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Arseblog - Tue Jan 22 10:21 PM
So, as Arsenal confirmed the news about Hector Bellerin’s injury, the full-back came to terms with the fact he’d be out of action for up to 9 months following his surgery and rehab. Via his social media, he posted a message which said: There are no obstacles in life you can’t get over. Been a …
Arseblog - Tue Jan 22 7:23 AM
It’s bad news to start with this morning as it was revealed last night that Hector Bellerin’s injury is a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament which ends his season, and will more than likely see him miss the start of next season too. It’s a huge blow for the 23 year old who, under Unai Emery, …
Arseblog - Mon Jan 21 7:26 PM
Another weekend, another London derby, but a very different Arsenal. After losing at West Ham the pressure was on Unai Emery and his team against Chelsea on Saturday evening. Lose and they could wave goodbye to a top four spot with January not even close to being over. Win and, well, we live to f...
Arseblog - Mon Jan 21 11:58 AM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. It’s a goodly morning at last as we enjoy the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday. Unai Emery changed things up and it paid dividends. We saw a strong defensive performance, a midfield diamond which worke...
Arseblog - Mon Jan 21 7:16 AM
Morning all. Welcome to a brand new week, and one that should bring with it an official diagnosis of Hector Bellerin’s injury. The right-back was stretchered off against Chelsea on Saturday, a knee ligament issue by the looks of it, and given how serious it looked and where we are in the campaign...
Arseblog - Sun Jan 20 12:30 PM
*Please note: This missive was sent by Pony Express before the 2-0 win over Chelsea, but was held up by a carriage transporting compressed tinned meat. — Well, well, well. What a week we have had. As a repressed Englishman with typically limited emotional range (what is known as the ‘stiff upper...
Arseblog - Sun Jan 20 8:20 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video Arsenal’s top four hopes were kept alive thanks to an interesting 2-0 win over Chelsea at the Emirates yesterday. The goals came from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny, and despite the fact the visitors dominated the second half in terms of territory...
Arseblog - Sat Jan 19 4:45 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of our Premier League clash against Chelsea at the Emirates – kick off 17.30 We’ve got up the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to join the chat, register an Arseblog Live account....
Arseblog - Sat Jan 19 8:50 AM
Unai Emery summed up the importance of today’s game with Chelsea, saying defeat would more than likely end our chances of finishing in the top four. As we sit six points behind today’s opposition already, a nine point gap would be extremely difficult to make up so the manager knows there’s a lot...
Arseblog - Fri Jan 18 7:00 AM
Arsenal face Chelsea tomorrow in a game that will more or less decide whether or not we can continue to fight for a top four place. Win and we cut the gap to 3 points, lose and it’s 9 – and you’d have to think that’s too big a gap to make up between now …
Arseblog - Fri Jan 18 5:45 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. After a week which has tested the patience of many, I’m joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss the Mesut Ozil situation and the revelation that Unai Emery has told him it would be best to leave the club. Is there a solution? We also...
Arseblog - Thu Jan 17 5:30 PM
Is Cesc Fabregas an Arsenal ‘legend’? Is Aaron Ramsey? These are debates that recur time and again in the Arsenal twittersphere. Both have reprised recently given Ramsey’s imminent departure to Juventus and Fabregas’ liberation from the craven claws of Chelsea Football Club. If images of Fabregas...
Arseblog - Thu Jan 17 7:10 AM
It’s been a pretty intense period since the West Ham game, which tends to be the case when you lose and then the Head of Recruitment everyone has invested in emotionally to help bring us the top quality bargains we all feel we need appears to be on the brink of leaving the club. There’s …
Arseblog - Wed Jan 16 6:51 AM
The last 12-18 months have seen Arsenal undergo substantial change. A while ago I put together a timeline of Ivan Gazidis’ Catalyst for Change, detailing every new appointment, the departure of a manager who had been in situ for 22 years, and the myriad backroom changes which took place. What pro...
Arseblog - Tue Jan 15 6:42 AM
There’s been radio silence from the club since Saturday. It’s not at all unexpected, that’s usually the way after that kind of result and performance, and hopefully Unai Emery and his players are hard at it on the training ground this week because our next game – and the next couple of weeks – ar...
