Arsenal tactics 2016
09 Aug 2016

Tactics Column: How are Arsenal shaping up for the 2016/17 season?

What unfortunate luck that Gabriel was struck by injury in the last minutes of Arsenal’s last pre-season game. Before that, things had gone swimmingly for Arsenal, and the 3-2 defeat of Manchester City confirmed some good progress on the pitch. But Gabriel’s injury, coupled with that of Per Mertesacker’s, means

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09 Aug 2016

An attempt to make myself feel better about stuff

Morning all. The season draws ever closer and there’s some definite angst in the air. I have to say I’m worried by the defensive situation far more than the attacking one. However, I covered that in detail yesterday, and we discussed it at length on the Arsecast Extra this week,

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
08 Aug 2016

Arsecast Extra Episode 134 – 08.08.2016

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the last pre-season friendly against Man City, and the injury to Gabriel which leaves us very short at centre-half. What will the solution be as we get closer to the

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arsenal 3-2 man city
08 Aug 2016

Defensive crisis looms as City win comes at a cost

So our final pre-season game of the summer saw us come from behind to beat Man City 3-2, however the win came at something of a cost as late in the game Gabriel picked up what looked like a serious injury, leaving us with something of a central-defensive crisis going

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07 Aug 2016

Wenger drops transfer hints as he ponders Alexis or Walcott up front

Morning all, a quick Sunday round-up for you on the day of our final pre-season fixture. We face Man City in Sweden later, a game that probably is worth watching because of the quality of the opposition and to guage our readiness for next Sunday’s Premier League opener against Liverpool.

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06 Aug 2016

A win in Norway as Wenger talks transfers and money

Good morning to you all. I have a touch of the *boilk* I must admit. I was out for beers then came home and had a couple of brandies from a tumbler because I smashed my only brandy glass the other week. Still, at least I don’t have to present

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05 Aug 2016

Alexis and Ramsey return, Wilshere’s out, and no bid yet for defender

So Arsenal are in Norway right now, preparing for a friendly tonight against Viking FK. Much like Athletic Bilbao – whose official policy is signing professional players native to or trained in football in the greater Basque Country – Viking only sign players whose ancestors were actual Vikings. Players are

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04 Aug 2016

It’s Going to be a Big Season For….

In something of an annual pre-season tradition, I decided to cast an eye over three Arsenal players for whom this season represents a crossroads. I have penned an article of this ilk for the last 8-9 seasons taking account of my Vital Arsenal days. I think Jack Wilshere (stay fit)

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04 Aug 2016

Walcott no longer fits at Arsenal, it’s time to sell (but we won’t)

While the Julian Draxler stuff kept people entertained yesterday, another story broke which hit much closer to home. Theo Walcott and his wandering ways. Theo Walcott who has been saying for such a long time that he wants to play up front. Theo Walcott who said it was ‘about time’

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03 Aug 2016

Julian Draxler and Arsenal, some thoughts + keeper chat

Interesting stuff overnight from Germany as Julian Draxler told Bild that he wants to leave Wolfsburg. The 22 year old only joined them last summer, in a deal estimated to be around €35m.  Now, just over 12 months later he wants out, citing a verbal agreement he has with the

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02 Aug 2016

More travel this week, fitness updates and full-back issues

And so we’re back. When I say ‘we’ I mean the Arsenal ‘we’ and not the Arseblog ‘we’ because this particular ‘we’ didn’t go anywhere. A long plane journey back probably means a day off today to recover, recuperate and avoid at jet-lag if at all possible. It’s certainly one

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
01 Aug 2016

Arsecast Extra Episode 133 – 01.08.2016

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we about about the US tour, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis talking about the transfer business we need to do, how our pre-season preparations are progressing, before answering questions about Santi Cazorla,

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