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Alex Iwobi facing a crucial first season under Unai Emery

5.30am on a Sunday morning. I've seen many of them in my life. In the not too distant past, there was a time when it meant Saturday night was still going. One more tune. Now I can see the sun rising over the houses at the back of the house because I've been woken up by an insistent puppy. She is...

There’s a job going down the Arsenal

Have you ever thought about working for Arsenal? I'm sure we all have. Pulling on that famous shirt. Being the number 1/6/7/9 depending on where it is you saw yourself playing, I think we've all been there. Genuinely, in my life I've had countless dreams of playing for the club, but there's usually something weird about it. Either the pitch...

Granit Xhaka survives Twitter diagnoses + midfield thoughts and crap spiders

Yesterday morning, being out with the dogs in the early morning and in a kind of woods but only a small amount of woods and not a forest, I got bitten by something just below the knee. An insect of some kind I guess, and while yesterday it was just a bit itchy, this morning it's all swollen and...

Episode 475 – Telephone calls (and some Skype calls too)

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. Today's show is a call-in show, recorded last night. I answered calls at random and spoke to Arsenal fans about all kinds of things, including hopes and expectations under Unai Emery, our transfer plans for this summer, the future of Aaron Ramsey, what kind of leeway the new manager...

Ivan Gazidis: Stand and Deliver

It has been nine and a half years since Ivan Gazidis took up his post as Arsenal’s CEO. Gazidis walked into a politically unique situation at Arsenal, with an all-powerful legacy manager, given the freedom of the club to assuage his misgivings over the departure of his friend and colleague David Dein. Ivan has reluctantly been thrust into the...

Get involved in tomorrow’s Arsecast tonight – phone-in show

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It's a quiet enough week, and we just did an Arsecast Extra on Tuesday, so tonight we're gonna do an Arsecast phone-in show. You call in, I answer, we chat about whatever you like, and so on. Here's how to get through: 1 - Skype thearseblog at arseblog dot com (you know the drill there with the at and the dot,...

Emery’s decisions should be assessed on their own merits + Ramsey contract update

Something that keeps cropping up on Twitter etc, and which became a question in this week's podcast, is how people would have reacted if, for example, Arsene Wenger had decided to sign a 34 year old right-back on a free transfer (it's believed we're doing exactly that with veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner). I mean, I understand why people ask it. For...

New manager, new approach, new attention to detail, and new staff

Since the announcement of his appointment as head coach of Arsenal, there have been countless articles and podcasts and all kinds of things telling us about Unai Emery, what kind of a manager he is and what kind of a man he is. I particularly enjoyed this bit in the Guardian from former Sevilla player Marco Andreolli. He appears to...

Arsecast Extra Episode 232 – 29.05.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week's show we reflect on the week since the announcement of Unai Emery taking over as head coach, with some thoughts about hopes about what the Spaniard is going to do and how he's going to do it. We discuss the strong links to...

Rumoured arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos speaks to Arsenal’s current reality

Yesterday's reports that we were close to singing Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, ensuring that whatever else happens we'll remain top of the copy and paste charts for writers next season, seemed to spark some kind of backlash yesterday  from Arsenal fans. I say seemed to because a) I wasn't paying too much attention and b) I'm pretty well insulated from...

The great who is staying and who is going prediction post

First up, although I used the word 'great' in the headline, I make no assurances as to the greatness of this post. It's just there for effect right now, although by the end it may well be descriptive. One of the things people have been wondering since Unai Emery took over as head coach is who he might bring in,...

Football is cruel

In the end all you could see was the pain on his face. After 90 minutes for it to end that way was something he never even thought would happen in his worst nightmares. As he scanned the crowd he tried to disguise the emotions but it was impossible. Like a man who got up in the middle of the...