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A Ticket To Wide

Given that Arsenal’s attack has undergone high churn in the last 12 months, it is understandable that Unai Emery and co have prioritised the defence, midfield and goalkeeper positions this summer. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I fancy the Gunners’ options, though plentiful, are a little unbalanced going forward largely due to a lack of natural wide...

Call in to tomorrow’s Arsecast tonight – line is open from 6.30pm

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It's a quiet enough week in terms of Arsenal news, but we've had lots of podcasting action with the Philippe Senderos interview, plus an Arsecast Extra and Liam Brady over on Patreon, so we're going to do a phone-in show this evening for tomorrow's pod. You call in, I answer, we chat about whatever you like, and so on. Here's...

Transfer round-up: Welbeck and Ospina on the move?

Hello, good morning, let's start with some quick transfer stuff that's been doing the rounds. Not about players coming in, but those going out. First up: Danny Welbeck He was linked yesterday with a move to Everton, and that is one which probably makes a lot of sense for him and for us. He has less than 12 months left on...

Competition: Win one of three awesome Arsenal prints

If you haven't already seen the superb work of graphic designer Matthew Wood, check out the picture below to see some of his Arsenal illustrations. They're available to purchase in his online store, but he's very kindly given us three A3 sized prints to give away. You can choose whichever Arsenal print you like - the options are on the...

Mixed messages over Gazidis’ Milan links but his departure would be a big surprise

Arsenal are so committed to the transfer market this summer that we've gone beyond simply being part of stories about a player coming here or a player going there, we're now even dealing with corporate transfers. For a few days now stories from Italy have linked Ivan Gazidis with the job of managing director of AC Milan. The story there...

Episode 481 – Philippe Senderos

Howdy, here's a midweek bonus Arsecast for you. If you're a long-term reader/listener to Arseblog, you'll know that I always had a real soft spot for Philippe Senderos. His Arsenal career didn't work out as well as he would have liked, but he retains a huge affection for the club, as he outlines in the chat we had last month. We discuss...

Work, work, work, work, work, work

Our first game of pre-season took place on Saturday, an 8-0 win over Boreham Wood FC in what was basically the football equivalent of a fun-run. We now go over ten days without another game, which seems a bit odd to me. I went back to check on what we'd done in seasons past, and last summer we'd played four...

Arsecast Extra Episode 239 – 16.07.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. What did we learn from Arsenal's 8-0 win over Boreham Wood FC at the weekend? Not a lot in truth, other than James doesn't know how to pronounce the name of his home town, but there are tougher tests to come in pre-season as the new...

France win the World Cup + tournament/VAR thoughts

So the World Cup is over and France are champions. I know we have many French readers, so congratulations to all of you, and commiserations to our Croatian chums who will obviously be hugely disappointed today. The first goal of the game was an own goal after Antoine Griezmann took a dive in midfield and from the subsequent free kick...

MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Good morning from Dublin. Please consider this blog an official cry for help. A communication which will, when examined in the future, become the documentation of a natural disaster. I have woken to discover a most disturbing situation. Overnight, a strange liquid appears to have fallen from the sky. We here in Ireland – Europe's driest and sunniest nation – have...

First pre-season game today + Emery on Ozil

Good morning, a quick Saturday round-up for you. Arsenal play their first pre-season game of pre-season today in a pre-season friendly with Boreham Wood in pre-season. As reported earlier in the week, Unai Emery is going to bring a stronger squad than might first have been expected, so in as much as you can, we might be able to glean...

Unai Emery speaks on transfers, pre-season, Aaron Ramsey and outlines responsibilities

Yesterday saw a surprise Unai Emery press conference ahead of Saturday's pre-season game against Boreham Wood. I guess it wasn't a surprise for those members of the press alerted to it, but it's unusual to have them before a game like this so early in the summer. Nevertheless, it was interesting to watch – you can see it all here...