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On a strange afternoon at Anfield Arsenal ended up bringing home a point that frankly didn’t look likely for all but the last of the opening 45 minutes. That they only brought home a point is equally astonishing after taking the lead in the second-half and seeing the hosts reduced to ten men in the […]

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A little later than usual I caught the train from the West Country.. The 5.30 kick-off afforded a leisurely, if crowded, journey to the new home of football. Pre-match drinks with old friends were enjoyed and we contemplated mainly how Mathieu Debuchy would fare at centre-half against his old team-mates, Cisse and Ameobi. Inside the […]

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We love him, we love him, we love him. Lukas Podolski took less than three minutes to prompt his song with an incredible left foot strike, from an Aaron Ramsey pass, to give the Gunners shadow squad the lead in Istanbul. Only four minutes were on the clock when Hector Bellerin, in an unfamiliar left-back […]

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Arsenal surrendered the first-half of this match tamely to, let’s be honest, a Stoke team who played much better than us because they were allowed to. There might be some explanation for going behind in the fact that we had a very makeshift back four out there, with Hector Bellerin coming in at right-back and […]

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So how good does it feel when after 88 minutes of pure frustration that breakthrough moment arrives. The elation at the late, late show was elevated by what had gone before. We had an early opportunity when Santi Cazorla freed Danny Welbeck, but the striker’s effort was off target. As if to remind us that […]

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A good week for Arsenal got better at the Hawthorns at lunchtime. Whilst we may have lost Mikel Arteta from Wednesday we welcomed Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud back to the starting line-up. Much of the match turned into a catalogue of opportunities for a clearly dominant, but far from ruthless Arsenal. From the off […]

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Two excited youngsters are met and whisked off to enjoy a pre-match pizza. Mum asks, “what is your prediction this afternoon?”. I tell her I fancy we have learned our lesson and will win 2-1. “What lesson?” Nearly every time we have played them in recent years they sit back and catch us with one […]

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Well, a ‘not too good’ week turned bad at the Liberty Stadium as Arsenal once again surrendered a lead. Although Anderlecht only recovered a point against us on Tuesday Swansea grabbed all three with two goals in the last fifteen minutes. Let me give credit to Garry Monk and his team. They were competitive throughout […]

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Time to rewrite the report on the first-half, already committed to the page at half-time in an attempt to publish soon after the final whistle and to enable a relaxing early night. Gone the talk of the visitors playing into our hands with their adventurous approach to the contest. Full marks to Anderlecht for turning […]

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The morning after the night before. The ‘holics, as ever, have been a bad influence, clearly. It was good, however, to be celebrating what became a comfortable win once Arsene worked out that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini were in excess of the required number of holding players against limited opposition to the tune of […]

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