Andrew Mangan


Andrew Mangan is a writer and podcaster. Fan of bourbon and Robert Pires, sluggish centre-half. Can be found on arseblog.com and at @arseblog.
  • Arsenal Must Face The Jack Wilshere Conundrum This Summer

    Although Arsenal's defensive record this season lends itself to serious scrutiny, and it got to the point where Arsene Wenger changed his system for the first time in more than twenty years at the club, it has always felt like the biggest issue the team faced was in midfield. After the loss of Santi Cazorla in October, Wenger tried all kinds of combinations to make things work. Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin; Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey; any one of those three with Mohamed Elneny; but not much really worked until the formation change. ...

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  • The Decisions Timescale Is Becoming Critical At Arsenal

    It's a curiosity of Arsenal's 2016-17 season that they have, with one game left to go, gained more points than they did last time around. The 72 they have on the board right now could become 75 if they beat Everton at the Emirates on Sunday, yet despite winning more points, you'd be hard pressed to make a case that Arsenal as a team have improved. ...

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  • Alexis Sanchez’s Scarcity Makes Him Arsenal’s Priority

    As Arsenal struggled to find the opening goal against Southampton on Wednesday night, Alexis Sanchez became more involved in the game. Despite the fact he's at his most effective in the final third, he often drops deep to try and influence play. Arsene Wenger, in the early part of this season, countered that to some extent by deploying him as a centre-forward, but soon realised that, there, the Chilean would do what he does anyway, and has since almost exclusively selected him behind a striker. ...

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  • Arsene Wenger Continues To Stumble In And Out Of Part Solutions

    Quite often in recent times, Arsene Wenger has stumbled upon changes to his team which work out well. Think of the promotion of Hector Bellerin, for example. In the passing of time it might seem as if the Arsenal manager spotted an exciting young talent and gave him the chance he deserved. The truth is that Bellerin began that season as third choice right-back, and it was only when Mathieu Debuchy picked up a long-term injury and Calum Chambers – a centre-half – had his confidence shattered at Swansea that the young Spaniard, who was about to go out on loan, got his chance. ...

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  • Rob Holding Has Enjoyed A Good Arsenal Start, Nothing More

    Having come through a difficult period in the last few months, Arsenal fans are keen to grab onto positives as and when they arrive. Reaching an FA Cup final is one of them, obviously, as is the recent tactical change implemented by Arsene Wenger. For many the Frenchman was utterly inflexible in that regard, wedded to a back four, so the use of a back three has been a pleasant surprise. ...

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