watford v arsenal 2016
27 Aug 2016

Watford preview: How will we make the midfield tick?

So, today we’ve got a game of football. If anyone’s forgotten that’s the thing you do with all the players you buy in the transfer market. You pick 11 of them and send them out onto a PITCH to kick a BALL into the NET. Beyond that the details get

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26 Aug 2016

Two new arrivals imminent, transfer thoughts + Arsecast 394

Happy Friday one and all, and after a week not nothing much it’s all kicking off as it looks like two brand new players are on their way to sign for Arsenal in transfer deals. I know, what larks! Both of them are coming from La Liga. Lucas Perez, the

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
25 Aug 2016

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

“We want Wenger out, say we want Wenger out.” That was the chant that rang loudly and clearly from the away end on Saturday during the final moments of Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City. The ditty had been preceded a few minutes earlier by the now (bi)annual favourite, “spend

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25 Aug 2016

Deportivo striker Lucas Perez on the way? + Champions League draw awaits

Morning all. It’s been a quiet week in terms of actual things happening, which leads to introspection, which leads to posts like yesterday. Anyway, thanks all for all the feedback on it, it certainly got people talking and the sense that people find it more difficult these days to identify

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24 Aug 2016

The Stan Kroenke problem and why it will probably get worse

Do you ever stop and think ‘What is the point of Arsenal?’. I don’t mean it in some existential way. We know it’s a football club that has existed since 1886 and the fundamental reason behind it is to play football matches and win football matches and ultimately win trophies.

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premier league bubble
23 Aug 2016

Is the Premier League bubble affecting Arsenal’s thinking?

In the wake of the Joel Campbell loan to Sporting Lisbon, we got a question for the Arsecast Extra which asked ‘Why do we keep loaning players rather than selling them?’ Campbell has gone on loan when it’s pretty clear that his time is up at Arsenal. The manager doesn’t

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Arsenal tactics 2016
22 Aug 2016

Tactics Column: Alexis yet to sparkle in forward role

Arsene Wenger said that he first noticed the dearth of strikers when he tried to enter the transfer market. And indeed, such is his frustration at finding one, he is seriously considering going into second season running without addressing Arsenal’s problem position. More specifically he says, it is a certain

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
22 Aug 2016

Arsecast Extra Episode 136 – 22.08.2016

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look at the 0-0 draw against Leicester built off the back of an impressive defensive performance and the return of Laurent Koscielny. We then chat about the manager’s post-match press conference,

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22 Aug 2016

Campbell’s departure to open door for Gnabry? + Mustafi price hike & Koscielny

Morning all, welcome to a brand new week, and let’s begin with some actual transfer news. A transfer that actually happened. Ok, it’s not one that has pleased a lot of people, but it’s still real: Joel Campbell has gone on loan to Sporting Lisbon for the season. In many

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21 Aug 2016

Leicester 0-0 Arsenal: Centre-halves shine but post-match Wenger frustrates again

Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video I’m going to start with the positives. A clean sheet after letting in four goals the week before was nice. And at the centre of our defence the return of Laurent Koscielny was vital. The Frenchman was superb, and

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leicester v arsenal 2016
20 Aug 2016

Not a preview of Leicester before we play Leicester

Bad morning to you. Normally I would be providing you with bloggish entertainment on a Saturday morning, but as I’ve been awake being violently ill since 1.30am, I’m struggling to make sense of anything, let alone think about football. It took pretty much all my energy to get upstairs to

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19 Aug 2016

Stranger Things than Arsenal and transfers? + Arsecast 393

Good morning everyone, welcome to another Friday and another exciting weekend of Premier League football lies ahead. The manager had his press conference yesterday and was quizzed for almost the entire duration about transfers. Forget how badly we played against Liverpool on Sunday, there’s nothing else on the agenda. There

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