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Matthew Wade or @lomekian on Twitter. Slightly unhealthy fascination with Arsenal full-backs since watching Lee Dixon's debut from the East Stand Lower. Football Manager and tactical geek, who has won the quadruple on every version since 1992, and before that on the Kevin Toms Classic in the 1980s. Also a Middlesex Cricket Club and Detroit Red Wings Fan. Now a professional actor and voice-over artist, but formerly employment advisor and project manager. See my part time blog http://edgeofthearea.wordpress.com/ or actors website www.matthewwade.co.uk
This summer, with most fans pre-occupied by the excitement and fear surrounding the comings and goings of established first teamers, it’s easy to forget those players who are trying to create a foothold for themselves at the top level.
As Arsenal started their preseason in Australia with a routine 2-0 win, there were some surprising names in the starting eleven.
In the dark late season months preceding the formation alteration inspired recovery, we heard Ivan Gazidis talk of ‘catalyst for change’, leading to even further speculation regarding the manager and who might appear above or beside him in the managerial structure.
Arsene Wenger's future looks set to be sorted out this week but we still don't know what way it will go. What we do know if that the FA Cup win now gives him an out with dignity.
Arsenal have crashed out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion and slid down the Premier League table so that qualification is an outside shot at best. So it falls to the FA Cup, so often denigrated in word by fans and in deed by managers with eyes on bigger prizes, to salvage the season.
The best that can be said about the weekend's game is that it stopped the losing run.
So another week has come and gone and less and less makes any sense aboard the good ship Arsenal.
Daily Cannon's Matthew Wade discusses Arsenal's latest disaster, this time at West Brom and Arsene Wenger's future.
I'm sure it won't have escaped the attention of all reading this that today is St. Patrick's Day, and as such is a date associated with all things Irish. Listen to this post While for most people under a certain age...
At the moment it's quite hard to write about Arsenal without writing about Arsene Wenger, but although an ongoing story, the subject is getting old.
The Anfield defeat feels like another big nail in the coffin of the Wenger years.
Since I last wrote, it's all gone a bit apocalyptic. Without wallowing any further in Munich misery, it was a game that felt like a deeper nail into the Wenger era coffin than ever before. The game itself felt like a...
Is it time to stop seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wide boy?
Did Arsenal show their fabled 'mental strength' for real this weekend?
An Alexis Sanchez strop can't mask a good weekend for Arsenal.
Muddling through as seasonal schizophrenia returns.
Safety in numbers helps Arsenal return to winning ways, despite notable absences.
'Tis the season to be...fed up? As the nights draw in ever earlier and the days get ever grey-er, Arsenal's title challenge has wilted badly under the north west Christmas lights. Is it just the same old story of a lack...
Arsenal are firmly back on track after a week of two halves.
For most of Arsene Wenger's time in charge (and actually a fair bit of Gorgeous George's before him), the eleventh month has been a bete noire for Gooners.
Can improved strength in depth offset traditional curses?
Last week's strolls against Reading and Sunderland highlighted why Arsenal are a more serious proposition this year.
Its that time of year again. A new season, and soon enough a new edition of Football Manager and I'm going to show you how to be Invincible.
South Wales' finest once again gave Arsenal a scare in our own back yard.
Gareth Southgate's team tinkering may have some long-term pluses for Arsenal.
After the on-pitch ecstasy of Chelsea and Basel, Sunday's Lancashire struggle reminded us that the last 20 years have yielded plenty of frustration with joy.
The weekend's walk-over of the West London gazzilionaires has helped restore the faith, and the logic of recent decisions is now clear, but is this just another false dawn?
Arsenal's Saturday stroll in Hull showed some hints of method to what has appeared tactical madness.
Saturday's frustration-fest ended well, but will opposition with more ambition be better or worse for Arsenal?
Going to Paris on your own or with just a couple of you? Don’t fancy getting bevvied up with the away fans? Having just been to Paris a month or so ago, I thought of some things to check out that might not make it to a tour guide or on a fan’s itinerary.
