British Time for Arsenal. Never Happened?

For a small island nation, Britain has had a lot of influence in the world but none so felt as the introduction of Britain’s favourite pastime – Football. Association Football is the world’s biggest sport and is still growing in popularity in ever corner of the world. Despite the history of invention and an ongoing position of influence in the game British football failed to have a single player in the FIFA World XI in 2015 and no representatives from the top league either. Why does the home of football consistently fail to produce players that not only garner international acclaim but also can advance a British national team to a trophy? Is it because of the large amounts of foreign imports playing in every division, especially the Premier League? It is grassroots coaching or are the national and club managers to blame?

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The Two Faces of Arsenal, one way to beat Barcelona.

Arsenal is had so much problem actually like the other teams when it comes the first choice player isn’t playing. In case for Arsenal, the main problem sometimes the finishing and ball deliveries. Arsenal tactics is very highly in focus on wings, creativity in middle and striker so if one of them is missing, the chance to win is deteriorate quickly. Arsenal is being demanded by fans to buy a world class striker, and he buy Alexis Sanchez to play as a winger. Because as a main striker, Arsene rather to choose Giroud, Walcott and Welbeck as three of them are potentially great as a striker in Premier League, it makes conclusion the quota is full and Arsene is very likely do what he wants, build his own striker.

The striker depth is good and performances are better now, Welbeck is back and do winning goal against Leicester, Walcott probably still find his form but when needed he is explosive and could play on wings, and Giroud is a fighter with the most goals in the squad right now. The wingers isn’t do much problem, Oxlade is not injured and great to drives in, Campbell is playing superbly and Alexis is back to form. Arsenal doesn’t do much problem when it comes to finishing,  what Arsene need is the right player to subs when it comes to dreadlock situation because everyone is ready and go. So the basic problem actually is in middle creativity, the Arsenal heart.

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AFC vs Hull City reloaded and story of selfie stick

FA Cup does exciting for Arsenal in this past year, and even Arsenal is in the middle of EPL title race, there is no sign of unbalanced force from Arsenal to face Hull City. They’ll face Barcelona in next fixtures which gives pressure for them and probably give a big distraction, but Arsene knew that FA Cup is much matter for him as FA cup is the one who related with him closest than ever.

Arsene has told media that Elneny will play in that match and give rotation for all player that playing for a whole week in last match against Leicester. As you see the line up by the Arsenal,


Mertesacker  is back when Gabriel still in doubt and Chambers will take the duty of right back position. But Arsene grant Flamini back in middle to provide stability for midfield when Elneny play as roaming midfielder to produce counter attack and offer long shot to increase percentage of scoring. Iwobi acknowledged by Arsene to put the responsibility as creative midfielder and Welbeck surprisingly came out and put Theo on the side.

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FA Cup and UCL. Distraction Or for Competitive sake?

That night in Leicester match was so much important for Arsenal in case of title race in Premier League, arranged against Leicester City who is on peak at table, Arsenal is in pressure to win when Totts chase them up behind and demands to gain 3 points. Dat Guyz Welbeck has become the Pariah of Arsenal in last minute of the game, cheering for his comeback and the surprisingly out with winning goal is exceptional day for Welbeck, lead us to chase Leicester once again. But the race isn’t stop right there, Arsenal need to convert the margin points to profit for them before the menacing and shocking team comes up. Arsenal is on better morale when facing future schedule with Wilshere and Cazorla back on the game and counting the reform of Walcott and Sanchez.

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Ready for the Hurdles?

Arsenal are in up and down form in late January, but Arsenal try to reprise the form after win against weak side Bournemouth at 2nd fixtures in February. The table speak for itself, Leicester City dominated the runs after shocking win against Manchester City which determine the title credential for them. Although the most furious moment for Arsenal fans right now is the moment when the One who Should not be Named got 2nd in Premier League Table after winning against Watford. Arsenal got punished after sluggish 4 games with no win in January, when Arsenal really need points and confidence to fight for the EPL title and defining moment of pride against Barcelona. I’ve been written about the condition that we will face in February-March fixtures when the schedule kicks up in the arse. And it turns out not well enough consider the Arsenal track form didn’t convincing enough with last 5 games, Arsenal just capable to gather 6 points out of 15. Was it the worst schedule for Arsenal? No. not yet. But Arsenal is in greater moments than last year, because everyone’s ready to comeback from injury with Ozil’s form is on fire and Alexis didn’t fulfill the potential for this season yet. Arsenal looks good on paper but will they Continue reading

The Ghosts who haunted Arsenal

Arsenal is so poorly than they were in the first half of season, no win since they meet Liverpool in English Premier League when it’s already 4 matches played with a little busy fixtures with Chelsea as the only big team between those matches. When Arsenal topped the league before the second half of season, there is no doubt that the chances for Arsenal are growing bigger and bigger. With the news are getting better too with Elneny sign for Arsenal before the end of January and several player are coming back sooner when it comes the time we need them. What a good way to start February, than the past years. What’s the worst could happen?