Arseblog - Mon Jan 14 12:16 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. Not exactly the cheeriest podcast of all time, but after the 1-0 defeat to West Ham, there’s not much to be happy about. We discuss our recent form, Unai Emery’s tactics and decision making, the back t...
Arseblog - Mon Jan 14 7:07 AM
Just a few weeks ago we were 8 points better off than Manchester United. Their 1-0 win over Sp*rs yesterday saw them draw level with us, we remain in fifth thanks to slightly better goal difference, but what looked like a two team scrap for a place in the top four is now very much …
Arseblog - Sun Jan 13 8:34 AM
Match report – Player ratings – By the numbers – Video During our 22 game unbeaten run there were things that were good, and things that were not so good. It’s difficult to focus on the bad when you’re not losing games, but I tried to temper praise for what was going right with some …
Arseblog - Sat Jan 12 11:45 AM
Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of our Premier League clash against West Ham – kick off 12.30 We’ve got up the second live text commentary, updates, goal clips, observations and occasionally witty asides. If you want to join the chat, register an Arseblog Live account. To do that, g...
Arseblog - Sat Jan 12 8:51 AM
It’s Premier League action as we travel to the Freebie Stadium for a game against West Ham. Unai Emery has had a full week with his players, no midweek games or distractions, so you hope we’ll be fresh and ready for this one, as well as tactically prepared, particularly at the back. The return of...
Arseblog - Fri Jan 11 3:51 PM
As an evil shareholder in a number of exploitative businesses, and the inspiration for the humorous character Mr. Burns from Yankee animation The Simpsons, I object wholeheartedly to the whole notion of ‘holidays’. I remember the glory days of the Empire, when school holidays were required merely...
Arseblog - Fri Jan 11 7:04 AM
Well, there’s only one place to start this morning, and that’s the comments by Unai Emery which had people up in arms yesterday. At his pre-West Ham press conference, he dropped the ‘bombshell’ that Arsenal couldn’t buy players in January, only loan them. For the sake of clarity, these are his ex...
Arseblog - Fri Jan 11 5:46 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On this week’s show I’m joined by Andrew Allen and Tim Stillman, and we react to the news that we can only loan players in January. Does it mean we have no money at all? Is it part of more long-term strategic transfer thinking …
Arseblog - Thu Jan 10 5:00 PM
WHY ARE ARSENAL SO SHIT AT DEFENDING?! It’s a question that has plagued the club for the last decade and more. Much of the blame was laid at the door of Arsene Wenger, for playing an ‘open’ style that exposed his defenders. He also stood accused of not prioritising the area for investment in the …
Arseblog - Thu Jan 10 8:51 AM
The weekend approaches and with it some good news about player fitness. Yesterday, the club announced the return to full training for six players who have been sidelined recently. Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Dinos Mavropanos, Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil are all back in...
Arseblog - Wed Jan 9 7:24 AM
Morning. It’s midweek and it’s quiet. We haven’t signed anyone yet. Definitely not a defender, and not Denis Suarez yet. According to some reports Barcelona rejected our offer of a loan deal until the end of the season with an option to buy for €25m, insisting on a mandatory purchase option of €2...
Arseblog - Tue Jan 8 7:13 AM
Morning all. Today’s blog is one of bits and pieces. Little blog-worthy snippets rather than a long piece on the one theme. It means character development and the narrative arc are not left by the wayside but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. Let’s begin with: FA Cup 4th round The draw was m...
Arseblog - Mon Jan 7 9:11 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. On this week’s show a look back on the 3-0 FA Cup win over Blackpool, the performances of our young players including double goal scorer Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley-Maitland Niles. Why devel...
Arseblog - Mon Jan 7 9:13 AM
It’s a bit strange after such a hectic period to have no midweek game, but it’s not the worst thing for Unai Emery and his squad. It’s felt as if things have been just about held together due to injuries, and a good week on the training pitch will be beneficial. We know the two …
Arseblog - Sun Jan 6 7:39 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video Arsenal made it through to the 4th round of the FA Cup as two goals from Joe Willock and one from Alex Iwobi secured a 3-0 win against Blackpool yesterday evening. Unai Emery changed things around up front and had to make a late change at the back …