It feels as if Arsenal have fallen behind schedule in recent weeks. The reasons for this halt in momentum are perfectly explicable; a combination of difficult fixtures and the absence of important first team players. Arsenal have 44 points after 23 games, which is six or seven points short of where you would expect a title winning team to be at this time of the season. Chelsea had 53 points at this stage of last season while Manchester City had exactly the same points total after 23 games of the 2013/14 season.
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William Benn is an attractive and well-built Arsenal fanatic living within pie-throwing distance of the Emirates. Supporter 1995-2013. Football-ignoring idiot 1998-2005, so managed to dramatically escape enjoying the greatest moments of our recent history. Made it back just in time for the CL final, thank goodness. Still an optimist, if a touch more cynical as the years go by. Will, will be writing about Arsenal as only Will can. Did we mention attractive?
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Martijn Stolze is an unwavering Gooner since 1998. All the staggering highs and shattering lows have taken a toll on his health.
Barnaby is a mere stripling in terms of life and footballing experience, but a lack of much resembling a social life has given him great insight into the world of football, from both a tactical and a fan's viewpoint. He's also fond of a nice soapbox, telling fans how best to get behind the team and respond to the mind-crushingly dull tide of transfer rumours that fill everyday Gooner life.
This boyhood Arsenal fan enjoys writing about the beautiful game and Arsenal in particular. Lewis writes match previews, statistical analyses and opinion pieces.
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Christopher is a man so obsessed with football he started writing academic papers about it. Christopher has been an attendee of the Arsenal for 20 years and it's safe to say he has enjoyed several minutes of it. Writing for Goonersphere about the business of football, the law around it, and anything else that piques his interest.
Andy is an Arsenal fan who attends as many first team games as he can, as well as frequently going to youth games. He's a firm believer in Arsene Wenger, and despises people who have 'always loved watching Borussia Dortmund'! Achievements: Once nearly bought Marc Overmars' house...
I've been absent from the pages of Goonersphere for some months now and not putting my thoughts in print was not the best of feelings. I wanted to write, I like writing, but every week I had so many other things in my life that it came short. And then there are all the topics surrounding Arsenal, but with time cut short the choice of topics gets very small and often there's nothing left as it seems 10 minutes before you turned on your computer all the things you wanted to talk about had already been written about.
The primacy of squad depth and ‘having options’ is drummed into the modern football fan on a weekly basis. Despite this orthodoxy, teams who win the game’s major prizes typically base their success around a core of six or seven key players within the first XI who are considered immovable when fit. True, they have big enough squads to rotate when necessary and possess a layer of fringe players who can fill in without having too adversarial an effect on the team.
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