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Examining why Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to buy a striker

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2014-15 Season, Champions League, Match Reports, Premier League |  

Well, here we are. Another season is underway. I initially wrote ‘well and truly underway’, but then deleted it. In truth, this period between the opening fixture and the transfer deadline always feels like an extension of preseason. The window ends, there’s a flurry of late deals, and then club football goes on a two-week break while some dull internationals are played. When we return in mid-September, that’s when it really feels like the campaign has kicked off. That seems …

Gunnerblog is 10 today

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2014-15 Pre-season |  

To my considerable surprise, Gunnerblog is 10 years old today. I can’t believe that it was fully a decade ago when I took my first faltering steps in to the world of blogging. Although I have neither the time nor inventiveness to blog on a daily basis, the site (and its accompanying Twitter feed) has been a pretty consistent presence in my adult life. It’s brought me huge satisfaction, and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has looked in along …

Alexis Sanchez: The Brilliance Without The Biting

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, 2014-15 Pre-season, Featured |  

The signing of Alexis Sanchez has left me elated, but it shouldn’t leave anyone surprised. Looking back at the last 12 months, we should all be kicking ourselves for not calling it sooner. The clues were there all along. The trail begins last summer, when Arsene Wenger gave us the clearest indication as to the sort of striker he was interested in signing. He abandoned negotiations over Gonzalo Higuain to focus all his energies on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. He even …

Mikel Arteta on Alexis Sanchez, contract talks, & more transfers

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2014-15 Pre-season |  

Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited down to the kit launch by Puma, and was one of several bloggers able to grab a few words with Mikel Arteta. Here’s what he had to say. — On his reaction to the Alexis Sanchez news… I was really happy. Everyone was waiting for a big signing like this. It’s a proper player – he’s got the experience, the technique, the pace. I met him this morning and he looked …

2013/14: Arsenal’s Season Blogged – Sagas, songs & a cup

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, Champions League, FA Cup, Featured, Premier League |  

As the enthralling World Cup comes to a close and eyes begin to turn towards next season, I thought it’d be worth a bit of a retrospective of the saga that was 2013/14. And so, without further ado… —- Please, Arsene: Don’t sign Luis Suarez | July 17th 2013 I cannot understand why a manager as ethical and principled as Arsene would go near a player like Suarez. I cannot fathom why our great club would seek to harbour a …

Gunnerblog End of Season Awards 2014

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, Featured |  

It’s that time again. Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. The results are in. PLAYER OF THE SEASON In a season of progress for Arsenal, there are several contenders for this award. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have been largely outstanding at the back, whilst Wojciech Szczesny has managed to grab plenty more crosses than unwanted headlines during a generally steady campaign. Up top, Olivier Giroud deserves credit for a strong second season. Although his lack of speed and composure …

A Party 9 years in the Making

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, FA Cup, Featured, Match Reports |  

A cup nine years in the winning. A party nine years in the making. A blog nine years in the writing. The wait is over. Arsenal have a trophy again. And it feels fantastic. We didn’t do it the easy way, of course. As soon as the match kicked off, Hull played with an fierce abandon that was in stark contrast to a nervy, brittle Arsenal. Even by our standards, conceding two goals within the opening eight minutes made for …

Red, Yellow & Silver: Gunnerblog’s FA Cup Final Preview

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, FA Cup, Match Previews |  

We’ve waited nine years for this. This week, I looked back at the blog I wrote after 2005’s FA Cup win over Manchester United. That was the last time Arsenal touched silverware. Think about that: nine years. In the 125-year lifespan of the club, it’s not a massive stretch. However, us fans are only here for threescore and ten. In the course of our own individual lives, it’s a significant period. Think of what you’ve done in the last nine …

Looking back at the Hammers, ahead to Hull, and up at Liverpool

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, Match Previews, Match Reports, Premier League |  

The win over West Ham was huge. After being put through the wringer in the semi-final, a physical Allardyce team were hardly the ideal opposition. When we fell behind, the collective intake of breath was almost audible. However, Lukas Podolski’s instant response settled nerves. Goals from Giroud and Podolski again later settled the game. The German’s record is pretty remarkable. His 10 goals this season have come in about 1197 minutes. That’s roughly 13.3 “games”. The figures aren’t distorted by …

Thoughts from Wembley: Torturous afternoon’s Final flourish

Posted on by GilbertoSilver Posted in 2013-14 Season, FA Cup, Featured, Match Reports |  

I don’t know about you, but I remembered reaching an FA Cup final as a good deal more fun. Don’t get me wrong: I’m delighted to be there — and being there is undoubtedly what matters — but the journey was as torturous as a coach ride with that Man City fan in the Barclays ad. Let’s focus on the positives: however shoddily, the job got done. A positive result in the final will vanquish any traumatic memories of the …

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