Matthew Wade, Author at Daily Cannon

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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

45-minute read: Mesut Ozil – A casualty of a divided world

Anyone with an outward eye doesn't need the vilification and subsequent international retirement of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil to remind them of how polarised opinions have changed our political landscape across the western world.

20-min read: What the world cup tells us about Arsenal's summer transfer business

So, as everyone really knew, but many pretended they didn't, football wasn’t 'coming home' (as if!).

Long read: Arsenal's Irish connection

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.

Match report and ratings after Arsenal win five-goal thriller

Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return after a leg break, but it was overshadowed as Reiss Nelson stole the headlines.

10-minute read: Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal’s next breakthrough prospect?

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.

Introducing Joe Willock: The most talented of 3 brothers?

As Arsenal started their preseason in Australia with a routine 2-0 win, there were some surprising names in the starting eleven.

Arsenal’s backroom revolution continues with another addition

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.

Wenger's legacy at Arsenal is preserved, now what?

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.

Could this season yet go down in history for Arsene Wenger?

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.

Long read: Arsenal's Manchester City salvage job doesn't dispel dissent

The best that can be said about the weekend's game is that it stopped the losing run.

Long read – Chaos theory: Arsenal’s new plan?

So another week has come and gone and less and less makes any sense aboard the good ship Arsenal.
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Arsenal fan reaction: It's time for the change

Daily Cannon's Matthew Wade discusses Arsenal's latest disaster, this time at West Brom and Arsene Wenger's future.

Long read: Why Arsenal fans need to stop focusing on Wenger so much

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.

Arsene Wenger’s credibility stretched dangerously thin

The Anfield defeat feels like another big nail in the coffin of the Wenger years.

Could this season yet go down in history for Arsenal?

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...

2 things Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to change to succeed at Arsenal

Is it time to stop seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a wide boy?

Long read: Did Anthony Taylor break the rules when Wenger was sent off?

Did Arsenal show their fabled 'mental strength' for real this weekend?

Sanchez strop can't mask a good weekend for Arsenal

An Alexis Sanchez strop can't mask a good weekend for Arsenal.

Can Arsenal return to being a team of two halves?

Muddling through as seasonal schizophrenia returns.

Squad options re-right the Good Ship Arsenal

Safety in numbers helps Arsenal return to winning ways, despite notable absences.

Long read: Why Arsenal deprived fans of pre-Christmas cheer

'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...

Long read: An Arsenal week of two halves ends with Jamie Vardy sadness

Arsenal are firmly back on track after a week of two halves.

How Arsenal are limiting their November disappointment

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.

Mounting injuries threaten Arsenal’s progress ahead of Manchester United trip

Can improved strength in depth offset traditional curses?

Long read: Arsenal squad depth comes to the fore

Last week's strolls against Reading and Sunderland highlighted why Arsenal are a more serious proposition this year.

How to make Arsenal invincible on Football Manager

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.

Long read: Swansea show Arsenal’s strengths and frailties

South Wales' finest once again gave Arsenal a scare in our own back yard.

How England can help Arsenal with out-of-favour winger

Gareth Southgate's team tinkering may have some long-term pluses for Arsenal.

Tactics: Heavy praise for Burnley as Arsenal's blueprint shows blots

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.

Is Arsenal's humiliation of Chelsea just another false dawn or the real deal?

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?

Long read: Wenger’s tactical plan starts to form

Arsenal's Saturday stroll in Hull showed some hints of method to what has appeared tactical madness.

Long read: Southampton sunk (just), but PSG presents different problems

Saturday's frustration-fest ended well, but will opposition with more ambition be better or worse for Arsenal?

A Londoner’s guide to the less obvious perks of going to PSG away

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.

Why two weeks is an eternity in Arsenal's world

So I've been off the grid for two weeks, swallowed by acting work, and have emerged to a rather different Goonersphere.

