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What a difference a year makes. Despite Jack Wilshere’s ankle ligament strain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night after he attempted to block a Danny Drinkwater cross during the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, the future looks bright for the talented Arsenal midfielder who turned 26 on New Year’s Day. A fay cry from this time 12 months ago as he watched from the stands as Arsenal played Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

It’s true the Islington Gazette brings you closer to the action when we cover Arsenal matches – but now we can also say we bring you closer to Arsene Wenger too!

Competition to grow from four leagues to 16 over the next three years

New: Arsenal Q&A: Gav from She Wore

Friday, December 8, 2017

It’s back by popular demand – our Friday Q&A. For this week we have a fifth generation Gooner, Gav from She Wore.

Read on for his hard-hitting take on all things Arsenal as well as opinions and memories which will chime for a lot of fans, including this correspondent...

Christmas can be a difficult time for care leavers, says Lemn Sissay. That’s why he decided to start organising Christmas dinners for them

Arsenal legend Ian Wright created so many happy memories for fans across the planet, but he also upset the club’s loyal supporters in Australia this week by comments on Twitter – prompting them to raise the money for his airfare Down Under so he can experience their passion first-hand.

Arsenal stand 15 points behind leaders Manchester City but Arsene Wenger has refused to officially rule the club of out the race for the 2017-18 Premier League title blasting: ‘I’m not Mauricio Pochettino’.

Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will meet at the O2 Arena on January 11

Arsenal’s 4-2 win in Belarus against BATE Borisov in Europa League Group H was memorable for lots of reasons, not least because Olivier Giroud hit his 100th goal for the club.

With the Premier League season nearly upon us today sees the return of our popular series Friday Fanzone where we quiz loyal Gooners about their views on all things Arsenal. Read on for Pierre Hertin from the Sweden Arsenal supporters club and their banner, an Arsenal trophy prompting his first taste of alcohol – and the best answer we’ve had so far to ‘what’s your biggest scrape as a fan’...

Stour Space in Hackney Wick is calling for submissions from any women who want to share their voice

I lived and worked in Sydney for 18 months a long time ago. It was one of the happiest times of my life.

A call to arms has been issued by a newly-formed campaigning group fighting cuts to schools across Islington.

The Grenfell Tower disaster happened seven miles away from Islington. It would have been easy for our community to look the other way. But it didn’t.

Political parties have targeted people in Islington almost 100 times in the last six weeks using Facebook “dark adverts” to try and influence votes.

The Gazette has teamed up with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) to find out which political parties are targeting Facebook users in the borough with political adverts, known as “dark ads”.

Zoe Paskett talks to Jamie McLean and director Ron Scalpello about bringing Lenny back to life in a new and long awaited biopic

ZOE PASKETT talks to Hackney local Ben Lloyd-Hughes about his starring role in Kiss Me, making big life choices and retaining an air of mystery in the era of social media

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Charlotte Josephine, a writer exploring where our desire to shame others with vengeful sexual images comes from in Blush at the Soho Theatre

BRIDGET GALTON talks rock docs, politics and the thrill of playing live with the folk punk singer

Meet top man, cult musician and fifth generation Gooner in this week’s Q&A – Monkey from The Riders Of The Night

When Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips was stabbed to death in Upper Street in February, his friend Shane Yerrell wanted to help a grieving family. Now, thanks to his efforts, JJ’s two little girls – Lexi and Evie – have thousands of pounds for a good future in their daddy’s name.

The widow of an academic stabbed to death outside his home has raised more than £25,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to get “justice for my family and husband”.

The Golden Egg Love Fest runs at the Shacklewell Lane Mosque over the weekend of April 22 - 23, offering music, dance, spoken word, yoga, food and spirituality

Chinglish at the Park Theatre and Tamburlaine at the Arcola are two current productions giving the stage to some of the capital’s best East Asian acting talent

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