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When you’ve fallen off a horse the best thing you can do, some say, is to get right back on it. Weather permitting we will be back on tomorrow, and what’s more taking on the same thoroughbreds who gave us a severe beating at Wembley on Sunday. With apologies for the necessary brevity of this […]

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The EFL Cup has provided mixed emotions for supporters of my generation. We have played in seven finals and won just two of them to date. It may be the lowest in our list of priorities these days, but it is a trophy and one many would love to see us win again. My first […]

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After our very solid three goal triumph in Ostersund last week, and with the Carabao Cup Final to look forward to on Sunday, Arsene Wenger hinted that a very young team supplemented with a few wise heads will start the second-leg on Thursday evening. David Ospina has been confirmed as the starting goalkeeper for both […]

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The Arsenal have today (Wednesday) flown to Ostersund where they were greeted by sub-zero temperatures and deep snow. Welcome to northern Sweden in February. The conditions, plus the fact that the match is being played on an artificial surface, means some sensible precautions have been taken to protect those prone to injury. Jack Wilshere, Laurent […]

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It’s that weekend again. The away leg of the brace of North London derby matches we enjoy (or endure) every season. At least this year we do not have to visit the dive that is White Hart Lane. Hopefully unluckily for them we are off to Wembley, a stadium where we have made nine successful […]

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Defeat at Swansea has left us eight points off the top four so the visit of Everton must provide the start of an unbeaten run. Certainly there will be a fresh feel to the side tomorrow if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recovers from the fever that has also affected Jack Wilshere this week. If he doesn’t we […]

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“What is a good warning for us is that Liverpool are an attacking team. You cannot criticise them for not attacking. They are very dangerous going forward and they didn’t manage to score against Swansea.¬†That is a good warning for us that we have to produce an absolute total offensive performance.” Arsene Wenger is certainly […]

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The excitement of Monday carried over to seeing the first snaps of Henrikh Mkhitaryan trains with his new team-mates this morning (Tuesday). Unfortunately he is not eligible to play against Chelsea in what frankly has become the biggest match of our season so far. Our only hope of playing someone other than the neighbours at […]

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Finally I get to watch my first live match of the new year as one of the form teams of the moment faces a side who must be praying for a result as their season threatens to barrel-roll out of control. Crystal Palace have lost just once in their last twelve Premier League matches and […]

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Hello from Cornwall where I thought I might be able to cobble together a preview¬† of Sunday lunchtime’s match at Bournemouth. However a series of trips to farm shops, garden centres, breweries, pubs, and restaurants has rendered that impossible. So you know what to avoid I am letting you know that the ‘holic pound is […]

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