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View image | gettyimages.com It was only a few days ago that I was thinking how Rosicky’s Arsenal career was fizzling out and destined for a disappointing end. Barely featuring, last year of contract – it seemed likely that the cup final would come and go and it would be a case of ta-da Tom. […]

View image | gettyimages.com When we lost to Swansea ten days ago I detected a whiff of endofseasonitis. We’d already qualified for the Champions League and the title was long gone – dusted, boxed up and packed away. We lost and we weren’t great. All it takes is for a few percent of the usual […]

View image | gettyimages.com Hull City 1-3 Arsenal There I was with my worry beads, thinking this could have been been a mouldy old banana skin, and here I am now looking a little bit stupid. Turns out the concentration was fine after all, and if anything, somewhat heightened. So much so that it was […]

The battle to finish second – or at least in the automatic Champions League slots – has twisted and turned but with some strange fizzling-outs elsewhere in recent weeks, it’s opened up for Arsenal. United, who were winning without convincing, have slumped at a peculiar time. Liverpool, ditto, though they won’t have given up hope […]

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 […]