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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...

Monreal adds to pre-Newcastle positive vibes

Good morning from Brixton where the moody, grey skies make for a truly autumnal morning. The vast majority of the Arsenal squad should be back at London Colney by tomorrow as Unai Emery steps up his preparations for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. September’s second round of Interlull fixtures drew to a close last night with five...

Is Unai dreaming an impossible dream?

In yesterday’s post, I touched on why I feel there’s room for optimism at the Emirates after the first month of the season. My positivity boiled down to the following; the head coach seems to have the faith of the players, we’ve won away, our new midfielders are showing promise and we’ve bagged a few goals. I caveated all...

Arsecast Extra Episode 247 – 10.09.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week's Interlull show we have some connection issues between Spain and London, but we just about manage to discuss the international games, the Arsenal legends game at the weekend, Hector Bellerin's interview with The Times and, briefly, Santi Cazorla's fantastic interview with Sid Lowe...

Here’s why I’m feeling optimistic…

Exactly a month ago, I wrote in the 2018/19 preview on these pages that I thought Unai Emery’s debut season in England would be a ‘tough transition year’ for Arsenal and that we were ending the transfer window with an unbalanced squad. Since then we’ve been swatted away by Manchester City, frustratingly lost to Chelsea and relied on our...

Mad Jens steals the limelight + Interlull round-up

Morning all. I’m still chuckling at Jens Lehmann’s behaviour in the Arsenal Legends game yesterday. The German, known for his uber-competitive streak, not only kept a clean sheet against Raul’s Real Madrid but when the game went to a shootout he stole the responsibility for the winning penalty from Tomas Rosicky before planting his effort in the top corner....

Saturday round up

A very quick Saturday round up for you, and now I've had my breakfast, we'll start with a story that I'm quite sure would've put me off eating. Even the title of the story makes me a little queasy. Santi Cazorla, double-footed midfield dynamo, and former Gunner that was instrumental in the team's absence from the doldrums for possibly...

The calm after the storm

The last time I wrote on these pages, Atletico Madrid had just dumped Arsenal out of the Europa League and we were all coming to terms with the fact that Arsene Wenger wasn't going to get the happy ending we’d all wished for him. Just over four months have passed since then...and, well...not much has happened, has it? We've...