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It’s a cold Wednesday morning, the sun is still hours away from peeking over the horizon and the dog is keen for an early walk. But I’m watching a second re-run of last night's tactical masterclass at the Bernabeau. A triumph for both an increasingly tactically astute manager and a squad increasing comfortable to show disciplined shape and execution for 90 minutes plus. Or at least that’s how I saw it, and how my Madrid born Real supporting mate who I watched the game with saw it.

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Surfing the maturity curve

The Spurs Blog

Wed, 10:33

Surfing the maturity curve

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.

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Premier League already a two-horse race

The Football Blog

Mon, 11:31

Premier League already a two-horse race

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.

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England have sunk to a new low

The Football Blog

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

England have sunk to a new low

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.

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Hoodoo? Do me a favour!

The Football Blog

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hoodoo? Do me a favour!

FIFA is set to lift the ban on the sporting of poppy armbands in remembrance of those who have died in combat, after Wales and Northern Ireland were fined by the governing body for displaying them.

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Unless racist or offensive, sports fans should be allowed to express their beliefs

The Football Blog

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Unless racist or offensive, sports fans should be allowed to express their beliefs

From the way the pundits were carrying on, it seemed like I was watching a different game than the one at Stamford Bridge. The commentators were lauding it over the strong defence and the commanding midfield that was able to deal with the usually undeniable force of Chelsea. Aaron Ramsey was awarded man of the match for his inspirational display, leading his team to a phenomenal one point.

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Expectation degradation

The Football Blog

Monday, September 18, 2017

Expectation degradation

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain looked like an excited schoolboy who had been picked by the popular kid for his team in the playground when he signed for Liverpool last week.

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The curse of the Ox

The Football Blog

Monday, September 11, 2017

The curse of the Ox

Writing an Arsenal blog for years is challenging. The constant search for new material that plagues all writers plagues me too. But my search is made every more treacherous by Arsenal's lack of variation.

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I couldn't blame Sanchez if he leaves

The Football Blog

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I couldn't blame Sanchez if he leaves

There are few moments as an Arsenal fan when excitement and tension combines with success.

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Forget the outcome. It's all about entertainment for me

The Football Blog

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Forget the outcome. It's all about entertainment for me
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I did not realise there are so many Jews in the world

James Harpin

Monday, July 24, 2017

I did not realise there are so many Jews in the world

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the football season passes. So intense and all consuming whilst it is present, and yet we now enter a 12-week abyss filled only with commercial tours to far flung money pots and tedious transfer speculation. Those 12 weeks feel like an age.

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The new reality

The Spurs Blog

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The new reality

For the first time in my lifetime, Arsenal has finished outside of the top four. For the first time in my lifetime, Arsenal has ended the season below Spurs. For the first time in my lifetime, I have had to endure Europa League taunts and Tottenham fans’ jeers. For a whole generation of Arsenal supporters, this is their first encounter with mediocrity.

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A generation of Arsenal fans must deal with a season of mediocrity

The Football Blog

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A generation of Arsenal fans must deal with a season of mediocrity

I owe Danny Caro and the JC a debt of gratitude. To have been given the opportunity to write this blog, in this season of all seasons, has been a privilege. I now have a very personal chronicle of both a superb season on the pitch and a seminal season off it. My own personal story of the Lane, the finale.

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Somewhere over the rainbow

The Spurs Blog

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Somewhere over the rainbow

On Friday evening on a packed Jubilee Line tube between Stratford and West Ham I was subjected to sustained and vile antisemitic abuse.

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The Jews who give a green light to antisemitism in football

The Spurs Blog

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Jews who give a green light to antisemitism in football

North London derbies have provided special memories for Arsenal in the past. Only seven losses in 49 have clearly shown the red side of London to be dominant. However, with Spurs four places higher in the league, and their straight-forward victory in the 50th derby, the last at White Hart Lane, it seems a sign that the power struggle is turning in their favour.

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Arsenal's consistent mediocrity must end

The Football Blog

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Arsenal's consistent mediocrity must end