Arsecast Extra Episode 32 – 08.09.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 32 – 08.09.2014

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

On this week’s show we discuss the truth behind the Danny Welbeck signing and when first contact was made between the club and the player. We also worry a bit about Mesut Ozil’s injury and answer questions about increasing player stats by magic, the line-up for the Man City game, the more difficult path of youngsters to the Arsenal first team, and we have to make a difficult choice between two excellent things.

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 – 33mb 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 31 – 02.09.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 31 – 02.09.2014

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

On this week’s show we discuss the madness of transfer deadline day, the signing of Danny Welbeck, the fact we didn’t sign a defender, and look at the summer’s business overall. As well as that we answer lots of your questions about things like Shad Forsythe, playing Mesut Ozil on the left, competition for places up front, defenders and defending, and loads more.

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 – 39mb 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 30 – 25.08.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 30 – 25.08.2014

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

On this week’s show we discuss the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton, the way the team was set up, the impact of Olivier Giroud and the absence of Lukas Podolski. As well as that we answer listener questions about William Carvalho, how we might fit all our best players in the team, the role of Mesut Ozil in the current formation, striker signings, and what exactly is going to happen with Arsene’s Coq.

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 – 32mb 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.

Word destruction, transfer thoughts, Jack + Arsecast 320

Word destruction, transfer thoughts, Jack + Arsecast 320

‘Blah blah blah rabble rabble rabble something really racist.’

‘Blah blah blah rabble rabble rabble something quite sexist indeed.’

‘Blah blah blah rabble rabble rabble some bizarre homophobic reference.’

Hey, don’t worry folks. Don’t get offended, it was just friendly text message banter, it’s all right!

I think if I was in charge of the world I’d take the word ‘banter’ and push it off a cliff. It’s tainted beyond all repair now. I was watching a TV show last night and one of the character used the word banter in the manner in which it should be used and even then it made me cringe.

So well done Richard Keys and the LMA (whose statement about Malky Mackay is, possibly, one of the worst things ever written), rather than add to the lexicon, you’re destroying language. Banter, as a word, is now like a house where an entire family was murdered as they slept and the killer drew pictures in blood on the wall then killed himself and haunted the place in the shape of a gigantic clown with wings (the most terrifying thing I can think of).

Once again football shows its disdain to address issues that really matter. Watch Mackay go silent for a while, try to mend fences with a pathetic mea culpa to one of the tabloids, and then get a job somewhere. That’s how it works, right?

Anyway, onto more palatable things and that’s Arsenal’s trip to Goodison Park tomorrow. At his press conference yesterday the manager said that the only doubt was Mikel Arteta (I’m assuming he means on top of Kieran Gibbs’ absence from the Palace game).

Somewhat ominously, he said he’d have the results of Arteta’s scan by 10am yesterday but as of now we haven’t heard anything. Is it a case that no news is good news? I hope so. I touch on the Spaniard and the reaction to his injury in today’s Arsecast, so I won’t repeat myself here, but ultimately it comes to this: You can’t complain on the one hand that we always have players injured then try and justify celebrating the fact one of our players is injured by dressing it up as being a ‘blessing in disguise’.

As for what he might do if the injury is serious, the manager said:

If it’s a long-term injury that puts us in a position where we have to be creative.

Some have taken that to mean that we re-train David Ospina as a midfielder or something as hilarious as that. The feeling I got yesterday from watching the press conference is that we’re still very much in the market for new players and that the final week or so of the transfer window will be quite busy – again though, it seems like Wednesday’s Champions League game is hugely important when it comes to this.

Wenger was asked about transfers, he gave the usual kind of answers about how he’s open to strengthening etc etc, but when asked specifically about signing a defensive midfielder he uhmed and aahed before saying with a smile, “I’m not against that, no.”

So I think there’s stuff being worked on and it wouldn’t surprise me to see us do a bit of business before 11pm on Monday September 1st, when the transfer window closes. That will include players going out as well as those coming in although on any potential departures, Arsene said:

We have had no offers for anyone to leave.

Offers, eh? There’s the key word. Offers does not mean lack of interest, just that nothing’s formal yet. However, we’ll see how it plays out.

Finally, before we get to this week’s Arsecast, Arsene Wenger has urged Jack Wilshere to ignore the critics who have the knives out already for him this season, saying:

I believe at the moment he should not respond to it, just focus on his game. If Wilshere can maintain physically to be fit then he will make a huge career.

Yes, he has not developed as far as everyone expected him to from when he was 18, but that’s because he was injured, not because he doesn’t train seriously.

And you know what, if I had to listen to anybody’s opinion about Jack Wilshere it’d be the man who works with him daily, sees him on the training ground and knows him inside out, and not a pair of witless cretins who are tasked by Sky to analyse football yet one of them, for all his wealth, still can’t a find a suit that fits him well enough so that his groin isn’t poking towards the camera at every moment, while neither of them can speak their own language in the correct tense.

Nobody’s denying this isn’t a big season for Jack, or that he’s got to start fulfilling the potential he’s got, but fatuous psycho-analysis from a pair of morons isn’t something anyone, least of all Jack Wilshere, should pay any mind to.

Right then, time for this week’s Arsecast and I’m joined by author Alex Fynn to discuss Arsene Wenger, the summer, the way the club is operating in the transfer market and the new book he co-authored with Kevin Whitcher – Arsene and Arsenal: the quest to rediscover past glories.

As well as that I look back on the week that was, announce the winner of the book competition from last week (hardbacks still available here), get some ice-bucket challenges from a couple of old friends and there’s 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, where you can leave comments and such, 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.

And if you want to get Alex and Kevin’s book, we have a discount offer for you. Simply go here and purchase with the check-out code ‘Rocky‘. That gives you the book for £7.55 _ postage, instead of the rrp of £12.99. Have at it!

That’s that for this morning, news throughout the day on Arseblog News, more here tomorrow with a full preview of the Everton game.

Arsecast Extra Episode 29 – 18.08.2014

Arsecast Extra Episode 29 – 18.08.2014

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

On this week’s show we look back on the opening day win over Crystal Palace, why it was such hard work, the new boys making their Premier League debuts, and try and figure out why the knives are out for Jack Wilshere after just one game. As well as that we answer questions about Kieran Gibbs, our defensive personnel shortcomings, defending from set-pieces and the apparent change in system, and bird poo.

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.

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 – 33mb 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.