Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk Arsenal FC News and Lifestyle Blog Tue, 22 May 2018 17:44:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://misterspruce.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/authou-123x120.png Mister Spruce https://misterspruce.co.uk 32 32 Arsenal Poll: Have Your Say! https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-poll-have-your-say/ https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-poll-have-your-say/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 16:52:49 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8956 Gunners! We would like to know if you are open to us shifting the direction of this blog ‘little bit’. In addition to Arsenal news, we want to include: Football of course. Food. Fashion. Finance. The new inclusions briefly explained: Food:  Promoting Arsenal Food, you’d be surprised how much we have. Fashion: What they wore, what […]

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Gunners! We would like to know if you are open to us shifting the direction of this blog ‘little bit’. In addition to Arsenal news, we want to include:

Football of course. Food. Fashion. Finance.


The new inclusions briefly explained:

Food: 

Promoting Arsenal Food, you’d be surprised how much we have.

Fashion:

What they wore, what you can steal: Our players, our manager, ex-players…

Finance:

Data, budgets, funds, costs, Swiss Ramble stuff.

What do you think? Football, Food, Fashion and Finance. Only for Arsenal fans. Only Arsenal related.

We’ve never seen it done before but we need to know if you’re open to us doing that on the blog, after all, we write for you 🙂

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Arsenal Blog Move: Vote At The Polls! https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-blog-move-vote-polls/ https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-blog-move-vote-polls/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 12:45:07 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8883 Hey, Arsenal fans! Before we even think about starting it, we’d like to know if you guys are open to adjusting the direction of this Arsenal blog a bit. In addition to Arsenal news, we would like to include: Food Fashion (Menswear) Finance What do you think? Football, Food, Fashion and Finance. Only for Arsenal […]

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Hey, Arsenal fans! Before we even think about starting it, we’d like to know if you guys are open to adjusting the direction of this Arsenal blog a bit. In addition to Arsenal news, we would like to include:

  • Food
  • Fashion (Menswear)
  • Finance

What do you think? Football, Food, Fashion and Finance. Only for Arsenal fans. Only Arsenal related.

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Where do Arsenal need Strengthening? https://misterspruce.co.uk/where-do-arsenal-need-strengthening/ https://misterspruce.co.uk/where-do-arsenal-need-strengthening/#comments Mon, 21 May 2018 15:24:34 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8946 With Arsene Wenger calling time on his stint as Arsenal manager it is the end of an era and a very long one at that. Owner Stan Kroenke will now have to prepare to install a new man at the club’s helm for the first time since 1996. Whoever takes over the role of manager […]

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With Arsene Wenger calling time on his stint as Arsenal manager it is the end of an era and a very long one at that. Owner Stan Kroenke will now have to prepare to install a new man at the club’s helm for the first time since 1996.

Whoever takes over the role of manager will have some incredibly big shoes to fill and it will be a very demanding job to take on. At the same time though there will be no shortage of candidates who will be interested in filling the vacancy.

The new Gunners manager will not only have the task of getting the North London outfit back in the top four, and with that a return to the Champions League, but he will also look to put his own stamp on the squad.

Fans will undoubtedly demand that the new boss brings with him a number of star players with which to kickstart this new era. At the same time though, fans must accept that there is a requirement for not just evolution but a degree of revolution over the next few months.

One criticism that Arsene Wenger often faced while in charge of Arsenal, certainly in his later years, was that he was too loyal to his players and failed to wield the axe when it mattered. Had he done so then it may have allowed the club to progress further up the Premier League table.

That loyalty will have disappeared by the time that Wenger walks out of the Emirates exit door for the final time and the most pertinent question that will be asked is just where Arsenal need strengthening before the 2018/19 campaign starts.

If you were hyper-critical after a season where the club has gone backwards once more, then you would have to say that all areas from top to bottom could do with something of an overhaul. After finishing in fifth twelve months before, they were only good for sixth this time around.

Should wholesale change not come about then the odds will likely not favour Arsenal winning their first Premier League title since 2004. Not only that, you would have to wonder if they will even make a return to Europe’s elite.

Arsenal’s Defence Line


In goal, the likes of both Petr Cech and David Ospina are not of the quality of that of their nearest rivals. For the quintet of clubs that have finished above them, the most common dominator is that there is an able body between the sticks.

There is no doubting that Cech has been a good servant to the club, but that comes after already having a lengthy stint at across town rivals Chelsea, and one must wonder just how many more performances the Czech goalkeeping legend can eke out during next season.

