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“Confident. I don’t like that word to be related to a Final because you know how difficult it is to win a Final. We have been working very hard. We know where we want to get. We are really keen to play.” Mikel Arteta, captain on the pitch last season but probably not starting today […]

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  “It’s another opportunity to win the FA Cup. To score the winner last year was just a dream come true and hopefully I can relive that again” Amen to that, brother Aaron. It would be the perfect end to a sometimes frustrating season for the young Welshman. He chooses his words carefully when asked […]

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There’s a lot to get through this morning, courtesy of being one of the fortunate invitees to Arsenal’s Cup Final media day. A handful of bloggers have been invited to ‘observe’ proceedings in the last couple of seasons. There were three survivors from last year on hand to guide Dave Seager, author of the wonderful […]

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A league season that seems to have raced by draws to a close on Sunday, and Arsenal seem to be limping into a third place finish. Without a goal in the last three home matches, the Gunners face a West Brom who have become much more accomplished defensively under the management of Tony Pulis. The […]

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The penultimate fixture of an eventful season sees Sunderland visiting the Grove seeking a point to ensure Premiership survival, while the Gunners require all three to keep the remote possibility of second place alive and mathematically secure their hold on third place at least. It is probably fair to expect a very defensive set-up to […]

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Manchester United versus Arsenal, and neither side can win the title. Those are words that have not applied to this fixture too many times over the last twenty years. Not that this match is insignificant at all. The runners-up spot in the League will almost certainly be Manchester City’s if they can beat Swansea away […]

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Time To Play Catch Up

A mixed weekend is drawing to a close as I type. We find ourselves sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs after both recorded victories, but mathematically our nineteenth consecutive top four berth was sealed when Chelsea and Liverpool drew at the bus stop in Fulham.     We can ensure automatic Champions League group phase qualification with […]

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A weekend of mixed news for followers of Arsenal saw Manchester United drop valuable home points, Chelsea secure the Premier League title with three matches to play, and Manchester City to keep up the pressure in the battle for the runners-up berth with a win at the neighbours. Everybody has played before us. So to […]

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“I don’t think that they have taken more points than us since January but from September to January they did. They have been consistent throughout and they relied on a strong defensive record that got them the championship.” Arsene conceding that even if we beat Chelsea on Sunday the seven points gap that will remain […]

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Wembley, again. We make the short journey to our second home again this weekend for an FA Cup semi-final appointment with Reading. We are obviously massive favourites to progress to the Final but history provides many reminders of just why we should not take the outcome for granted. That is why I was pleased to […]

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