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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 […]

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 […]

Strange old day at the ranch yesterday, with Wenger choosing to saunter off to Rome to ref the Pope’s Peace Match while the dildo and blow-up doll madness unfurled back in blighty. The score was 6-3, which made me laugh a bit. At least it wasn’t 6-0. And would you know it, as Wenger fiddled […]

Wenger has always been something of an expert at the surprise signing. You could never bet against him pulling a Frenchman with something to prove out of a hat. The ultimate ‘Abracadabra’ was Sol Campbell, who emerged like a mirage, grinning into the Colney sunshine. On that occasion Wenger allowed himself a wry smile in […]

#452283772 / gettyimages.com The recruitment continues apace, with Debuchy coming in as our first-choice right-back. In the website photoshoot he’s got his arms on his hips (psychologists will tell you he’s ready and in control – that’s a good sign for us. He may also be showing off his armful of tats, two of which […]

Wenger, técnico do Arsenal, joga futvôlei na Praia de Ipanema. http://t.co/FkJf12pAx7 [@JornalExtra] pic.twitter.com/uww2XSteSX — Jornal O Globo (@JornalOGlobo) June 26, 2014 Am I the only one heartened by seeing Wenger on a beach having fun? Everyone else is having fun. From my sofa, far from Ipanema, I am having the best fun since Italia ’90. […]

#491764229 / gettyimages.com   It’s been the worst kept secret, and now it’s not a secret at all – Wenger has signed up for another three years. If he lasts the distance, that’ll be a mighty 21 years at the helm, a phenomenal achievement in the want-it-now era. It’s a whole generation. Remarkable, in many […]

2014 Right hook: “We are not on the market specifically at all.” Left hook: “I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going.” 2010 Right hook: “The World Cup will not affect our recruitment” Left hook: “It is dangerous to buy on the back of a World Cup. […]

I woke up at 6am, bright as a button, and football rarely does that to me these days. It must be FA Cup semi-final day. The days have long gone where this involves getting the car ready, hanging the scarves and flags from the windows and slipping @feverpitch’s mixtape into the trusty tape deck before […]