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Arseblog - Wed Aug 16 7:24 AM
Morning all, very interesting debate over yesterday’s post about the possible sale of Alex Oxade-Chamberlain to Chelsea. Thanks to all of you who chimed in with different views, and thanks to the vast majority of you who did so without resorting to name-calling or questioning my sanity. You know,...
Arseblog - Tue Aug 15 7:34 AM
Morning. The big story of yesterday was the Evening Standard reporting that Arsenal were in negotiations with Chelsea over the sake of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with a reported £35m on offer for man who turns 24 today. It’s one that has certainly divided opinion. A poll on the Arseblog News story...
Arseblog - Mon Aug 14 12:15 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. The Premier League is back and we relive that extraordinary opening game on Friday night when we beat Leicester 4-3. We chat about the performance, the system, defensive mistakes, our serious firepower...
Arseblog - Mon Aug 14 7:32 AM
Having enjoyed the Premier League weekend until yesterday, I thought I would try and preserve that by not watching Sunday’s games. Given they featured Sp*rs and Man Utd that was not a difficult decision to make. I went to the seaside with the dog. I put the very end of the United game while I … ...
Arseblog - Sun Aug 13 8:58 AM
What an interesting first weekend of the Premier League we’ve had thus far. I enjoyed Match of the Day last night, even if they only showed really slim highlights of our game, and not just because Ian Wright called Wilfried Zaha ‘the new dangermouse‘. The first game up was Chelsea v Burnley, the...
Arseblog - Sat Aug 12 8:23 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Oh Arsenal. Arsenal-y Arsenal Arsenal. Arsetastic, Arse-ariffic, Arsemungous, Arsetacular Arsenal. How I have missed you. Missed you like a pimple on the end of my nose but then sometimes popping the pimple is awesome and the pimple was well...
Arseblog - Fri Aug 11 6:49 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the first Premier League clash of the season, against Leicester, kick-off 19.45. Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. You can switch between the main theme and the...
Arseblog - Fri Aug 11 7:35 AM
Well, here we are folks, the brand new season is upon us and we kick off tonight against Leicester City at the Emirates. It’s a strange thing playing your first game on a Friday night because when you think of the opening day of a new league campaign you think of a sunny August day, … The post...
Arseblog - Fri Aug 11 6:50 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast, the Arsenal podcast. The new season kicks off tonight, rather unusually, and Arsenal face Leicester City in the first game of the new campaign. To preview the new season of Premier League football, I’m joined as is traditional by Ken Early of Second Cap...
Arseblog - Thu Aug 10 6:45 PM
The summer of 2001. That was the worst one. In my youth, football free summers were negotiated in a number of ways. Up until the age of 14 or 15, I was a keen player of the sport. So summers were largely spent taking advantage of extended daylight hours on the concrete five a side … The post In...
Arseblog - Thu Aug 10 5:08 PM
Time now for the traditional Arseblog season preview in which I take a look at the squad – as it stands – and assess our readiness for the new campaign. We’re aware the transfer window remains open, and have factored that in as much as possible, but it’s really about where we are now, and … The...
Arseblog - Thu Aug 10 12:17 PM
So, Arsene Wenger held his first press conference yesterday, and he was asked about many of the things I wrote about yesterday. Alexis Sanchez was high on the agenda, and while there was nothing too fresh about his future, the news that he’s going to miss one or two weeks with an abdominal strain...
Arseblog - Wed Aug 9 6:28 PM
You might have seen via Twitter that Anam (@ArsenalColumn) has retired from the Tactics Column. A big thanks to him for all his contributions down the years, but the show must go on, and we’re pleased that Lewis Ambrose will be taking up the mantle from this season onwards. His first column is a...
Arseblog - Wed Aug 9 7:18 AM
A bad start to the day folks, we have no coffee in the house. That means my morning cuppa has to be tea. Now tea is fine, it’s grand, it’s all right, but not first thing in the morning. It doesn’t have the KICK required when you lift your I’m-sore-coz-I-was-playing-football-last-night carcass out...
Arseblog - Tue Aug 8 7:48 AM
I had a dream last night about our season opener against Leicester. Some of the details were a bit off, because Claudio Ranieri was still in charge for them, while Arsene Wenger was nowhere to be seen and Jens Lehmann appeared to be our manager. I say appeared because he wasn’t in the dugout, but...
