Arsecast Extra 14 – 29.04.2014

Arsecast Extra 14 – 29.04.2014

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra: I’m joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week’s show we discuss the win over Newcastle, Laurent Koscielny’s penchant for scoring St Totteringham’s Day goals, the top four situation, as well as answering your questions about Arsene Wenger doing things differently, unsung heroes, Everton’s motivation against Man City and drinking bees (please note: that is ‘bees’, there is no missing ‘r’).

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 here34mb 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.

We must avoid the dodgy nightclub + Arsecast 314

We must avoid the dodgy nightclub + Arsecast 314

A football-less weekend awaits us as we don’t play Newcastle until Monday night.

Arsene’s press conference will take place today and we should get the usual team updates, although I’m not expecting much. Maybe a slight return for Kieran Gibbs or Thomas Vermaelen, but that’s about it. Hopefully there’ll be no bad news, nobody will have picked up a training ground knock and we’ll go into this one without any drama.

The weekend sees Everton travel to Southampton and we’ll obviously be hoping that their trip isn’t a success, giving us the chance to extend the lead rather than slip out of the top four (even temporarily). On the one hand, seeing how well they dispatched Man Utd would give you pause for thought, on the other the fact that United’s players knew Moyes was a dead man walking probably contributed to how woeful they were last week.

Southampton have been very good this season and Pochettino is an interesting young manager, but they’re now at a point where they have nothing left to play for this season. There’s no chance of European football and even if there were I’d feel less confident because who wants to play in the Europa League?

Those who suggest a year out of the top four for Arsenal would spark some kind of revolution in the way we think have to balance that against the horror of playing in a tournament which is the equivalent of wandering into a nightclub when you’re way too drunk and you should go home and all they serve is Liebfraumilch and the DJ is a) talking and b) playing Vogue by Madonna and all the people who can still stand and aren’t being sick between their feet are actually vogueing.

Nightmarish in the extreme. Which, I suppose, is something that will be on Everton’s minds although for them I don’t think it would be as bad because they’re not as used to the VIP room of the Champions League as we are (a place where people rarely vogue and there’s all kinds of drinks not just cheap white).

Still, it doesn’t make for a great weekend when you’re simply looking out for other results, but what can you do? The television companies have spoken and that’s why we’re on the Monday night.

There’s little or no news this morning, other than Lukas Podolski talking about a possible return to the Bundesliga at some point, which isn’t shocking in any way. His club, FC Cologne, have been promoted back to the top flight, and obviously he’d be interested in going back at some stage, saying:

In the Bundesliga, my thoughts naturally turn first to the FC Cologne. That is much more than a club for me, this is my home. Maybe I’ll play again with them, this is for me always an option and matter of the heart. You never know in football. Sometimes everything happens very quickly.

To be fair he did say he had a contract with Arsenal, and one that he wanted to see out, but as I mentioned yesterday a summer departure for him wouldn’t surprise me one bit. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

That aside, in the comments on that article, Frank from Vienna posted this link to a fabulous Ian Wright goal, which reminded me of one of my pet hates in football – when the keeper gets a touch to a shot like that. I don’t know why, but it really annoys me, as if it takes some of the gloss off the goal.

Like Ray Parlour’s in the FA Cup final. I mean, I love that goal like I love bacon sandwiches, but the touch that Cuducini gets just robs it of something extra special. Maybe I need to rethink things. Perhaps I’m overlooking the fact it leaves the keeper, and the opposition fans, even more frustrated because it was nearly a save. Or maybe I shouldn’t worry about it at all.

Finally for today, before we get on with this week’s Arsecast, here’s a look at one of the exclusive player illustrations from the upcoming book.

Jens Lehmann - Together: the story of Arsenal's unbeaten season

Here are the details about the book and the launch, and if you want to do the whole Facebook event thing you can do that. Today is 10 years to the day that we clinched the league title at White Hart Lane, much to everyone’s amusement. Everyone expect Sp*rs fans, of course. And the launch itself takes place 10 years to the day that we beat Leicester to ensure we went through the entire Premiership season unbeaten. Mark it down in your diary!

Right then, time for this week’s Arsecast, and I’m joined by Goodplaya to discuss the general goings-on, especially in light of a piece he wrote this week about why this season hurts so much after our Premier League collapse. There’s also some Andrei Arshavin doing impressions, a chance to win a poster from printmygoal.com and all the usual bits and pieces of inane 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 here29mb 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.

So there you go, all news, team updates and the rest can be found on Arseblog News throughout the day, more here tomorrow. Have a good one.

Arsecast Extra 13 – 21.04.2014

Arsecast Extra 13 – 21.04.2014

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra: I’m joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week’s bumper 50 minute (on a bank holiday no less) show the warm glow of a nice 3-0 win away from home at Hull, the form of Aaron Ramsey causes a moistening of gussets, Lukas Podolski’s goals, Everton’s continued good form, and your questions about Mikel Arteta’s tooth, January regrets, the Mugsmashers, footballing cliches and much, much 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.