Erratic match against Liverpool, when Liverpool in low performance as usual capable to shock Arsenal with leading twice in the game. And when it comes the time for Arsenal win, Liverpool manage to tie the game in last minutes. And no one gonna predicted what happen in the night against Stoke when we got a draw as no goals came from both side and Petr Cech advance to became man of match. 2 draws is not enough to torture Arsenal, put the right player and referee who loves to play card and dive against Arsenal, and you’ve got lose 3 points and a red card. Last night we got the third draw as no goals came out and miraculously Southampton goalkeeper is there when the ball kicks in. First in the first January, 4th in February and with these runs Arsenal can’t say they are in favour to win the title.

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A dummy ghost sits in the empty tribune. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

Several factors already put out Arsenal in misery like they are like pastries who dried out and cracking without no one knowing. If we put 2 winning in FA Cup qualification, Arsenal can see clearly they can win any title, but why EPL is so much different? talking about Community Shield, they already had going to final and win it, and even in FA Cup they need 10 years to win twice in a row, but it giving signs Arsenal capable to success once again. But why Arsenal can’t put EPL title once again after 2003? is it Arsenal lack of strength and stamina in marathon competition? The February-March part of the season for Arsenal who participating in 4 title runs may giving them busy schedule. Arsenal sometimes play 4 match in 2 weeks and it is exhausting, but Arsenal had the depth on their squad and Arsene who can manage who to play and who cannot. But these part of season always weaken us and we failed to cope EPL title for years. But is it coincidental or something haunted us since we take the gold?


Injuries. It was the black plague who hits Europe and kills so many people is written through history as the worst tragedy which ever happened to Europe. These injury always got Arsenal best player or the position that they are lack of. These kind of things always happened when in marathon competition, but to experienced it for 10 years, it cost Arsenal the title and it was more than enough to hold. Is it other opposition player who playing roughly against us and break legs like what happened to Aaron Ramsey and Eduardo? Or the backroom staff? Whatever caused it, Arsene forced to put out the old backroom staff, and bring out several coaches and Shad Forsyte who capable to maintain the fitness of player. the results is no instantly out since we lost a lot players too this season, the list is exagerrating for Arsenal fans.

The lost likes Alexis Sanchez, Debuchy, Theo, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla and the list go on already cost us points. Abou Diaby forced to left Arsenal because of his injury, Thomas Rosicky lost his potential because of the length and the relapse and now Jack Wilshere is the one who close to the record which player force out from injuries since 2013. The fact of Arsenal injuries really become the phantom of Arsenal title credential and ironically we topped the injury league of EPL for the last 5 years not the real EPL. This is like the tumours growing in your body or someone haunting you from the grave to curse you. Put the best horror movie you already had, the Shining or Conjuring even Sinister but there is no more horror thing like Arsenal fans already experience. This ghost is always ready to put Arsenal to the grave, haunted them anywhere and whenever they play.


Referee. or you can say the scale which already broken. or the blind man. Whatever you named it, Arsenal always not getting any favour from the referee. It is the fact for Arsenal fans as we rarely get penalty when it comes to big match or in favour with red card. Put the worst name who loves referee Arsenal matches, Mike Dean is the one. In all competitions Dean has refereed Arsenal 30 times total since the start of the 2009/10 season and in that time has refereed 18 “big matches” between Arsenal and Chelsea, Man City, Man U, or Tottenham. And according to @7amkickoff Arsenal just got 7% percentage to win the match when it comes against big team. Love it! But is it true that it’s always happen with Mike Dean? No. even the lads like Mark Clattenburg or Lee Mason put Arsenal on misery like Southampton game last night or Chelsea red card on Mertesacker assisted by Diego Costa.

