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      22.09.2010 12:23
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      Player some great football, bring through youth players, but dont win enough trophies.

      Arsenal F.C are a football team based in North London. Arsenals main rivals are Tottenham Hotspurs. Arsenal are best known for the beautiful, fast flowing, direct, attacking football.

      Arsenal FC were founded in 1886 and in 1893 became the first south England football team to join the football league. Since Arsenal were founded they have gone on, to become one of the most successful clubs in England. Arsenal have won the English league 13 times, the FA cup 10 times, the League Cup 2 times, the Community Shield 12 times and the European Cup Winners Cup just the once.

      In recent times Arsenal have failed to win any trophies which is starting to dissapoint many Arsenal fans. Arsenal play some of the best football in the League but when it comes to winning trophies, and beating the bigger teams, this classy football just is not enough.

      Arsenals current manager is Frenchman Arsene Wenger who has been in charge since 1996 and it one of the current longest serving bosses in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger is well known for bringing through youth players in recent years. Players such as Fabregas, Walcott and Denilson have been signed as young teenagers and gone on to become first team players for the club.

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      An excellent club trying to do things the right way and given time they will achieve all

      Arsenal FC, also known as the Gunners, are one of the best clubs in the English leagues who have a long and proud history along with a great recent history but what is the club all about?

      The club:

      Playing at Ashburton Grove stadium in London the club has for many years been on the up thanks to their amazing manager Arsene Wenger whose flair for finding amazing young talent has seen the club become able to bring in a wealth of talent to last for years and so have less need than other top clubs to spend year on year which enabled the club to move to their new stadium and thus have more fans watching them at home games which increases income for the club and so enabling them to be able to battle the biggest in the world for the best of players.

      Players:

      The club has long been one proud of its players with the likes of Ian Wright, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon and David Platt all being names well known in the English game but since Wenger took over the club there have been some of the most amazingly talented and technically gifted players to have played on these shores thanks to extensive scouting worldwide.
      Currently helping to move the club in the right direction are players like Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Robin Van Persie, Emanuel Eboue, Alex Song, Andrei Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen all having the talent to work the club forward and the mentality to be winners. The club recently have gone through a few years of not winning anything but for me they are still moving in the right direction as they are still able to be finishing in the top 3 in the English Premier League and move into the latter stages of the Champions League.

      Overall Arsenal are an exciting club as they play an attractive, attacking, passing style of football that shows amazing technical capabilities of the players on show. The players and staff for me are the right people to move the club forward and I think another 2-3 players for depth incase of injuries and the club will be able to push onto the next level.

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      07.04.2010 15:40
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      So close but yet so far

      Arsenal's journey as of late has been something of a rough ride, after the generation which saw them spawn the tag of boring boring arsenal. This was thanks to their rock solid dependable defence and of course the tactics they employed. The club though went through a renaissance when Arsene Wenger joined.

      Arsene Wenger has brought in some truly wonderful attacking talent in the last few years. The legacy of Henry, of Berkamp, of Petit to will live on in the memory. Arsene Wenger's philosophy is very much akin to Barcelona's, it's the beautiful game, free flowing, attacking football, passing with a purpose, a speed and a cutting edge.

      However for season after season now Arsenal have had nothing to show for their endeavours, the club has been challenging for the premiership title but seemingly they seem a few yards short every time. It seems that people have become used to thinking of Arsenal as a top 3 of top 4 side and this is something which is obviously frustrating to their fan base.

      Having been knocked out by Barcelona last night, that is their champions league ambitions gone for another season and now with just the premiership to concentrate on. The problem with Arsenal is while they do have superb attacking players like the brilliant Fabregas who is their midfield playmaker and the volatile but extremely gifted Van Persie, the precious talents of Arshavin and Bendtner, they do their noticeable flaws to.

      Firstly their defence is weak, Silvestre is past his best, Vermailen is terrific coming forwards but is suspect in his positioning and his awareness around him. Likewise Clichy is inconsistent at left back and is sometimes a liability as well as an asset. It speaks volumes for the team that an aging 35 year old Sol Campbell has returned to provide centre back cover.

      Their problems though also stem from their midfield so while their midfield is very mobile and skilful, it does very light weight. They certainly miss the strength of Viera, as there is no one to boss the midfield anymore. They need someone like Fletcher, a tough tackler, hard runner and a good distributor.

