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Gunners Firing Blanks

Arsene Wenger opted to go with an unchanged line-up at the Stadium of Light although there was a welcome return to the bench for Jack Wilshere. The Gunners started the stronger and with barely three minutes on the clock Alex Iwobi drilled an effort wide from the edge of the area. Sunderland attempted an immediate […]

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As suggested in the preview Arsene Wenger opted to make three changes to the side that started against Crystal Palace. Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud came in for Gabriel, Francis Coquelin, and Danny Welbeck in what looked a very attack-minded set-up. The expected sparse crowd were in quiet mood until the sixth minute […]

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Sorry

It won’t be an easy morning for those looking for a positive take on the performance yesterday. We had seventy percent of the ball, someone mentioned in the pub. That is not much good unless you do something with it though. For the second week running we surrendered two oh-so-valuable points to a London club. […]

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Arsene Wenger surprised many by sticking with David Ospina in goal for the trip to Upton Park. The Gunners were unchanged from the team that started successive victories over Everton and Watford. What was about to unfold was madness on a grand scale. So, chronologically the talking points were; Carroll committed two awful assaults in […]

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The Arsenal U18’s went into the second-leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final against Manchester City needing to turn over a 1-2 deficit from the first leg. It took them just five minutes to level the aggregate score when Chris Willock evaded a couple of defenders to curl a right-footed effort into the corner from […]

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A sunny spring Saturday. A lovely lunch with friends old and new putting the world to rights. On such days Arsenal invariably put on a show and while they failed to put yesterday’s opponents to the sword three weeks ago they most certainly did this time around. The FA Cup failure came as a result […]

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Accepting before kick-off that we had no more room for manoeuvre, Arsene Wenger went with the team that played either side of half-time in Barcelona. Francis Coquelin obviously included for the injured Mathieu Flamini, and a deserved Premier League debut for Alex Iwobi. There being no hiding place left it was important we made an […]

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The rain lashed down on the travelling Gooners as kick-off approached. Would that be an omen for what was to follow? The team news was interesting. Arsene preferred Gabriel to Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini to Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck to Olivier Giroud, and then Alex Iwobi to Joel Campbell. The latter raised eyebrows but Iwobi […]

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The Hardest Word

Well that didn’t go too well, did it? Nearly twenty-four hours after the event, and without the benefit of having seen a re-run, how to sum up yesterday? I know some come here for a touch of perspective, a bit of calm amid the storms raging elsewhere. A sleepless night following that turgid performance isn’t […]

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Arsenal made six changes as expected to face Hull City in the FA Cup 5th rd replay. Calum Chambers came in for Hector Bellerin, and there were also recalls for Mathieu Flamini, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, and Olivier Giroud, a new father to Evan on Monday. Walcott, in need of a boost to […]

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