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Arseblog - Fri May 25 5:58 AM
Morning to you. I’m very glad I brought the scheduled podcast for today forward to yesterday (although it was tomorrow and today back then) because I am as sick as a dog this morning. Not the dog that is currently chewing a log at my feet, she seems completely fine and delighted to be alive, …
Arseblog - Thu May 24 5:30 PM
It wouldn’t be summer without a saga and Arsenal are again toeing the contractual high beam with Aaron Ramsey this summer. The Welshman has 1 year left on his Gunners deal and having viewed the distracting Alexis Sanchez situation last season, the club will look to force Aaron’s hand in a showdow...
Arseblog - Thu May 24 10:57 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. Arsenal appointed a new head coach, Unai Emery, on Wednesday. The Spaniard’s name was barely mentioned, but he’s going to be the man tasked with bringing Premier League competitiveness back to the club, building on what Arsene Weng...
Arseblog - Thu May 24 6:12 AM
You only get one chance to make a first impression, and I have to say Unai Emery’s performance as he was named head coach of Arsenal yesterday made his a very favourable one for me. We had the announcement in the morning, confirmation of the story that broke on Monday evening, that the 46 year …
Arseblog - Wed May 23 4:42 PM
New head coach Unai Emery met the press for the first time at the Emirates Stadium today. Watching it on video it came across as an impressive performance from the Spaniard, and for a view of the events from much closer, James from @gunnerblog was there and sends this report. — After 22 years, th...
Arseblog - Wed May 23 6:22 AM
During the Arsene Wenger era, the manager’s desire to manage the message and to keep things quiet as much as possible dovetailed very nicely with Arsenal’s inherent conservatism and reluctance to play the media game. ‘That’s the Arsenal way’, people would say, but it was as much the Wenger way as...
Arseblog - Tue May 22 7:57 AM
That old phrase ‘You never know what can happen in football’ came to mind last night when we’d taken a break during recording the Arsecast Extra live at Union Chapel last night. During the show, we’d been discussing the future on the assumption that Mikel Arteta was set to be named as the man to …
Arseblog - Tue May 22 7:04 AM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. So this episode was recorded like at Union Chapel last night, and during the first half of the show we discussed lots of things but also the future on the assumption that Mikel Arteta was about to be m...
Arseblog - Mon May 21 6:48 AM
A very good and early Monday morning to you. I am writing this blog in my kitchen as the puppy decides that her favourite thing in the world to eat is soil and has used the kitchen floor as a plate for her soilstravaganza. The appointment of Mikel Arteta is set to take place ‘this …
Arseblog - Sun May 20 6:54 AM
I sort of watched the second half of yesterday’s FA Cup final in a bar yesterday evening. It will tell you the esteem in which I hold Jose Mourinho that I wanted Chelsea to win. I didn’t just want them to win, I really wanted them to win because I knew this would make him …
Arseblog - Sat May 19 1:36 PM
“Nothing in his life became him like leaving it.” William Shakespeare, ‘Macbeth’, Act 1, sc. 4, l. 7 It has, I am sure you will agree, been a wonderful few weeks. He has now departed in the most joyous of ways, relishing every last moment. This was the right way for it to happen, with …
Arseblog - Sat May 19 7:05 AM
If Mikel Arteta was a lady an anagram of his name could be Maria Kettle. Chances are though, if he were a woman, his first name wouldn’t be Mikel. Another anagram is ‘Rat-like team’, and one of things many of us hope is that a new manager makes us a bit more mean and a …
Arseblog - Fri May 18 6:22 AM
Morning all, happy Friday to you all, and we head into the first weekend of the off-season with the focus still on the possible/probable appointment of Mikel Arteta as Arsenal manager. From what I understand the Spaniard has been in London most of this week, and has been up and down from Manchest...
Arseblog - Fri May 18 5:25 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. On today’s show we have a round-table discussion about the final game of the season and the season as a whole, including Arsene Wenger’s departure and where we go from here. Mikel Arteta’s name is being strongly linked with the job...
Arseblog - Thu May 17 5:30 PM
During Arsene Wenger’s three week farewell tour, it became a little dispiriting to see how few people understood that it’s perfectly logical to want a manager to leave, but to be grateful for their overall achievements. Basic emotional intelligence dictates that it’s perfectly possible, nay routi...
