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  • Gone for a Song
    The humble FA Cup Final song is a tradition that seems to gone the way of the wagon wheel, the rattle and the rosette in terms of quaint footballing traditions. Arsenal have not recorded an official one since their 1998 take on the Donna Summer disco classic ‘Hot Stuff.’ The ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-24By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    10 hours ago
  • The great Arsenal to-do list
    Morning all. The next few weeks are going to be pretty interesting, one way or the other. There’s such a lot to do, so I put together an Arsenal to-do list. I should use lists like this in real life, but I also need a list to remind me to ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-24By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    21 hours ago
  • Arsene’s Cup Final Selection Dilemmas
    Arsene Wenger has some injury headaches ahead of Saturday’s Cup Final clash, with Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel doubtful and Granit Xhaka and Alexis Sanchez nursing knocks that forced their early withdrawal from Sunday’s win over Everton. But even leaving aside fitness concerns, the manager has a few noggin scratchers to ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-23By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 day ago
  • I’m up for the cup : ticket prices : Stan’s statement
    It’s difficult to look back at the season in any meaningful way when we have an FA Cup final to look forward to this weekend. Whether people think it’s a diminished competition, or one that is insignificant compared to the Premier League or the Champions League, does not matter. For ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-23By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 days ago
  • Arsenal v Chelsea- Cup Classics
    Arsenal and Chelsea have met 17 times in the FA Cup, with Arsenal winning 7, losing 4 and drawing 6. Chelsea have not beaten the Gunners in the tournament since 1947. This year’s Wembley showpiece is a repeat of the 2002 Final played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, when Arsenal prospered ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-22By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 days ago
  • Competition: win a Highbury facade sculpture
    The art deco facade of Arsenal’s old stadium, Highbury, was unique amongst football stadiums and unmistakably Arsenal. To capture this classic design, Chisel & Mouse has created an architectural sculpture of the amazing “East Stand”. Architectural sculptures by Chisel & Mouse are handmade in Sussex, England, and made of strong plaster with ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-22By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 days ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 176 – 22.05.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look back the final day of the season, the win over Everton, the Koscielny red card, injuries to Gabriel, Alexis and Xhaka, and discuss the prospect of Europa League football next ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-22By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 days ago
  • Arsenal 3-1 Everton: Too little too late + Wenger’s post-game admissions
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo So, there was no final day miracle. There was a win, but one that came at some cost, and in the end Liverpool did what they needed to at Anfield. We finish the season with 75 points, the highest ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-22By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 days ago
  • Arsenal v Everton – live blog
    Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of the final Premier League clash of the season, against Everton, kick-off 15.00. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-21By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 days ago
  • Final day miracle required or it’s Europa League next season
    Here we go then, the final game of the Premier League season takes place this afternoon, and we face Everton at the Emirates. People talk about how we need Liverpool or Man City to drop points, and of course that’s true, but we also have to make sure we win ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-21By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 days ago
  • Usmanov bid could spark others to come forward, and turbulent times at board level
    Well, if anyone thought we were going to sidle into the summer worrying only about trifling matters such as who is going to be manager, what’s going to happen to our best players, and all that, then yesterday ensured that’s not the case. The Financial Times reported that Alisher Usmanov ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-20By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    5 days ago
  • Final game, final presser, FA’s diving rules + Arsecast 430
    Good morning to you, and welcome to the final Friday of the Premier League season. Ahh, remember all those other Fridays? The ones filled with hope and expectation? Me neither, I just don’t know where the time has gone, but here we are, the final game approaches, and we’re all ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-19By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    6 days ago
  • Wide Right, Inside Right, Full-Backs to the Front
