Stephen Bradley

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Gooner and below-average blogger who writes what he thinks, but sometimes doesn't think as he writes. Very occasionally makes a sensible point. Can be found on Twitter rambling away under the username @bradley08. May contain nuts.
So, Arsenal lost again at the weekend, they've lost four league games out of five for the first time under Arsene Wenger, they're six points behind fourth place, and the manager is about to sign a two-year extension that pretty much only he and the board want him to sign.
Why Chelsea thrived and Arsenal died after October's 3-0 win
Liverpool away, Bayern Munich at home, Lincoln City at home - three games in eight days, yet in reality it is so much more.
Thanks to Southampton having the audacity, cheek and sheer nerve to progress all the way to a cup final that they knew was on the same weekend as their game with Arsenal, the Gunners, and ergo, all of us fans, now have a week without a game to watch.
So. Now what? That, is the only question that was left needing to be asked after Arsenal's second-half capitulation in Munich on Wednesday.
Well, it's finally happened. We've finally run out of things to talk about.
Arsenal's infinity staircase strikes again
There have been approximately 1.5 million articles written about Granit Xhaka in the last 96 hours (that number is courtesy of The White House) and this is one more to go on the pile that is adding up almost as quickly as there are reasons to loathe Piers Morgan.
There were two main takeaways for Arsenal to mull upon after a comfortable 4-0 win at hapless Swansea last weekend.
If the news regarding players' contract negotiations over the last few days are anything to go by, then it would seem like the board disagrees and has already decided to keep Wenger on.
Questions abound around Arsenal and the only way this could well be the only way they are likely to be answered
In trying to sum up the year so far, with all of its trials and tribulations, the same little tidbit comes to mind.
Mesut Özil accomplished something last week that is both damning to his critics and completely irrelevant to his fans; he failed the 'eye test'.
Arsenal are second in the league, unbeaten since opening day (except the EFL Cup), and have just won their Champions League group whilst scoring 18 goals in the process.
Left wing. Right wing. Centre midfield. Centre attacking midfield. Aaron Ramsey can play in all four of those positions, and it may be the reason why Arsenal end up selling him in the summer.
In the last two games, Arsenal have shown that they have the strongest squad in the Premier League, and that they have two distinct formulas available to them that they can use can get results in almost any circumstance but Granit Xhaka is the key
I am about to commit Arsenal blogging suicide.
Mesut Ozil used to help others win games, now he's winning them by himself.
So, after losing 4-3 at home to Liverpool, did anyone predict that by the middle of October, Arsenal would have won nine games out of the next ten, and that Mesut Özil would have SIX times as many goals as he has assists in the Premier League and Champions League this season?
There are three things that always occur at this time of year in the world of football; International fixtures suck the life out of everyone, illuminous yellow balls are used in games for no good reason whatsoever, and reports start emanating from Barcelona that state that they're interested in signing an Arsenal player. Again.
With the international break about to burst into full bloom, it's a good time to look back at what Arsenal have done so far this season in order to gauge how well they're performing but what stands out at the moment isn't what has happened, but what hasn't.
Sometimes in football, radical change is needed to ensure that a team gets positive results. In other instances, the change needs to be rather more subtle in order to get the most out of a team.
Now that the chaos of the transfer window is behind us, and Arsenal have played a couple of games will all of our new players available for selection, what can we ascertain from both the starting XIs that were picked and how they were deployed tactically?
I’ve had the pleasure of being able to write for Daily Cannon since April 2011. Having an opinion is one thing, but being able to reach such a wide and knowledgeable audience on a regular basis with one is quite another. Some...
With the transfer window coming to a frenetic and frankly hilarious end, it's time to assess how well Arsenal have done in regards to putting together a team that can win trophies, both in this season and in the future.
With only a few days remaining before the summer transfer window closes, Arsenal fans are racking their brains to try to figure out what the club's plans are, or even if there are any at all.
"Arsenal are going to win the league this season."
Arsenal are going to win the league this season.
So, Theo Walcott wants to be a winger again, huh?
Before we get to covering how this match played out, a number of qualifiers have to be pointed out in order to put everyone's performance into perspective.
