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So we are looking for a turning point. Or did that arrive in the final two minutes in Brussels? Arsenal’s need for three points at Sunderland this weekend is more about establishing, or maintaining, some momentum. We had hoped that the win at Villa Park would be the springboard for a healthy run of confidence-boosting […]

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Well, those who traveled to Brussels by air today must have been cursing the weather gods. As I write their day hasn’t improved a great deal since returning to terra firma as thunderstorms rumble around the city. Back at home the storms gathering in the atmosphere and on the internet are gathering pace. With Wojciech […]

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At last, following an unusual international break in which we provided five players for England and I enjoyed watching Scotland in Poland, we are back to real football. The stuff that matters, if you will. There is, however, no getting away from the fact that we are down to the bare bones for the visit […]

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My Hornbyesque upbringing in the Thames Valley means Chelsea versus Arsenal was always a much-anticipated fixture. Cheap train travel and cheap admission on the day meant schoolboys could afford the day on pocket money, and join in the great adventures that an ‘away’ game provided. My first was in 1969. Tomorrow’s combined match ticket and […]

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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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