    Full-backs are now one of the most crucial positions on the pitch; they often start as the ‘free’ man and also need to possess the all-round game to make a difference at both ends of the pitch. Having a full-back who creates is an important part of winning.” So said ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-18By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    6 days ago
  • Here we are again, where were this time last year (sort of)
    One of the complaints you hear about Arsenal is that the seasons we have are similar. Look good for a while in the league, form takes a tumble, we drop out of contention for the title, then do enough to get into the top four. Sometimes we do that easily, ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-18By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    7 days ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 175 – 17.05.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this extra Arsecast Extra we look back on Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, how goalkeeping heroics kept us at bay before Alexis found a way through, all the empty seats on show and how ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-17By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland: Goalkeeping heroics, Alexis does it again, and empty seats
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo I suspect this is a game in which my stats-based chum @7amkickoff (he has resisted the repeated calls to rename himself Statsy O’Toole) will have a field day with. Arsenal set a new record for attempts on goal apparently ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-17By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal v Sunderland – live blog
    Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Sunderland, kick-off 19.45. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the mobile ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-16By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Arsenal have already had their holidays as Sunderland come to town
    Tonight is our penultimate Premier League game of the season. We face relegated Sunderland at home, knowing that three points are required to keep up the pressure on Liverpool and Man City ahead of Sunday’s final round of games. I am expecting some changes tonight. The recent schedule of three ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-16By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Tactics Column: Coquelin’s impact against Stoke underlines Arsenal’s improvement
    In Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City, Francis Coquelin delivered what might be regarded as his “coming of age” performance – which is fitting considering it was also his 26th birthday. Still, it’s slightly strange to say that we’ve been waiting for Coquelin to “come of age” seeing as he ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-15By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 174 – 15.05.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show James battles manfully through a sore throat as we talk about the very enjoyable 4-1 win over Stoke at the weekend, the ever increasing love for Rob Holding, a great Mesut Ozil ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-15By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Top four remains out of our hands, Europa League here we come
    Morning all, a very good weekend sadly didn’t become a great one as West Ham failed to take any points from Liverpool yesterday. I don’t suppose we can be too upset by that. They have been pretty terrible for ages, something which allowed us to beat them early last month ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-15By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 week ago
  • Stoke 1-4 Arsenal: Holding shines as Gunners batter toothless Potters
    Match reportPlayer ratings –  By the numbersVideo Well, that was fun. With a capital F. And also a capital UN. FUN, FUN, FUN. It’s fair to say we were long overdue a win away at Stoke, so to finally chalk one up by giving them an ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-14By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Stoke v Arsenal – live blog
    Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Stoke, kick-off 17.30. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the mobile ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-13By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Time to bury the Stoke hoodoo and keep top four chase alive
    Today sees the third part and final part of what looked like a daunting trio of games this time last week. Having never beaten a Jose Mourinho side in the league, we did exactly that last Sunday, and having not won away Southampton since 2003, we did that too. Now, ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-13By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Ox injury opens the door for Hector Bellerin + Arsecast 429
    Morning everyone, we’re in that weird place that midweek football leaves you when you’re not sure what the story is for the weekend as players are still recovering from Wednesday night. The only one we can be relatively sure about is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who looks set to miss out due ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-12By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Planet Xhaka
    When you write about and follow one club so closely, sometimes it is difficult to understand whether the issues that you uncover are exclusive to your club, or whether others experience them at the same rate. However, I am nonetheless convinced that no team has the “player that divides opinion” ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-11By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Southampton 0-2 Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez is Arsenal’s big bad wolf
