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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.

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Manchester United looked like no more than a 'rich man's West Brom’

The Football Blog

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Manchester United looked like no more than a 'rich man's West Brom’

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.

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NLD triumph feels good

The Football Blog

Monday, November 20, 2017

NLD triumph feels good

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”.

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Arsenal should take note of West Ham's action plan

The Football Blog

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Arsenal should take note of West Ham's action plan

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.

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Everton should stand by Unsworth until Merseyside derby

The Football Blog

Monday, October 30, 2017

Everton should stand by Unsworth until Merseyside derby

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”.

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The life cycle of criticism

The Football Blog

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The life cycle of criticism

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

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