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The Arsenal made two enforced changes for the second leg of the Europa League in Moscow. As expected Mohamed Elneny replaced Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck, rather than Alex Iwobi, got the nod to fill in for the unfortunate Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Not surprisingly CSKA applied the high press from the off and Petr Cech had […]

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More than 24 hours after the event I cannot think of a new angle to the 3-2 win over Southampton. The manager made seven changes from the team that beat CSKA, thereby confirming where our priorities lie for the remainder of the season. What followed a shaky start was a spirited comeback, the nigh-on calamitous […]

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Red Army 4-1 Red Army

The Arsenal went into their first European quarter-final since 2010 with what is undoubtedly Arsene Wenger’s idea of his strongest available eleven. Petr Cech was named in goal and that was explained as being due to David Ospina having an ‘ankle injury’. The back four as expected saw Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal picked outside […]

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The coming together of a number of like-minded souls, the first time in a number of years for some, gave a home fixture against Stoke something of an attraction that has been lacking in recent seasons. Indeed the sinking of pints (and some Icelandic firewater, thanks Zaph) and the recalling of memories were infinitely more […]

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You could be forgiven for not knowing that the U18 class of 2018 were playing the first leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final this evening. It was something of a surprise that the match was not televised live. Perhaps Blackpool expected to take more in gate money (it was free to season ticket holders, […]

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“If they score first the game could turn into a very nerve-wracking affair.” Having typed that in the preview it bore repetition in the pub pre-match and drew general agreement. The post-match gathering saw a wonderful mix of people from both sides of the pond looking forward to a juicy contest between two of Europe’s […]

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As if to prove that I really am going senile I have just opened a message from Steve T asking why no Watford report? Odd, I thought, I wrote it when I got home on Saturday night. What a shame I didn’t remember to hit the publish button as well! So, for the first part […]

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Arsene Wenger opted to play a flat back four in Milan. David Ospina returned between the posts behind the back four that struggled at Brighton on Sunday. Aaron Ramsey returned to the midfield in place of Alex Iwobi, and Danny Welbeck came in for the ineligible Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang. The manager said ahead of the game, […]

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Well, Arsene Wenger did ring the changes and for whatever reason Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, and Danny Welbeck made way for Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, and Alex Iwobi. With a trip to Milan looming on Thursday the Arsenal were seeking a confidence boosting three points. The visitors started well and had the first meaningful effort, […]

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Arsene Wenger reverted to a back four and as expected relegated Calum Chambers to the bench. Petr Cech returned behind Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, ¬†ans Sead Kolasinac. Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka lined up behind Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, and perhaps surprisingly Danny Welbeck. Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang was retained up front. Those players owed […]

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