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The boss has been speaking and snippets have appeared on Arsenal.com so I was quick to browse the team news for Sunday. The combined reference to Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker being expected back in four to five months took me a little bit by surprise. In my head I had thought that Danny was […]

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The completion of the first pre-season warm-up fixture leads into the second phase of our preparation for a renewed onslaught on the Premier League. Today the squad, such as it is at present, jetted off to the United States for matches against MLS All-Stars on Friday and Chivas de Guadalajara on Monday. It is starting […]

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A perfect start to the holiday at Lord’s yesterday has left me fighting the laws of gravity for much of today. That has given me an opportunity to catch up on the news, if one can call it that, as far as Arsenal are concerned. Regulars will know I don’t enjoy transfer speculation but there […]

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Les Miserables

So it all boiled down to three questions tonight. Would Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud crown a fine tournament with victory in the Euro2016 Final? Would home advantage be decisive against a team containing no Arsenal players – yet. Finally did the plague of moths in the stadium come from Arsene’s wallet? (Sorry, low-hanging fruit, […]

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A Tale Of Two Countries

It was the night we couldn’t lose. It was the night we couldn’t win. Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud versus Mesut Ozil and reported target Julian Draxler. France hosting Germany in the Euro semi-final. France started the stronger and as the clock ticked past six minutes an astonishing passage of play, in which Antoine Griezmann was […]

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And Then There Were Four

The weekend is already becoming a distant memory, and not an entirely unpleasant one. As usual at this time of year there was some cricketing goodness as Joe Root and Jos Buttler put an inexperienced Sri Lankan team to the sword again. The visitors tour comes to an end with a 20/20 match in Hampshire […]

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Friday night draws to a close in this neck of the woods and the mood on social media is much improved from a week ago. I know that not all non-Welsh will have thrown their lot in behind Wales in their Euro quarter-final against Belgium tonight, but it certainly looks as though a large number […]

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In The End It Was Out And Out

A day later and there is no numbing the effects of England’s abject surrender to Iceland at the Euros. At the outset let me add to the congratulations I offered to Iceland on Twitter at the final whistle. The better team on the night did indeed win, and deservedly so. England were gifted an opening […]

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Well, that was quite a few days, wasn’t it? I had the good fortune to be on the golf course on Friday and so missed the immediate aftermath of the referendum. Politics and sport have never been the best of bedfellows so I will refrain from further mentioning it here, other than to say that we […]

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The Day The Euros Took Off

Well that was the day the Euros finally took off, wasn’t it? The early matches determined who England would face in Nice next Monday. It went to the wire. Another European question will occupy hearts and minds tomorrow. This is a football blog, no really! And so many readers are not concerned about which way David Beckham, […]

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