Match reviews and previews

Everton

Everton Away Preview

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I'll begin with the good news. Ramsey is back, with a chance of featuring today. It would seem slightly premature to start him, but you never know.

Ramsey's importance is hard to overstate. To my mind we haven't had a more complete midfielder since Vieira. His early season form was magnificent and as a [.

Away to Naples Football & Cricket Club | Koscielny and James Brown

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Not a bad weekend all things considered. We increased our lead to five points and drawing to Everton won't have dented our confidence.

How good was Koscielny? The man had Lukaku in his pocket all night...

I'm convinced that two songs alternate in Koz's head, depending on how he's feeling.

Everton Preview | Lukaku, Ghandi and Mourinho

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First things first: Mandela rest in peace. Incredible statesman and remarkable that he lived so long. One doesn't live to 95 harbouring deep resentment, or despair – as most would from 27 years in a dank cell.

The closest I've come to a cell is Bodmin Jail on a school trip which might [.

bayern

What’s the Bavarian for ‘Més qué un club’ ?? | Bayern Away Preview

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Bayern Munich are a behemoth and behemoths are rarely attractive. They are the leading club in the largest market in Europe. Ally that to the distinct national feeling in Bavaria and you start to see why Bayern are able to bludgeon their competitors each year.

I'm torn on the Bundesliga, there are bits of [.

Munich At Home| Heynckes, Pep, Redknapp…

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Apparently Harry Redknapp has allowed Bayern to use QPR's facilities. Not an exceptional story, as apparently many teams visiting London have used Loftus Road over the years. It did strike me as amusing though. You can just imagine Harry loitering around, ready to sell a few ‘bargains'.

Arsenal

Arsenal – Everton | FA Cup Preview

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An early Kick Off today between two teams in a bad pocket of form. Indeed the form table has it down as a clash between 11th and 14th.

For whatever reasons, lunchtime matches haven't been a strong point the results in Liverpool and Manchester springing to mind.

Last time we played Everton they seized [.

‘West London is wunderfulllllll!’: untold Lower league on tour

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This article is part of a series in which Untold writers have travelled the length and breadth of the country (well, the Midlands, London and the south) visiting other clubs on days when there is no Arsenal game. Today...

Brentford FC 2-0 Port Vale (Attendance 8,327)

On Saturday my brother and I made our [.

Away to Alain Le Pardieu de Newcastle; watching paint

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One year to the day after Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3 we meet them again. There's a link to last year's fun and games at the end.

Matters Everyone's Favourite Pundit

Some say that listening to Michael Owen is similar to watching paint dry. I was one of these until quite recently, where awkwardly I [.

West Ham behind the curtains, the methods of Allerdyce, Arsenal rotating

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My dear friends, Merry Boxing Day and all that...

Now I hope, that unlike myself your enjoyment of the festive season does not hinge entirely on Arsenal's success. Which, of course is a truly absurd way to live... a bit like clinging to a leisurely morphine addiction.

Arsenal – Southampton | Jack Wilshere | Benzema y Zizou

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by D-Sanchez-Cabello

The international break was as droll as expected and watching England left me colder than this weather. Not to mention: when an Englishman celebrates a German scoring a header against his country – what bloody hope is there for international football?

Not much, I watched both games with about as much interest as [.

Arsenal v Liverpool, and why Koscielny dislikes Suarez (Atkinson please note).

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Dominic Sanchez-Cabello

To save time, I'll condense Liverpool to the one player that really matters. Sturridge has been in fine form, but is still rough and Gerrard is almost so polished that no edge remains whatsoever.

My feelings about Suarez haven't changed; he would complete our team, whilst irreparably damaging Liverpool's.

Arsenal – Dortmund: The 4th Real Test for this ‘Untested’ Arsenal Team!

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What a goal that was! That's why we love this game! You see a goal like that and you want to trudge up to the park and kick a ball about... on your own if needed! Somehow the absurdities of a grown man bundling a ball about in a park desert you, when [...]

