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Cup Final Day

It’s a pleasantly sunny morning in early May 1993. I am getting ready for school quietly in my room, just like any other day. My mother enters and nonchalantly hands me an envelope. “Some post for you,” she say...

Gone for a Song

The humble FA Cup Final song is a tradition that seems to gone the way of the wagon wheel, the rattle and the rosette in terms of quaint footballing traditions. Arsenal have not recorded an official one since t...

Arsenal v Chelsea- Cup Classics

Arsenal and Chelsea have met 17 times in the FA Cup, with Arsenal winning 7, losing 4 and drawing 6. This year’s Wembley showpiece is a repeat of the 2002 Final played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, when Arse...
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Planet Xhaka

When you write about and follow one club so closely, sometimes it is difficult to understand whether the issues that you uncover are exclusive to your club, or whether others experience them at the same rate. H...
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Pillars of Creation

Criticisms of Arsene Wenger’s teams down the years have become well-worn and familiar. At the outset of the Emirates era, Arsenal always seemingly needed a big centre half or midfield enforcer, no matter how im...
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Is 3 The Magic Number?

As I have documented in this column many times before, when it comes to the setup of his team, Arsene Wenger is more alchemist than strategist. He assembles his materials and figures out how best to deploy them...
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Alexis’ Midfield Runners

With Olivier Giroud unavailable at the outset of the campaign, Theo Walcott no longer interested in playing centre forward and Danny Welbeck injured, Arsene Wenger’s centre forward options were somewhat limited...
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Mob Justice

Back in August, I wrote a piece about the volatile atmosphere at away matches. I wrote it in the wake of a 0-0 draw with Leicester when, by my reckoning, a concerted chant of “we want Wenger out” was audible fr...
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Tellin’ Stories

Last week I attended a conference. Radio 4’s Aleks Krotoski was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Krotoski is a podcaster and broadcaster, she effectively tells stories for a living. In her address, she reflecte...