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Right, as I will be enjoying some superb Italian food and wine tomorrow night it’s an early preview of Saturday’s trip to the Meccano Stadium for a lunchtime meeting with West Ham. The hosts are much improved on the team that gave Unai Emery his first Premier League win at the Grove in August, 3-1. […]

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Blackpool versus The Arsenal is a fixture that dates back to 1896/7. In the 1930s, 40s, and 50s it was usually a clash of the titans. Our first FA Cup date with Blackpool saw us defeated 2-1 at Highbury in a 1953 quarter-final, a championship winning season for us. That Blackpool team went on to […]

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The shockwaves of what happened at Anfield are still being felt, but if you could select an opponent to face on New Years Day it would be Fulham at home, bless them. They may be unbeaten in three vital matches against two of their fellow relegation candidates plus a home match with Wolves (a draw […]

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It’s not unusual, as someone once sang, for me to be sitting at the keyboard on a Friday evening having downed several pints of delicious ale and a superb Chinese meal and about to put my thoughts into print. Tonight feels different, and there is much to contemplate. Let’s start with a Saturday evening visit […]

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The eve of the last home match before Christmas. The holiday has officially started for me but the management team and the players will not be getting much of a break at this busy time of the year. Burnley arrive at the Grove with every reason to want to stop us securing what have become […]

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Go For It Boss, Please

It’s been nagging away at you all day, hasn’t it? I know it because it has nagging away at the hordes of Gooners on social media all day. Does Unai Emery understand that large numbers of us expect our strongest fit starting eleven against the Middlesex Nomads in the Carabao Cup quarter-final? Hector Bellerin and […]

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Sunday lunchtime, Southampton away, a fixture that became a difficult one for us, particularly in 2015. We have won just once at St Mary’s in our last seven visits. Whilst we appear to have found an answer to the inconsistency of recent seasons there is the worry about our lack of central defensive options as […]

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Matchday six in the Europa League. Qarabag arrive for what is a dead rubber for already qualified in first place The Arsenal. Qarabag also have nothing but pride to play for as Sporting have already clinched the second qualifying spot for the knock out phase. We know that Laurent Koscielny will at least start the […]

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The third match of a mixed but uplifting week sees us welcome Huddersfield Town back to The Grove. The feelgood factor from last Sunday remains prominent in the recent memory, and taking a point home from Old Trafford extended the unbeaten run to 20 matches. Sadly it was confirmed today that Rob HoldingĀ ruptured the anterior […]

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I have quite the act to follow this evening. GSD’s outstanding record of derby day was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I don’t mind admitting I would far sooner carry on with recollections of a memorable Sunday which lifted the spirits again after a dark couple of days. Many thanks to all for the socialising and […]

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