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Arsecast Extra Episode 403 – 08.03.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we discuss the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday. After a strong start Arsenal failed to make the most of their dominance, and a Granit...
Arsenal - 2021-03-08 19:45:44

The Blogfather

He wasn’t an Arsenal fan, but he was at the 1971 FA Cup final. I wasn’t born yet (I didn’t arrive until September of that double winning year), but he saw Charlie George score that winner and lie flat on his back on the Wembley turf to...
Arsenal - 2021-03-08 19:45:44

Roll up! Roll up! Come claim your points off Arsenal

Match Report | Player Ratings | Reaction | Video In the immediate aftermath of yesterday?s 1-1 draw with Burnley, I tweeted: If you want to know why we’re finishing in mid-table this season, today’s match sums things up nicely. –...
Arsenal - 2021-03-07 19:45:42

Angry ginger bawbag will try to thwart Gunners; man with perfect hair to resist

Good morning, and welcome to the weekend! It’s a quick one today because once again I’ve been up very late running maintenance on the site to try and keep up with the number of people voting for their favourite posts over on Arseblog News. Who...
Arsenal - 2021-03-06 19:45:36

What next for our seven loan rangers"

Morning all, I trust you?re holding up okay wherever you are in the world. There’s not a cloud in the sky above Brixton this morning and the moon – half of it, anyway – is staring back at me. All I keep thinking is it?s a bloody shame we?ve...
Arsenal - 2021-03-05 19:45:37

The limits of control

Bukayo Saka, Alex Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Willian, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli. It?s not a bad collection of attackers that Mikel Arteta has at his disposal. I am...
Arsenal - 2021-03-04 19:45:35

Heeding unsolicited advice + Arteta talks squad motivation

Morning all. As expected, the press were quick to quiz Mikel Arteta on rumours linking him with the Barcelona hot seat when they got their chance. There was no cheeky smile or awkward laugh to greet the question in yesterday?s press conference....
Arsenal - 2021-03-04 19:45:35

Something something bacon, something something I don’t like your face

Good morning, campers! It is I, Tom, your illustrious host for today! As the sharper amongst you will have noticed, images are back appearing on the site, which while most welcome, is a very minor victory considering how late I was awake in...
Arsenal - 2021-03-03 19:45:37

Laporta’s Arsenal fetish back making headlines

I guess it was only a matter of time before Mikel Arteta was linked with a move to Barcelona. On Sunday night, not long after our win over Leicester, journalist Gerard Romero speaking on Catalan radio station RAC1 claimed that Joan Laporta – who...
Arsenal - 2021-03-02 19:45:34

Arsecast Extra Episode 402 – 28.02.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we enjoy what was a very nice surprise ? a 3-1 win over Leicester. Given the team rotation, with six changes, and some big names not...
Arsenal - 2021-03-01 19:45:45

Leicester 1-3 Arsenal: Three goals, three points as rotation works

Match report – Player ratings – Video Yesterday was a nice surprise. There were all kinds of reasons not to feel confident. Playing at noon on a Sunday after a reasonably lengthy European trip on Thursday. Our record after Europa League games...
Arsenal - 2021-03-01 19:45:45

Fatigue not an excuse, but it is a factor

Playing at midday on Sunday feels really early to me, and I didn’t have to go to Greece on Thursday. Nor do I have to go to Leicester today. Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal can’t use fatigue as any kind of excuse, which is fine, but it is a...
Arsenal - 2021-02-28 19:45:40

Europa League Saturday waffle

Hands up if you rolled your eyes at Arsenal drawing Olympiacos in the Europa League Round of 16. Go on. Quite a lot of you. That’s fine. Not me though. While I’d definitely have preferred a different ‘foreign’ team, I’m quite happy with...
Arsenal - 2021-02-27 19:45:37

Episode 617 – Saka gets us out of our own jail

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. In this episode I’m joined by Ryan Hunn and Andrew Allen to discuss our last-gasp 3-2 win over Benfica in the Europa League. As Arsenal are wont to do, we made life very...
Arsenal - 2021-02-26 19:45:37

Arsenal 3-2 Arsenal: Arsenal beat Arsenal to beat Benfica

Match report – Player ratings – Video I know it may not be the overwhelming mood this morning, but I’m happy we won. As I said yesterday, our biggest opponent was ourselves, and so it proved. Over the course of two legs we’ve played...
Arsenal - 2021-02-26 19:45:37

