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Sportsthoughts (102) – Harlequins hit the Saracens wall, Arsenal conquer their demons

Saturday was a great sports viewing day. I had a cycle down to Hammersmith beforehand, before settling down for two big deciders for two of my favourite teams: Quins and Arsenal. (West Ham are on their hols already). For Quins, … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (99) – The rise of Liverpool; the fall of Arsenal

And so the Premier League reaches a climax. The big showdown yesterday between Liverpool and Manchester City ended 3-2 to Liverpool. A superb game of football, with Liverpool going 2-0 up, City clawing their way back to 2-2 and looking … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (98) – A painful day on the sports sofa

All 12.30 yesterday it all looked so good. Just back from a bracing cycle. Chelsea v Arsenal – Arsene’s 1000th game – then Saracens v Quins at Wembley, the afternoon rounded off with West Ham v Man Utd at 5.30. … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (97) – Wenger, 1000

Tomorrow Arsenal play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A defining moment for their season. If they win, the Premier League title is back on. If they lose, the quest is probably over for this season. A massive game. But it is … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (82) – Can Ozil transform Arsenal?

The transfer window shenanigans were madder than ever in the run up to 2 September in the Premier League. While most of the economy languishes in recession, the top football clubs, pumped up either by their oligarch benefactors and/ or … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (81) – Premier League predictions 2013-14

So tomorrow it’s back. The sports monster that sweeps everything else aside once it gets going. More money sloshing around than ever, now BT Sport has arrived on the scene. It has been a great summer of sport again, after … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (59) – Oh No! Arsenal 5 West Ham 1

Fortunately I went out last night, so I didn’t watch or listen to the drubbing that West Ham got at the Emirates. It mostly happened in a ten minute spell just after half time, when Arsenal rapidly scored four goals. … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (39) – The Return of the Premier League

So soon after those feelgood Olympics, all those supremely talented athletes, at once successful and humble, in tune with the crowds who roared them on. After all the smiles, the friendliness, people of all nations happily mixing, celebrating, drinking in … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (19) – Squeaky bums and smelling the stable

April is the cruellest month… I don’t know whether TS Eliot was a football fan – I somehow doubt it – but the opening line from “The Wasteland” perfectly sums up the agonies of April. What Sir Alex Ferguson memorably … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (14) – Lessons from the Weekend

There were some terrific games of rugby and football over the past weekend. I managed to watch England v Wales and Gloucester v Quins at rugby on Saturday and the Arsenal v Tottenham football match on Sunday.  I skipped the … Continue reading

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