Category Archives: Player Focus

Great Expectations

We asked for new signings… and despite a summer of grumbling, pessimism, over-reaction and even despairing cries of “let’s all start supporting Man City” (don’t worry I had a pistol in my pocket and was ready to fake my fellow … Continue reading

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Jack the Lad? He's already a man

Posted by SmartArse Buried somewhere in what sounds rather like a bad chat up line of a title is a rather serious point. Because while it’s been a tad grouchy around the Emirates of late, one of few things we’ve … Continue reading

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Step It Up, Samir

Posted by SmartArse After Saturday’s debacle OleGunner on twitter created a Guardian chalkboard highlighting the differences in passes made in the game by Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky: by¬†Guardian Chalkboards The diagram clearly shows a a greater proportion of Rosicky’s … Continue reading

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Farewell Eduardo, we hardly knew thee

Posted by SmartArse Finally after what seems like months there is something to talk about other than Cesc Fabregas. Shame then, that it has to be this. This rather excellent article from football365 points out a disgraceful article from today’s … Continue reading

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What Next For Theo Walcott?

Posted by SmartArse Theo Walcott deserved to be omitted from Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad. Granted, not for Shaun Wright-Midget, but for Joe Cole definitely. Bottom line is that for whatever reason, injuries, confidence he just hasn’t been good enough … Continue reading

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If I Were Arsene, part 1

Posted by SmartArse As recent performances have made abundantly clear, the end of the season is fast approaching. But alas, it’s not over, so we at COTA will endeavour to keep all (well, most) of our post-mortems and evaluations ’til … Continue reading

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Forget The Injuries, There's Still Two Trophies to Win!

Posted by SmartArse So, the injury list. It’s fairly obvious that it’s fucking long. It should also be fairly obvious to anyone who’s been following Arsenal for more than five minutes that it always seems to be really quite long. … Continue reading

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Can Denilson Solve Our Defensive Woes?

Posted by SmartArse Ahead of two crucial fixtures, Wenger has serious selection issues. The problem can be broken down into four fairly self-evident facts, in order of importance: 1.Thomas Vermaelan can’t play against Birmingham 2.Sol Campbell’s fitness can’t handle both … Continue reading

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Failing Theo Feels the Wrath of the Media

Posted by SmartArse Theo Walcott, until recently only seriously criticised by an increasing number at Arsenal has finally had his poor form laid into at the hands of the press. Even Chris fucking Waddle had a pop. The Times’ Matt … Continue reading

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