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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01 Aug 2016

US tour ends with Chivas win, Wenger on transfers, Mahrez and the Ox

Morning all, it’s a bank holiday here today, so just a quick one from me this morning. The pre-season tour of the US was completed with a 3-1 win over Chivas Guadalajara in LA last night. The Arsenal goals came from Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom. Watch the

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31 Jul 2016

Nobody should be in any doubt that I have a clean elbow

I have a really clean elbow. It’s probably the cleanest it’s been in years. Not out of any plan or decision to make my elbow gleaming, I should point out. I rarely, if ever, think about my elbows. They’re just there. Sure, they’re very handy. A useful arm-hinge that enables

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30 Jul 2016

ALL the latest transfer news and some actual real stuff too

Hello, happy Saturday. A very quick round-up for you of all the stuff and things that are going on. In terms of transfers, there’s not a lot happening. I wasn’t expecting anything really after Ivan Gazidis said ‘in terms of this week, I don’t think there will be any radical

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29 Jul 2016

Wenger on MLS All-Star win, The Jeffs jeffs it up, defenders linked

Morning from a drizzly, damp Dublin. It’s Friday and that means that tomorrow is Saturday. And it’s a bank holiday weekend. As if banks need any more holidays. Frankly after the mess they made of everything they should be made work 24 hours a day and more than that if

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28 Jul 2016

Arsenal’s 5 step plan for improvement

Arsenal trailed champions Leicester City by a total of ten points last season, with Per Mertesacker admitting that it was “a miracle” that the Gunners finished as high as second place. So what were the major flaws that impeded the team from mounting a concerted title challenge? What are the

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28 Jul 2016

Tour stuff, centre-half linked, and Gazidis does it again

So yesterday on Arsenal’s Snapchat Francis Coquelin revealed he’d been training at centre-half and that he’d been, apparently’, ‘bossing it’. Word reaches me from the US tour that Steve Bould and Arsene Wenger had some intense discussions about the Frenchman and they both feel that he can do a good

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27 Jul 2016

Big F*cked German: Mertesacker out for ‘months’

So, the rumours about Per Mertesacker turned out to be true. The manager gave a little more info on the situation at a press conference last night, and it’s bad news for him and for us. It seems he ended the game against Lens with some pain in his knee

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