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This football season, like every one that has passed before, will see Arsenal produce performances that amaze and delight, and others that will frustrate. What will determine how the season pans out is how we are able to dig in and get results when we are doing the latter. Today was one of those, and […]

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The evening started with a surprise couple of selections in the centre of the defence due to Laurent Koscielny being ruled out by injury and Per Mertesacker by illness. Calum Chambers and Gabriel were chosen to start, and would go on to have a torrid first-half, particularly young Calum. The uncertainty in the Gunners rearguard […]

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Yes, that predictable! The Arsenal hit the ground running at Selhurst Park and a combination of wonderful attacking football in the first-half, a degree of grit in the second, and yes, a bit of good fortune at important moments enabled them to win 1-2. The first three points will hopefully lift everybody ahead of next […]

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First Day Nerves

On this day in 1969 I witnessed something so very soul destroying, for the first time in living memory. Just about recovered from the League Cup Final defeat by Swindon earlier in the year, and buoyed by a serious attempt at a title eventually secured by Leeds United in May, I was treated by ‘holicdad […]

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Engaged elsewhere earlier today, I have yet to take in the full story of the Community Shield defeat of the bus stop in Fulham. I am therefore indebted to our very own Lars who answered a call for help after the event and summarised our defeat of the Champions at Wembley, despite doubtless having sunk […]

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Arsenal landed their second tournament trophy of this pre-season by lifting their own Emirates Cup for the first time in five years. Only Mesut Ozil remained a starter for the second of the Emirates Cup fixtures against Wolfsburg and not surprisingly the rhythm of yesterday was lost in the early stages, partly as a result […]

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Proper football returned to the Grove this afternoon with Arsenal hammering Lyon in the wake of Villarreal’s narrow victory over Nicklas Bendtner’s Wolfsburg, our Sunday opponents. Arsenal, as expected, started a mixed eleven at the start with Emiliano Martinez selected behind a back four of Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Kieran Gibbs. The […]

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Todays post is brought to you by the letter R for record and r-senal, and the numbers 6 and 12, for obvious reasons. A wonderful day took shape in Pinner. Scallops with black pudding followed by a delicious fillet steak, all accompanied by the most wonderful drop of red I can remember since last year! […]

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Eight o’clock on a Sunday morning. The predicted rain hasn’t arrived. A replacement rail journey coach pulls up on the station concourse. ┬áIt quickly fills. Swindon are off to Wembley along with Chelsea and Arsenal supporters, cricket lovers heading to Lords, and it seems there is a running event in London as well. So begins […]

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For the visit of Sunderland Arsene shuffled his pack a little, bringing in Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere for Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin. It made for a very attack-minded line-up for a team requiring a win to take the battle for second place to the final Sunday of the season. In the opening minute […]

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