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 Mar 24, 2020

Edwardo Delancey
 Feb 29, 2020
Andrew and James. The real deal.


 Feb 25, 2020

Jackson
 Dec 4, 2019
Nice take as always on our shared yoke. Come on you Gonners!!!

Esteban Diego Eduardo
 Aug 19, 2019
Great stuff, really enjoyable podcast. And also, while I'm here, f*ck sp*rs man...they are such slimy stinking troglodytes. I hope they get relegated and have to sell harry kane to Burnley where he belongs. OK then bye bye now.

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The original Arsenal podcast - coming to you twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) with news, interviews, analysis, special guests, jokes and occasionally some really terrible songs.


Episode Date
Episode 573 - The owners are rich
00:57:15

As questions are asked of top earning players and whether or not they should take a pay cut to protect the jobs of other staff, I ask Daniel Storey if we should be looking first at the billionaire owners. We chat about certain clubs taking advantage of government schemes which were not designed for them, football as a business and how precarious just a few months off might be, games behind closed doors and more. And away from football, I'm joined by Arsenal fan Tom Marsh, drummer for Lana del Rey, to chat about his life as a touring musician, how he got started, and how listening to the Arsecast up a mountain in Chile provided some much needed solace.


Follow Daniel @DanielStorey85 - Follow Tom @TomMarshMusic

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Apr 03, 2020
Episode 572 - Wrighty on Rocky
00:38:48

Today is the 19th anniversary of the passing of Arsenal legend David Rocastle. To talk about him, I'm joined by his great friend Ian Wright. We discuss the influence Rocky had on him as a player and a person; how the age difference didn't matter; what kind of a player he was; the emotional moment when he was sold to Leeds; and how Ian feels about the way David is remembered and held in such esteem by Arsenal fans all over the world – whether they saw him play or not.


Watch the Rocky and Wrighty documentary here.

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Mar 31, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 342 - 30.03.2020
01:13:29

On this week's show James and I discuss the little bit of football news regarding Man City's belief Arsenal are trying to get them, and the idea of playing all the games in a month. We also think about football might be like when all this over, will transfers and people's perception of the game be the same. Mostly though, there's a lot of waffle about mad people with tigers, picking an all-time best/worst Arsenal XI based on shirt numbers, footballers with mullets, footballs with hernias, the weirdest Arsenal player of all time and loads more besides.


You can see the footballer mullet pics here: https://imgur.com/a/ox87crf - and the updated Mavropanos one here: https://imgur.com/a/Ud7SAKc. The Podolski picture we talk about is here: https://arseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/podolski_laughing.jpg

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Mar 30, 2020
Episode 571 - A tale of four finals
00:57:56

On this show I'm joined by author Jon Spurling to look back on Arsenal reaching three successive FA Cup finals in 1978, 1979, and 1980. We chat about the road to each Wembley showdown, including those incredible series of replays against Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool, the finals themselves, key players, unfortunate moments, and more – as well as the fact we also played the Cup Winners Cup Final in 1980 too. A little trip down memory lane in this football-free world we live in right now.


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Mar 27, 2020
Episode 570 - Cesc Fabregas
01:11:17

This is an interview that has been a long time in the making, and it did look as if the current situation with the world in various states of lock-down might delay it even further. However, it was an absolute pleasure to have a Skype conversation with former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas on Friday night.


We talk about how his move to Arsenal came about. What was it like as a teenager leaving home to come live in London, and join a club at the height of its power and success under Arsene Wenger? That was a dressing room with some big names and even bigger personalities – how did a 16 year old deal with that? We chat about his time at the club, his development as a player and a person, Arsene Wenger as a coach and how he helped him, plus his departure in the summer of 2011, playing for Barcelona, the return to England, whether or not he could have come back to us and lots more.


Cesc is very open and honest throughout, and I'm hugely appreciative of the time he gave me for this podcast. I hope you enjoy it.

