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On a weekend where we have to hew to our winning ways we play last among the top three, hosting Unai Emery’s Aston Villa Sunday in a late afternoon tilt. We can fully expect Liverpool to decimate Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday, and Al-Citeh to crush Luton on Saturday, leaving us in 3rd place at kickoff. Putting three points on the board is therefore essential, but with them having beaten us 1-0 at Villa Park in December, it is not a given. That loss started our last mini-slide of this season, the run of results that culminated with our January loss to Liverpool in the FA Cup: 7 played, 1 win, 2 draws, 4 losses. Fortunately, we had two weeks in Dubai after that…

Aston Villa

Unai is leading Villa in a battle for the 4th place Premier League trophy against the surging little club from Middlesex; even though they play Saturday against the Oilers-upon-Tyne, Villa stands to be in the same position coming into our game Sunday. A loss by the little chickens will only use their game in hand, they’d likely be in 4th on goal difference. Expect Emery to have impressed upon his squad the importance of not conceding early, of watching for the out ball on the break, and, perhaps, on a mid-block of a creative bent to confound our current ability to press and hold teams in their own half.

Villa is also in the last 16 of the Europa Conference League, having beaten Lille 2-1 at Villa Park on Thursday. The short turnaround time will challenge their fitness levels, not least because they have an extensive list of first-team absentees. Kamara, Mings, Buendia, and Ramsey are all out for the season; last year the latter three were nailed-on starters, and Kamara played consistent minutes. This year Mings and Buendia have played one game between them; Kamara and Ramsey have played more, but are now unavailable. Cash (hamstring) and Lenglet (knock) are questionable, but I’d be surprised if both were out.

While Emery can call on a relatively experienced team built this laste few months, his midfield is going to be further shorn of Luiz, as he is suspended for two games for amassing 10 yellow cards before Villa’s 32nd game. Watkins, Diaby, Bailey and Duran can be expected up front, McGinn will probably pair with Tielemans in a double-pivot, in front of Konsa and Digne on the corners on either side of Torres and Carlos. Ex-Arsenal keeper Martinez will get the nod in goal. Watkins is their obvious goal threat, as well as their primary source of assists; Diaby, Bailey, and McGinn round out that threat. Hopefully the absence of Luiz’s goals and assists will be telling.

In their last 6 league games Villa has won 2, lost 2, and drawn 2. Very middle-of-the-road. Under Emery they play a variety of formations, focusing on getting numbers around the ball and counterattacking quickly through their wings in front of a high defensive line. Their possession varies by opponent, ranging from 33% against Al-Citeh 70% against West Ham; they were slaughtered by City and drew the Hammers. They beat us in December on a fine goal from McGinn, but we were profligate against the high line they played, and VAR did us no favors.

The Arsenal

We come into the game having had a solid rest after Tuesday’s Champions eague draw against Bayern. While we still have Timber out with his long-term knee injury (hopefully coming to an end soon, in time for the final few games of the season), the only other possible issue is Gabriel, who seemed to be fine after Kane’s assault but might be carrying a knock that could keep him out of the starting lineup. Otherwise we’re healthy and can field a full team.

As has been plastered all over the news Arsenal are unbeaten in the league in 2024. In our last six we’ve won five and drawn last year’s champions, using a press that could crease linen and offensive maneuvers that leave opponents in the dark. This game shouldn’t be harder for us to play than Bayern or Al-Citeh, yet I fear we will let down our guard (despite Arteta’s focused training this week) and will find it tough going. We scored early against Bayern and we let it go to our heads. Are we tougher in the league than that, after such a draw in midweek? Can we maintain our composure, our press, and our lovely interplay after scoring an early goal, and force the Villans to try and play on the front foot? I do hope so.

