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The Gunners lined up against a very strong looking Chelsea starting eleven in Beijing. Again our squad was utilised fully, with David Ospina between the posts, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing on the right-hand side of Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal in the back three. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Cohen Bramall were selected as the wing backs outside […]

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Shanghai provided a day of mixed blessings for the touring Gunners. A number of players were laid low by a spot of food poisoning which forced the late withdrawal of Per Mertesacker from the fixture against Bayern Munich. The Arsenal went into the match with Petr Cech starting behind a makeshift back three of Kristian […]

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Wizards Enjoy Aus

Once again I am indebted to our very own Sydney Red who saw his team for the second time in 48 hours and now after the feast faces famine until the Gunners make the journey down under again. I’m sure after this hugely successful leg of the pre-season tour it will not be anywhere near […]

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A huge thanks to one of our own, Sydney Red, for his take on our opening tour match in the city he now calls home. Where do I start? As we parked close to the stadium, and walked a short distance it was very clear that Arsenal were in town. Thousands of fans milling around the […]

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  The day didn’t start well. A massive thunderstorm shook me from my slumber at 5am. With a taxi booked for just after eight there was no point in trying to get back to the land of nod. Coach to Reading, train to Paddington, and two underground journeys later I was north of Wembley for […]

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What a strange but largely enjoyable day. That it ended with no Champions League place for the first time in nineteen years seemed to have been accepted long before we took to the pitch. My view of the day may differ from others because I had the advantage of an extremely tasty tapas lunch with […]

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Alexis was declared fit to start against Sunderland, possibly by himself! The Gunners showed two changes from the eleven that started at Stoke. Kieran Gibbs, as expected, came in for Laurent Koscielny with Nacho Montreal switching to the back three. Aaron Ramsey returned in place of Francis Coquelin. With Manchester City hosting West Brom it […]

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There were four changes for the trip to Stoke. Laurent Koscielny returned to the back three so Nacho Monreal replaced Kieran Gibbs at left wing-back, and Hector Bellerin replaced the rested Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as expected. Francis Coquelin got the nod over Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud came in for Danny Welbeck up front. As ever there […]

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Arsene Wenger made the one expected change for the visit to St Mary’s Stadium, bringing in fit-again Skhodran Mustafi for the injured Laurent Koscielny. The captain’s armband was taken by Petr Cech in Koscielny’s absence. In the opening minute we survived a scare when Bertrand’s fierce cross from the left flank drew a smart stop […]

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Where did that come from? What a difference a week makes. Humiliated by the neighbours a week ago, an entirely different Arsenal turned up to end Arsene Wenger’s ‘never beaten Mourinho in the Premier League’ record. This was a performance to savour too. A rare beast of late, and one that owed much to players […]

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