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Arsenal – Tigers tamed

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Despite the downpour currently inundating North West Norfolk a fine morning to be a Arsenal supporter I’d say. We can bask in the  warm glow from last night’s victory against, yet again, a stubborn Hull side. Checking the book it is more than a year since we put four or more unanswered goals past an opponent. The last time we managed such a crushing result away from home was 3rd December 2012 at the DW Stadium (for those grasping the long departed and lightly missed Wigan).

To bring in the result just three days after an exhausting North London derby, with players missing and on a night when the curse of further injury ambushed us at the KC was even more to our credit.

Of the game itself a fair opening from us, busy in midfield, rock solid at the back, but a little toothless in the final third. We kept at our work however and the dividend came in a rotten back pass from Meyler, and Olivier slotting the ball through the legs of the diving Jakupovic. 652 minutes according to the man on the TV since the locals had to put up with that indignity, 7+ games – I admit I was surprised! If the Bosnian keeper had the a good game and a slice of luck at the Ems three weeks ago his fortune had surely deserted him last night.

So 1-0 up and playing smoothly up to half time the shot from Kieran deserved a goal and I would be delighted to see him and Hector, and Nacho, trying that more often. We have never had prolific full backs in terms of scoring goals but the occasional strike in tight games can contribute mightily.

After half time we wobbled, caused through a combination of Hull picking up their game, and the series of injuries with first Nacho down and obviously hurt, then Gabriel pulling up. Having lost Per to a bang on the head ( no one mention the ‘c’ word – ssshhhh) the evening showed signs of unravelling.

But no – having wobbled we regained our composure, our defence was resolute and then, on 71 minutes, scored what was the killer goal on the night. In its way the second goal opened up the Hull defence as easily as our first. Nice ball in from Theo, exactly where it was meant to be, right height, right weight, right time. For Olly who has suffered some wretched luck in front of goal over the past few weeks it was a second gift, neatly unwrapped and buried.

The remainder of the game was anti-climax, The home side recognised they were not going to come back from 2-0, they knew it, we knew it, they streamed for the exits and an early fish supper, the away fans sang and most* Arsenal fans pondered where to watch the match on Sunday.

Though it would have been easy to settle for the two goal win up popped Theo with a pair of fine finishes. The first was created by probably the best pass of the night from Joel, a perfect diagonal Pythagoras would have been proud of, the second found our English striker/winger pushing in from the right and his deflected shot spun in. Good finishing and a boost to the boy, another who has spent weeks on the bleak plain of indifferent form.

My man of the night though has to be Mo Elneny. I thought he was excellent all night in central midfield, creative going forward, his passing accurate, disciplined when the opposition brought the ball forward, solid tackling, and even winning balls in the air. A little unlucky to be booked for his one foul, but even that had a certain ‘tactical’ origin.

Others worthy of praise Alex Iwobi, the Flamster who silently tidied midfield then slipped neatly into right back, and David Ospina. Just one great save from our keeper last night. Had he allowed the Hull chance to get in front on half an hour …….. well, who knows!

 

Enjoy your Wednesday.

 

 

* And no I am not giving ‘them’ space on this blog.

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  1. Thanks Andy . Just the quarter final ticket that,

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  2. The Master of the write up Mr.A5-thank you so much! Ive been looking forward to this since 9.15pm last night when my computer said “Im hibernating” and at that moment the computers mouse decided it would like to be thrown experimentally at the floor at high speed and deconstruct itself for me to discover the delights of reconstructing it later. In in that time the Arsenal bag another three goals.
    Im gutted that I missed such a great second half.
    Thanks again Andrew.
    So the Orns are coming to town,theyve been pretty stubborn recently.But thats our Cup.
    COYG!

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  3. Nice one Andrew, and a thoroughly decent result after some very challenging games compacted close together in front of recent wobbling support that Arsene might himself describe as consistently inconsistent. Fabulous in Middlesex and Yorkshire, less so in London.

