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A Brief Friday Round Up

A long week has passed, and in truth has there been much concrete news to comment on? The only thing you can say with any certainty tonight (Friday) is that we will face Besiktas in the Champions League qualifier. On the face of it the draw has been kind, but are there any easy games […]

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Open Eve And Community Works

As Ian Poulter goes through his final preparations for The Open this weekend, the Englishman experienced a rather unusual encounter from a passionate group of Arsenal supporters.  The Golfing Gooner was given a little help from his fellow fans who brought some terrace atmosphere to the normally quieter golfing fairways.  The day became even more […]

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The Final Boast

“I will stand accused of donning my rose tinteds when I tell you I have grabbed the 13/2 available for Jogi Low’s boys.” Nobody likes a smartarse, right? I wrote that before a ball had been kicked in anger. What is so wrong about saying “I told you so”? Guilty, your honour. The squad comprising […]

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The heavens have opened and so my advice to get out in the garden is rendered rather pointless. Twenty-four hours before the first semi-final I have a chance to look at the World Cup once more as the pointed end looms into view. It is a strange tournament too. I missed much of the early […]

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The Last Eight Take Shape

Two matches per evening, glorious sunshine, absent neighbours, and an iPad. I have digested all of the ’round of sixteen’ matches, and half of them without compromising my ‘get out in the garden’ advice. The result is a quarter-final line-up that tantalises. Arsenal feature heavily in the first. Germany v France is unmissable as Per […]

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Brazil Spot On, For Now

Force yourself to watch. Have a bet. The inner demons were persuasive. 2-1 to Brazil was 15/2. Too tempting. The hosts are the only side I have seen at least part of all four of their matches. Those of us who watched them in their pomp in 1970 will always have a soft spot for […]

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No football blogger should confess that he has yet to see a full game in the World Cup. No Englishman should own up to not having seen a second of our own humilation thus far. I should be casting an eye over potential signings and following the latest tactical trends, shouldn’t I? A week of […]

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Uber Alles

I hit the keyboard at ten after the final whistle blows on Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Mexico. It is the second match of the tournament I have seen bits of. The first was Brazil’s opening victory over Croatia. I am on social media sites. Brazil are poor, is the concensus. I am reminded of 1966 […]

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I start to punch keys on the last night on which you will be able to say “No football on the tv then” for over two weeks. It is the eve of the opening of the 2014 World Cup. Having not won the lottery, and having insufficient talent to get sent out there by anybody […]

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The Aftermath

A strange week in which the glow of FA Cup triumph remained while the realisation that the Arsenal won’t be delighting us for a couple of months (new signings apart, obviously) set in. Post-season attention disorder is with us. Bacary Sagna said he was leaving, which surprised nobody. I don’t get the bile being directed […]

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