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.

Is it time to trust Mikel Arteta’s ‘process’ now?

Arsenal's encouraging performances continued with an excellent 3-1 victory over Leicester City, so is it time to trust Mikel Arteta's process

How Arsenal saved their season in 20 minutes

It was nervy at times, but Arsenal managed to find a way to win their Europa League Round-of-32 tie against Benfica on Thursday evening but at what cost?
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (L) gestures on the touchline as Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 21, 2021. (Photo by John Walton / POOL / AFP)

Why Arsenal couldn’t fight Manchester City’s fire with their own

Stephen Bradley analyses how Manchester City managed to exert their will Arsenal, how they struggled to cope with runners, and why the Gunners were unable to fight fire with fire.
Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka (C) celebrates with Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between SL Benfica and Arsenal at the Olimpico stadium in Rome on February 18, 2021. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

What could have been: Why Arsenal could only draw with Benfica

It was a case of 'What could have been' for Arsenal as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Benfica in the first...
Arsenal video Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

How Mikel Arteta’s subs almost messed up his excellent gameplan

Arsenal got a much needed Premier League victory over Leeds United, see how they did it using the press and how Mikel Arteta almost messed it up
Mikel Arteta-Vinai-Edu People responsible for Arsenal's transfer window

3 players Arsenal should have signed in January

There were 3 players Arsenal should have signed in January and the fact that they didn't might just cost them this season
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Referee, Chris Kavanagh after the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on February 06, 2021 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

Should Arsenal be asking Arteta for answers after Aston Villa?

With another disappointing Premier League defeat on the books, is Mikel Arteta's position as Arsenal manager now under threat?
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Craig Pawson, the match referee interact following the coin toss as Hector Bellerin of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at Molineux on February 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

How the law conspired to rob Arsenal against Wolves

Partey's growing influence on the way the team plays, how Wolves' back four led to so many chances for Arsenal, and how the law is an ass.
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6.5/10: Was Arsenal’s transfer window really that good?

With the 2020-21 winter transfer window coming to an end, let's see how well Arsenal have managed to go about their business over the past month, and whether they can be happy with their work as a whole.
Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (R) bump fists after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. - The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED

Tactics: Dissecting Arsenal vs Manchester United

In this episode of Daily Cannon's Tactics Board, Stephen Bradley reviews Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Magalhaes of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020. (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)

Can Arsenal make it 6 wins from 7 vs Manchester United?

Can Arsenal maintain their recent run of good form when Manchester United arrive at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday?
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - JULY 02: Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad looks on during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and RCD Espanyol at Reale Arena on July 02, 2020 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

What Arsenal fans can expect from Martin Odegaard

What can Arsenal expect from the Norwegian prodigy Martin Ødegaard and why did he choose the Gunners over Real Sociedad or Ajax?
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (C) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

Why Bukayo Saka is becoming a bigger threat with every game

Arsenal returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-1 win over Southampton but what changed from the FA Cup game?

Why Arsenal lost to Southampton and desperately need a #10

On this week's Tactics Board, Stephen Bradley reviews Arsenal's lacklustre 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the fourth round of the F.A Cup.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United tactics board

Tactics Board | Arsenal vs Newcastle 17/01/2021

Stephen Bradley is back for Daily Cannon with a much more enjoyable game to analyse, looking at how Arsenal beat Newcastle United 3-0 on Monday night.
Arsenal vs Newcastle United tactics board

How Emile Smith Rowe can save Mikel Arteta a LOT of money

Tactics: What did Mikel Arteta change at half-time to take Arsenal from dour to delectable? How important is Emile Smith Rowe to this side?
Daily Cannon Tactics Board Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Tactics: Why Arsenal vs Crystal Palace was so awful

Stephen bravely returns to dissect one of the most dour matches of the season as Arsenal's winning run came to a boring end against Crystal Palace.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after scoring their sides first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 09, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tactics: How Smith Rowe’s introduction changed Arsenal against Newcastle

Arsenal made their way to the fourth round of the FA Cup but they needed extra time and Emile Smith Rowe to do it.

Arsenal tactics: How Mikel Arteta destroyed Big Sam

Starting with Arsenal's thumping of West Brom at the weekend, Stephen talks formation, Bukayo Saka's ability to play anywhere, substitutions, timing and much more.
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.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke on the sidelines before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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?