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Early Östersunds team speculation + how will Ramsey’s injuries impact his future?

I am hoping that Arsene Wenger has a press conference today so we can have some actual Arsenal news. By that I mean stuff that's concrete and doesn't lend itself to massive speculation. It feels like in certain sections of the Arsenal online world, people are tying themselves in absolute knots over stuff which really isn't that important at...

New Emirates shirt deal positive, but must help the necessary squad rebuilding

So, out of nowhere really, with no rumours doing the rounds about such a deal, Arsenal announced an extension to the shirt sponsorship with Emirates yesterday. A five year lengthening means they'll be kit sponsors until 2024, and of course the airline retain the naming rights of the stadium until 2028 aside from that. In the announcement it was described...

Arsecast Extra Episode 214 – 19.02.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. There's not a lot of Arsenal to discuss this week but we still have a good show for you, discussing things as diverse as Hector Bellerin at the Oxford Union, the Carabao Cup final and the use of VAR, some disturbing kit news and Francis Coquelin...

How the sands of power are shifting at Arsenal

Morning to you, there's clearly a lot to get through so let's get started. Erm ... It's that kind of a week. With no game this weekend, there's an absolute dearth of anything Arsenal related. I think there were some games in the FA Cup, but I didn't see any of them. The only thing I watched this weekend was Black...

The one in which Jeff Goldblum has an old TV … or something

Morning all, it's very quiet so a quick blog for you. In recent times it feels the world has gone in strange directions that we didn't think it would go in. It's been a bit disconcerting at times, sort of like when you were watching an old TV and the reception was really bad. You kept watching, hoping it would...

Stop worrying about Cech not saving penalties, worry about Arsenal giving them away

Morning all, as I'm sure you all know there's no Arsenal this weekend because it's FA Cup and we're not in the FA Cup because we got beaten by Nottingham Forest in the third round. We do have a cup final next weekend and a Europa League game on Thursday but unlike the Premier League I don't really care about...

Östersunds FK 0-3 Arsenal: No slip-ups as Gunners do a professional job

Match report - Player ratings - By the numbers - Video Like most of the Europa League campaign this was a game which won't go down in the annals as particularly memorable from a footballing perspective. It was a routine win from a team which barely needed (or wanted) to get out of second gear, but it provided us with...

Episode 462 – Captain Dave and his penalty save

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. On today's show, recorded immediately after the 3-0 win over Östersunds FK in the Europa League last night, I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Tim from @7amkickoff. We chat about the game, winning away at last, a clean sheet and a penalty save for captain David Ospina, Danny Welbeck's...

Circumstances challenging but Arsenal should have enough to win in Sweden

It's Europa League action tonight as Arsenal take on Östersunds FK away from home on an artificial pitch in sub-zero temperatures without a host of first team players. What could possibly go wrong?! This competition is our bread and butter now, and tonight's game is very much a trip into the unknown. By now I'm sure you've read all about...

Arsenal and the Europa League- A Marriage of Inconvenience

And so it came to pass that Arsenal’s best chance of not playing in the Europa League next season rests on winning the competition itself. For a clunky, unloved competition, it is perhaps apt that its greatest reward lies in the fact that you don’t have to enter it again for the next season. The signing of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang...

Lacazette injury opens the door for Welbeck + half-hearted boardroom leak does nobody any good

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied for the Europa League – despite having not played in the Europa League this season – there was a chance for Alexandre Lacazette to remind Arsene Wenger he could still make a contribution this season. The French international would undoubtedly have played up front against Ostersund tomorrow night, had he not picked up a knee...

Focus on Europa League creates challenges, but also provides opportunity

Chelsea's 3-0 win last night moved them back into the top four ahead of Sp*rs, and the gap between us and the Champions League places is now eight points. Given that Chelsea play Manchester United before we play again in the league, the gap could be eleven points with just 11 games left to play. That's a lot. Our maximum...