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As forecast Unai Emery went with an unchanged starting eleven from the win at Cardiff. ¬†After a scrappy opening phase The Arsenal came under an aerial bombardment and once more Petr Cech conceded a corner when put under pressure with the ball at his feet. The Geordies were looking anything but a team without a […]

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Apologies to all. My holiday has been followed by what will be a laborious upgrade to the living room and getting as much paid work done as I can before vanishing north of Hadrian’s Wall for three nights. None of which is Arsenal related unlike this afternoon’s match against the Real Madrid Legends. I don’t […]

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Matteo Guendouzi held his place alongside Granit Xhaka otherwise it was the starting line-up I anticipated in the preview. Starting Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together for the first time in the Premier League was a popular call. The opening moments, however, highlighted that at the back we are still struggling to come to terms […]

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Aaron Ramsey got the nod to replace Mesut Ozil for the visit of West Ham United. He found the net with a close-range header early doors but it was rightly wiped out for offside, and we were slow to get going otherwise. The visitors grabbed the lead when Anderson, unchallenged when running from deep, laid […]

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Unai Emery made one expected change for the visit to Chelsea with Nacho Monreal returning at left-back. He made one more controversial switch with Alex Iwobi coming in for the benched Aaron Ramsey. Chelsea once again left Eden Hazard on the bench with Olivier Giroud. The first effort arrived in the third minute when Luiz […]

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The problem with 4pm kick-offs on a Sunday is that, as a rule, I can’t write a review in the ‘normal’ sense. The vast majority will now have watched what happened and read the blogs that have already commented. From what I have seen my peers have all pointed out we ran into a very […]

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It was a surprise to see an Arsenal Lite XI start against Lazio in Stockholm. Anyone expecting Unai Emery to start with the likely line-up next Sunday will have been put on the back foot. In fact number of the likeliest eleven were being held back for the second-half, perhaps? It was also disappointing to […]

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As I tweeted beforehand “Pre-season friendly, therefore I will not get upset about no Lacazette.” Which means of course I am upset that he has not started against PSG and Chelsea! The starting line-up had a whiff of 4-3-3 with the ability to convert quickly to 4-5-1 if required. Petr Cech was nominated captain behind […]

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The Arsenal produced a very impressive result against a young PSG team this afternoon in the International Champions Cup. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mohammed Elneny, and Mesut Ozil started the match and yet again there were wholesale changes during the second-half. It is fair to say we started both halves on the back foot. PSG, prompted by […]

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It wasn’t the worst way to spend a Thursday lunchtime, sitting under the shade of an umbrella in a beer garden watching the new look Arsenal taking on Atletico Madrid. I missed the opening phases of play which the commentator was enthusing over as I fired up the channel. The Gunners were looking good with […]

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