12 Aug 2016

Arseblog Season Preview 2016-17

Here we go again folks. It’s time for the traditional, curtain raising, oh-my-goodness why are still on the look-out for players, are we even ready for this at all season preview. As ever it comes with the caveat that it’s looking at where we are now with the players have

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
12 Aug 2016

Wenger all set for a range of questions + Arsecast 392

Morning everyone, happy Friday and the new season is almost upon us. Today the manager will hold his first press conference of the new campaign and there’s little doubt as to what he’s going to be asked. Having watched many of these I feel like I’m in a good position

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Tim Stillman column Arseblog
11 Aug 2016

A Crèche Start

“What I think will happen is that you will have more and more players coming out of the lower leagues who have had to fight their way through. Compare that with a player who has been educated here, who has had Champions League for 17 years, who has not known

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11 Aug 2016

Wenger on his future and the market, Mustafi coming and Mahrez guff

Thursday. Tick tock. Tick tock. It is almost upon us. We got our first team news update of the new season yesterday. OUT Gabriel, 6-8 weeks. OUT Jack Wilshere, but he’s in training and should be grand pretty soon. OUT Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck. OUT Carl Jenkinson till November. However,

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10 Aug 2016

Arsenal need a sandwich, but not a Bony Welsh one

Welcome to Wednesday. The season begins on Saturday. Our season begins on Sunday. And our defensive issues remain a significant worry. For a few moments yesterday there was some optimism that maybe it wasn’t going to be as bad as all that when Gabriel posted a message on Instagram. It

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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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