The Twohundredpercent Premier League Previews: Arsenal

This season, we are trying yet another new angle with the Twohundredpercent pre-season previews. Constraints of time mean that we are starting our pre-season previews very early this year, and this means that, in no small part through necessity, we will be trying to approach this from the perspective of the clubs as institutions Рlast minute transfer gossip will have to wait for another time. We will be covering all twenty Premier League clubs, as well as writing up previews for the Football League and the non-league game, and all of these plus a little more will be available in a swanky PDF, which will be available at the start of the season. If we are to look at the changing role of football throughout recent history through the prism of class, then the changing face of Arsenal has arguably been more dramatic than many, if not most. There used to be something of the establishment about Arsenal Рit was surely the only Premier League football club to retain two double-barrelled surnames on its board of directors until well into this century, and Highbury was a home of elegance and art deco stylings. The famed marble halls and the bronze bust of Herbert Chapman in the entrance to the East Stand, for example, would, perhaps, not have seemed quite as appropriate at any other English football club. Times, however,...

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