Arseblog - Mon Aug 7 12:18 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look back at yesterday’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea, the impact of new boy Sead Kolasinac, the performance of fellow new signing Alexandre Lacazette, and why there are...
Arseblog - Mon Aug 7 8:06 AM
Match Report – Player ratings – Stats – Video Three. That’s how many fingers I’d be holding up this morning if I were a borderline sociopathic football manager who counts the Community Shield as a real trophy, because I’d also be using the Emirates Cup and International Champions Cup to add to my...
Arseblog - Sun Aug 6 9:10 AM
It’s the Community Shield today, a game which feels like it has some importance but when it comes right down to it, it really doesn’t. Following the FA Cup wins over Hull City and Aston Villa we’ve taken part in this game and beaten the reigning Premier League champions. We hammered Man City 3-0...
Arseblog - Sat Aug 5 8:33 AM
Hello, a quick Saturday round-up for you – although it’s funny to think that by this time next week we’ll have played our first Premier League game of the new season. Anyway, that can wait. Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the Europa League, and what he might do with his squad for that. Perh...
Arseblog - Fri Aug 4 7:56 AM
Hello everyone, I’m a bit knackered today, yesterday was a pretty long day, but an interesting one. I was at Members Day, and I watched the training. A few things stood out for me. 1 – Jack Wilshere looks sharp. Maybe it’s because it was a relatively leisurely paced session, but he seemed to me ...
Arseblog - Thu Aug 3 6:00 PM
Another season is upon us and while the thirst for new recruits is as insatiable as ever, there are plenty of current players for whom 2017-18 represents something of a watershed. Every team needs organic improvement, irrespective of market activity. Teams train to become closer knit, tactically...
Arseblog - Thu Aug 3 5:54 AM
Good morning, a very quick early blog for you today for I am travelling this morning. What should we talk about? Let’s start with some actual transfer news. Yes, there is some, I promise. Not a player coming in but one going out, and it’s a goalkeeper. Ooooooh. Emi Martinez has joined Getafe on l...
Arseblog - Wed Aug 2 7:54 AM
So, he’s back. After the Confederations Cup, an extended holiday, a bout of ‘illness’, and who knows what else, Alexis Sanchez is back in England. He didn’t look in any way unhappy about this, posing for a picture in front of a private jet with his dogs. If he was truly unhappy about having to …...
Arseblog - Tue Aug 1 7:32 AM
Good morning. Not a lot happened from a footballing point of view yesterday, but there was certainly a story that got people talking. Last weekend an online streaming site launched in the UK called My Outdoor TV (MOTV), which, according its remit, ‘provides streaming TV shows and product demonstr...
Arseblog - Mon Jul 31 1:17 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. In this episode we discuss the 174 things we learned from the Emirates Cup, including stuff about Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and new signing Alexandre Lacazette. We also touch on the co...
Arseblog - Mon Jul 31 7:47 AM
START COMMUNICATION The Mighty Arsenal of London were yesterday crowned Supreme Champions Of Pre-Season with a glorious triumph in the not at all in any way rigged Emirates Cup at the Emirates Stadium yesterday. Although the impudent Spaniards of Sevilla won both their games of the tournament, th...
Arseblog - Sun Jul 30 8:52 AM
So day one of the Emirates Cup passed off relatively well. I didn’t see the game between Sevilla and Disgusting Energy Drink Leipzig, but a quick Netscape search tells me that the Spanish side won 1-0. I’m sure it was a fantastic game full of excitement and thrills and skills and that. I’ll confe...
Arseblog - Sat Jul 29 7:59 AM
A very quick Saturday round-up for you as we head into two days of action-packed, exciting Emirates Cup action. With games against Benfica and Sevilla, there’s a decent level of of competition and quality this weekend. The squad was announced yesterday, it is as follows:. Goalkeepers Petr Cech, D...
Arseblog - Fri Jul 28 7:42 AM
We head into two games this weekend in the Emirates Cup, facing Benfica tomorrow and Sevilla on Saturday. Pre-season has seen Arsene Wenger use the full depth of his squad, making all kinds of changes in games and starting players in positions they’re not 100% familiar with or comfortable in. One...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 27 8:46 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. James is back from his holidays so we catch up on all the nothing that happened while he was away, including: Pre-season games against Bayern and Chelsea, Wojciech Szczesny leaving, Alexis Sanchez and...