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Arseblog - Mon Jun 25 12:48 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On today’s show more World Cup chat, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi are dropped, Xhaka scores a banger but might end up in trouble with FIFA for his celebration, David Ospina just needs more cuddles than an...
Arseblog - Mon Jun 25 6:02 AM
There have been more reports over the weekend that Arsenal have stepped up interest in midfielder Ever Banega. Sport Witness tell us that there has been a telephone call from Unai Emery to the Argentine as he tries to ‘seduce’ him with a move to North London. The bit that caught my eye from this …
Arseblog - Sun Jun 24 8:06 AM
Morning, it’s a glorious day here in Dublin so a quick round-up of all the Arsenal news for you right now. There you go. Have a wonderful day. At the World Cup, Germany left it very, very late to beat Sweden 2-1, but the main talking point from our perspective was the absence of Mesut …
Arseblog - Sat Jun 23 7:49 AM
“He’s been poor in possession tonight, ” said BBC’s co-commentator last night. Kevin Kilbane, with his name almost like someone who wants to do ill to one of Batman’s enemies but just can’t commit to the act, was referring to Granit Xhaka. The Arsenal man, somehow sensing this exactly what was sa...
Arseblog - Fri Jun 22 6:49 AM
I watched Argentina v Croatia in a bar last night. The sound was off, they had music on, but not even the strains of whoever it was the DJ was playing – I’ll just say it was Groove Armada for no other reason that it might well have been but I can’t remember – could …
Arseblog - Fri Jun 22 5:58 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On today’s show I chat with James from Gunnerblog about the arrival of new goalkeeper Bernd Leno, the departure of Jack Wilshere, our transfer business in general, and the changes at coaching level – including the retention of Stev...
Arseblog - Thu Jun 21 6:00 PM
Jack Wilshere confirmed his Arsenal departure on Tuesday evening. The announcement has been in the post for some time. Wilshere removed all reference to Arsenal on his social media accounts at the end of the season and, while too much is often made of the social media activity of footballers, Jac...
Arseblog - Thu Jun 21 6:31 AM
The departure of Jack Wilshere, as covered yesterday, was hardly unexpected but still leaves us a little light in central midfield. It is expected we’ll be signing Uruguayan Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria to fill that particular gap. I’m guessing that deal will be done once his nation’s participat...
Arseblog - Wed Jun 20 6:30 AM
Last week Unai Emery held a series of meetings with available Arsenal players to discuss his plans for the upcoming season. One of those was with Jack Wilshere, and unlike some of the others, it didn’t last very long. The midfielder was told his playing time would be reduced as the new head coach...
Arseblog - Tue Jun 19 6:09 AM
According to a report from Germany that emerged yesterday, Arsenal are set to make the signing of goalkeeper Bernd Leno official today. A fee of around €25m will see the 26 year old join from Bayer Leverkusen having been championed by Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat. Those who watch more Bunde...
Arseblog - Mon Jun 18 2:46 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. The World Cup is underway and that’s the main focus of today’s podcast, but with a close look at the Arsenal players taking part and how things are going for them. We discuss the use of VAR, and the ne...
Arseblog - Mon Jun 18 6:22 AM
In the months leading up to the announcement of Arsene Wenger’s departure, German manager Joachim Low was one of the names being floated as a potential successor. He was never anywhere near the top of my list, and after watching Germany get beaten by Mexico yesterday, I’m double glad we went in a...
Arseblog - Sun Jun 17 8:34 AM
Morning, a quick Sunday round-up for you, but there’s almost nothing Arsenal related to round-up so it’s World Cup all the way really. There was Arsenal interest last night with Alex Iwobi starting for Nigeria against Croatia, but unfortunately he and his country had a poor night, losing 2-0 in t...
Arseblog - Sat Jun 16 8:43 AM
Look, let me be very clear from the start here. I know regular readers will understand this perfectly well as I have clarified my position on this more than once, however, just for anyone who might be stumbling across the blog for the first time, or for those who have not been paying attention: I...
Arseblog - Fri Jun 15 6:49 AM
Morning all, happy Friday. The World Cup kicked off last night with the hosts Russia handing out a bit of a pounding to Saudi Arabia, a 5-0 win is a very nice way to kick off the tournament for them. It wasn’t the greatest game I’ve ever seen, but what I enjoyed about it was …
Arseblog - Fri Jun 15 6:01 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. With the signing of Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira said to be near completion, I’m joined by James Horncastle who gives us some insight into the Sampdoria man. We look at his career progression, what kind of a player he is, ho...
