1. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin Van Persie and the New Era, Part 7

    Two fears—or shall we say aspirations—cross paths rather resolutely and remain at variance: The expectation of sport fans versus that of the administrators of the clubs to which the fans dedicate their affections and loyalty...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 6,198 reads 23 comments

  2. Arsenal: New Boy Santi Cazorla and the New Arsenal Dream

    A word recalled too frequently by the same tongue can easily nauseate; else the point is emphasis, until the particular idea is driven home. (Poverty of vocabulary could also be the cause, of course...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 6,303 reads 32 comments

  3. EPL Prediction: Arsenal to Finish Fourth in the Coming Season

    A great many people—if we should begin with an exaggeration—pride themselves in their stoic disposition. Like the great athletes, they can point with pride to their unconquerable spirit in the face of pain and disquietude...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 3,651 reads 65 comments

  4. Arsenal: Who Are the Players to Still Buy or Sell Ahead of the Coming Season?

    Anxiety is the right of every fan, but it can quickly devolve into irrationality unless moderated and tempered...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 22,431 reads 97 comments

  5. Arsenal Transfers: Santi Cazorla and the Curious Case of Robin Van Persie

    Not a few—Gooners and neutrals alike—have noted the fact that, in choosing to leave Arsenal , Robin van Persie is despising the opportunity to immortalize himself at Arsenal...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 23,452 reads 78 comments

  6. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin van Persie and the New Era, Part 6

    A certain greediness has crept into the game of football, a malady that ought to be ruthlessly stamped out, much like gangrene must be tackled with as much forcefulness at its own ...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 1,015 reads 25 comments

  7. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin Van Persie and the New Era, Part 5

    Most criticism of Arsenal is either reactionary or is a product of misinformation. Of the last, there are two types: one a product of genuine lack of knowledge and the other a child of bone-headedness...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 11,231 reads 42 comments

  8. Arsenal: 3 Reasons Why the Nuri Sahin Signing Will Be Good for the Gunners

    Rumors about the signing of former Borussia Dortmund ace Nuri Sahin to Arsenal persist. David Ornstein of BBC Sport writes : "Turkey international Sahin, 23, will join on a season-long basis if the player and clubs reach an agreement...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 9,657 reads 37 comments

  9. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin Van Persie and the New Era, Part 4

    Six things come to mind when I contemplate the idea of the new in the same breath with Arsenal . The first already figures in the title of the article—Podolski...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 5,122 reads 14 comments

  10. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin van Persie and the New Era, Part 3

    When Arsenal takes to the field this weekend in a series of preseason games, a few factors will be on display, too. We will, for example, see a ruck of players, a number of whom we will not see again when the season itself begins...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 7,659 reads 36 comments

  11. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin Van Persie and the New Era, Part 2

    The following statement from Arsenal 's 2010 financial report gives a good picture of the current stadium debt. It also allows us to make a good projection of what the future is to be, what I call the New Era...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 9,539 reads 61 comments

  12. Arsenal: Lukas Podolski, Robin Van Persie and the New Era

    The feeling of hope that welled up, vaulting as high as imaginable—the idea that, at last, Arsenal were poised to end their season-long draught through the early acquisition ...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 10,878 reads 36 comments

  13. The Robin Van Persie Saga: Why It's All About Money, Part 5

    In the first part of the series, I outlined four models of club administration currently in practice in Europe. The first is the loan/debt model, where a club operates way above its means, incurring huge debts as a result...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 4,496 reads 46 comments

  14. The Robin Van Persie Saga: Why It's All About Money, Part 4

    For some observers, the problem at Arsenal (a la the Robin van Persie saga) is a simple one indeed: Spend some money (add an expletive if you want)...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 4,695 reads 9 comments

  15. The Robin Van Persie Saga: Why It's All About Money, Part 3

    If Robin van Persie's ill-conceived statement posted on his personal website on Wednesday, with its appeal to "vision" and "direction" stirred up the pot at Arsenal , shattering ...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 4,186 reads 56 comments

  16. The Robin Van Persie Saga: Why It's All About Money, Part 2

    When I say that behind the Robin van Persie saga is money, it isn't in lieu of the role and impact of trophies in this situation. What I do say is that money is fundamentally behind all of it, and I do not believe it is a leap in logic to say so...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 5,614 reads 45 comments

  17. The Robin Van Persie Saga: Why It's All About Money, Part 1

    With one stroke of his pen, in 321 words or thereabout, Robin van Persie shattered the peace at Arsenal , reintroducing in the process the sort of chaos that reigned at Arsenal last summer...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 8,058 reads 109 comments

  18. 6 Reflections on Van Persie's Decision to Leave Arsenal

    Reactions to Van Persie's announcement not to renew his contract at Arsenal appear to conclude that he will leave, but this shouldn't necessarily be assumed to be the case...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 3,412 reads 41 comments

  19. 7 Reasons Arsenal Are a Great Club to Sign and Play for

    The debate concerning the direction of Arsenal among the club's fans is, in the long run, a debate about value...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 14,743 reads 73 comments

  20. Jack Wilshere: Why His Return Can Lead Arsenal to the Title Next Season, Part 4

    For first-time readers of the series, first, a disclaimer. Recapitulation No, we're not saying that Jack Wilshere's return will be the trump card for Arsenal 's success in the coming season...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 8,638 reads 57 comments

  21. Arsenal: 6 Stars Poised to Shine in Euro 2012 Quarterfinals

    Arsenal had 10 Premier League players going into the Euros, the most of any Premier League club. Here is the list: Of these, six remain in the competition and may play in the Quarterfinals...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 9,856 reads 21 comments

  22. Wenger, RvP, Podolski and Giroud: What Do Arsenal Fans Really Want?

    What exactly do Arsenal fans want? "Arsenal fans," though, is too generic. I must affix "disgruntled" to the term. The majority of Arsenal fans are excellent people...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about 2 years ago 15,761 reads 134 comments

  23. Why Jack Wilshere's Return Can Lead Arsenal to the Title Next Season, Pt. 3

    In this third and final part of the series, I'd like to begin by stating how exactly Jack Wilshere 's return can lead Arsenal to the title next season...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about over 2 years ago 13,467 reads 60 comments

  24. Portugal vs. Netherlands: 6 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Group B Final Match

    The highly rated Dutch suffered the ignominy of leaving a major tournament without securing a single point...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about over 2 years ago 2,707 reads 1 comments

  25. 7 Reasons Arsenal's Arsene Wenger Is Still the EPL's Best Manager

    I am not unmindful of the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson has been voted English Premier League's manager of the competition's one score years...

    I.J. Yarison Written by I.J. Yarison about over 2 years ago 26,644 reads 151 comments