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 here37mb 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.

Eggs, nuggets, mind control + Arsecast 313

Eggs, nuggets, mind control + Arsecast 313

Morning all. Seems like lots of people have today off, what with it being Chocolate Egg weekend and that. I don’t have any plans to eat a chocolate egg because they’re made from the bits of chocolate that are left over on the floor and have that white stuff on it. Much like chicken nuggets are simply the carcasses, beaks and entrails of all kinds of animals smooshed into a kind of paste then mixed with flavourings and emulsifiers (and possibly some Soylent Green) before being readied for human consumption.

Don’t eat chicken nuggets.

Easter eggs aren’t exactly the chicken nuggets of chocolate but they all have a very samey taste which makes me think the manufacturers are having a big laugh at us and before each one is packaged it’s brushed with a solution that could be made of anything. Even mind control drugs. They make me suspicious, and no offer of a free mug is going to sucker me in.

And no, I didn’t get enough sleep last night, as you ask.

Anyway, Arsene Wenger’s press conference was yesterday and he gave updates regarding players and their state of fitness. And that’s what we’re all here for, not crackpot theories about how big government is using religious festivals which have in turn been usurped by candy corporations to keep us placid and docile as they run rampant and do what they want.

The good news is that Mesut Ozil is likely to be available for the trip to Hull, with the manager saying he’d give him a test today and tomorrow before deciding if he makes the trip, but chances are he’ll be with the squad at the Tony the Tiger Arena. Grrrrrrreeaaaat. Wenger said:

It’s good to have Mesut back because we’ve had so many offensive players out. He gives you always opportunities to score. He’s one of our main players offensively and we are a team that is used to scoring goals. Recently away from home we have not scored so much so it is important that we get back our offensive potential back.

I like the phrase ‘offensive potential’, sounds like a name for a stand-up comedian’s tour (Daz O’B, you can have that one on me, if you want). But I know exactly what he means about having Ozil back. Along with Ramsey he’s got that stuff we all wish we had as footballers, which would mean we could actually be footballers instead of having to work for a living, and with just four games left of this current league campaign, to have that quality – not to mention the freshness they’ll have after being banjaxed for so long – is good news indeed.

The boss also suggested the German would be up there for the player of the year awards next season, assuming he goes through the campaign unharmed by chicken nuggets and easter eggs (has anyone thought to look at those as the underlying cause for our injury crisis? You can’t rule anything out, can you?):

I think he’s a fantastic football player and I would put him on the list to be Player of the Season next season.

Spot on, if you ask me. Once we get busy this summer and add that WCS (World Class Striker), along with the RDM (Rugged Defensive Midfielder) and SFPWWCASGAMRIBCTWOIGAAAT (Super Fast Pacy Winger Who Can Also Score Goals And Make Runs In Behind Coz That’s What Ozil Is Good At And All That), then there’s no doubt he’s going to be lifting that individual trophy which is what football is all about apart from the fact it’s a team game and individual accolades are basically worthless and only to serve the vanity of footballers and the almost despotic influence of the trophy making industry on the game we all love. WE ALL LOVE.

The manager also questioned the decision by Sky to move Chelsea’s game, thus inconveniencing lots of Arsenal fans in the process. He said:

I don’t question the objectivity of the television companies but sometimes their choices don’t look very rational. We never got any help on that front. Never.

I believe it’s incumbent on us all to stand up and make our voices heard when anything happens that might benefit John Terry or Jose Mourinho in any way (the easter egg and chicken nugget of football, respectively). The bottom line, however, is this decision has left lots of Arsenal fans inconvenienced, out of pocket and with no comeback whatsoever. It’s a point of discussion on today’s Arsecast which I’ll get to now in a minute.

But before I do, the upcoming book launch has been announced, mark it down in your diaries. Thursday May 15th, The Tollington. 10 years to the day that Arsenal went through the Premiership unbeaten, we’ll be launching the book which looks back on that most awesome of seasons. Full details can be found here, and if you want to let us know you’re attending via Facebook you can do that too (but you can also just show up and have a beer and get a book – it’s most casual). More details on this over the next few weeks.

Right then, onto this week’s Arsecast and I’m joined by Tim Stillman and Goonerholic to discuss what turned out to be a pretty good for us. On the agenda, West Ham, Podolski, Giroud, the race for fourth, FA Cup final tickets, and loads more.

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 here32mb 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 that’s about that for today. We don’t play till Sunday so it could get quiet between now and then, but if there’s anything stirring we’ll have it on Arseblog News. The Gent should be here later and I’ll be back tomorrow morning.

Till then.

Arsecast Extra 12 – 14.04.2014

Arsecast Extra 12 – 14.04.2014

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra: I’m joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week’s show we react to reaching the FA Cup final and strange feeling that has surrounded that. Also on the agenda, Yaya Sanogo, Olivier Giroud, fans fighting in the stands and listener questions sent to us via email and Twitter about Kallstrom, goalkeepers and genies. It’s more happy than it sounds.

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 here34mb MP3.

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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.