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For the visit of Basel Arsene Wenger made just the two changes to the starting line-up that destroyed Chelsea at the weekend. As expected David Ospina was recalled in goal, and Granit Xhaka deputised for the injured Francis Coquelin. Basel arrived with an impressive record of four wins and a draw in their last five […]

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This is one of the good mornings. It follows one of the memorable days. Chelsea have had quite the hold over us in recent seasons, but that hold was not so much broken as smashed aside by a breathtaking Gunners performance. Arsene Wenger summed it up perfectly in the aftermath. “We played with style, with […]

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The team doesn’t get revealed these days without a great deal of debate accompanying it on social media. The official Twitter account showed Emiliano Martinez surprisingly perhaps behind a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles (an attacking midfielder), Rob Holding, fit-again Gabriel, and captain for the night Kieran Gibbs. Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka were finally […]

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From the intensity of a Champions League evening in Paris we returned to Premier League action in East Yorkshire, definitely not Humberside, as a friendly Tiger corrected me beforehand. Once again the team selection caused consternation and debate in the hour ahead of kick-off. Francis Coquelin retained his place alongside Santi Cazorla, and the rounded […]

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The timing of my latest ten day dry spell was a bit out. I should have started tomorrow, not yesterday! The team news pre-match didn’t help my nervousness. As last year Arsene Wenger put his faith in his squad. In goal was David Ospina, and a starting deep-lying midfield pairing of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla […]

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Arsene Wenger certainly utilised his new look squad for the visit of Southampton. Both August signings, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, were handed debuts. There was a recall for Francis Coquelin alongside Santi Cazorla, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Theo Walcott were preferred on the flanks. A tremendously strong looking bench includeded Alexis, Olivier Giroud, and Granit […]

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If one has to endure an international break after just three matches of the Premier League season then the insertion of a legends match proved to be an inspired idea yesterday. A very mixed crowd with lots of families in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to take in the match between some of Arsenal and Milan’s […]

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Arsene Wenger opted to start Santi Cazorla alongside Granit Xhaka and recalled Mesut Ozil for the visit to Vicarage Road. It was a bold statement of intent. Clearly we were setting up to attack with more purpose and pace than we have seen in the opening fixtures. After a quiet start Arsenal were given an […]

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This was a match which neither side could afford to lose, and it showed. As early as the first minute the recalled Laurent Koscielny gave us a taster of what was to follow as he snuffed out the first attack of the match. Last week without him we shipped four goals at home but his […]

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The opening weekend of the Premier League season. Every year the anticipation is the same. Surely we have learned from the past? This is our season? I’m looking forward to seeing the new boys. Yesterday add to that list I am watching the game with the future of the club, Junior Gunners both. Come on […]

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