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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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Six weeks. That’s what is left of the Premier League season. Chuck in a potential, although not guaranteed, FA Cup Final a week later and you have the wonderfully named ‘squeaky bum time’. Did ever a fixture encapsulate this more than Burnley (bottom but one and desperate for the points) versus Arsenal (top but one […]

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Gunning For Second?

At last, proper football returns after the latest international break with another of those season defining matches. Arsenal and Liverpool have played a number of significant fixtures down the years, and there may yet be one more to come, but for now it is all about the battle for Champions League places next season. The […]

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There is no more time to go over the Champions League exit. The priorities for the remainder of the season are to finish as high in the Premier League as we can, and retain the FA Cup. The title bid that the repugnant Mourinho says we are still in continues at St James’ Park (or […]

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I am indebted tonight to ‘one of our own’, Thundertinygooner, who has stepped into the breach at short notice to preview the Champions League clash in Monaco. Thank you so much Ttg, it is massively appreciated. Hope really does spring eternal  A few weeks ago we experienced one of the most gut wrenching nights of […]

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West Ham In Brief

The confidence must be high as Arsenal prepare for another London derby. West Ham arrive at the Grove having enjoyed a good season until hitting the buffers in recent weeks. The visitors contested a top four berth in the first half of the season, but are without a win in seven league and cup matches. […]

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The much criticised Monday night meeting of old foes is all but upon us. At the point at which Manchester United’s number was followed out of the drum by Arsenal’s I found myself having a strange reaction. I hissed a very audible “yes”. After all, on our last trip to Manchester had we not finally […]

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The hunt for a Champions League qualifying place moves on to Loftus Road on Wednesday night. For many that means a top three berth because nobody wants the burden of another qualifier in August, and Arsene today set his sights firmly on second place, which most definitely would be a progression on recent seasons. “The […]

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A week that started with us back in the Premiership top three and looking forward with great anticipation ends with yet another bout of navel gazing. Not immune from that I spent a chunk of last evening watching the new Invincibles documentary. In this of all weeks that was probably a mistake. I make no apology for […]

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