granit xhaka arsenal
26 May 2016

Granit Xhaka signs to add quality and bite to Arsenal’s midfield

So, in a move that surprised absolutely nobody, Granit Xhaka became our first signing of the summer yesterday. The Swiss international moves from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m, rising to £30m+ with add-ons. The midfielder becomes our third most expensive player of

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Arsene Wenger - Breaking Bad
25 May 2016

Breaking Bank: are we set for a record summer spend?

Good morning, it’s getting quiet now. The cold winds of summer whip over the hills of no football and we anxiously await the announcement of a Swiss bloke. I thought I’d spent some time working out hilarious anagrams of Granit Xhaka’s name but the X pretty much makes for poor

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mourino 127 hours
24 May 2016

LVG out, MFC in, Alexis number change & goals of the season

So Louis van Gaal got sacked. I’m with Arsene Wenger when he says it’s a shame whenever a manager gets sacked – except when it’s Jose Mourinho who gets sacked. He doesn’t say it’s a shame then, although to be fair he doesn’t say anything. Some might call it diplomatic

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23 May 2016

The changing profile of the Arsenal midfield

Morning everyone. It’s that time of year now where you just don’t know what’s going to be going on. During the season there’s just been a match, or there’s going to be a match soon enough, and all the various bits and pieces that surround the actual game of football are

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xhaka in an arsenal shirt
22 May 2016

Xhaka pictures leak as Pardew’s dancing wins United the cup

Morning. So Manchester Utd won the FA Cup yesterday. 10 man Manchester United won the FA Cup. 10 man Manchester United managed by Louis van Gaal for the last time won the FA Cup. And they deserved it. I’m sorry Crystal Palace fans, I think everybody was up for the

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granit_xhaka Arsenal
21 May 2016

Xhaka set to sign in £30m deal + Saturday round-up

Morning all, a very quick first Saturday of the off-season round-up for you. The big story this morning is that our first signing of the summer looks imminent. We’ve been consistently linked with Granit Xhaka for months now, and reports yesterday said that he had flown to London to finalise

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20 May 2016

Mikel Arteta: an appreciation + audio woes and a movie trailer

Morning all. I have to start with an apology because the end of season round-table Arsecast I recorded last night is, unfortunately, unbroadcastable. There’s an intermittent clicking/interference that wasn’t there when I was chatting with the chaps, but it’s there from the first seconds of the conversation right until the

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19 May 2016

Farewell, Little Moz-Arteta

Less sympathetic Arsenal commentators describe Theo Walcott as the emblematic player of the Emirates era. An expensive show of faith in potential unrealised, occasional glimpses of promise punctuated by yawning stretches of injury and incompetence. He gives you just enough to keep you engaged, to convince yourself that there is

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19 May 2016

Europa League final + transfer updates on Morata and Xhaka

Good morning to you. Last night I watched the Europa League final with the Mugsmasher in a pub which was filled to the brim with other Mugsmashers. He enjoyed the first half quite a lot, and I don’t blame him. Liverpool were quite good, whereas Sevilla weren’t, and then Daniel

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Arsenal squad 2016
18 May 2016

Squad assessment in 140 characters or less (ish) – 2016

In what’s now some kind of tradition, it’s time for the annual Arseblog squad assessment post. This time last year they were done in a kind of Twitter-ish style of around 140 characters, and I see no reason to change. Just a note that I’m using the grading system we

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17 May 2016

Ignore the wilfully stupid punditry + Arteta, Wilshere and Walcott

Morning. Still laughing? Of course you are. I find my laughter is rekindled whenever I see or hear a grumpy pundit who tries to suggest that Arsenal finishing second above Sp*rs is nothing to be celebrated. There are only two possible explanations for this point of view. 1 – In

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arteta_goal_villa 2016
16 May 2016

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa: Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Match Report – Player ratings – Sp*rsLOL – Video Sometimes writing a blog is quite easy. A thing happens, you write about it, and that’s more or less it. Other times it’s more complicated, because the topic is a bit contentious or delicate, and it requires some thinking. And other

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