How will Santi-Özil develop this season?

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By Walter Broeckx

So finally the long wait was over last weekend and we had the only real important football team around on the pitch again: The Arsenal.

We had a few nervous moments in the last game as Norwich defended rather well at first without really going overboard on the usual kicking part we [.

Match Preview: Arsenal – Norwich/Probert

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Two defensive mids may be a bit much for today's game. After all: we're at home and they are Norwich – what is there to fear?

Lee Probert, of course... but unless we have Flamini steal his whistle whilst Arteta distracts him, I don't see how it helps us.

Rest Arteta for Dortmund; [.

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal; ascending Mt. Hawthorns and the return of The Bearded Nord.

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Yes, before you ask, I still hate Stoke.

The problem with Bendtner is that people tend to remember his oddities off the pitch as opposed to his merits on it. He may be a more talented player than Giroud, faster and with a defter touch. But Giroud isn't a tool and sometimes not [.

Arsenal – Stoke: some bloody team!

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So, the good form continues, our ‘downward spiral' seems to have subsided and Stanford Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down.

In life, I wish only the worst for Stoke. That philosophy almost changed with the sacking of Pulis. But I can't stand Hughes either, nor am I confident in his inclination [.

It must be hard being a Marseille fan at the moment. Marseille – Arsenal, the Untold Match Preview.

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Dominic Sanchez-Cabello

It must be hard being a Marseille fan at the moment. After breaking Lyon's Ligue 1 monopoly back in 2010, they could have been forgiven for expecting a return to the glory days. They may have to wait, but that wasn't a problem, fleeting success can be ruinous for smaller clubs.

Untold Non-League: Lillywhites see off the Bluebirds

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Cambridge City 2-1 Chippenham Town (attendance 322); the second of Untold's non-league games from the non-league weekend.

Welcome to the Glassworld Stadium in Impington, near Cambridge, the temporary home of Cambridge City for a Sunday k/o in the CALOR league premier division. The Glassworld is actually Histon FC's ground and Histon play in the [.

The Untold non-league tour continues: men against gingerbread boys*

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Grantham Town 1-5 FC United of Manchester (att. 739)

Last Saturday Tony and I travelled to the South Kesteven Sports stadium, in Grantham, Lincolnshire, to watch a match in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. It's part of the Untold Non-League tour, which has already taken us to watch Corby and Guernsey (away at Crawley [.

A Champions League debut, statistics, food and Carroll

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By Phil Gregory

Unfortunately it was not "that" kind of Arsenal Champions League debut, but I was lucky enough to be at the Emirates for my first Champions League game on Wednesday night. Having only been living in London for a matter of weeks, my previous experience of live Arsenal games was either weekend games [.

End of season top of the table predictions – post transfers edition.

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The club that changed football Making the Arsenal

By Phil Gregory

Following on from my last article looking at the summers movements and likely additions, I took the plunge and made some predictions for the top of the table come May. With the close of the transfer window and a couple of games under our [.

Top of the table predictions – the gameweek 0 edition

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By Phil Gregory

Right, so, to follow up on my articles over the summer looking at the various teams competing against the mighty Arsenal at the top of the table, it seems reasonable to put it all together and see where my guess is of the final table. Without further ado...

First up, United are [.

Premier League finale – Previewing West Brom vs. Arsenal

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By Phil Gregory

Just a quick preview from me today, as I need to be heading over to the library soon, with finals looming. Arsenal travel up West Brom today looking to tie up third place and with it guaranteed Champions League football, complete with no tricky qualifiers in August. Such a league finish would [.

Arsenal versus Norwich: the Champions League battle just keeps on getting tighter.

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By Phil Gregory

Arsenal host Norwich on Saturday in our final home match of the season, with the battle for the guaranteed Champions League spot of third place getting interesting with Newcastle in almost unstoppable form of late. I don't doubt I wasn't the only person who expected them to drop points versus Chelsea, and [.