      Arsenal moved away from the Highbury stadium and into the Emirates in the last few years and while this has massively expanded their seating capacity, it has left with them a huge mortgage to pay off. Thus the reason for bringing people like Campbell back, despite his age, is the simple fact that finances are tight and therefore options are limited.

      Having said that, Arsenal do still have a real shot at winning the title this season but they are still vulnerable to the more physical teams. They complain at the tactics of Blackburn, they threw away a lead at Birmingham and only beat Wolves in the dying seconds. They don't have someone with enough physical presence to combat the teams scrapping near the bottom and middle and this will likely be their undoing again this season.

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        14.01.2010 17:34
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        Great, Dazzling Football That Makes Them One Of The Worlds Most Greatest Clubs

        Arsenal Are The Best Football Playing Team In The World Although Some Football People Would Also Agree That Barcelona Are The Best Footballing Team Around. Arsenal Play Attractive, Beautiful Football That Dazles Even The Opposition. When Arsenal Are On Top Form They Are Unplayable. The Sleek, Smooth Passing And Movement Is Almost Hard To Breakdown And Defend. Arsenal Is A Team Based On Attack Attack Attack. This Is The Reason They Score Lots Of Goals Every Season And Finish In The Top Four All The Time. The Only DownFall To This Illustious Team Would Be The Defence. The Defence In All Fairness Is Good But Not Great Thats The Reason Arsenal Conceed One,Two Many Goals. This Is Definately The Team To Watch And Support Because They Are Simply Wonderful.

        Arsenal Was Founded In 1986. A Small Group Of Scots Sowed The Seed
        Which Would Grow Into One Of The Most Famous Names In Football.

        David Danskin, From Kirkcaldy In Fife, Worked At The Arsenal Munitions Factory In Woolwich. The Scot, A Football Man In An Area Dominated By Rugby And Cricket, Founded A Team With The Help Of Three Friends, Elijah Watkins, John Humble And Richard Pearce. The Arrival In Woolwich Of Two Nottingham Forest Players, Fred Beardsley And Morris Bates, Had Spurred Danskin Into Action.

        Word Got Around And 15 Men Came Forward, Each Prepared To Pay Sixpence To Help Start Up A Club. Danskin Added Another Three Shillings Himself And The Club Bought A Football. It Was October 1886.

        The Club Arranged Its First Game For December 1886 But Had No Name, No Kit And Nowhere To Play. Danskin And Company Were Referred To As Dial Square - After One Of The Factory's Workshops - And Crossed The Thames To Play Eastern Wanderers On The Isle Of Dogs.

        Dial Square Won 6-0 And Met In The Royal Oak Pub, Next To Woolwich Arsenal Station, On Christmas Day 1886. Beardsley Solved The Kit Problem By Asking His Contacts At Nottingham Forest To Help. They Duly Sent A Complete Set Of Red Shirts.

        In 1891 The Club Went Professional And They Changed Thier Name To Woolwich Arsenal.

        The First League Career Game Came On Saturday, September 2 1891 Against Newcastle United. The Game Was At The Manor Ground, The Score Was 2-2 with Shaw And Elliott Scoring For The Gunners.

        The Next Week "Woolwich Arsenal" Lost Their First League Game, 3-2 At Notts County. The Club's First League Win Was 2 Days Later When John Heath Scored A Hat-Ttrick As Walsall Were beaten 4-0.

        In 1913 They Moved To Highbury.

        Herbert Chapman Was Appointed As Arsenal Manager In 1925.

        Arsenal Win Their First Major Trophy - FA Cup Winners 1930.

        Arsenal Win Their First League Title - League Champions 1931.

        Seven Gunners Selected For England - (Frank Moss, George Male, Eddie Hapgood, Wilf Copping, Ray Bowden, Ted Drake and Cliff Bastin) 1934 .

        The league Was Won Again In 1935.

        Highbury's East Stand Is Opened In 1936.

        Arsenal At War - The First And Second World Wars Had A Profound Impact On Competitive Football In England But Arsenal Gave Their Fans Something To Cheer By Joining Regional Leagues And Picking Up Their Fair Share Of Honours - 1945.