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo A moment of magic from Alexis Sanchez and a late header from substitute Olivier Giroud gave us the goals we needed for our first away win in the league at Southampton for close to 14 years. It has, in ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-11By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Southampton preview as Arsenal’s dirty laundry continues to get washed in public
    It’s Premier League action tonight as we travel to St Mary’s to play Southampton. The last time we won there in the league was way back in 2003, but to be fair that includes a large chunk of six or seven years when the Saints weren’t in the top flight. ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-10By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • On Arsene Wenger and the Director of Football comments
    It’s very unusual for me to write two posts a day here on Arseblog, but having watched the manager’s press conference earlier and seen his reaction to a question about the possible appointment of a Director of Football, I’ve had questions going around in my mind. I could have kept ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-09By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Calum Chambers still has an Arsenal chance + some other stuff too
    Chelsea’s win last night puts them within touching distance of the title, but also sees Boro relegated. Calum Chambers has been on loan there this season, and obviously that will be a disappointment for him, but I do wonder if it will be a season which has done him some ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-09By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 173 – 08.05.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we enjoy a goodly morning as we discuss the 2-0 win over Man Utd, defeating Jose Mourinho and his DNA sucking evil, laughing at Ander Herrera, and basically enjoying the fact that ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-08By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd: Xhaka and Welbeck get goals to beat tepid United
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo Well, whaddya know? A win against a team in the top six, and a win for Arsene Wenger over Jose Mourinho in the Premier League for the first time. Obviously the manager was keen to downplay that afterwards, but ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-08By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 weeks ago
  • Arsenal v Man Utd – live blog
    Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Man Utd, kick-off 16.00. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-07By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Paging the somewhat interested mules, there is a big game today
    This day has not begun well because somehow there is no coffee in the house, and a cup of tea first thing in the morning does not provide the necessary kick. However, the sun is shining and I’m hoping it all gets better from here. Today we face Manchester United ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-07By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Paging the somewhat interested mules, there is a big game today
    This day has not begun well because somehow there is no coffee in the house, and a cup of tea first thing in the morning does not provide the necessary kick. However, the sun is shining and I’m hoping it all gets better from here. Today we face Manchester United ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-07By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Stop, Hammers time + Ozil, individuals, and other weekend waffle
    Yesterday I played golf. Let me tell you, nothing eases your frustration at 11 pampered millionaires not being able to control a football than being out in the fresh air and the sunshine being unable to hit a tiny ball with a stick into a hole hundreds of yards away ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-06By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • FA Cup final Arsecast Extra Live – Tickets on sale now
    Ahead of the FA Cup final, James and I will be doing a live Arsecast Extra at Union Chapel on Thursday May 25th. Join us and guests for an evening of FA Cup memories and chat, questions and answers, waffle and guff, and whatever else we can come up with ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-05By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Read the bits I wrote and listen to the podcast I made (Arsecast 428)
    Morning, happy Friday and the blessings of the arse to you all. Arsene Wenger’s press conference took place yesterday as we get ready for Sunday’s game against Manchester United. Considering the opposition, and the manager, it all feels pretty low-key to be honest. The chances of Arsenal finishing in the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-05By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Pillars of Creation
    Criticisms of Arsene Wenger’s teams down the years have become well-worn and familiar. At the outset of the Emirates era, Arsenal always seemingly needed a big centre half or midfield enforcer, no matter how impoverished their creative play. Andrey Arshavin signed for the Gunners in January 2009 in the middle ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-04By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Is it pasta or something much more terrible?
