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Taking The Long View

I mentioned on Twitter post match that I had experienced the gamut of emotions over the weekend, and in fairness most them on match day itself. This isn’t the time for a detailed report. Most of you have seen what transpired, I’m sure, and other blogs have excellently covered the minutiae of what happened and […]

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Ten of the eleven tipped to start in the preview were indeed selected. The surprise was the inclusion of Carl Jenkinson at left-back and not Sead Kolasinac. There were welcome returns for Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Emile Smith-Rowe. The visitors started with two banks of four firmly ensconced ¬†in their own half and made it clear […]

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In the pubs and bars around the ground a full house of Gooners came together with varying degrees of caution and hope. There was a nervousnesss about who would be fit to play in the back four up against Salah, Mane, and Firmino. Two that most would have wanted failed their fitness tests. Nacho Monreal […]

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Unai Emery gave a first team debut to 21 year old Spanish central defender Julio Pleguezuelo alongside Skhodran Mustafi. Carl Jenkinson made a return to the team after 701 days as a makeshift left-back with Stephan Lichsteiner playing on the right. Aaron Ramsey slotted in alongside Matteo Guendouzi behind an attacking quartet of ¬†Ainsley Maitland-Niles, […]

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With no recognised left-back available again Granit Xhaka had to deputise in the role alongside Skhodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. Petr Cech was fit again but Bernd Leno rightly kept the goalkeeping berth. Matteo Guendouzi joined Lucas Torreira at the base of midfield and the front four were as hoped for in the preview. Palace […]

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Unai Emery sprung something of a surprise by selecting Granit Xhaka at left-back to allow Hector Bellerin a breather in Lisbon. Danny Welbeck was picked on the left hand side of Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ramsey it was who wore the captain’s armband. Interestingly Carl Jenkinson was on the bench for the first time […]

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There were surprises when the team was announced an hour before kick-off. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were ruled out as a precaution as they had reported tight hamstrings. Stephan Lichsteiner was drafted to fill in at left-back, and young Zech Medley was promoted to the bench as defensive cover. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi […]

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It would appear the 5000 mile round trip to Azerbaijan had an impact on the squad with the attacking midfield trio changing in it’s entirety and Sokratis not making the starting eleven. Danny Welbeck, Henrikh Mkhytarian, and Alex Iwobi started behind Alexandre Lacazette while Rob Holding and Skhodran Mustafi started in the centre of defence. […]

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Unai Emery surprised with his switch to a back three for Europa League match day two in Baku. It was a move that brought about an early benefit. The rampaging Sead Kolasinac almost teed up Danny Welbeck in the third minute and the first of two successive corners was won. From the second Nacho Monreal’s […]

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The Arsenal went into their match with Watford minus Sokratis who was presumably still feeling the effects of last week’s injury. Once again we started slowly and Petr Cech was put under pressure twice in only the third minute from first a corner, then a long throw-in. Alexandre Lacazette had our first shot having been […]

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