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.
Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta arrives for the UEFA Europa league round of 32 second leg football match between Arsenal and Olympiakos at the Emirates stadium in London on February 27, 2020.

Arsenal benefited the last time the league was abandoned, will it happen again?

As I type this, it is two months to the day since it was announced that Mikel Arteta had tested positive for Covid-19 and football across the United Kingdom was postponed soon afterwards.

Where does the buck really stop at Arsenal?

In a world gripped by a global pandemic, Arsenal have managed to end up in one of the most expensive and nuanced games of chicken ever to take place.
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts as Kiko Femenia of Watford take a throw in during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Unai Emery needs to accept his tactics only work in theory or face the...

Remember when we all missed watching The Arsenal during the international break? It turns out that ignorance really is bliss. Sigh.

Football isn't life or death:

September 10th is World Suicide Awareness Day. Every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world. The goal of WSAD is to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, and to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda. But numbers can only tell a small fraction of the story. The rest of the story is below. 
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Arsenal team seen warming up prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

4 games in, Arsenal have more questions than answers

We're now four games into the season and we can start to figure out how Arsenal are shaping up for the year, where we think things are going well and where we think improvement or change might be needed.
Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger

Sven Mislintat and Ivan Gazidis are getting it wrong. This summer Arsenal will pay

For almost a decade, Arsenal fans have lamented the lack of a succession plan in place for when Arsene Wenger leaves his role as manager. But now, as evidenced by the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a plan is finally being put together - and it stinks.

VAR won't stop Tottenham cheats but this will

Until we refuse to take players seriously for making the most of every contact made with a defender, then players won't take the rules seriously either.

How Kroenke might have influenced Arsenal’s crazy transfer window

Arsenal's January 2018 transfer window had more in common than the NBA than football - but why?

Arsenal's Head of Recruitment has ignored obvious positions that need strenghtening

Is anybody else worried that the first two players targeted by Arsenal's Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat are ones who were good at Borussia Dortmund whilst Mislintat was employed there?

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance: Five stages of grief for an Arsenal fan

Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. To most people, these are the five stages of grief. To Arsenal fans of late, these are simply known as 'Monday'.

Time for Arsenal to focus on this competition

If Arsenal held the winning positions against Liverpool and Chelsea over the Christmas period, they would be in fifth in the table.

3 questions Arsenal must answer immediately

With this being my last column for 2017, I'm going to try and answer the three biggest issues facing Arsenal in 2018, as they try to keep up with their rivals and not let another season slip into the abyss that is Europa League football.
Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal (right) and Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Ivan Gazidis speaks volumes about Arsene Wenger's future

All three of you who have read my columns on a regular basis will know that I am not an overly sentimental chap, and the recent Mikel Arteta rumours suggests Ivan Gazidis isn't either.

Arsene Wenger has one major problem with Arsenal that he needs to solve

After Wednesday's tepid 0-0 draw at West Ham, Arsenal find themselves in a rather precarious position.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

This is the Arsenal player who makes the ridiculously difficult look effortless and simple

There's no doubt that Mesut Özil is one of the most polarising players to have ever played for Arsenal.
Ivan Gazidis

This is the clearest evidence that Ivan Gazidis is getting his way at Arsenal

If Gazidis acts as the ‘catalyst for change’, forcing Wenger to change his style of play and by appointing staff to handle transfers, players will know exactly where they stand.

Arsene Wenger gave so much away about his job security with just one word

During an international break, the only thing that usually commands the attention of a club's fans is the continued health of its players.

This is how Arsenal could have corrected the problems from the Manchester City debacle

Last Sunday, when Arsenal's team selection to face Manchester City was announced, there were two immediate reactions of disbelief.

How Arsenal are ruining their Europa League proving ground and stifling their youngsters

After drawing 0-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night, Arsenal have secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League with two games to spare, and did so without risking any of their big names players in the process. Job done, right?
Stan Kroenke who owns Arsenal

This is what the shambolic Annual General Meeting really said about Sir Chips Keswick...

Is it possible to be both optimistic and pessimistic about the same thing at the same time?

The real person to blame for Alexis' potential January exit from Arsenal

If you had asked Arsenal fans back in August to list any reasons that might cause Alexis Sanchez to want to leave the club, how far down would David Ospina have been?