        Arsenal Win Title By 0.099 Of A Goal And Where League Champions In 1953.

        One Of The Best Games At Highbury And, In Retrospect, One Of The Most Emotional. Arsenal 4-5 Manchester United - 1958.

        Famous Comeback Clinches Fairs Cup - After 17 Years Without A Trophy, The Glory Days Returned To Highbury With A Dramatic Victory In The Fairs Cup Final - 1970.

        They Clinched Their First Double Winning The League And FA Cup In The Same Season - 1971.

        FA Cup Winners In 1979.

        George Graham Appointed As Arsenal Manager - 1986.

        Littlewoods Cup Winners - 1987.

        Title Won At Anfield In The Dying Seconds Of The Match - 1989.

        League Champions - 1991.

        Gunners Clinch FA And League Cup Double - 1993.

        Thanks To Alan Smith's Goal Against Parma Arsenal Won The European Cup - 1994.

        Arsene Wenger's Arsenal Manger Reign Begins - 1996.

        Ian Wright Breaks Cliff Bastin's Club Record Of 178 Goals - 1998.

        Wenger Completes His First Double, Winning The League And FA Cup - 1998.

        Wenger Does The Double Again - 2002.

        'The Invincibles' Go 49 Games Unbeaten - Played 49, Won 36, Drawn 13, Lost None. The Arsenal Squad Which Set A New Unbeaten League Record Between May 2003 And October 2004 Will Live Long In The Memory And Forever In The History Books - 2004.

        Club Moves To Emirates Stadium - Its First Game Was Dennis Bergkamp's Testimonial On July 22 - 2006.

        Arsenal Said Goodbye To Highbury After 93 Years At Their Spiritual Home On May 7, 2006.

        Arsenal Lost The Champions League Final Agaisnt Barcalona (2-1) - 2006.

        League Champions (13)
        2004, 2002, 1998, 1991, 1989, 1971, 1953, 1948, 1938, 1935, 1934, 1933, 1931.

        Fa Cup Winners (10)
        2005 Beat Manchester Utd 5-4 On Penalties (After 0-0 Draw)
        2003 Beat Southampton 1-0
        2002 Beat Chelsea 2-0
        1998 Beat Newcastle United 2-0
        1993 Beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1
        1979 Beat Manchester United 3-2
        1971 Beat Liverpool 2-1
        1950 Beat Liverpool 2-0
        1936 Beat Sheffield United 1-0
        1930 Beat Huddersfield Town 2-0

        League Cup Winners (2)
        1993 Beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1
        1987 Beat Liverpool 2-1

        Charity/Community Shield Winners (11+1 Shared)
        2004 Beat Manchester United 3-1
        2002 Beat Liverpool 1-0
        1999 Beat Manchester United 2-1
        1998 Beat Manchester United 3-0
        1991 Drew With Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 (Shared)
        1953 Beat Blackpool 3-1
        1948 Beat Manchester United 4-3
        1938 Beat Preston North End 2-1
        1934 Beat Manchester City 4-0
        1933 Beat Everton 3-0
        1931 Beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0
        1930 Beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1

        European Fairs Cup Winners
        1970 Beat Anderlecht 4-3 On Aggregate

        European Cup Winners Cup Winners
        1994 Beat Parma 1-0

        Fa Youth Cup Winners (7)
        2009 Beat Liverpool 6-2 On Aggregate
        2001 Beat Blackburn Rovers 6-3 On Aggregate
        2000 Beat Coventry City 5-1 On Aggregate
        1994 Beat Millwall 5-3 On Aggregate
        1988 Beat Doncaster Rovers 6-1 On Aggregate
        1971 Beat Cardiff City 2-0 On Aggregate
        1966 Beat Sunderland 5-3 On Aggregate

        The Managers

        Sam Hollis
        1894 - 1897
        Thomas Brown Mitchell
        1897 - 1898
        George Elcoat
        1898 - 1899
        Harry Bradshaw
        1899 - 1904
        Phil Kelso
        1904 - 1908
        George Morrell
        1908 - 1915
        Leslie Knighton
        1919 - 1925
        Herbert Chapman
        1925 - 1934
        George Allison
        1934 - 1947
        Tom Whittaker
        1947 - 1956
        Jack Crayston
        1956 - 1958
        George Swindin
        1958 - 1962
        Billy Wright
        1962 - 1966
        Bertie Mee
        1966 - 1976
        Terry Neill
        1976 - 1983
        Don Howe
        1984 - 1986
        George Graham
        1986 - 1995
        Stewart Houston
        1995 and 1996
        Bruce Rioch
        1995 - 1996
        Arsène Wenger
        1996 - Present

