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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 Holding¬†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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Hello all, replete after three pints of Guinness and a fish supper it is time to allow the thoughts to focus on yet another North London versus Middlesex derby. This is a strange one these days, anticipated and loathed if not in equal measure. The long-standing neighbour avoids it like the plague. With my upbringing […]

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A very makeshift Arsenal squad have flown to Kiev as Vorskla Poltava raise questions about being able to complete the fixture. For the sake of the Gooners that have already hurriedly adjusted their travel plans to get to Kiev I hope the fixture goes ahead as ordered by UEFA’s emergency panel. Vorskla appear to have […]

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“I know Bournemouth and they are a very prepared team with tactically good movement on the pitch and with a big intensity.¬†We need to prepare well, we need every player with a big mentality to fight strongly there against them with our quality but, above all, with a big intensity and a big mentality in […]

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