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It's Newcastle today in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger vs Rafa Benitez. As opposition managers go I quite like Benitez, actually. I hope I like him fine at the end of today when his team have been handed a solid thrashing by our chaps, and don't take agin him because of some tactical masterclass that sees us drop more...

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
It occurred to me at a screening of the forthcoming talkie about Mr. P. T. Barnum that Arsenal Football Club would make a really tremendous circus sideshow. “Ladies and Gentlemen, roll up, roll up! Step inside the tent please for one of the most STUPENDOUS WONDERS of the natural world. More INCREDIBLE than the Irish Giant! More dumbfounding than the...

Some questions and stuff ahead of Newcastle

Hello everyone, welcome to Friday. I appear to have accidentally had more beers than I had planned to last night, so I'm feeling a little tender. I don't know what happened. First I wasn't in a bar, and then I was. And when I was, I stayed there and for some reason pints of delicious Scraggy Bay, Ireland's best...

Episode 453 – Third choice

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. This week I chat with Chief Soccer Correspondent for the New York Times, Rory Smith, about Arsenal's midweek draw against West Ham, the manager's struggles to get his team to perform in any consistent, identifiable way, the new recruits that point to life without after Arsene Wenger, and the...

The Nous That Jack Built

After yet another sluggish start to a game at St. Mary’s on Sunday, it didn’t take long for the chant of “Soooooper, Super Jack….” began to fill the cold afternoon air. Just 15 minutes into the game, the away end called for its anointed idol. This has happened regularly at away matches this season. Even as Lacazette, Özil, Alexis...

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal: Boring, boring Arsenal

Match report - Player ratings - By the numbers - Video A couple of weeks ago, despite the fact we'd lost 3-1 to a Jose Mourinho managed Man United, there was some positivity after the final whistle because of how we'd played. Sure, we'd handed them the goals on a silver platter, but that wasn't much of a surprise to anyone...

Wenger has to think hard about defence and midfield ahead of West Ham clash

More Premier League action, and another away trip. It's not a big trip tonight, in fairness, but it is still away at West Ham. After the draw with Southampton, Arsene Wenger has a couple of big decisions to make about his team selection tonight. First up: Defence With Shkodran Mustafi still injured and Per Mertesacker unconvincing against Southampton, the manager can call...

Midfield issues more complicated than just adding Wilshere + Ramsey hate/Europa League draw

After a disappointing away day at Southampton on Sunday, we don't have long to wait to have the chance to put that right, with another game on the road. It's West Ham at the Freebie Stadium tomorrow night, and Arsene Wenger has got some thinking to do about his team. We don't know for sure if Aaron Ramsey is going...

Arsecast Extra Episode 204 – 11.12.2017

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On today's show we look back on the disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton, and what was another careless opening from Arsenal. We discuss the lack of creativity, the Alexis Sanchez giveaway situation, Aaron Ramsey's injury and what it means for the team, Jack Wilshere, Giroud's late...

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: Sterile domination

Match report - Player ratings - By the numbers - Video Having started so disastrously last weekend against Man Utd, you would have hoped that Arsenal would ensure that – at the very least – they didn't make any early mistakes against Southampton, but within three minutes we were behind. Per Mertesacker's pass was intercepted, he then got caught the wrong...

Southampton preview: This blog will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3 …

A 12 noon kick off makes the shelf life of this blog so short I'm wondering is it even worth bothering with. Especially when you wake up later than you'd wanted to on a Sunday morning, but if there's any morning when waking up late is acceptable it's Sunday morning so now I simply have ire directed towards the...

Wenger’s hankering for a back four, and it’s something he should seriously consider

Arsenal back four
Morning all, happy Saturday to you, and here's a quick round-up of what's going on today. There's some early team news ahead of tomorrow with Arsene Wenger ruling Shkodran Mustafi out of the trip to Southampton. Some will ask if this ruling out is the same ruling out he did with Mesut Ozil ahead of Huddersfield: Certainly he will be short...