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.
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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...

Mourinho's personal swear word and what Henry meant about Giroud

Perhaps it's because my focus is largely directed on the World Snooker Championship now, but things seem strangely calm at Arsenal at the minute. We...

Why Arsenal fans should say thank-you to Cesc Fabregas

It is, perhaps, inevitable that Sunday afternoon's match is going to see a disproportionate amount of attention focused on a certain Cesc Fabregas. This is as...

Why Arsenal weren't lucky at all against Reading

Younger readers may need to Google him, but comedian and writer Ben Elton used to talk about something called the "reality gap". It's the gap...

Why Arsenal feel like a proper team again

Arsenal may have a similar record to last season in the league, but things feel very different.

New deal for Wilshere makes sense amid Manchester City speculation

Jack Wilshere returned to action in an u21's match against Stoke City last night and there are reports he's set for a new Arsenal deal.

What happens when you meet your Arsenal hero?

What happens when you meet your footballing hero? This is...

Exclusive: Ian Wright reveals the greatest 90 minutes of his life

Ian Wright exclusively reveals the greatest 90 minutes of his life

EXCLUSIVE: Ian Wright reveals why he loves Wembley more than most

Thanks to Ball Street, DailyCannon had an exclusive interview with Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

August 2015: How will Arsenal line up?

Which of the Arsenal's squad's current players are guaranteed to be in the starting line up when next season gets underway?

Why Theo Walcott is nothing more than a shark

Theo Walcott wants a payrise, but should this limited player actually get it? We're not so sure...

What does Debuchy's return mean for Bellerin?

Hector Bellerin has excelled since he was thrust into the first team, so what does Mathieu Debuchy's return from injury mean for the young Spaniard?

We all agree: Arsene Wenger is better than Jose Mourinho

A week is a long time in football, never has that been more true than this week.