Long read: What do Arsenal do with a problem like Jack Wilshere?

After an encouraging first start of the season, it is clear that Jack Wilshere is an attacking midfielder now. This is a BIG problem for Arsenal.

The Kroenke effect: Why Arsenal's low attendance v Doncaster Rovers is so worrying

With Arsenal recording their lowest ever home attendance against Doncaster on Wednesday night, you may or may not be shocked to learn that Stan Kroeke's other teams are facing similar issues.

Long read:Trying to understand Arsene Wenger's baffling tactics

Over the last few years, I have bemoaned Arsenal's resistance towards changing the way they play depending on the opponent they face.

I tried to kill myself eleven years ago: Why is so little done to...

I've had the pleasure of being able to write for DailyCannon since April 2011. Having an opinion is one thing, but being able to reach such a wide and knowledgeable audience on a regular basis is quite another.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

This is why Arsenal 24-year-old's future has disrupted the Gunners on the pitch

There were two things we learned from the Stoke defeat last weekend. When everything goes to plan, Arsenal can play exceptional football. But when something very slightly alters that plan, everything falls apart.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s chaotic win over Leicester City: A design flaw, or a flawed design?

Arsenal won their first league game of the season last Friday, despite playing a winger at left–back, a left–back at centre–back, another left–back at centre–back, and without the services of their captain, best centre midfielder and best attacker.
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger smiles as he holds the FA Cup trophy after their win over Chelsea in the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

These two factors keep Arsenal supporters coming back each season

Just as Arsenal supporters got all the stress out of their systems from last season and were able to recalibrate their hopes and dreams, the new campaign is set to begin.

How Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain affects Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez

Here comes the money! Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £198m in cash, up front. And he'll make another £180.7m in wages for the next five years.

How Arsenal can get Alexis to stay

Alexis Sanchez has one year left on his Arsenal contract, and has given no indication that would suggest that he intends to extend that.

Only 2 reasons Arsenal have let so many contracts run down

There is one question that lies at the heart of Arsenal's transfer activity so far this summer; why have they let so many of their key players run down their contracts?

How Lacazette took 14 minutes to show that Giroud is Arsenal’s Plan B

It's so early in the summer, I haven't yet even built my fantasy team that I will inevitably lose interest in by October, yet Arsenal have already just played their first match of their pre–season, a leisurely 2–0 win over Sydney FC.

Lacazette is more than a signing, he's a gamechanger - Here's why

Alexandre Lacazette is an Arsenal player. I'm not going to lie, it feels a little surreal typing that first sentence.
Alexis Sanchez v Manchester United

Would a swap deal get a better Sanchez replacement than using his transfer money?

So, it's the end of June, and we still have no idea as to whether Alexis Sanchez will be playing for Arsenal next season or not. Huzzah!

Why Arsenal’s fixture list is actually perfect not painful

It's been just over a day since Arsenal's fixture list for the 2017–18 Premier League season was announced, there really is only one way to describe it - perfect. Here's why

4 major transfer problems Arsenal are dealing with this summer

It's only been 11 days since Arsenal's final game of the season finished with a big German holding a small pot, but that's been more than enough time for the relentless and merciless machine that is the transfer rumour mill to take over our lives and our social media feeds.

Cheap. Sneaky. Manipulative. Words I never thought would describe Arsene Wenger

So, the last few days have been pretty quiet on the Arsenal front, huh?
Arsene Wenger

Why Arsenal are taking two steps back this summer

With the 2016–17 season almost at its end, enough has been factored out to figure out what resources Arsenal will have available to them next season, and what they need to do to improve on this year's disappointment.

Arsenal face massive fork in club’s future: Can the board make the right choice?

If I were to tell you at the start of this season, that Arsenal wouldn't win the league BUT would give the league champions their biggest drubbing of the season, take four points off Manchester United, finish top of their Champions League group, thrash Stoke 4–1 away and beat Manchester City in a neutral venue in May, where would you assume Arsenal would finish in the table with a resumé like that?

Why Arsenal’s new tactics aren’t working as well as you think

Since moving to the 3–4–2–1 system after losing 3–0 to Crystal Palace, Arsenal have played six games, won five and conceded only four goals.