        Thanks For Reading This Review.MistaJ

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          12.01.2010 00:16
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          one of the best teams on their day,but average on others

          they are by far the greatest team, that the world has ever seen. a review of arsenal? over the past decade they have played some of the most attractive, asthetically pleasing football ever seen, with the team going unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 season, when they won the league. this put them up there amongst the all time legendary teams. they won five trophies between 2002 and 2005, but have failed to win anything since beating manchester united in the fa cup final in 2005.

          they do not have as strong a team as they used to, and struggle to compete financially with chelsea, manchester united and manchester city, but at the halfway stage of this 2009-10 season, look to be a surprise outsider to win the league. at times their football has looked like the arsenal of old, with fabregas, arshavin, van persie and sanchez watt playing some scintilating football. this could be the year finally

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          21.12.2009 12:45
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          The best team, period!

          I've been a football for a long time now and have been an arsenal fan since then and they are well and truly the best!

          My beloved gooners began way back in 1886 and provide us with a great rich history, from the woolwich arsenal to the modern Arsenal we ALL watch and enjoy.

          Over the past few seasons Arsenals football has become more and more attractive to watch. The passing, the moving is at times mesmerizing. I know plenty of football fans, including big rivals of Arsenal who have to admit that they play the best football and wished that there team could do that. what also makes me love this club is that ita not owned by multi billionnaires who have oil stashed somewhere. They are owned by normal (albeit rich) people who really care about the club. We also have a great manager in Mr Arsene Wenger who has been doing an amazing job for 13+ years and hope he continues this for a long long time.

          The gooners were previously based at good old Highbury from 1913. The stadium capacity varied from around 40,000 but then went down to about 38,500 due to upgrades. We then moved the our new top of the range Emirates stadium which is literally around the corner with a much improved 60,000+ seats which i still think is abit small. lool.

          Over the decades we have been blessed to have great players wear the shirt for us. From Bob Wilson, Charlie George, George Graham, Rocky Rocastle to the more modernish greats of Tony Adams, Ian Wright Wright Wright, Dennis 'the non-flying dutchman' Bergkamp, Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry. They are plenty more but these will do for now.

          We are now mainly a youth nurturing club, most of the players are under 22, with some coming from the youth ranks. Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs to name a few.

          The only gripe i have with my beloved is that we have a tendancy not to be very consistant. For example, beating Liverpool 2-1, then drawing 1-1 to Burnley (no offence to Burnley). We also have this tactic of trying to walk the ball into the net, when a shooting opportunity comes we tend to go for the extra pass which sometimes has me screaming at the set.

          However all in all this is a great team and one you even love to watch and probably the only team worth the ticket money. Keep up the great work boys!

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            04.11.2009 22:17
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            A true footballing legend as a club!

            I am writing this review as i sit in front of an Arsenal champions league game that we are winning now 4-0 (was 3-0 and the beginning of the sentence!)

            I have been an Arsenal fan all my life, and this has become more and more enjoyable in recent years due to the beautiful football they play. Whats particularly nice about being a fan of this club, is that almost all football lovers, regardless of their own team, will agree that Arsenal are the club that are the best to watch - not many teams get that praise from all angles.

            Wenger has done an amazing job at developing a club with such a wonderful style of play that builds on the skill and talent of the players.

            Its also nice to see that he doesnt go around spending stupid money on overated players, but would rather employ high quality scouts that find reall nuggets at bargain prices, and he also wont get too overboard with wages - a sensible way to manage!

            Arsenal really are the club for TRUE football fans, as they play the game the way it should be played!

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              They Are One Of The World's Most Historic Football Clubs

              Arsenal F.C. are an English Premier League football club. Their stadium is called The Emirates and is located in Holloway, North London. The stadium was opened in 2006 and has a spectator capacity of 60,355. Before that they were based at Highbury Stadium.

