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Arseblog - Mon May 22 6:00 PM
Arsenal and Chelsea have met 17 times in the FA Cup, with Arsenal winning 7, losing 4 and drawing 6. Chelsea have not beaten the Gunners in the tournament since 1947. This year’s Wembley showpiece is a repeat of the 2002 Final played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, when Arsenal prospered 2-0 on...
Arseblog - Mon May 22 2:45 PM
The art deco facade of Arsenal’s old stadium, Highbury, was unique amongst football stadiums and unmistakably Arsenal. To capture this classic design, Chisel & Mouse has created an architectural sculpture of the amazing “East Stand”. Architectural sculptures by Chisel & Mouse are handmade in Suss...
Arseblog - Mon May 22 1:19 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we look back the final day of the season, the win over Everton, the Koscielny red card, injuries to Gabriel, Alexis and Xhaka, and discuss the prospect of Europa League football nex...
Arseblog - Mon May 22 7:52 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video So, there was no final day miracle. There was a win, but one that came at some cost, and in the end Liverpool did what they needed to at Anfield. We finish the season with 75 points, the highest ever points total not to …
Arseblog - Sun May 21 2:04 PM
Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of the final Premier League clash of the season, against Everton, kick-off 15.00. 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 - Sun May 21 9:12 AM
Here we go then, the final game of the Premier League season takes place this afternoon, and we face Everton at the Emirates. People talk about how we need Liverpool or Man City to drop points, and of course that’s true, but we also have to make sure we win our own game, and it’s …
Arseblog - Sat May 20 7:41 AM
Well, if anyone thought we were going to sidle into the summer worrying only about trifling matters such as who is going to be manager, what’s going to happen to our best players, and all that, then yesterday ensured that’s not the case. The Financial Times reported that Alisher Usmanov made a $1...
Arseblog - Fri May 19 1:58 PM
The torture is nearly over. In just twenty-four hours time, we shall be able to draw a line under this Anno Horribilis and focus on the torture to come next season. This torment has a specific name. More feared than the thumbscrews, or the Iron Maiden, or the rack upon which Mr. Fawkes gave his …
Arseblog - Fri May 19 7:36 AM
Good morning to you, and welcome to the final Friday of the Premier League season. Ahh, remember all those other Fridays? The ones filled with hope and expectation? Me neither, I just don’t know where the time has gone, but here we are, the final game approaches, and we’re all just sitting here t...
Arseblog - Thu May 18 6:00 PM
“Full-backs are now one of the most crucial positions on the pitch; they often start as the ‘free’ man and also need to possess the all-round game to make a difference at both ends of the pitch. Having a full-back who creates is an important part of winning.” So said Arsene Wenger some years ago …
Arseblog - Thu May 18 7:44 AM
One of the complaints you hear about Arsenal is that the seasons we have are similar. Look good for a while in the league, form takes a tumble, we drop out of contention for the title, then do enough to get into the top four. Sometimes we do that easily, other times it’s as tight …
Arseblog - Wed May 17 1:00 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this extra Arsecast Extra we look back on Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, how goalkeeping heroics kept us at bay before Alexis found a way through, all the empty seats on show and how Arsen...
Arseblog - Wed May 17 7:23 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video I suspect this is a game in which my stats-based chum @7amkickoff (he has resisted the repeated calls to rename himself Statsy O’Toole) will have a field day with. Arsenal set a new record for attempts on goal apparently (36), while Mesut Ozi...
Arseblog - Tue May 16 7:04 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Sunderland, 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 mobile theme at the...
Arseblog - Tue May 16 7:46 AM
Tonight is our penultimate Premier League game of the season. We face relegated Sunderland at home, knowing that three points are required to keep up the pressure on Liverpool and Man City ahead of Sunday’s final round of games. I am expecting some changes tonight. The recent schedule of three ga...
Arseblog - Mon May 15 7:22 PM
In Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City, Francis Coquelin delivered what might be regarded as his “coming of age” performance – which is fitting considering it was also his 26th birthday. Still, it’s slightly strange to say that we’ve been waiting for Coquelin to “come of age” seeing as he made his...
Arseblog - Mon May 15 12:31 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show James battles manfully through a sore throat as we talk about the very enjoyable 4-1 win over Stoke at the weekend, the ever increasing love for Rob Holding, a great Mesut Ozil goal...
Arseblog - Mon May 15 7:08 AM
Morning all, a very good weekend sadly didn’t become a great one as West Ham failed to take any points from Liverpool yesterday. I don’t suppose we can be too upset by that. They have been pretty terrible for ages, something which allowed us to beat them early last month when we were very much …
Arseblog - Sun May 14 8:44 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video Well, that was fun. With a capital F. And also a capital UN. FUN, FUN, FUN. It’s fair to say we were long overdue a win away at Stoke, so to finally chalk one up by giving them an absolute pasting was most enjoyable …
Arseblog - Sat May 13 4:43 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Stoke, kick-off 17.30. 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 mobile theme at the botto...
Arseblog - Sat May 13 9:32 AM
Today sees the third part and final part of what looked like a daunting trio of games this time last week. Having never beaten a Jose Mourinho side in the league, we did exactly that last Sunday, and having not won away Southampton since 2003, we did that too. Now, we have to go to …
Arseblog - Fri May 12 10:13 PM
A rare sensation began rattling around the old noggin this week. It began as something of a tremor in the bottom of the brain pan* then made its way down through one’s hause pipe** down to the arms to one’s daddles all the way into the old corporals . It fizzed around one’s Maconochie before caus...
Arseblog - Fri May 12 6:53 AM
Morning everyone, we’re in that weird place that midweek football leaves you when you’re not sure what the story is for the weekend as players are still recovering from Wednesday night. The only one we can be relatively sure about is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who looks set to miss out due to a hams...
Arseblog - Thu May 11 6:00 PM
When you write about and follow one club so closely, sometimes it is difficult to understand whether the issues that you uncover are exclusive to your club, or whether others experience them at the same rate. However, I am nonetheless convinced that no team has the “player that divides opinion” m...
Arseblog - Thu May 11 8:34 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video A moment of magic from Alexis Sanchez and a late header from substitute Olivier Giroud gave us the goals we needed for our first away win in the league at Southampton for close to 14 years. It has, in the last few years, been …
Arseblog - Wed May 10 6:50 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash against Southampton, 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 mobile theme at the...
Arseblog - Wed May 10 7:55 AM
It’s Premier League action tonight as we travel to St Mary’s to play Southampton. The last time we won there in the league was way back in 2003, but to be fair that includes a large chunk of six or seven years when the Saints weren’t in the top flight. The team news is that … The post Southampt...
Arseblog - Tue May 9 3:23 PM
It’s very unusual for me to write two posts a day here on Arseblog, but having watched the manager’s press conference earlier and seen his reaction to a question about the possible appointment of a Director of Football, I’ve had questions going around in my mind. I could have kept it for tomorrow...
Arseblog - Tue May 9 7:23 AM
Chelsea’s win last night puts them within touching distance of the title, but also sees Boro relegated. Calum Chambers has been on loan there this season, and obviously that will be a disappointment for him, but I do wonder if it will be a season which has done him some good in general. He’s play...
Arseblog - Mon May 8 12:15 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we enjoy a goodly morning as we discuss the 2-0 win over Man Utd, defeating Jose Mourinho and his DNA sucking evil, laughing at Ander Herrera, and basically enjoying the fact that w...