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Unai Emery made one expected change for the visit to Chelsea with Nacho Monreal returning at left-back. He made one more controversial switch with Alex Iwobi coming in for the benched Aaron Ramsey. Chelsea once again left Eden Hazard on the bench with Olivier Giroud. The first effort arrived in the third minute when Luiz […]

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The problem with 4pm kick-offs on a Sunday is that, as a rule, I can’t write a review in the ‘normal’ sense. The vast majority will now have watched what happened and read the blogs that have already commented. From what I have seen my peers have all pointed out we ran into a very […]

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It was a surprise to see an Arsenal Lite XI start against Lazio in Stockholm. Anyone expecting Unai Emery to start with the likely line-up next Sunday will have been put on the back foot. In fact number of the likeliest eleven were being held back for the second-half, perhaps? It was also disappointing to […]

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As I tweeted beforehand “Pre-season friendly, therefore I will not get upset about no Lacazette.” Which means of course I am upset that he has not started against PSG and Chelsea! The starting line-up had a whiff of 4-3-3 with the ability to convert quickly to 4-5-1 if required. Petr Cech was nominated captain behind […]

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The Arsenal produced a very impressive result against a young PSG team this afternoon in the International Champions Cup. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Mohammed Elneny, and Mesut Ozil started the match and yet again there were wholesale changes during the second-half. It is fair to say we started both halves on the back foot. PSG, prompted by […]

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It wasn’t the worst way to spend a Thursday lunchtime, sitting under the shade of an umbrella in a beer garden watching the new look Arsenal taking on Atletico Madrid. I missed the opening phases of play which the commentator was enthusing over as I fired up the channel. The Gunners were looking good with […]

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Gunners Back With Aubang

There is nothing like that apparently meaningless first friendly of pre-season to wake up the ‘Come on The Arsenal’ gene in most of us. The side that started, or indeed finished, the match at Boreham Wood is unlikely to feature in anything other than a Europa League or League cup fixture but we got a […]

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The years were rolled back in Madrid this evening as the Legends of Real Madrid and the Arsenal renewed rivalries once again. The pace may have been a little slower than these players were capable of in their prime, but the quality of the passing on view was still impressive. David O’Leary would have a […]

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If Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of the Arsenal was not to be at Ashburton Grove then Huddersfield, from where we poached Herbert Chapman in 1925, was the second best option. The atmosphere surrounding the fixture dripped in nostalgia at what both of the great managers have contributed to The Arsenal. The boss selected […]

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For his penultimate game in charge Arsene Wenger went with a strongish looking squad team. Petr Cech got the nod in goal behind a back four of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Sead Kolasinac. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey were selected to support Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck. Pierre-Emerick Aubamayangwas charged […]

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