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The Curious Cases Of Laurent Koscielny & Sebastien Squillaci

Kos & Squil – Not upto the mark.

At the start of the summer transfer window, what most Arsenal fans wanted to see was some new defenders to bulk up the Gunners’ defence, so when the news came through that Arsene Wenger had bought two new centre halves, they were happy.

The signings of Squillaci and Koscielny seemed to be the right move, adding cover for Thomas Vermaelen and one of them possibly becoming a regular.

Daniel Leaton, a freelance sports journalist based in West Midlands, UK; with a passion for football, especially the mighty Gooners, takes time out for 11G as he delves into the curious cases of our two new defensive signings. Hope you like what he has to say! Read on..


Mission Accomplished – London Re-claimed!

After taking my very small break for Christmas unlike the Arsenal team, I had very little time for the pre-match build up against Chelsea. My day drew to a close minutes before kick off. A more than hectic day at work and I told myself that the reward I was going to get for it, was a win and three points. I closed out everything before kick off and was a little surprised at the team selection. I did not expect Arshavin to be dropped from the side, not that I did not want him to be. Bringing Theo on, gave Clichy get more protection in the form of Samir Nasri and gave the team more balance.

As the pre-match shivers of a big game settled down, the match kicked off and instantly Arsenal were up and running. Chelsea started with their usual tactics of ‘nine men behind the ball‘ with Drogba and Malouda trying to get on the end of Petr Cech’s long range kicks. This tactic has won them many matches against their London rivals, hence, it was a test for the Gunners to see if they have learnt from their previous errors. Read on.. (more…)

Masterstroke from Le Prof As Theo-ry Comes Off Age!

Remember The Name!

“Terry squares the ball to Malouda, Walcott nicks the ball off him, Fabregas recieves it, Walcott is flying and is played in with an inch perfect pass, first time shot across Cech and its a goal! 3-0 to Arsenal and no one would have predicted this before the match, the Gunners have seen off Chelsea with still most of the second half to go and they are certainly back as title contenders.”

Arsenal’s win last night proved that they are good enough to win the Premier League and that they can beat the big teams.

Before the match with Chelsea, critics had been saying that the Gunners weren’t good enough to win the title because they never turned up when facing the top teams.

True, Arsenal’s record against the Blues in recent times has not been great, having suffered some heartbreaking and embarrassing losses.

However, with Chelsea not winning in seven games Arsenal were arguably the favourites going into the top of the table clash on Monday night. Read on.. (more…)

11Gunners Live Blog: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Go Gunners..

Arsenal square off with Chelsea with pride at stake – a surge to re-claim London! With things so close at the top, this 6-pointer will go a long way to decide the final outcome of the topsy-turvy league. So sit back & enjoy the next 4 hours as we build up to the big showdown, live-blog the entire game, & eventually leave you with closing tit-bits of the same. C’mon you Arsenal!

Arsenal vs Chelsea

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