And if you put Arsenal record on Premier League red card through EPL history, based on 2014/2015 statistics, only Manchester City is higher than us than any Man.Utd, Chelsea or Liverpool. This is just not happen on EPL too, in UCL we always got it in second leg or group stage. Name it, red card on RvP when against Barcelona by foolish offside or Wojciech red card when Robben the Glass diving. Scary isn’t it? Why they are hated us? I mean the referee, why? Is it Arsenal playing rough? Arsene consistent told media and his player that he hates that tactics and dare everyone who can named players under his wing who playing like that. Or like any Arsenal fans said that, the problem is Arsenal lack of leadership to protect his companion when the referee confronting the player. When Arsenal in bad position or the foolish tackle comes in, the referee is confronted by opposition player, when Arsenal player rarey do so. Arsene just make complaints to the third official which didn’t give him anything at all. Well. you can say Nightmare is on, whenever the referee isn’t giving us the justified foul, prepare to lose.


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Cracking Mentality. This is psychological thing. The truth i didn’t know this type of ghost. Theo named it Arsenal didn’t knew what’s wrong when they are didn’t win against Chelsea or Liverpool. I already discussed this in last post about how Arsenal affected about how they are in pressure to win than to lose. Last night, Arsene told media that the players nervously playing against Southampton and it confused me. Everyone believes they are hungrier than ever, ready to win and if you said the title mentality.. they already had with FA Cup, the least if you said we lack of world class player. No. Just No. The reason is something else, what confidence that builts around Arsenal player in backroom, i didn’t know yet or which method Arsene used to i didn’t know either.

But if you ask Thierry Henry or Pires, they said Arsene Wenger still the same person since they came to Arsenal. Arsenal fans knew it worked since 1997-2003, but not in 2003-2016? Arsene also told that this is the most harmony team he ever managed in Arsenal but what’s happened? Yet we win against Manchester City, Liverpool or Manchester United in the past season, but it is time to move become stronger. Arsenal nostalgic moment to lose against big teams or unconsistent game in EPL or UCL are like watching deja vu over and over. I believe the mentality and snychronize moment Arsenal already cracking than ever, and it affect when there is no Ozil, Cech or Alexis in the squad. It was bad if we put our future in these people, when Wenger hates football playing just by several people not in the whole team. Arsene mentality isn’t the same as his team and it’s true, Arsenal still haunted by these problem. This is like Lucifer who eat Arsenal bravery or strength when the tactics isn’t worked.. nobody knew. But the problem still there, the curse.. or the ghost who still not wanted to be named or known.

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Players who playing for Arsenal in the past. A lot of these player taste the EPL title when they left Arsenal. You could name these guys and get rage over it. Cesc, Nasri, Ashley Cole, Adebayor,or else. The name of traitors or snake list still count on, and sometimes it cost us the title like what happen to RvP. Leave Arsenal and get lost with Manchester united, make Arsenal clapping for the winning of EPL. Stop. It never hurt like this than before. I wish i could bring all of the traitors who hate us in terms of Game of Thrones, instead clapping them, when they are lose i will shout “shame” whenever they play in Emirates. I will. A lot of these players still hate Arsenal because they can’t make it into the squad or they just leave Arsenal hope of title hanging which is the worse. But nest match against Bournemouth, makes us meet the former young gunner (Not Harry Kane) , Benik Afobe who Arsenal let go last season into Championship team. Well i didn’t want to go mad for the success he had with Bournemouth while Arsene choose Sanogo instead this guy but who knew he can developed into like this? Maybe if we let Benik Afobe in Arsenal, he still become the dead wood like Park Chu Young. If he came back to Arsenal after he succeed in Bournemouth, he will the one who exceptional to the former ghost of Arsenal.

The worst? Ramsey curse. Whenever he scores, someone dies. Whatever. Arsenal still wins though. That’s the best curse whatever happened to Arsenal. Cheers.

Anzala Ryanto as Author of this post, big Gooner and right now focused as freelance sports journalist in Indonesia, USA and UK.

Time for Arsene to unleash the Four Horsemen

The darkest days of Arsenal choice of winner formula is over. There’s no empty-handed hands to fill the position, Arsene has brought himself called up for Lord demands. The voice for the Apostles to fulfill what has been written in the book, the Conquest of winning the Premier League era once again. Too long Lord has been waiting for this chance, giving a sign what’s lack in the Arsenal title credentials, the just of Middle Earth , the keeper of the unorthodox type, the wall of justice as strong as back four, and the lion of Judah to lead the Conquest. There’s no plague that haunted the camp of Woolwich soldiers. It’s stopped. And now Arsene had his time to leash every beast he had to find the glory of his Conquest of Premier League once again.