Arsenal v Benfica – live blog

Join us for live blog coverage of our Europa League clash with Benfica in Athens, kick-off 17.55 We’ve got up to the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to join the chat,...
Arsenal - 2021-02-25 19:45:43

Benfica 2nd leg: our biggest opponent is ourselves

Mikel Arteta has described tonight’s Europa League Round of 32 second leg against Benfica as a ‘final‘. Some might roll their eyes, and I understand why, but for a manager and this team after the season we’ve had so far, it’s true. And...
Arsenal - 2021-02-25 19:45:43

Heccy

?You can’t change your feelings towards somebody but then you have to be fair, be really demanding and it has to be a space that has to be shared and lived in in a different way between a player and a manager. It doesn’t mean your feelings are...
Arsenal - 2021-02-24 19:45:43

The transfer fire

I watched a bit of Champions League last night, sort of. I was playing Rocket League on the PS4 and streaming the Atletico Madrid game on the laptop beside me ? hoping that Diego Simeone’s team would give Chelsea a good seeing to. Then Olivier...
Arsenal - 2021-02-24 19:45:43

Tactics Column: What worked and what didn’t against Man City

Note: I’ve used yellow on some of the still images from the game where I have previously used red. This is because of a couple Arsenal fans who got in touch mentioning red arrows on the green pitch can be difficult for some with colour-blindness ?...
Arsenal - 2021-02-23 19:45:41

Goals, goals, goals, I’m looking for a good time …

It is one of the strangest things about this strangest of seasons that when you look at the Premier League table and see Arsenal sitting in 10th, you’d think we had major problems defensively. We have some problems there, no doubt about it. There...
Arsenal - 2021-02-23 19:45:41

Arsenal 0-1 Man City: The tedious inevitability of defeat

Match report – Player ratings – Video I don’t know what it is about games against Man City, but I find them strange. I didn’t really expect to get anything from this one, so it’s no surprise that the most in-form team in Europe made it 18...
Arsenal - 2021-02-22 19:45:42

Arsecast Extra Episode 401 – 22.02.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we look back on the 1-0 defeat to Man City on Sunday. Losing to a team as good as that isn’t a surprise, but we explore the sense of...
Arsenal - 2021-02-22 19:45:42

Team selection a difficult balancing act as Man City visit

Today’s game against Man City is such a weird one to try and preview. It is impossible to look at it without looking ahead to Thursday’s Europa League second leg against Benfica, and some of the team selection decisions Mikel Arteta makes today...
Arsenal - 2021-02-21 19:45:43

Auba and Auba and Auba again …

Morning all. Some Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thoughts for today. The captain has had a difficult season. He suffered a loss of form which is unusual for him, given the rate at which he has scored goals for us since his arrival. I firmly believe that...
Arsenal - 2021-02-20 19:45:38

The answer my friend, Smith-Rowe was in the wings

I used to watch the Arsenal youth teams regularly but in approximately 2014, I stopped because, well, life I guess. When you watch the youth teams regularly you become very attached to the players that emerge from the ranks- especially if you...
Arsenal - 2021-02-19 19:45:41

Arsecast Extra Episode 400 – 19.02.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we look back at the 1-1 draw with Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night. Will we rue those missed chances, or should we take...
Arsenal - 2021-02-19 19:45:41

Benfica v Arsenal – live blog

Join us for live blog coverage of our Europa League clash with Benfica at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, kick-off 20.00 We’ve got up to the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to...
Arsenal - 2021-02-19 19:45:41

Benfica away: Expecting changes

We’re in Europa League action tonight as we face Benfica in the first knock-out round. That we’re going to play a Portuguese side in an empty stadium in Rome before we play them at home but in an empty stadium in Greece adds a measure of...
Arsenal - 2021-02-19 19:45:41

Mbappe Mbatters Barcelona

One of the consequences of lockdown, or just this last year we’ve all experienced, is that I have watched less football than I used to. Plenty of Arsenal, obviously, but not as much of other teams and other competitions ? which is a bit odd...
Arsenal - 2021-02-19 19:45:41

Benfica 1-1 Arsenal: Missed chances, but we made chances

Match report – Player ratings – Video A 1-1 draw ‘away’ in the first leg of a European knock out tie isn’t a bad result on paper, but Arsenal will feel last night should have brought much more than that. “We weren’t ruthless enough...
Arsenal - 2021-02-19 19:45:41

