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Back in May we went into the small matter of an FA Cup Final against Chelsea with a defensive crisis. Per Mertesacker was picked for his one appearance of the season alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal with Laurent Koscielny suspended and Skhodran Mustafi ruled out by illness. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the nod to play […]

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Unable to go without my live football fix for any longer I made a very rare visit to Swindon Town to watch them edge Notts County 1-0 in an equally rare home win. There are things Town do very well. Before the match you can enjoy Guinness at pub prices in the Legends Lounge underneath […]

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The weather forecast for Boxing Day night for the Black Country was for snow, and a fair bit of it. A part of me willed it through the night. I even stayed up to watch the first half an hour of England’s best day so far in the Ashes, confident that I could put off […]

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A glance at the Premier League is enough to emphasise how important the festive fixtures are going to be for the Arsenal. There’s little point right now in looking further ahead than Friday night’s visit of Liverpool to The Grove. Avenge our mauling by the Scousers in August and we will climb into fourth place, […]

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The quarter-final of the Carabao Cup. Yes, the quarter-final. We are potentially three matches away from another Wembley Final. It is likely, however, that the manager will turn to his ‘cup team’, although he might be keeping one or two of them fresh for the Liverpool game on Friday. David Ospina will start behind a […]

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A Saturday 3pm kick-off awaits the Gunners and Newcastle United this weekend, and I will miss out as I have an old friend’s birthday to celebrate shortly after the match finishes. It is a big match for both teams. The Arsenal need the points after being held in consecutive matches at Southampton and West Ham […]

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It’s the first of two meetings in a week with West Ham which could give a serious pointer to our prospects in 2018. Ten days ago this looked a routine three points but then The Irons went to the Emptihad and were denied a hard-earned point by a late David Silva strike. Better came this […]

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So, it’s ten to nine and I have the first not so wee dram of the evening for company. What better way to preview a Sunday midday kick-off on the south coast? We are looking to create a first. The first team to beat Southampton away from home three times in a calendar year. It’s […]

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On a cold Thursday night at the Grove for which over 50,000 tickets have been paid for it will be interesting to see if more than half that number actually attends. With the top spot in the group already secured the match with Bate Borisov will serve principally as a opportunity to give the squad […]

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Long Johns, check, layers, check, gloves, check, scarf, check.¬†Trapper’s hat, ah, where have I put that? It looks like it will be a day for wrapping up warm for the visit of Manchester United on Saturday evening. Hopefully the quality of the match itself will keep our minds off the chill in the air. Us […]

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