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Archive for October, 2011

Arsene Wenger will have taken a little extra satisfaction from his first return to Marseille since his days as coach of Monaco. To be fair he himself talks about them in more respectful tones now than when he was in charge of the Monaco side denied titles by alleged corrupt actions in the early nineties. […]

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On the away team dressing room wall I would like to think a clipping is superglued to the wall of Chelsea’s classy chairman’s pre-match proclamation that they would “beat the crap out of Arsenal”. Somewhere in a dark corner of the boardroom tonight some demented soul is wondering just how much more of Roman’s Bucking […]

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How to get here There are two bus stops outside Stamford¬†Bridge in Fulham. Fans can get to the stadium using the number 14, 211 and 414 buses. Nickname The Blues. Definitely not the pensioners. Oh no, not us. Formed Rumoured to be 1905, but the earliest records we can find date back only to 2003 […]

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Satori Kato has a lot to answer for. We live in an instant world. It started with instant coffee before someone could shout, “Not now Kato, you fool!” The space race demanded communication channels that worked in an instant across great distances. The advances in telecommunications and computing that accompanied those journeys to the stars […]

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This season’s Carling Cup is turning into a proper old-school experience for those without tickets to the match. I opted for the Arsenal Player commentary ahead of the BBC option mainly because Adrian Clarke was working alongside Dan Roebuck. As a pundit he is rightly earning a growing reputation. Against Shrewsbury I decided to turn […]

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Back in February the Carling Cup was the first competition we departed in the 2010-2011 season. Three weeks later we were out of the FA Cup and Champions League as well. There is still an unanswered question as to whether we have recovered from that last gasp disaster at Wembley. It would do no harm […]

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The resting of the skipper was an outstanding call by Le Boss. He had prepared us for it in the week, and duly delivered today. In the pub beforehand there were raised eyebrows. No van Persie, are you sure? The game itself didn’t quite go as I had feared. Keen not to lose the season […]

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Forty-one years. Say it quickly and it doesn’t sound long. We went to Stoke in the 1970-71 season and took a proper beating. 5-0 it was. A bright young home side outplayed us from start to finish. Frank Mclintock got the side together in the dingy ‘halfway house’ at Highbury on the Monday and the […]

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I think this season is something of a reminder for old boys like myself. The days of inconsistency, even struggle, that occasionally surfaced in the pre-Wenger era have been replicated of late. That has meant considerable disenchantment among those unfamiliar with such feelings. Hopefully one or two have started to get it tonight. The feelings […]

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“Our bad start in the championship means we have our backs to the wall in every match… but in the Champions League it’s different… There isn’t the same pressure and the players can go for it a bit more and play without the same nervousness.” His supporters will claim the wily old French manager is […]

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