Not only that though, Arsenal’s defence has once again had fans tearing their hair out over the course of the season that has just passed. With Laurent Koscielny now out until December, after sustaining an injury in the Europa League Semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid, the hope will be that a new centre-back is at the top of the shopping list.

Arsenal Captain, Laurent Koscielny Injured
Laurent Koscielny

In the case of Nacho Monreal, you wonder if father time has got the better of him and we have perhaps seen the best days of the Spaniard while wearing the club’s red and white colours.

Arsenal’s Attack Force


Another Spanish player on the books is one Santi Cazorla. The Spanish international has had a terrible time with injuries and is out of contract at the end of the campaign. After such a long absence the new manager will have to decide whether he will be given a new deal.

Sentiment would dictate that Cazorla is allowed one more deal at Arsenal after such a torrid run of bad luck; however, it is that sentiment that has arguably seen Arsenal slip behind their nearest title rivals and an element of ruthlessness might be needed if they are to make progress.

If the new manager brings in another forward in the close season, it could mean the end of Danny Welbeck’s time at the club. Although he has featured as of late while also scoring against A.C Milan, that is due more to the injuries of others, and with doubts over his long-term fitness, the former Manchester United player could well be viewed as expendable.

The list of outgoings could well depend on just how many players are brought in. You would have to imagine that a war chest will not only be promised by Stan Kroenke but will also be a pre-requisite for any prospective manager looking to take over from Arsene Wenger. There will certainly be in’s and out’s this summer, the interesting part will now be waiting to see who they will be.

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Arsenal v CSKA Moscow: Now That We’re Here https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-v-cska-moscow/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:59:08 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8893 Arsenal’s win against Milan on both legs has given me and Arsenal fans the impetus to hope. Even Danny Welbeck has given the chutzpah to believe that at some point in the competition we wouldn’t have to resort to playing Nketiah upfront considering the goal drought and subsequent injury of Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang not […]

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Arsenal’s win against Milan on both legs has given me and Arsenal fans the impetus to hope.

Even Danny Welbeck has given the chutzpah to believe that at some point in the competition we wouldn’t have to resort to playing Nketiah upfront considering the goal drought and subsequent injury of Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang not being able to play.

Now we meet CSKA Moscow on April 5 and 12 respectively with the hope that maybe their defence which according to reports have an average age of 37 implode under the speed and creativity of our midfield and attack.

The odds are a little bit stacked against CSKA Moscow on Netbet UK seeing that there’s a seeming lack or want of fluidity in their movement in the middle of the field and in the final third. They seat at third on the Russian Premier League table and have lost one and won two of their last three matches.

We do, however, need to take note of certain players who can spring surprises on a chilly night in Moscow (fancy that for the title of the next James Bond movie: Chilly Night in Moscow).

CSKA Players Arsenal Should Watch Out For

Bibras Natko


The Israeli midfielder has scored four goals and made assists of the same number. Also having a high pass completion rate (81.8%) according to Whoscored.com, he’s their very own Özil and Ramsey combined. He’ll need to be closed down so he doesn’t get those passes anywhere near…

 

Vitinho


As Brazilian as they come, this striker’s got eight (8) goals and four (4) assists to his name, their own Alexis Sanchez perhaps? The Brazilian also has one of the highest pass completion rates in the team (82.4%), which is, something he apparently does better than Alexis Sanchez.

Vitinho doesn’t seem to do well aerially so our concern should rest more with stopping low crosses or defence-splitting passes from the likes of Bibras getting to him.

Other players worth mentioning are the Russian Alexandr Golovin whose done four (4) goals and two (2) assists and the Dane, Pontus Pilate Wernbloom whose got four (4) goals and three (3) assists to his name.

As a Nigerian, I guess I have the God-given right to say Ahmed Musa should pose no threat as he’s very much Gervinho with no goals, at least in the English Premier League. It’ll take him till next season at least to get back the form that led to his Leicester purchase.

Rest for Arsenal is key especially as I think Özil and Elneny are a bit tired. It’s refreshing to see that we have no games until 1st of April, hopefully, tired legs are rested.

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AC Milan v Arsenal: Every Highlight. All The Goals https://misterspruce.co.uk/ac-milan-v-arsenal-every-highlight-goals/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:32:03 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8890 The post AC Milan v Arsenal: Every Highlight. All The Goals appeared first on Mister Spruce.

