I’m still in America, so obviously didn’t make it to Wembley for the gruelling win over Wigan. I don’t think there’s much to say about the performance that I haven’t already said repeatedly over the past few weeks, but what I will say is that you won’t find a team in world football that doesn’t celebrate winning a match – any match – on penalties.

The relief is universal, let alone when you factor in that there was an FA Cup final at stake. This video shows the scenes at Maggie McGarry’s, the San Francisco bar which acts as a base for the Bay Area Gooners, a few seconds after Santi struck the winning penalty. If felt that happy, then it would be insane not to expect the players too. Fourth is starting to look a big ask, but I suppose it’s at least a battle we’re used to. For now, I’m just glad to be in another final, so this season still stands a chance of having a happy ending.

Everton 3-0 Arsenal: Don’t Sign The Thing

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Getting up at 5.30am really does make for a different sort of disappointment. I couldn’t find anything new to say after the City draw, aside from the fact it was a decent fightback but honestly a game we ought to have been out of at half-time. So I didn’t say anything at all. I’m not sure there’s much new under the sun this time either, but here are my thoughts, including why whatever happens that contract should stay unsigned… 

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Arsenal 2-2 Swansea: Mouse’s Three-Point Manifesto For Change

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Okay chums, here’s goes. This is how I think it should play out…

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Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: Two Games Left

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I’ve watched two 12.45 kick-offs here in San Francisco this season (which translates to an 05:45 start), and in that time I’ve seen Arsenal ship twelve goals. Well, I say ‘seen’, this morning I ducked out after the third, much as I did in the 5-1 shellacking at Anfield. No apologies then, and none now either. I feel numb, depressed, annoyed, bored. I’d say what we’ve witnessed has been astonishing, but when it’s the third time in the same season then that itself becomes a ludicrous claim.

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March Podcast: Will It Be a Per-fect End To The Season?

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The way to look at it is any North London Derby win is a thing of beauty, and even if this one did require a slightly harder squint from the beholder’s eye, you’d still take it all day long. On the pod to discuss the third win of the season against Spurs, plus the Champions League exit, and how much of our emotional well-being is now riding on winning the FA Cup (answer: all of the well-being, clearly), are – as usual – Tim, Dave, and Elliot.

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