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Arseblog - Sun Apr 23 2:04 PM
Join us this afternoon for live blog coverage of the FA Cup semi-final against Man City, 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 mobile theme at the bot...
Arseblog - Sun Apr 23 9:45 AM
It’s an FA Cup semi-final today, and whatever you think about what’s going on in general, all the focus today should be on a game which brings us closer to the possibility of a trophy. There are some questions going into this one, and issues for the manager to deal with, such as: Back three … T...
Arseblog - Sat Apr 22 9:12 AM
I started the Arsecast back in October 2006, the Arsecast Extra with James began in January 2014, and I like to think that in the course of 600+ episodes we’ve produced some good ones down the years. However, not one episode has received the amount of feedback that yesterday’s Arsecast with Ian W...
Arseblog - Fri Apr 21 4:36 PM
Casting one’s eyes to the League Table in one’s favourite periodical is very much like lifting a bandage for a queasily compulsive look at a self-inflicted duelling wound, or rolling over after a night on the jazz salt to inspect one’s temporary horizontal dancing partner. One doesn’t really want...
Arseblog - Fri Apr 21 7:59 AM
Hello, good morning, it’s been a bit of a hectic one so far as I had to do some early recording. I was travelling yesterday, an international jet-setter going from sunny Dublin to even sunnier London to get most of today’s podcast done, but as you can see from the picture above, it was worth … ...
Arseblog - Thu Apr 20 6:00 PM
With Olivier Giroud unavailable at the outset of the campaign, Theo Walcott no longer interested in playing centre forward and Danny Welbeck injured, Arsene Wenger’s centre forward options were somewhat limited last August. Lucas Perez did not arrive until after the third game of the season. So t...
Arseblog - Thu Apr 20 6:27 AM
Morning, a quick early one for you, as I am on the move today. Champions League semi-finalists are all completed. There was no miracle comeback for Barcelona, they used up their juice and refereeing decisions against PSG in the last round. Juventus keeping consecutive clean sheets against one of...
Arseblog - Wed Apr 19 9:00 PM
The Gunners dominated during the 2-1 win over Boro but were unable to find any real fluency, though that was expected given that the 3-4-3 was trained to be used in the “unlikely” event of a fuck up. Wenger probably didn’t expect it to be fucked up this bad. In any case, he said went … The post...
Arseblog - Wed Apr 19 7:10 AM
It’s all go in Madrid this morning after Real and Atletico made the Champions League semi-finals. The latter at the expense of Leicester City whose players can now concentrate on getting Shakey the sack because he only lets them have 12 chicken nuggets before each game, while the former beat Baye...
Arseblog - Tue Apr 18 11:06 AM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show James joins us from sunny Mallorca where he’s eating all the Jamon Ruffles to discuss the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Monday night, the decision to go with a back three for the fi...
Arseblog - Tue Apr 18 7:15 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video ‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’, as the saying goes. Or ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. I think there must have been an element of both those things at the Riverside last night as Arsene Wenger sent his team out with a back three for the...
Arseblog - Mon Apr 17 7:05 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash with Middlesbrough, kick-off 20.00. 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 mobile theme at the...
Arseblog - Mon Apr 17 7:36 AM
Morning, hope you all had a Happy Easter, spoiled as it was by Manchester United beating Chelsea. And on reflection, does that in itself not suggest that something is spoiled? Not that I ever want Mourinho to be happy, but the close proximity of that lot – you know who – to the top of … The pos...
Arseblog - Sun Apr 16 9:26 AM
Morning. It’s Easter, ostensibly a day of celebration and chocolate, but for me I like to think of it as the one day of the year when other 80s bands could really annoy Go West by making them move in the other direction. I can just imagine those relentless japesters Hue & Cry giggling away … Th...
Arseblog - Sat Apr 15 6:00 PM
As I drew heavily on my Meerschaum this week, pondering the capitulation against Crystal Palace, my thoughts drifted to the Netherlandish painter Hieronymous Bosch. Are you aware of his work? In particular his triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights from around 1510. This painting in oil on oak i...
Arseblog - Sat Apr 15 9:48 AM
It’s the weekend and we have no game, so why not start this morning’s blog with a delicious piece of transfer news? According to those that are in the know, we’ve agreed a deal with Bosnian left-back Sead Kolasinac who will join on a free transfer in the summer. His contract with Schalke expires...