              The club was founded in 1886 and called Royal Arsenal and then Woolwich Arsenal. Their nickname to this day is "The Gunners" because an arsenal is where guns, weapons and ammunition is held.

              Arsenal fans are known as "Gooners" which is derived from the word gunners.

              Their greatest seasons have been in 1971-2, 1997-8 and 2001-2 each time winning the coveted Premier League (Division 1 as it was in 1971-2) League and F.A. Cup Double.


              The first double was when Bertie Mee was manager and the other two under Arsene Wenger.

              Some of Arsenal's greatest ever post war players have been Jimmy Bloomfield, Terry Neill, Bob Wilson, Frank Mclintock, George Graham, Pat Rice, Charlie George, Alan Ball, Ray Kennedy, Liam Brady, David O'Leary, Pat Rice, Frank Stapleton, Pat Jennings, Graham Rix, Tony Adams, Charlie Nicholas, Viv Anderson, David Seaman, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Emmanuelle Petit, Patrick Vieira, David Platt and Thierry Henry.

              In the 1970s and 1980s there was a big tradition of players from The Republic of Ireland wearing the Arsenal shirt but this trend has now faded away.

              The influence is still there though with Pat Rice and Liam Brady being on the Arsenal coaching staff.

              Arsenal's arch North London rivals are Tottenham Hotspur.

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                24.01.2009 12:49
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                Great club that need to win something soon

                As a mad Doncaster Rovers fan, I have only managed to see Arsenal play in the flesh twice, the latter being a League Cup quarter final match 3 years ago at our old ground Belle Vue.

                The Gunners were so lucky that night having beaten us on penalties as a result of an equlaiser scored in the last minute of a ridiculously allowed 2 minutes injury for a 15 minute extra time period.

                I have never forgiven the referee for that, but there can be no denying that the football played that night by Arsene Wenger's men was the best I have ever seen in the flesh. This includes trips to see Manchester United and England play. The side Arsenal put out that night was a young team but did include the emerging Hleb, Van Persie and their now first choice keeper Almunia.

                What happened next typifies the Arsenal of recent years as they somehow lost the semi-final to Wigan, at home. This would never have happened to the Arsenal with Viera, Campbell, Pires and Henry and it is still a problem that has yet to be solved.

                Arsenal, on their day, are still the best team to watch in the Premier League, but still have that soft centre which has seen the likes of Hull City win at the magnificent Emirates Stadium, the new home to Arsenal FC.

                With the rumours of Andre Arshavin about to sign, yet no defenders or holding midfielders lined up, there looks to be no end in sight for the frustration Arsenal fans are clearly suffering.
                Wenger seems intent on not breaking the wage structure and instead will continue to focus on youth. This could be his ultimate downfall.

                They are a great club, with fine tradition and need to get back to some of the defensive solidity that spawned the famous "1-0 to the Arsenal" chant of the early 1990s.

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                  The best team in the country on their day. Definately worth watching

                  Extremely talented, Extremely frustrating to watch!

                  I have been an Arsenal fan all of my life and seen a lot of highs and lot of lows. Times are not great right now but they have been a lot worse in the past!

                  A lot of the worlds best talents have graced the hallowed turf at the Emirate Stadium and Highbury. From Thierry Henry to Patrick Viera. From Dennis Bergkamp to Marc Overmars. Geniuses one and all.

                  Nowadays the focus is on bring players through the youth team into the first team. This hasn't been as successful as Arsene Wenger or Arsenal would have liked. It seems that we are constantly in a state of transition. One game we will play a team off the park with out of this world football, the next we will lose a game we should easily win.

                  In short if you want to be an Arsenal fan be prepared to have heart problems at some time in your life due to the stress you will be put under watching them!

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                  A great club with a fantastic manager

                  I'm not an Arsenal fan but for me they are possibly the most entertaining team on the planet. (Please note this is not being borne out recently by results, due to lack of form, demoralised players, bad eggs and injuries).

                  Originally Woolwich Arsenal, based south of the River Thames, Arsenal moved to North London in ....

                  Over the years, Arsenal have been one of the two most successful London teams, with their arch rivals, Tottenham. And over the last 20 years they have been one of the two most successful clubs in England.