Some Saka stuff, some Smith Rowe stuff

Morning all. Hope you’re all feeling ok. I’m not sure my head is in the right place to produce anything coherent and ‘long form’ this morning, so here are some thoughts about a couple of things. Protect Bukayo Saka This lad is something...
Arsenal - 2021-02-16 19:45:38

Arsenal 4-2 Leeds: Plenty to like as Gunners get back to winning ways

Match report – Player ratings – Video Arsenal earned a big three points against Leeds yesterday in what was almost a classic game of two halves. In the first 45 we were front-footed and dynamic, edging possession, taking 8 shots, scoring three...
Arsenal - 2021-02-15 19:45:36

Arsecast Extra Episode 399 – 15.02.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we go over the 4-2 win over Leeds, discussing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sensational return to goalscoring form, making the most of...
Arsenal - 2021-02-15 19:45:36

Arsenal v Leeds – live blog

Join us for live blog coverage of our Premier League clash with Leeds at the Emirates, kick-off 16.30 We’ve got up to the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to join the chat,...
Arsenal - 2021-02-14 19:45:37

Arteta’s two key selection decisions for Leeds

After a week off to hopefully recharge some batteries and work on a few training ground things, Arsenal begin an incredibly tough couple of weeks with the visit of Leeds to the Emirates today. ?They are going to be crucial,” said Mikel Arteta, as...
Arsenal - 2021-02-14 19:45:37

Overall squad quality heightens impact of injuries

Morning. Let’s have a quick Saturday round-up for you. Mikel Arteta was asked about Thomas Partey yesterday, and expanded on his injury problems, saying: “He came back in good shape but he wasn?t fit enough to sustain that for 90 minutes and...
Arsenal - 2021-02-13 19:45:38

Episode 616 – European women

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On this week’s show I’m joined Simon Collings of the Evening Standard to talk about Europa League venue issues, as Covid-19 forces UEFA to scramble around to find ‘safe’...
Arsenal - 2021-02-12 19:45:40

No Partey, no party"

Morning. It’s Friday. Mikel Arteta meets the press later this morning, and with a hectic and very difficult few weeks ahead of us, he’ll be disappointed that his big signing from the ‘summer’ transfer window, Thomas Partey, will be missing...
Arsenal - 2021-02-12 19:45:40

Is playing European football right now mad"

Morning all. Thanks to Andrew A for filling in for me yesterday. He touched on the Europa League game against Benfica next week which will take place in Rome. That is the Portuguese side’s ‘home’ leg. We’re still not 100% sure where our...
Arsenal - 2021-02-11 19:45:42

You’ve already sat on the pot, now it’s time to…..

Player2020-21 PL appearances2020-21 PL goals Pierre Emerick Aubameyang195 Alexandre Lacazette208 Nicolas Pepe164 Willian170 Eddie Nketiah141 Bukayo Saka205 Overall10623 As the table...
Arsenal - 2021-02-11 19:45:42

Location, Location, Location"

Our FA Cup exit at the hands of Southampton means Mikel Arteta has a full week on the training ground to prepare for the visit of Leeds United on Sunday. Weirdly, as was the case back in November, we come into the game gnashing our teeth over a...
Arsenal - 2021-02-10 19:45:45

Today’s referee is Mr W Anker, from Spankstown

On yesterday’s Arsecast Extra the subject of referees and decisions came up. James said that while watching most of the Premier League fixtures over the weekend, the in-studio analysis focused heavily on the decisions made ? often at the expense...
Arsenal - 2021-02-09 19:45:40

Arsecast Extra Episode 398 – 08.02.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we go over the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. We chat about the early goal we conceded, where the blame goes, and the fact we...
Arsenal - 2021-02-08 19:45:44

Reboot. Rebuild. Upgrade.