    Football eh? What’s the point? Why do we do it to ourselves? Why do we invest so much time and emotion in watching 11 millionaires run around trying to kick a football in a net and not bothering stopping others kick it in our net? We are at the mercy ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-04By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Headlines, summer uncertainty, confused Ox and more
    I saw a headline last night which began like this: Arsenal poised to miss out on Alexandre Lacazette And I thought ‘Hurrah’, because I don’t think he’s all that, but then it continued: … And other top targets. And I thought ‘Hmmmm’, that’s not good, even if we could debate ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-03By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Mesut Ozil kicked a door, and so did Freddie Ljungberg
    Mesut Ozil kicked a door apparently. He kicked a door at White Hart Lane on Sunday, leaving stud marks on it. Mesut Ozil kicked a door because he was asked to do a post-game dope test, mandatory and random, but he was crotchety because he’s been asked too many times ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-02By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Tactics Column: Wenger’s one-dimensional approach exposed in derby
    Mauricio Pochettino talks about energía universal, a sort of invisible force that he believes influences everything and channelled correctly, can have a positive impact on a team’s fortune. “I believe in energía universal,” he said. “It is connected. Nothing happens for causality. It is always a consequence [of something else]. ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-01By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 172 – 01.05.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the 2-0 defeat to Sp*rs, the team selection, the performance (or lack of it), and try and make some sense of what’s going on. We’ll be up front with you, ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-01By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Sp*rs 2-0 Arsenal: And still the coffin requires more nails
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo It’s very rare, even after poor results or performances, that I dread writing this blog, but today is one of those days. I’m not even sure where to begin. I think I might just say thanks to Petr Cech ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-05-01By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    3 weeks ago
  • Sp*rs v Arsenal – live blog
    Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Sp*rs, kick-off 16.30. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the mobile ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-30By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • North London derby preview: why Danny Welbeck should start up front
    There’s only one thing to talk about this morning and that’s the North London derby. It’s a high stakes game for both sides, Sp*rs looking to keep their title challenge going and Arsenal looking for a win which might help us to the top four. And let’s be honest here, ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-30By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Power shift nonsense + Wenger on betting in football
    Morning all, a quick bank holiday Saturday round-up for you. Arsene Wenger met the press ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby, and was asked if that lot finishing above us this season would be an indication that the ‘balance of power’ has shifted in North London. His response was pretty ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-29By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Angry Vieira hit me in the head, pre-derby waffle & Arsecast 427
    This morning I dreamt I was writing Patrick Vieira’s biography and we’d just covered the bit about his rivalry with Roy Keane when he got very upset that Sp*rs manager Mauricio Pochettino would only say that he was ‘competitive’ as a player.  Vieira got increasingly angry that he hadn’t called ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-28By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Is 3 The Magic Number?
    As I have documented in this column many times before, when it comes to the setup of his team, Arsene Wenger is more alchemist than strategist. He assembles his materials and figures out how best to deploy them as he goes along. In essence, he tries to build the plane ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-27By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City: Nacho forces the winner, Sanchez throw antics entertain
    Match reportPlayer ratingsVideo Scintillating. Dynamic. Exhilarating. Effervescent. Coruscating. Blinding. Dazzling. Exciting. Convincing. Just nine words that have no place in a report about what happened at the Emirates last night, and there are probably plenty more that you can use as well. It was not our ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-27By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal v Leicester City – live blog
    Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Leicester City, kick-off 19.45 Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-26By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Stick or twist ahead of Leicester? + Wenger on Sanchez and summer plans
    This evening sees us play the first of our seven Premier League ‘cup finals’, taking on champions Leicester at the Emirates. Team news is in short supply, beyond the fact we don’t have any fresh injury problems after Sunday’s win over Man City. The manager must be thinking carefully about ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-26By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsenal’s 7 cup finals before the cup final + Bellerin & safe standing
    Having reached the FA Cup final on Sunday, Aaron Ramsey reached into the big book of football cliches and pulled out a classic. With a top four chase now the priority, the Welshman said: It was important to win to have something to look forward to at the end of ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-25By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    4 weeks ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 171 – 24.04.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the FA Cup semi-final win over Man City, the performance, the system, individual displays and the prospect of the final next month against Chelsea. We chat about how James being ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-24By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal 2-1 Man City: Gunners show mettle at last to reach the cup final