So I've been off the grid for two weeks, swallowed by acting work, and have emerged to a rather different Goonersphere.
The very first man to have the number 7 on the back of a red Arsenal shirt (in both 1928 and 1933) was flying winger Joe Hulme. Learn all about him, including hearing from the man himself, in our latest pod
I am by nature a patient person; one who prefers to give people the benefit of the doubt but there are limits.
Ok. So it's a dramatic title. But it's a dramatic situation.
Yes. I am one of those weirdo's that stayed up to watch a 3-1 win in a meaningless pre-season friendly that didn't finish until 4am UK time. And it was worth it.
As Stephen Bradley already wrote this morning, we shouldn't read too much into what was partly an exhibition game for the MLS and partly an exercise in developing match fitness for Arsenal.
With Arsenal's first pre-season fixture out of the way, the need for reinforcements for final third is as clear as ever. With all now quiet on the striker front, column inches pile up about Riyad Mahrez with a bewildering array of entirely contradictory theories emerging daily.
For many Arsenal fans, the summer transfer window is like an establishing shot from a Clint Eastwood western.
So; the summer's international tournament has concluded, with Portugal playing Greece to France's Portugal. Some reputations have been enhanced and others, particularly managers, have been undermined. And from an Arsenal perspective it has been interesting to see familiar faces flourishing...
Well, here we are again. Not much to report since last week. Unless you count the England football team giving a perfect illustration of the benefits of turning your back on the expertise of foreigners. What a tactical masterclass! But...
'Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?' Having last week written that no-one knew anything about the Vardy situation, and about the media speculation regarding other options, it appears everything has changed. Mr. Vardy has declined the greatest career move...
Originally produced for St Patrick's Day, with the Euros in full swing, we thought we'd revisit Arsenal's historic Irish connections, this time in an updated version in audio format.
So another week of multi-continental international football loveliness has been and gone, with bugger all real news on the Arsenal front.
Inevitably, in the absence of the potential Vardy transfer meeting deadlines guessed at by journalists, the vacuum of news has been gleefully filled by anyone with a desire to sell stories. Regardless of whether or not there is a story to sell.
In the absence of any actual news about Vardy or Henrikh Mkhitaryan it seems a good time to follow on from last week, where I covered the youth set-ups striking options in detail. This time I’m going to talk about attacking midfielders and wingers.
As someone who writes a weekly column about club football, the early summer months are often a talking point dead zone.
So another season has been and gone, with all the excitement, disappointment and Tottenham schadenfreude that comes with being an Arsenal fan in the Emirates era.
With the Arsenal youth set up full of exciting attacking talent, a player whose future may lay in a deeper role is one whose season has been very stop-start.
26th May 1989 - My first high as a football fan and still the greatest.
As the dust settles following an ultimately disappointing campaign, compounded by a mediocre Manchester United equaling our FA Cup record, once again, it is look-to-the-future time.
A fortnight ago I wrote that second place was still within Arsenal's reach despite the points gap, and with one point from a possible nine, Tottenham made my optimism a reality.
Arsenal u21s secured promotion via the play-offs on Tuesday evening, beating Aston Villa 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to return to the top flight of u21 football in England.
Tuesday night was important for the club in more ways than one: the headline grabber was West Ham signing off at Upton Park with a win over Manchester United that guaranteed Champions League football for Arsenal next year.
Although the big prizes have all gone for about half the teams in the Premier League, the last game of the season matters. Even for Arsenal, despite the feeling of slow drift over the last month.
As the season continues to drift towards its thoroughly anti-climactic conclusion, there are still a few things to play for.
Goals have been a problem all season for Arsenal, and the solution looks as far off as ever.
Another week of underachievement in a season where, since November, disillusionment has never been far away.
As Arsenal try to fight end of season drift and secure a top-three trophy (see what I did there?) ahead of a recovering Manchester City, it's been a week of encouragement in some quarters and frustration in others.
When criticising Arsenal for not taking enough risks, there is plenty to choose from.
