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Hello from Cornwall where I thought I might be able to cobble together a preview  of Sunday lunchtime’s match at Bournemouth. However a series of trips to farm shops, garden centres, breweries, pubs, and restaurants has rendered that impossible. So you know what to avoid I am letting you know that the ‘holic pound is […]

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This is where I now should type some nonsense about getting back on the horse, but instead it’s time to forget about Wembley in May and think about another potential cup win there in February. At least we have a couple of blank weekends coming up so picking anything other than the strongest fit eleven […]

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Welcome to half a post. After Arsene Wenger’s three match touchline ban I was set to continue my week long rant, but this morning’s (Saturday) Arseblog post covers everything I would have said so I shall just link to it here instead. That just leaves a little look ahead to the visit to Nottingham Forest […]

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Back in May we went into the small matter of an FA Cup Final against Chelsea with a defensive crisis. Per Mertesacker was picked for his one appearance of the season alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal with Laurent Koscielny suspended and Skhodran Mustafi ruled out by illness. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the nod to play […]

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Unable to go without my live football fix for any longer I made a very rare visit to Swindon Town to watch them edge Notts County 1-0 in an equally rare home win. There are things Town do very well. Before the match you can enjoy Guinness at pub prices in the Legends Lounge underneath […]

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The weather forecast for Boxing Day night for the Black Country was for snow, and a fair bit of it. A part of me willed it through the night. I even stayed up to watch the first half an hour of England’s best day so far in the Ashes, confident that I could put off […]

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A glance at the Premier League is enough to emphasise how important the festive fixtures are going to be for the Arsenal. There’s little point right now in looking further ahead than Friday night’s visit of Liverpool to The Grove. Avenge our mauling by the Scousers in August and we will climb into fourth place, […]

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The quarter-final of the Carabao Cup. Yes, the quarter-final. We are potentially three matches away from another Wembley Final. It is likely, however, that the manager will turn to his ‘cup team’, although he might be keeping one or two of them fresh for the Liverpool game on Friday. David Ospina will start behind a […]

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A Saturday 3pm kick-off awaits the Gunners and Newcastle United this weekend, and I will miss out as I have an old friend’s birthday to celebrate shortly after the match finishes. It is a big match for both teams. The Arsenal need the points after being held in consecutive matches at Southampton and West Ham […]

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It’s the first of two meetings in a week with West Ham which could give a serious pointer to our prospects in 2018. Ten days ago this looked a routine three points but then The Irons went to the Emptihad and were denied a hard-earned point by a late David Silva strike. Better came this […]

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