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Introspection complete, we have a Saturday 3pm kick-off to look forward to, and an opportunity to reclaim a place or two, or maybe even three, at the top of the table. Such is the nature of the pile-up behind Chelsea at the head of affairs that the fixture computer has offered up an intriguing weekend […]

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So last night I suggested we may go to Preston for Saturday evening’s FA Cup third round tie with a starting line-up not too far from what follows. Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Lucas or Reine-Adelaide; Giroud. If they all turn up they should provide a stern test for fellow Invincibles […]

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Arsene Wenger’s press conference this morning (do watch it on arsenal.com) was interesting to the extent at the strength of the team he hinted might play before going on to list a veritable who’s who of top players that will not be playing on the day. It meandered a little so I’ve done my best […]

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We played yesterday, and we play tomorrow. Chelsea and Tottenham are not being similarly tested, but hey, television is allowed to dictate such things. All we can do is knuckle down, rotate a little maybe, and dig out a result at Bournemouth. The potential effects of playing twice in 48 hours could be seen at […]

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A New Year = New Hope

A decent pub lunch with friends, now a refreshing bottle or two of lager (I’ve changed!), and a brief preview of tomorrow before retiring into the now traditional musical New Year’s Eve. What follows tomorrow is a testing day on many levels. For the Arsenal there is the small matter of facing a Crystal Palace […]

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Yo ho ho, and trust me I am full of it as I grab a few minutes to preview the Boxing Day match in between little bouts of helping out and lots of sampling different drinks and pieces of food. By Tuesday I will be, as Bez once screamed in Arabian Knights, “size of an […]

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“We know we are on a long-term target and that we have to go through some disappointments. We have done extremely well, but what is important in football is that you respond and that we focus to do better in the future. We are a strong team away from home and that’s what we want to show […]

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When you look at the teams around us, you can see that the margin of difference between the teams has shrunk a lot. So the way you respond in every single game is absolutely vital. It’s a very important period where everyone has to be absolutely focused on our results and on the way we […]

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“We had a very difficult start and since we have responded very well. I feel the team is on the way upwards but we have as well to show that first of all we can improve, that we have the desire to improve as a team, and as well, that we can repeat the performances […]

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Before looking ahead to the trip to Basel the draw for the third round of the FA Cup has sent us to Preston North End. Looking at the draw I would imagine we would probably be the third or fourth choice for television so I think we can kiss goodbye to a 3pm Saturday kick-off. […]

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