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Unai Emery sprung something of a surprise by selecting Granit Xhaka at left-back to allow Hector Bellerin a breather in Lisbon. Danny Welbeck was picked on the left hand side of Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Ramsey it was who wore the captain’s armband. Interestingly Carl Jenkinson was on the bench for the first time […]

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There were surprises when the team was announced an hour before kick-off. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were ruled out as a precaution as they had reported tight hamstrings. Stephan Lichsteiner was drafted to fill in at left-back, and young Zech Medley was promoted to the bench as defensive cover. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi […]

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It would appear the 5000 mile round trip to Azerbaijan had an impact on the squad with the attacking midfield trio changing in it’s entirety and Sokratis not making the starting eleven. Danny Welbeck, Henrikh Mkhytarian, and Alex Iwobi started behind Alexandre Lacazette while Rob Holding and Skhodran Mustafi started in the centre of defence. […]

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Unai Emery surprised with his switch to a back three for Europa League match day two in Baku. It was a move that brought about an early benefit. The rampaging Sead Kolasinac almost teed up Danny Welbeck in the third minute and the first of two successive corners was won. From the second Nacho Monreal’s […]

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The Arsenal went into their match with Watford minus Sokratis who was presumably still feeling the effects of last week’s injury. Once again we started slowly and Petr Cech was put under pressure twice in only the third minute from first a corner, then a long throw-in. Alexandre Lacazette had our first shot having been […]

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The team lined up as predicted in the preview on a balmy autumn evening. We survived an early scare when Bernd Leno miscontrolled a backpass. It could have resulted in worse than a corner. After four minutes we had the lead when Danny Welbeck rose majestically to power in a header from a corner. Two […]

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Late Sunday kick-off’s now necessitate late Monday evening recall and an attempt to pick the wheat from the chaff of another excellent day at the football. A delicious haddock lunch was enjoyed before heading north for a large glass of something with good friends. It was a good day before the match had even started. […]

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Unai Emery utilised his senior squad players for the visit of Vorskla Poltava, as expected. There was a debut for Bernd Leno between the posts. Stephan Lichsteiner and Rob Holding slotted into the back four in place of Hector Bellerin and Skhodran Mustafi. It was all change in midfield where Lucas Torreira got his first […]

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As forecast Unai Emery went with an unchanged starting eleven from the win at Cardiff. ¬†After a scrappy opening phase The Arsenal came under an aerial bombardment and once more Petr Cech conceded a corner when put under pressure with the ball at his feet. The Geordies were looking anything but a team without a […]

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Apologies to all. My holiday has been followed by what will be a laborious upgrade to the living room and getting as much paid work done as I can before vanishing north of Hadrian’s Wall for three nights. None of which is Arsenal related unlike this afternoon’s match against the Real Madrid Legends. I don’t […]

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