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An extremely rotated Gunners starting eleven lined up for the final match at Turf Moor. Only Nacho Monreal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang survived from the team that started at Valencia on Thursday. We know the reason why, but clearly we had given up on producing the goal fest that might have made for a remarkable day. […]

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Unai Emery once again must have read the preview and went with my proposed starting eleven. It took five minutes for Valencia to fashion the first chance when Gameiro’s cross was headed clear by Laurent Koscielny under pressure from Gaya. Then Ainsley Maitland-Niles did well to dispossess Gaya at the second attempt but the ball […]

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The talk in the pub beforehand was of extending the season to the final day, to have something to play for at Burnley. The atmosphere was relaxed, although confident may be going a step too far. Later in the afternoon the hope was extended by a fast start. Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the post before we […]

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My preview team was two faces out as Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo Guendouzi started ahead of Nacho Monreal and Lucas Torreira. We’re not privy to the fitness stats but they are surely the reason that particularly the little Uruguayan was left out. There was a controversial start when Guendouzi freed Alexandre Lacazette who was blatantly […]

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A flat back four. No Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, or Mesut Ozil. We juggled the squad for a critical match. The travelling faithful were at it from the off. “Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal”. What would unfold at the King Power? Or indeed at Brighton where the Arsenal women could clinch their title with a win? Two […]

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There were a couple of surprises in the starting eleven at Molineux. Laurent Koscielny was named alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the centre of a back four. Granit Xhaka was also fit to return alongside Lucas Torreira. The three fit attacking midfielders all lined up behind Alexandre Lacazette. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ruled out having undergone a […]

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Easter Sunday, with the emphasis being on the Sun. At last I was heading to town to watch my beloved Arsenal in the flesh again. Three pints of Guiness and a glass of white wine later I took up my seat looking forward to us snaffling third place in the Premier League. Then I looked […]

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There are worse ways to spend an evening than sitting with the grand’holics watching The Arsenal. Especially when The Arsenal are dishing out a masterclass to the team that were second favourites to win the Europa League ahead of the quarter-finals. After all of our no-shows on the road in recent seasons there was something […]

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Unai Emery sprang some surprises with his starting eleven, most notably a recall for Konstantinos Mavropanos alongside skipper Laurent Koscielny in the centre of a back four and switching Shkodran Mustafi to right-back. Granit Xhaka was passed fit to accompany Lucas Torreira in midfield. ¬†Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was named the lone striker. There were pre-Napoli rests […]

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With just one change to the starting eleven predicted in the preview Unai Emery looked to be sending his team out with a strong attacking intent. The preference of Mesut Ozil ahead of Granit Xhaka owed everything to the latter being ruled unfit and gave us a number of options going forward. Would it be […]

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