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Tactics Column: Start the presses!

Arsenal’s first pre-season under Unai Emery has naturally been under the microscope. The club have amped up their own coverage of training sessions, doors have been opened for the media, and three matches against serious opposition have brought mixed results along with the some insight into how we are going to play under our new head coach. Since taking over,...

Arsenal beat Chelsea in Dublin – thoughts and observations from the game

Morning all, no doubt everyone is still basking in the glorious penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in Dublin last night. It was quite a fun night in the end, despite the game being a bit flat in general until the last 20 minutes or so when we had a couple of good chances before that late Alexandre Lacazette equaliser...

Pre-season preparations continue in Dublin tonight + news round-up

Arsenal arrive in Dublin today for the pre-season friendly against Chelsea this evening. In truth, the only reason I'm going is so I can experience the pleasure of watching the team, having a few beers, and then grabbing a cab home instead of a flight. The simple things, you know. I guess we'll be seeing more or less the same...

Vic-tory Through Harmony

Arsenal said goodbye to several decorated, long term servants of the football club this summer. None more long serving or more decorated than Vic Akers OBE. Akers was the first manager of the Arsenal Women (neé ‘Ladies’) football team. He coached them to *draws breath* 11 league titles, 9 FA Cups, 10 League Cups and a European Cup. Vic was...

The great Arsenal goalkeeping cull has begun

As Arsenal prepare to come to Dublin this week, I'm minded to think of the Phoenix Park. A wonderful city-centre amenity, acres and acres of beautiful parkland, and one its features are the herds of deer. Every so often, to help manage the population, a cull takes place and some of the deer are shot. Something similar is going on...

Arsecast Extra Episode 241 – 30.07.2018

Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week's show we discuss the two games in Singapore against Atletico Madrid and PSG, some of the players who have caught in the eye – including Emile Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi, Unai Emery's tactical openness, the Aubameyang on the left situation, and the many...

Pre-season perspective

So the chaps are back from Singapore and this week will be on their travels again but in more regular time zones. First up it's a trip to Dublin for a game against Chelsea, then to Stockholm on Saturday to face Lazio. The 50 minute jaunt from London to Dublin will feel like child's play compared to the 13 hours...

Singapore thoughts on Emery, Guendouzi, Aubameyang and the kids

The rains continue. So much so that a man with 80s hair is standing outside my window blessing them like he's down in Africa. Arsenal played PSG in Singapore yesterday and ran out 5-1 winners. Report and goal clips here. As it's pre-season, against a very under-strength opposition side, there's not a huge amount we can take from the result...

Tactical preparation, Iwobi deal a good decision, Campbell should leave

Morning all, a quick Saturday round-up for you from a normal Ireland. Last night the skies broke, the rains fell, and this morning it's grey, windy and relatively cool. People have taken to wearing long pants again, and the refrain of 'Jaysus, fierce hot again' is nowhere to be heard. Arsenal play PSG today in Singapore in the final game...

Smith-Rowe’s belter, Atletico thoughts, Emery on Ramsey

Emile Smith Rowe scores for Arsenal
There were a few interesting bits and pieces to come out of yesterday's game with Atletico Madrid. We didn't learn a huge amount about things in general, but some brief observations. Emile Smith-Rowe The young man, who only found out he was going on tour last weekend, scored the Arsenal goal and what a goal it was too. Picking up a...

Episode 483 – Tunnel Area

Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast - the Arsenal podcast. On this week's show I chat with Tim Stillman about the game in Singapore, the Aaron Ramsey situation, and the strange goings-on involving Ivan Gazidis, AC Milan and that weird statement released by the club. After that, I interview Tom Markham, one of the producers of an amazing new...

Pre-season game of genuine interest today + Ramsey on his contract

In a few hours time Arsenal will play their first pre-season game against opposition of any real consequence. We face Atletico Madrid, our Europa League semi-final conquerors, in Singapore at around 12.30 UK time, and while the results don't really matter, it'll be the first time many of us will see Unai Emery take charge of the team and...