Morning all, welcome to a brand new week. It’s going to be a relatively quiet one, because for the first time since the start of January we have a week between fixtures. There have been a couple of Interlull breaks, but it’s only happened twice...
Arsenal - 2021-02-08 19:45:44

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: More Midlands Mid-Table Misery

Match report – Player ratings – By the Visuals – Video I’m not sure I have the gumption to go through this entire game, so let me try and break it down into key moments for this morning’s blog. The Villa goal If poor concentration cost...
Arsenal - 2021-02-07 19:45:35

Arsenal need to find some heroes against the Villans

After a midweek trip to the midlands ended in disappointment, Arsenal will be hoping for better today as we return to face Aston Villa. In terms of team news, Mat Ryan has returned to training, so you assume the Australian will make his debut today...
Arsenal - 2021-02-06 19:45:40

Episode 615 – Pepe Power

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On this week’s show I’m joined by Charles Watts of Goal to talk about how Arsenal might react to the midweek defeat to Wolves. Were there enough positives for Mikel Arteta to...
Arsenal - 2021-02-05 19:45:38

David Luiz, the rejected appeal, and time waiting for no man

Morning all. It’s Friday. The same as every other day. I hope you and yours are doing ok wherever you are. Let’s start with the least surprising news of the week, as Arsenal’s appeal over David Luiz’s red card was rejected yesterday by the...
Arsenal - 2021-02-05 19:45:38

Lessons

This season feels a lot like one where we’ve needed to learn a lot of lessons. From cleaning up the mess we made in terms of squad management to small on-field issues, here are some I think we’ve got to pay close attention to. David Luiz is...
Arsenal - 2021-02-04 19:45:40

Movin’ On Up

Three games is too small a sample size to declare Nicolas Pepe?s redemption complete but the curve has arced pleasingly upwards in the last fortnight. Outstanding performances on both flanks against Southampton, Manchester United and Wolves have...
Arsenal - 2021-02-04 19:45:40

Arsecast Extra Episode 397 – 03.02.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we look back at the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday evening. A superb first half performance took a dark twist in injury time, and...
Arsenal - 2021-02-03 19:45:51

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal: Frustration as two red cards decide the game

Match report – Player ratings – Video It began so well. For a team which has spent a large part of this season starting games slowly, we came out of the blocks like a 100m sprinter at Molineux last night. 0’34: Bukayo Saka hit the post...
Arsenal - 2021-02-03 19:45:51

Wolves preview + Transfer Deadline Day review

Morning all. A blog of two parts. First a Wolves preview, then a look at how deadline day went down. Wolves As I’ve said a few times of late, the team Mikel Arteta picks tonight will be hugely informed by the physical condition of the players....
Arsenal - 2021-02-02 19:45:36

Transfer deadline day: Departures much more likely than arrivals

Morning all. It’s Monday. It’s also Transfer Deadline Day. The window shuts tonight at 11pm, after which we’ll have our squad finalised for the remainder of the season. As a reminder, this is what we’ve done so far. Out William Saliba –...
Arsenal - 2021-02-01 19:46:45

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd: No goals, but another clean sheet is encouraging

Match report – Player ratings – Video “I thought it was a fair result,” said Mikel Arteta after the 0-0 draw with Man Utd, and it’s hard to argue with that this morning. Arsenal had chances to score, but then so too did Man Utd. Bernd...
Arsenal - 2021-01-31 19:45:43

Arsecast Extra Episode 396 – 31.01.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we chat about the 0-0 draw with Man Utd at the Emirates on Saturday evening. A draw was probably a fair result in the end, but there...
Arsenal - 2021-01-31 19:45:43

Can Arsenal continue momentum after United’s midweek stutter"

Mikel Arteta is two from two in his Premier League encounters with Man Utd, let’s hope tonight he can secure the hat-trick. The difference between the two teams since our 1-0 win at Old Trafford in November was marked. We came away from that game...
Arsenal - 2021-01-30 19:45:38

Arsenal v Man Utd – live blog

Join us for live blog coverage of our Premier League clash with Man Utd at the Emirates, kick-off 17.30 We’ve got up to the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to join the...
Arsenal - 2021-01-30 19:45:38

Episode 614 – Martin OMG

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On this week’s show I’m joined by Phil Costa to talk about the loan signing of Martin Odegaard. What can Arsenal expect from the Norwegian international" Where does he fit...
Arsenal - 2021-01-29 19:45:36

Arrivals probably done, but some departures expected before transfer deadline

Happy Friday one and all. Hope you’re keeping well. Maybe soon Friday will be what Friday used to be. For me, Friday was all about the game of 5-a-side in the evening. The perfect way to end the ‘working’ week (even though the nature of my...
Arsenal - 2021-01-29 19:45:36

