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Down the years I’m sure we have all seen games that could be described as the archetypal game of two halves. Somehow though, and maybe just because it is so fresh in the memory, Arsenal’s match at Newcastle is right up there among the most astonishing of them. Having drawn Newcastle’s sting in the opening […]

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Yet again in the ’round of sixteen’ Arsenal have produced a wonderful second leg performance in the wake of a poor first leg display. Heroic failure? Maybe less so this time but there is no question that the Gunners came within a whisker of a Champions League quarter-final with an impressive performance in Stade Louis-II. The […]

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Another enjoyable day spent in pleasant company and the bonus of another decent performance from the Arsenal which went largely as expected. Arsene made five changes to the team that defeated Manchester United, resting among others the in-form Santi Cazorla. We made a bright start and could have grabbed an early lead but Theo Walcott […]

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Well, as nights go that was one of the more memorable ones. Tonight we are celebrating reaching the FA Cup semi-finals after the Arsenal once again produced a disciplined display to claim their first victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford since 2006. I’m aware that half the planet, and therefore the vast majority of […]

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Not for the first time of late we started slowly at Loftus Road but as the half progressed we came more and more into it, shading the possession and attempts stats, if not the all important goals scored one. The second-half appeared a different story as we made our class pay, but there was yet […]

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Three points secured, our third place regained, this turned into one of the good days after a shaky start. For half an hour it was noticeable how much time was spent looking left from my vantage point, into the Arsenal half. Everton were on top, and far more adventurous than expected. The Gunners brought in […]

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A Numbing Night

The last sixteen of the Champions League, generally regarded to have got a favourable draw, Arsenal contrived to fall to the counter-attacking game that Arsene Wenger himself had predicted beforehand. Monaco offered no surprises. Indeed they were under-strength, missing as they were the likes of Toulalan, Bakayoko, and Raggi. Kurzawa and Ferreira Carrasco only started on the bench, resting […]

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Arsenal sit in third place in the Premier League after an atmospheric afternoon at Selhurst Park. From early on it was clear that we were paying Palace much respect, relying once again on the pragmatic that brought us joy at Eastlands rather than the flourish with which Boro were dismissed last week. A difficult afternoon […]

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  A change of routine meant a few Guinni in the Pins before heading for the Tollie, and a mood of confidence was built ahead of a potentially tricky tie. As the teams prepared to kick-off we took our place very close to the traveling hordes. This was an atmospheric day! From the off Arsenal […]

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This was supposed to be the bounce back night from the weekend, and at the end of the day one has to say the end justifies the means. However this was yet another game of two halves, without doubt. Arsene made some significant changes to the starting line-up in attacking areas. Sensibly, I originally thought, […]

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