Paul Williams

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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.

How Chelsea hero became Arsenal's nemesis

John Terry will not be offered a new deal by Chelsea at the end of this season. On hearing this news, my first reaction was...
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Chelsea Inflicted Pain

The Lightning Seeds once wrote a song called Sugar Coated Icebergs. You may not remember it, hell, you may not even remember the Lightning Seeds....

Will Welbeck return mean position change for Walcott?

Danny Welbeck is back in full training for Arsenal. Truly these are words that most of us probably never thought we'd type. Rumours that Special...
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Double Arsenal boost ahead of Chelsea match

Alexis and Mesut Özil's return to first team action could not be coming at a better time. For weeks now, the Arsenal starting XI, at least...

Player Focus: Aaron Ramsey saves the day against Stoke

Aaron Ramsey's last minute goal line clearance took Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League following a goalless draw at Stoke City. In truth, there wasn't...
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Why the magic of the FA Cup is still alive

This weekend, in a line surely designed to troll Arsenal fans everywhere, one tabloid wrote off the FA Cup as a competition only Arsenal...
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Mesut Ozil is Arsenal's key to the title

In Mesut Özil, Arsenal have a footballer who can deliver us the Premier League title. Hopefully, I have your attention now, yes? Good. That's how good I...

Can new blood take Arsenal all the way?

I'm not convinced that the last week saw us learn anything about Arsenal we didn't already know. Okay, so the battering we took at Southampton...
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Why Arsenal fans should enjoy Christmas after Manchester City win

The presents have been bought, though not wrapped and, thankful that we only live a five minute walk from Waitrose, the shopping is in. It...
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Who’s the specialist in failure now, Jose?

According to reports, the Chelsea board are considering replacing Jose Mourinho with Juande Ramos. Read that sentence again and let it sink in. The Chelsea...
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Why Arsenal's midfield maestro will be missed

Santi Cazorla's ruptured knee ligaments are, obviously, both a pain for him and for Arsenal Football Club. I begin here, because as happens sometimes, I...
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Arsenal: 4th not 14th

I wouldn’t say that I have spent the last few weeks soul searching, but it is fair to say that I have been in...
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Saying goodbye to a true Arsenal fan

I hope you’ll forgive me, comrades, for not dwelling on Arsenal’s impressive 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb. I’d like to dedicate Wednesday’s column to my...
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Football fulfilling its duty to bring people together

Here in London, it feels as though a world so thoroughly tilted on its axis by the horrific events in Paris last Friday, is...
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Arsène Wenger’s red jockstrap

A degree of irrationality can affect us all from time to time. Last night, for example, I took Jo to see Mark Kermode and Simon...
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Has Cech been the answer to Arsenal's problems?

Arsenal are limping towards what may be a particularly welcome international break. Yes, I know, international breaks are rarely welcome. However, in this instance, with...
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Halloween brings nightmares for Arsène Wenger

It was all going too well, wasn't it? On Saturday, Arsenal followed up last week's excellent win against Bayern Munich with a hard fought victory...
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Bayern stunned by Gunners; Čech and Bellerín the stars

Well, that was alright, wasn't it? I had written before that whilst there was still even an outside chance for Arsenal in this season's Champions...
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Should Arsenal sacrifice the Champions League?

Should Arsenal sacrifice the Champions League? It's an interesting question, isn't it? For me, the answer is a slightly complicated one. As things stand, Arsenal are...

Why Chelsea are wrong to think Wenger gets special treatment

Jose Mourinho is the Joe Pesci of the Premier League. I know, I know... I wrote this yesterday and compared the Chelsea manager to Othello....
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Hello, hello, Arsenal are back

In the last few weeks, it seems to have become open season on Arsène Wenger again. This is something I can only take as a...
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Arsenal reach from the gutter to the stars

We all know the truism that football is a funny old game. It doesn't always feel like it though, does it? That said, Arsenal seem...
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Will inconsistent Arsenal ever learn?

When I think back to happier times, it seems impossible to believe that they could have existed. Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and the demolition of...
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‘Perry Groves is here’ – Behind the scenes at the Emirates

If you've come here looking for something in which you can really wallow following the weekend's events at Stamford Bridge, then this is not...
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Arsenal's midfield strength, Walcott and dealing with Chelsea

I wrote, on the eve of the new season, that Arsenal's squad depth gave them an excellent chance of winning their first league title...
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Did Coquelin really deserve to be Arsenal's player of the month?

It has, it's fair to say, been a slightly turbulent start to the season for our red and heroes. Nowhere can this be more vividly...
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Wenger right not to sign striker for Arsenal

Yesterday, Arsène Wenger all but guaranteed that Arsenal Football Club would not challenge for the Premier League title. That is, if you believe the naysayers....
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What Wenger has to do after Benzema rejection

I joked during the game last night that Karim Benzema's public rejection of a move to Arsenal was the only explanation for our dreadful first...
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Arsenal fans agree Wenger is right man for job

Arsenal fans: cheer up, it's not that bad.

Why Lee Mason was right not to send Coquelin off against Crystal Palace

Lee Mason, a referee Arsenal fans have had little cause to celebrate down the years, was at the centre of things again yesterday afternoon. Only,...
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Wenger must play key midfielder centrally

It is said that a week is a long time in politics. The same also applies to football. A week ago, I was sitting here...

Arsenal squad depth key to Premier League glory

After what seems like the smallest break of all time, the 2015/16 season is now upon us. I mean, seriously, I saw Darren Berry yesterday...

Ready for next season? Not just yet

by Paul Williams What does the average Arsenal blogger have to write about in the summer? Clearly, whatever it may say in my Twitter bio, I don't...

Arsenal's season of surprises

by Paul Williams Reflections on a season of surprises. A few months ago, following the farcical draw with Anderlecht and defeat at Swansea, I called for the...

Arsenal-supporting superstar 'Liverpool new boy won't win you the league'

by Paul Williams James Milner is not a signing to win you the league title, says Ronnie O'Sullivan Ronnie O'Sullivan, the greatest snooker player in the...

Why do we sing about hating Spurs, not loving Arsenal?

by Paul Williams Why do we sing about hating Tottenham and not about loving Arsenal? On Saturday evening, Arsenal Football Club ended a trophy drought that...

Why Theo Walcott must start against Aston Villa

Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup Final, Paul Williams examines Theo Walcott's chances of a place in the starting line up Three days until Wembley, are...

Why you need a sense of humour to be an Arsenal fan

Some bloke once said something like "It'a funny old game football". Now, I can't quite remember who it was, but but as I get older,...

Why Arsenal may need to drop Coquelin to improve

Sunday afternoon's third place play off* with Manchester United offered a graphic illustration of a problem which has begun to surface in the last few weeks. I...

'What if' - The Arsenal game

It's hard not to look at Arsenal, and the form they are currently in, without a major sense of regret. Obviously, it's great that they...