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We took to the pitch at the Liberty with Gabriel switched to right-back, in the absence of Hector Bellerin, and the rest of our first choice back five in situ again. Olivier Giroud was retained up front with Alexis and Alex Iwobi notionally occupying the flanks. To say the match started slowly is a huge […]

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The Thursday preview nailed ten of the starting eleven at Preston but missed the replacement of Hector Bellerin by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (conservative! © @yellowbootson). Olivier Giroud was a surprising choice to captain the side. At kick-off fog was swirling around Deepdale but the visibility was perfectly ok. On our last FA Cup visit to Deepdale we […]

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The Arsenal recalled Skhodran Mustafi, Francis Coquelin, and Aaron Ramsey to the starting eleven at Bournemouth. Gabriel, Lucas, and the absent Mohamed Elneny made way. In the opening minutes Alex Iwobi was on the right flank enabling Ramsey to operate behind Olivier Giroud. They would rotate as the match developed. We made a bright enough […]

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The pre-match fears about the flu were well founded. Mesut Ozil was ruled out and Francis Coquelin was relegated to the bench. Nacho Monreal came in for Kieran Gibbs as expected while Mohamed Elneny and Lucas also came into the starting line-up. As early as the sixth minute we should have taken the lead. Xhaka […]

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The Long Slow Bond

Home just in time for kick-off after taking a lively pup for a swim and a run, it was time take up position around the television seated next to the eldest grand’holic. It took a while to sort out an English commentary, and we succeeded eventually, but not before learning the Spanish for “it looks like […]

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It’s Happened Again

Both sides made one change at the Emptihad. The Arsenal opted for Alex Iwobi over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whilst City brought in Fernando for Gundogan. As the clock ticked over four minutes we had a dream start on the break. Hector Bellerin sprinted over half the length of the pitch and played the ball to Alexis. In […]

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So what did I know beforehand? Nothing. Arsene made the obvious enforced change of Hector Bellerin for Skhodran Mustafi but otherwise kept faith in the players who swept West Ham and Stoke away. Could we retain the goal threat and fluidity displayed in recent weeks? Everton rested Gareth Barry but the midfield trio still retained […]

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To send the Orcs back north empty-handed is always a pleasure. To do so on a day when a lot of old friends met up again made for a lot of fun. Not surprisingly we reverted to the eleven that started at West Ham last week, and that again paid dividends. The three goals I had […]

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Arsene Wenger, not surprisingly, engaged in a little rotation for the trip to Basel. I was right to tip Rob Holding and Kieran Gibbs for the back four. Aaron Ramsey got the job partnering Granit Xhaka in midfield. Alex Iwobi and Lucas allowed Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a chance to freeze their cobs off […]

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The lunchtime destruction of Manchester City by the bus stop in Fulham meant that Arsenal went into the evening match with a chance to move into second position in the Premier League, three points behind the West Londoners. Arsene Wenger opted to start with Gabriel at right-back, Granit Xhaka alongside Francis Coquelin, and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain […]

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