                  From the glory days of Herbert Chapman and his incredible legacty, through Bertie Mee and the dour and yet highly successful days of George Graham that revived Arsenal and created the raw materials for Arsene Wenger to create his master football project.

                  Using old hands like Adams, Bould, Seaman, Dixon and Keown allied to players who had failed elsewhere like Bergkamp, young pretenders like Viera and Henry and players with a point to prove like Ian Wright the blocks were built to create a team based around passing and movement, at their peak in the unbeaten season with Henry, Pires and Viera in their pomp, there was no better team to watch in the world.

                  Arsenal are still beautiful to watch but they can get bullied out of games, Wenger has tried to combat this but at the risk of changing their style of play.

                  This is perhaps a transitional season with key players like Rosicky, Fabregas and Walcott injured and others proving their not quite good enough. But the club has an incredible future, Fabregas is the best young Central Midfielder in the World, Merida will be some player as will Ramsay in the middle. Clichy is a great left back, Walcott could turn into a fantastic striker if he moves on as could the mexican Carlos Vela, this is without introducing Jack Wilkshere a young player already compared to Bergkamp, the future looks bright, Arsenal just need to hold it together until the future becomes the present.

                  Their most important person is Wenger, keeping him out of the clutches of Real Madrid is key to the clubs whole future.

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                  If your looking to go and watch a great footballing spectacle - watch Arsenal

                  Arsenal are quite simply the best team to watch not only in Europe but in the World! No team plays with such attacking flare and skill and ALWAYS looks to ENTERTAIN. Never have I witnessed an Arsenal match that is not full of excitement, end to end action and more importantly quality in finishing.

                  Even Manchester United cannot be classified as entertaining. They only play attacking football when their playing much lesser opposition. I would not pay to watch United play. Firstly their stadium has no atmosphere whatsoever, and your not always guaranteed entertainment! Arsenal's Emirates stadium is always full of noise and support and creates an exhilarating atmosphere.

                  Ask yourself this question, would you rather watch winning but incredibly boring football (like that of liverpool or chelsea) or entertaining football that will keep you at the TV set for the full 90 minute duration of a match. Arsenal have created a huge legacy under Arsene Wenger's management and long may it continue. This current season might not yield trophies but Arsenal are not far off producing yet another great team.

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                    Instead of just doing a generic review on Arsenal FC, that most people have done here, what I will do is a player by player analysis on the current first team and then make updates ever summer.

                    Almunia: Made the number 1 spot his own since Lehmann left, and looks like a quality keeper now.

                    Clichy: Has a lot of potential, but is prone to making too many errors, but attacking wise looks like a solid player.

                    Gallas: Ex-captain and will force his way back into the first team and is a solid defender, but not captain material.

                    Silvester: Suprise move to Arsenal and a decent defender, but should Arsenal be settling for players who couldnt get on the Man Utd Bench

                    Sagna: Lots of potential like Clichy and is solid enough attacking and defensively. Will only improved with age.

                    Nasri: Recent recruit and top drawer player, has lots of attributes to his game and will get better with more premiership experience.

                    Fabregas: Arsenal's biggest player, however since his supreme performance against AC Milan, he hasn't looked the same player.

                    Diaby: Had to fill the gap since Flamini left, which was a big blow and has not stepped up to the market as of yet. Will be given more time

                    Walcott: Has forced his way into the first team and has a lot of pace. Will have to take on more responsiblity over the coming seasons

                    Van Persie: Deadly left foot but should be scoring more goals considering he has a few years premiership experience.

                    Adebayor: Great last season but still occasionally criticized for his temperament. Arsenal's number 1 striker.

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                      a great manager and a great team, just not right now

                      Nobody can argue the fact that Arsene Wenger is a great manager, his record at Arsenal is exceptional. Under his management since 1996 they have won the Premier League title three times, the FA Cup four times and the community shield four times, (they have also reached the champions league final but lost to Barcelona) individually he has been crowned the premier league manager of the year three times also. The style of football that Arsenal play is a joy to watch, their slick passing style is more suited to a five a side pitch and they rarely give the ball away. Wenger's coaching philosophy has seen many youngsters develop into first team regulars over the years, the shining examples being Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry who were relitavely unknown when Wenger brought them to England and he turned them into world beaters.