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Mar 24, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 341 - 23.03.2020
01:21:18

There's still no football, and Arsenal have delayed the players return to training, so that informs the early part of this episode. Then we play the 'Pick your favourite Arsenal XI without using the same nationality twice' game that has been doing the rounds on Twitter. We also pick 5-a-side teams, discuss Hector Bellerin and the impact of a vegan diet on professional sports people, there's a bit on transfers and ticket prices, reliving of some physically painful moments, a Magpie Fact, and a load of other waffle too including details of the long-awaited Arseblog v Gunnerblog FIFA/PS4 tournament. Hopefully it will help pass some of the time and keep your mind off other stuff for a bit.


Here's the Magpie video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_1Um8pNiBo&feature=youtu.be

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Mar 23, 2020
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 12 - Role models
00:53:27

On this month’s episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim is joined by author, broadcaster and journalist Dr. Carrie Dunn, Carrie is an expert and academic on all things women’s sport and is the author of two books about the Lionesses- Roar of the Lionesses (2016) and Pride of the Lionesses (2019)- which you can by here https://www.pitchpublishing.co.uk/shop/pride-lionesses – or from your local bookstore if they are still delivering- they would probably appreciate the business right now!


Tim talks to Carrie about role modelling in women’s football, players in the women’s game are called upon to be role models, especially for young girls and to help increase participation in the sport. Many players see this as a privilege and an important responsibility- but to what extent is it fair? Is this just invisible labour we blithely place on female athletes?


Then Tim talks to Gunners defender Louise Quinn, who is a patron for lots of initiatives geared towards increasing participation in sport for young girls. Louise talks about why she believes in the power of role modelling and about her female role models when she was growing up. Tim also talks to Louise about how her and her teammates are handling training in times of quarantine and social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 22, 2020
Episode 569 - Same as it ever was
00:59:08

It's a football free world we live in now, but it will return. However, will what's happening now affect the game as we know it? How will clubs react? What are the implications of the economic impact of Coronavirus on football? I'm joined by Musa Okwonga to discuss that and much more. Plus we each give a couple of recommendations of books, music and movies to help you pass the time as more and more of us are spending time at home, away from the outside world.


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Mar 20, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 340 - 16.03.2020
01:16:20

There's no football anymore, not for a while anyway, but the show must go on. James and I do our best to waffle a bit about the minuscule amount of Arsenal news floating around, but there's an awful lot of waffle as you'd expect. At least we appear to be keeping our club doctor, which is probably handy right now. We also ask why does Kolasinac have a giant Batman in his home gym? Who would be the player you'd least like to get quarantined with? Isolation movies and sandwiches, a surreal Dennis Hopper experience, and last but very much not least, Magpie Facts makes a triumphant and musical return. 

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Mar 16, 2020
Episode 568 - Get well, Mikel
00:32:06

A short bonus podcast with James and Andrew Allen, reacting to the news that dropped last night about Mikel Arteta being diagnosed with Coronavirus, and the fact that the entire playing squad and dozens of staff at the club are now in self-isolation. We also touch on the suspension of the Premier League and football in England until April 4th at the earliest, and wonder what we're going to podcast and blog about for the next month!


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Mar 13, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 339 - 13.03.2020
01:11:27

On a special, quite surreal, Arsecast Extra, James and I discuss all the mad stuff that's going on. And it is mad. With football shut down almost everywhere else, England is carry on as normal and we'll be playing Brighton on Saturday. We try to talk about that but as you'd expect the conversation is dominated by the Coronavirus, the impact it's having far and wide, and where it might go from here. On a football level we talk about the games, transfer windows, what happens when the Premier League is suspended, transfer windows, Euro 2020 which might become Euro 2021, magpies and magpie facts, deciding the league via FIFA on the Playstation, and LOADS more besides.