    This has self-evidently not been Theo’s best year, form-wise and last night Twitter waist full flow, full of angry venom for the lad. I was delighted to see him burst forth with his best contribution in a while in parallel with Olivier who clearly needs to become a new dad more often if last night was anything to go by. The bemusing BT Sport commentary became ever-more amusing as they attempted to ‘savage’ Giroud before realising he is just five goals away from 25 goals for the season which even they were forced to admit was very decent.

    Although the game was up for Hull by the 80th minute, those last ten or so were possibly the most intriguing for anyone with an eye for the future as Iwobi, Jeff, Elneny and Campbell combined to play some wonderful stuff, fearless and graceful in equal measure, always threateningly incisive. Two more of our supposedly weak links – Ospina and Gibbs both had world class moments despite having been previously written off as ‘not good enough’ by some.

    And, in some ways, most interesting of all, despite the eventual appearance of a certain banner, our boys pulled Hull apart in Hull in a way that proved beyond them at home at the Emirates. Food for thought …

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  4. Merci Andrew. Your post nicely reflect the best moments of last nights game. Calm and composed. Now that’s something we all wouldn’t mind getting used to for the remainder of what has been a season of quite the opposite.

    Its great to see Larry back amongst the goals, taking his tally for the season up to 20. 5 shy of Alexis’ 25 of last season. Mind you Larry scored 21 last season despite missing 2 months. And despite going “652 minutes” without a goal this one, it’s still at a better rate than Alexis last season. Where’s those calling Arsenal a “one man team”, where’s the meme’s saying if it weren’t for him “carrying the team Arsenal would’ve been mid-table fodder”.

    Pardon the rant. I hope Ramsey won’t miss out too much but Campbell does look a capable replacement doesn’t he, with Mo making that CM position his own, rather quietly I might add.

    The convincing win was just what the guys needed. They’ve and Arsène have been put through Hull these last few weeks.

    I’ll get my coat. UTA.

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  5. The 652 was the number of minutes since an opponent had scored at the KC Labo !

    All strikers go through ups and downs – after four seasons, plenty of goals every year. A bit like Wenger you wonder why people keep up the incessant questioning every time he has a lean patch.

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  6. Giroud has 77 goals in 136 + 38 games
    in his four seasons he has 17, 22, 18, and 20 goals this season, so as things stand he needs 3 more goals this season to average 20 goals a season in his four years at Arsenal. No wonder the whingers have changed their soundbite from “we need a 20 goal a season striker” to “we need a 25 goal a season striker”

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  7. Mike ‏@Mike_Arsenal 2h2 hours ago
    Both the players and the manager are asking time and time again for the fans support, I wonder why.

    FK²
    ‏@fkhanage
    @attwood10 The only time to ‘judge’ Arsène and the team’s performance is in May. Over 19 years, not once has he deserved the sack.

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  8. AFCPressWatch™ ‏@AFCPressWatch 11h11 hours ago
    Hull boss on WOB: “Maybe these idiots, who think they want change… until they have change might rue that decision forever more.”
    “They [Arsenal] don’t have a divine right to win it with the spending power others have got, so I can’t understand it.”

    Wenger on WOB: “I am surprised so many people judge it so early. We have not given up anywhere and you will see that in the coming weeks.”

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  9. Good night (well, lots of good with a bit of bad thrown in). Wish the media and our fans would make more of how much games change with the first goal these days, though.

    Hull are the underdog team, granted, but it’s still daft to watch them put everything into defence, do well at it, then moan about a poor game as though it is pretty much all down to us. But that’s what commentators do every time and, if twitter’s a good guide, lots of our fans agree.

    Still surprises me each time how much the game shifts if we can take the lead, against ultra defensive teams especially. I feel the norm is still to judge how we play at all times, including when the scores are level or we go behind, against how we can typically play once in the lead. Doesn’t make sense as it is almost literally a different ball game. Theo in particular is someone we should have a totally different set of expectations for in the two scenarios.