After calls by some here that I was partaking of too much California green hospitality in choosing my team for the Brighton game, I’ll reach a little further than that in choosing this one. We lacked a modicum of control with Kiwior (who didn’t have as bad a game as all that) against Bayern, and suffered at the hands of a speedy winger, probably one of the best in the game. Jorginho didn’t have a particularly great game; and we were relatively sloppy at times with our passing and decision-making. I suggest we try something with Zinchenko that some have called for, but Arteta hasn’t seen fit to choose for our lineup:

Raya
White — Saliba — Gabriel — Tomiyasu
Rice — Mø — Zinchenko
Saka — Havertz — Jesús

Tomi and White give us offensive threat and solid defense (and I expect Gabriel to partner per usual with Saliba), while Zinchenko can give in to his natural roaming quality and shuttle between Rice and Mø. This will also give Rice a bit of a chance to sit back and breathe, and dictate the game in front of the back four. Martinelli coming on in the 70th minute against a tiring Villa defense has no little appeal, and Jesús’ play versus Bayern brought us back to level on the tie. If Zinny tires there’s Trossard to slot right in. Conventional? Not at all, but I think it has potential, especially given how we’ve been pressing through the midfield, pushing teams back and back and back…one of White or Tomi pushing up making three at the back with Rice means we can really dictate the pace and intensity of play, and have two maestros on the ball with Mø and Zinny. Go ahead, tear it apart 🙂

The Holics Pound

It’s a tough market. We are 2/7 to win outright, and you have to a score of Arsenal 3-1 Villa to break 10/1. Arsenal 3-2 Villa gets you 25/1, though if you think we’ll shut them out you can more than double your money from 4-0 to 5-0 with 14/1 becoming 29/1.

I think we’re in for a tougher game than the bookies figure, but we can certainly win this game. The pressure will likely be on us to keep pace with Liverpool and the Oilers, we’re facing a Villa team pushing hard for Champions League football next year, and there’s always the “Emery comes back to the Grove” factor. If you go to the game enjoy it thoroughly, be loud and proud and let our boys know you’re behind them 100%. It is THIS time of the season where the margins are so small that we fans have to push every ounce of energy towards our team, lifting them and electrifying them to help them over the line. We know you can do it! COYG!!!

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There was a distinct buzz around Holloway yesterday evening as the Arsenal faithful walked up to the Emirates stadium. As we entered the ground it seemed very strange seeing red and white in the away end. The home crowd were very loud and passionate. “North London Forever” rang out into the night sky.

The team were unchanged from Brighton except at left back where Kiwior came in for Zinchenko. There were a few muttering around me that they’d have preferred Tomiyasu.

Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice, Jorginho, Ǿdegaard, Saka, Havertz, Martinelli.

The referee was Glen Nyborg from Sweden, handling only his sixth CL game and his first knock out game. He was to have a significant impact. Familiar faces were all around on the Bayern side, Kane, Dier (both roundly booed all night), Leroy Sane, Manuel Neuer inter alia.

Very early on (8th minute), Alphonso Davies picked up possibly a harsh yellow card following a heavy tackle on Saka. He will now miss the next leg next week.

We opened the scoring with a wonderful goal from Saka. Ǿdegaard to Saka, to Havertz to White who played an excellent pass in the area to Bukayo. Taking barely a touch, he curled the ball into the far corner.

Arsenal 1-0 Bayern Munich (Saka 11)

On 16 minutes, White was laid in and had a clear shot at Neuer. Unfortunately he hit it straight at him. Arteta afterwards said this was a “critical moment in the game”.

We were in complete control. But just following this we let in one of those goals we were so familiar with in 2023, but thought we had eliminated in 2024. The ball was punted forward from the Bayern penalty area. It looked easy for Gabriel, but Raya had rushed forward to within 10 yards of the half way line. This seemed to throw Gabriel who, denied the simple pass back to his goalkeeper, tried to find Kiwior ahead of him. He slipped slightly, causing the ball to miss Kiwior and gave the ball away to Sane. He played a great ball to Goretska who slipped it to Gnabry who scored. An awful goal to give away. What was Raya doing?

Arsenal 1-1 Bayern Munich (Gnabry 18)

Kiwior had been having a hard time against the electric Sane. On the half hour he was tight against Sane on the touchline on the halfway line. He was rolled and Sane was away. He ran into the box where he was eventually tripped by Saliba. A clear penalty. In the CL you get punished for losing the ball.

Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich (Kane, pen, 33 minutes)

We haven’t been in this situation for a long time. And it almost got worse. Counterattacking again, Sane was left unopposed to run into our half. Ǿdegaard slowed him down just enough for Ben White to make a magnificent saving tackle in the box. A big moment. We were staring 3-1 in the face. What had happened to our impregnable defence?

