Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast.

On this week’s show I’m joined by Rory Smith of the New York Times to talk about the new edict to referees from on high for them to ‘let it flow’. Is this going to lead to a rise in injuries as players push the boundaries, realising they may not get the kind of punishment they did before. We talk about the underlying culture of physicality in English football, how this is not a new thing – something Arsenal fans know only too well – and the way that refereeing and officiating appears to have a make it up as you go along element to it. We also chat about the proposal to make the World Cup biennial.

After that it’s some quick Arsenal chat with Andrew Allen as we face a non-European season, and how we have to make that ‘advantage’ count, particularly for games like the weekend trip to Burnley.

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