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This weekend hasn’t got off to the best of starts, one way or another. I spent lunchtime with one eye on Leicester City’s demolition of Manchester City in the Emptihad (thank you whoever named it that on Twitter last week). Mercifully I chose not to watch the nearest and dearest stumble to a single goal […]

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“They gave us a tough game last time and we have to put that right. It is a very important time in the season as we go into big, big games and have fifteen matches to go. The message is that we play at home, and we want to put things right, and put a strong […]

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“We have to be humble enough to think it’s not because we turn up at the Emirates and play against Burnley that we will win the game. We have to earn the right to go through this round and qualify. If you don’t do that, we’ll have a bad surprise.” The COCup defeat to Sheffield […]

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For most Arsenal supporters these days the upper hand that Chelsea have had over us in the last decade is unprecedented. There is a correlation between the arrival of Roman’s roubles and the bus stop in Fulham’s upturn against us. Some in the drinks though will recall the swinging sixties when Chelsea teams managed by […]

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31/3/34   Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal;     06/10/34 Stoke City 2-2 Arsenal 23/10/37 Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal;     07/2/48  Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal 29/11/52 Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal;     26/9/70  Stoke City 5-0 Arsenal So you have heard various matches described down the years, and indeed this season, as ‘must win’ fixtures. After we could only draw at Anfield on Wednesday […]

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“Every time we go to Anfield, we face a team who is up for it. It’s always a ferocious battle, no matter who the manager is. They had a very strong manager before, they have a very strong one now, and Klopp has the personality to do well there.” Arsene Wenger’s response to being asked if […]

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“We play against a Premier League team and we have learnt in the last 20 games that any Premier League team is a massive problem to face. The only way to deal with it is to give absolutely everything.” Just what we want to hear from Arsene Wenger prior to our defence of the FA […]

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A happy and healthy new year to you all. Arsenal enter 2016 sitting atop the Premier League, and start the second half of the campaign with a home fixture against Newcastle United. The two injury ravaged squads have enjoyed contrasting fortunes so far. The Geordies, despite recent victories over Liverpool and Tottenham, are languishing in […]

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Not a bad journey home for a holiday Sunday. A couple of hours door to door which incorporated a bit of the M6 carrying bargain hunters from sale site to sale site, and the stop start M5. I could have probably knocked thirty minutes off that by setting off before the shops opened, but I […]

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A strange week. The stunning performance against Manchester City, the loss of Don Howe, and now the beauty of Christmas. Whatever you are doing today, and I am aware that some do not celebrate our festival and many will be at work, paid or otherwise, I hope you are having a good day. If you […]

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