HT Arsenal 1-2 Bayern Munich

At half time, the beleaguered Kiwior was swapped for Zinchenko. Still no Tomi (in retrospect this was a good move when we had to chase the game). On 54 mins, Kane threw an elbow at Gabriel and hit him in the jaw. He was given a yellow card, but for me it was a straight red. The referee bottled sending off the England Captain. He looked around to size up where Gabi was, didn’t jump (so no need for leverage) and made hard contact to the face. VAR was finishing his half time coffee and had nothing to say. But it was an indication that perhaps this game was too big for this ref.

On 65 minutes the subs began. Amazingly, for me, Sane was hooked for Comen. He had been their best player and didn’t look injured. For us Jesus and Trossard came on for Martinelli and Jorginho.

Straight after the subs, Raya seemed to take a goal kick to Gabriel, who picked it up and put it back on the six yard line. Bayern players screamed for a penalty. I don’t know, but it was possibly another indication of a lack of focus in our defence. Anyway, nothing given, play on, not even mentioned by the TNT commentators. On 68 minutes the excellent Gnabry limped off with a possible hamstring injury. Let’s hope it keeps him out of next week.

Arsenal pushed forward. The crowd roared them on. Bayern players flopped to the ground at every opportunity, slowing the game down. On 76 minutes the ball went to Jesus, five yards outside the area. He jinked left and right, drove into the area and made a perfect square ball to Trossard who swept it first time into the corner of the net. A brilliant goal, made by the subs combining. Chaos in the crowd.

Arsenal 2-2 Bayern (Trossard 76)

More subs. Partey on for Havertz (who had an excellent linking game). Five minutes of added on time. Our hearts stopped as we went past 90 mins as Musiali got to the byline, and cut it back. Coman made a great run, flicked it goalwards, it went through Raya’s legs and hit the post! Phew!

And so to the most controversial moment of the game. First Ǿdegaard was flattened by Davies just outside the box. No foul given. Then, from a great vertical ball from Partey, Saka was in the area and running at Neuer. He went down from the goalkeepers challenge. 60,000 throats screamed for a penalty. Rio Ferdinand (no friend of Arsenal) was sure it was a penalty. So did Martin Keown. So, from row 9, most assuredly did I. Neuer clearly moved his right leg towards Saka and made contact. Nothing given. Full time.

FT Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich

In the cold light of day, that penalty is given 8/10 times. Make that 10/10 for Harry Kane.

So we scored two great goals, conceded two silly goals and had the character to come back from a losing position. We will learn from this. Bayern were very good. It was a great game. But there is all to play for in the second leg. We can beat them over there.

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It has been 14 years since Arsenal Football Club last played in a UEFA Champions League quarter final but tomorrow evening that will come to a long-awaited end when our old nemesis, Bayern Munich, come to town.

Despite being born in the very early 2000s as my pseudonym would suggest, I am indeed old enough to recall our most recent appearance at this stage way back in 2010 (some two thirds of my life ago) as we were pitted against a Barcelona side who were truly at the peak of their powers and then some. Despite a valiant 2-2 draw in N5 when we really should have been down and out at half time, in the second leg we were treated to the Lionel Messi show as he stuck four goals past a hapless Arsenal defence as we lost 6-3 on aggregate.

Seven consecutive Last 16 defeats ensued to a number of different opponents; We would succumb to the wrath of Messi and co on a further two occasions, AC Milan (if only RVP didn’t attempt the chip), Monaco (thanks Giroud) and Bayern x3 (do we really need reminding?!) which preceded another seven years of exile from the Champions League altogether, but three thousand iPhones, five Prime Ministers and one global pandemic later, Arsenal are finally back where Ivan Gazidis told us we belong and that is competing in the latter stages of the Champions League with Bayern Munich. Or was it Leicester?

It’s been a mostly enjoyable ride to the last eight, we won our group comfortably, scoring some lovely goals along the way but then came a very hairy 210 minute or so tie with Porto in which we scraped through via a penalty shootout victory, courtesy of some much-needed David Raya heroics as well as most of our players being quite good at converting from 12 yards. It was a tie we could’ve easily lost in years gone by, but we did the opposite of losing and that’s something we’ve done quite a lot lately.

