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The official announcement of the players released this summer contained no real surprises. Petr Cech had already announced his retirement from playing before the season is out. It seems likely that he wasn’t prepared to continue as a cup tie goalkeeper. A return to Chelsea as director of football is rumoured. He signed a four […]

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Jose Antonio Reyes

It’s the first non-football Sunday evening of the close season. It’s always a bit of a downer and it rounds off an emotional weekend for us all. This isn’t about me, me, me. It’s about us, us, us. So with a keyboard and a very large glass of Laphroaig Select in front of me let […]

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This afternoon provided a blessed relief to the tedium that is waiting for the Europa League Final to be over. Normally I wouldn’t take any interest in a match between Charlton Athletic and Sunderland, but the appearance of on-loan Krystian Bielik in the League One play-off final at Wembley made it required viewing. Like Calum […]

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Vinai And Raul – Part 2

Arsenal.com have published the second part of the interview with Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi, and there was pretty good explanation of how the structure of the club has changed in the past year. I have to say that Sanllehi, far more in control of this part of the interview, is an accomplished talker in a […]

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Managing director Vinai Venkatesham and head of football Raul Sanllehi have given an interview being posted in instalments on the official club website, and if you are naturally suspicious then you will dismiss it as pure PR, and of course there is an element of that involved. They have not been verbose with the supporters […]

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CBA implores “write about what hugs yer heart”. A clever way of pointing out I have been lax this week. As I will be out from dawn until well past dusk tomorrow I shall type random phrases accompanied by a very large muscle relaxant. What is in my heart? The Arsenal of course. This should […]

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If you follow social media you may well have seen last month that over 70 Crystal Palace and Fulham fans walked together from Craven Cottage to Selhurst Park in order to raise awareness of mental health and male suicide. The response to that walk from fans of far more than just those involved was impressive and […]

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Where were we? Oh yes, the Euro/African Nations Cup qualifiers and the Gunners competing in them. I’ve had a two screen set-up for most of the weekend. For someone who claims to be uninterested in the international game I have watched a lot of football this weekend. Two second-half goals from Zuber and Zakaria were […]

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In an international break I suppose it is only right to talk about the internationals themselves. Unfortunately the first of the home nations to play was the motherland, and with apologies to the many fine Caledonian visitors to this site I will completely wash over their defeat by the land of Borat. Luckily I didn’t […]

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Still Smiling

Despite our absence the weekend action gave us encouragement and much to enjoy. It could have been us of course, and not Manchester United, suffering defeat at Molineux had Wolves not reached the FA Cup quarter-final. The much improved Midland outfit reprised our 2-0 defeat of chauffeur Ole’s misfiring vehicle. There was some Premier League […]

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