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Sunday waffle as Santi Cazorla heads back to Spain

I sort of watched the second half of yesterday's FA Cup final in a bar yesterday evening. It will tell you the esteem in which I hold Jose Mourinho that I wanted Chelsea to win. I didn't just want them to win, I really wanted them to win because I knew this would make him sad. I'm not saying I'm...

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review
“Nothing in his life became him like leaving it.” William Shakespeare, ‘Macbeth’, Act 1, sc. 4, l. 7 It has, I am sure you will agree, been a wonderful few weeks. He has now departed in the most joyous of ways, relishing every last moment. This was the right way for it to happen, with fanfare, with pomp and with...

Can Mikel Arteta give Arsenal back an edge of bastardosity?

If Mikel Arteta was a lady an anagram of his name could be Maria Kettle. Chances are though, if he were a woman, his first name wouldn't be Mikel. Another anagram is 'Rat-like team', and one of things many of us hope is that a new manager makes us a bit more mean and a bit less nice. I want...

Friday waffle featuring Mikel Arteta and Arsene Wenger

Morning all, happy Friday to you all, and we head into the first weekend of the off-season with the focus still on the possible/probable appointment of Mikel Arteta as Arsenal manager. From what I understand the Spaniard has been in London most of this week, and has been up and down from Manchester a fair bit over the last few...

Episode 473 – Mikel Arseteta

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. On today's show we have a round-table discussion about the final game of the season and the season as a whole, including Arsene Wenger's departure and where we go from here. Mikel Arteta's name is being strongly linked with the job so we discuss his suitability for the job,...

The Mystery Box

During Arsene Wenger’s three week farewell tour, it became a little dispiriting to see how few people understood that it’s perfectly logical to want a manager to leave, but to be grateful for their overall achievements. Basic emotional intelligence dictates that it’s perfectly possible, nay routine, to hold viewpoints that do not neatly align. People are not filing cabinets,...

Who are we now, and what do we represent?

Yesterday's post outlining what I felt were legitimate concerns over the rumoured appointment of Mikel Arteta as manager sparked some excellent discussion. Of course, as this is the Internet, there were extreme views one way or the other, but for most it's a nuanced situation. Potentially it could be a very clever decision in the circumstances; but equally it raises...

It’s normal to have concerns about Mikel Arteta’s rumoured appointment

Sometimes people ask me, what time do you get up to write the blog? I used to aim for around 6.30am, more or less. Now I rise at Puppy O'Clock. That time when the puppy decides it's time for someone to get up, so I let her out into the garden to perform her morning ablutions, make some coffee...

Squad assessment in 140 characters or less (ish) – 2018

As has now become tradition, when the season ends I do a squad assessment type post giving the players a rating based on their performances etc. I’m using the grading system we have in school where A is the best, obviously, D is a passing grade, and anything below that a fail. I’m trying to combine their performances with their...

Arsecast Extra Episode 230 – 14.05.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. Arsene Wenger took charge of his final game as Arsenal manager yesterday, a 1-0 win over Huddersfield which is discussed briefly, but the main chat is about the occasion, and the fact that the manager is no longer going to be in charge. We talk about...

Huddersfield 0-1 Arsenal: Wenger’s remarkable human adventure comes to a close

Match report - Player ratings - Video In some ways the result was the least important part of the day, but Arsene Wenger will, I'm sure, be glad that his final game for the club ended with victory. For him, the most important game has always been the next one and now, for the first time in 22 years, there...

Arsene Wenger’s last ever game in charge as Huddersfield provide the final curtain

Seaman, Dixon, Bould, Adams, Keown, Winterburn, Vieira, Platt, Merson, Hartson, Wright Subs: Lukic, Linighan, Morrow, Shaw, Parlour Arsene Wenger's team for his first game in charge in October 1996. Fast forward (slow forward?) to now, and today's line-up will also become a pub quiz question. I'm going to see if I can predict it. Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey,...