A Goal celebration I hope to see in 2012/13
I am sure most of us have been watching the exciting Joel Campbell whilst on loan at Lorient, where thankfully, he was getting a better run of games at the season end, and for Costa Rica. I wrote a blog back in February looking into the background to Wenger’s decision to buy, suggesting Wenger must be hugely keen on this lad and theorising that work permit permitting, we might see him in the 1st team squad in the new season. (February article at foot of this piece.)
There is no question that most fans, myself included were under the impression that obtaining a work permit for Joel Campbell might be tricky. I certainly was thinking that Joel would not have played enough international fixtures for his country Costa Rica in the past 24 months. This being the case, should Arsene Wenger wish to include Campbell as a 4th striker in the first team squad most of us thought the only option would be to explore the ‘Exceptional’ talent route we used for Ryo Miyaichi last summer. Well I am delighted to confirm in my view we were all wrong and Campbell receiving a work permit for 2012/13 is a formality and here’s why:- Continue reading
For Club and Country!
Now then, I am delighted to welcome back one of the most popular Gooners on twitter Andy Wood, @yorkshiregunner, with his monthly guest post for ’1nildown2oneup’
Many thanks to Dave again allowing me to ramble on about a subject that I cannot cover within the 140 characters used on Twitter. Particularly for allowing me a slot, right in the middle of his ongoing global gooner tour.
Today`s Blog comes about following a Twitter conversation with @TheSquidBoyLike about supporting England. He made a very valid point about not caring much for a team which has hateful players such as Terry or players like Rooney who cheated Arsenal out of 50 Unbeaten Games, or even Cashley. But seeing as Arsenal have the most exciting English core of players currently in, The Ox, Theo, Gibbs and the best of the lot Wilshere, it is easier for Arsenal fans to feel a connection to the Three Lions these days. After Theo`s match winning cameo against Sweden it was strange to hear lads at my work saying how great he was after they have spent the last few seasons what a waste of space he is. Over the next few years the aforementioned players will I am sure will form the core of England`s Team but it wasn’t always so. I`d like to take a look at previous English Squads at major tournaments and the Arsenal Players involved ( or omitted ). Continue reading
Welcome to the second part of exploring the Gooner passion in Russia, although this time it is not strictly only Russia. On the suggestion of Anna Lvova (@MadRuskiGunner) ’1nildown2one up’ caught up with Alexander Krotov (@blader_gooner.) Alexander like Anna is a Muscovite, but he also happens to be the current main man/coordinator of activity for the ‘ARSSC,’ the Arsenal Russian Speaking Supporters Club in Moscow.
I have asked Alexander a few questions about his own passion for the Arsenal and about being a Gooner in Russia but first let’s look at the ARSSC itself. The ARSSC was formed in the year 2000 and it is the only officially recognised Arsenal supporters club in Russia but it is so much more than that and it is not solely for Gooners in Russia but for all Russian speaking fans where ever they may be in the world. The Club recognised the ARSSC in 2005. Continue reading
So welcome all to the next stop on our summer tour exploring Gooner passion around the globe. We have so far stopped a day in Norway and 3 days in Kenya, but this week we find ourselves back in Europe for 2 days. Eastern Europe and to be precise Russia. The is the first of 2 pieces looking at the amazing journey originating behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ right up to the present day for Arsenal fans in Russia. You have probably guessed already by my title but who better to help us bring this journey to life than Anna Lvova, better known to many of you who enjoy conversing with her on all Gooner issues as @MadRuskiGunner
Hi Anna and thanks for agreeing to do this interview for ‘1nildown2oneup’ today. As the most well known Gooner from Russia to most of us on Twitter in the UK it will be superb to share your journey to Goonerdom with my readers.
I am very honoured by the proposal and thank you for your kind words. I will try to shed some light on the Russian side of Goonerdom and myself in particular. Continue reading
I feel as if I m not contributing much to my own website but is the guest writers continue to write better then me I guess no one will be complaining. Today we have a tactical piece, which I usually feel is my strength, but this article is superb. It looks at perhaps the only formation that will allow Wenger to retain his 3 man midfeld, and still have a 2 man strike force.
Yes today we are assessing the possibility of Arsenal using the classic 3-5-2 with a twist. Ironically given that this past week has been Kenya Gooner week ,my guest writer was born in Kenya but has spent most of his life in America. His father was always on business in Italy and England so he was instilled with a passion for Juventus and Arsenal in equal measures but his first trip to London was as a 10 year old in 1997. In reality since then he has been a die hard Gooner. I am delighted to introduce Hamza Mohamed, better known to many for his insightful and invariably positive contributions to the debate on twitter as @BornGunner
This is a long feature but I urge you to enjoy not only the quality of the writing and the conclusions, but equally the research undertaken and the knowledge that shines through…..
Some formations come and go, in and out of fashion, others fade and disappear. There are good reasons for that and yet defying the prevailing wisdom. Today am here to discuss the 3-5-2 system, and how it can help Arsenal overcome their defensive fragility. It’s a system that has been used by great successful sides in the past, many thought the system won’t be put into practice anymore, but thankfully we have seen the resurgence of this formation. It helped Napoli qualify for the Champion’s League a season ago. In the process their attacking play, ball retention, quick and effective counter attacking and collective defending displays earn plaudits from across Europe Furthermore, who can forget one of the biggest achievements last season ; Juventus winning their first Scudetto unbeaten since ‘Calciopoli,’ the match fixing scandal of 2006. It was a brilliant first season for Antonio Conte, as former captain and idol he knew he had a difficult job in hand when he was hired to guide Juventus back to their glory days. He was considered as a disciple of the 4-4-2, the new signing Andrea Pirlo didn’t appear to fit his system, but the mastermind Conte showed his skills as a tactician by ensuring versatility, he found a place for Pirlo by switching to a 4-3-3. However Conte’s attention to tactical detail, meant he was prepared to alter the 4-3-3 to suit the opposition, as a result he used 3-5-2 in key against Napoli and Udinese, teams that also used this formation. The formation was additionally utilized a number of times throughout the season and has had a big hand in the Scudetto triumph. Continue reading