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The first photographs of Cologne are on Social Media. You can see who has gone to take in a bit of culture, and who is there for the beer and bratwurst! This is the sort of fixture that has made the Thursday night sojourns rather more pleasing than we thought beforehand. A very young cup […]

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It seems there isn’t a media outlet that isn’t hyping the latest North London derby to the highest peaks. I’ve just watched Sky Sports half hour preview show. I’ve been reading in various outlets all day about the shift in the balance of power, and who the world and his dog would pick in a […]

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I normally end the preview with the ‘holic pound. Let me give you a few pointers to start this one. Manchester City are a best of 1/2 to win this Sunday. You can get 6/1 against an Arsenal win. There are very good reasons for that and a lot of professional punters will be lumping […]

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The return fixture against Red Star Belgrade is the latest test of what has become known as our cup team. Arsene Wenger confirmed he will again rotate his team for Thursday night’s fixture with one eye most definitely on Sunday’s trip to the Emptihad. The manager was full of praise for both of his teams […]

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What a funny old week. Oliver Holt, of all people, persuaded me that in our last eleven matches our best result was the defeat at Watford, not the nine wins or the draw at Stamford Bridge. His astonishing logic after a strong Tottenham side chucked away a two goal lead at home to a piss […]

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ExKoemanicated

You’ll forgive the somewhat different approach to reporting on the match at Everton. The first weekend of half-term is time to be spent with others and the Arsenal takes something of a back seat. I did get back from golf with the grand’holics in time to see the second-half and saw the salient moments of […]

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The ‘holic Pound

A black Labrador puppy is looking at me with eyes that cannot be ignored. There is no way in the world I will have time for a full preview of the trip to Everton. However I know you want to know what my punt of the match is so you can quite sensibly discount it […]

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The Europa League provides a second visit for the Arsenal to Belgrade to play Crvena Zvezda at the Marakana. Well that’s how the locals knew the team and stadium when I travelled there in December 1978. It was bitterly cold but the home fans kindly lit a number of fires on the terraces to heat up the […]

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I haven’t been to Vicarage Road since the eighties, so when a good friend offered me a ticket for this weekend’s match I answered in the affirmative. I’m looking forward to see the transformed version of what was always a quirky stadium. Those were the days of Elton John and Graham Taylor. We lost there more […]

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At some point I have probably been critical of people drawing conclusions about who will play in an upcoming fixture based on the training snaps on the club’s official website. However today guess what I found myself doing while Manchester City’s trip to Chelsea was unfolding on my laptop. Now Arsene has pre-empted the where’s […]

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