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Driven To Distraction

I don’t get to too many away games, and so tend to look forward to them when I do get lucky with a ticket. This was my second of the season, and following the draw at Chelsea I was definitely anticipating the match at Watford despite having to drive up from the West Country due […]

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A very unusual day, from the absurdly early departure to catch a coach because in the 21st century we cannot get a train from Swindon to London before lunchtime, to the equally tortuous journey home down the M4. What happened in between, footballistically and socially, was extremely enjoyable. The only downer on the best parts of […]

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An hour after the match has finished I am trying to retrieve the details of a contest I would normally have written up in real time. I have the disadvantage of a full tank of Guinness, courtesy of a very special manager’s leaving drinks, but the advantage of a sobering kebab roll. Kebabs really should […]

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The expected back three and wing-backs were named in the starting eleven, but the midfield was re-arranged with Mohamed Elneny stepping alongside Granit Xhaka, This enabled Aaron Ramsey to be played in support of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Lacazette. Interestingly Jack Wilshere was next to Mesut Ozil on the bench and there was no place for […]

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Arsenal rang the changes from Sunday’s starting eleven. All eleven in fact. As expected David Ospina lined up behind Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker, and Rob Holding, with exciting prospects Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the wing-back berths. Jack Wilshere returned alongside Mohamed Elneny in midfield behind a potent looking front three of Theo Walcott, […]

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In all honesty when you set out for the bus stop in Fulham these days it is with an awareness that this hasn’t been the happiest of trips for a few years. This was no different. A grey morning spent on a train meandering through the home counties didn’t lift the spirits. At Fulham Broadway, […]

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Chaotic scenes in and around the stadium prior to tonight’s Europa League tie forced a one hour delay to kick-off. Reportedly 20k Cologne supporters arrived at the stadium gates despite their allocation being 2900 tickets, the usual number for visiting teams in the Premier League and European competition. Questions about the policing of the travelling […]

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Arriving in the bonus sunshine in North London on Saturday lunchtime heralded the start of one of the good days. A really lovely lunch, a quick whizz around the Armoury, and two Junior Gooners were kitted out for an afternoon on the Clock End on a day when the Arsenal returned to winning ways. There were rumblings […]

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Arsene Wenger’s team selection for the trip to Liverpool, a week after the defeat at Stoke, beggared belief. I have fought his corner for many a year, but there was no defending this line-up. Danny Welbeck was retained while Alexandre Lacazette, a £52m signing, and Olivier Giroud, France’s number one striker were left to watch […]

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Somewhat surprisingly Skhodran Mustafi was the only central defender recalled to the back three for the trip to Stoke, and he replaced the only central defender who played against Leicester. Left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were retained. The only other change was in midfield where Aaron Ramsey was preferred to Mohamed Elneny. Mark Hughes […]

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