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Arsenal landed their second tournament trophy of this pre-season by lifting their own Emirates Cup for the first time in five years. Only Mesut Ozil remained a starter for the second of the Emirates Cup fixtures against Wolfsburg and not surprisingly the rhythm of yesterday was lost in the early stages, partly as a result […]

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Proper football returned to the Grove this afternoon with Arsenal hammering Lyon in the wake of Villarreal’s narrow victory over Nicklas Bendtner’s Wolfsburg, our Sunday opponents. Arsenal, as expected, started a mixed eleven at the start with Emiliano Martinez selected behind a back four of Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Kieran Gibbs. The […]

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Todays post is brought to you by the letter R for record and r-senal, and the numbers 6 and 12, for obvious reasons. A wonderful day took shape in Pinner. Scallops with black pudding followed by a delicious fillet steak, all accompanied by the most wonderful drop of red I can remember since last year! […]

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Eight o’clock on a Sunday morning. The predicted rain hasn’t arrived. A replacement rail journey coach pulls up on the station concourse. ┬áIt quickly fills. Swindon are off to Wembley along with Chelsea and Arsenal supporters, cricket lovers heading to Lords, and it seems there is a running event in London as well. So begins […]

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For the visit of Sunderland Arsene shuffled his pack a little, bringing in Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere for Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin. It made for a very attack-minded line-up for a team requiring a win to take the battle for second place to the final Sunday of the season. In the opening minute […]

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I saw talk before the match of Arsene setting up to go with an attacking gameplay having secured victories at City and United this season playing a much more compact game than usual. It was no surprise, given those two results, that once again we set our stall at Old Trafford to defend first and […]

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A Tale Of Two Keepers

A tough weekend turned into a worse one for Arsenal as Swansea pulled off a smash and grab at the Grove. Second place is no longer in our hands, three points behind Manchester City, albeit with a game in hand, and nine goals worse off. We started the match positively enough, and before three minutes […]

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It is really difficult trying to work out how to review a game. Sometimes a simple match report seems appropriate. How many people will have watched it? Try and build a picture for those that didn’t. Then there are nights like tonight. On social media it seemed as if everyone was watching us bid to […]

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This was the match that had everything – except goals. Chelsea departed the Grove carrying with them the point they had sought. The scenes at the final whistle as Terry led the astonishing celebrations told you they viewed avoiding defeat as effectively the title clincher. In truth I think they would have been crowned champions […]

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The full Wembley experience, warts and all, ended well, but what a meal Arsenal made of their Championship opponents. The tone was set by a bus replacement service followed by a less than salubrious rattler into Paddington packed with exuberant Reading supporters. The tube whisked me to the next port of call. A fabulous Fullers […]

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