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“I’m Rosicky” “No, I’m Rosicky” A guard of honour forms The morning after the night before. Ouch. The last match of the season invariably results in a tour of Highbury pre-lunch. It doesn’t get any less emotional with time. The old girl looked gorgeous, resplendent in the spring sunshine. Then on to join those who […]

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The Arsenal Ladies have won their fourteenth FA Cup Final this afternoon, but their first at Wembley in front of a record crowd of 32,912. I saw lots of Arsenal supporters (including some ‘holics!) took the opportunity of going along and if Twitter was anything to go by even more watched the BBC coverage of […]

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News that Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil were ruled out of the team at Manchester City by injury took some of the gloss off Southampton’s victory at the other end of Seven Sisters Road. City started on the front foot and the Gunners were pinned into their own half. In the eighth minute Fernandinho head […]

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A plate of first-class pasta, a little red wine, a tasty Guinness, and good spirits abounded as we took our seats and awaited an afternoon of mass demonstrations and sparkling football. Neither really materialised, although the potential for both to happen is real enough. Frankly in the first-half we saw a pretty insipid performance from […]

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Gunners Firing Blanks

Arsene Wenger opted to go with an unchanged line-up at the Stadium of Light although there was a welcome return to the bench for Jack Wilshere. The Gunners started the stronger and with barely three minutes on the clock Alex Iwobi drilled an effort wide from the edge of the area. Sunderland attempted an immediate […]

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As suggested in the preview Arsene Wenger opted to make three changes to the side that started against Crystal Palace. Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud came in for Gabriel, Francis Coquelin, and Danny Welbeck in what looked a very attack-minded set-up. The expected sparse crowd were in quiet mood until the sixth minute […]

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Sorry

It won’t be an easy morning for those looking for a positive take on the performance yesterday. We had seventy percent of the ball, someone mentioned in the pub. That is not much good unless you do something with it though. For the second week running we surrendered two oh-so-valuable points to a London club. […]

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Arsene Wenger surprised many by sticking with David Ospina in goal for the trip to Upton Park. The Gunners were unchanged from the team that started successive victories over Everton and Watford. What was about to unfold was madness on a grand scale. So, chronologically the talking points were; Carroll committed two awful assaults in […]

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The Arsenal U18’s went into the second-leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final against Manchester City needing to turn over a 1-2 deficit from the first leg. It took them just five minutes to level the aggregate score when Chris Willock evaded a couple of defenders to curl a right-footed effort into the corner from […]

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A sunny spring Saturday. A lovely lunch with friends old and new putting the world to rights. On such days Arsenal invariably put on a show and while they failed to put yesterday’s opponents to the sword three weeks ago they most certainly did this time around. The FA Cup failure came as a result […]

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