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It’s the eve of the match like no other. Our rivals these days may come from the west of London and the north-west of England, but there is something about facing the neighbours that still stirs the blood. I only have to hear the word “Tottenham’ and the memories come flooding back. 1971, 2004, Raddy, […]

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The COCup approaches, and provides a fascinating challenge to those who like to predict the team that Arsene will put out for this third round tie. If the last round is any guide then Ronald Koeman will bring a strong side to the Grove. Why wouldn’t he, for in all honesty this competition provides the […]

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Villa away. Say it quickly, and it doesn’t worry at all does it? We have had our ups and downs there over the years, but by and large a place we have gone to with some confidence. Now say it slowly. Express it differently. We are away to the team second in the Premier League […]

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“Klopp’s team, who have never lost at home to an English club, are chasing an eighth straight European home win in succession… One High Street bookie offers a staggering 20/1 against a good old-fashioned one nil to the Arsenal. I cannot ignore that…” Written the night before we journeyed to Dortmund ten months ago. We […]

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Real football returns in the aftermath of the international break, and it couldn’t be much bigger than Arsenal against Manchester City at the Grove. Throw in a potential debut for the scorer of two England goals in the week and you have a match to anticipate with relish. That’s the build-up, now for the reality […]

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And Leicester

I have waited until the final whistle has blown at Goodison before considering the preview of our trip to Leicester, hereinafter to be compulsorily referred to as And Leicester, in honour of the song we amended in the early seventies. Quite why things got so lively at And Leicester, both when we played there and […]

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A difficult week could be made much more bearable on Wednesday night should Arsenal beat Besiktas to reach the group stages of the Champions League for the seventeenth consecutive season. The online Arsenal world is alive with talk of injuries and potential transfers. They have to be put on the back burner for the first […]

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April Shower

So I have a routine. Friday evening I have the first pints since Sunday, then watch the presser, then try and fashion some sort of a preview. Maybe it is too routine. I am about to find out. No presser seen, and I’m not sure all the Kate Bush footage I have seen this evening […]

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The game looms that emphasises the importance of a top three, not a top four finish in the Premier League. We head off for Turkey for the final qualifying round of the Champions League minus the three World Cup winning Germans, Kieran Gibbs, and Yaya Sanogo. The latter two have picked up injuries at the […]

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An Air Of Expectation

Knocking on a wee bit I may be, but there is something about the start of this season that has me regressing, and in a good way. When was the last time the buzz was this strong? I cannot honestly say but it is most certainly what some would label ‘a while’. A World Cup […]

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