So. Are you freaking out yet? With all the reports coming from training camp about Francis Coquelin standing and running in a spot twenty yards behind where he usually stands, and Per Mertesacker's knee injury making him unable for selection...
The transfer market is a medium that is full of hidden agendas, misleading information and everyone involved in only interested in taking advantage of as many people as possible.
In precisely one month from today, Arsenal will open their 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
When it was announced at the beginning of the year that Arsenal, along with the other 19 Premier League clubs, would receive an extra £40-50m in TV revenue, we all welcomed the news with open arms.
Well. That escalated quickly, huh?!
So. Jamie Vardy. We get to hate him again now, right? That's how this works, right?
I've just spent the last couple of hours having the 'pleasure' of watching Roy Hodgson metamorphose from 'incompetent buffoon' into 'tactical god', all because of a move he should have made before a game even started. Watching England play over...
After news broke last weekend of Arsenal's pursuit of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, there have been two common queries of the move. One of them is a solely footballing question, and one of them isn't.
As you may have seen over the last few days, Arsenal players are currently engaging in a rather long-winded game of numerical musical chairs.
Absentee Arsenal majority owner, Stan Kroenke, was given even more incentive to stay away from North London yesterday when his NFL franchise, the Los Angeles Rams, were awarded the rights to host Superbowl LV in 2021.
One of the first things you learn in life as an adult, is that you can't please everyone at the same time.
Welcome, one and all, to the fifth edition of the Annual Arsenal Associated Awards Relating to Greatness and God-awful Hilarity!!! (or AAAARGGH! for short) Over the next few minutes, we’ll reflect back on a season full of highs and lows, and I’ll be handing out AAAARGGHs along the way.
After news broke of Arsenal's reported €50m bid for Granit Xhaka earlier this week, much of the focus went towards how he would fit into the team and how other players may or may not be better purchases.
Is it possible that the main reason for Arsenal have not put together a title challenge for the third year in succession, and for fans feeling increasingly restless over the direction in which the club may be going, is that we're all just getting old?
It may be time for a change, but Arsenal fans need to change before the board take notice.
Football is a tricky game to evaluate at the best of times. It's almost impossible to treat a game logically when you've spent the vast majority of your life judging it emotionally. This is why it's taking the majority of Arsenal...
With Danny Welbeck still in the process of returning to match fitness, Olivier Giroud was handed an opportunity to reclaim his place in the regular starting lineup. Did he take advantage of this chance?
Arsene Wenger made three changes to the team that drew 1-1 versus Crystal Palace, with the most noticeable one being the addition of Aaron Ramsey to the starting lineup.
They say that 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'. If Sunday's showing was anything to go by, Arsenal fans should be praying to whichever deity that they have faith in that Alex Iwobi doesn't disappear anytime soon.
After another disappointing performance at home to Crystal Palace, a lot of focus will be directed at what Arsenal did poorly during the game, and most of it should fall on the centre-back partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel.
In a move that has stunned the American Football world, the Los Angeles Rams, owned by one Enos Stanley Kroenke, have acquired the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft from the Tennessee Titans.
Arsenal need to consider many names as a replacement for Arsene Wenger. Diego Simeone shouldn't be one of them.
With Leicester and Tottenham not playing until Sunday, Arsenal's game at Upton Park on Saturday lunchtime might represent the Gunners' last chance of putting any meaningful pressure on their title rivals before all hopes of winning the league are...
A lot of focus over the last few weeks has fallen on who Arsenal need to bring in during the summer transfer window in order to boost their chances of winning the Premier League next season, all of it on who Arsenal should buy and none of it on who they should sell. This is wrong.
Ever since Alexis Sanchez was moved from left wing to right wing last month, he has looked like a player rejuvenated after a barren run of form over the winter. On Saturday, Watford simply had no answer for his movement, both on and off the ball.
How transfer rumours can actually benefit Arsenal.
'Jack's had a setback.' There isn't a sentence that exists which can fill an Arsenal fan's heart with sorrow than the above one. Anytime it pops up on Twitter or in an interview with Arsene Wenger, the same thoughts go...