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo A third FA Cup final in four years awaits after we pulled off an extra-time win over Man City at Wembley yesterday. Arsene Wenger kept faith with the team and formation that beat Boro 2-1 last week, and in ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-24By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal v Man City: Gunners have to be up for the cup
    It’s an FA Cup semi-final today, and whatever you think about what’s going on in general, all the focus today should be on a game which brings us closer to the possibility of a trophy. There are some questions going into this one, and issues for the manager to deal ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-23By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Sounds making waves + Wenger on FA Cup pressure
    I started the Arsecast back in October 2006, the Arsecast Extra with James began in January 2014, and I like to think that in the course of 600+ episodes we’ve produced some good ones down the years. However, not one episode has received the amount of feedback that yesterday’s Arsecast ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-22By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Starting to get that semi on + Arsecast 426 with Ian Wright
    Hello, good morning, it’s been a bit of a hectic one so far as I had to do some early recording. I was travelling yesterday, an international jet-setter going from sunny Dublin to even sunnier London to get most of today’s podcast done, but as you can see from the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-21By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Alexis’ Midfield Runners
    With Olivier Giroud unavailable at the outset of the campaign, Theo Walcott no longer interested in playing centre forward and Danny Welbeck injured, Arsene Wenger’s centre forward options were somewhat limited last August. Lucas Perez did not arrive until after the third game of the season. So the manager decided ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-20By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Champions League, Jack’s knack, Szczizzling hot-take and more
    Morning, a quick early one for you, as I am on the move today. Champions League semi-finalists are all completed. There was no miracle comeback for Barcelona, they used up their juice and refereeing decisions against PSG in the last round. Juventus keeping consecutive clean sheets against one of the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-20By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Tactics Column: 3-4-3 a temporary fix for The Gunners
    The Gunners dominated during the 2-1 win over Boro but were unable to find any real fluency, though that was expected given that the 3-4-3 was trained to be used in the “unlikely” event of a fuck up. Wenger probably didn’t expect it to be fucked up this bad. In ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-19By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Another injury could spell the end for Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career
    It’s all go in Madrid this morning after Real and Atletico made the Champions League semi-finals. The latter at the expense of Leicester City whose players can now concentrate on getting Shakey the sack because he only lets them have 12 chicken nuggets before each game, while the former beat ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-19By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 170 – 18.04.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show James joins us from sunny Mallorca where he’s eating all the Jamon Ruffles to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Monday night, the decision to go with a back three for ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-18By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Boro 1-2 Arsenal: Three at the back brings back three points
    Match reportPlayer ratingsVideo ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’, as the saying goes. Or ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. I think there must have been an element of both those things at the Riverside last night as Arsene Wenger sent his team out with a ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-18By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Middlesbrough v Arsenal – live blog
    Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash with Middlesbrough, kick-off 20.00. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the mobile ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-17By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Arsenal have a game of football tonight + some Hector Bellerin stuff
    Morning, hope you all had a Happy Easter, spoiled as it was by Manchester United beating Chelsea. And on reflection, does that in itself not suggest that something is spoiled? Not that I ever want Mourinho to be happy, but the close proximity of that lot – you know who ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-17By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • 80s mayhem, crap Kroenke PR and other Sunday stuff
    Morning. It’s Easter, ostensibly a day of celebration and chocolate, but for me I like to think of it as the one day of the year when other 80s bands could really annoy Go West by making them move in the other direction. I can just imagine those relentless japesters ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-16By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Early signing reported + Wenger on Alexis, wages, and Director of Football stories
    It’s the weekend and we have no game, so why not start this morning’s blog with a delicious piece of transfer news? According to those that are in the know, we’ve agreed a deal with Bosnian left-back Sead Kolasinac who will join on a free transfer in the summer. His ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-15By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Alexis mega-offer thoughts + Arsecast 425
