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Three points secured, our third place regained, this turned into one of the good days after a shaky start. For half an hour it was noticeable how much time was spent looking left from my vantage point, into the Arsenal half. Everton were on top, and far more adventurous than expected. The Gunners brought in […]

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A Numbing Night

The last sixteen of the Champions League, generally regarded to have got a favourable draw, Arsenal contrived to fall to the counter-attacking game that Arsene Wenger himself had predicted beforehand. Monaco offered no surprises. Indeed they were under-strength, missing as they were the likes of Toulalan, Bakayoko, and Raggi. Kurzawa and Ferreira Carrasco only started on the bench, resting […]

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Arsenal sit in third place in the Premier League after an atmospheric afternoon at Selhurst Park. From early on it was clear that we were paying Palace much respect, relying once again on the pragmatic that brought us joy at Eastlands rather than the flourish with which Boro were dismissed last week. A difficult afternoon […]

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  A change of routine meant a few Guinni in the Pins before heading for the Tollie, and a mood of confidence was built ahead of a potentially tricky tie. As the teams prepared to kick-off we took our place very close to the traveling hordes. This was an atmospheric day! From the off Arsenal […]

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This was supposed to be the bounce back night from the weekend, and at the end of the day one has to say the end justifies the means. However this was yet another game of two halves, without doubt. Arsene made some significant changes to the starting line-up in attacking areas. Sensibly, I originally thought, […]

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As days go this was one to forget. The defend in depth tactic that brought a welcome victory at Manchester City was again the preferred option. I saw many calling for it beforehand so to be critical of that approach with the benefit of hindsight is perhaps unwise. Rope-a-dope works so often for us, but […]

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Wahay, Five-O

The morning after the day before. Good company, and good football linger in the memory. The discussions after recent victories have so often centred on the standard of the opposition. It is certainly true that Villa were brushed aside with ease, but credit the level of the Gunners performance please. Some of the football we […]

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89 seconds. That is how long it took for Arsenal to calm any nerves that yesterday’s upsets might have caused. Calum Chambers spectacular foray down the right flank set up Theo Walcott for a first goal in over a year. A much changed Gunners had side grabbed the initiative from the start. Missing David Ospina, […]

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A jaunty Santi Cazorla with the celebrating faithful behind him A simply superb team performance by Arsenal at the Etihad saw them comfortably defeat the reigning champions. The post-match glow is one we have been awaiting for a long time, but that makes it all the sweeter. This team now will surely have the belief […]

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One Of The Good Days

Yes it was one of the good days. Early doors at the Pins followed by cake and ale in the Tollie. So many friendly faces too. When the team news arrived the selection of David Ospina made Wojciech Szczesny’s current plight clear. From the off we clicked into gear with Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, and […]

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