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The Arsenal stepped up their pre-season preparations with a match against old foes Bayern Munich at the Dignity Health Sports Park. Through these bleary eyes at 4am I thought the first-half an entertaining affair. Bernd Leno had the first save of any note to make when denying Thomas Muller, and a second followed from Ontuzans. […]

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Quickly into tonight’s post as it will be a full one. Our 2019/20 season kicked off in the early hours of this (Tuesday) morning with a less than taxing fixture against another of Stan Kroenke’s clubs, the Colorado Rapids. A young Arsenal side put a stranglehold on the fixture early on. Debut boy Gabriel Martinelli […]

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Although the team picked itself really I could at least say I had nailed it again. I’m sure Unai reads the previews. Also as predicted Kante started for Chelsea. The mood ahead of the London derby in a ridiculous location was said to be good with Chelsea and Arsenal supporters mixing peacefully. Let’s hope it […]

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An extremely rotated Gunners starting eleven lined up for the final match at Turf Moor. Only Nacho Monreal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang survived from the team that started at Valencia on Thursday. We know the reason why, but clearly we had given up on producing the goal fest that might have made for a remarkable day. […]

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Unai Emery once again must have read the preview and went with my proposed starting eleven. It took five minutes for Valencia to fashion the first chance when Gameiro’s cross was headed clear by Laurent Koscielny under pressure from Gaya. Then Ainsley Maitland-Niles did well to dispossess Gaya at the second attempt but the ball […]

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The talk in the pub beforehand was of extending the season to the final day, to have something to play for at Burnley. The atmosphere was relaxed, although confident may be going a step too far. Later in the afternoon the hope was extended by a fast start. Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the post before we […]

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My preview team was two faces out as Shkodran Mustafi and Matteo Guendouzi started ahead of Nacho Monreal and Lucas Torreira. We’re not privy to the fitness stats but they are surely the reason that particularly the little Uruguayan was left out. There was a controversial start when Guendouzi freed Alexandre Lacazette who was blatantly […]

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A flat back four. No Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, or Mesut Ozil. We juggled the squad for a critical match. The travelling faithful were at it from the off. “Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal”. What would unfold at the King Power? Or indeed at Brighton where the Arsenal women could clinch their title with a win? Two […]

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There were a couple of surprises in the starting eleven at Molineux. Laurent Koscielny was named alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the centre of a back four. Granit Xhaka was also fit to return alongside Lucas Torreira. The three fit attacking midfielders all lined up behind Alexandre Lacazette. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ruled out having undergone a […]

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Easter Sunday, with the emphasis being on the Sun. At last I was heading to town to watch my beloved Arsenal in the flesh again. Three pints of Guiness and a glass of white wine later I took up my seat looking forward to us snaffling third place in the Premier League. Then I looked […]

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