22 Aug 2015

On the search for a new striker

Morning, I had a lie-in until 9am, this is amazing. Who knew it was permitted to sleep this long into the day. I feel thoroughly decadent. We’ll start this morning with the manager’s thoughts on new arrivals as expressed at his press conference yesterday. It’s all quite familiar, he wants

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Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
21 Aug 2015

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

What a curious week. As summer enters its Rooney period – that is not as good as it once was, and now bloated and ageing, with everyone wishing it would just put itself out of its misery soon – thoughts turn to the feverish pagan festival of Transferia, which is

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
21 Aug 2015

I’ve got a Dicky Anteater + Arsecast 358

Morning all, welcome to another Friday and an Arsenal free weekend – booooooo! I really, really don’t like Monday night football, and there’s just too much dicking around with the fixtures in general these days. Our next Saturday 3pm kick off is some time in the 2017-18 season, and even

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20 Aug 2015

Coq-less Crew

The modern obsession with transfers and the publications produce streams of transfer pornography mean that new signings are a topic never entirely removed from the conversational menu. But it feels as though Arsenal palates are being whetted by hors d’oeuvres from a different delicatessen of late. The issue of how

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20 Aug 2015

Should other clubs spending impact on ours?

It’s a Thursday before a Premier League weekend and it’s as quiet as quiet can be. We’ll get some team news later on. My predictions: Welbeck still out, Wilshere still out but close, Rosicky obviously still out, hopefully no ill-effects from the game against Palace last week. Everyone hoping to

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19 Aug 2015

How do I get you a loan?

Good morning, very quick one for you as I woke up late and I have about 1003 billion things to do today and I’m already behind schedule. It’s all about the loan players today. Adding to our list of players out on a temporary basis is Wellington Silva, who will

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18 Aug 2015

Early days, goalkeeping stuff, and Ramsey from the right

Morning all, the cloak of victory hangs loose around our shoulders, protecting us from the madness and mayhem of not victory. As amusing as all this Chelsea stuff is, and it is really, really amusing, it just shows how quickly things can change in football these days. Even after the

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17 Aug 2015

Tactics column: understanding Coquelin/Cazorla partnership v Crystal Palace

As a player, Pep Guardiola had a deep-seated fear of being attacked which he has carried with him as manager. On the touchline, he can be seen gesticulating wildly, at times scratching his head furiously whenever the opponent has the ball. As a player it was his job to stop

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Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast
17 Aug 2015

Arsecast Extra Episode 80 – 17.08.2015

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we chat about the first win of the season, the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, the return to last season’s formation, Ramsey on the right, Alexis back in from the start and defensive lapses. We

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17 Aug 2015

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal: Ozil pulls the strings

Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video A return to last season’s formation and line-up brought us our first win of the season, but as usual it was hard work at Selhurst Park. With Ramsey ostensibly on the right, Alexis left, and Cazorla back in the

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Arsenal live blog
16 Aug 2015

Crystal Palace v Arsenal – live blog

Join us this afternoon for live blogging of the Premier League fixture between Crystal Palace and Arsenal, 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 switch between the main

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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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