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There are evenings in different phases of your life where you will want to get to sleep in order to wake up to something exciting. Typically Christmas, or a birthday, or a holiday as you progress. Then there is that which cannot be adequately explained in words. The eve of the North London derby. I […]

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How Much Do We Want It?

Eleven matches to go. March is around the corner. We have at least fourth place in our own hands. How much do we want it? Bournemouth at home on a clement Wednesday evening. They will be no walkover, for certain, but bearing in mind our next two Premier League opponents this is not a test […]

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I mentioned the arrival of squeaky bum time before the Bate game and we have started the end phase well. Much better in fact than our nomadic neighbours who had their leader and talisman back at Burnley today – and lost. For us now a potential super Sunday as we take on Southampton while Manchester […]

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Hello all, apologies for not being around much of late. The regulars know why and I thank you for your understanding. Enough of that. Have unexpectedly reached the first pivotal day in the Arsenal season. Think about it. A draw tomorrow will cost us one of the two opportunities we have to clinch a Champions […]

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The Arsenal jetted out to Belarus this afternoon (Wednesday) for tomorrow’s match against Bate Borisov in the Europa League round of 32. It is a strong squad and there seems little doubt that Unai Emery is using the lack of a fixture this coming weekend to give his first team squad a good work-out. Looking […]

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“We started very well away, changing also our mentality to get more points away, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance, and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.” Unai Emery’s honest assessment of our recent away form as we prepare to play the Premier League’s basement club away from […]

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Our 2-1 defeat of Manchester City in the 2017 FA Cup semi-final was proof positive that if we approach the match with a positive attitude allied to a degree of determination we can beat arguably the best team in the country. Since that memorable day though we have met four times, scoring just one goal […]

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“I trust in every player, I trust in our squad. Our focus now is very clear. The Premier League is the first focus.” Unai Emery stopped short of saying the top four but that is clearly what he meant. Third or fourth place is probably more realistic than winning the Europa League but will clearly […]

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What an evening to have to write a preview of the big match of the FA Cup 4th round at home to Manchester United. In Barbados seventeen wickets have fallen today as I type and Chelsea are two up on the Middlesex Nomads. This may well be finished very late tonight! Hector Bellerin’s unfortunate injury […]

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It feels as though we are reaching a make or break point in our Premier League season with the Saturday evening visit of Chelsea. Put simply if the gap between us and the club currently occupying fourth place in the table grows to nine points tomorrow we are likely to be overtaken by Manchester United […]

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