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Arsenal arrived at Dean Court for the first time in our history and when the team sheet was handed in there was surprisingly only one change from Tuesday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came in for Joel Campbell. Arsene raised eyebrows by saying he was going with the players in form. The contest started in open fashion and […]

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As my preview suggested, I knew I would be writing 24 hours after the event and would try giving something of a flavour of the evening rather than a conventional review of the match. You by now will have seen what transpired and if the drinks and social media platforms are anything to go by […]

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As expected Arsene Wenger made wholesale changes for the visit of Burnley, nine in total, with only Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud surviving from the starting eleven against Chelsea last weekend. There was a debut for Mohamed Elneny and a welcome return alongside him for Francis Coquelin. Alexis made his first start since November. Just […]

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The Morning After

The morning after. I thought social media a place best avoided last night. The reaction to defeats such as this tends to be over the top, although to be fair that was another ‘Southampton’ performance from us. There is some justification, perhaps. Playing Chelsea with eleven players (something we haven’t been able to achieve this […]

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The morning started badly. Arseblog carried the potentially bad tidings, ‘Whispers this morning say we’re going there without Mesut Ozil’. At half-time in the mid-table clash at Anfield Sky confirmed our worst fears. Ten of the starting eleven in midweek were supplemented by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Mohamed Elneny was named on the bench, but there was […]

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A lucky Grandad’s pre-birthday treat is pizza with two of the loveliest boys you could ever wish to meet (I may be a little biased!). There is only one little worry in the back of the mind. The youngest is making his second visit to the new home of football and the first was somewhat […]

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“We were not at our best but we had to dig deep and we can do that when needed. If you are down there then those are the matches you lose but they will not stay down there. They are a good team.” In those three sentences Arsene summed up a frustrating afternoon better than most. It […]

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Arsene Wenger opted to ring the changes for the visit of Bournemouth, bringing in Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain for Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini, and Joel Campbell. Nacho could be seen shaking hands and encouraging the starters as they set off through the tunnel. The visitors made a couple […]

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Not a bad journey home for a holiday Sunday. A couple of hours door to door which incorporated a bit of the M6 carrying bargain hunters from sale site to sale site, and the stop start M5. I could have probably knocked thirty minutes off that by setting off before the shops opened, but I […]

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The two sides contesting second place in the Premier League went into the Monday night fixture with contrasting team news. Sergio Aguero was a starter for Manchester City, but the anticipated return for Alexis for Arsenal didn’t materialise. The Gunners were unchanged for a third consecutive game, and Arsene said in his pre-match interview, somewhat […]

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