Helen Trantum

Helen is a season ticket holder with a desperate addiction to both chocolate and the Arsenal. It's really just a question of which kills her first! Since making the (near) fatal mistake of setting up home with a Tottenham season ticket holder, life has become much more complicated. She finds solace by writing for Daily Cannon and cleansing herself of all traces of Spurs on Twitter @nellypop13.
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Forgive me, Arsenal, for I have sinned

Would you rather Arsenal win the Champions League or England win the World Cup?
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On Olivier

Strikers are judged on how many goals they score.

Granit Xhaka – destroying Arsenal’s pansy reputation

If we successfully convince everyone that we have a destroyer who will take everything they throw at us and return it twice as hard, maybe we won't even need a destroyer after all.
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Alexis still to prove he deserves the 7 shirt

With this week’s announcement that there’s a new number 7 on the block, I couldn’t help thinking that it’s a good job Alexis’ move came this summer rather than last, for if it had been announced pre-publication, we’d have had to reconsider our list for our Greatest Number 7s book..
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Like a trophy: Does celebrating St Totteringham’s Day take bottle?

Is finishing above Spurs like winning a competition? Is it better?

Five defining moments of Arsenal’s 2015/16 season

Most seasons turn on just a few brief moments: here are the 2015-16 versions we've pulled out.
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Angry Arsenal fans? City show us how to do fan dismay properly

Can you fall out of love with football?
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Could you forgive Fabregas?

I don’t think I'll ever get closer to forgiving Fabregas for abandoning my club than Monday night.

A failed protest: two fingers to the press

As Saturday's protest was drowned out, Arsenal fans proved the media wrong.
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Toxic Arsenal – Fight or Flight?

In the face of adversity, do you favour fight or flight?
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Comparing Leicester and the Invincibles

If you believe the press, Leicester City are the best side ever to play in the Premier League. Of course, we all know that the real best side ever to play in the Premier League is our very own Invincibles, achieving a feat that none has even come close to since.
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Cracking Arsenal’s combination code

Helen Trantum tries to understand if Arsenal's lack of players combinations lies at heart of many poor performances this season.
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Learning lessons from Arsenal’s opening day defeat

With Leicester still to entertain Bilic’s men, three points for Arsenal against a team punching well above their weight could be one of the critical stepping stones towards a title or a 23rd consecutive finish above our neighbours. To do so Arsenal will need to learn the lessons of their opening day defeat.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Alex Iwobi of Arsenal celebrates his team's 1-0 win in the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Player focus: Alex Iwobi does it again

We've all heard the saying "one swallow does not a summer make" and in footballing terms it can be termed as "one season does not a superstar make."
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Will Everton be Arsenal’s moment of truth?

I’m a (very) bad loser. Whether I’m playing or supporting, there’s something inside of me that just outright rejects the idea of coming off second...
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Why my Spurs fiancé adores me being in love with Arsenal

Prejudice is a funny thing. I read Nia's article earlier this week on International Women's Day about the difficulties she faces in establishing her credentials...
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This is our moment – will it be triumph or train wreck?

Football is a game of small margins. When Bobby Madley decided that throttling Mesut Ozil wasn’t even a challenge worthy of a free-kick, he effectively...
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Arsène’s biggest challenge

Momentum can be, well, momentous in football. When the Invincibles lost to United (or should I say: “were Mike Rileyed* at United”?) it triggered a...

Arsenal fans optimistic ahead of Barca game

MSN are going to tear Arsenal a new one. That's if you believe the press anyway. There's been lots of hype around Barcelona's attacking threat,...

Poll: Which Arsenal player worries Barca the most?

Arsenal are allowed to attack. All the talk this week has been of Barca's menace but little credence has been given to our own forward...

Poll: Messi remains the man for Arsenal to master

Barcelona have possibly the best front three in the world. Obviously none of them are a patch on Yaya Sanogo, but we thought it would...

Insider View: Q&A with @totalBarca

Arsenal face European champions Barcelona on Tuesday night, so we sat down with renowned website Total Barca to get the inside track on the...
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We need more bums on seats – here’s how…

Should Arsenal sell the seats of season ticket holders who repeatedly turn up late or don't turn up at all? Helen Trantum thinks so. Read...

Big game Theo

I'm a self-confessed Theo Walcott fan. This won't surprise regular readers of Daily Cannon, as it's quite often a subject of debate between myself and...
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Why are we arguing about ticket prices?

I don’t care about ticket prices. There, I said it. I mean: obviously I do care, since I spend more per year on Arsenal than any...

A Lesson for Leicester

Unexpected. That's right, it's 9pm GMT on a Wednesday and instead of the usual musings of Mr. Paul Williams, you've opened up today's column to...

Bellerín focus: The Premier League’s best young just gets better

How good can Héctor Bellerín become? Right now our young fullback is just 20 years of age, yet he’s already packed the bags of a...
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Winning ugly

Nine years. I don't know about you but I was thoroughly sick and tired of hearing that incessant refrain right up until 17th May 2014....

Pre-Burnley Player Focus: Theo Walcott

Burnley is a massive game for one T J Walcott. Desperately out of sorts and out of form, our English forward only remained on the...
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In Defence of Theo Walcott

Our number 14 is in terrible form. I wanted to get that out of the way early on, if only so that I can’t be...

Failing to sign Petr Cech before could be a blessing in disguise

Arsene Wenger has tried to sign Petr Cech on three occasions. The first time, when Cech was just 19, was thwarted by work permit issues....

Player Focus: How Petr Cech can prove Chelsea wrong

Twelve to fifteen points. That’s what Petr Cech would be worth to us this season according to a man who would know (on this subject...
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Cech vs Fabregas: A lesson in behaviour

It's funny how a player moving clubs can offend your sensibilities. This weekend, two excellent footballers face their former clubs, each on the opposing team...

Which is the worst ground for Arsenal to visit?

Much has been made recently of Arsenal’s record at Stoke. We’ve faced them in the league eight times since they were promoted to the top...

Walcott – time to deliver the best season in his Arsenal decade

Today marks 10 years since Theo Walcott signed for Arsenal. I've long made no secret of my admiration for Walcott; certainly he has been the...

Player Focus: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – the good, the bad and the ugly

“I don’t know if I’m more worried cause Mesut is injured or cause Ox is starting.” So said Daily Cannon’s own graphics guru Anita Sambol...
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Aaron Ramsey: Problem solver or problem creator?

Rambo is in red hot form. Two goals and an assist in the last two games are evidence of how he's found his way back...

Mountains out of Molehills

What does it take to be Premier League champions? When Arsenal skipped off into the sunset last weekend with three barely deserved points in the...
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Arsene’s Arsenal

Legacy (n.) something handed down or received from a predecessor. With the exciting news that Jose Mourinho has finally been sacked from his position at...
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Could Louis van Gaal be making Arsene look like a minor deity?

Arsene Wenger isn’t perfect. He’s stubborn, he has a penchant for a gamble and he sometimes puts too much faith in players who then let...