Martin Odegaard an outstanding piece of January business

Good morning. Arsenal yesterday completed the loan signing of Norwegian international Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid. The 22 year old will spend the rest of the season with us, and will add quality and creativity to our midfield. Let’s do some...
Arsenal - 2021-01-28 19:45:45

Extrasensory Perception

Did you ever see the movie Battle Royale" In the film, a class of middle school students are taken to an island and told to fight for the death with only the life of the last boy or girl standing to be spared. As the teenagers enter the island,...
Arsenal - 2021-01-28 19:45:45

Martin degaard: Who is he, and what will he bring to Arsenal"

Despite the summer arrival of Thomas Partey and timely emergence of Emile Smith Rowe, Arsenal approached the January market still desperate for midfield creativity. With Covid-19 killing the market and alternative targets made unavailable ? options...
Arsenal - 2021-01-27 19:45:38

Southampton 1-3 Arsenal: Super Saka Sinks Saints

Match report – Player ratings – Video One of the (many) issues we’ve faced this season is not starting games strongly. Last night, we created a glorious chance in the first minute when Alexandre Lacazette was put through by Granit Xhaka with...
Arsenal - 2021-01-27 19:45:38

Tactics Column: Arteta and Arsenal put the pressure on

“When you allow Southampton time on the ball, they play with a lot of players inside and they overload you in really dangerous areas. We had to be really careful of that so the more aggressive we could be to regain the ball in those areas, we knew...
Arsenal - 2021-01-27 19:45:38

Episode 613: His wrong foot

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. In this bonus episode, I’m joined by Andrew Allen to discuss the 3-1 win over Southampton at St Mary’s last night. We chat about responding well to early disappointment, how...
Arsenal - 2021-01-27 19:45:38

Southampton preview: Return of rested players should improve Gunners

For the second time in a matter of days we’re heading down to St Mary’s to take on Southampton. We lost 1-0 in the FA Cup, and Mikel Arteta needs better from his side tonight. Despite the result on Saturday, there might be reasons for optimism....
Arsenal - 2021-01-26 19:45:45

Mving out : Mving in

Hey all, welcome to a brand new week. Hope you’re all doing well. So, it’s official. Mesut Ozil has left Arsenal after seven and a half years and is now a Fenerbahce player. The deal was officially announced yesterday, with nice words from all...
Arsenal - 2021-01-25 19:45:40

Arsecast Extra Episode 395 – 25.01.2021

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this episode we discuss the 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, how Mikel Arteta rotated his team, and what he got from some of the...
Arsenal - 2021-01-25 19:45:40

Southampton 1-0 Arsenal: Rotation shows why some players remain on the fringes

Match report – Player ratings – Video The first of two games against Southampton in a matter of days didn’t go well for Arsenal yesterday. A Gabriel own goal was enough to give the Saints a 1-0 win and our defence of the FA Cup was...
Arsenal - 2021-01-24 19:45:43

FA Cup preview + keeper signs as January window gets busy

FA Cup action today as we face Southampton at St Mary’s. It’s impossible to look at this game without also taking into account we face Southampton again on Tuesday in the Premier League, so I suspect this is a game in which Mikel Arteta will...
Arsenal - 2021-01-23 19:45:43

Odegaard chatter increases as Arsenal seek Smith Rowe cover

Morning all. Does anyone know where all the foxes have gone" I used to see foxes a lot around where I live. Since the pandemic, they’ve basically all disappeared. I don’t know why. These weren’t magnificent foxes either, like the ones you...
Arsenal - 2021-01-22 19:45:39

Episode 612 – Post-match interviews

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On this week’s show I’m joined by football correspondent for CBS, James Benge. We begin by chatting about post-match interviews, and why so many of them are bland and...
Arsenal - 2021-01-22 19:45:39

You’ve gotta fight for your right to paaaaaaaaartner Partey

When Arsenal activated Thomas Partey?s release clause in October, they were paying for an instant and significant upgrade in midfield. The engine room has been an issue in recent years and it stands to reason, with Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Santi...
Arsenal - 2021-01-21 19:45:45

Sokratis goes as squad trimming sets up summer squad butchering

The great Arsenal clear-out continued yesterday with the announcement that the club and Sokratis Papastathopoulos had agreed to an early termination of his contract. There were less than 6 months left to run, and he’d have been free to go in the...
Arsenal - 2021-01-21 19:45:45
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