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Simon Weiss

ArsenalgermanySimon Weiss, known on Twitter as @SimonAFC, is a student from Germany with a keen interest in all things Arsenal, tactics and coaching as well as the business of football. Simon is the Goonersphere German Bundesliga expert and will be writing on a variety of Arsenal matters as well as giving us the odd insight into the Bundesliga and German football in general.

Litmanen's Totaal Arsenal

dennisflickLitmanen is a Dutch bilingual former journalism student and boyhood Arsenal fan. He enjoys writing about the beautiful game and is the Goonersphere Dutch Eredivisie expert and will be writing on a variety of Arsenal matters as well as giving us unique insight into Dutch and/or Eredivisie players.

In the land of the Blind, Daley is King

Mikel Arteta isn't as good as he used to be. Whether it's due to age, injuries or his midfield partners, the Spaniard seems to be becoming less positively influential. Most notably losing pace over the last year, it's time to think about a replacement for the Barça youth product. Mikel looks most comfortable when partnered with Aaron Ramsey, but his play under pressure when isolated and his lack of engine could become a problem for an Arsenal side that wants to challenge for trophies in years to come. Borussia Dortmund's İlkay Gündoğan has been mentioned in the past, but his injuries and links to Real Madrid plus an undoubtedly huge price tag make him a seemingly unattainable target.

A player that hasn't been mentioned as Arteta's heir and Aaron Ramsey's future other half in the centre of midfield, is Daley Blind.

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It Velt like love - Should Arsenal Pursue This Ajax Starlet?

A lot has happened since I last wrote something. Arsenal have played 22 matches, signed Mesut Özil, and our boys in red and white are currently top of the Premier League and top their Champions League group as the bookmakers' favourites to go through. It’s a great time to be a Gooner. Sadly, the international break showed its hideous, boring face again and now we’re already talking about the January transfer window.

The general consensus is that we need another striker, to relieve the pressure on Olivier ‘I’m okay with my body’ Giroud. Whilst I do agree with that, writing about Dutch football is part of my job description. Since there isn’t a good enough Eredivisie striker for us to get excited about, allow me to look at another position Arsenal need strengthening in.

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Özil is a Gunner

Mesut Özil's transfer to Arsenal was *the* deal of transfer deadline day and *the* deal that completely changes the current image of Arsenal FC. How big the transfer actually is can easily be seen by the reaction of all groups of supporters. Arsenal fans, not being used to a signing of this magnitude, were in disbelief for a good while - as were Real Madrid fans. Naturally, both for different reasons.

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