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“What would it mean to be part of an Arsenal team that could end this nine year wait for a trophy” Is it really that long? Thank you, professional inquisitor number one. Lukas Podolski is presented to the press ahead of the FA Cup Final. “It is important for me, because I know the cup […]

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A huge week is coming to fruition. It seems far too long since we went into Cup Final week worrying about having the yellow ribbon to adorn the matchday attire. That at least I have sorted. Looking around the web so much talk is of Swindon, Ipswich, West Ham, Luton, and Birmingham. I was at […]

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A late and unexpected invitation leads to a hurried rearrangement of Wednesday. The boss is not a problem. He will cover for me. Now all I have to do is to get myself to Shenley before nine in the morning. Trains? No. Drive then, but how long? “Ninety minutes tops” utters one. I decide on […]

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Match 38. Not so long ago we had hoped that it would be a fixture of some significance. What 2013 promised has not come to fruition in 2014 however, and any celebrations will have to wait another week. Barring a freak result we will be fourth and Norwich will be relegated, it is as simple […]

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The last home game of the season. Tell me it isn’t so. It doesn’t seem so long ago we were hoping that there would be rather more at stake than a fourth place finish. Even that will be resolved if Everton come a cropper against Manchester City in this evening’s televised match. To say we […]

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There have been worse days. Everton’s defeat at Southampton in the Saturday lunchtime fixture leaves us two wins away from a guaranteed fourth place finish in the Premier League. The only dampener ahead of the visit of Newcastle on Monday night is the proposed tube strike. If you have tickets I hope you are able […]

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Eight days ago we would have been playing at Hull today (Saturday). In the era of television ruling the roost, however, travel and hotel bookings made by the supporters count for nothing. Sky belatedly says move it to Easter Sunday, and so it is. Listen to Arseblogger, Tim Stillman, and I chat about this and […]

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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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