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A Burnley Brief

The law of averages suggests that somewhere along the line Burnley will win a match. Dare I risk mentioning that if it happens on Saturday, however unlikely that may seem to so many, the law of sod will have been proven once more. When first I remember watching Arsenal this Saturday’s opponents were a force […]

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I have to be honest. In August I didn’t expect six weeks into the new season that I would be previewing our first Champions League group phase home fixture wondering if we could put out a first team squad starting eleven. That sounds dramatic. We can, but only just, and that should be significant. Galatasaray […]

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This won’t be a long piece, or a conventional report on the 1-2 defeat to Southampton in tonight’s COCup 3rd round tie at the Grove. In this, the least valued of the domestic cups, we like many others choose to use the squad available to us to give them first team experience in front of […]

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Sorry about that! For half an hour or so we had an evenly contested match at Villa Park. The nerves prompted by the midweek performance in Dortmund were barely soothed by Villa’s first shot on target being saved by Wojciech Szczesny. The goalkeeper needed to be at his best, and was. His instinctive save from […]

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A Deadline Day Ode

‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, every brain was thinking, Arsene. Man or mouse? Some laptops were broken, their batteries dead; the ice bucket challenger had some ice on his head. What’s this? The anguished cry of so many, no central defender? the man is a Benny! No beast of a […]

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