So, what about Bayern Munich? Well, as I said in the first two words of that previous sentence, for much of this campaign Bayern have been a little bit ‘so what.’ They currently lie in second place, some 16 points behind Bayer Leverkusen with only 18 points to play for in the Bundesliga. Bayern will arrive in North London as the German Champions as they have been for over a decade, but there is a very good chance that by the time CER and I touch down in Munich next week, they will have been stripped of their crown.

It is not easy to understand why Bayern have collapsed in the way that they have but could it be in some way related to a certain player who is affected by a serious medical affliction known as “Spursiness”? Yes that’s right folks, I am of course talking about Harry “no medals” Kane. In fairness to the former Spurs skipper, he has been banging the goals in at his usual rate, but he clearly possesses some sort of trophyless stench that impairs the abilities of his teammates, a stench Kane himself has become nose blind to.

All jokes aside, he is in my opinion the greatest striker on the planet, a player who can score a goal out of nothing and as complete forwards go Kane is one of the best strikers not just currently but of the last 20 odd years. I do honestly enjoy the fact that he’s no longer of a Spurs persuasion allowing us to enjoy his abilities more than what was previously socially and morally acceptable when he was over on the dark side of Seven Sisters Road. Of course, it won’t all be about him, but his return to North London was unsurprisingly touted as one of the main narratives when the draw was made, and Gabriel and Saliba will have a huge task in keeping him quiet. Expect him to be greeted by a loud cacophony of boos every time he touches the ball!

Elsewhere, Bayern also boast the lightening bolt that is Leroy Sane, a man Arteta knows very well indeed from his time in Middle East Manchester. On the other flank there is the promising Musiala and of course Serge Gnabry, formerly of this parish and a reject from the Tony Pulis school of late 2000’s hoof ball. To the surprise of a man of Pulis’ genius, Serge has gone on to do all right for himself in Bavaria. Although I suppose that means little when you aren’t six foot seven, don’t have webbed hands and feet and are not in possession of a forklift truck license.

Bayern also boast the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka and at the back we are likely to see Upamecano and De Ligt, two players who haven’t set the world alight following promising starts to their careers at Leipzig and Ajax respectively.

Despite Bayern’s poor domestic form, you would expect them to be right up for this given it is their only realistic shot at silverware this season. They are a far more experienced European side than we; how much that will count for will be very interesting indeed. We will need to bring the noise, scarves and preferably our dinner too. Don’t forget your schnitzel and Lederhosen!

There will be no Bayern fans in the ground due to UEFA sanctions so whether the additional 3,000 seats will be taken up by Gunners fans or the “UEFA football family” will be something worth looking out for.

As far as Arteta’s team selection goes, bar Timber we have a completely clean bill of health which is rather handy. I expect Tomiyasu to come in for Zinchenko on the left to combat Sane’s tendency to cut inside, and it will be interesting to see who starts alongside Rice out of Partey and Jorginho. I suspect it will be the latter. Further forward I would start Jesus on the left and stick with Havertz down the middle. I am willing to admit he is starting to prove me wrong. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!”

I, along with every Arsenal fan near and far, am really looking forward to this one and I do fancy us to go through to the semis. We are in incredible form right now and the possibility of a league and European Cup double is well and truly on, and it’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that. 2-0 to the Arsenal in N5 followed by a gritty 1-1 draw in Bavaria is what my sources are telling me.

COYG!!!!

So, on a typical April day of sunshine and showers we were off to Brighton. We had never been to the Amex stadium, indeed my last visit to see Brighton at home had been when I was about 10 and my parents were visiting friends who lived there. No idea who the opponents were. The ground in those days was the Goldstone Ground which has long since been knocked down. There is very little parking round the Amex (which is in the middle of nowhere in a University complex in Falmer although with excellent train facilities back to the City) and most folk use the various Park & Rides. I had heard that it took a long time after the game to get out of those, so I booked a parking space which looked reasonable about 1.2 miles away. Big error. This was a BRIGHTON 1.2 miles which meant it went up and down like a fiddlers elbow and when we got to the ground (which took 45 minutes) my back was in spasm. Park and Ride for me next time. 

