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Royal Arsenal- Champions of the South

I first encountered Mark and Andy back in 2012. As a devoted fan and sometime blogger, I have long been interested in the history of Arsenal Football Club. I was writing for an Arsenal fan site at the time and had begun to pen some articles on the club’s early days. These pieces were unpaid, so I did not...

Central defender speculation: could Mustafi make way if transfers go through?

Which early morning bird is the worst? Is it the magpie, chattering like a bastard, or the seagull, with it's weird call like a bird-cat having a poker shoved up his arse? Right at this moment, I simply can't decide as the two of them are having a 'noise-off' right outside my window. I simply hope that some kind...

All change at Academy level and that’s no bad thing

Morning, a very quick Sunday round-up for you. It's quick not because I'm lazy and want to get out into the warm sunny day, but because there's very little actually happening today. The club have, however, confirmed the appointment of two new additions to the academy staff. As reported on Arseblog News on Friday, Dutchman Marcel Lucassen arrives from Al-Nasr...

Experienced signings are good, but let’s see a bit more from Sven and Co.

This morning I was dreaming that Cristiano Ronaldo was my best mate, but since his retirement from football he had become the world's largest supplier of ecstasy pills which he transported around the world in a white van. We were having dinner at his house – he was wearing a strange, pale blue blazer with nothing underneath it – and...

Premier League take a tentative step into the future, but they’re already behind the curve

Happy Friday to you all. I slept until almost 6am this morning which is a new record with the new puppy. I was woken by her flinging a plant pot around the kitchen, but hey, beggars and choosers and all that. Yesterday saw an interesting development in the broadcasting rights for the Premier League as Amazon bought one of the...

Episode 476 – Setting things off

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. On today's show I chat to Paolo Bandini about the signing of 34 year old Stephan Lichtsteiner who joins after seven successful years with Juventus. What kind of a player is he? What kind of an impact will he have on the squad on and off the pitch? Is...

Unai Emery: What Does Success Look Like?

Parting ways with a legacy manager will take some getting used to for Arsenal fans- particularly during the summer months in the absence of Arsenal fixtures. Games keep the news cycle tumbling on like a penny rolling down a hill. But with a new coach whom we have yet to see in action, we have entered a kind of...

Unai Emery’s Europa League challenge to show he’s not just a Europa League manager

In Arsene Wenger's final season, the twin challenges of the Premier League and Europa League saw him use his squad in a specific way. The former was for what was considered his 'first team', and the latter for fringe players and, more importantly, young players. You could easily see the logic in that and why he chose to approach things...

Stephan Lichtsteiner signing ticks important boxes for Arsenal and its squad

So the first signing of the Unai Emery era was made official yesterday as it was announced that Stephan Lichtsteiner has joined on a free transfer after seven hugely successful seasons with Juventus. He won seven successive Serie A titles with the Italian giants, as well as some cups along the way too, and brings with him a wealth of...

Transfers are great. Except when they’re not.

Summer is known for three things. Sunshine, barbecues, and transfers. There may be other aspects which people enjoy, but undoubtedly those are the top of my list. We don't get that much sunshine here in Ireland, which makes the barbecue thing less frequent than I would like, but at least we've got transfers. Everyone loves a transfer. You literally purchase...

Arsecast Extra Episode 233 – 04.06.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. It's been a quiet week but we still have some aural pleasure for you as we – with the help of your questions – chat about the Arsenal legends and their game against Real Madrid, strange shirt names, a truncated transfer window, Alex Iwobi's future under...

Do you remember where you were when you discovered the shocking news?

Morning all, it's a bank holiday here so some quick waffle for you. I didn't see any of the legends stuff yesterday, as some of our old chaps played against some of Real Madrid's old chaps. This was the Arsenal team: Seaman, Lauren, Campbell, Upson, Winterburn, Petit, Parlour, Boa Morte, Limpar, Pires (c), Anelka. It's fair to say that some of them...