Still watch this video if you haven't already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcJDpV-igjs&feature=youtu.be

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Mar 12, 2020
Episode 567: Coronavirus & the potential impact on football
00:28:02

In this bonus episode in the wake of Arsenal's trip to Man City tonight being postponed because of exposure to the Coronavirus, I'm joined by Dr James McInerney – Head of the School of Life Sciences at Nottingham University. I ask him about the virus – now officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation – how it spreads, the symptoms and the effects, and what we can do to slow its spread. We also chat about what the impact the Coronavirus is having in other places tells us about what's in store for England and other countries where infections are beginning to increase. Plus what it might mean for football, and mass gatherings in general as this crazy season takes another bizarre twist.


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Mar 11, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 338 - 09.03.2020
01:26:32

On this week's episode we discuss the 1-0 win over West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday. A good result, but not a great performance. Is that something that should concern us at this point, or is it part of the slow process of rebuilding under Mikel Arteta. We chat about wins v performance in the context of criticism aimed at Unai Emery for similar; the intervention of VAR in this game which ruled-in Lacazette's originally ruled-out winner; and talk about the need for better attacking balance on the right-hand side. We then take listener questions about the Man City game on Wednesday, our predictions for the rest of the Premier League season, the impact on football of COVID-19/Corona Virus as games are being played behind closed doors elsewhere, and lots more. 


Here is the YouTube video referenced in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcJDpV-igjs&feature=youtu.be

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Mar 09, 2020
Episode 566 - In the red
01:14:03

On this week's show I'm joined by the man who knows more about Arsenal's finances than anyone else: Kieron O'Connor, aka Swiss Ramble. We chat about the club's financial results released last week, and why a £70m profit last time has become a £27m loss. We discuss the lack of Champions League money and how much that's hurting, the early Europa League exit and what it will cost, the impact on player recruitment and why it might mean some sales we don't necessarily like, under-performing commercial revenue streams and lots more. Then I have a quick chat with James Benge about the Lucas Torreira injury, the West Ham and Man City games, late fixture scheduling and the inconvenience to fans.


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Mar 06, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 337 - 03.03.2020
01:19:34

On this week's episode we look back on the 2-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup. There was an assured debut for Pablo Mari, and chances for young players as Mikel Arteta rotated his squad. We chat about the impact of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli in particular; an impressive second half which showed lots of maturity; the things the manager will have been pleased about; and the refereeing of Mike Dean. We then answer questions about Matteo Guendouzi, the amount of central defenders we have and who might go in the summer, whether Nketiah should start ahead of Lacazette, what the future holds for Ainsley Maitland-Niles after Arteta's comments, the Invincibles remaining invincible, some hashtag fun involving our former Chief Executive and lots more.

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Mar 03, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 336 - 28.02.2020
01:39:50

On this extra Arsecast Extra we look back at the gut-wrenching 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday night. Mikel Arteta's team selection, an underwhelming performance, more set-piece defensive woes, Aubameyang going from the sublime to the very harshly ridiculous, and basic errors being at the heart of our European exit. We chat about the consequences of the loss in terms of the players, the team, the manager and the club's finances, as well as answering questions about realistic expectations, the signings of Soares and Mari, Nicolas Pepe, whether to sell Alexandre Lacazette or not, Joe Willock, meaningless Arsenal goals and lots more.

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Feb 28, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 335 - 24.02.2020
01:28:44

On this week's show we chat about our third win in a week, the 3-2 victory over Everton at the Emirates yesterday. There was some dodgy defending, some incisive attacking, and an element of luck riding, but big performances from key individuals helped us take three points. We chat about some of them, including Bernd Leno, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah as Arsenal ended a difficult week as well as could be hoped from a results point of view. We also discuss Mikel Arteta's impact, as well as listener questions about right-back and Hector Bellerin, the future of Aubameyang this summer, the team for Olympiacos on Thursday night, Eddie's phone calls, and lots more.