Once we got to the Amex it proved to be a tidy little ground with a capacity of about 31k and with some pleasing curves rather than being box like. The booking Gods had placed us in row A, which actually were excellent seats, just to one side of the goal. Now although I sit in row 9 in the North Bank, this was really close to the players and, as they warmed up, I was able to see up close what a big and imposing set of lads we now have in the team. 

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Jorginho, Rice, Ǿdegaard, Saka, Havertz, Jesús.

A chorus of “Sussex by the sea” and we were off. Both sides made a lively start. There were chances missed by Gabriel (in the first minute), Saka, and Jesús. The latter also forced a fine save from Verbruggen from a different effort. But, just on the half hour, the pressure paid off. The ball reached Jesús on the left hand side. He ran at Lamptey, who swung a foot at him, just touching the ball, but taking out both Jesús’s legs in the process. Penalty given and confirmed. The whole world and his wife agreed it was a penalty, including the Brighton manager, but excluding (so I hear, I haven’t seen it) Lee Dixon on a US commentary. Ǿdegaard stood on the spot, as is his wont, before handing the ball to Saka, who tucked it away to the goalkeepers right. 

33 mins, Brighton 0-1 Arsenal (Saka, pen)

To their credit, Brighton came back strongly and Enciso forced a fine save from Raya, with a loopy, curling shot headed for the top corner. We were so close you could hear the thump of glove on ball as, at full stretch, Raya’s outstretched hand tipped it over the bar. 

HT: Brighton 0-1 Arsenal

In the second half we assumed total control. There was a chance for Ǿdegaard after being set up by the superb White (who seemed a bit feistier than normal as he played his old club). Brighton lost the ball in our half. Jorginho made ground, then moved it inside to White, who passed to Ǿdegaard. Jorginho meanwhile was pointing to a patch of unattended grass in the penalty area roughly the size of Hove and sprinting towards it. He got the ball back, ran along the goal line (when did we ever see Jorginho on the by-line?)  before producing a perfect cut back for Havertz to bundle the ball into the net. Cue massive limbs, numerous renditions of “Waka, Waka…” and man-hugs galore from the boys in green. 

62 minutes, Brighton 0-2 Arsenal (Havertz)

Various subs then occurred (Martinelli and Trossard (roundly booed) for Jesús and Saka, then a few minutes later, Tomiyasu for Zinchenko). Arsenal were now in complete control of the game as Brighton’s heads dropped and we finally administered the coup de grace in the 86th minute. Brighton again lost the ball in our half, Havertz cleverly played in Trossard, in his own half, who ran half the length of the field before sitting down the goalkeeper and chipping it over him for a great finish. More massive limbs in the away end. Trossard stood, in the arena of his former employers, arms spread wide, drinking in the enmity of the Brighton fans, who promptly started leaving for home (cue “Everywhere we go, stadiums are empty!”)

86 mins, Brighton 0-3 Arsenal (Trossard)

More subs: Vieira  (to loud cheers from California) and Eddie for Ǿdegaard and MOTM Havertz. The only other thing of note was in added time when Gabriel blocked a shot Adams-like from Pedro and he, Trossard, Raya and Saliba celebrated preserving the clean sheet like he had just scored the winner in a World Cup final. These guys!

FT: Brighton 0-3 Arsenal

Brighton had not been beaten at home since August and had not conceded a goal at home for five games. A magnificent performance where Havertz, Ǿdegaard, White and, of course, Gabriel and Saliba were fantastic. There was one move in the first half when Saliba, five yards from us and facing his own goal, put the attacker on his arse, interchanged a series of passes with team mates, before we set off upfield and almost scored. What a goal that would have been!

A word about the away support. We filled the whole of the South stand behind the goal and were light-years away from the (rare) insipid crowd at the Emirates vs Luton last week. Very loud, multiple songs, incredible limbs and jostling. 

Back, finally, after going up hill and down dale again, in the car, we indulged ourselves with a first away curry since Nottingham Forest. It was in Burgess Hill, just North of Brighton. Is there anything like that first sip of ice cold Cobra on a parched throat? Back onto empty motorways and home by 11.45pm. 

What an away day! Now, who’s coming up next?

