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Arsene Wenger rang the changes, both in system and personnel, for the trip to West Ham. With Per Mertesacker out injured and Sead Kolasinac rested on the bench we switched to a back four with Ainsley Maitland-Niles drafted in at left-back. Jack Wilshere replaced Aaron Ramsey in midfield and Alex Iwobi was selected as the […]

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The weather prevented many from getting down to Hampshire where the Arsenal took on Southampton, ironically untouched by the snow that swept across the rest of the country. As expected Per Mertesacker came in for Skhodran Mustafi but otherwise the Gunners first eleven remained unchanged. A major talking point was that Theo Walcott didn’t even […]

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Arsena Wenger sprung a surprise by switching to a 4-3-3 formation for the visit of Bate Borisov. Youngsters Rob Holding and Calum Chambers were selected as the centre-backs, flanked by Mathieu Debuchy and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in front of David Ospina. Jack Wilshere was free to play as the number ten in front of Mohamed Elneny […]

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An extraordinary day started with pie, mash, and liquor, my first for many a moon in case Manze’s doesn’t survive. It was the perfect absorbtion material for the odd drink or two that were enjoyed in great company, as ever. What followed was a remarkable creative performance by the Arsenal, albeit one foisted on the […]

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There were no surprises when the teams were announced. Mesut Ozil was deemed fit to return to what the manager obviously feels is his strongest eleven right now. The visitors kicked off and forced a first-minute penalty which Petr Cech dealt with nervously under pressure. It was a false dawn. In the third minute we […]

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There was one shock omission when the team was announced pre-match. Mesut Ozil was ruled out and so Alex Iwobi took his place alongside the other ten players who won the North London derby last week. That emphasises where Jack Wilshere currently stands in the pecking order for the number ten role. The Arsenal had […]

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A more experienced eleven than was expected took to the pitch in theĀ RheinEnergie Stadion. Calum Chambers returned to the side at right wing-back, so Reiss Nelson started on the bench. Francis Coquelin partnered Mohamed Elneny in midfield allowing Jack Wilshere to slot in behind Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck. The Arsenal made a bright start […]

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I suggested in the preview that we have a performance in us every Autumn. Thankfully so it proved today in the most important home game of the season. The neighbours were destroyed, and aren’t we glad about that. The performance was built on the rock provided by Laurent Koscielny, Skhodran Mustafi, and Nacho Monreal. Please […]

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I was doing my usual write-up as the match progressed but decided at the end of the game to delete everything and consider a little further what I had just seen. The manager surprised many with his formation and selection for the trip to free-scoring Manchester City. With Per Mertesacker ruled out by illness and […]

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The Gunners ‘cup team’ featured one change from the Carabao Cup win against Norwich last week, with Joe Willock replacing Alex Iwobi. If the latter is being saved for the trip to the Emptihad on Sunday could that mean we could go with a similar line-up to the one that took a point home from […]

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