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A Thursday night in March. It must be the Europa League again, but we need to produce a performance to repair the damage done in Rennes last week if we are to book our place in the quarter-finals. Unai Emery seems to be in a positive mood ahead of the match. “We do have confidence […]

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The Middlesex Nomads defeat at Southampton has added a little spice to our remaining nine Premier League fixtures, the toughest on paper of which falls on Sunday when in-form Manchester United come to the North London club. The match now offers the winners a real shot at third place. We will be without the suspended […]

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The beauty of the Europa League preview. What do I know about Stade Rennais? I seem to recall that Hatem Ben Arfa rocked up there and Sylvain Wiltord came through their academy, but that’s about it. Google comes to the rescue. They qualified for the competition by finishing 5th in Ligue 1 last season, but […]

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There are evenings in different phases of your life where you will want to get to sleep in order to wake up to something exciting. Typically Christmas, or a birthday, or a holiday as you progress. Then there is that which cannot be adequately explained in words. The eve of the North London derby. I […]

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How Much Do We Want It?

Eleven matches to go. March is around the corner. We have at least fourth place in our own hands. How much do we want it? Bournemouth at home on a clement Wednesday evening. They will be no walkover, for certain, but bearing in mind our next two Premier League opponents this is not a test […]

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I mentioned the arrival of squeaky bum time before the Bate game and we have started the end phase well. Much better in fact than our nomadic neighbours who had their leader and talisman back at Burnley today – and lost. For us now a potential super Sunday as we take on Southampton while Manchester […]

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Hello all, apologies for not being around much of late. The regulars know why and I thank you for your understanding. Enough of that. Have unexpectedly reached the first pivotal day in the Arsenal season. Think about it. A draw tomorrow will cost us one of the two opportunities we have to clinch a Champions […]

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The Arsenal jetted out to Belarus this afternoon (Wednesday) for tomorrow’s match against Bate Borisov in the Europa League round of 32. It is a strong squad and there seems little doubt that Unai Emery is using the lack of a fixture this coming weekend to give his first team squad a good work-out. Looking […]

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“We started very well away, changing also our mentality to get more points away, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance, and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.” Unai Emery’s honest assessment of our recent away form as we prepare to play the Premier League’s basement club away from […]

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Our 2-1 defeat of Manchester City in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final was proof positive that if we approach the match with a positive attitude allied to a degree of determination we can beat arguably the best team in the country. Since that memorable day though we have met four times, scoring just one goal […]

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