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New TV Rights Deal Ensures That The Premier League Is Ahead Of The Rest https://misterspruce.co.uk/new-tv-rights-deal-ensures-premier-league-ahead-rest/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:00:17 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8881 It is quite shocking that a new TV rights deal for the Premier League will take effect from 2019, a fact not lost on the rest of the European leagues. The new TV rights, a multi-billion pound deal could be decided as early as next week. As it stands, England is the destination for players […]

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It is quite shocking that a new TV rights deal for the Premier League will take effect from 2019, a fact not lost on the rest of the European leagues. The new TV rights, a multi-billion pound deal could be decided as early as next week.

As it stands, England is the destination for players that want the spotlight, wages, razzmatazz their talents deserve. The spending power of English teams is unprecedented and it will only get bigger. The fact that Manchester City is topping the league by a mammoth 16 points is evidence of how good The Citizens have been this season under Pep Guardiola where they have defied beliefs of even best football betting guides. However, one naturally would expect the top teams to strengthen adequately next term in a bid to compete for the title. And there’s Arsenal who keep recording impressive figures despite having not won the League for over a decade.

Manchester City has practically won the league given that they have played the best football, scored the most goals, have an insanely talented team and have almost the best manager in the world. No Bueno!

However, the new TV rights which will be shared equally among all 20 EPL teams, means that smaller teams like Burnley and co have the financial clout to compete for the same players. Here are 3 reasons I believe the Premier League is way above the rest of the leagues in Europe.

Fierce Competition

Winning the Premier League is quite difficult. It’s not just about buying players, it’s also what you do with them (Wenger take note). Retaining the title is even more herculean.

While City practically have the title stashed away this season, this time next season may see them mired in a top 4 battle. The smaller teams are catching up with the biggest teams and no longer cower in fear. Giant killers, I tell you!

Burnley flirted with the Top 4 for brief periods this term before ultimately tiring out. Sean Dyche’s men may find it easier next term as they have the finances to attract better players. The competition, drama, upsets and unpredictability of the league makes it a fan favourite and the most watched in the world.

Added Focus and Spotlight

It is widely known that for a player to get the attention and spotlight, he must play in the Premier League. Former West Ham player, Dimitri Payet was always known as a gifted player prior to his move to the East London outfit, but he received new levels of adulation when he played for The Hammers. Players who play well are the subject of new levels of celebrity status given the football culture of the country.

Past players in the league became household names in the world by plying their trade in the PL, and the new TV rights ensure that the smaller clubs can get players they ordinarily won’t be able to attract. These players will be desperate to showcase what they are capable of week in, week out with the added attention on their performances, either good or bad.

Wages and Quality of Players

The TV rights mean that more quality players will be attracted to the prospect of playing in the league as the wages on offer are astronomical. The quality of players in the league on the average is ever improving, as the likes of Southampton, Everton and Leicester can boast of players who won’t look out of place in any top 6 side. Southampton have Mario Lemina, whose last club was Juventus. Watford can boast of Gerard Deulofeu, who at the beginning of the season was playing for Barcelona and Leicester have Wilfred Ndidi, the player with the most interceptions in all of Europe.

The other leagues have a huge concentration of the best players at the top teams, but the English Premier League is more open, and this is thanks to the TV rights, that has ensured that any team that wins the competition must play well from week 1 to 38.

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Oestersunds v Arsenal – All The Goals https://misterspruce.co.uk/oestersunds-v-arsenal-goals/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:30:47 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8878 Arsenal cruise past Oestersunds but it’s not enough to redeem the unredeemable in our Premier League run. There’s still need for change at the club.  

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Arsenal cruise past Oestersunds but it’s not enough to redeem the unredeemable in our Premier League run. There’s still need for change at the club.

 

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The midfield betrayed Arsenal against Tottenham https://misterspruce.co.uk/midfield-betrayed-arsenal-tottenham/ Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:17 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8876 Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to bitter rivals, Tottenham last weekend but the scoreline definitely flattered the Gunners. We were especially poor, struggling to match the intensity, pace and power of our opponents. The Gunners are now 8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea, which has all but ended our top 4 hopes. Tottenham waltzed through […]

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Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss to bitter rivals, Tottenham last weekend but the scoreline definitely flattered the Gunners. We were especially poor, struggling to match the intensity, pace and power of our opponents. The Gunners are now 8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea, which has all but ended our top 4 hopes. Tottenham waltzed through the Arsenal team and showed that there is a gradual shift of power in north London, a fact that Arsenal fans wouldn’t have thought possible some 15 years ago.