Arsenal travel down to the South coast of England on Saturday to take on Brighton and Hove’s Seagulls in an early-evening tilt at the Falmer Stadium. We’re coming off our workmanlike 2-0 win over Luton this midweek, after Sunday’s chess match at Al-Citeh’s oil-slick dump. Brighton drew with Brentford this week, having lost to Liverpool 2-1 over the weekend.

We come in on a better run of form, where in addition to advancing to the final 16 of the Champions League we are undefeated in the Premier League in 2024. The Albion defeated Sheffield United mid-February 5-0, having won or drawn a string of games where they were scoring for fun, but since that win at the Blades they’ve fallen out of the Europa League to Roma, and are struggling for goals while being somewhat porous at the back.

Nonetheless, the portents are dark and veiled, for Brighton have been difficult for Arsenal to beat over the past few years. In 8 games across all competitions Arsenal have won 4, lost 3, and drawn 1, the latest Premier League game in December ending 2-0 to the Arsenal. Naturally, as this is the second game of an April where we play just about every three days, this game can be considered something straight out of the Velvet Underground (& Nico). We need to tread carefully…

Brighton and Hove

Roberto de Zerbi’s team is certainly going to be missing some key players. Danger man Mitoma is out for the season with a lower back injury, and Hinshelwood, Gilmour, and March are out for the foreseeable future. Milner is struggling with a thigh injury, and Ferguson has an ankle knock; the latter is likely to play, but probably start on the bench. We may see one of Enciso or Pedro, both of whom are working their way back to fitness after injury.

Expect them to line up in a 4-2-3-1, with Groß and Baleba shielding a back four with Dunk and van Hecke flanked by Lamptey and Estupiñán; the latter pair like to move up in support of a front four that includes ex-Arsenal man Welbeck and the not-so-subtly-hated Lallana. Dunk gives the defense both height and solidity (not to say grit, but not NOT to say it), and keeper Verbruggen is solid, if unable to keep many clean sheets this season (and those have come against Forest, Brentford, and Sheffield…so…). They will really miss Enciso (should he not play) and especially Mitoma; both are integral to Brighton’s success, but their lack of goals coincides exactly with the period since Mitoma went out after the Sheffield League game.

The Arsenal

As noted, our form coming into the game is very good, though not quite as scintillating as it was prior to the interlull. Our defeat of a decent Luton squad was professional and somewhat restful ahead of our busy April. We were able to rest Saka completely; Rice got a quarter-game off the bench, and Martinelli had a stretch of his legs after being out for three weeks with his injured ankle. As TTG discussed in his report, MOTM Smith Rowe, Partey, and Nelson were given starts, thus time to sharpen what might otherwise be dull legs after being out through injury or omission these past months. We’re in good shape, actually (knock on wood), with Saka being probable for the game and Timber being our only absentee at the moment.

I do believe this will be another good game to give some of the players hovering around the red zone some rest. A bench with Ramsdale, Saka, Ødegaard, Rice, and White (among others) could lead to a starting lineup that looks something like this:

Raya
Tomiyasu — Saliba — Gabriel — Kiwior
Partey — Vieira — ESR
Jesús — Havertz — Martinelli

Chancy, I know, but it gives us solidity defensively across the back without sacrificing too much ahead of it, and gives another solid rest for those who really need it. The only real doubt I have about this lineup is Vieira in the middle; he’s not really close enough to captain Mø to replace him, but perhaps this is the game to try. If we’re playing with too much Portuguese descanso by early in the second half we can bring in the captain and move with our usual Nordic elan to win the game. Alternatively we could start ESR in the controlling midfield role alongside Jorghino and Partey, but that could tend towards the mildly defensive in a game where we really should be able to get at them. It’s also a game where Nwaneri could take a bow; he looked good coming on as a late sub during February’s 6-0 demolition of Wet Spam, and according to MA8 he’s pushing for first team action after signing his first professional contract.

The Holic pound

While I won’t be betting on this game, preferring rather to send that money to World Central Kitchen in support of their grief over losing 7 aid workers this week. However, if you wish, you can get 14s on a 3-0 Arsenal victory. Add another Arsenal goal and you can nearly double that, at 27/1; add two Brighton goals to that and you are at 40/1.

I’ll assume Countryman100 and C100Jr will be heading South on Saturday. For them, and for all who are making the trek, bon voyage, good voice, and may a fair, winning wind guide you back to North London after the game.

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