands.

Arsenal Column is moving!

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The Arsenal Column  is now moving to it's new home of http://www.arsenalcolumn.com/. Redirect your bookmarks to the new address for the latest Arsenal analysis starting with the 1-1 draw at Liverpool. Happy reading!


Greater variety of attacking options make Arsenal title contenders

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The retaining of captain Cesc Fabregas and much of the core of the side means Arsenal have an attack to mount a serious title challenge.
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So what has pre-season taught us of Arsenal so far? That the Gunners, through all their ability to weave patterns around the opposition, still tend to overcomplicate things despite obvious attempts by the manager to introduce more directness to the play.

Why are two holding midfielders so crucial in the modern game?

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The efficiency that holding midfielders provide teams makes them very important in the modern football.
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International competitions are always fascinating tactically if anything for the inflexibility they confront managers with.

Eduardo finds brilliance in simplicity

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Eduardo style may be seen as a luxury to some but his ability to make the difficult look simple makes him brilliant.
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Gary Lineker may have loathed to be stuck out on his unfavoured position of outside right for Barcelona but he begrudgingly accepted that a job had to be done for the best of the team.

Nasri on the double as Arsenal prepare their defensive strategy

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Samir Nasri's delightful brace helped Arsenal on their way to a 3-0 win notable for the side's continued progress on their defensive strategy.
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It was close to this time last season when Arsene Wenger hurriedly paced the touch-line against third-place Hungarian outfit Szombathelyi Haladás, anxiously trying to knit together his changing plan for the coming season.

Jack Wilshere stakes his Arsenal claim in Barnet friendly win

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Jack Wilshere showed just what he can bring to Arsenal this season as the Gunners recorded an impressive first pre-season win.
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It has almost become impossible to find a dissenter to the view that England have had their most gifted footballers of a generation compete for world football's biggest prize however this summer's failings in South Africa have shown that, that may not be the case.

Laurent Koscielny can provide Arsenal the best of both worlds in defence

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Laurent Koscielny's technical style and ability to mix his game up will perfectly complement Arsenal's style.
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When questioned on how the centre-back may develop in the future, Thomas Vermaelen was unsurprisingly diplomatic on the subject, especially after having such a barnstorming debut season for Arsenal displaying the virtues of both extremes of the modern defender.

World Cup 2010: Brazil and Holland happy to borrow from each other

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Brazil have been practising their own pressing game while the Netherlands, have taken a leaf out of Dunga's side and adopted a more pragmatic approach.
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There's not been much talking between the Brazilian team and the country's press.