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“Every defeat is a scar on your heart. They started off the blocks well and we were too late to get into the game.” Last season’s 5-1 drubbing at Anfield remains strong in the memory. That we recovered to beat the same opponents in the FA Cup a week later hasn’t completely eased the pain of […]

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It’s an interesting match-up at the Grove for Saturday’s teatime fixture. Newcastle, manager under fire in the early stages of the season, are the visitors as we look to build on the win in Istanbul on Tuesday. Arsenal being Arsenal there was of course fresh injury news, Aaron Ramsey the latest to be gone in […]

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So the draw for the third round of the FA Cup has thrown up a repeat of May’s Final with Arsenal the first ball out of the draw machine, closely followed by Steve Bruce’s ball in Alan Shearer’s sweaty palm. I’m sure the game itself will be a tense affair but personally I prefer us […]

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Again we arrive at the hardest preview of the year to write, especially for one who asks for respectful debate. There is a quality that is sadly lacking between two clubs who appear to occupy the poles of almost any comparison. Once again a difficult afternoon potentially lies in wait. Arsene has done his best to […]

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Midweek Premier League fixtures in December? Bah humbug. I cannot say I am overly impressed at the way the fixture calendar makes room for pointless international friendlies. Still, it is the same for everybody in fairness, and yes, I forgot to change my Fantasy Football team too! Poor old Arsene’s presser couldn’t have been timed […]

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So some 63 hours after completing a hard-working 2-0 win over Dortmund the Gunners will be starting their latest Premier League challenge at the Hawthorns. It’s a ground that holds reasonably happy memories for me, but once again we will have to adjust to enforced changes to the side. The extent of those were unclear […]

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Well that made for a much better day. An afternoon taking in the delights of the South Bank, including a German Christmas market which provided some amusement for wandering Dortmunders, was followed by a leisurely journey to the Tollie to imbibe and chew the fat with friends. The vibes were positive until the team news […]

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Look, as Arsene now seems to preface every statement, three weeks ago we led Anderlecht 3-0 in the Champions League matchday four fixture. It was the last feelgood moment for Arsenal supporters it seems. In the remaining half an hour we managed to turn three points into one, and set in motion a kamikaze approach […]

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Remember when Arsenal v Manchester United fixtures were effectively title deciders? The intensity was all too evident. You could sense the atmosphere building for days beforehand. Vieira and Keane, Keown and van Nistelrooy, battles all over the park, and who can forget the Nevilles assault of Jose Antonio Reyes. They effectively kicked him all the […]

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Swansea away, probably not the ideal fixture to follow Tuesday’s events,  but a happy hunting ground for us last season thanks to a 1-2 success. Those who would argue that the same side should be offered the opportunity to redeem themselves will have read by now the news of the skippers absence with a hamstring […]

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