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I owe our very own GSD a huge debt of gratitude, and a glass or two of something strong, for picking up the baton and writing the review of our defeat at West Ham. I hope you enjoy his style as much as I do. Wifi difficulties had ensured that I had seen none of the […]

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Unai Emery selected a slightly stronger team than I had suggested in the preview, particularly in defence, but Carl Jenkinson was drafted in late for the injured Laurent Koscielny and it looked makeshift once more. In front of Petr Cech was a back four of Jenkinson, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Sead Kolasinac. Mohamed Elneny […]

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Unai Emery opted to retain Bernd Leno and reverted to a back three of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Skhodran Mustafi, and Laurent Koscielny for the visit of Fulham. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac flanked Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi with Lucas Torreira dropping to the bench. Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and (Hallelujah!) Alexandre Lacazette were selected as […]

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Embarrassing

Unai Emery opted to start Stephan Lichsteiner, the unexpectedly fit Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Sead Kolasinac in a back four with Laurent Koscielny on the bench. If that made one nervous at least Granit Xhaka was reunited with Lucas Torreira and Emery reinforced the right flank with Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Disappointingly Alexandre Lacazette was once […]

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Getting home 24 hours after the event enables me to take a different view to many others on the undoubted disappointment of Brighton away. That doesn’t mean I’m right or they are wrong. It’s a view I actually formed quickly after the match last evening as the pre-supper beer and vino took hold, and as […]

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Gunners Win A Battle

We went with a mixed bag of a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Nacho Monreal and fit again Sead Kolasinac. Burnley not surprisingly opted for two up front. The recalled Mohamed Elneny slipped into a midfield three alongside Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi, with Lucas Torreira dropping to the bench. Unfortunately he has […]

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Unai Emery went with a strong, but not his strongest, eleven for the Carabao Cup quarter-final. Petr Cech started in goal behind a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Granit Xhaka, and Nacho Monreal. Ahead of them started the youthful pairing of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Alex Iwobi flanked Aaron […]

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Unai Emery opted to partner Laurent Koscielny with Stephan Lichsteiner and Granit Xhaka in a three at the back at Southampton. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal flanked Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in midfield. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi lined up alongside lone striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Once again Alexandre Lacazette started on the bench alongside […]

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A surprisingly strong blend of experience lined up against Qarabag in the final game in the Europa League group phase. Emi Martinez was given a rare start in goal behind a back four of Carl Jenkinson, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Mohamed Elneny and Joe Willock were the deepest lying of a very […]

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What a difference six days make. In the same week that the Middlesex Nomads were duly despatched convincingly we had a real war of attrition against Huddersfield Town. As a match this one took time to come to life. Huddersfield have a need for points every bit as much as us and it was clear […]

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