Arseblog - Thu May 17 6:39 AM
Yesterday’s post outlining what I felt were legitimate concerns over the rumoured appointment of Mikel Arteta as manager sparked some excellent discussion. Of course, as this is the Internet, there were extreme views one way or the other, but for most it’s a nuanced situation. Potentially it coul...
Arseblog - Wed May 16 5:58 AM
Sometimes people ask me, what time do you get up to write the blog? I used to aim for around 6.30am, more or less. Now I rise at Puppy O’Clock. That time when the puppy decides it’s time for someone to get up, so I let her out into the garden to perform her morning …
Arseblog - Tue May 15 9:39 AM
As has now become tradition, when the season ends I do a squad assessment type post giving the players a rating based on their performances etc. I’m using the grading system we have in school where A is the best, obviously, D is a passing grade, and anything below that a fail. I’m trying to …
Arseblog - Mon May 14 12:23 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. Arsene Wenger took charge of his final game as Arsenal manager yesterday, a 1-0 win over Huddersfield which is discussed briefly, but the main chat is about the occasion, and the fact that the manager...
Arseblog - Mon May 14 6:39 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video In some ways the result was the least important part of the day, but Arsene Wenger will, I’m sure, be glad that his final game for the club ended with victory. For him, the most important game has always been the next one and now, for the first …
Arseblog - Sun May 13 6:57 AM
Seaman, Dixon, Bould, Adams, Keown, Winterburn, Vieira, Platt, Merson, Hartson, Wright Subs: Lukic, Linighan, Morrow, Shaw, Parlour Arsene Wenger’s team for his first game in charge in October 1996. Fast forward (slow forward?) to now, and today’s line-up will also become a pub quiz question. I’m...
Arseblog - Sat May 12 8:22 AM
Morning all. I’m sitting here with a very energetic and very mischievous puppy at my feet so writing is something of a challenge. Having already dug up half the garden, she is now in the process of chewing anything, and I mean anything, that she feels like chewing. Tables, cables, a basket, my fo...
Arseblog - Fri May 11 7:04 AM
“I have some work to do in France on Monday and Tuesday and after I will come back and clear my office. And that will be it. After, I don’t know.” – Arsene Wenger 10.05.2018. In all the sentiment of the manager’s departure, that line from yesterday’s press conference really hit me yesterday. We’v...
Arseblog - Fri May 11 6:23 AM
Welcome to another episode of the Arsecast – the Arsenal podcast. This is a bit of a strange one: the last ever Arsecast with Arsene Wenger as manager. He’s been a constant throughout the lifetime of this show, so I chat with James from Gunnerblog about that, this long goodbye we’ve had with him,...
Arseblog - Thu May 10 5:30 PM
I think Sunday afternoon was, by some distance, my favourite home game since Arsenal moved to Emirates Stadium. Perhaps ‘favourite game’ isn’t the right phraseology, ‘favourite occasion’ seems more apposite. There was an unashamed air of celebration, of nostalgia and of gratitude. It was as close...
Arseblog - Thu May 10 7:22 AM
Match report – Player ratings – Video If nothing else, you have to give us some credit for our consistency away from home. Another game on the road, another defeat, making it seven in a row, and that’s our worst run of form since god knows when. Opta probably know when. Is Opta god? That’s …
Arseblog - Wed May 9 6:56 AM
Arsenal take on Leicester City this evening. And. Erm. You know. Stuff about that. And so forth, and so on. Never mind get excited, this is one where it’s even difficult to be that interested. I suppose if we played some kids, or at least had them on the bench that would be something, but …
Arseblog - Tue May 8 7:08 AM
The dust has settled on what was a tremendous weekend, and we head into a week with two Premier League games which will feel more than a bit anticlimactic. It’s Leicester away on Wednesday, followed by the final game of the season – the last one ever for Arsene Wenger – against Huddersfield on Su...
Arseblog - Mon May 7 2:26 PM
Welcome to another Arsecast Extra, the Arsenal podcast, with myself and James from @gunnerblog. James is away this week, so I called over to Tayo Popoola’s house to record this week’s show. Over pastries and prosecco, we discuss the emotional day yesterday which saw Arsene Wenger take charge of t...
Arseblog - Mon May 7 7:27 AM
On the day the sun set on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal experience, it was fitting that it shone so brightly across North London. The mood was almost celebratory, an outpouring of goodwill and sentiment towards a man who has done so much for this football club, perhaps tinged with some excitement about...