Match Review

This time, it really feels like the end – East Lower – Football Article

Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City The thing about saying “it feels like Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal reign has reached its end” is that I’ve definitely said it before, at various points over the last five years. And it never has been the end of Wenger’s reign, because – remarkably – he’s been the one who decides his own fate, and he has always found a way, to date, of changing the narrative or convincing himself he’s still the man for the job. And…

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Arsenal send Arsène off in style – East Lower – Football Article

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Arsenal 5-0 Burnley A perfect ending. The sun set on Wenger’s tenure at the Emirates, with the team on the one hand lashing five past Burnley, and the club on the other getting the tone spot on in a goodbye that gave Le Boss the farewell he’s earned and deserved. It was an emotional day – one for reflection but also for thanks and for looking forward – and the mood was bubbly and celebratory throughout.…

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Read my match report. It’s two days late and still no good. – East Lower – Football Article

Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea In this era of on-the-whistle posts and hot-off-the-press post-match podcasts, I’ve decided to  develop a niche around commenting fluffily about a game at least two days after it happened. It never harmed people in the olden days when they’d hear of news in far off lands weeks later, and it won’t harm people now. Maybe, just maybe, people scooped up so much simultaneously-published content after the match that it all garbled into one? And that they need…

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Emery fires up Arsenal in demolition derby – East Lower – Football Article

Arsenal 4-2 Spurs What a shot in the arm. I’ve been to many crackling, memorable matches at the Emirates, but there’s not much that’s got close to how yesterday felt. It was breathlessly exciting: absolutely relentless and exhausting. If this is the stamp of Emery, then quite honestly, it’s been worth waiting for. I’m sold. Not many players grow up near the club they end up playing for these days, which can lead to the accusation they just don’t ‘get’…

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Plenty to ponder as Arsenal self-destruct – East Lower – Football Article

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal It’s not lost on me that since it all came together so spectacularly against our old friends up the road on 2nd December, cracks have started to appear. Yesterday, those cracks became giant fissures, as all of our failings of yore came back to dance a merry jig. For all of Liverpool’s excellence (they’re not top and flying by chance), all five of their goals were avoidable from a defensive point of view, and that’s the grim…

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