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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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Storming The Palace?

I was chatting to a mate last week about my first visit to Selhurst Park in November 1969. It was the first League meeting of the two clubs. We stood at the back of the Whitehorse Lane end, sold in 1981 to make way for a Sainsbury’s supermarket. The pre-match read of the programme was depressing, […]

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“At least we will not have the excuse to be surprised because they beat Manchester City in a convincing way. That is a good warning for us. In the Championship, any team that plays at the top is a danger for any Premier League team. They are well organised, play good football with good pace, […]

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And Leicester

After a string of free midweeks the visit of Leicester on Tuesday could not be better timed. Very quickly the mood that has followed Saturday’s tame defeat can be improved as the pointed end of the season looms into view. Arsene Wenger is under no illusion about the size of the task facing Arsenal in […]

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Let’s Get It On

As Marvin Gaye once said, “You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.” It’s them versus Arsenal. It doesn’t need building up. So straight into the team news. Alexis is out, no wait, he might not be. Confused? You will be. Danny Welbeck is back in the squad after a lengthy lay-off and will surely make the […]

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By the time you read this dry January may be but a memory. Well done if you partook. If only my birthday could be moved I might give it a bash one day. Anyway, lots to cover in a short space of time, so let’s crack on. Aston Villa at home, with Anthony Taylor in […]

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As Saturday afternoons go that was a rather good one. Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton, and the shadow-dwellers all knocked out at home. Enjoyable as those results were they will mean nothing if we don’t grab our opportunity at Brighton to advance into the last sixteen of the FA Cup. Some degree of rotation from the […]

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Well that wasn’t quite what we had hoped for from our Saturday, was it. Wins for Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Liverpool. As I type only Southampton above us might drop points. By the time I finish this blog they may have added to our woes. Not just our woes though. Tomorrow’s opponents will also […]

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The weekend, a welcome distraction in this of all weeks. Though hardly a lip smacking prospect we have the visit of Stoke City to look forward to. They have had a special dislike of us since we denied them successive FA Cup Final appearances in 1971 and 1972. It has been returned in full since […]

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