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It's a family affair... third generation Gooner, obsessed with Arsenal since the 80's. I've been writing about that obsession and, ever so occasionally, the team since 2004 in a variety of places, but have found a natural home here. As you will find out if you stick around long enough, I am a huge fan of Santi Cazorla. I'm extremely fond of cheese, Marmite, Pipers Salt n' Vinegar crisps, Pilsner Urquell, vodka tonics and absinthe. I am also hopelessly obsessed with Depeche Mode.
(Aug 1993: Peter Schmeichel of Manchester United waits by the post with Ian Wright of Arsenal during the Charity Shield Final match played at Wembley Stadium in London, england. Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties. (Shaun Botterill/Allsport)

Arsenal legends: Ian Wright Wright Wright!

Thinking about something to write this weekend... well, I didn't have to think too hard. I thought a look back at the career of Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, may be in order.
Arsenal's French coach Arsene Wenger waves as he arrive for a state dinner at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on June 6, 2014, following the international D-Day commemoration ceremony on the beach of Ouistreham, Normandy, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Reliving thoughts after Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving Arsenal

In many respects, Arsenal's 2-1 hammering of the newly crowned Premier League champions, Chelsea, in the Wembley sunshine last May can now be regarded as the cruelest of false dawns.

The day that changed Arsenal forever

20 years ago Arsenal sacked George Graham. Little did anyone imagine the chain of events that would unfold.
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 26: Arsenal manager George Graham celebrates on the pitch after Arsenal had beaten Liverpool 2-0 to win the First Division Championship at Anfield on May 26, 1989 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images)

George Graham: 2 sides of the fierce and bitter Arsenal and Tottenham divide

Until 2018, Arsenal fans under the age of 20 knew only one man to occupy the manager's office, but how much do they know about George Graham?

Is it time to forgive this hated ex-Arsenal man?

Ashley Cole has all but airbrushed him out of Arsenal's history, especially his role with the Invincibles, because of the Arsenal fans. Isn't it time we forgave him?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal’s first goal against Olympique Lyonnais in pre-season (Photo via Twitter / Arsenal)

Finally a true heir to Thierry Henry: In Praise of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has, I think it's fair to say, been quite the success at Arsenal Football Club.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Unai Emery’s Arsenal evolution

When I last wrote a piece for this esteemed website, I was emotional, relieved and a little starry eyed as I reacted to the news that Arsène Wenger would be leaving Arsenal Football Club after 22 years in charge.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal's Thierry Henry (C) is congratulated by team mates from left Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell and Rami Shaaban after scoring against Tottenham during a premier league match at Highbury Stadium in north London, 16 November 2002. AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSEN - - ONLINE INTERNET USE SUBJECT TO FAPL LICENSE - - (Photo credit should read Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Thierry runs the Tottenham

Fifteen years ago, on the 16th November 2002, Thierry Henry scored that goal against Tottenham Hotspur, but was it overrated?

This is why Liverpool's new £40m signing doesn't deserve damning

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Sentiments that apply, almost perfectly, to the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saga.

Long read: Remembering David Rocastle

Today marks 16 years since David Rocastle passed. Here, from our Arsenal Number 7s book, is an extract from Paul Williams chapter on this true legend
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Arsenal fan reaction: We won't even make top six

Daily Cannon's Paul Williams discusses another shambles and what lies ahead for Arsenal for the rest of the season.

Adios Arsene at Arsenal

Why it's time for Arsene Wenger to say goodbye at Arsenal

Why Arsenal fans should lighten up over Alexis Sanchez banner

Arsenal's dramatic win at home to Burnley on Sunday was underscored by huge controversy.
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The transcendental nature of Olivier Giroud

This post was written prior to the events of Tuesday night Olivier Giroud scored the goal of the season on Sunday evening. Okay, yes, it's a...
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Long read: The pain and suffering of Arsene Wenger

"Pain and suffering in various tempos."

February 2017: Arsenal's highway to hell

As Ferris Bueller once sagely noted, "Life moves pretty fast. if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Is this Arsene Wenger’s legacy in action?

The subject of Arsène Wenger's likely legacy has been on my mind recently.
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Arsenal player ratings - Alexis and Xhaka star in win v Bournemouth

Arsenal recorded their first Premier League win of November with a hard fought win against AFC Bournemouth. So how did the players do individually?
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Arsenal wannabes – Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur’s bad week

Paul takes a look back over the past week and a look ahead at what is to come
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Ray Parlour shows Arsenal the way at Old Trafford

From international indifference to the white hot intensity of Manchester United v Arsenal.
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Alexis injury could open stage door for Giroud

Real life can be so inconsiderate sometimes.

Collymore’s Ozil dig, Big Game Giroud + did he learn that from Bendtner?

A discussion of Arsenal against Ludoogorets, Sunderland, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud

How Wilshere's in-depth interview reveals something even he doesn't realise yet

Reading Jack Wilshere's interview with the Daily Mail, it's impossible not to think of it as a 2,000 word exit interview.
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Santi Cazorla: The special one

It was once said of Arsène Wenger that he was an unlucky manager.
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Can Arsenal continue to lead the way in Premier League chance conversion stats?

With six wins out of six, Arsenal are currently the form team in the Premier League.
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Why current Arsenal squad could be better than Invincibles

Arsenal will be hoping to avoid new manager syndrome when they host Swansea this weekend.
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Long read: How Arsene Wenger put an end to 'boring, boring Arsenal'

That Arsène Wenger marked his 20th anniversary of taking charge of the Arsenal with a scrappy, George Graham style, 1-0 win at Burnley was an irony I feel sure the Frenchman will have appreciated.
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Arsenal player ratings v Burnley as Gunners get lucky

Arsenal squeezed home against Burnley with a last minute goal we possibly, maybe, didn't quite deserve, so how did the players do?
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Arsene Wenger for England? Never!

Sam Allardyce losing the England job he coveted for years in a matter of 67 days has to be one of the most marvelous football stories I have ever heard.

What does Arsene Wenger do with Aaron Ramsey when he's fit?

Arsenal's 3-0 battering of Chelsea at the weekend was as welcome as it was overdue. However, the nature of it has presented Arsène Wenger with a minor conundrum. Namely, just where will Aaron Ramsey fit in when he returns from injury?
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Why Granit Xhaka would make Chelsea think twice about sitting back

It is a thankless task writing about football, or any sport come to that.

Arsene Wenger's top five signings - number 1

You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.

Arsene Wenger's top five signings - number 2

You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.

Arsene Wenger's top five signings - number 3

You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.

Arsene Wenger's top five signings - number 4

You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.

Arsene Wenger's top five signings - number 5

You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.

Podcast: David Rocastle with Ian Wright interview

Listen as we relive Rocastle's Arsenal career with exclusive soundbites from Ian Wright while other former Arsenal players reveal what they truly felt about the great man.
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Long read: Was Arsenal's draw with PSG more luck than judgement?

Arsène Wenger got away with one in Paris on Tuesday night.

Long read: Isn’t this what being an Arsenal fan is really all about?

At Arsenal's last gasp win at home to Southampton I indulged in a bit of time travelling.
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Will Wenger play rotation roulette against Southampton?

Now the transfer window is closed and the international break is at an end, Arsenal can get on with the business at hand.