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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 […]

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal “History will be kind to me”, said Winston Churchill, “for I intend to write it”. Wenger, sadly, has no such luxury, and when the history books recount the amazing achievement of his 1,000th game, they will also tell of a man whose team put in possibly the most abject display of his […]

We’ve all been soaking in a Wenger wonderland over the last few days with the looming one-thousandth game of Le Boss’ Arsenal career. I couldn’t let the moment pass without a few thoughts. A thousand games in charge is a quite remarkable feat. Truly amazing – unrivalled at Arsenal, and probably never to be seen […]

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal First, a confession: I switched the game off after ten minutes. When you concede two goals in the first 10% of any game – and we could have let in more – you don’t need to lick your finger and raise it skywards to work out which way the wind is blowing. […]

Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal You know something’s afoot when you get Alan Shearer being effusive about an Arsenal performance in his own back yard on Match of the Day. He was right though (as was a chirpy-looking Kevin Kilbane) as it was a performance of determination and resilience that saw us through, rather than a joyous […]

Wenger It struck me the other day, as yet another manager was sent packing after a season and a half (on paid leave! Wrong job Jim, wrong job!), and with more managers threatened with the sack by the day, how odd it must seem to a newcomer to the Premier League to see a man […]

I’ve been away, loafing in Ionian sunshine, studying things from afar, so much as ‘things’ can reasonably be called ‘things’. So for real action, the Fenerbahce game was my season opener, and it was as good a spectacle as any game in which you’ve got a three goal lead can be. Ramsey – excellent, Cazorla […]

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa As Villa’s third goal went it yesterday, consigning us to our first opening-day defeat for 20 years, I felt a twinge of pity. A clash of calendars had rendered me elsewhere so I was watching it unfold on the Twitters (never good for one’s equilibrium), and I suddenly felt a pang […]

Last summer: 30th April – Podolski signing announced 26th June – Giroud signing announced 7th August – Cazorla signing announced Looking back at our main activity last summer, Podolski’s deal was sorted almost ludicrously early (very un-Arsenal-like), Giroud’s in good time and Cazorla’s as the season was about to begin. July was a total wasteland, […]

A couple of tweets yesterday, from Rory Smith of The Times, which I found interesting. Two thoughts before bed. It's no coincidence Liverpool want £40m for Suarez and Real now want the same for Higuain. A game is afoot. — Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) July 17, 2013 This makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? If […]