Arsecast Extra Episode 38 – 20.10.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 38 – 20.10.2014

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week’s show we look back on the disappointing 2-2 draw with Hull, the paucity of the second half performance, more defensive worries and a goalkeeping issue ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Anderlecht. As well as that we answer listener questions about Arsene Wenger and the board, Per Mertesacker, the manager’s BBC interview with Jacqui Oatley and reveal which one of us has extraordinarily slender fingers.

Remember, you can send us questions via which we’ll try and get to each week. Send them to either @arseblog or @Gunnerblog (or both) using the hashtag #arsecastextra. Best to send them Monday morning so they get noticed more easily.

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You can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Or if you want to subscribe directly to the feed URL you can do so too (this is a much better way to do it as you don’t experience the delays from iTunes). To download this week’s Arsecast Extra directly – click here – 35mb MP3.

The Arsecast Extra is also available on our SoundCloud channel, where you can leave comments and such, as well as via the SoundCloud app for iPhone and Android.

You can also find it on the Stitcher podcasting app for iOS and Android. Or, you can listen without leaving this page by using the player below. Remember, you can also leave comments on each episode on SoundCloud, and reviews/ratings on iTunes are much appreciated! Thanks.

This Arsecast Extra was recorded with ipDTL.

Arsecast Extra Episode 37 – 13.10.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 37 – 13.10.2014

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week’s show we look back on the last week of the Interlull in which Arsenal’s injury situation became even more ridiculous and in which we made a fairly high profile addition to the scouting staff. In part 2 we answer your questions about Mesut Ozil and how we might set up without him, what one moment of Arsenal history we might change, disagree on owls and cast a film version of a famous Arsenal tradition of days past.

Remember, you can send us questions via which we’ll try and get to each week. Send them to either @arseblog or @Gunnerblog (or both) using the hashtag #arsecastextra. Best to send them Monday morning so they get noticed more easily.

Arsecast Extra is brought to you by Audible.com – you can get a free audio book download and a 30 day free trial. Click the banner below to sign up or go to audibletrial.com/arsecast

You can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Or if you want to subscribe directly to the feed URL you can do so too (this is a much better way to do it as you don’t experience the delays from iTunes). To download this week’s Arsecast Extra directly – click here – 35mb MP3.

The Arsecast Extra is also available on our SoundCloud channel, where you can leave comments and such, as well as via the SoundCloud app for iPhone and Android.

You can also find it on the Stitcher podcasting app for iOS and Android. Or, you can listen without leaving this page by using the player below. Remember, you can also leave comments on each episode on SoundCloud, and reviews/ratings on iTunes are much appreciated! Thanks.

This Arsecast Extra was recorded with ipDTL.

Arsecast Extra Episode 36 (live!) – 07.10.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 36 (live!) – 07.10.2014

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog.

This week’s show is a very special edition, recorded live at Union Chapel on Upper Street last night (Oct 6th). James and I were joined by Amy Lawrence and Philippe Auclair to chat about the weekend’s game against Chelsea, the defeat, the ramifications of it, and our start to the season as a whole. After a short interval, we then did a Q&A with questions from audience members about all manner of things, but much of it revolved around Arsene Wenger.

It’s one and a half hours long, so this should get you through the commute home or a couple of decent dog walks. The sound is a bit up and down at times, but that’s the live experience for you (imagine it’s a bootleg tape).

Arsecast Extra is brought to you by Audible.com – you can get a free audio book download and a 30 day free trial. Click the banner below to sign up or go to audibletrial.com/arsecast

You can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Or if you want to subscribe directly to the feed URL you can do so too (this is a much better way to do it as you don’t experience the delays from iTunes). To download this week’s Arsecast Extra directly – click here – 61mb MP3.

The Arsecast Extra is also available on our SoundCloud channel, where you can leave comments and such, as well as via the SoundCloud app for iPhone and Android.

You can also find it on the Stitcher podcasting app for iOS and Android. Or, you can listen without leaving this page by using the player below. Remember, you can also leave comments on each episode on SoundCloud, and reviews/ratings on iTunes are much appreciated! Thanks.

Welbeck, Podolski, flares + Arsecast 325

Welbeck, Podolski, flares + Arsecast 325

Morning all, and welcome to another Friday.