After a thoroughly miserable few weeks, where another season has collapsed at speed, the last few days have brought a few rays of sunlight peeking through the clouds. Much like late January 2015, the manager appears to have finally stumbled...
Despite the player insisting that he hasn't opened talks with anyone, speculation continues to link Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a Bosman move to Arsenal in the summer, not hurt by his agent saying that he wants to play in England. Way...
Sunday's FA Cup tie was not only hard to endure in isolation but was a painful microcosm of Arsenal in 2016, despite Arsene's best attempts to not see the wood for the trees in post match interviews. Having amassed more points...
On a weekend where the Arsenal tail attempted to wag the dog, like England's bowlers after another batting collapse, the team's combination of pride, endeavour and mental fragility was on full display. Despite continual accusations of lack of effort or...
Coquelin is unlike most Wenger youth products. The majority have had regular first team exposure throughout their late teens. By their mid-20s they have racked up hundreds of top flight and European appearances. And should apply such experience accordingly. Coquelin's situation is a different...
Even the most basic tactical analyst knows that success in football is all about balance and partnerships. When Francis Coquelin picked up his injury, he had enjoyed the near constant midfield companionship of Santi Cazorla. It was a partnership that transformed...
After a hellish fortnight from an Arsenal perspective, the team put in a performance full of pride (but sadly not always professionalism) against the pretenders down the road. After Ramsey's excellent goal, Arsenal largely had the game where they wanted and...
Despite Saturday’s aberration against Tottenham, Francis Coquelin is still the best player we have in his role at the club. Matthew Wade explains why.
Occasionally as a fan with unconventional career choices, I am forced to miss big games. Sometimes it's no bad thing. As Arsenal were once again boosting the career prospects of another Manchester United youth product, I was pretending to be...
Saturday lunchtime was an uninspiring start to Arsenal's nightmare run of fixtures. I suppose one could say that it was a decent run-out for those players needing more time on the pitch, but none came out of the weekend's FA...
Following the last gasp Welbeck winner at the weekend, Arsenal are back to being the bookies' favourites for the title, but despite hope, can we hand on heart agree with them? Post game Arsene described the victory as passing "a...
On Sunday, Arsenal finally returned to winning ways in the League, leapfrogging the oil billions of Man City in the process. Yet the merest glimpse at social media and online forum's suggest many Gooners were not impressed. It seems that at...
Having watched Arsenal drop points against a Fraser Forster inspired Southampton, I was livid. Toys out of the pram, forcing myself not to hurl inarticulate and futile profanities into the night. Only I wasn't angry at the team or the...
Apart from Wenger's pre-Ozil smirk, and the mad trolley dash after the 8-2 debacle at Old Trafford, Arsenal invariably seem determined to disappoint whichever poor sod from Sky Sports pulls the straw of standing outside Emirates stadium on his/her...
It's always an exciting time for the fans. The chance to see a brand spanking new signing actually doing his thing on the pitch, particularly when the player has an air of mystery about them. In the newest player to make...
With just two points from a possible nine, Arsenal's title challenge has faltered in the deep midwinter, and the usual questions have been raised by 'independent' observers. For once, disappointments haven't stemmed from a lack of fight, but a lack...
In the context of the season it's hard to know how to feel about the last week's results. The draw at Anfield felt like a massive disappointment, while conversely 0-0 at Stoke felt a good point to have gained. One...
So another week and another win, albeit against opposition lacking in both talent and ambition, and the good ship Arsenal is still on course, if slightly becalmed. Heavily rotated relegation fodder don't really replicate challenges to come, but there were...
While our modern definition of hubris may differ from that of the ancient Greeks, it seems higher powers are still perfectly happy to punish it. And for Arsenal it seems divine retribution is a little swifter than for some of...
Yesterday, 23rd December, saw the passing of an unsung Arsenal hero. Although for those of an older generation Don Howe was associated primarily with West Brom (recently voted one of their greatest ever players) and England, he served the Gunners...