There are very few things that we know for certain at Arsenal at the moment. We don't know if the manager is in danger of losing his job. We don't know if whether a plethora of first-team players are good...
Ever since Alexis Sanchez returned from a two-month injury in late January, his performances have been rather predictable. He'd start on the left wing, receive the ball, cut inside, run into a smorgasbord of defenders and lose the ball. Then...
A peculiar thing happened to me during the Tottenham match last weekend. I was in the pub with the usual gathering of Arsenal fans that appear at my local for games on TV. We were seated in the front row,...
It is safe to say that Olivier Giroud has not been having the best of times of late. Ten games without a goal, missing important chances at crucial times, it wasn't a case of when Giroud would score again, but...
It is hard to get carried away with an attacking performance against a lower-division team, but nothing Alex Iwobi did against Hull was down to the opposition being inferior. It was a performance by an attacking midfielder that didn't look...
With Arsene Wenger choosing to give his star players a rest after the 2-2 draw at Tottenham last weekend, Theo Walcott was deployed on the left wing, in the patented 'I'm Alexis Sanchez and I play wherever the hell...
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word "inevitable" as 'Certain to happen; unavoidable.'  It is informally described as 'So frequently experienced or seen that it is completely predictable.' But as of Wednesday night, the Oxford Dictionary can now save itself some ink by deleting...
Tuesday's loss to Barcelona, and the subsequent reaction from those associated with Arsenal to it, was a little bit weird. To explain why, we need to look west. Way west. Oakland, California, to be precise. The Golden State Warriors are the current...
Do you have to be a sadomasochist to support Arsenal? Read on to find out. During the 85th minute of the game against Leicester City last week, myself and a couple of fellow Arsenal-supporting friends were in the middle of...
There has always been a romantic ideal behind wanting to own a season-ticket for the team you support. It isn't just a piece of paper (or plastic these days) that gives you access to a seat in a stadium, it...
"Just win, baby!" The eponymous quote of the late Al Davis, known for his work as coach, and later owner of the NFL's Oakland Raiders. Davis had a way with words, and in the immediate aftermath of winning a SuperBowl,...
Like kids on Christmas morning, Arsenal fans were more than excited when they saw the starting line-up that would face Burnley, as all focus shifted onto new signing Mohamed Elneny and just what he would be bringing to the...
In theory, losing at home to a team who are languishing in the bottom half of the table and have already sacked their manager in a desperate attempt to change their fortunes, should have been a catastrophe for Arsenal's...
During the week, Deloitte released its yearly 'Money League' table, ranking all football clubs by their turnover during the year. You can see the full report here, but the important bits are below: Now, there are a few things that stand...
It may turn out that this week will have been one of the most pivotal weeks in Arsenal history. Maybe the point gained (or two points lost) at Anfield on Wednesday will decide the league title in our favour (or...
During the early to mid-2000's, supporting Arsenal was a joy. Not only did the senior team enjoy a run of success that remains one of football's greatest ever, (never mind the unbeaten league run, Arsenal reached a cup final...
The year is coming to a close, which means that the annual managerial merry-go-round is reaching peak velocity. However, 2015's version has a rather peculiar kink in it: Leicester City. This year, Leicester are the equivalent of that one relation everyone...
Once again, the magical, wonderful, joyous festival that is Christmas has graced us with its presence. The streets are full of good will as everyone goes out of their way to indulge in festive spirit, and bathe in lashings of...
Once again, Arsenal have done an 'Arsenal' and found the most complicated, unintended, ill-advised way of completing a mundane task that should have been of little trouble to them, and left us all wondering what to make of the...
It's always at around this time of year when we start to try and figure out where Arsenal stand in regards to whether or not they can compete for silverware in May. You don't want to start too soon, because...
Here at Daily Cannon, we pride ourselves on our ability to bring you quality stories and exclusive interviews, and today is no exception. This morning, Arsene Wenger held a team meeting to evaluate the players after the international break, and...
Any time a sport becomes embroiled in a doping scandal, as athletics now finds itself in after the publication of a report that implicated Russia in engaging in government-level doping of its athletes, the spotlight often falls on other...
