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Feb 04

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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Jan 04

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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Dec 07

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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Sep 14

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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Aug 11

Olivier Giroud saves Arsenal from homemade chaos in Leicester thriller

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to a new season reminiscent of the old at the Emirates, where the good news is Arsenal broke their transfer record for a striker but the bad news is they ended their first game of the season with a classically dysfunctional defence. It was an extraordinary combination – a midfield player at right-back, two left-backs at centre-back and a right-back at left-back. Confused? Who wouldn’t be. Leicester had all the clarity as they took advantage and a 3-2 lead into the final stages of an intoxicating tussle.

Oh Arsenal. Typical Arsenal. Absurd Arsenal. But where in seasons past this kind of situation tended to end with opening day navel-gazing, this time they found the resources to twist the tale with a theatrical flourish. Wenger threw on Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud to attempt a rescue mission and both of them delivered with goals to transform the atmosphere from fretful and pressurised to the liberating joy of a thumping comeback. The match-winner from Giroud sent shudders through north London. In finding the composure to power a header while wrestling his marker he made his point that the purchase of Alexandre Lacazette would not easily make him expendable.

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