Should Wilshere play this summer?

March 31, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, England, Premier League

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Upon reading the headline of this article, the response can likely be summed up with one word. No. Jack Wilshere is being lined up to play for England’s under-21 side this summer in the European Championship, with England boss Fabio Capello and his U-21 counterpart Stuart Pearce eager to take full advantage of his talents and Premier League experience at the tournament in Denmark . Most will take the position that Wilshere is in danger of burning out in his breakthrough season, and would be better... 

Why Arsenal can take heart from Barca defeat

March 10, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

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Barcelona are the best team in the world. We know this because we are told often enough by those in the know. Some go one further. For me, they are the best team ever Graeme Souness cooed in the post-match fall-out following Arsenals 3-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona on Tuesday. Before anything else, something needs to be addressed. Barcelona deserve their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and out-played Arsenal during the second leg. The first game was one of contrast  the... 

Bracelona preview – Do we sacrifice or plan ahead

March 8, 2011 by  - Filed under Arsenal FC, Champions League

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It has been an odd couple of weeks for Arsenal. In the space of 14 days Arsene Wenger’s men have lurched from quadruple hopefuls to staring down the barrel of another 6 years without a trophy; from favourites to overturn Manchester United in the title race to no hopers and back again. But there has always been one constant lurking on the horizon, and now it is upon them. The Champions League 2nd leg tie against Barcelona has permeated every thought of Wenger since that dramatic night 23 days ago,...