Arseblog - Thu Jun 14 7:30 PM
Arsenal’s Player of the Season award was something of a damp squib this year. It is difficult to think of any player that was consistently excellent throughout the campaign. Mesut Özil, in third place, was not consistent by his own exalted standards. Nacho Monreal was second on the podium for the...
Arseblog - Thu Jun 14 6:34 AM
Good morning from a very wild and windy Dublin, hopefully it will be a bit more clement here when Arsenal visit in August for a pre-season friendly against Chelsea. Details of that game were announced yesterday, it’ll take place at Lansdowne Road (Aviva Stadium) with an 8.05pm kick off. We had be...
Arseblog - Wed Jun 13 6:46 AM
Well, yesterday was certainly a busy day with transfer news, yet more backroom changes, and new contracts, so let’s just crack into it. Starting with: Lucas Torreira A 22 year old defensive midfielder from Sampdoria looks set to become our latest arrival after reports last night suggested a deal...
Arseblog - Tue Jun 12 7:52 AM
According to the extremely reliable and not at all unreliable FOREIGN JOURNALIST who posted on his TWITTER / YOUTUBE CHANNEL/ PERSONAL WEBSITE , Arsenal are very interested in FOREIGN PLAYER . He is seen as a key part of the new project at the club, and the Gunners have sent scouts to watch h...
Arseblog - Mon Jun 11 12:12 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. This podcast begins with a discussion about sawing off your own arm, which tells you how quiet things are at the moment. Nevertheless, we discuss Tomas Rosicky’s testimonial, transfer links to players...
Arseblog - Mon Jun 11 12:00 PM
I first encountered Mark and Andy back in 2012. As a devoted fan and sometime blogger, I have long been interested in the history of Arsenal Football Club. I was writing for an Arsenal fan site at the time and had begun to pen some articles on the club’s early days. These pieces were unpaid, …
Arseblog - Mon Jun 11 6:12 AM
Which early morning bird is the worst? Is it the magpie, chattering like a bastard, or the seagull, with it’s weird call like a bird-cat having a poker shoved up his arse? Right at this moment, I simply can’t decide as the two of them are having a ‘noise-off’ right outside my window. I simply …
Arseblog - Sun Jun 10 9:04 AM
Morning, a very quick Sunday round-up for you. It’s quick not because I’m lazy and want to get out into the warm sunny day, but because there’s very little actually happening today. The club have, however, confirmed the appointment of two new additions to the academy staff. As reported on Arseblo...
Arseblog - Sat Jun 9 8:29 AM
This morning I was dreaming that Cristiano Ronaldo was my best mate, but since his retirement from football he had become the world’s largest supplier of ecstasy pills which he transported around the world in a white van. We were having dinner at his house – he was wearing a strange, pale blue bl...
Arseblog - Fri Jun 8 7:09 AM
Happy Friday to you all. I slept until almost 6am this morning which is a new record with the new puppy. I was woken by her flinging a plant pot around the kitchen, but hey, beggars and choosers and all that. Yesterday saw an interesting development in the broadcasting rights for the Premier Leag...
Arseblog - Fri Jun 8 6:21 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On today’s show I chat to Paolo Bandini about the signing of 34 year old Stephan Lichtsteiner who joins after seven successful years with Juventus. What kind of a player is he? What kind of an impact will he have on the squad on …
Arseblog - Thu Jun 7 5:30 PM
Parting ways with a legacy manager will take some getting used to for Arsenal fans- particularly during the summer months in the absence of Arsenal fixtures. Games keep the news cycle tumbling on like a penny rolling down a hill. But with a new coach whom we have yet to see in action, we have …
Arseblog - Thu Jun 7 6:35 AM
In Arsene Wenger’s final season, the twin challenges of the Premier League and Europa League saw him use his squad in a specific way. The former was for what was considered his ‘first team’, and the latter for fringe players and, more importantly, young players. You could easily see the logic in...
Arseblog - Wed Jun 6 5:44 AM
So the first signing of the Unai Emery era was made official yesterday as it was announced that Stephan Lichtsteiner has joined on a free transfer after seven hugely successful seasons with Juventus. He won seven successive Serie A titles with the Italian giants, as well as some cups along the wa...