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Saturday, March 19 Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal A glorious day in the sunshine at Villa Park. Had to go behind enemy lines as Villa in their infinite wisdom never grant the newspaper I write for press accreditation for any of our reporters for some unfathomable reason. As I’m not working, I’d normally go in the away end, but tickets are at a premium at the moment - so I pick up a ticket in the home end near to the vociferous travelling support. Wonderful to watch the celebrations while sat amongst grumpy home fans, although I must admit I wished I was in amongst it too with all you joyous Gooners. Still, at least I’d made it into the ground. Catch up with a few familiar faces outside afterwards before driving Lowell Hornby back down south. A good day full of hope, even if the international break comes exactly at the wrong time for us. Also get offered a hooky wide screen TV at Corley Services car park. But that’s a different story entirely. Wednesday, March 23 Arsenal 1-1 Wolfburg Freddie Cardy’s first visit to the Emirates press box and the Gooner Fanzine writer and aspiring journalist and broadcaster does well covering Jonas Eidevall’s side in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, even if we all know the second leg will be tough - as it proves the very next week when we lose 2-0, 3-1 on aggregate.

Monday, April 4 Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal The Gunners are outfought as Patrick Vieira’s impressive side sweep us aside. For reasons far too convoluted to explain here I end up watching the game inside Selhurst Park with the Holmesdale Fanatics. Best told over a pint. A horrible night but at least, I think, we can put it right against Brighton on Saturday. Saturday, April 9 Arsenal 1-2 Brighton A horrible performance and result spoils my day, which started so well by catching up with old pals in my old stamping ground, The Highbury Barn, before kick-off. Also, good to have a pint with the world’s biggest Arsenal supporter, John Williamson, who is a lovely bloke, as well a friend of the Gooner Fanzine.


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