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That was a long week, but it is so good to be able to do a proper match preview again ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Real Madrid by the Arsenal. OK, the Arsenal Legends then. The two squads read like a who’s who of world football in the eighties, nineties, and noughties, with thanks to […]

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Huddersfield Town away, not just the last match of the season. It’s also the last match of an era. The man who has managed our club for over a third of my life, who really brought me back to the club in a big way. In the last of the George Graham years and the […]

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Arsene Wenger spoke of his desire to win the last two matches at his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Leicester. For that to happen we need to gain our first two away wins in 2018, and with no possibility of improving on or losing sixth place you could be forgiven for thinking that […]

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The timing is right, but lest we forget. The ‘holic pound The Arsenal 4-1 Burnley, available at 22/1 if  you shop around.

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I have had it in my mind for nearly a week now. A European semi-final. At home we have been held to a 1-1 draw by a club with a decent European pedigree. Everybody expects us to go out. I didn’t make the trip as I couldn’t afford to go to both the semi-final and […]

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Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal team to Old Trafford for the last time on what promises to be one last difficult day at a ground where he has accrued mixed memories. The 2002 title triumph, secured in front of the Scoreboard End by Sylvain Wiltord, was the highlight. The low point a toss-up between the […]

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I have just seen some shots of Atletico Madrid training at The Grove. It’s a powerful reminder that on Thursday evening we will be watching our first European semi-final since the Champions League meeting with Manchester United in 2009. To reach the Final we will have to knock out the 5/4 favourites for the competition. […]

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The Final Countdown

For the second consecutive night I sit at the keyboard rather later than I normally would with a very large glass of malt. Notionally this is a preview of a match at home to West Ham United. For once I won’t speculate on what the team will be four days before the first-leg of the […]

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We can forget about the Europa League for a couple of weeks as we look to finish the Premier League season in style. It’s the long haul to Newcastle for the travelling Gooners, many of whom will have travelled up today (Saturday) and will enjoy a night out on the toon before the lunchtime kick-off […]

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Another Thursday night, another Europa League trip for a few diehards. Moscow is a tough destination at the moment with relations between Russia and much of the western world severely strained. To paraphrase George Graham in 1989 let’s get there, get the win, then get out of there. Roma’s remarkable comeback to knock Barcelona out […]

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