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Archive for September, 2017

At some point I have probably been critical of people drawing conclusions about who will play in an upcoming fixture based on the training snaps on the club’s official website. However today guess what I found myself doing while Manchester City’s trip to Chelsea was unfolding on my laptop. Now Arsene has pre-empted the where’s […]

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An hour after the match has finished I am trying to retrieve the details of a contest I would normally have written up in real time. I have the disadvantage of a full tank of Guinness, courtesy of a very special manager’s leaving drinks, but the advantage of a sobering kebab roll. Kebabs really should […]

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To Belarus With Love

You’ve been waiting for this, I can tell. Come on then, what do we need to know about Bate Borisov? I can hear those chuckles. Well, I can read their website with Google translate, so I can tell you some stuff. Their home ground is even newer than the Grove and built as a result […]

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The expected back three and wing-backs were named in the starting eleven, but the midfield was re-arranged with Mohamed Elneny stepping alongside Granit Xhaka, This enabled Aaron Ramsey to be played in support of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Lacazette. Interestingly Jack Wilshere was next to┬áMesut Ozil on the bench and there was no place for […]

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What a strange weekend this is turning into. Football was meant to be played on Saturday afternoons, maybe Sunday as a last resort. Instead he who pays the piper calls the tune and if Sky say we have to play on Monday evening three days before going away to Barysaw (don’t ask!), which in turn […]

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Arsenal rang the changes from Sunday’s starting eleven. All eleven in fact. As expected David Ospina lined up behind Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, and Rob Holding, with exciting prospects Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the wing-back berths. Jack Wilshere returned alongside Mohamed Elneny in midfield behind a potent looking front three of Theo Walcott, […]

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Although the memories of Chelsea are still fresh in the mind it is time to look forward again to the visit of Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup. Suffice it to say I knew precious little about the current Doncaster Rovers set-up so I’m grateful for the online presence of the club and their local […]

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In all honesty when you set out for the bus stop in Fulham these days it is with an awareness that this hasn’t been the happiest of trips for a few years. This was no different. A grey morning spent on a train meandering through the home counties didn’t lift the spirits. At Fulham Broadway, […]

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After five consecutive Premier League defeats at the bus stop in Fulham we make the journey again this Sunday. What has changed to give us some hope? Well, consecutive victories over the same opposition in the FA Cup Final and Community Shield, and two new players to improve the squad. When we were taken apart […]

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Chaotic scenes in and around the stadium prior to tonight’s Europa League tie forced a one hour delay to kick-off. Reportedly 20k Cologne supporters arrived at the stadium gates despite their allocation being 2900 tickets, the usual number for visiting teams in the Premier League and European competition. Questions about the policing of the travelling […]

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