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Arsenal 1-2 Manchester Utd Taken in isolation, that was a crazy defeat against a team that we mostly dominated. But in the end, it was the same old Arsenal, fashioning plenty of chances but taking none of them, then Arsenalling the whole thing up with archetypical naïvety. The trouble is, you can’t really take this […]

Swansea 2-1 Arsenal You know, at times like this it’s quite hard to come up with even the lamest pun to make me feel better. Something about whales, I thought, given the location. Blowholes. Blue. A bunch of planktons. Surrendering minkely. But I don’t need to tell you how terrible these are, and then I […]

#457835232 / gettyimages.com   Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal It’s been three weeks since I asked the question ‘Which Arsenal will we see on Sunday?’ before the Chelsea game, a blog title that can be recycled prior to every match at the moment. That’s efficient writing, right there. It’s a pertinent point of course, because we’re in […]

#456203642 / gettyimages.com Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham It’s hard to know what to make of this Arsenal side at the moment. In terms of personnel, we’re stronger than last season. But as a team? It’s just not working properly, as two wins in nine testifies. All the possession in the world, but what’s the point of […]

Borussian Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal A few observations now that the dust of the Dortmund storm is settling (ha!) World Cup focus? I offer this as an olive branch to Messrs Mertesacker and (in particular) Ozil, neither of whom has started the season on fire. Could it be hard to re-adjust and re-focus after winning football’s […]

#455362898 / gettyimages.com Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City It was one of those games where disappointment at the final whistle pretty quickly morphed into satisfaction. It was our best performance of the season so far – though it wasn’t quite enough to see off the champions. It was all about Welbeck before the match (no, I’m […]

Everton 2-2 Arsenal Textbook Twitter overreaction from me yesterday – right out of the manual. The sarcasm We’re two goals down at half-time. Being bitter and twisted, I can’t quite bring myself to give an online pep talk. But nor can I hashtag Wengerout or hashtag hopelessshower. Well I must say this is going well […]

Arsenal 3-2 Hull City It started, as all good things do, with some peri-peri chicken. Our little gang of five merry cup warriors met at lunch, seven tortuously long hours after I woke up. Fed, we then sidled off to a house of refreshment to soak up the atmosphere, and proceeded to hoover up a […]

There really is no need to tire yourself out over three or four hours by running a 26-mile marathon. You can do it far more effectively by watching Arsenal these days, and in half the time. I am exhausted. We’re through to the cup final, and that’s the beautiful bottom line. But looking round at […]

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City It’s a mystery to me how the same team that keeled over and sank beneath the waves so spectacularly last weekend could, just a week later, give a passable impression of a side once again dining at the top table. I mix my metaphors like Arsenal mix their performances. A far […]