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My huge thanks to our very own Countryman100 for covering today’s debacle for me. I feel like I saw the match, so well did he cover the game. It was as I started this report that I realised that I seldom comment at length on games I’ve seen on TV. I tend to contribute to […]

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As in the league fixture at Stamford Bridge in September the manager went into the first leg of the Carabao Cup with his best player, Alexis Sanchez, on the bench. Fortunately Skhodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka were fit to start, but Mesut Ozil was ruled out by injury. Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck joined Alexandre […]

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Right, enough of the moping around. It’s time to look at the positives from yesterday. I had an amazing vegetable curry, and liquorice sambuca is delicious. That’s that, now for the post mortem, although so late that there is probably not much left to be said about the game. First off though I should deal […]

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Arsene Wenger went for youth rather than experience and put Rob Holding into the gap vacated by the injured Laurent Koscielny. Ainsley Maitland Niles got the nod to start as left wing-back, and Mesut Ozil was passed fit to play. After a cautious start the Gunners came close to seizing the initiative in the seventh […]

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Arsene Wenger made just one change to the team that won at Crystal Palace. Mesut Ozil was reportedly injured and Alex Iwobi was recalled, although he featured mainly on the right hand side rather than as a direct replacement. A familiar face ended an early attempt at a one-two between Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette. Kieran […]

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Arsene Wenger reverted to a back three for the trip to Selhurst Park. For the first time we were treated to the combination of Laurent Koscielny, Skhodran Mustafi, and Calum Chambers, in a competitive fixture. Sead Kolasinac was recalled as left wing-back, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi returned to the bench. The opening phases […]

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Arsene Wenger opted to stick with the flat back four against Liverpool and slotted Alex Iwobi into the right hand side of midfield. Liverpool went with the so-called fab four, prolific when started together this season. Both sides started energetically and the Arsenal won the first corner of the night in the fifth minute. Liverpool […]

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Arsene Wenger went with all but a couple in the preview, preferring to pair Calum Chambers and Rob Holding in the middle of a back four, and selecting Joe Willock rather than Jack Wilshere in the number ten role. West Ham juggled a few as well but had real experience and ability to call off […]

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Somewhat surprisingly the manager made just one change from the team that drew at West Ham. Alexandre Lacazette replaced his French international colleague, Olivier Giroud. That meant that Sead Kolasinac remained on the bench as Ainsley Maitland-Niles was rewarded for his excellent performance at the Hammers. After a confident start the Arsenal may have been […]

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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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