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Another year, another Champions League campaign. I have to confess that I rarely get excited about the group stages. Being, as we are, long term residents of Pot A we don’t tend to get an early glamour tie and therefore most of our games at this point seem to be engagements we have to...

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For a while there it seemed like the impossible was on. Many of us dared to hope that we would stage a comeback but I’m not sure many of us thought we’d actually take it so close. In the end we had to settle for restored pride and a strange feeling of what might have been. Recovering a...

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After Saturday’s late winner at Sunderland an air of reserved optimism crept in amongst Arsenal fans. I think it’s safe to say last night’s hammering in Milan has banished any positivity we’d rebuilt. Before the game, many of us felt that we would at least score. The more confident...

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This time last November we were on our way home from Portugal having just lost to Braga. That defeat followed a loss in the previous Champions League outing, away to Shakhtar. The end product of those results was to finish second in a group we should’ve walked and to draw Barcelona. We...

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After the high of Saturday there was always likely to be some kind of come down in our next game. This is Arsenal after all. A draw against a decent Marseille side is certainly not cause for major concern but it does represent an opportunity missed; a win last night would’ve seen us qualify...

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As the clock ticked down in Marseille, it would have been understandable had we been satisfied with the point. A relatively uneventful game looked like expiring with both sides sharing the spoils until Aaron Ramsey calmly slotted home after finding himself in acres of space. There are few...