It is often claimed that the stock of a player is never higher than when he is out injured, with salvation expected to follow his return as a matter of course. This a process with which Jack Wilshere is all too familiar; fevered expectation followed by lengthy spells of inertia caused by injury. He is a player who exists largely in-potentia; the promise of what he might produce in future greater than the memories he has provided so far. Wilshere gave an interview earlier this week outlining his desire to return for Arsenal’s festive fixtures, but keen to stress that he will not rush back and put his body at risk.
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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?
Brian Fettner, known on Twitter as @GunnerFaithful.
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...
When Petr Cech signed for Arsenal in the summer we believed it was an early statement of intent from the Arsenal manager to sign top quality players to bolster his squad. Sadly Cech ended up being the only senior signing for Wenger and many felt his decision to not lower his sights and settle for slightly better rotation players would be one we'd quickly come to regret - although Graeme Souness believes so far so vindicated.
North London Derbies prompt retrospective thought like no other Arsenal fixture. A glance across the mainstream media over the next few days will confirm this, as a deluge of articles are produced with the sole purpose of recounting previous encounters. ‘Top Ten Goals’, ‘Top Five Games’, or ‘Best Seven Comebacks’. I’m sure you’re all familiar with these Buzzfeed style, easily consumed, bite-size pieces of content. Amid the lapses into nostalgia however, a glance at past encounters can allow one to identify certain trends. Though many accept the mantra that ‘form goes out of the window’ on derby day, games against Tottenham Hotspur have taken on a marked change in character in recent times. Simply put, the goals have dried up and the madness of the fixture has subsided a touch.
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