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Arseblog - Thu Nov 23 7:50 AM
It’s Europa League action tonight as we face Cologne in Cologne. A win tonight and Arsenal top the group, something which appears to be in the forefront of Arsene Wenger’s mind when it comes to his team selection. Throughout the tournament we’ve leaned heavily on youth, particularly in midfield w...
Arseblog - Wed Nov 22 5:49 PM
It’s been just over 18 months since Alex Iwobi broke into the Arsenal first team. Over that time period he has, as young players are wont to do, experienced peaks and troughs in form. Yet he is still considered an important player in Arsene Wenger’s squad. In many respects, he has become Wenger’s...
Arseblog - Wed Nov 22 7:40 AM
Arsenal travel to Cologne today, for our fifth Europa League game of the season. Top spot in the group hasn’t been secured yet, but a win against the Germans would ensure that, thus allowing Arsene Wenger the luxury of even greater rotation in the final game – assuming that’s something he wants t...
Arseblog - Tue Nov 21 7:52 AM
Yesterday we touched on the news that Arsenal were set to appoint Borussia Dortmund’s head of scouting, Sven Mislintat. It seemed the deal was imminent, and so it was that the club announced his arrival in the afternoon. He will become the new ‘Head of Recruitment’, a job title which suggests he’...
Arseblog - Mon Nov 20 3:16 PM
Not for the first time in recent years, the north London derby saw an authoritative, impassioned, intelligent collective performance. The only surprise was that Arsenal were the ones to deliver it. A comfortable 2-0 win showed Arsenal have a lot more to their game than most would wager. In recent...
Arseblog - Mon Nov 20 12:17 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In today’s episode we steady ourselves after that incredible power shift that … oh, wait, that didn’t happen. We discuss the very enjoyable 2-0 win over Sp*rs on Saturday, what the team can gain from t...
Arseblog - Mon Nov 20 7:42 AM
Good morning everyone. Hope you’re waking up feeling well. Perhaps a nice cup of tea would be just the thing for you on this lovely Monday morning. I take it everyone is still basking in the warm, luxuriant glow of the derby. And why not? I know we look at everything through the big picture … T...
Arseblog - Sun Nov 19 9:31 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video There are mornings when the prospect of writing a blog about Arsenal is not the most enjoyable thing you can think of. I think it’s fair to say that this morning is not one of those mornings. All the talk pre-game was of how … The post Arse...
Arseblog - Sat Nov 18 8:30 AM
Welcome to North London derby day everyone. It’s a massive game today, not simply because of the opposition, but also the circumstances. Currently Sp*rs lie third in the table, level with Manchester United and with 23 points. Arsenal ‘languish’ in sixth, with 19 points – the same as Burnley and L...
Arseblog - Fri Nov 17 7:40 AM
All right then, welcome to Friday and we have just a little over 24 hours until the North London derby. Arsene Wenger held his press conference yesterday, providing some team news which we’ll get into in more detail in tomorrow’s preview, but basically Danny Welbeck and Shokdran Mustafi will have...
Arseblog - Fri Nov 17 6:47 AM
On this week’s show I’m joined by the one and only Ian Wright to discuss the upcoming North London derby against the old enemy. Ian chats about his feelings ahead of the game, the need for the players to make sure the unthinkable doesn’t happen, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez....
Arseblog - Thu Nov 16 6:00 PM
On Saturday, George Graham will watch the North London derby from the Emirates Stadium directors’ box as a guest of Arsenal FC. Graham was an integral part of the 1970-71 Double winning team as a player and went on to manage Arsenal, winning two league titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and a Cup...
Arseblog - Thu Nov 16 7:13 AM
Last night I dreamed about that thing that many people dream/daydream about: a new manager for Arsenal. I don’t know quite why it happened, whether it was the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign or he’d been fired for some other reason, but we appointed the legendary Paolo Maldini as the new boss. I can...
Arseblog - Wed Nov 15 7:04 AM
So, Ireland will not be going to the World Cup next summer having been thoroughly dismantled last night by a Denmark side, some really dodgy Martin O’Neill decisions, and a hat-trick for Christian Eriksen. Given that we play Sp*rs on Saturday, it wasn’t much fun to see him play as well as he did,...
Arseblog - Tue Nov 14 7:18 AM
Good news to start the morning with confirmation from Wales boss Chris Coleman that Aaron Ramsey will be fit to face Sp*rs in the North London derby this weekend. There were fears that his absence from the international squad was sparked by some kind of injury, but those were played down last nig...
