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Early Carabao Cup final team news + Europa League draw thoughts

The Carabao Cup final takes place tomorrow, of course, and we'll have a full preview of the game for you then. This morning, just a quick look at the latest team news ahead of the game. Mesut Ozil will be available, unless he suffers a relapse in terms of his illness, but I suspect the German will be fit and...

Arsecast Extra Episode 215 – 23.02.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. In this extra Arsecast Extra we look back at the 2-1 Europa League defeat to Östersunds FK, a lacklustre performance from an unprepared side, but one which also secured qualification to the Round of 16. We chat about the game, Arsene Wenger's role in getting his...

Arsenal 1-2 Östersunds FK : Arsene says his team were ‘prepared’ and ‘serious’

Match report - Player ratings - Video European football, first knock-out round, Arsenal lose at home again. The difference, of course, is that you can see why we might fail against teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Östersunds FK in the Europa League is a different story. A small team from Sweden who haven't even started their...

On Östersund and Danny Welbeck’s chance to make an impact

It's Östersunds FK in the Europa League tonight, with Arsenal holding a strong position with a 3-0 lead from the first leg. Arsene Wenger is clearly going to rotate his squad this evening as he has done for most of the European campaign so far. As ever, he talked about picking a team that he thinks can win the game...

Anti Nowhere League Cup

The domestic cups still matter to me as much as they always did. I have a hard time convincing people that I am being genuine when I say that. I am certain people think I am being contrary, or knowingly ‘old school’, but it is the truth. My first year as a season ticket holder was the 1992-93 season....

Early Östersunds FK 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...