Stadia

Coventry City 0-0 Shrewsbury Town, complete with Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom

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Sky Bet League One, Sixfields Stadium, Northampton Attendance 1,966

So on a bright sunny day in Northampton (not) and with nothing better to do (except mark essays) it was off to see a local football match to take the mind off Saturday's defeat. I arrived early, narrowly avoiding running over a member of the [.

Untold Non-league: Robins run out of town in the cup

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Stamford AFC 4-2 Ashton United (attendance 301)

With no Arsenal game this weekend Tony and I scoured the fixture lists and came up with what looked like an interesting tie in the FA cup.

For most us the FA cup doesn't start till January when the 3rd round proper sees the big boys enter [.

English Premier League

Stoke…

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So today we travel to Stoke, a place where it seems we are destined to be embroiled in some narrative or other. From the moment this northern club with a reverence of physical courage and graft came to the Premier League, I guess it was obvious that it would be played-off against this southern [.

Cardiff Away | Mad Ol’ Wayne | Ozil the Quiet: its the Untold Preview

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So after a painless Tuesday night in which ITV wasted no chance to talk nonsense, we return to the Premier League to play Cardiff.

As you may have seen: a Cardiff player had the nerve to be kicked by Ol' Wayne last week! He escaped punishment, but I must implore, as an [.

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“Why do you want Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?” | Totts Preview

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Dominic Sanchez-Cabello

A pub quiz one for you all: "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?" was the question asked by Blackburn owner Jack Walker back in 1992.

Lets hope that in time, Levy comes to ask: "why do you want this Klopp bloke, when we have Tim Sherwood?

Swansea – Arsenal on SNF: Flamini the Heatsink, Redknapp the Fair and Carragher the Sh*t Gary Neville

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Dominic Sanchez-Cabello

In recent games, Flamini's presence has allowed us to be unconcerned about having the ball. Previously, the idea of our opponents having prolonged possession could terrify us, we now tolerate it, depending on which opponent it is and how effectively they can use it.

This tendency predates Flamini and some will have noticed [.

The Rest

Ritual Sacrifices and David Moyes | Man City Preview

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Earlier in the season, these match previews were written with a small amount of logic. They might adhere to something along the lines of: said team has weakness, which compliments certain strength of ours. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn't, but there was at least a certain amount of reasoning behind a wild [.

Untold creates the agenda and the papers follow. Mystifying eh?

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By Tony Attwood

We screwed up today, and I have a team from GCHQ looking into it. Dominic's preview was written and ready to go, and it didn't go. But since Untold always goes where others don't it is published below. Sorry dom.

But, here's the thing. After four episodes of the new major series [.

Liverpool – Arsenal Preview | Rickety Scaffolding and Siege Towers

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D. Sanchez-Cabello

I am confident that we will beat Liverpool, though that could be because in recent times Anfield has been a cheerful place. Not since the Crouch hat trick of 2007 have we lost there. How relevant that is, who knows? But it is comforting going to a place I don't associate with angst [.

Crystal Palace at Home | Pulis and The Hat

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It was once sung that "Tony Pulis is a wanker, he wears a wanker's hat...', which needless to say isn't your textbook piece of lyricism, even if it's descriptive. A clumsy blow made heavily, if you will. In its heaviness it stumbles upon a profundity that is rarely acknowledged.

Tony Pulis is indeed a wanker, [.

Southampton Preview | The Fake Moustache Business

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A couple of months ago, this might have been a more daunting fixture. Since a remarkable start, their form has faltered, an influential chairman has departed and the players have begun head-butting each other.

If I were part of an ambitious lower league club, I'd be studying the Southampton model intently to the [.

Fulham Preview |A Chink in Man City’s Expensive Armour?

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Today is our 3rd London derby in a month that has consisted of straightforward London derbies. Seems an odd sentence that one, as though it ascends a perfectly symmetrical hill to immediately fall down the other side. Anyway.

Little has changed for Fulham since they appointed Muelenstein, or at least that seems to be [.