Podcast: Meet Joe Hulme, Arsenal's first number 7

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

Long read: Why Wenger's actions can't be defended

I am by nature a patient person; one who prefers to give people the benefit of the doubt but there are limits.

Long read: Wenger has two weeks to save Arsenal

Ok. So it's a dramatic title. But it's a dramatic situation.

Long read: Chivas victory shows Arsenal what they’ve been missing

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.

What we learnt: Arsenal vs MLS All-Stars

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.

Why Arsenal signing Rob Holding makes so much sense

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.

What does Arsenal's transfer history teach us?

For many Arsenal fans, the summer transfer window is like an establishing shot from a Clint Eastwood western.

Euros highlight Arsenal’s tactical questions

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...

Art imitating life? Or life imitating Arsenal?

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...

How does leaving the EU affect Arsenal?

'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...

Podcast: Celebrating Arsenal’s Irish connection

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.

Old Arsenal favourites re-emerge as the Vardy hokey-cokey continues

So another week of multi-continental international football loveliness has been and gone, with bugger all real news on the Arsenal front.

Long read: Arsenal fans freak out as transfer market killed by Euros

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.

Long read: Arsenal's young attacking midfielders and forwards that could breakthrough

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.

Xhaka and Vardy and more to follow? Times they are a' changin' for Arsenal

As someone who writes a weekly column about club football, the early summer months are often a talking point dead zone.

Arsenal striker prospects 2016/17

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.

Arsenal playmaker confirms impending loan deal

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.

Memories of Anfield ’89 – 27 years ago today

26th May 1989 - My first high as a football fan and still the greatest.

Will Xhaka provide the Granit that Arsenal needs?

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.

Finishing above Spurs is nothing, here's what Arsenal have to do this summer

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.

The young Arsenal stars who shone to seal crucial win

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.

Arsenal's youth academy heading back to the big time

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.

Arsenal – Can fight without fluency secure second place?

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.

Why Manchester City and Liverpool European campaigns are of no concern to Arsenal

As the season continues to drift towards its thoroughly anti-climactic conclusion, there are still a few things to play for.

Striking issues remain central to Arsenal’s problems

Goals have been a problem all season for Arsenal, and the solution looks as far off as ever.

Is Wenger's importance his biggest problem?

Another week of underachievement in a season where, since November, disillusionment has never been far away.

Arsenal: Always too good to fail, not good enough to succeed?

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.

Arsenal have paid the price for not taking risks

When criticising Arsenal for not taking enough risks, there is plenty to choose from.

Is this the only chance Arsenal have of overhauling Leicester and Tottenham?

After a thoroughly miserable few weeks, where another season has collapsed at speed, the last few days have brought a few rays of sunlight...

8 reasons Arsenal need to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovich

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...

Did Watford's win make Wenger's position at Arsenal untenable?

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...

Arsenal’s title challenge clinging on by its fingertips

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,...

Why Coquelin is not like most Wenger youth products

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...

Why this midfielder's injury has impacted Coquelin badly

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...

What Coquelin got wrong at Tottenham

After a hellish fortnight from an Arsenal perspective, the team put in a performance full of pride (but sadly not always professionalism) against the...

Why Coquelin still holds Arsenal key despite Tottenham stupidity

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.

A season and era defining week for Arsenal as Wenger nears exit

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...

Arsenal’s floundering against Hull’s rocks is not a sign of things to come

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...

Can Arsenal finish ahead of Tottenham, Manchester City and Leicester?

Following the last gasp Welbeck winner at the weekend, Arsenal are back to being the bookies' favourites for the title, but despite hope, can...

Arsenal need to restore fan faith against Leicester

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...

Ref focus: Why referee cost Arsenal against Southampton

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...

Arsenal’s dead deadline day reflects surprise squad strength

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...

What Arsenal fans can expect from Elneny on his debut

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...

Injuries threaten to break Arsenal hearts once again

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...

Injuries catching up with Arsenal, but two out of six ain’t bad…

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...

