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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

View image | gettyimages.com Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal A magnificent, disciplined, resilient and pragmatic 90 minutes from Arsenal that ended in three well-deserved points. The best result this season? No doubt. But it could well be the most important result for more than three years as we finally threw the monkey off our back by […]

View image | gettyimages.com Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle Utd Arsenal’s best league performance of this season? I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. And so very Arsenal that it should come straight after our worst. Welcome to Arsenal! Which is why to me there is no real hypocrisy in booing the manager one week and […]

#460048954 / gettyimages.com Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal It’s impossible to make any sense of this season, because you have absolutely no idea what Arsenal will do when they step on the pitch. Good luck anyone trying to second guess how we might play. We might make light work of a seemingly hard game (Dortmund), we […]

West Brom 0-1 Arsenal I could trawl back over my blogging years and find dozens of examples of my morale hitting rock bottom, only for Wenger to shed some ballast on HMS Crisis, refire the boilers and steam out of trouble. He is an absolute expert at that – he’s outlasted every manager in the […]