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Getting home 24 hours after the event enables me to take a different view to many others on the undoubted disappointment of Brighton away. That doesn’t mean I’m right or they are wrong. It’s a view I actually formed quickly after the match last evening as the pre-supper beer and vino took hold, and as […]

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Gunners Win A Battle

We went with a mixed bag of a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Nacho Monreal and fit again Sead Kolasinac. Burnley not surprisingly opted for two up front. The recalled Mohamed Elneny slipped into a midfield three alongside Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi, with Lucas Torreira dropping to the bench. Unfortunately he has […]

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Unai Emery went with a strong, but not his strongest, eleven for the Carabao Cup quarter-final. Petr Cech started in goal behind a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Granit Xhaka, and Nacho Monreal. Ahead of them started the youthful pairing of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Alex Iwobi flanked Aaron […]

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Unai Emery opted to partner Laurent Koscielny with Stephan Lichsteiner and Granit Xhaka in a three at the back at Southampton. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal flanked Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in midfield. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi lined up alongside lone striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Once again Alexandre Lacazette started on the bench alongside […]

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A surprisingly strong blend of experience lined up against Qarabag in the final game in the Europa League group phase. Emi Martinez was given a rare start in goal behind a back four of Carl Jenkinson, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Laurent Koscielny, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Mohamed Elneny and Joe Willock were the deepest lying of a very […]

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What a difference six days make. In the same week that the Middlesex Nomads were duly despatched convincingly we had a real war of attrition against Huddersfield Town. As a match this one took time to come to life. Huddersfield have a need for points every bit as much as us and it was clear […]

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Shkodran Mustafi was passed fit for the trip to Old Trafford. Unai Emery made two changes from the team that swatted aside the Middlesex Nomads. Matteo Guendouzi replaced the suspended Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey was preferred to Henrikh Mkhitaryan after his superb second-half performance on Sunday. It’s fair to say United came out of […]

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I am still recovering from the events of yesterday so huge thanks are due to our very own Gunnersaurus Stunt Double for covering the North London derby drubbing handed out to the Middlesex Nomads. I owe you, GSD. To watch today‚Äôs derby game I returned to the scene of a few very odd days out […]

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The predicted starting eleven was just one out. Joe Willock was preferred to Henrikh Mkhitaryan who presumably remains in contention for the North London derby. The substitutes bench was also one out as Zech Medley was eligible to play and Dominic Thompson missed out. The sight of the shivering Gunners as they lined up beforehand […]

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Not for the first time Unai Emery swung the axe on a big player and Mesut Ozil joined Aaron Ramsey on the substitutes bench. Alexandre Lacazette was adjudged unfit to play at the Vitality Stadium. Bernd Leno started behind a back three of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Skhodran Mustafi, and Rob Holding. Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac […]

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