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I got ten of the starting eleven right. Never did I expect Dani Ceballos and Mesut Ozil to be starting together. A penny for Reiss Nelson’s thoughts. After a disjointed start the first attempt on goal arrived in the sixth minute and Bernd Leno comfortably saved from Deulofeu. We had a chance when Holebas cleaned out Nicolas […]

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It’s hard to know where to begin with an account of the first North London derby of the season. I suppose chronologically to set the scene. I arrived at 12.30 (I didn’t want to miss the kick-off!) and spent a pleasant pub crawl in great company sipping rather unusually at refreshing Bloody Marys. It was […]

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Beaten But Not Down

Unai Emery gave a first start to Nicolas Pepe as expected, but it was something of a surprise that Alexandre Lacazette made way for our record signing at Anfield. Joe Willock’s retention must have given him a real boost. The first chance arrived when Robertson slid a cross from the left hand edge of the […]

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The first home game of any Premier League season is a social event. It’s akin to Lord’s Friday, Ladies day at Royal Ascot, Wimbledon etc.. Yesterday was no different. I was outside the Twelve Pins at five to ten when Esso of this parish rolled up. An enjoyable few drams and it was on to […]

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We perhaps surprisingly started with no new signings at Newcastle but they do have to acclimatise to a new club, and in some circumstances a new league. Steve Bruce had no such reservations about giving a debut to new boy Joelinton. Not surprisingly it was a cagey start but the voices of the travelling faithful […]

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A full house saw the Joan Gamper Cup at the Camp Nou between Barcelona and The Arsenal. Once again some of the youngsters were given a chance to impress by Unai Emery. What felt like a very good first-half of football produced little in the way of goalscoring opportunities. It was midway through the half […]

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The Arsenal visited Angers this evening to help celebrate the French club’s centenary at the Stade Raymond Kopa. The presence of Jeff Reine-Adelaide in the host’s line-up added to the interest. A young Gunners team included only one new signing at kick-off, Gabriel Martinelli. After a slow start we fell behind after unlucky 13 minutes […]

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A Surreal Day

It really was. I enjoyed a couple of pre-match Guinni with Matt (good to meet you) and James, and gratefully received a ticket for the Burnley game, for which thanks, Tone. That there were few other people there I knew was a bit of a surprise. Matt and I had intended to watch the second-half […]

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A typical game of two halves played out as The Arsenal surrendered a commanding lead and stumbled to a penalty shoot-out defeat against Real Madrid. We were ahead early when Alexandre Lacazette rounded Navas and pulled the ball back which hit Nacho’s hand with the defender on the floor. Astonishingly the referee decided it was a red card offence and […]

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Eddie Nketiah struck a quarter of an hour into our match with Fiorentina this evening (Saturday but ending Sunday!) and it was no more than we deserved. Having put our mark on the match we wondered if and when the first choice starters would appear, The young Guns have certainly made an impression on this […]

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