    Hello everyone and welcome to Friday. It’s Good Friday, one of the only days in Ireland where you can’t buy alcohol and the pubs are shut. One of my favourite games is to wander into town to watch the groups of lads who have come from the UK for a ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-14By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Mob Justice
    Back in August, I wrote a piece about the volatile atmosphere at away matches. I wrote it in the wake of a 0-0 draw with Leicester when, by my reckoning, a concerted chant of “we want Wenger out” was audible from significantly more than just a small pocket of supporters ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-13By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Get involved in tomorrow’s phone-in podcast
    Given the fact James and I had a lengthy, in-depth discussion about EVERYTHING on Tuesday’s Arsecast Extra, and almost nothing has happened since, I’m a bit reluctant to go over the same ground again for tomorrow’s show. And by reluctant, I mean totally unwilling. What’s the point?! So, what I’m ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-13By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Stan’s St Louis law troubles + some Dortmund thoughts
    Morning all. It is, as you would expect, very quiet in the world of Arsenal. Normally a bad result produces a kind of media silence, and a bad defeat at this moment in time absolutely demands it. Still, the blog must go on, and with regards to yesterday’s there was ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-13By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal planning massive summer spending … no, honest, we swear
    In news that will sooth the souls of all Arsenal fans worried that things appear to be rudderless right now, we can exclusively reveal the Gunners hierarchy have approved a £17 billion war-chest for beleaguered boss Arsene Wenger to revamp the club this summer in the transfer market because, as ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-12By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 169 – 11.04.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, what the consequences should be, what the consequences are likely to be, the manager, the board, the fans, the players and how all those ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-11By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal: An unfixable, desperate, spineless mess
    Match reportPlayer ratingsVideo Arsenal are a shambles. From top to bottom, front to back, on the pitch, off the pitch, it’s a shambles and last night should be the final straw. The draw with Man City and a win over an awful West Ham side were, ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-11By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Crystal Palace v Arsenal – live blog
    Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, kick-off 20.00. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-10By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Palace preview + Wenger on Ox and the ‘British core’
    Nothing much went our way this weekend in terms of Premier League results – all the teams around us won their games, but ultimately all we can control is what we do tonight at Selhurst Park. A draw with Man City and a 3-0 win over West Ham provided some ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-10By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    1 month ago
  • Sunday waffle, don’t panic but we’re all probably about die
    Life is full of mysteries. The one that is perplexing me this morning is why the dog’s lead was lying halfway up the stairs. Not at the bottom in the thing we have for his lead and his harness and his cloth muzzle that we have to take with us ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-09By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Theo Walcott’s whale adventures, team names and Sunderland goalkeeper linked
    I had a very dreamy morning. Firstly, I dreamt I was hired by Arsenal to be a teacher for the first team squad. I don’t know exactly what subject but it had something to do with music technology because I was setting up recording equipment. I was told to pay ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-08By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • And it turned into a boardroom blitz + Arsecast 424
    Morning all, welcome to another Friday, a day when we can normally start looking ahead to the weekend’s football but this week it feels somewhat premature. This is because we’re not playing until Monday because we’re on Monday Night Football. Not only are we on Monday this week, we’re on ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-07By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Tellin’ Stories
    Last week I attended a conference. Radio 4’s Aleks Krotoski was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Krotoski is a podcaster and broadcaster, she effectively tells stories for a living. In her address, she reflected on the history of storytelling and concluded that, right now, we are living through an ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-06By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal 3-0 West Ham: That’s better
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo Arsenal provided fans with a delicious, healing can of Pepsi last night, making everything in the world right again by the simple, timeless gesture of winning a football match. In seriousness though, we won and I liked it, and ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-06By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal v West Ham – live blog
    Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash with West Ham, kick-off 19.45. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-05By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • West Ham preview + Wenger on top four/captaincy shambles
    Premier League action tonight as we take on West Ham United at the Emirates. The previous game against them this season brought about one of our most convincing wins of the season when an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick inspired us to a 5-1 win at the Free Stadium of London, and ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-05By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Tactics Column: Arsenal and Man City eschew control in stretched encounter
