Author: Tobi Amoo

Arsenal deservedly crash out of the FA Cup against Forest

It was always on the cards. From the moment the manager decided to deploy his Europa League team to face the Championship team in the third round of the FA Cup, the match always looked like a prime candidate for a cup upset. The ridiculous referring calls aside, and there were many of those, who would thought a frontline of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi would struggle to have a decent shot on target against the defensive line of Championship mid-tablers? Who would have thought a back three of Per Mertesacker, Matthieu Debuchy and Rob Holding would...

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Ref decides for a draw in end to end Arsenal match against Chelsea

What a goal-fest it eventually turned out to be! Even though it didn’t look like it would in the opening stages of the match. Matches between two teams struggling with form and having underwhelming seasons rarely are. Especially when the two teams are matched up with identical formations. Only a few days after using the three at the back formation against West Brom, the Arsenal used the same formation for the match against Chelsea at the Emirates, with a slight twist. Usually, the returning Mesut is pushed to the right to provide width and guile on that wing but...

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Arsenal grab rare away win thanks to Alexis Sanchez double

With the game coming so late in the game-week, you could have been forgiven for thinking Arsenal had already played its game, the match against Crystal Palace was always going to be a crucial game. Particularly with the memory of the shambolic performance during the last game at Selhurst Park will very fresh in most fans’ mind.   The Arsenal manager sprung a bit of a surprise with his team selections and by extension, his formation. He replaced the Conservative MP, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alexander Iwobi with Saed Kolasinac and Calum Chambers, which meant a return to the three...

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Arsenal drop crucial points in helter-skelter Friday thriller

For a match played on a Friday night, this one had more spills and thrills than a night spent at Quilox. Matches between Arsenal and Liverpool have always been helter-skelter affairs. Mad smash grab affairs with late goals to boot. This one was not that much different. The game swayed back and forth between one team excellent going forward but shoddy at the back to another. It was a minor shock that the Arsenal manager persisted with fielding the Conservative MP, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, at left despite Mustafi and Kolasinac being fit enough to be on the bench. It was...

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Arsenal sneak past the Magpies for three vital points

You never know which Arsenal would turn up from match to match. Nowadays, you are not even sure what sort of Arsenal team the manager would select. Having gone back to a back four for the fruitless game against the Hammers last time at the London Stadium, it was not clear before if Arsene  would revert to the much derided (at least by this writer) back three formation. As it turned out, the manager elected to stick with the team that started the last game, retaining the three Alexs upfront; Lacazette, Iwobi and Sanchez and the Conservative MP (Ainsley...

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