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Arseblog - Sat Jul 21 7:30 AM
Morning all, a very quick Saturday round-up for you. Arsenal announced their squad for the tour to Singapore next week when we play Atletico Madrid and PSG. There aren’t any real surprises in there. Lucas Perez is on board, and youngsters Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Jordi Osei-Tu...
Arseblog - Fri Jul 20 6:37 AM
After the very interesting capture of a data scientist who worked on the launch of the hugely successful online game Candy Crush – in which one repeatedly crushes candy, I guess – Arsenal have continued their backroom shake-up by bringing in more left-field appointments as the post-Wenger revolut...
Arseblog - Fri Jul 20 6:16 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. It’s a call-in show recorded last night and I chat to Arsenal fans about all kinds of things including the future of Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Perez and his role this season, why our transfer business is relatively unexciting, what the b...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 19 6:00 PM
Given that Arsenal’s attack has undergone high churn in the last 12 months, it is understandable that Unai Emery and co have prioritised the defence, midfield and goalkeeper positions this summer. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I fancy the Gunners’ options, though plentiful, are a little unbalanced...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 19 3:29 PM
It’s a quiet enough week in terms of Arsenal news, but we’ve had lots of podcasting action with the Philippe Senderos interview, plus an Arsecast Extra and Liam Brady over on Patreon, so we’re going to do a phone-in show this evening for tomorrow’s pod. You call in, I answer, we chat about whatev...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 19 6:17 AM
Hello, good morning, let’s start with some quick transfer stuff that’s been doing the rounds. Not about players coming in, but those going out. First up: Danny Welbeck He was linked yesterday with a move to Everton, and that is one which probably makes a lot of sense for him and for us. He has …
Arseblog - Wed Jul 18 5:33 PM
If you haven’t already seen the superb work of graphic designer Matthew Wood, check out the picture below to see some of his Arsenal illustrations. They’re available to purchase in his online store, but he’s very kindly given us three A3 sized prints to give away. You can choose whichever Arsenal...
Arseblog - Wed Jul 18 7:40 AM
Howdy, here’s a midweek bonus Arsecast for you. If you’re a long-term reader/listener to Arseblog, you’ll know that I always had a real soft spot for Philippe Senderos. His Arsenal career didn’t work out as well as he would have liked, but he retains a huge affection for the club, as he outlines...
Arseblog - Wed Jul 18 6:59 AM
Arsenal are so committed to the transfer market this summer that we’ve gone beyond simply being part of stories about a player coming here or a player going there, we’re now even dealing with corporate transfers. For a few days now stories from Italy have linked Ivan Gazidis with the job of manag...
Arseblog - Tue Jul 17 6:29 AM
Our first game of pre-season took place on Saturday, an 8-0 win over Boreham Wood FC in what was basically the football equivalent of a fun-run. We now go over ten days without another game, which seems a bit odd to me. I went back to check on what we’d done in seasons past, and …
Arseblog - Mon Jul 16 2:28 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. What did we learn from Arsenal’s 8-0 win over Boreham Wood FC at the weekend? Not a lot in truth, other than James doesn’t know how to pronounce the name of his home town, but there are tougher tests t...
Arseblog - Mon Jul 16 7:07 AM
So the World Cup is over and France are champions. I know we have many French readers, so congratulations to all of you, and commiserations to our Croatian chums who will obviously be hugely disappointed today. The first goal of the game was an own goal after Antoine Griezmann took a dive in midf...
Arseblog - Sun Jul 15 9:13 AM
Good morning from Dublin. Please consider this blog an official cry for help. A communication which will, when examined in the future, become the documentation of a natural disaster. I have woken to discover a most disturbing situation. Overnight, a strange liquid appears to have fallen from the...
Arseblog - Sat Jul 14 8:28 AM
Good morning, a quick Saturday round-up for you. Arsenal play their first pre-season game of pre-season today in a pre-season friendly with Boreham Wood in pre-season. As reported earlier in the week, Unai Emery is going to bring a stronger squad than might first have been expected, so in as much...
Arseblog - Fri Jul 13 6:44 AM
Yesterday saw a surprise Unai Emery press conference ahead of Saturday’s pre-season game against Boreham Wood. I guess it wasn’t a surprise for those members of the press alerted to it, but it’s unusual to have them before a game like this so early in the summer. Nevertheless, it was interesting...
Arseblog - Fri Jul 13 6:16 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. Joining me on the show this week are Tim Stillman and Andrew Allen, and we start with World Cup discussion after England’s journey came to an end. How did they, as Englishmen, enjoy the experience? There’s a brief preview of the fi...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 12 5:30 PM
As England swept to a first World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years and only the second time ever, anyone that spends any sort of dwelling time on the internets would have bombarded with #ItsComingHome memes, pictures of England shirted men jumping through bus shelters and videos of p...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 12 6:10 AM
Another day, another signing. You could get used to this kind of thing. Except, of course, we’d have a 68 man squad by the start of the new season and that’d be a bit of an issue. Yesterday we brought in young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient. With his curly hair and his little …
Arseblog - Wed Jul 11 6:29 AM
It’s rare these days that a signing is a surprise, so it’s no surprise that yesterday’s signing was not a surprise. At last, Lucas Torreira is an Arsenal player, the Uruguayan put pen to paper on a five year deal, joining from Sampdoria for around €30m. Up until now the common thread of our summe...
Arseblog - Tue Jul 10 4:15 PM
Arsenal have today completed the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for £26m. But what kind of player are we getting, and how will he fit into Unai Emery’s plans for the upcoming season. Phil Costa (_@PhilCosta) takes a look. — Thus far, the Gunners’ summer recruitment has followed a very c...
Arseblog - Tue Jul 10 6:12 AM
Two medicals apparently took place at Arsenal yesterday, but there were no announcements so we still wait for the signings of midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi to be made official. To be fair, we had the exciting news that our record goalkeeping signing, Bernd Leno, would wear 19 ne...
Arseblog - Mon Jul 9 3:41 PM
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 b...
Arseblog - Mon Jul 9 7:33 AM
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...
Arseblog - Sun Jul 8 9:21 AM
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 i...
Arseblog - Sat Jul 7 8:44 AM
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 …
Arseblog - Fri Jul 6 7:41 AM
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 …
Arseblog - Thu Jul 5 6:00 PM
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...
Arseblog - Thu Jul 5 8:12 AM
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 …
Arseblog - Wed Jul 4 6:00 AM
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...
Arseblog - Tue Jul 3 5:59 AM
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...