SPURS PROGRESS – STRATEGIC BRILLIANCE OR DRUNK GUY ROLLING DICE (AGAIN)?

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Listen, at the end of the day, we all have to collectively take an L on Spurs last season. They had more in the locker than Arsenal when it came down to it and we have to work out a way to be better next season.

What I can’t have is all this bollocks about what a genius Antonio Conte is, it’s totally nauseating. There are two schools of thought when it comes to creating success at a football club.

You do it the hard way like Liverpool. Set a vision, hire the right people, recruit talent, grow the talent, create sustainable success over years.

You do it the fast way like Inter Milan. Your vision is ‘win at all costs’, you hire in a short term world class manager, you let him sign NOW players, you pray to all the gods he delivers, you worry about what’s next after he wins something big.

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ARSENAL SIGN EDDIE TO 5 YEARS, SUMMER OFF TO A FLYING START

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Writing about Arsenal post-season is really tough for the first few weeks. It’s like finishing a boxing match (I’ve never fought a boxing match). You’ve prepped, fought all the rounds, now it’s over (I probably got knocked out) and you have to work out what’s next.

Thankfully, this writer numbness is being perked up by some good news coming out the club.

Before we get to that, let’s talk about some weird news, Wolves are apparently planning legal action against Sau Paulo over the transfer of Marquinhos to Arsenal. Brazilian contracts and legal sounds like a minefield, I have no idea about the veracity of the rumour, but I do feel good that Wolves were looking at the player because that means there’s a good chance the player is talented.

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SIGN THEM UP

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I don’t need a POWER MAC 7000 built for the elite designers of the world when I’m at work, but I ask for one because I’m at that stage in my career where that is my god-given right. I use two programs, e-mail and notes to write things. How can I have a machine of this power and it cannot run those two items concurrently? Who is building the Apple Mac that can handle an e-mail program? I would buy that machine.

That does not segue me into any sort of Arsenal content. So let’s get cracking.

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SALIBA STAYS

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It didn’t take long for the Arsenal media to fire up into power mode with regards to transfer movement this summer.

Mikel Arteta finally came out and said what I told you months ago.

“William Saliba has to come back. He has the experience to be competitive with us. We sent him to Marseille for his growth”. (more…)


THE BIG DATA BLOG – PATH FORWARD IS CLEAR

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Gooooood morning! I’m a bit late to the party today, football is exhausting sometimes, so is writing, tweeting and, podcasting. If I were on Facebook pre-2010, I’d have a text status update that said ‘Humph’ because that’s the sort of attention seeker I am. Talk about first world problems, right?

Arsenal finished the season by absolutely spanking a shocking, shocking Everton side. The scoreline wasn’t flattering, but the goal haul did maybe take the edge off our goalscoring issues this season – but let’s not gloss over the truth.

I’ll be using this incredz article for info.

Without those 5 peachy goals, we’d have finished 8th for goals scored behind United and West Ham. That fact doesn’t distract from the reality of our season, 4th was largely lost for two reasons, the main one being that we didn’t score enough.

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END OF SEASON SIGN-OFF: 5TH JUST THE START

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Well, here we are people, the end of the season is here, and though technically there’s still something on it, we know the chances of Norwich pulling an upset are about as likely as Kylian Mbappe pivoting on PSG to dedicate himself to the Arsenal Youth Project for 6 years.

The Everton home game is basically a nice day in the sunshine for the home fans to say goodbye to a season that has been pretty fun by most standards.

Fun you say?

Yes, fun.

We competed until the last game of the season, we haven’t had that in a long time. By the end of today we’ll have won 22 games. We got to know a new batch of very awesome players. Arsenal fans started to enjoy each other again.

That is a fun season.

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