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Feb 24, 2020
Episode 565 - Saka can
00:56:28

The Europa League schedule plays havoc with podcasting, but I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss last night's 1-0 Europa League win over Olympiacos. We chat about Mikel Arteta's team selection, what Sokratis over Maitland-Niles might mean for the latter, the continued impact of Bukayo Saka and how he may have an international decision to make soon, Lacazette's goal, Bernd Leno over Emi Martinez, improved defending, and a quick look ahead to the Everton game on Sunday too.


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Feb 21, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 334 - 17.02.2020
01:28:17

On this week's show we enjoy the 4-0 win over Newcastle, a win which has felt a long time coming because it has been a long time coming. We discuss Mikel Arteta's team selection, with Eddie Nketiah and Dani Ceballos surprise starters; the improved second half after a difficult first; Nicolas Pepe's best game for the club; the continued development of Bukayo Saka; long overdue goals for Ozil and Lacazette; and the team showing the benefits of the warm weather training camp. As well as that we answer questions about Matteo Guendouzi's absence from the squad, Arteta's penchant for Shkodran Mustafi, Saka's contractual situation, David Luiz's nose antics, and there's a new rendition of the magpie's jingle having beaten said magpies so comprehensively. 

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Feb 17, 2020
Episode 564 - Whopper time
00:56:46

It's been a very quiet week on the news front, but things are about to kick off again and Arsenal need to start winning games. Will the trip to Dubai, some extra training and time to assess the squad allow Mikel Arteta to find the right balance? Can he get the team firing again? How long can he give Mesut Ozil and Alex Lacazette to start delivering? And does a full squad allow him to create a really competitive environment between now and May. With me to discuss all that and much more are Clive Palmer and Andrew Allen.


Follow Clive - @clivepafc

Follow Andrew - @aallensport

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Feb 14, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 333 - 10.02.2020
01:12:36

On this week's show we endure some first half audio issues as we come to terms with the almost complete absence of Arsenal news. We chat a bit about the trip to Dubai, watch a video of the chaps in training, before James resorts to plumbing the worst depths of NewsNow to find subject matter. We also answer listener questions about a statue for Arsene Wenger, short-shorts and glistening thighs, Arsenal players of the past, the benefits of the training camp, favourite sports movies, and lots more Winterlull waffle. 

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Feb 10, 2020
Episode 563 - He's still 24
01:13:01

On this week's show I chat with Philippe Auclair about Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette. Can the former make the impact we all hope for, and does the latter's poor form require a change in thinking from Mikel Arteta? We also discuss January recruitment, worrying finances, the prospect of no European football next season, and the potential of Gabriel Martinelli. After that, ahead of this weekend's North London derby, Tim Stillman chats with Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs about the game, her recovery from an ACL injury, the increased spotlight on the women's game and lots more.


Follow Philippe - @philippeauclair

Follow Tim - @stillberto

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Feb 07, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 332 - 03.02.2020
01:21:42

On this week's show James and I discuss the 0-0 draw away at Burnley. Arsenal spurned good chances, but the home side probably should have won it. We chat about the game, the team selection, Arteta's delay in dealing with the Bukayo Saka injury, the lack of away contributions from some big players, the complete lack of Nicolas Pepe, and who we should be pointing fingers at as we find ourselves struggling in mid-table. Then we answer questions about selling our two strikers in the summer, a good performance from Shkodran Mustafi, the future of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and lots more.

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Feb 03, 2020
Episode 562 - Impala, Bro!
00:54:12

On this week's show we take a statistical look at new signing Pablo Mari and ask what it is about him that has made Arsenal bring him in from Brazil this window. Tim from 7amkickoff also chats about potential signing Cedric Soares, and the big change Mikel Arteta has made since taking over as manager. Then we chat with Marcelo from @flamengoeng about Pablo Mari and what kind of a player he is. There's a dollop of the usual waffle, some Amaury Bischoff PI and a chance to win socks from sockerclub.com


Follow Tim - @7amkickoff

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Jan 31, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 331 - 28.01.2020
01:33:04

On this week's show James and I chat about the 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth, and Mikel Arteta's reward for putting his faith in youth. Arsenal's next generation were on show and won the game for us, so we discuss Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah and Matteo Guendouzi. There's also transfer talk as we continue to be linked to centre-halves, but should we be spending money? How much will the Mustafi injury impact what we do? We make updated predictions on our potential business between now and the end of the window, consider the sales of Aubameyang and/or Lacazette, and lots more besides. 