                      Recently though, since Arsenals move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium Arsenal's fortune has begun to change. The departure of players like Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, Robert Pires, Gilberto, Dennis Bergkamp and Jens Lehmann have left large gaps which need to be filled and I'm not sure that this has been achieved yet, recent results would suggest this. Defeats to Aston Villa, newly promoted Stoke City and Hull City and Fulham have reiterated this.

                      I think Arsene has got a big few months coming up now as Arsenal supporters are beginning to lose patience. Players like Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Cesc Fabregas are undoubtedly world class players but I get the feeling that Arsenal need a little bit more. The injury to Eduardo earlier in the year has really hit Arsenal badly and their lack of potency in front of goal has been identified as a problem. It will be interesting to see how Arsene approaches the problems in the January transfer window because at the moment they simply aren't good enough and look like distant relations of the team which went unbeaten for an entire season a few years ago. Arsene apparently has more money than ever before to spend, but will he spend it or simply let the youthful players progress and develop as we know they probably will, but will this happen quick enough? If he's not careful time may run out on him. Personally, I think he should spend, the squad is young and improving, but there are key positions in which the players simply aren't good enough and where the strength in depth simply isn't there in comparison to the other top sides such as Chelsea and Manchester united.

                      So, what do Arsenal need in January? The defence have come under a lot of criticism this season and I definitely think they could improve this area, centre backs especially, they don't seem to have a John Terry type player and too often get out muscled in challenges. I'd say they need a centre back and another full back. In midfield they are quite strong, but still miss a player of the Patrick Viera mould. Unquestionably it will be almost impossible to replace Viera, but I think they should try because again they are too lightweight in the midfield and rely on the flair and quick dribbling and passing side of their game too often. Strengthening the centre of midfield would definitely help I feel, a player like Owen Hargreaves would be ideal. On paper their strikers look good, but it's just not happening for them at the moment. The arrival of Eduardo over the Christmas period should really lift the squad, but a proven goal scorer would really help Arsenal. I heard a rumour that Michael Owen was heading to the Emirates, what a great signing that would be!

                      It looks like Mr Wenger is going to have to get his cheque book out, something which we know he doesn't really like doing and buy some proven players at the top of their game instead of moulding young and developing players into the players he wants them to be.

                      I hope you enjoyed reading my review and would welcome any comments you have in relation to the review topic. Finally, I would like to say that I hope Arsenals results do improve because I admire Wenger and the way Arsenal play; they play the game the way it should be played and when their games are on television you know you're going to be entertained for ninety minutes, none of the Chelsea tactics which were employed under Jose Mourinho!

                      Thanks for reading.

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                        Best Total Football Playing Team in EPL, Maybe Even the world !!!

                        Arsenal are an English Premier League side renowned for their smooth, brilliant to watch passing moves, but rarely win any silverware. This style of play generally comes into critisism when the team doesn't win, because they often try to pass the ball ito the net.

                        Since the arrival of Adebayor, Arsenal have started to deliver the ball into the box from crosses more often and are now able to play the long ball because of Adebayor's strength and height.

                        The Arsenal team isn't packed with massive names, but has quite good strength in depth. Arsene Wengers trust in the youth system paid off in 2006/07 when the second string team reached the final of the Carling Cup, but were eventually beaten by Chelsea.

                        In my opinion if you don't have a team to support and want one, then from the English premier League you should choose Arsenal.
                        Their lack of silverware isn't quite forgotten about because of theie superb style, rivaled only by Barcelona.

                        If Arsenal take on Barcelona in the Champions League don't dare miss it.

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                        Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. They play in the Premier League and are one of the most successful clubs in English football. Arsenal have won thirteen First Division and Premier League titles, ten FA Cups and in 2005–06 became the first London club to reach the UEFA Champions League final. Arsenal are also members of the G-14 group of leading European football clubs. Arsenal were founded in 1886, in Woolwich, south-east London, but in 1913 they moved north across the city to Arsenal Stadium, Highbury. In May 2006 they left Highbury, moving to their current home, the Emirates Stadium in nearby Ashburton Grove, Holloway. Arsenal have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, located four miles away in Tottenham, with whom they have contested the North London derby almost every season since 1913.