    There were two moments that summed up Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City – an open, end-to-end affair – both of which were captured on commentary by Sky Sports’ Gary Neville. Actually, they were two moments that left him bemused because they supposedly went against both teams’ philosophies. The first ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-04By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Fixture congestion + Gary Neville is wrong about Laurent Koscielny
    Whatever else happens, we’re heading into a really hectic period of the season now. We know when eight of our last ten league games are going to be played, but if you check out the fixture list you have to take into account that there are two games that have ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-04By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 168 – 03.04.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the 2-2 draw with Man City that stopped the rot to an extent, but still leaves us a long way from the Champions League places. We chat about the performance, ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-03By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal 2-2 Man City: Mustafi salvages a point after early goals problem surfaces once more
    Match reportPlayer ratingsBy the numbersVideo We went looking for just our second win in six league games and didn’t get it. However, we also didn’t lose our fifth game in six, so that’s something to enjoy, in as much as you can enjoy anything ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-03By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal v Man City – live blog
    Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash with Man City, kick-off 4pm. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-02By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsenal now in must-win territory, and it has to start today
    You don’t really need to look at the league table to know how important today’s game is, but looking at it certainly reinforces things, so let’s do that. It makes for stark viewing. 19 points behind the leaders who, surprisingly, didn’t extend that lead yesterday when they lost 2-1 ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-02By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • The Arsenal grapevine is awash with big names from the past
    Good morning, a very quick Saturday round-up for you. We don’t play until tomorrow, of course, by which point we could be 9 points behind Liverpool with 3 games in hand, or even down into 7th behind Everton, depending on what happens in today’s Merseyside derby. Even a draw would ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-04-01By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • The Wenger wait continues + Perry Groves’ interesting theory on Arsecast 423
    Morning all, welcome to Friday, another week almost done. Unless you have to work all weekend too, in which case I’m sorry for reminding you it’s Friday The manager held his pre-Man City press conference yesterday and as you would expect there were questions about his future, his decision, when ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-31By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • All Around the World (You’ve Gotta Spread the Word)
    In recent years, Arsenal’s fanbase has evolved from a fairly local, parochial concept into a truly global concern. With the twin advents of social media and global television coverage (as well as online streaming) fan communities have become global villages. Arsenal and other clubs obviously seek to unite and monetise ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-30By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Sanchez’s ‘London’ quotes don’t hint at Chelsea move + Ozil stuff
    Good morning, football edges ever closer as we start to get ready for Man City on Sunday. But what’s this? Scary headlines about Alexis Sanchez hinting at a move to Chelsea? You couldn’t move last night for stories from the BBC, Sky, the Telegraph, the Mirror (who also did a ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-30By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Adios Interlull as video kills the referee star
    So that’s it folks, the very last Interlull of the 2016-17 season is over. From now on there are no more distractions, no gaps, just all football all the time. Alexis Sanchez played for Chile as they beat Venezuela 3-1. It was certainly a game in which he was very ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-29By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • “Now, man who shot a dozen people, what do you think of gun control?”
    Thanks to everyone who pointed me in the direction of Charlie Adam on BBC 5 Live last night talking about tackling in the wake of Seamus Coleman’s injury on Friday night. Charlie Adam on how players approach a tacklehttps://t.co/NI1sjtpg98 pic.twitter.com/XnZmBoGJtu — BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) March 27, 2017 ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-28By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Brand new *boilk* mugs available
    The other week a tragedy occurred, the very last *boilk* mug I had from the merchandise we produced a few years ago smashed. This time with no ‘assistance’ from the Mugsmasher either. Anyway, I need a new *boilk* mug, so we’ve got some available again. You can get them ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-27By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Arsecast Extra Episode 167 – 27.03.2017
    Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s Interlull show we speak about the horrible injury sustained by Seamus Coleman at the weekend and why football needs to do more to prevent these things happening in the future. That applies to ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-27By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago
  • Not a very manic Monday: Ox, Ozil, Henry as boss & more
    Just another Interlull Monday. That’s my fun day. Woo-oooh. Nothing like starting the week with a song stuck in your head, eh? Could be worse. When I have trouble sleeping, I tend to lie awake with a snippet of a song playing over and over and over in my head. ... read more
    Source: ArseblogPublished on 2017-03-27By blogger@arseblog.com (Arseblogger)
    2 months ago