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Wenger's unnecessary gamble backfired

Arsene Wenger is known for fielding weakened sides in cup competitions. He only just escaped heavy criticism after Fabianski shockingly came off his line to allow a golden opportunity for Hull City to take certain FA Cup victory away from Arsenal in 2014, one case of many in which he has frustratingly been able to justify his decision to play a lesser quality team. On Sunday however, Wenger’s luck ran out, and it was to the pain of all Arsenal fans.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Wenger's unnecessary gamble backfired
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JFS graduation caused me to miss Premier League thriller

The first Arsenal game of the new year is always an exciting occasion. Start the year off on a loss and the mood of the fans can swing the wrong way for the rest of the season, so when it is a London derby against such familiar rivals as Chelsea, the stakes are sky high.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
JFS graduation caused me to miss Premier League thriller
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Manchester United looked like no more than a 'rich man's West Brom’

Football is a game of fine margins, and when you are on the losing side it is painful. I spent the whole Arsenal game on the edge of my sofa, or with my head in my hands. Every time the ball came near the goal, De Gea produced another agonising save, using every part of his body available to him.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Manchester United looked like no more than a 'rich man's West Brom’
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NLD triumph feels good

Just as it seemed that the winds of change were blowing Tottenham into the powerful position in north London, as the 'Mind the Gap’ jeers were coming from Wembley instead of the Emirates, as the red of North London was fading away into a haunting, empty white, Arsenal produced one of their best performances of the season.

Monday, November 20, 2017
NLD triumph feels good
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Arsenal should take note of West Ham's action plan

West Ham yesterday announced that they have sacked Slaven Bilic, stating “that a change is now necessary in order for the club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition”.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Arsenal should take note of West Ham's action plan
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Everton should stand by Unsworth until Merseyside derby

After 10 games, Everton are in 18th place, with eight points. This has been their worst defensive start in 23 years, having already conceded 20 goals. In the 1994/95 season, they had shipped 22 goals after 10 games, and were rock bottom of the league on three points and no wins, back when the league had 22 teams.

Monday, October 30, 2017
Everton should stand by Unsworth until Merseyside derby
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The life cycle of criticism

Last week, I wrote about the Premier League: “A few teams scramble for third and fourth, slipping up every so often, making the top two increasingly unobtainable”.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The life cycle of criticism
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Premier League already a two-horse race

The Premier League has proudly owned the title of the world's best league for many years. It's competitive atmosphere in every game and the possibility of a giant-killing every week has justified this label, rather than having the best players in the world.

Monday, October 16, 2017
Premier League already a two-horse race
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England have sunk to a new low

The England squad has not been famous for recruiting world-class players in recent years. This week however, Southgate has sunk to a new low.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
England have sunk to a new low
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Hoodoo? Do me a favour!

The dawning of a new August, a new season is always a special time for football fans. All the hopes and expectations, the madness of the final weeks of the transfer window and the inescapable buzz that comes with hearing the click of the turnstiles for the first time in months.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Hoodoo? Do me a favour!