16 Aug 2015

Crystal Palace preview: Response required

There’s little to say about this game in general other than it’s one that feels like a must-win, a vaguely ludicrous conceit this early in the season, but that’s where we are. The defeat last weekend to West Ham knocked the wind out of our sails, and we have to

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15 Aug 2015

Saturday round-up: Welbeck, Alexis, transfers, and more

Hello, a Saturday round-up for you as, of course, we play tomorrow. Apparently there was football on last night, which is really weird. Man Utd beat Aston Villa 1-0 but I watched episodes of Always Sunny in Philadelphia instead (“Champion of the Sun”). I dunno, I guess it’s something we’ll

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
14 Aug 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Felicitations and salutations, chums! How do you do? Seems like simply yonks since my type reached your peepers, and much has happened since then. Not least, a four-week laudanum and cocaine binge that left me a weeping, destitute wreck and resulted in the suspicious deaths of three debutantes, one of

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
14 Aug 2015

Midfield balance, Rosicky absence + Arsecast 357

Good morning and happy Friday to you. Press conference today, a chance to get a bit more info from the manager ahead of Sunday’s game against Palace, and perhaps some more reasoned thoughts about last week other than the nonsensical idea that we were ‘nervous’. I guess those questions will

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13 Aug 2015

New Balance

“[Zinedine] Zidane went to Real Madrid, he played on the left. There was never a debate and he had to play there. It is a debate as old as the world. Since we played football. When you look at the Brazil team in 1970 they had Tostão, Rivelino, Pele, Jairzinho

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Arsenal number 9
13 Aug 2015

The reason why we’re going to sign a striker

Where should we start this morning? That rumour about that player we’re probably not going to sign, or the other long running rumour about that player we’re probably not going to sign? Maybe this week will provide some variety and we’ll get the name of a new player we’re probably

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12 Aug 2015

What kind of horse are we?

What is is they say about falling off a horse? You should get back on the horse right away, but don’t punch the horse because punching horses is wrong. Many Arsenal fans this week would like to punch a horse. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Anyone who harbours genuine intent to

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11 Aug 2015

Silence is golden in a world of deafening opinion

As expected, there’s radio silence from Arsenal after Sunday’s disappointment. Post-match comment has been the bare minimum, obligations fulfilled and that’s just about it. I’m perfectly happy with that. Only the truly masochistic would want to hear from the manager or players about how we’ll respond, bounce back, learn lessons,

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
10 Aug 2015

Arsecast Extra Episode 79 – 10.08.2015

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we pore over the disappointing start to the season and the 2-0 loss to West Ham on Sunday. We chat about Petr Cech’s nightmare debut, the defending (or lack of it), and try and figure

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10 Aug 2015

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham: Defensive shambles costs misfiring Gunners

Match report – By the numbers – Player ratings – Video If the opening day defeat to Aston Villa in 2013 was met with an explosion of fury, it also came with a big dose of ‘Told you so!’ to it. The club’s stasis in the transfer market was seen

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Arsenal live blog
09 Aug 2015

Arsenal v West Ham – live blog

Join us this afternoon for live blogging of the first Premier League game of the season between Arsenal and West Ham, kick off at 13.30. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can

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09 Aug 2015

West Ham preview: A good start required

So, here we go. A new season, from which much is expected, begins at home today against West Ham. Last season we beat them home and away, and today’s fixture gives us a good chance to get off to the right kind of start. In terms of the team, I

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