    The great news for me is that Elneny looks a man suited to both situations : the keeping you patience bit and trying to keep the door locked bit against massed ranks; and the adjusting to them being bolder, trying to ensure you don’t cede the huge advantage of the lead, then making use of the new spaces to kill the swines bit.

    Trying not to overdo it, but I really like the look of him.

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  10. Old fart’s thoughts:
    Progress but at a price. Three injuries to key players were not at all welcome. Hopefully none of them are serious.
    The game itself was nothing to write home about for the first 45 minutes…indeed Hull might have had thoughts that they could have done better. For sure the back pass that gifted Olly’s first goal in ages was one that should have been better… much, much better. Pity that Kieran’s great shot a bit later didn’t hit the net rather than the woodwork; we could have sucked our oranges with far more confidence. But at least Campbell, Elnany and Iwobi had shown great promise and Oosp was very much more than adequate having pulled off a couple of good saves.

    Another injury, Per having gone off in the first half, this time to Gabriel meant yet another substitution and Rambo entered the fray around a total rejigged defence with Nacho and Callum guarding the middle. Flamster went to right back and despite Rambo desperately trying to give Hull an equaliser, strangely, the side seemed to have a better balance. Maybe this was the reason behind Bambi getting the headlights out of his eyes and first laying on a second for Olly, then going on to score a couple for himself. Joel’s pass to him for our third was great and surely must have guaranteed him a more permanent place. He looked effective all night. Rambo concluded an unpleasant evening for himself by twinging a bracket or valve and Jeff Adelaide came on. Alex Iwobi paved the way for Theo’s second and our fourth and it was all over.

    All in all, not our greatest performance but scoring four ? To us goal starved fans this was utopia. May it happen every game we play between now and the end of May.

    Keep the faith.

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  11. what you can’t see here is that Cazorla is beside Theo and they are doing the I know my place sketch

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  12. Excellent.

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  13. One hopelessly optimistic fan wrote the following comment on PA in response to Stew’s preview:
    “Contrary to the now universal propaganda, even amongst our fans, that Arsenal lack heart, this is the time of the year we usually show our mettle. Hoping the result at the Scum marked a nadir and we go onto Hull and thrash them.”
    With injuries to three key players last night how more deluded or optimistic can one be?
    A fine job Andrew Nic.

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  14. Wonderful all round. We were poor in the first half, chock full of nerves and showing no signs of the creativity or incision needed to unlock the massed ranks. And no wonder, it has been a wretched few days for the playing staff. I felt uncomfortable as it seemed to have all the makings: there was a palpable sense of knives being sharpened. And then, a miracle happened (look away here KW): the Gods suddenly smiled (just as they had threatened to on Saturday when Alexis’s scuffed shot squirmed past Loris) and we were effectively gifted an own goal that this time didn’t bounce away off the keeper’s legs. More of the same followed with our second: Theo’s cross was deflected right into the path of the HFB and he took the chance with panache. For most of this season the ball hasn’t fallen like that, but suddenly it did, and look at the difference. The wheel turning? Planets aligning? Someone would know. I don’t. But what I do know is that a striker’s form is dependent on moments like these, and I will be surprised if we don’t see a few more goals from now on.

    And oh Theo, you little tease. Your first goal might easily feature in a Thierry compilation: drifting right to left, exquisite first touch, opening the body and slotting it via the inside of the far post. A real Arsenal goal, made possible by Campbell who is starting to play out of his skin. But let’s remember that it is not so very long ago that Theo must have wondered if he would ever play again, and although he has scored good goals since his return, his play has been nippy and connected (or sometimes not) rather than hell for leather going past his man and using his pace. If yesterday has given him the confidence to do that again then who knows how many more he might score. Learning to trust your body is an often unacknowledged part of the recovery process, especially for speedsters. It is why I would suggest that Alexis has taken a while to get back to his best form, and sadly why we may not see that much more of Aaron this season.

