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Europa League still the poor relation, but Emery’s rotation provides real interest

There's nothing quite like the glamour of European football. And Arsenal v FC Vorskla is, genuinely, nothing like the glamour of European football. It's a fixture which – with all due respect to our Ukrainian opponents – really hammers home the difference between the Champions League and the Europa League, and a second season in this competition is really...

Bernd Fingers

Having played their first 5 league matches of the season, Arsenal are about to enter a sort of second phase of the campaign, with the Europa League group stages and the Carabao Cup tumbling into the fray. While a little unloved, these competitions give fringe players their first real chance to make an impression on the season and for...

Raul Sanllehi the key to Arsenal’s football future as Gazidis departure confirmed

The last 12 months have seen Arsenal undergo a series of changes which have completely altered the complexion of the club as we knew it. From backroom staff to manager to boardroom to pitch, when you step back and look at it in total the scale of what has gone on has been quite something to behold. If it felt...

All aboard the SS Kroenke: Where she’ll go, nobody knows!

There's a curious thing about Arsenal at the moment. On top of all the other changes we've seen in recent times, the way games fizzle in and then fizzle out is quite interesting. I don't mean to use the word fizzle in a derogatory manner either. There's nothing, then a fizzle of press conference + game + post-match reaction, then...

Arsecast Extra Episode 248 – 17.09.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week's show discussion of Saturday's 2-1, post-Interlull, win over Newcastle. After an unconvincing first half, the Gunners found their groove a bit in the second, but questions remain about what exactly we're trying to do and how we're trying to do it. Is that...

Holidays over: further analysis of Emery’s process continues

Hello everyone, I'm back from Spain having consumed most of the Jamón Ruffles in the world, and partaken of many refreshing beverages. In some ways, I feel like I now need a holiday to recover from the holiday, but I'm very grateful to have been away and to have enjoyed some hot weather and the restorative powers of the...

Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal: Torreira makes the difference

MATCH REPORT - PLAYER RATINGS - REACTION - VIDEO By half-time of yesterday’s match, it’s fair to say I was not impressed. My frustration boiled down to a huge disparity between what the coach and players tell everyone we’re trying to do and what we’d actually done.  Where was the pressing of our opponents? Where was the quick-tempo football? Why weren’t we...

Quick Saturday round up

Hello and welcome to Arseblog from - wait-a-goddamn-minute-this-isn't-my-house! In fairness, it does appear to be the house I went to sleep in, but it's not my house, with my bed, with my things. Tis not unpleasant though, I'm staying with some friends in the wilds of Aberdeenshire. We shall call this place something imaginative and completely original, like The...

Episode 492 – Time for Torreira, please?!

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. I'm still away on holidays, but the Premier League waits for no man and the people need a podcast to welcome back football after the Internet. So, James from Gunnerblog is here to have a bit of waffle, as well as a chat with Tim Stillman about the upcoming...

Gunners gear up for Geordies + Unai on Ozil, balance & Nacho

Morning all and a very happy Friday to you.  Unai Emery faced the press yesterday as we gear up for tomorrow's trip to Newcastle. He's desperate to pick up where we left off before the Interlull...with another three points.  While the players and manager were keen to keep the defeats to City and Chelsea in perspective, the victories against West Ham and...

Wel…All Right

In a summer not lacking discussion points at Arsenal, Danny Welbeck’s contract situation went somewhat unremarked upon. With a change in manager and five new signings to talk about and with Welbeck on England duty at the World Cup, the subject did not surface often. On reflection, it seems a little bizarre that Arsenal did not appear to try...

Ivan’s exit looms large

It looks increasingly likely that Ivan Gazidis will leave his position at Arsenal to become the new CEO at AC Milan. Elliott Management, the US hedge fund that owns the Italian club, identified the 53-year-old as their number one target for the position when they completed a takeover in July and the two parties have been negotiating a suitably agreeable...