Arseblog - Mon Nov 13 3:04 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. Today’s episode is the 200th Arsecast Extra, and thankfully for us it’s come at a time when there’s so much to discuss from an Arsenal point of view and not slap bang in the middle of the lulliest Inte...
Arseblog - Mon Nov 13 6:59 AM
It’s Monday of the last Interlull of the year. The next one is next year. March maybe? I dunno, but there are only a few days left of this one for us to endure. One of the main worries about players going away is them picking up injuries, and there’s a worry this morning over … The post Interlu...
Arseblog - Sun Nov 12 8:27 AM
Happy Sunday to you all. Denmark v Ireland was on in the pub I was in last night. There were lots of people standing around, and in the way of the TV, so I said to myself I would pay attention when the people shouted at something good that had happened. I think the only … The post Interlull rou...
Arseblog - Sat Nov 11 8:29 AM
I was halfway through a blog post this morning which was a kind of sketch about ‘Little Jack’ and ‘Gareth Mouthgate’, touching on the England selection situation which our man Wilshere finds himself in. I wanted to convey the personality vacuum that the current England manager has, and I did it s...
Arseblog - Fri Nov 10 1:48 PM
A septentrional visit to the Abu Dhabi Vulgarians this week and their spacious and extremely safe stadium. Spacious, in that the gap between the stands and pitch is even greater than that of The Emirates at 75 yards, and safe, because the number of stewards outnumbers those of actual home support...
Arseblog - Fri Nov 10 6:57 AM
Morning everyone, welcome to an Interlull Friday. Every day I sit down to write this blog, and there’s a plugin thing for WordPress which judges me. Over at the bit where I can choose to publish etc, it gives you a rating for ‘Readability’. Almost every single day it shows me something like this:...
Arseblog - Fri Nov 10 5:37 AM
In this week’s show I chat with Dara Ó Briain, comedian, TV ever-present, science bloke, hat wearer, and, of course, Arsenal fan. He’s in Dublin with his new show, so we sat down in my studio for an Interlull chat which took in airport hassles, stolen bikes, a Trondheim lap-dancing club, noisy cr...
Arseblog - Thu Nov 9 6:00 PM
This weekend past, I slipped up. Following Santi Cazorla’s pretty harrowing interview with Marca and the gruesome pictures that accompanied it, I started watching Santi Cazorla compilation videos. The first one I chanced upon had a section entitled “Take Ons” that lasted for seven and a half minu...
Arseblog - Thu Nov 9 7:38 AM
Morning all. It’s one of those fine Interlull mornings where there’s not a lot going on, although the bold and the beautiful were out in force last night for the world premiere of 89 in London. Hopefully everyone had a swell time. I can’t wait to see it, I just couldn’t face the idea of … The p...
Arseblog - Wed Nov 8 8:10 AM
Hello everyone. I’m back in Ireland and I think I’ve had an ok night’s sleep so hopefully that’s that with the jetlag after 22 hours flying. *prepares self to feel like crap later and hallucinate and stuff* Thanks to Andrew for holding the fort yesterday as we spiral into another Interlull. Not j...
Arseblog - Tue Nov 7 10:01 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week’s show, we look back at the 3-1 defeat to Man City which took place in the distant jet-lagged past. From team selection and a lack of Lacazette, to contentious issues like the penalty and...
Arseblog - Tue Nov 7 7:10 AM
It’s fair to say that Blogs, who is currently making his way back to Dublin after his adventures in Melbourne and Sydney, isn’t missing much on the Arsenal front right now. Defeat at City, coupled with another Interlull, means it’s very quiet. As far as I can tell, only three of the established f...
Arseblog - Mon Nov 6 4:46 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Before the game Arsene Wenger said it was an opportunity for his team to show they could compete with the best side in the league – something Man City clearly are. Leaving aside some unhappiness over the offside decision for their third goal,...
Arseblog - Sun Nov 5 6:00 AM
It’s Man City v Arsenal today, the as yet unbeaten league leaders against a Gunners side who have yet to fully convince. While every game is difficult, this could be viewed as the first real test since our trip to Stamford Bridge back in September. That came after the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, and...
Arseblog - Sat Nov 4 6:00 AM
There was a moment in what was probably his best ever performance for us that summed up Santi Cazorla for me. It wasn’t him twisting and turning away from Man City’s midfielders who, at that point, were trying their best to stop him by fair means or foul, but something a bit more prosaic. He … ...