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From Arsène knows to Arsène goes – curtain falls in classy send-off | Amy Lawrence

Frenchman takes charge of final home game and afterwards is handed Invincibles trophy by two of his coaches from day one,‘If God exists and one day I go up there and he will ask: ‘Do you want to come in? What have you done in your life?’ The only answ…

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s verve gives Arsène Wenger positive buzz | Amy Lawrence

In his first Arsenal home game, the new signing’s partnership with Mesut Özil created a feelgood factor that lifted the teamWhen Mino Raiola mischievously suggested “Sánchez is part of the Mikhi deal, not the other way round”, the general consensus was…

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Arsène Wenger’s high-wire act exposes hole at heart of Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

The Gunners manager’s fatal attraction to playing at all costs leaves defence as an afterthought – as highlighted in the 2-2 draw with ChelseaStoppage time provided a vignette of classic latter-Wenger Arsenal. Hearts were in mouths, and nobody knew whe…

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Wilshere and Debuchy end goal droughts as Arsenal crush Bate Borisov

Trying to establish the expected goals in the Europa League is a mission, particularly on a night when so many goalscorers are completely unexpected. After last weekend’s flurry of repelled chances against Manchester United, Arsenal summoned goals from…

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Alexis Sánchez soothes nerves after Cologne and fans give Arsenal a fright

Europa League football arrived at the Emirates with a confusing, edgy, complicated energy. A one-hour delay due to the enormous band of Cologne supporters who travelled – many thousands in excess of the official allocation of 3,000 – and the intense atmosphere created inside the ground ensured that this Thursday night football lark felt mightily different even before a ball was kicked.

The visiting fans took over the Clock End, which made life intimidating for the home support who had seats in that area. Some felt unsafe and were advised by stewards to move. From the supposed sanctuary of the Family Enclosure to the high hospitality rung of Club Level, this corner of north London turned into Cologne on tour.

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