We’ve got to put the Champions League well and truly behind us now and concentrate on Sunday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. We’re not going to go into the details of it just yet, we’ve got Saturday and Sunday to deal with a fixture that looms large on the horizon like a large loomy thing.

Back to now though, and Danny Welbeck has been talking about his goalscoring form since joining the club. The hat-trick on Wednesday might be played down by some who will want to see if he can do it in the big games, but I’m very much of the opinion that those goals were the spark his Arsenal career needed. The longer any striker goes without a convincing performance, the more people question him, but for his confidence and the confidence in him the Galatasaray goal glut was just lovely.

And he puts it down to being played in his favourite position and not shunted out wide as he had been at Manchester United:

Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often. But now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net. I’m sure it’s the same with every other striker.

Obviously people can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals.

I like his attitude, I have to say. There’s a genuine confidence and belief in his own ability and at 23 he’s at exactly the right age to make a big step forward in his career. With the players we have around him up front he’s going to get chances, and although he had a couple of games where his finishing was a bit off, he looks to have found his range now.

Kieran Gibbs has bigged him up also, talking about his work-rate, but also his character, saying:

He knows pretty much half the squad and he’s a great guy so it’s a lot easier when you’re likeable like that.

I like that he seems a really nice guy, unlike other forwards at the club he came from, for example, but also that the niceness extends only to his teammates and not the opposition. He was involved in a little set-to with Vincent Kompany during the Man City game, and he’s prepared to use his size and strength. All in all he looks a more prescient signing by the day – just try and imagine this Arsenal team without him right now, it’s not a pleasant thought.

Another forward isn’t having quite as much though, and Lukas Podolski says he might have to leave if he doesn’t get more minutes. He told RTL television:

I am a full-blooded player, a street player and I love competition. If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur. We will have to see. But it is certainly something one has to think about.

It’s a difficult situation in that he knew Arsene Wenger was ready to let him go this summer, then the injury to Giroud occurred and he was required to stay in the short-term. Right at the end of the window we signed Welbeck, so he’s now in the same position he was in when Giroud was fit: at best a substitute option for a place on the left hand side because the manager just doesn’t believe he’s a centre-forward.

If there was criticism of his performance against Southampton, it should also be taken into account that was his first start of the season and one game isn’t enough to judge his application or motivation, even if he could have worked harder. Football is funny though, he’s very much on the fringes now, but you just never know when a player might be needed, and for his flaws he’s got end product when given the opportunity. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a January move somewhere, but then who knows what might have happened between now and then.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have been charged by UEFA for ‘insufficient organisation’ because Galatasaray fans brought flares and smoke bombs into the ground on Wednesday night. When we posted the story there were lots of eye-witness accounts from folk on Twitter of how the travelling fans were well, and obviously, searched going into the ground, so it seems odd to me that the club itself should be punished when their fans smuggle in stuff in Papillon style chargers and then try to set our pitch on fire.

They have also been charged with ‘crowd disturbances, and setting-off and throwing of fireworks’ – which seems fair, but realistically, if Arsenal’s organisation was sufficient for every other Champions League game at the Emirates, why should we take any of the blame for the way the Galatasaray fans acted? Either there’s a fundamental issue with the way we search or deal with away fans, or the issue is that this particular set of fans were much more badly behaved than all the others.

Perhaps it was because of the reaction to the flares going off. In the end the Galatasaray keeper and Wesley Sneijder were the ones who kicked them off the pitch, but you could see by the way they were gesturing to the fans that they knew it was their behaviour that was an issue and could result in disciplinary charges against the club. Ah well, UEFA eh?

Right then, time for this week’s Arsecast where I’m joined by Tim Stillman an  Tayo Popoola (You might know him from such podcasts as The Tuesday Club) to look back on Galatasaray, forward to Chelsea and a reunion with Cesc Fabregas. As well as that we get some searing insight to football’s greatest moments from Tony Gale, along with all the usual waffle.

You can subscribe to the Arsecast on iTunes by clicking here. Or if you want to subscribe directly to the feed URL you can do so too (this is a much better way to do it as you don’t experience the delays from iTunes). To download this week’s Arsecast directly click here – 35mb MP3.

The Arsecast is also available on our SoundCloud channel, as well as via the SoundCloud app for iPhone and Android. You can now also find it on the Stitcher podcasting app for iOS and Android. Or, you can listen without leaving this page by using the player below.

