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“It was pressing, and counter-pressing, and perfection… In the centre midfield it was perfect.” Jurgen Klopp reflected on his team’s utterly deserved 2-0 triumph and yet study of those words will tell the story of the night. Yes, Dortmund had pace, power, desire, and an incredible work ethic. Arsenal produced a little bit of the […]

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The grey of early morn turned into a sunny lunchtime gathering to see if this new-look Arsenal could prove a match for the champions. I said beforehand that much would deprnd on how City, so often negative at the Grove, set-up. Pellegrini showed faith in his selection and had clearly encouraged them to be more […]

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And A Point Secured

Well, as days out go I think you could say that was mixed. The team news revealed a couple of surprises, namely the ‘resting’ of Jack Wilshere, so impressive against Besiktas, and the selection of Yaya Sanogo who was listed as out with a hamstring problem before the event. There was an understandable reason for […]

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Seventeen And Counting

If you want to read a conventional report on the game tonight can I recommend the Guardian. I haven’t seen what they have come up with yet, but among the mainstream media they and the Observer get it right more often than most. Actually, I just checked, and it is here. For this blogger and, […]

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It’s August, and Arsenal are trailing at half-time in the northwest. Two second half goals get us a result. Next time out we are spared a home defeat against Portsmouth by the infamous Robert Pires penalty award. Now nobody is claiming that eleven years on that this Arsenal side is in any sort of shape […]

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I feel the need for a somewhat defensive post about the goal-less draw with Besiktas tonight mainly because of the reaction on social media sites, but actually that is not how I feel about the game. For much of the ninety minutes I saw two commited teams trying to fashion an open contest on a […]

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A minute left on the clock. It’s 1-1. I turn to the neighbour and say “The last time I left a game early, we won. I’m off to see if it works again.” So I skipped, not quite gazelle like, up the stairs and by the time I hit the bottom of the steps outside […]

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Well that was fun, wasn’t it? Arsenal (no mention of the missing World Cup Germans or that we started with Olivier Giroud on the bench) thrashed a (media emphasis, much-weakened) Manchester City 3-0. Arsene surprised a few with his selection of Yaya Sanogo to start in the main striking role, and although the former Auxerre […]

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I was struck by a hint of deja vu this afternoon. Forty-three years ago, almost to the day, I was at Highbury to see Arsenal beat a cracking Benfica side, including the great Eusebio, 6-2 in a pre-season friendly. Nobody expected that degree of victory that day, and Arsenal would go on to surprise and […]

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Friends made, Arsenal’s makeshift squad departed New York having lost to the Red Bulls in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Sadly not all ticket holders reached the stadium but those that did gave tremendous vocal backing to the touring Gunners. In truth they got a very watered down Arsenal experience in return, but one that […]

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