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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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I think I have said before, and probably more than once, that if the mark of a good side is one that picks up wins when playing badly, then we must be world-beaters. Quite frankly right now we’ll take the three points any way we can get them, whilst offering up prayers to all of […]

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What looked like being a humiliating evening was turned on it’s head in the last two minutes in Brussels as Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski turned a single goal deficit around in remarkable fashion. A sluggish (Alexis Sanchez aside) Arsenal found two moments of inspiration after a very pedestrian performance to that point. In the […]

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Where does one start after yet another performance in which Arsenal frustrated more than they delighted? The day started well enough, a fabulous lunch in equally fabulous company. Asked outside how confident I was I had to respond with “Don’t tell anyone, but not very.” That said we made a bright and confident start with […]

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Taking the day after the match off was a good idea. Leaving the post until the morning after equally so. A strange day ended with us nine points, but not light years, behind Chelsea. You have seen the match, and read other match reports. I’ll give an impression of the day from one perspective rather […]

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Welbeck In Contention

Happy eighteenth anniversary, Arsene. A potential banana skin of a night became a celebration not just because Galatasaray lined up with an untested formation, but also because those in red and white displayed a sense of purpose and commitment. Almost down to the bare bones, we shall worry tomorrow morning about Alexis’ ankle. His contribution […]

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Twenty six hours after the event I have finally seen the entire match. The strain on the wifi in the place where I found myself on Saturday meant I saw only the first-half, and that on mute. A second viewing of that first period on Arsenal Player confirmed the impression I had at the time. […]

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