On The Ball: Arsenal’s efforts are one step forward but two steps back

On The Ball: Arsenal’s efforts are one step forward but two steps back

“If you stand still, there is only one way to go and that’s backwards,” England’s most-capped footballer Peter Shilton once remarked, in a comment that was both utterly illogical and yet curiously rational. And yet, sometimes if you try to go forward, you end up going backward.

Welcome to Arsenal, where attempts to fast-track progress have brought regression.

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