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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.  It 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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A number of ‘holics have been good enough to share their thoughts with us in recent years. When our very own zicoinexile said he was heading for the other side of the pond this weekend and could he do a report on the Burnley match I ripped his arm out of it’s socket straight away. […]

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Once again I owe a huge debt of thanks to one of ours, this time the excellent company that is Steve T, for a guest post covering the U21 fixture at the Grove last night. Steve, thank you for helping out one who has been clocking up the motorway miles this week. It is much […]

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A huge thanks to our very own Lars for a report on today’s match which enables me to visit the grandholics tomorrow morning. Thank you sir, and I hope all of you are as fortunate as I to be seeing some special people for Easter.  Before kickoff there were several things to worry about for […]

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