So the Managerial merry-go-round continues to spin, hurling esteemed (and not esteemed) men off in all directions, and with plenty of others waiting in fear of trigger happy boardrooms, stalking horses, and the summer availability of some big hitters. With...
After a week that exceeded even my most optimistic podcast prediction, it's hard to not start considering this team as one of the title favourites. For all the injuries, the lack of summer spending and exposure of squad imbalance, complacency...
This weekend saw the wounded animal that is Arsenal limp past the finishing line against a spirited but limited Sunderland. Despite impressive performances from Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal, there was only one candidate for man of the match....
Sunday's disappointment at Norwich has once again led to meltdown in the twitter-sphere, and those Gooners with hair-trigger emotions cast words around with impotent rage. But not primarily at the anaemic performance of the last hour. Yes that's right -...
'And so it is, just like you said it would be...'. Without wishing to speculate, it wouldn't be inappropriate if Damian Rice's lyrics, accompanied by their mournful tone, were running through Arsene's mind this morning. After a summer of almost...
So another international break is drifting by, rendered even more insignificant than usual by events in Paris, and the myriad of similar attacks elsewhere around the globe that last Friday night brought to the forefront of our collective consciousness. Though...
After a disappointing week, the international break could not have come at a better time for the Gunners - assuming there are no more injuries sustained in pointless friendlies. As I wrote last week, the Arsenal first team squad is...
Do Arsenal have enough competent bodies to sustain a real title challenge? A mixed week in Arsenal world has made two things abundantly clear. Firstly, If this team can keep its spine intact for most or all of the season, a...
After a week with another two tight but very creditable home victories, The Gunners seem to be exploring every different route to three points available to them. We've seen the straight shoot-out away at Leicester, the early blitz against Man...
Arsenal returned to domestic football with a reminder that late kick-offs don't disrupt this team as much as early ones, and will be hoping that the same logic applies to big European nights. Watford's endeavour will trouble lesser teams and...
As we descend further into the chasm of a largely tedious interlull, are we right to dismiss the importance of national team fixtures? For those of us who prefer our tribalism to be based on far more abstract concepts than...
In a week where crushing disappointment was followed by elation, in what has already been a season of remarkable ups and downs, the continued evolution of our front line is an undoubted positive. Of course a key component in this...
With Olympiakos and surprise league leaders Manchester United on the horizon, last week's turnaround in form and fortunes was vital. The last time I put pen to paper, trips to Zagreb and that small club in East Fulham had left...
So we got screwed at the weekend. An unholy alliance of Diego Costa, Mourinho, Mike Dean, and now the FA disciplinary process working together to royally shaft us. Only Diego Costa is a new addition to an pre-existing pit of contemptible...
At the weekend, Stoke City were kind enough to roll over and have their tummy tickled, as is their want when visiting Islington, but once again it is the quality (or lack of it?) of our strikers that remains...
Undoubtedly this is a dangerous article to be writing the afternoon before transfer deadline day given Arsene's form for trolley dashing, but it's as much a reflection on the transfer market as a whole. Certainly at this point, not a...
Ahead of Monday night's annual visit from the scousers, Arsene Wenger said that Arsenal must 'play with good pace' to get a result. Much to the disappointment of many filling the internet with their words (I plead guilty, your honour),...
With Benzema rumours finally subsiding after both managers, the player and his agent all denied a move was on the cards, the media's 'pin the Arsenal shirt on the striker game' has spread its wings. Not content with stories about...
On Sunday, Selhurst Park once again proved a happy hunting ground for Arsenal as a well balanced Crystal Palace side were defeated, but didn't really clear up the uncertainties surrounding a possible title challenge. The West Ham game exposed frailties...
What went wrong against West Ham and how should Arsenal solve it?
Does beating Chelsea in the community shield actually mean anything? So on Sunday the Mourinho blue dragon was finally vanquished, although in more of a minor altercation than a full on battle to the last. But should we believe they...
With another pre-season trophy in the bag, pre-season has gone well, but what have we learnt about Arsenal from the Emirates Cup weekend? With Arsenal building on 4-0 and 3-1 victories over the Singapore Select XI and Everton with impressive...
