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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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Arsene Wenger’s team was pretty much as predicted beforehand as thousands struggled to get to the Grove amid underground transport chaos. I hadn’t foreseen the promotion of Jeff Reine-Adelaide on the right flank, but ten changes it was. Southampton went with a very strong, although also much-changed, line-up and a difficult night lay in store. […]

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Three Wheels On My Wagon

but I’m singing’ a happy song… The Cherokees don’t like it one bit, but we’re still rollin’ along. I was reminded of the New Christy Minstrels classic first by my meandering route to the match, then by Arsenal’s performance as we defied a very lively and combative Bournemouth team and (I always feel free to […]

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Arsene Wenger surprised many by selecting Kieran Gibbs over Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi¬†for Mohamed Elneny, and Olivier Giroud ahead of Theo Walcott. That meant positional changes for Ramsey and Alexis. One can only assume that Theo was considered close to the much-discussed ‘red zone’. David Ospina came in as the Champions League goalkeeper. The starting […]

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Arsene surprised some by preferring Mohamed Elneny to Granit Xhaka alongside Francis Coquelin, and Aaron Ramsey to Alex Iwobi on the left. For United the fading Rooney was left on the bench. There’s no doubt the hosts started much the stronger and their early pressing had Arsenal rattled. Herrera’s dive under minimal, if any, contact […]

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The absurdly early start to make the North London derby in time did nothing to dissolve my confidence ahead of the match. On arrival to find out that Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott had passed fitness tests, and that Alli was ruled out by injury, only added to the feel good factor. We took our […]

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There are few matches in football that mean as much to the supporters as those against the nearest and dearest. They don’t come much more ‘passionate’ than Arsenal versus Tottenham. As the match is on Sunday lunchtime there will be two preview posts tonight and tomorrow. We tend to remember more the triumphs at the […]

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Fluorescently attired Arsenal had the first attempts on goal as they made a misleadingly comfortable start in Sofia. Aaron Ramsey’s acrobatic effort was off-target, then in the eighth minute a rapid counter-attack by the Gunners ended when Mesut Ozil shot tamely straight at goalkeeper, Borjan. There followed a disastrous three minutes. Ludogoretz were presented with […]

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The three fitness tests didn’t go as I had foreseen in the preview and so we took to the pitch at the Stadium of light with Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott. Mohamed Elneny again accompanied Francis Coquelin in front of the back four. The depth of the squad […]

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