So. Bayern Munich are good, eh? Welp. There are very few times in the life of an Arsenal fan where it's appropriate to acknowledge that your team has been thoroughly outclassed. Think back to Lionel Messi scoring four against us...
There are plenty of words that come to mind when thinking about the game at Sheffield Wednesday; Embarrassing. Shocking. Hard to watch. A disgrace to the club......and that was just the kit!!! As disappointing as the result was though, it was,...
In the wake of the win over Bayern Munich in midweek, there have been a litany of articles penned, blogs written, podcasts recorded and vines edited to show the lengths to which Arsenal had to go to in order...
It's always at this time of year when a football fan's best kept secret is revealed. As soon as an AGM is held, or financial results are published, or the latest shenanigans at FIFA are revealed, the same feeling is...
In the immediate afterglow that came from thrashing Manchester United, it was a sense of duty that made me bite my tongue and not say what I was thinking. There was no reason to bring any negativity to a fan...
Usually, after a bad loss like the one Arsenal suffered at home to Olympiacos, the reaction that fans have is a mixture of rage, frustration and a little bit of despair. This time though, something far more troubling occurred. The reaction...
I have a query. After Mathieu Flamini's heroics in the North London derby, how did you eat your mandatory portion of humble pie? I had mine with some double cream. It was delicious. We all doubted him, and he showed...
After Arsenal's disappointing start to their Champions League campaign, one thing stood out for me. It wasn't the performance, it wasn't the goals, it wasn't even the result. All of those can be rationally explained and countered, but it was...
I've had the pleasure of being able to write for Daily Cannon since April 2011. Having an opinion is one thing, but being able to reach such a wide and knowledgeable audience on a regular basis with one is quite another....
Disappointment. If one word could sum up the feelings of the Arsenal fan base at the moment, it's that. After the arrival of Petr Cech at the club in late June, it was all too easy to get excited over...
'Value!' 'Availability!' 'NET SPEND!!!!!' With only days to go before the transfer window closes, the above phrases are filling our lives with increasing regularity, as Arsenal fans start to worry that they're being left behind in spending terms by their main rivals. It's...
There's something about a football fan that sets them apart from other people. It's not their fervour in supporting their favourite team, or their stubbornness in accepting that their team isn't the greatest team in the history of the world;...
Should Arsenal fans be more patient?
71 days. That's how long we've had to put up without Arsenal playing in a competitive fixture. SEVENTY-ONE DAYS! Life is hard enough as it is without having to go over two months without a main focus of our lives being removed...
by Stephen Bradley 'Are we good enough?' If there was one sentence that summed up the collective thinking of Arsenal fans at the moment, it would be that. The era of 'Spend some f***ing money' has been superseded by the era...
by Stephen Bradley Shut up and play. That, in essence, was the Russian FA's response to Emmanuel Frimpong getting sent off for reacting to racial abuse coming from the home fans during a Russian Premier League game last week. The RFU disciplinary...
by Stephen Bradley For the last few years, July has often been an awkward time for Arsenal fans. For almost a decade, we had to sit helplessly and watch on as our rivals spent huge amounts of money on marquee signings,...
by Stephen Bradley Us Arsenal fans are in a bit of a muddle at the moment. On the one hand, we have the fantastic news that Petr Cech is a Gooner and that for the first time in almost a decade,...
by Stephen Bradley "Spend some [email protected] money!!!!!" How many times have we heard the above phrase being bellowed from the back of whatever stadium/pub/living room that you happen to be watching a game in, as soon as it looks like that...
by Stephen Bradley Silly season. Woot. Every time I see a report in the news or on social media, concerning who Arsenal may or may not be thinking of signing during the summer, this comes to mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yoSM9G00b0 Yes. The ten hour-long version of the...
by Stephen Bradley There are many things in football that seem like they're designed to do one thing yet in fact do something quite different. For example, orange balls are designed to stand out in poor light and bad weather so...
by Stephen Bradley It's that time of year again! Welcome, one and all, to the fourth edition of the Annual Arsenal Associated Awards Relating to Greatness and God-awful Hilarity!!! (or AAAARGGH! for short) Over the next few minutes, we’ll reflect back...
