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Arsenal's Greatest Brazilian... Almost

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All clubs have their heroes. Every club has had a player they recall with a twinkle in their eye and a smile. Those players who were capable of changing fate with a deft swish of their boot.

Most clubs have had one or two of these game-changers on their roster. As an Arsenal fan, we are blessed to be following a club that has boasted a plethora of these miracle men sprinkled liberally throughout its existence. 

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Abou Diaby: Myth and Legend

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It’s been a good three years in coming in truth, but today, the name of Vassiriki Abou Diaby featured on Arsenal’s ‘released’ list, published on the official website. The list is not carved in stone of course, but with the contracts of messrs Rosicky and Arteta also at their expiry, it seems unlikely that Diaby’s name would feature were there any prospect of renegotiation. Arsene provided some sympathetic soundbites when Diaby played in a clutch of U-21 fixtures in the spring, but never seriously considered him for first team action. Still, the curt administrative progress that brings the curtain down on his Arsenal career seems brutal, not brutal like Dan Smith’s “tackle”, but the result is no less lugubrious.

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Is Wenger's Latest Move Cechmate?

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Last seasons excellent run of form coincided with the emergence of a certain Francis Coquelin. The much-travelled Gaul evidenced every asset that fans and indeed the team - were crying out for. Prior to his surprise inclusion we had looked similar to previous seasons' efforts - pleasing on the eye, capable of running rings around any team, but brittle in the heat of battle.

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