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It still takes me by surprise when the passage of time makes a result different. You’d have thought that 30 years of watching Arsenal in the flesh would have given me the wisdom of Herbert Chapman in these matters. But there will be no statue outside the Emirates of me in a bowler hat, let […]

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View image | gettyimages.com Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool A weird game in which we should have been one nil up, then two nil down, and could finally have won. It was a defensive horror show in the first half but it became less terrifying as the game went on, but we didn’t have the firepower or […]

View image | gettyimages.com Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal Well hello, season. Pleased to meet you. I’ve been away and yes thankyou, I’ve had a lovely time. Like Arsenal, I’m late to the party, but here I am at last. Maybe that’s why I didn’t buy into some of gnashing and wailing that followed the West […]

What a pleasant football-less summer I’ve had to date. That’s the main point to take from the almost one month of nothingness from me. I can’t say I’ve missed it too much, frankly – I’ve even stopped watching re-runs of the cup final. I’ve made snarky comments (it’s the equivalent of keeping your engine ticking […]

View image | gettyimages.com It won’t have passed you by that today is a significant anniversary. That’s right, it’s eighteen years and three days since Gilles Grimandi joined Arsenal, a signing that heralded in mops of curly hair and, erm, mops of curly hair. As someone with a mop of curly hair, I mark this […]

“I definitely wouldn’t go somewhere just because I’m a homegrown player.” So said Jack Wilshere in the run-up to England’s match against Slovenia: a reminder, if ever it were needed, of the peculiar cachet of being British and half-decent. Since then we’ve heard (admittedly unsubstantiated) rumours of Mourinho wanting an English Arsenal player – maybe […]

A bit belated, but here’s a whistle-stop season review. It was going to be a general look at the season, but ended up being more about the players. That’s just the way I roll. | Defence | Just five Premier League goals fewer conceded this season compared to last, but our defensive stability seems a […]

What a day, what a performance, what an experience. Here’s my take on the day in the shape of a Storehouse story. Bit late because I went to the parade – or at least part of it. Hope you enjoy!

It’s happening. I somehow managed to avoid getting too nervous, too soon about today. In fact, it wasn’t until Thursday’s Arsecast that the fear slapped me in the face and the jangling belly kicked in. The waking up early. The inability to think about anything else. That was compounded last night by a whistle-wetter or […]

View image | gettyimages.com Arsenal 4-1 WBA Walcott’s pootled along this season, slowly recovering his potency – oh so slowly – not always convincing on his infrequent forays off the bench, and nobody would have given him a cat’s chance in hell of making the starting eleven for the cup final on Saturday. Until yesterday. […]