03 Aug 2015

Tactics Column: Arsene Wenger puts defence first for new season

For all that Jose Mourinho asserts that Arsenal “abandoned their philosophy” in their 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger might quietly agree. Because in recent seasons, he’s realised the need to add pragmatism to his side’s tactics and, as such, Arsenal are more comfortable at withstanding

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
03 Aug 2015

Arsecast Extra Episode 78 – 03.08.2015

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield, looking at the manager’s team selection, starting Walcott up front, Petr Cech in goal, what it all means and, of course, that Wenger/Mourinho moment.

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Petr Cech wins the Community Shield - Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea
03 Aug 2015

Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea: Ox in the box fires Gunners to overdue victory

Match Report – Player Ratings – By the numbers – Video While I completely stand by my point of view that you can’t read too much into yesterday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea, it can still be thoroughly enjoyed, and it was a very nice way to round off what has

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02 Aug 2015

Community Shield preview: Wenger’s team selection could tell us a lot

So here go … sort of. The Community Shield between us and Chelsea takes place this afternoon with a 3pm kick-off. As a game or a trophy to be won, it’s not one I’m terribly invested in, but given the opposition and the way pre-season has gone thus far, you

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01 Aug 2015

Walcott and Cazorla provide some contract contrast

Morning. We’ll start with the news that Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have put pen to paper on new deals. The former signs for four years, the latter for another two, and it’s good news all-round, even though it’s interesting to look at them both and see the differences. Cazorla’s

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31 Jul 2015

Some early Community Shield thoughts + Ramsey on next season’s challenge

Welcome to another Friday. Where the hell did that week go?! I suppose we’ll have to start focusing on Sunday soon enough, and the Community Shield against Chelsea. I’m kind of torn about this game because I don’t really give a shit about the Community Shield itself – let’s face

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30 Jul 2015

Community Spirit

Whereas it once was an eagerly awaited showpiece, it resembles in the modern age little more than another public training exercise for sides who are increasingly being invited to practise for the season in more lucrative and prestigious events in foreign fields.” So wrote Stuart James in The Times on

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30 Jul 2015

Szczesny leaves on loan – is there any way back?

Morning. I guess we should start with confirmation of the news that Wojciech Szczesny has joined Roma on loan. The Polish international will spend the season in Serie A after the signing of Petr Cech relegated him to at least second choice. The decision to loan him out might suggest

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29 Jul 2015

Quick: more molehills!

As I mentioned yesterday the presentation of Jose Mourinho’s somewhat inaccurate, but essentially harmless comments about Arsenal’s spending, were perfect for the press. Arsene Wenger was due to host a press conference of his own ahead of the Community Shield the very next day. Present those quotes with a snappy

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28 Jul 2015

Mountains out of molehills, and why Akpom has to leave on loan

Morning all. You know we’re on the cusp of a new season when the headlines try to create dramas and tensions from very little. If you’re a regular reader of this site you’ll know that Jose Mourinho is far from my favourite person. If he could be trapped in a

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
27 Jul 2015

Arsecast Extra Episode 77 – 27.07.2015

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look back at the weekend’s action in the Emirates Cup, discuss Theo Walcott’s role in the side, the emergence of The Jeff, Petr Cech’s debut and whether or not we’ll buy another forward in

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27 Jul 2015

Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff

Welcome to a brand new week folks, and one that kicks off with glorious, prestigious silverware. At long last the Emirates Cup is ours again. Not since 2010 when skipper Manuel Almunia lifted the trophy have we had the pleasure and distinction of holding aloft the cup which looks like

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