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The Interlull is over + Reiss Nelson continues to catch the eye

Good news everybody! This Interlull is over, and you're reading this in the voice of Professor Farnsworth from Futurama. The bad news is that there's another one next month and while almost everyone else gets to play this weekend, we have to endure an extra Arsenal free couple of days before we play Leicester on Monday night. What a tremendous...

An injury to Sokratis would highlight our lack of central-defensive depth

Throughout this Interlull my interest has been primarily that our players come back without injury. It's been so far so good, but then via @AFCPressWatch2 I saw a story about Sokratis Papastathopoulos which doesn't sound that promising. Google Translate isn't that helpful really as when you put the headline and body of the story into it and ask it to...

Arsecast Extra Episode 252 – 15.10.2018

Arsecast Extra 252
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week's Interlull Arsecast Extra we discuss Thierry Henry's appointment as Monaco coach, Laurent Koscielny's retirement from international football and his very honest comments about France, and Aaron Ramsey on his contract, before answering questions about the team that might face Leicester in a week's...

Koscielny calls time on France in brutally honest fashion

Let's start this Monday with the good news: We're into the final week of this Interlull. Then the bad news: We're not playing until this day next week because of stupid Monday night football. Then the even badder news: There's another Interlull next month. I know it's very much a first world problem, but it doesn't make the gap between games...

Sunday waffle: Thierry Henry takes over at Monaco

Not a lot of Arsenal Arsenal around this morning, but there is some Arsenal connected stuff to get us through an Interlull Sunday. Thierry Henry is now the new head coach of Monaco, having decided that the job at Aston Villa with John Terry as his assistant wasn't the right fit for him. You may all insert your own version...

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
Good morrow! All is well in Arsenal-Land. The warring factions of Windsor-or-Bugger-Offs and the Windsor-Out brigades have come together in harmony. Sweet choirs of angels sing and our lives in red and white are set fair. Before the inevitable reversion to the mean, let us bask in the glory of Sunday’s match up agin the best team in Fulham,...

Ramsey opens up, but Arsenal can’t keep letting key players run their contracts down

Morning all, a very quick Saturday round-up for you. Let's start with the Aaron Ramsey situation as the midfielder confirmed yesterday that he'd thought he'd agreed a contract with Arsenal, only for it to be withdrawn before he could sign it. He didn't exactly says 'That's that!', and did leave the door open for further negotiations, but the most likely...

Where are they now (redux of the redux)?

It's a stormy morning in Dublin, it's Friday, it's an Interlull and it's booooooooring. Sorry to all you fans of the new, exciting, UEFA Nations League in which Ireland apparently play Wales and Denmark for all eternity, but it just doesn't do it for me. So, given all that, I thought we'd delve into the past a bit and then...

Episode 496 – xG and Arsenal Women

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. On this week's Interlull Arsecast we discuss stats with Tim from 7amkickoff. Arsenal are over-performing when it comes to Expected Goals. What does that mean exactly? Tim delves into that, as well as some of the other interesting stats he's noticed at this early stage of the season, and...

Smashing Pockets

I have consistently been moved to write about Arsenal’s attack this season because it is, to my mind, the most intriguing area of the squad. The forward line contains a lot of top class players but it is not straightforward to envisage how they fit together- this is not just a mathematical conundrum either, it’s a question of tactical...

You think things and then forget things and that’s not useful

I went to bed last night and as I was trying to fall asleep I was struck with inspiration as to today's blog. Not only did I know what it was going to be about, I knew how I would write it – with more of a flourish than usual, not that that's easily defined but in my head...

Bruised bananas are better than squidgy plums or furry blueberries

If you were to ask the average person if they would like a bruised banana, they would most likely say no. Bananas are best when not bruised, and I think that the same kind of thing applies to most fruit: we prefer it when it's not on the turn or there are dark squishy bits in it. Ask an Arsenal...