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No matter how many you have seen there is still something special about FA Cup semi-finals. This one is no different. There is a nervous anticipation that has been amplified by the recent league performances. Winning twice at Wembley now has added significance for the manager and indeed the supporters. It doesn’t help the nerves […]

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So Goodison Park on a Sunday afternoon was always going to be the sternest test of our final six fixtures, but for a different reason. Instead of being a test of our title credentials it has now become an important game in terms of Champions League qualification. Everton, four points behind, but with a game […]

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So here we are again. Preview time. Simple enough really. Quote from Arsene maybe, team news, praise the midfield, predict a victory, wish everybody a good one. Job done. Except there is a very different feel surrounding Saturday teatime’s visit of Manchester City in the wake of a drubbing at the bus stop in Fulham […]

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When the first game of the season was lost if you had offered us the possibility of closing the gap on the current Premier League leaders to a point in the penultimate weekend of March I suspect both of your arms would have been ripped off. I also suspect you might have expected the said […]

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The evolution of North London derby previews tells me a number of things about Arsenal and I over the last eight years. They have gone from utterly contemptuous and dismissive of the neighbours to a period of acknowledging the family links for those of us born in the vicinity, and on to today which should […]

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Right then, with a Wembley semi-final secured in one competition it is now time for the small matter of overturning a two goal deficit against the reigning European champions in their own stadium. In a strange way the pressure is off us a little bit because few consider us likely to match last season’s 2-0 […]

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The FA Cup. It provokes a treasure trove of memories. Yes, there are some stinkers in there, but they are more than compensated for by the good ones. Alan Sunderland, Charlie George, it’s only Ray Parlour, magical. Seemingly taking every other day off work to travel to yet another replay against Sheffield Wednesday or Liverpool. […]

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Another guest post for you, for which I owe our very own generous benefactor Lars a debt of gratitude, and probably I will have to take the pressure off his famous credit card at the Citeh home game! I hope you enjoy his writing as much as I have. His English is far, far better than my Swedish. Thanks Lars. […]

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The morning after the day before, and the early promise of spring has retreated, but left memories of another of the good days watching Arsenal. It started with the unveiling of the Dennis Bergkamp statue. Arrival on the concourse an hour beforehand meant I was still four people back from the front. If there were […]

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So what on paper was a most taxing set of fixtures is over and we are out the other side just a point off the Premier League summit, through to the quarter-final of the FA Cup, and in need of a similar triumph to last season in the Allianz Arena if we are to take […]

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