By Matthew Wade Arsenal's midfield has an embarrassment of riches: does more mean merrier? With Arsenal's improving squad strength, other challenges arise - how does the manager give the players enough game time to keep them happy? And what is the...
by Matthew Wade Now Robin van Persie has been banished to Turkey, is it time to reassess his time at Arsenal and his move to Manchester United? Just three years after forcing a move to Manchester United, Robin van Persie has...
by Matthew Wade With the usual summer links to Higuain and Cavani, and rumours now extending to Lacazette, do Arsenal actually need another striker? And if so, who? With the continued improvement of Olivier Giroud, the industry and physical gifts of...
by Matthew Wade The Vidal "Transfer Saga" reminds us why the summer holidays are a good time to take a break from following club football too closely. As a very part-time blogger and a slightly more regular member of the Daily...
By Matthew Wade Does Petr Cech's signing and the subsequent likely departure of Ospina demonstrate a new ambition and ruthlessness from Arsenal? So Arsenal have finally got their man. 12 years after a work permit prevented Arsene Wenger signing the talented...
by Matthew Wade Most Arsenal fans of any pre-Wenger vintage will have firm memories of (and probably miss) the old Arsenal club crest, and its Latin motto, “Victoria Concordia Crescit”. This is most directly translated as "Victory grows out of harmony",...
by Matthew Wade Continuing our interview with Nacho Monreal, the Spaniard discussed our two emergent stars, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin. Unsurprisingly for such a humble, team-focused player, he was effusive about both of them, starting with our French 'policeman', when...
by Matthew Wade On Monday night I attended the launch event of the Arsenal home kit for the 2015/16 season, and beforehand was fortunate enough to be one of six people interviewing much improved left back, and minor cult figure, Nacho...
By Matthew Wade Why Jack Wilshere making himself central to Roy Hodgson's plans can only be a positive thing for Arsenal. So after my column last week, castigating the turgid nature of England's performance against Ireland, and reminding Gooners of their...
by Matthew Wade It's that time of year, where the English summer starts to peek over the parapet, and addicts like myself start to feel the sting of the absence of club football. Sure, we have the odd international qualifying match,...
By Matthew Wade England international performances should remind us how lucky we are. While enjoying basking in the last flickering embers of the simultaneously roaring and comforting log fire that was the FA Cup Final, I made the mistake of tuning in...
by Matthew Wade What does the Gunners' FA Cup final triumph means for the club and its summer dealings? So after a weekend where Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time, retaining the trophy in the process, and...
As another season ends without a realistic challenge for the Premier League or Champions League, the FA Cup Final was a very welcome conclusion. While important to bask in the pleasure of another trophy, part of the mind already drifts...
My favourite transfer story that has been floating about under the radar for the last week or so is the one linking Arsenal to FC Midtjylland's explosive winger Pione Sisto. Arsenal's interest was first mentioned in a story in the Danish press...
Here at Daily Cannon, we are great fans of rumours that have their own endless life spans. Cavani, Mexes, Sebastian Frey... An under the radar story that has been bubbling on and off for a while is that linking arsenal to a...
At last! A transfer story that both makes sense and is plausible... Arsenal are looking to sign Monaco's Geoffrey Kondogbia this summer, according to Metro (who picked the story up from Spanish press). Kondogbia, a long term target of the club, was...
One of the more exciting stories to have been spat out of the random transfer rumour generator over the last day or so, is one that has emerged in the Italian press and been jumped on by Metro among...
In one of what will undoubtedly prove an endless list of slightly odd transfer links, The Daily Telegraph, along with several other sources, have picked up on a Tuttosport and Forza story that suggest Arsenal are poised to bid £10.7m for...
Mesut Ozil divides opinion amongst fans and pundits alike, but why?
I'm sure it won't have escaped the attention of all reading this that today is St. Patrick's Day, and as such is a date associated with all things Irish. While for most people under a certain age this seems to...