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Archive for May, 2009

This time last week I was wondering if I could, never mind would, watch the two Finals we thought we might have been involved in. In the end the answer was, by and large, yes. I did manage to survive the opening ten minutes of the Champions League Final. Had United scored that early goal […]

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I just knew I wasn’t going to escape today tear-free. It was a certainty, but thanks to ITV4 and their 6pm showing of Anfield ’89 I managed to do it while the management was busy elsewhere. Watching the events of 26th May, 1989, unfolding again it seemed like it was just yesterday. The goals obviously […]

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Memories of spring games past filled the old grey matter yesterday morning. Shorts and shades were donned, excellent company was enjoyed on the train along with a half-decent glass of cabernet sauvignon to prepare the digestive tract for the onslaught to come. Friends old and new were greeted and Guinness had to be drunk quickly […]

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Well, here we are then. The final match preview of 2008/9. Who cheered then? I heard you. All of you! That may not be quite right. I’m hoping that after the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final tonight I will have cause to do one last look forward to the return leg next […]

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For the second morning running I had to make a hurried comment on an earlier post as I prepared for work. The point I think is worth bringing on to the front page. At a time when people connected with Arsenal, supporters and staff alike, are at each others throats,¬†I know I don’t need to […]

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I need to take my mind off the internal squabbles, the stories linking Arsene with Real Madrid, the Adebayor fuss, the reported budget. I want to get excited about the last game of the season because, after Sunday, I probably won’t see my Arsenal again until August. Did I say excited? About Stoke? What am […]

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As performances go, that one was beyond reproach. Manchester United are worthy champions, of that there is no question, and congratulations go to them. They will, however, know that they came so very close to being taken to the final weekend. United’s nerves were perhaps apparent in the opening moments when Ronaldo was put clear […]

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Pride, Show Some

Listeners to the Arsecast¬†will already be familiar with my view of the likely outcome at Old Trafford. However, we should not let the understandable pessimism about our chances of delaying the trophy presentation completely detract from the possibility of an upset. I have a feeling that by picking players where they are most comfortable, and […]

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Reaction, and over-reaction, has started. An astonishing end-of-season game started with Arsenal threatening to demolish Chelsea after a week both sides will want to forget. Yet for all their impressive bobbing and weaving Arsenal were caught by a classic double sucker punch. With a couple of rounds remaining the Gunners are on the ropes and […]

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Dare I suggest that the planning for next season begins this weekend. Although I was in a very dark place on Tuesday night, and I imagine that goes for all of us, I still ruminated over the prospect of Nasri, Arshavin, and Fabregas playing in the same midfield next season. Now would be as good […]

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