On The Ball

Arsenal's efforts are one step forward but two steps back

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta at a match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium in London on Sept 19, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS
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"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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