    And although we will never know exactly how much Mo Elneny cost, he looks quite a steal. He might form quite a partnership with Jack over the years.

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  15. Does the club/Wenger know about this website?

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  16. I know Walcott has not had an impressive season, and of late has been really off form, but I do find the hate towards him form so many Gooners a mystery, and I really can not understand the notion that he is useless and has not developed, and that he does not contribute and is to borrow a stupid soundbite “nicking a living”,

    this season he has 8 goals and 5 assists from 22 games + 11 sub, so directly involved in 13 goals in 33 games.

    since the start of 2010/11 season,(when he became a regular starter) when he was just 19, Theo has played 139 games + 60 sub, and has scored 66 goals and 47 assists, so directly involved in 113 goals in 199 games.

    His Arsenal career totals are 84 goals and 69 assists in 213 games and 122 sub, so directly involved in 153 goals in 325 games

    I don’t have a stat for the amount of penalties or free kicks won that led to goals,

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  17. so the players has a meeting prior to the Hull game, organised by Arteta, Cech, Mertesacker & Rosicky

    http://news.arseblog.com/2016/03/senior-players-called-crisis-meeting-ahead-of-hull-game/

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  18. Wrighty ripped one of the Banner Wankers a new one on twitter.

    I love that man.

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  19. I’m usually not a big fan of what Wright says, but he really made a mug of the banner spanner.
    By the way did you see the banner spanner on AFTV, trying to justify the banner, the laughable thing is he claims it is to show fans displeasure with Kroenke, Gazidis, Wenger, Ticket prices, and oh yes all the lies, so very odd that only Wenger mentioned on the banner then.

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  20. I think a meeting of the senior players would be reported at any time we has a good result, such is the media’s phobia about giving Arsene any credit.
    It’s also worth noting the media didn’t report the backpass came about because of the hard work closing down by ARSENAL’S front/midfield players.
    I would imagine the club are aware of most sites, Untold have some of their work on the main site (although its their less controversial stuff).
    I thought the team had played well in the first half although it was a little stop start because of the head and nose injuries, how only 5 minutes were added is another mystery, had the game flowed we could of been further ahead at half time. The breaks seem to benifit hull and not us.
    One last thing for the media, they should have used the headline “Deadwood limits city”

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  21. Nwakali: “I just came back from London, I have signed a five-year contract with Arsenal”

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  22. Jeorge Bird ‏@jeorgebird 2h2 hours ago
    Eventful night for Arsenal loanees. Wellington booked for diving + later won a penalty after being fouled by Maitland-Niles. Sanogo sent off

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  23. £30 Tickets for Away fans in the BPL for the next 3 seasons.

    surely home fans in similar seats would have a case for demanding similar prices, or have the BPL got round this by claiming that the tickets are being subsidized by the clubs.

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  24. Arsenal freeze ticket prices for next 2 seasons and Arsenal away fans will only pay £26 for their tickets as Arsenal will be paying £4 of the £30 price

    ARSENAL ANNOUNCE NEW PACKAGE FOR FANS

    Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a package of measures designed to help supporters with the cost of attending matches.

    The club has announced that it is freezing all general admission season ticket and match ticket prices for the next two seasons, meaning that general admission prices will be flat for all games at Emirates Stadium until at least 2018/2019.
    The club is also providing a further £4 discount for its away supporters attending Premier League matches, in addition to the £30 cap on away tickets announced by the Premier League.

    This will ensure no Arsenal fans will pay more to support Arsenal at Premier League away games than the lowest priced £26 ticket that both visiting and home fans can pay to watch their teams at Emirates Stadium.

    It means Arsenal fans who travel to every away Premier League match next season will save up to £370 compared to the full adult ticket price.

    Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “We have fantastic support home and away. We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing.