We’ll have news throughout the day, and from the press conference, over on Arseblog News. The Gent will be here later, more from me tomorrow. Until then have a good one.

Early derby chatter + Arsecast 324

Early derby chatter + Arsecast 324

Morning all and welcome to the day before the North London derby. It’s a Friday too so that means another hard week of work is over (unless you have to work all weekend and that).

The early team news ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Sp*rs is that Mathieu Flamini might be back after missing a couple of games with a dead leg (he probably exacerbated the injury by two-footed tackling his own leg for being such a yellow-belly), but apart from that we don’t have any problems bar the long-termers.

The injury fears over Per Mertesacker and Kieran Gibbs have eased and even with that they were both fit enough to be on the bench in midweek. Laurent Kosciely got a nice rest so he should come back in, and Calum Chambers will continue at right back with Hector Bellerin and his wondrous hair of delight providing some back-up on the bench.

There’s still no Theo Walcott but that shouldn’t be a surprise. A couple of weeks ago he shot down the idea that he’d be making a return for this one. And while it would be good to see him back in the side, it’s not as if we don’t have options for his position.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played there against Villa and I expect Alexis to come back into the side tomorrow so he can continue his goalscoring run and begin a sequence of scoring against them in almost every game in a Piresian fashion (I know Bobby shares that record with both Alan Sunderland and Emmanuel Adebayor, but if I said something were Adebayorian you’d think it was gauche, ostentatious, indolent and had a shirt number monogrammed into it somewhere and, frankly, ain’t nobody got time for that).

Speaking of Alexis, the Ox spoke about him yesterday and captured his attitude ahead of this game. He said:

Alexis and Jack played 90 minutes the other day and they’re usually on second-day recovery, but today Alexis really wanted to train and people had to tell him to take it easy. That just sums up how much everyone wants to be around the squad and training, and I think he knew we had a massive game coming up this weekend and, as a new boy, it’s good that he does know that.

Obviously everyone else that’s been here and been involved in a north London derby knows how big it is, so that just proves the intensity goes up in training and everyone just wants to be around and pushing for a start.

There’s a fear sometimes that the players from abroad won’t quite understand the importance of the game, and that might have been true for one or two over the last few years, but I wouldn’t have any worries in that regard now. Not only is there an English/British core that will ensure the full weight of expectation is known, we’re also dealing with players well used to big games.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis, for example, know only too well what a derby is like. They’ve experienced El Clásico as well as more local derbies against Atletico and Espanyol. Ok, in Spain it’s two massive teams rutting like stags and for this game it’s one massive club and a bunch of wannabes who want to build a stadium way too big for their fanbase and who can’t even build the stadium because a bloke likes to make sheet metal there so they’re going to have to do a groundshare with QPR or something and then, after finally coming to an agreement with the metal people, there’ll be some unexpected delay to the planning process due to an appeal and ENIC will get fed up and sell the club to a bunch of venture capitalists who will assess the business, declare it a serial under-performer, asset strip the whole thing, before turning the old ground into the world’s largest Aldi, but they’ll understand the importance nonetheless.

When you see Alexis sprinting his bollix off to chase down a ludicrously over-hit corner in a Capital One Cup game against Southampton, there’s no doubt he’s going to make life really uncomfortable for the Sp*rs defence tomorrow. And if his attitude is in any way infectious then that’s no bad thing either.

Not a lot else going on at this stage so we might as well get on with this week’s Arsecast. Joining me to discuss the Capital One Cup, how the youngsters fared, system tweaks and the either/or situation with Ramsey and Wilshere when it comes to midfield, is Adrian Clarke.

There’s some chatter about money, the competition winner from last week, a strange find in the archives and all the usual waffle.

You can subscribe to the Arsecast on iTunes by clicking here. Or if you want to subscribe directly to the feed URL you can do so too (this is a much better way to do it as you don’t experience the delays from iTunes). To download this week’s Arsecast directly click here – 29mb MP3.

The Arsecast is also available on our SoundCloud channel, as well as via the SoundCloud app for iPhone and Android. You can now also find it on the Stitcher podcasting app for iOS and Android. Or, you can listen without leaving this page by using the player below.

We’ll have all the latest team news and press conference chatter over on Arseblog News throughout the day. More from me tomorrow.

Have a good one.