The pair of Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele played with power and strength that looked straight from the textbook of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, midfield generals that epitomised the strength of Arsenal in the early 2000s. The quintet of Mohammed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jack Wilshere were overrun time and time again, and these players must look themselves in the mirror.

The club needed them to stand up when it mattered most but they didn’t and they made the club pay. Despite having a fantastic first start in the colours of Arsenal in the 5-1 thumping of Everton recently, Mkhitaryan was anonymous in the Wembley clash, leading yet another testament to the fact that he keeps going missing in the big games. The Armenian international offered none of the defence-splitting passes he is known to do. He must step it up when it matters most.

Time and time again, he had space and opportunity to lay chances on a plate for his teammate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but he did nothing of such before being substituted in the second half. For the German playmaker, Mesut Ozil continued his lack of big-game mentality in the clash at Wembley, as he looked out of sorts, demoralised and lacked the willpower to influence the game. He is a big player and showed his commitment to the Arsenal cause by signing a new three-year contract at The Emirates last month, but against Tottenham, he had his shoulders drooped and showed the body language of a player who didn’t think it possible to defeat their opponents time and time again.

Jack Wilshere was the only Arsenal midfielder that showed any of the passion and commitment needed to play in a Derby game, but on footballing terms, he looked a tad ineffective. There were no penetrative passes to stretch the Tottenham defence, no runs from deep to peg the Spurs players back in their own halves. He looked ordinary as he was left to battle the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen without finding much joy.

Elneny, the Egypt international was drafted in by Wenger to add more solidity in the midfield alongside Xhaka, but the pair couldn’t cope with the sheer physicality of the Tottenham midfield. Xhaka has been criticised by some sections of the Arsenal fans, who have berated him for his lackadaisical approach to the game, especially in the wake of Arsenal’s loss to Swansea last month.

While the midfield was not entirely culpable for the defeat, it was the lack of their intensity that allowed Tottenham to completely dominate the game. They betrayed the club.

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Arsenal v Everton: All The Goals https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-v-everton-goals/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 08:00:28 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8870 [gap height=”20″] Fantastic performance from the boys. Hatrick heroes Rambo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and debutant, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang totally left me gobsmacked. Enjoy courtesy Soccer Highlights Today.  

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Fantastic performance from the boys. Hatrick heroes Rambo, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and debutant, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang totally left me gobsmacked. Enjoy courtesy Soccer Highlights Today.

 

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How Arsenal Has Made A Big Mistake! https://misterspruce.co.uk/arsenal-made-big-mistake/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:45:59 +0000 http://misterspruce.co.uk/?p=8860 [gap height=”15″] No, this is not because we lost miserably to the giant killers – Swansea – yesterday. Okay, maybe a bit. But not exactly. I like our Henrik M. (I’ve not gotten round to learning how to spell his name) piece of business and the PEA (I also, haven’t gotten round to learning how […]

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No, this is not because we lost miserably to the giant killers – Swansea – yesterday.

Okay, maybe a bit. But not exactly.

I like our Henrik M. (I’ve not gotten round to learning how to spell his name) piece of business and the PEA (I also, haven’t gotten round to learning how to spell his name) as well. But, I’m seeing us lose some of the players we ought to keep for paltry sums or no sums at all.

Cue the potential move of O to the G (Olivier Giroud) to our rivals Chelsea for £15m and this unknown youth –  Marcus McGuane – to Barca on a free. Barca rarely makes mistakes on young talent. Messi, Pedro, Tello, Bellerin, Xavi etc. Hopefully, we’ll tie down our young stars in the making like Nketiah, Reiss and Niles before Barca and City come sniffing.

Now, this news about AS Monaco being interested in Olivier Giroud sounds like music to my ears and I’d rather he moved there than over the train lines to the Chavs. And  I’d sell him for less even, just so that he doesn’t go to our rivals. This is not Abou Diaby we’re selling guys! It’s bloody, steaming Giroud! Scorpion King! GQ model! Our best header goal scorer! How can we even want this French Adonis to connect Eden Hazard’s and Willian’s crosses! Why???!!!

I just needed to rant this morning, so, here I am, up from my writing slumber, ranting.

Have a good day guys.

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