Arseblog - Fri Apr 14 6:58 AM
Hello everyone and welcome to Friday. It’s Good Friday, one of the only days in Ireland where you can’t buy alcohol and the pubs are shut. One of my favourite games is to wander into town to watch the groups of lads who have come from the UK for a stag weekend stare forlornly into … The post Al...
Arseblog - Thu Apr 13 6:00 PM
Back in August, I wrote a piece about the volatile atmosphere at away matches. I wrote it in the wake of a 0-0 draw with Leicester when, by my reckoning, a concerted chant of “we want Wenger out” was audible from significantly more than just a small pocket of supporters for the first time. The …...
Arseblog - Thu Apr 13 2:51 PM
Given the fact James and I had a lengthy, in-depth discussion about EVERYTHING on Tuesday’s Arsecast Extra, and almost nothing has happened since, I’m a bit reluctant to go over the same ground again for tomorrow’s show. And by reluctant, I mean totally unwilling. What’s the point?! So, what I’m...
Arseblog - Thu Apr 13 8:00 AM
Morning all. It is, as you would expect, very quiet in the world of Arsenal. Normally a bad result produces a kind of media silence, and a bad defeat at this moment in time absolutely demands it. Still, the blog must go on, and with regards to yesterday’s there was an amusing amount of people … ...
Arseblog - Wed Apr 12 7:38 AM
In news that will sooth the souls of all Arsenal fans worried that things appear to be rudderless right now, we can exclusively reveal the Gunners hierarchy have approved a £17 billion war-chest for beleaguered boss Arsene Wenger to revamp the club this summer in the transfer market because, as w...
Arseblog - Tue Apr 11 11:07 AM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @Gunnerblog. On this week’s show we discuss the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, what the consequences should be, what the consequences are likely to be, the manager, the board, the fans, the players and how all those...
Arseblog - Tue Apr 11 7:48 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video Arsenal are a shambles. From top to bottom, front to back, on the pitch, off the pitch, it’s a shambles and last night should be the final straw. The draw with Man City and a win over an awful West Ham side were, in isolation, reasonable results but … The p...
Arseblog - Mon Apr 10 7:04 PM
Join us this evening for live blog coverage of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, kick-off 20.00. 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 mobile theme at the...
Arseblog - Mon Apr 10 7:18 AM
Nothing much went our way this weekend in terms of Premier League results – all the teams around us won their games, but ultimately all we can control is what we do tonight at Selhurst Park. A draw with Man City and a 3-0 win over West Ham provided some green shoots of form but … The post Palac...
Arseblog - Sun Apr 9 11:00 AM
Life is full of mysteries. The one that is perplexing me this morning is why the dog’s lead was lying halfway up the stairs. Not at the bottom in the thing we have for his lead and his harness and his cloth muzzle that we have to take with us everywhere because German Shepherds are … The post S...
Arseblog - Sat Apr 8 9:41 AM
I had a very dreamy morning. Firstly, I dreamt I was hired by Arsenal to be a teacher for the first team squad. I don’t know exactly what subject but it had something to do with music technology because I was setting up recording equipment. I was told to pay particular attention to Theo Walcott ...
Arseblog - Fri Apr 7 9:18 PM
I took advantage of this almost football-less fortnight by taking a restorative sojourn to remote parts. A land of bloodthirsty traditions, majestic, sweeping plains, strange, aggressive, short, primitive natives with weird, guttural voices. Dear reader, I have been in Yorkshire. How do you know...
Arseblog - Fri Apr 7 8:03 AM
Morning all, welcome to another Friday, a day when we can normally start looking ahead to the weekend’s football but this week it feels somewhat premature. This is because we’re not playing until Monday because we’re on Monday Night Football. Not only are we on Monday this week, we’re on Monday n...
Arseblog - Thu Apr 6 6:00 PM
Last week I attended a conference. Radio 4’s Aleks Krotoski was one of the keynote speakers. Dr. Krotoski is a podcaster and broadcaster, she effectively tells stories for a living. In her address, she reflected on the history of storytelling and concluded that, right now, we are living through a...