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Looking back at the Hammers, ahead to Hull, and up at Liverpool

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The win over West Ham was huge. After being put through the wringer in the semi-final, a physical Allardyce team were hardly the ideal opposition. When we fell behind, the collective intake of breath was almost audible. However, Lukas Podolski’s instant response settled nerves. Goals from Giroud and Podolski again later settled the game. The German’s record is pretty remarkable. His 10 goals this season have come in about 1197 minutes. That’s roughly 13.3 “games”. The figures aren’t distorted by …

Thoughts from Wembley: Torturous afternoon’s Final flourish

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I don’t know about you, but I remembered reaching an FA Cup final as a good deal more fun. Don’t get me wrong: I’m delighted to be there — and being there is undoubtedly what matters — but the journey was as torturous as a coach ride with that Man City fan in the Barclays ad. Let’s focus on the positives: however shoddily, the job got done. A positive result in the final will vanquish any traumatic memories of the …

Everton 3 – 0 Arsenal: Is it over?

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Is it over? Not the title race. That’s been over for a while. Not the “race for fourth”, either. That’s got a good way to go, and looking at the respective fixture lists, I still fancy us to come out on top of Everton. No: the operative *it* in this instance is the reign of Arsene Wenger. After this latest capitulation, serious questions have to be asked about his suitability to take the team in to next season — regardless …

Everton Preview: My glass needs refilling

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I’ve seen our draw with Manchester City cited as vindication of our abilities against the top teams. I can see why one might think that: it was a valiant fight-back against a team in rampant form who are still in the thick of the title race. My glass, however, is half-drained. I’m more inclined to observe that we haven’t beaten either of Manchester City or Chelsea, home or away, all season. The aggregate scores aren’t pretty. We secured draws in …

Ready, Set, Go: The Race for fourth is underway!

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Arsenal 2 – 2 Swansea Even the most wildly optimistic fan has forgotten about the title now… With Everton making good ground behind us, all focus is on securing a top four finish. It’s a somewhat depressing reality at the end of an exciting season, but fortunately we still have the carrot of a potential FA Cup win dangling ahead of us. Without that, the fans would be in full-blown meltdown. The defending on the first goal was far too …

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: Bridge of Sighs

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This was a dreadful day… The scoreline equals the 8-2 at Old Trafford as Arsenal’s worst ever Premier League defeat under Arsene Wenger. Speaking personally, I found that match more painful, due to my deep-seated hatred of all things Manchester United. However, on that occasion there were mitigating circumstances. Arsenal were in the midst of a difficult transfer window and a defensive injury crisis. The team we fielded included Jenkinson, Djourou, Traore and Coquelin. The bench found room for Miquel, …

Spurs beaten & 1000 not out for Arsene

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Any kind of derby win is welcome… In these games, performance is secondary to result. Arsenal may have been on the ropes at times, but ultimately it was our hand that was lifted aloft at full-time. The truth is that, as they have done all season, Spurs struggled to convert their dominance in to presentable goalscoring opportunities. 70% of their attempts at goal came from outside the box, which is something of an inevitability for a team including the trigger-happy …

Thoughts on FA Cup, Bayern & Spurs

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There is a strange pressure about being FA Cup favourites… It’s an unpleasantly familiar sensation, much like the one we found ourselves in at this stage 2011’s Carling Cup. Surely, the lessons of that disastrous final have been learnt. We’re more experienced, more determined and more professional. We ought to do it. There are no excuses. I was pleased with the Bayern result and performance…
 In my opinion, the tie was effectively dead after the first leg result. If I’m …

Arsenal 4-1 Everton: Giroud is comfortably our best striker

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Arsenal 4-1 Everton Match report | Highlights | Arsene’s reaction Arsene gambled with his team at either end of the pitch… When it came to selecting his team, Arsene Wenger made two big calls at the extremities of the pitch. First off, he allowed Lukasz Fabianski to continue in his role as Arsenal’s cup goalkeeper. At the opposite end, he selected Yaya Sanogo to start ahead of Olivier Giroud. Given the result, Wenger will feel justified in his decisions. However, …

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal: Gunners fall to familiar foe

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In truth, Arsenal couldn’t really afford to draw this game, let alone lose… In isolation, a draw at Stoke is a decent result. However, this game was not played in isolation. It was played in the context of a title race, and all our other results. A draw would not have been good enough, and a defeat is a disaster. There were only so many times we could afford to drop points between now and the end of the season. …

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