The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse

Thanks for the rise of the first creature to bring Arsene Wenger back on the track to lead the sheep on champion winning, to fight as Lord demands what’s worth to sacrifice for. Arsene had to make his choice of Four Horsemen, lead the Conquest of Arsenal glorification. The baptism of the just of midfielder, the first creature who buoyed to lead the match and bring stability of minds in middle pitch. He is the half-blood prince of Bavarian land, the one who seen everything, Mesut Ozil. This year, the sacred knight of Arsene’s rise again amongst his men and has contributed with brought down 5 castles, and assistance 16 attack on brought down the castle with appearances of 27 wars against another tribesmen the land of Britannia. This year is the moment of Mesut Ozil after several years has been mocked by his own men and another bollocks from foreigners. Arsene must been thinking hard as Mesut Ozil, the one who can’t replaced because the plague hit Arsene’s apprentice of Middle Earth, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere who used to fill the position.

Arsene strategy to put Mesut Ozil efficiency has bring mixed reviews and result on war, thanks to Nigerian born Iwobi who naturally control the waves of war, Arsene could save time and plague who might hit Ozil whenever it takes. Against Burnley tribe, Iwobi manage to take the role with least experience he had but next match against Soton, Mesut Ozil the first Four Horsemen from all, the White Horse must lead the men to win as Arsene waiting for this time to leash the beast for the crown. Mesut Ozil the Conqueror of the Four Horsemen.

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Petr Cech who served another Apostles, has found his touch and light once again in Woolwich, Arsenal. Experience of keeping the stability for all the men back on the castle, bring respect among the men. His addition to the army of Woolwich really equate the odds on the field and aggression of war. Arsene choose him as the second of the Four Horsemen for this season as his predecessor in Woolwich like the Poland, Sir Chesney and Colombian, David not in the prime form. But as the history talk about Petr Cech, his name alone already bring fear to any men who’s gonna attack the castle. His influence who brings balance really bring persona of The Black Horse of the Four Horsemen. Petr Cech, the Scale of the Four Horsemen ready to bring defense for the greatness of Arsene’s men for the rest of the war.

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After losing him in first half of war, this new Frenchmen already put his performance back against Burnley, and now he ready to protect the men of the realm. The beast from Laval, France with the name of Francis Coquelin, put the arms of War on his shield. Arsene already lost this guy who bring the best out of Arsene’s men and back up the men in Middle Earth. His tackle spear and visionary of defensive art brought him as apprentice of War. He will fight anywhere as passion of him is bringing up the morale of the realm. Arsene knew in war at Burnley, he had to came back to fitness as soon as possible. He is the central of War, Francis Coquelin with his Red Horse as the War of The Four Horsemen.

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The last is the Lion of Judah, the animal from Woolwich and every knight from all the realm fear and wanted to take him down. He is fearless and hardly tamed even by Arsene Wenger. The knight of the Pale Horse, the last choice of Four Horsemen of Arsene’s men are the one who brings famine and death for whoever challenge him. The name is Alexis Sanchez, the boy who took experience from tropical landscape, now put his foot on Britannia land, ready to leash the purge after pushed out and got wounded almost two months. This man will slaughtered anyone, and his comeback already put remarks, 1 castle has brought down and Woolwich win against Burnley after his presence.

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Arsene don’t choose the Four Horsemen randomly, as these guys really exceptional already for this season and without them Woolwich lose the way how to win the war. After all of the wounded already came back, Arsene knew these guys will covered everything in the war. And these Knights will bring the crown for Arsene, because this is the right time after all, the Four Horsemen persona really came back on these Knights. I don’t left out another men who exceptional this season as the Spaniard, Bellerin and Monreal or Giroud and Walcott but the Four Horsemen could be anyone like X-men academy. And Arsenal really hits on that. But these Four Horsemen will hit enemy hard and they will bring the glory this season I believe. And don’t forget the Catalonia tribe who mocking us for years will get punished this year and we will won it. This time Woolwich could reigns the Mesopotamia, the Britannia, the Francia, as Woolwich become the Conqueror of European for the first time.

These articles were written on old classic style and for fun because I am on hype train with everyone came back from injuries. Credits for Arsenal bloggers who usually wrote pieces like these. I love it.


Anzala Ryanto as Author of this post, big Gooner and right now focused as freelance  sports journalist in Indonesia, USA and UK.