    “These steps mean that we will have held general admission season ticket prices flat for nine of the 12 years since our move to Emirates Stadium by 2018, and are also designed to make things a little easier for our travelling fans who often face the highest prices when watching Arsenal play away.

    “In terms of the financial support for away fans, we have consistently been strongly in favour of doing more to help and were originally in favour of a Premier League proposal around travel initiatives which would have been even more generous to travelling fans than the £30 cap.

    “Once it became clear this would not receive enough support across the Premier League clubs, we supported and directed the funds to the £30 cap plus an additional £4 ticket discount for Arsenal’s away fans.”

    These moves are on top of the work the club has done with its supporters around categorising matches to provide a greater price range of tickets at Emirates Stadium.
    Arsenal offers 43,000 match tickets a season priced at £26, 14,000 £10 tickets to 12-16 year olds within the Young Guns Enclosure and have 26,000 tickets as low as £10 for each potential Capital One Cup fixture.

    Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

    Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20160309/arsenal-announce-new-package-for-fans?#R85X4zEQjIU5fejT.99

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  25. typical slanting from tim payton, no surprise that he is calling a ticket for the FA Cup Game v Watford a surcharge, as if the club is looking for money for nothing, or as if the club should not charge for the ticket.

    tim payton ‏@timpayton 3h3 hours ago
    Reminder to Arsenal season ticket holders you have till tomorrow to opt out of the surcharge (£35 to £70) for the Watford FA Cup game

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  26. Eddy there’s no mystery.

    Those who had a mouldy old football sock stuffed down their throats during the FA Cup final against Hull have finally managed to pull out the decaying decomposing fabric from their orifice and have begun to regurgitate their innards on public display again with no shortage of egging from their supporters from the Murdoch media which is all fairly self-explanatary. You remember the kind of people that used to moan about Henry being played ‘out of position’, Kolo at CB etc. The kind of people that have led England to football glory these past fourth years. Same old same old.

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  27. Fourty

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  28. And please don’t copy and paste that discredited self-publicist, it’s what he wants. Thanks.

    Plenty of those plonkers opted out of their surcharge during the previous home cup game what do we expect from such die hard non glory hunters?

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  29. A shame the self publicists couldn’t comment on the blatant official from the barca game, but that’s not a surprise I guess.

    Was that farce on display at the highest levels of the sport value for money or a blatant piss take?

    However given that some season ticket holders sold their tickets for that game at £300+ I guess they didn’t mind.

    My advice to my pals was to ask the glory hunters seeking a ticket for the Big Night Out to put up or shut up (£500+ or nuffink!) and fortunately for me they did and I got to go to the match 🙂

    My guess is that many people didn’t put their tickets up on the exchange for the Hull home game?

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  30. REDaction Gooners ‏@REDactionAFC 36m36 minutes ago
    So Arsenal are still doing a £4 away discount, on top of the PL-wide £30 away ticket cap. Very good news – max £26 for all away games.

    by the way the AST are still pedaling their bull about AFC being opposed to the cap, based on a rags report that gleamed their view from the BPL’s “secret ballot”
    Isn’t it odd that a club opposed to the cap, has actually gone further and subsidized it by a further £4. It seems payton and the AST don’t do logic.

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  31. Top scorers in all competitions
    (PL players):
    Lukaku 23
    GIROUD 20
    Kane 20
    Aguero 19
    Vardy 19
    Mahrez 16

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  32. AFCPressWatch™ ‏@AFCPressWatch 38m38 minutes ago
    Arsenal offers 43,000 BPL match tickets a season priced at £26, 14,000 £10 tickets to 12-16 year olds within the Young Guns Enclosure.

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  33. greedy Arsenal claim they wanted the BPL to go even further in helping fans with the expense of away games

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  34. Make Poverty History

    Free Rattles Now

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  35. with AFC winning last night, it means the Home game v West Brom has to be rearranged, and if we beat Watford on Sunday, then the Away game v Sunderland will also have to be rearranged.

