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QPR v Arsenal: diagrams and chalkboards

April 2, 2012
QPR v Arsenal: diagrams and chalkboards

At the Guardian I’ve written on how Queens Park Rangers played against Arsenal in their 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Saturday.
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Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

April 22, 2010
Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

Jonathan Wilson recently wrote in his excellent ‘The Question’ series about the possibility of the return of the sweeper to football. The sweeper prospered as the ’spare man’ in a three-man central defence up against a two-man attack, so now we have two-man central defences up against one-man attacks, should one centre-back not become...
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Thomas Vermaelen’s poor positioning keeps costing Arsenal cheap goals

April 9, 2010
Thomas Vermaelen’s poor positioning keeps costing Arsenal cheap goals

There’s little doubt that Thomas Vermalen has been a good signing for Arsenal. Lacking a top-class centre-back last year, Arsene Wenger did brilliantly to dispose of Kolo Toure and bring in the Belgian – and made a profit by doing so.
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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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