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Arsecast Extra Episode 238 – 09.07.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. England are into the semi-final of the World Cup and James is excited. We chat about their tournament, and assess their chances of going all the way. Then there's Arsenal chat as our signings seem to be almost complete, unless of course we sell somebody which...

Torreira signing will complete ‘senior’ recruitment: squad assessment

So, the signing of Lucas Torreira, which is expected to go through early this week – perhaps even today – apparently brings an end to our 'senior' recruitment. There was talk of a young player being brought in, and yesterday we were linked with an €8m bid for 19 year old Lorient midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. He's got hair like Sideshow...

World Cup: England get a semi, Croatia beat Russia

Happy Sunday to you all. I hope you're all nice and warm as it seems almost the entire planet is experiencing this heatwave. Ireland is hotter than Satan's gooch, and although I was at a gig last night and stayed up late having some refreshing beverages in the back garden, I suspect my hangover is nothing compared to all...

World Cup round-up: Brazil and Uruguay go out

Hello, good morning, and welcome to a very quick World Cup round-up blog. So, Brazil are out, and I know we have many Brazilian readers and listeners so commiserations to you guys. I saw Roberto Martinez after the game go over and have a bit of a hug with former Arsenal player Edu and I was all 'Edu! I love...

Scenes behind the scenes

Arsenal have been providing us with some selective insight into the first week of training with a series of videos showing the chaps at work. They're interesting, as far as it goes, and the lads seem in good form. A bit of running. A bit of gym work. Some more running. Rondos. Someone did a nutmeg. Someone did a bit...

Imperfect 10

Since penning a bumper new contract in January, 2018 has not exactly gone to plan for Mesut Özil. Arsenal floundered and failed in their Europa League objective, the German was troubled by a back injury before enduring a nightmare World Cup with his country. Arsene Wenger slightly altered the way that he utilised Özil during his last two seasons...

Mesut Ozil’s number change ensures he remains in the spotlight

I really hate wearing glasses, but my eyesight dictates that they are necessary. I hate them because: 1 - I can never find them, even though I went to the place that gives you two pairs for the price of one. Which, realistically, is two mid-priced pairs but you pay over the odds for one of them. 2 - It would...

World Cup: England through on penalties + pre-season begins back home

High drama at the World Cup last night as England went through to the quarter-finals when it looked as if England might England it up. Leading 1-0 and into second half injury time, they were under a bit of pressure as Colombia pushed for an equaliser. Jordan Pickford made a quite outstanding save from a shot from distance which gave...

Sokratis Papastathopoulos signs as squad rebuilding continues

Arsenal completed their third signing of the summer yesterday with the shock capture of Greek centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Talk about out of the blue! I kid, obviously, as this is one that has been in the pipeline for some time, and he's now the third former Borussia Dortmund player to have been brought in in the last 6 months. Following...

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – what will the new man bring to Arsenal?

Sven Mislintat’s little black book has delivered another Greek centre-back. After the January signing of Konstantinos Mavropanos, Arsenal have now added Sokratis Papastathopoulos to their defensive ranks. The defender joins on a three-year deal from Borussia Dortmund. So, what exactly have we bought? The best word to sum up Sokratis would be ‘uncompromising’. He is a typically aggressive centre-half, who...

Arsecast Extra Episode 237 – 02.07.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. The World Cup continues with shocks, drama, excitement, penalty shoot-outs and more. We chat about the goings-on, an impressive performance from rumoured target Lucas Torreira and whether that will scupper our chances of getting him, and look at the Arsenal involvement in the tournament so far....

World Cup round-up: Spain and Denmark pay the penalty

It was penalty shoot-out mayhem over the weekend as both games went 120 minutes before being decided by spot-kicks. Russia went through on penalties in the first game after Spain attempted to bore them into submission for the previous 120 minutes. They have been wonderful to watch at times but I wasn't sad to see them go out. There's clearly...