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  36. anicol you bring up an interesting point I’ve wondered about for a while, that is, are our away season ticket holders all well to do,or what is their demographic, how can they afford it, what sort of jobs have they that allows them the time for all that travel. and from what I see on the Web, many who claim to be away season ticket holders, also claim to be home season ticket holders, God bless their disposable income.

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  37. Mark Gonnella Arsenal FC Communications Director putting payton and AST right about their falsehoods over Arsenal’s views on ticket pricing, but I bet there will be no retraction from AST or Tim Look At Me Payton

    Mark Gonnella ‏@MarkG_Arsenal 56m56 minutes ago
    @AST_arsenal We were always in strong support of helping away fans. No opposition from us.

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  38. They are all Platinum and Gold Season ticket holders eddy as well as Away Travel Club Members. They are blokes, almost all, with money to spend. From what I could see at West Brown any possible savings on the price of the ticket will be swiftly re-invested in food and alcohol.

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  39. Arsenal’s away fans will pay the lowest ticket prices in the BPL next season

    Ivan Gazidis said: “We have fantastic support home and away. We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing.

    “These steps mean that we will have held general admission season ticket prices flat for nine of the 12 years since our move to Emirates Stadium by 2018, and are also designed to make things a little easier for our travelling fans who often face the highest prices when watching Arsenal play away.

    “In terms of the financial support for away fans, we have consistently been strongly in favour of doing more to help and were originally in favour of a Premier League proposal around travel initiatives which would have been even more generous to travelling fans than the £30 cap.

    “Once it became clear this would not receive enough support across the Premier League clubs, we supported and directed the funds to the £30 cap plus an additional £4 ticket discount for Arsenal’s away fans.”

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  40. thanks anicol, I assumed as much, and looking at the banner spanners photo, they majority of them look youngish, so I do wonder what sort of jobs allow them the time and money to spare for them to attend games.

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  41. Steve Gooner ‏@Merse10 1h1 hour ago
    Big fan of AST trying to portray the club one way & the club revealing the actual truth proving them wrong. Just like share scheme

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  42. The MPH campaign spearheaded by renowned banking (or national) socialist Herr Brown was a personal favourite. A man in a very high castle.

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  43. Ironic that payton’s mannor AST has never repayed AISA for the money given to start up the trust in the first place.

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  44. A5, the rattle in the picture wouldn’t pass H&S test nowadays due to its metal frame surrounding the would. I myself have cut my head open during a cup final when I was supposed to be on the bench, ironically I was the only player injured that day.

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  45. Daniel Cowan ‏@thedanielcowan 2h2 hours ago
    To think there was a time I admired the AST….

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  46. Hinds, Bola and Maivaida have put ARSENAL U21s 3-0 up against fulham. Jeorge bird has no preview on it for some strange reason.

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  47. I really hope that now Arsenal away tickets are £26, that Arsenal will have some way of making sure all away tickets sold by Arsenal are only used by those that buy them, and that “greedy” fans will not use the cheap tickets as a way to make a few bob. I would also say that its time AFC made sure that all home season tickets are only used by those named on them, yes maybe have a way for a season ticket holder to name others who can also use it, but this touting of tickets needs to be crushed, and any season ticket holder selling on his ticket, should have it taken off them, and for them never be allowed to hold a season ticket again.

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  48. Arsenal FC ‏@Arsenal 2m2 minutes ago
    FULL TIME: Fulham Under-21s 0-3 @Arsenal Under-21s #AFCU21

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  49. I see Red action are recommending all season ticket holders, silver and red members boycott the Watford Cup tie

    They want to use the ‘unique’ opportunity of the short time space to sell tickets to Sunday’s game to show Stan and Ivan how much fans ( Red Action) disapprove of the way the club is run

    As they say it’s on tv so who cares

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