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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 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!

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]