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“Your confidence is linked with your last result and at Crystal Palace we responded well. You could see that we were a bit edgy at times but we responded in a very strong way. From that we should have enough confidence to go into the game positively against Liverpool.” Arsene reflecting on last week’s victory […]

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Come on now, you must have expected something like that, surely? There the lightheartedness ends. The trip south of the river has already assumed an increased significance after our opening day home defeat to West Ham. The nature of early season football was emphasised in week two as the Hammers were beaten at home by […]

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As days go, that wasn’t so bad, at least sports and weather wise. Having said that it might have better if events in Nottingham hadn’t made the lunchtime kick-off viewable. The only incident that lifted Manchester United’s match from the mundane arrived when Kyle Walker scored the only goal of the match, and past his […]

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It’s hard to believe we are just a week away from seeing the opening salvos fired in the Premier League, but first there is the small matter of retaining the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. There is an air of positivity around the club at the moment, which makes for a […]

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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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