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Reading 1-2 (AET) So it’s the FA Cup final for the second year running, Arsenal’s 19th of all time – a record. And if we go on to beat the Villa, it’ll be another record – 12 wins. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Still, the grin on my face is only just beginning […]

Bah humbug to anyone who can’t get their rocks off at the thought of an FA Cup semi-final, whoever the opponent. I’ve been bouncing off the walls all week. Competing at the business end for proper trophies, the nervous flutter of the pre-match stomach, the fear and the anticipation: that’s the essence of football, it’s […]

View image | gettyimages.com Burnley 0-1 Arsenal Yesterday’s win was a gentle reminder that it’s not every week you fire off a three-goal, eight-minute salvo where all the goals were straight out ‘Dennis Bergkamp’s Little Book of Crackers’. It was a more prosaic win, a festival of free kicks and half-chances broken up by Ramsey […]

Good morning, and as the French say, ‘April Fish’. Internationals have been and gone, and there seem to have been wall-to-wall matches since Thursday. Uefa changed this a few years ago, it transpires. Was it changed because: a. We need to think about the fans more b. To benefit the players c. To maximise TV […]

View image | gettyimages.com Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal Arsenal’s record after European games has not been too bad this season – DDWLWDWWW – but you never know how a team will cope both physically and psychologically after being dumped out of the competition, especially when coming so close to confounding the statistics. The Champions League holds […]

View image | gettyimages.com Arsenal 3-0 West Ham Ping, ping, dummy, flick, goal – it was one of those days when Arsenal’s build-up passing slotted together like one of those massive 500-piece jigsaws. When it works it’s bewitching, and when it doesn’t it’s infuriating, but yesterday – when it counted – we ghosted through West […]

View image | gettyimages.com   Manchester Utd 1-2 Arsenal Worth waiting for. A truly lamentable record at Old Trafford was put to bed, at last and deservedly, by an Arsenal side that worked its socks off until the last minute. Can we finally bid farewell to that big game hoodoo? Go on, be off with […]

View image | gettyimages.com Arsenal 2-0 Everton There should, ordinarily, be no reason at all why a 2-0 victory should not elicit a sense of complete wellbeing. So why did I leave the ground feeling a bit flat? I wasn’t the only one. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but the hangover element was certainly one […]

Straighten the tie, comb the hair, polish the brogues. There’s nothing to do but pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. Will there be a hangover? We shall see. After our two heaviest Premier League poundings last season, we staggered through nil nil draws, but it’s stretching it a bit to […]

Spurs 2-1 Arsenal After three straight league wins and two cup victories, maybe I got lulled into a false sense of security. This side is clearly still a work in progress. I wouldn’t say the current goodwill (there’s a Gabriel honeymoon and it’s now AD 8 – eight games Anno Coqueli) has dissipated, but it […]