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The reason why Arsene Wenger loves Denilson

March 21, 2010
The reason why Arsene Wenger loves Denilson

Denilson is one of the Premiership’s most underrated players. After an impressive 2008/09, his place has recently come under threat thanks to the good form shown by Abou Diaby, especially in games where Arsene Wenger wants a more offensive slant to his midfield.
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Arsenal 2-0 West Ham: Zola brave for going with a 4-4-2, but foolish for sticking to it

March 20, 2010
Arsenal 2-0 West Ham: Zola brave for going with a 4-4-2, but foolish for sticking to it

You have to admire Gianfranco Zola for going to the Emirates and playing a 4-4-2. Without his two best players, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole, it would have been tempting to do what most sides do when they play Arsenal away – go 4-5-1 and try and hit Arsenal on the counter.
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Arsenal’s victory over Hull – Chalkboard analysis

March 14, 2010
Arsenal’s victory over Hull – Chalkboard analysis

Two successive late victories away from home against Arsenal, both against scrappy Northern sides – Stoke and Hull – who had been reduced to ten men. They haven’t showed their best football, but the old adage that “A good side is one that wins without playing well” appears to – for once – be...
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Arsenal 5-0 Porto – an open game favours the better side

March 9, 2010
Arsenal 5-0 Porto – an open game favours the better side

It’s difficult to summarise a match tactically when one side wins by five goals. On one hand, assessing every aspect of the game points to Arsenal getting it tactically spot on, on the other you’re left to conclude that a five-goal win comes from a superiority in pure footballing terms, not the nitty-gritty of...
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A bad day for Nicklas Bendtner

March 7, 2010

Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner has been in good form recently, scoring in his previous two Arsenal games, at home to Sunderland and away at Burnley. He also netted in Denmark’s loss to Austria in midweek, taking him onto 11 international goals at the age of just 22.
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