Arsenal's form ahead of Liverpool game suggests surprise depth in shallow squad

So another week and another win, albeit against opposition lacking in both talent and ambition, and the good ship Arsenal is still on course,...

Will Arsenal's weaknesses be fixed in January?

While our modern definition of hubris may differ from that of the ancient Greeks, it seems higher powers are still perfectly happy to punish...

Don Howe  - The Arsenal hero in the shadows

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...

Is the Wenger-Era the last managerial dynasty?

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...

Could Arsenal be growing into genuine title contenders?

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...

Özil the key as he makes everyone around him better

This weekend saw the wounded animal that is Arsenal limp past the finishing line against a spirited but limited Sunderland. Despite impressive performances from...

Arsenal’s injury curse rolls on – but should we blame the manager?

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...

If Arsenal fans predicted Coquelin injury, why didn't Wenger?

'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...

Football’s importance only magnified by weekend horrors

So another international break is drifting by, rendered even more insignificant than usual by events in Paris, and the myriad of similar attacks elsewhere...

Arsenal almost drown but are coming up for air

After a disappointing week, the international break could not have come at a better time for the Gunners - assuming there are no more...

Arsenal depth doubtful as first team continues to fly

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...

Why Wenger's tactics can win Arsenal the Premier League

After a week with another two tight but very creditable home victories, The Gunners seem to be exploring every different route to three points...

How Arsenal can beat Bayern Munich

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...

Why should Arsenal fans care about international football?

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...

Arsenal find answer to striker problem

In a week where crushing disappointment was followed by elation, in what has already been a season of remarkable ups and downs, the continued...

How Arsenal look stronger heading into Olympiacos and Manchester United games

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...

Chelsea cheats can’t mask Arsenal’s ongoing issues

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...

After Stoke, can Walcott be the answer?

At the weekend, Stoke City were kind enough to roll over and have their tummy tickled, as is their want when visiting Islington, but...

Why have Arsenal missed the boat on superstar signings?

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...

Pace vs control: The Arsenal conundrum

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...

Zlatan to Arsenal? Thanks but no thanks…

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 five questions Arsenal still have to answer after Crystal Palace win

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...

Failure against West Ham United reminds Arsenal of shortcomings

What went wrong against West Ham and how should Arsenal solve it?

Does beating Chelsea mean anything?

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...

Crucial questions left unanswered for Arsenal after Emirates Cup

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...

How should Arsenal set up their midfield in 2015/16?

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...

Why Arsenal fans shouldn't mock van Persie

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...

Arsenal don't need anyone else

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...

Don’t believe the hype – Arturo Vidal, Newsnow and the information generation

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...

Jennings, Seaman, Lehmann…Cech? – Welcoming another goalkeeping game-changer

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...

Arsenal finally have harmony, victory will follow

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...

Arsenal cult hero hails youngsters

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,...

Monreal on Arsenal injuries, team spirit and more

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...

Wilshere: Good for England = Good for Arsenal?

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...

Watch: All 106 Arsenal goals this season

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...

Are Arsenal fans spoilt?

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...

What FA Cup final triumph means for Arsenal and their summer dealings

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...

What Arsenal need to change to challenge next season

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...

Arsenal competing with Barcelona for Danish wunderkid

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...

Arsenal linked to Charlton's teenage defender refusing to go away

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...

At last! An Arsenal rumour to get excited about

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...

Could Arsenal block Liverpool signing for second summer?

One of the more exciting stories to have been spat out of the random transfer rumour generator over the last day or so, is...

Italian international the latest defender 'linked' to Arsenal

In one of what will undoubtedly prove an endless list of slightly odd transfer links, The Daily Telegraph, along with several other sources, have...

Why does Mesut Ozil divide opinion so much?

Mesut Ozil divides opinion amongst fans and pundits alike, but why?

Red, white and green: Celebrating Arsenal’s Irish Connection

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...