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Arseblog - Sun Feb 25 9:05 AM
It’s cup final day. Not cup final cup final, but still a cup final, and it’s Arsenal v Man City at Wembley. While we all understand the relative importance of this competition and where it stands in the pantheon of all the potential trophies on offer in a season, when you get to a final …
Arseblog - Sat Feb 24 9:33 AM
The Carabao Cup final takes place tomorrow, of course, and we’ll have a full preview of the game for you then. This morning, just a quick look at the latest team news ahead of the game. Mesut Ozil will be available, unless he suffers a relapse in terms of his illness, but I suspect the …
Arseblog - Fri Feb 23 11:49 AM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this extra Arsecast Extra we look back at the 2-1 Europa League defeat to Östersunds FK, a lacklustre performance from an unprepared side, but one which also secured qualification to the Round of 16...
Arseblog - Fri Feb 23 6:47 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video European football, first knock-out round, Arsenal lose at home again. The difference, of course, is that you can see why we might fail against teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Östersunds FK in the Europa League is a different st...
Arseblog - Thu Feb 22 7:43 AM
It’s Östersunds FK in the Europa League tonight, with Arsenal holding a strong position with a 3-0 lead from the first leg. Arsene Wenger is clearly going to rotate his squad this evening as he has done for most of the European campaign so far. As ever, he talked about picking a team that he …
Arseblog - Wed Feb 21 7:01 PM
The domestic cups still matter to me as much as they always did. I have a hard time convincing people that I am being genuine when I say that. I am certain people think I am being contrary, or knowingly ‘old school’, but it is the truth. My first year as a season ticket holder …
Arseblog - Wed Feb 21 7:41 AM
I am hoping that Arsene Wenger has a press conference today so we can have some actual Arsenal news. By that I mean stuff that’s concrete and doesn’t lend itself to massive speculation. It feels like in certain sections of the Arsenal online world, people are tying themselves in absolute knots ov...
Arseblog - Tue Feb 20 7:33 AM
So, out of nowhere really, with no rumours doing the rounds about such a deal, Arsenal announced an extension to the shirt sponsorship with Emirates yesterday. A five year lengthening means they’ll be kit sponsors until 2024, and of course the airline retain the naming rights of the stadium until...
Arseblog - Mon Feb 19 1:11 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. There’s not a lot of Arsenal to discuss this week but we still have a good show for you, discussing things as diverse as Hector Bellerin at the Oxford Union, the Carabao Cup final and the use of VAR, s...
Arseblog - Mon Feb 19 7:34 AM
Morning to you, there’s clearly a lot to get through so let’s get started. Erm … It’s that kind of a week. With no game this weekend, there’s an absolute dearth of anything Arsenal related. I think there were some games in the FA Cup, but I didn’t see any of them. The only thing …
Arseblog - Sun Feb 18 9:42 AM
Morning all, it’s very quiet so a quick blog for you. In recent times it feels the world has gone in strange directions that we didn’t think it would go in. It’s been a bit disconcerting at times, sort of like when you were watching an old TV and the reception was really bad. You …
Arseblog - Sat Feb 17 9:27 AM
Morning all, as I’m sure you all know there’s no Arsenal this weekend because it’s FA Cup and we’re not in the FA Cup because we got beaten by Nottingham Forest in the third round. We do have a cup final next weekend and a Europa League game on Thursday but unlike the Premier League …
Arseblog - Fri Feb 16 7:42 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Like most of the Europa League campaign this was a game which won’t go down in the annals as particularly memorable from a footballing perspective. It was a routine win from a team which barely needed (or wanted) to get out of second gear, …
Arseblog - Fri Feb 16 6:53 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On today’s show, recorded immediately after the 3-0 win over Östersunds FK in the Europa League last night, I’m joined by Andrew Allen and Tim from @7amkickoff. We chat about the game, winning away at last, a clean sheet and a pena...
Arseblog - Thu Feb 15 7:22 AM
It’s Europa League action tonight as Arsenal take on Östersunds FK away from home on an artificial pitch in sub-zero temperatures without a host of first team players. What could possibly go wrong?! This competition is our bread and butter now, and tonight’s game is very much a trip into the unkn...