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Jan 28, 2020
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 11 - Foord Focus
00:36:11

Arsenal Women announced the signing of Australian international Caitlin Foord this week from Sydney FC. Caitlin will bolster her compatriot Joe Montemurro's squad after the Matildas' Olympic qualifiers in February. Pippa and Tim decided to get the lowdown on our new signing from the people that know. Pippa speaks to Arsenal fan, Portland Thorns season ticket holder and SB Nation writer Aidan Gibson about her two year spell with the Thorns and looks at how she might fit into the Arsenal team.


Then Tim chats with Australian women's football journalist Samantha Lewis of the Guardian and ESPN about Caitlin's international career, why this is a move that makes sense for the player, as well as a little bit on the recent influx of Matildas into the WSL.


You can follow Aidan on twitter @BeltransMole23 and Samantha @battledinosaur.

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Jan 24, 2020
Episode 561 - The boy from Brazil
00:52:20

On this week's show I'm joined first by Joao Castelo Branco of ESPN Brazil to chat about the emergence of Gabriel Martinelli, the incredible first season he's having in England, where he came from, his quicker than expected impact at the club, and more, as well as some discussion of Edu who has been silent since his appointment as Technical Director. After that, we go to Spain to chat to Alex Kirkland about the Dani Ceballos situation after reports he wants to cut short his loan with the club, as well as Mikel Arteta and the opening few games of his reign. There's also a dose of the usual waffle, and some robot fun.


Follow Joao - @_castelobranco

Follow Alex - @AlexKirkland

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Jan 24, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 330 - 22.01.2020
00:55:28

On a special midweek edition of the show, James and I discuss the 2-2 draw with Chelsea last night at Stamford Bridge. Having gone a man down and a goal down, our prospects looked bleak, but something is happening with this squad under Mikel Arteta and we showed real strength in adversity. We examine the red card, the roles of Mustafi and Luiz, but focus on the Arsenal response including Gabriel Martinelli's brilliant goal, Hector Bellerin's late equaliser, Granit Xhaka playing superbly at centre-half, the hugely positive Bukayo Saka and what this result and performance might mean for the team, the manager and the fans.

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Jan 22, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 329 - 18.01.2020
01:29:20

On this week's show we chat about another draw, this time the 1-1 with Sheffield United at the Emirates on Saturday. Goal scoring and chance creation is obviously a talking point, as is letting another lead slip late in a game. There were positives though, in particular another goal for Gabriel Martinelli and a very good display from Bukayo Saka which should give Arsenal pause for thought when it comes to transfer rumours involving a left-back. We chat about our inability to close out a game, the penalty that wasn't given and the late goal we conceded. We then answer questions about the potential Kurzawa deal, whether we should expect more from Nicolas Pepe, Arteta's substitutions, Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, and loads more.

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Jan 19, 2020
Episode 560 - Kurzawabunga
01:02:13

On today's show I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to discuss Mikel Arteta and how the rest of the season might play out. How should he approach it, and how should it be viewed by fans? We chat about the hierarchy and their role, transfer business, and prioritising Europe as it potentially has the greatest reward for us this season. Then, with links to left back Layvin Kurzawa, I speak to Phil Costa of OneFootball about the PSG man, what kind of player he is, the super-agent influence on this deal and some of the other club's business, and what it might mean in the summer for Sead Kolasinac. All that and some of the usual waffle.