It's that time of year. Once again, we face the terrifying prospect of two long, arduous months of non-competitive football. Two months of rumours. Two months of hearing how someone's best friend's brother's sister in law went to a hairdresser and heard...
The reaction to Monday night's game versus Swansea was a case study in how people view football, but not for the obvious reasons. Losing 1-0 to Swansea at home left Arsenal fans in various states of mind. Despite the scoreline...
Wednesday night's latest installment of the 'The Lionel Messi Show feat. Barcelona' was one of the most incredible ever produced, even for a programme that has had impeccable script-writing ever since its inception. Drama, intrigue, and another stellar performance from the...
This column begins with a simple question. Do you want to see Arsenal win every game they play? The obvious answer is of course, yes, no matter where, when, who, or indeed why we are playing. Is hope blinding us in...
There's nothing more that football fans love, than drama. In last week's fixture between the league leaders and the team in third place, much was made beforehand of the tactical aspects of both teams, how one side would adapt to...
Us fans are weird. Arsenal have just put together one of the longest winning streaks in its illustrious history. We're second in the league and have an eminently winnable FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, plus the squad is as healthy...
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic at the minute, but are Arsenal actually better than they were last season?
Nobody is talking about Theo Walcott's contract situation and that's exactly why Arsenal need to act fast.
Nacho Monreal is set to rewarded for his excellent season with a new deal and a nice payrise.
Was there ever a time when Yohann Gourcuff wasn’t linked with Arsenal? Here we go again.
Real Madrid and German international Sami Khedira has confirmed that he is not renewing his contract with Real Madrid, and will leave on a free transfer in the summer. “It’s not a decision against Real Madrid. I want to start...
German maestro Mesut Ozil was upbeat about his recent performances, and believes he is on course for future success with the club.
Ahhh, the interlull. A time where fans of competing club sides can band together, stand shoulder to shoulder with their compatriots, and support their national teams to glory! Eugh. I don't know exactly when it happened, but at some point over the...
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski needs to find a club that is willing to accommodate his skill set into their tactics.
UEFA have announced that clubs will get more money for taking part in the Champions League next season, but how much?
The FA have announced changes to the home-grown-rules, so what does it mean for the clubs at the top?
Arsenal need to cut ties with players who aren't good enough and spend heavily in the summer to reinforce.
Knowing what to expect from Monaco in the first leg didn't help Arsenal, perhaps they should heed Lana Dawood's advice this time.
After crashing out of the Champions League last Wednesday, Jose Mourinho was asked to explain why he thought Chelsea lost. "PSG deserved to win. When a team cannot defend two corners, concedes two goals from corners ... when a team...
Once again, the lack of atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium has come under scrutiny, so how do we fix it and who will pay?
FIFA are set to announce the World Cup will take place in the winter of 2022 and they are the only ones who are set to benefit from it as all others suffer.
Monaco arrive at the Emirates this week for the Champions League. Here is everything you need to know about what to expect.
As the football world expresses its condemnation of the actions of a handful of Chelsea fans in Paris, Stephen Bradley highlights how fans of all clubs need to take more of a stand against unacceptable behaviour.
Perhaps losing to Tottenham wasn't such a bad thing after all. Stephen Bradley explains more here while wearing his tin hat.
Wit the announcement of the Premier League's obscene TV deal with Sky and BTSport, Stephen Bradley explains why it's a terrible thing for fans.
Stephen Bradley believes it is your duty to hate Tottenham. Find out here why.
He's out of contract in the summer and Arsenal are getting ready to offer him a new one, but has Francis Coquelin done enough to deserve it?
There's been quite a lot written about Arsenal in the last few days, (that might seem like a redundant sentence, but we usually only see this amount of Arsenal content after a loss, not a big win at a...
For the last couple of years, Arsenal fans have been debating whether it's time to relieve Arsene Wenger of his duties as Arsenal manager. We all know the various factions and personalities that have aligned themselves with one side of...