And with the shrill peep of Michael Oliver’s whistle, the end arrived. The era is over and interregnum begins. Huddersfield Town 0 – 1 Arsenal For once the players stuckContinue readingHuddersfield Review: Wham, Bam! Thank You, Man
So this is it; the end of an era. If things had been planned properly, last week’s match against Burnley would have been the sign off; 5 – 0 withContinue readingHuddersfield Town: The End of an Era Match Preview
I am impressed as I’m sure you are. Just when you think that there are no new ways to cause our own downfall, we dig deep and find one. OrContinue readingLeicester City Review: Another Pointless Exercise
Football these days must name every match. The ‘North London Derby’; the ‘Chapman Derby’; if the Premier League felt like christening tonight’s fixture, it would, according to social media, beContinue readingLeicester Preview: Derby Names, New Manager Requirement, & Santi
Arsenal 5 – 0 Burnley It was only fitting that more people remained for the celebration than did so at Leicester’s post-season pitchside amble. The sun shone and everything wentContinue readingBurnley Review: The Per-fect Ending
Before I get going on today’s post, words of sympathy and best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family following yesterday’s surgery. I hope he enjoys a full recovery;Continue readingBurnley Preview: The End is Near
Arsenal seem to have perfected the art of ‘Death by hope’. We’re suckers for it, sometimes unashamedly so. Last night on the bus back home after watching the second legContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: It’s The Hope That Kills You
And then there were 4,893… Lucien Favre is to become the next Dortmund boss so he will forever be known in media terms as ‘former Arsenal target Lucien Favre’ or,Continue readingAtletico Madrid Preview: Is Losing Our Apocalypse Now?
Manchester United 2 – 1 Arsenal The ending was so late-era Arsène as to be totally expected, although having seen Fellaini’s effort rightly disallowed moments earlier, I thought we’d gotContinue readingManchester United Review: The Promise of Youth?
It says much about recent events that I’d quite forgotten Alexis is in the United team. Another season, another meaningless match. United are assured of second, we’re pretty much assuredContinue readingManchester United Preview: Are the Kids Gonna Be Alright?
Possession may be nine tenths of the law, but it’s that damn sucker punch, that remaining one tenth that kills your spirit. I must admit, I had this déja vuContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Arsenal Sucker Punched Into Second-Round Dog Fight
“Green outside, nice trees, good grass. Fantastic. No pollution. Until the press conference starts.” The only thing missing was “Jumpers for goalposts…next goal wins…hmmm.” Atletico Madrid arrive at the EmiratesContinue readingAtletico Madrid Preview: Wenger Demands, Arsenal Expects
Arsenal 4 – 1 West Ham United We’ve had the ‘5-minute final’ so this is the ’10-minute finale’. It’s a flattering scoreline but do we care? That’s incidental, to beContinue readingWest Ham Review: If Only Matches Were 10 Minutes Long…
Some time ago, a former work colleague wrote his own screensaver. Every day, a countdown clock ticked one day closer to a point a couple of years in the future.Continue readingWest Ham Preview: The Long Goodbye Begins
Congratulations to Manchester City, the best team in this country by some distance. I’m not going to be churlish and draw attention to unbeaten seasons; it’s unbecoming. Were Manchester UnitedContinue readingNewcastle United: There’s Only One Man Baffled By It All…
This match feels like a contractual obligation, the one you have to play but aren’t really interested in. We can’t take the Van Morrison route out of this. The croakyContinue readingNewcastle United Preview: The Contractual Obligation Match
At one point during the first half, I fell asleep thinking of Daniela Bianchi. The spectacular image of her Bond Girl character Tatiana Romanova being caressed and loved up byContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: From Russia With Arsenal Drama
Which Arsenal will turn up? The one which lost to Roma or one which salvaged the day with a last-minute penalty in the Bernabeu? As if we’d score a penaltyContinue readingCSKA Moscow: Arsenal on the Brink – Of What Though?
Arsenal 3 – 2 Southampton Three points are three points. In the context of this season, it’s the only way you can look at any Premier League fixture. We’re beyondContinue readingSouthampton Review: Comedy Defending So Next Goal Wins
When your team isn’t doing well, finding solace in others misfortune is the default mode of a football supporter. I don’t celebrate Manchester United’s win yesterday, more find it amusingContinue readingSouthampton Preview: Using Saints to Exorcise our Demons
“Dear Mr Ramsey. Are you Lampard in disguise?”. Granted, you need to notch up quite a few more deflected goals, but keep doing that ghosted-run-in-the-box thing. We like it, especiallyContinue readingSTONE COLD FRIDAY: Rambo’s Brace Ensures Arsenal Draw First Blood
This is it. As far as UEFA is concerned, the diners have left the building and the staff are now feeding off the scraps. The last eight of the EuropaContinue readingCSKA Moscow Preview, and A Butch Farewell