Arseblog - Wed Feb 14 6:00 PM
And so it came to pass that Arsenal’s best chance of not playing in the Europa League next season rests on winning the competition itself. For a clunky, unloved competition, it is perhaps apt that its greatest reward lies in the fact that you don’t have to enter it again for the next season. The …
Arseblog - Wed Feb 14 7:23 AM
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied for the Europa League – despite having not played in the Europa League this season – there was a chance for Alexandre Lacazette to remind Arsene Wenger he could still make a contribution this season. The French international would undoubtedly have played up...
Arseblog - Tue Feb 13 6:53 AM
Chelsea’s 3-0 win last night moved them back into the top four ahead of Sp*rs, and the gap between us and the Champions League places is now eight points. Given that Chelsea play Manchester United before we play again in the league, the gap could be eleven points with just 11 games left to play. …
Arseblog - Mon Feb 12 12:09 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this week’s show we look back at the 1-0 defeat to Sp*rs and talk about how the vagaries of football could have seen us nick something from the game late on despite being dominated in the second hal...
Arseblog - Mon Feb 12 7:33 AM
A difficult weekend for Arsenal is now followed by a strange couple of weeks. Due to our involvement in the Carabao Cup final, and lack of it in the FA Cup, we don’t play another league game until March 1st. In fact, our next four fixtures see us play the same opposition twice. Home and …
Arseblog - Sun Feb 11 10:14 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Another away day, another defeat, and in truth we were lucky the score was just 1-0 in the end. Sp*rs profligacy in front of goal, coupled with some outstanding saves from Petr Cech, ensured the beating we got yesterday looked respectable in...
Arseblog - Sat Feb 10 8:53 AM
After the rip-roaring success of my exclusive interview with our new attacking forward, Mr. MacMillan, a couple of weeks ago, Arsenal’s famous Welsh press officer Dai Laffyn contacted me this week with another offer. Would I like to interview our new striker Peter O’Bannon, signed with such Arsen...
Arseblog - Sat Feb 10 7:48 AM
Last November Arsenal went into the first North London derby of the season with a touch of trepidation. It was the first game back after an Interlull, before which we’d been beaten 3-1 by Man City and serious questions were being asked of the team. On the day we put in one of our best …
Arseblog - Fri Feb 9 7:24 AM
Arsene Wenger met the press yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s North London derby at Wembley, and the latest team news is that there’s a real doubt over Petr Cech who picked up a calf knock during the 5-1 win over Everton. Should he not make it, it will David Ospina in goal, and the manager publicly …
Arseblog - Fri Feb 9 6:31 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. In today’s bumper edition of the show I chat with Amy Lawrence about all the January changes and Arsenal’s new look attack. What now for Alexandre Lacazette, how will Arsene Wenger approach the North London derby and more. After th...
Arseblog - Thu Feb 8 6:00 PM
Last week, Mesut Özil put an end to months of speculation by signing a new contract with Arsenal. Having already lost Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners were staring down the barrel of a PR and footballing disaster by losing both of their headline acts in the space of a few short months. So to say Özil’...
Arseblog - Thu Feb 8 7:02 AM
Morning all. The build up the derby begins in earnest today with Arsene Wenger set to meet the press this morning. The early, if unofficial, team news, suggests that Petr Cech should be fit, Nacho Monreal has recovered from illness, and Danny Welbeck is back in contention for a place in the squad...
Arseblog - Wed Feb 7 7:35 AM
Considering there’s a North London derby on Saturday it’s pretty quiet in terms of general news. Maybe it’s because we won so comprehensively last weekend and wins seems to have a natural life cycle. We win, we enjoy it – well, most of us anyway – and then it sort of fades away into the …
Arseblog - Tue Feb 6 7:11 AM
Always at the cutting edge of online journalism, Arseblog has this morning received an exclusive picture of Olivier Giroud after Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat to Watford last night: It’s a kind of surprising result but also not a surprising one for a Chelsea side who have won just two of their last ten ga...
Arseblog - Mon Feb 5 1:41 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this week’s episode James and I battle the very Internet itself as we try to stay connected to discuss the 5-1 win over Everton on Saturday. We chat about the impact of the new signings, what they’v...