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Arsenal’s new 2020/21 home kit released 0

Posted on July 20, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Every single season we get the release of a brand new home kit for pretty much every major team across the European football landscape, and the same is true for Arsenal. It’d be nice to see some teams keep the same kit for two straight seasons but in this era, that’s rarely going to happen.

The Gunners have released the following number which, straight off the bat, feels a little bit underwhelming in comparison to last year. We aren’t big fans of how the collar has been designed, the red/white ratio looks more like an Ajax kit and the navy trim, while nice to some, just doesn’t really fit in that well.

£50m for Ben White – too much? 0

Posted on July 19, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal’s defence has been criticized very much over the last decade, and it was the belief of many that the club wouldn’t be winning the league, or anything other than the domestic cups, until they get the back line sorted.

However, recent numbers tell a different story. In 2020-21, Arsenal conceded just 39 goals in the Premier League; only champions Manchester City (32) and fourth-place Chelsea (36) conceded less. Manchester United, who finished second, conceded 44, Liverpool in third 42, and Leicester City in fifth 50. It is, in fact, at the other end of the pitch where the Gunners struggled last season. You’d have to go down to 10th-place Everton for a first team to have scored fewer than Arsenal’s 55 goals.

Is it.. coming home? 0

Posted on July 07, 2021 by Harry Kettle

It’s been 55 years since England last played in a major international final – and on that day, they won the 1966 World Cup. Now, they’re just one game away from reaching the Euros final for the first time as they gear up to play Denmark in a Euros semi-final at Wembley.

It’s the kind of fixture that can define a generation and, if they win, will bring the same reputation forward to the clash with Italy on Sunday for the final.

Bukayo Saka is going to be the man, hopefully, flying the flag for Arsenal as the Gunners youngster attempts to play a role in getting the Three Lions over the finish line.

A look at Arsenal’s first six Premier League games 0

Posted on July 06, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Whilst we may still be in the midst of Euro 2020 and Copa America, it certainly feels as if there’s momentum building for the start of the new Premier League campaign. We’re just over a month away now and all 20 teams will be gearing up for what could prove to be the most competitive edition of the EPL yet.

Prior to all that, though, we thought it’d be interesting to take a look at the first six Permier League games of the season that Arsenal Football Club will have to face.

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The Gabriel Martinelli effect 0

Posted on July 02, 2021 by Harry Kettle

While Mikel Arteta may be gearing up for a season in which Aubameyang and Lacazette are featured heavily up top again, we think he needs to be giving some serious consideration to what kind of role Gabriel Martinelli can and will play in this equation.

At the age of just 20, he’s already starting to make the best and biggest kind of splash you could hope for as a young player – and especially as a young forward. Whenever he comes on the pitch there’s a certain energy in the air that radiates off of this Arsenal team and instead of shying away from that, we think Arteta needs to embrace it in every way imaginable.

Saka stars once again for England 0

Posted on June 30, 2021 by Harry Kettle

We’ve all seen some pretty incredible things in our days of watching football but few could’ve imagined scenes like last night in our lifetime. England, after years of waiting, finally put their many German-related nightmares to rest with a 2-0 win that takes them into the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2020.

While both goals may have come late in the second half, we truly do think Bukayo Saka had an important role to play in building confidence for the Three Lions in that first 45 minutes. He was quick, strong and constantly tried to make things happen – even if it seemed like there was nothing on for him.

Granit Xhaka – star of the show 0

Posted on June 29, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Les Bleus, aka the French national team, were considered by many to be the clear favourites heading into UEFA Euro 2020 – but for whatever reason, they hadn’t quite been able to get themselves going during the group stage. The hope from their fans was that their fortunes would change in the Round of 16 but last night, they were humbled in a big way when neighbours Switzerland knocked them out of the tournament on penalties.

At the forefront of it all, leading from the word go, was Granit Xhaka.

Will Bellerin leave? 0

Posted on June 28, 2021 by Harry Kettle

At the age of just 26, Hector Bellerin has already spent a decade in North London between the youth team and his professional debut in 2013. For quite a few years he was seen as one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Gunners but in recent times, he’s been falling down the pecking order with poor decision making and pace that isn’t quite up to scratch.

Bellerin can always pull a rabbit out of the hat when we least expect it because he’s got that kind of performance in his back pocket just waiting to use it – but consistency is key. He needs to be able to bring the heat every single week and we haven’t seen that for a long, long time.

The fine margins for Mikel Arteta 0

Posted on June 25, 2021 by Harry Kettle

We all know about how much scrutiny managers get in the modern age of the beautiful game, especially in the English Premier League. They aren’t given nearly as much time to deliver the goods as you would be given in other jobs or other leagues or perhaps even other sports. Still, even after all of the issues he’s been through, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta seems to have just about made his way through an incredibly turbulent campaign.

It was littered with disappointments but instead of dwelling on the past, the intention is to focus on the future – and rightly so.

The rise of Bukayo Saka 0

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Harry Kettle

At the age of just 19, Bukayo Saka started for England last night at Euro 2020 and put in a really solid shift. He was quick, creative and versatile with what he brought to the table, cementing his status as a phenomenal attacking option for the Three Lions as they move forward in this tournament.

England will now have to wait until this evening to discover who they’ll be playing next Tuesday in the Round of 16, but from there, it seems as if there’s a whole lot of excitement regarding what could happen next – so long as they maintain their defensive strength and start to really get after teams going forward.

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