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Jan 17, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 328 - 13.01.2020
01:31:50

On this week's show James returns to discuss the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday. We chat about the opening 30 minutes in which Arsenal dominated but failed to make the most of; the importance of Lucas Torreira; the Palace equaliser and what we could have done to avoid it; Aubameyang's red card; Lacazette's difficult time in front of goal; and signs of progress despite only taking a point. Then we answer listener questions about the January transfer market, which player from a bottom half Premier League team we'd sign, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin, how we cope without Aubameyang for the next three games, and lots more.

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Jan 13, 2020
Episode 559 - Artactics
01:03:45

A bumper show for you today, starting with Michael Cox who's with me to discuss the tactical side of what Mikel Arteta has done since becoming manager. What are the key changes, who are the main beneficiaries in the squad, and what might he look to do when he really settles in? After that we find out why it will no longer be possible for Arsenal to sign a player like Cesc Fabregas, before a look ahead to the weekend's game from a Crystal Palace perspective with Dan from HLTCO, chatting their season, injuries, Zaha and lots more.


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Jan 10, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 327 - 07.01.2020
01:19:29

On the first Arsecast Extra of 2020, I'm joined by Tayo Popoola, standing in for James who is away this week. We chat about the 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup, the quintessential game of two halves. Leeds were on top in the first, we were far better in the second. We chat about turnaround, Mikel Arteta's half-time teamtalk, the response from the players, Sokratis rampaging down the wing, Reiss Nelson's goal, and the win itself. Then we have listener questions about Granit Xhaka's fouling and how it went down on TV, Nicolas Pepe and Matteo Guendouzi as players who need some rough edges polished off them, whether this is a false dawn under Mikel Arteta, protecting the 49 game unbeaten run and lots more.

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Jan 07, 2020
BONUS! Return of the King - Extended version
00:12:14

Arsenal face Leeds United tonight in the FA Cup third round, and it brings back memories of that incredible moment in 2012 when Thierry Henry, on loan from New York Red Bulls, scored the winner at the Emirates. It's one of the most iconic goals ever scored at the stadium, and a few years ago Tayo Popoola put together a superb piece with memories from the likes of Ian Wright, Amy Lawrence, Alan Davies, Stuart MacFarlane, myself, and many more. Ahead of tonight's game, here's a special extended version to get you in the mood.


"Henry. Chance. Goal!

"He may be cast in bronze, but he's still capable of producing truly golden moments"


Produced by Tayo Popoola

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Jan 06, 2020
Episode 558 - Everything is awesome
00:59:45

On this first Arsecast of 2020, it's a look back at the 2-0 win over Man Utd which gave Mikel Arteta his first win as Arsenal boss. I'm joined first by Andrew Allen, to discuss the long overdue victory, the impact Arteta has had on the team as well as the mood, Lucas Torreira and more. Then I chat to Charles Watts of Goal about the pre-Leeds press conference, why the training ground is a happier place, Arteta's big Granit Xhaka decision, and a look ahead to Monday's FA Cup clash.


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Jan 03, 2020
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 10 - 'Tis the [awards] season
00:40:19

For this month's episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast Pippa and Tim are joined by women's football journalist Sophie Lawson. Tim and Pippa chat with Sophie about individual awards in women's football. Should they exist? Is there enough global coverage of the women's game to do them justice? Is there any problem with them being popularity contests? And is Vivianne Miedema unfairly overlooked when it comes to dishing out the baubles?


The panel also talk a little bit about the Conti Cup and whether it's still useful in its current format, the WSL title race and the arrival of Sam Kerr at Chelsea and what it could mean for the WSL salary cap. All that and more in this month's Arsenal Women Arsecast- the only and therefore the best podcast dedicated to the Arsenal Women's team.

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Jan 02, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 326 - 30.12.2019
01:37:39

In this episode James and I discuss 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates yesterday. In spite of the result there were things to like about what Arsenal did, so we chat about those, how Mikel Arteta is trying to implement change, as well as the moments which lost us the game. Bernd Leno's mistake is the obvious talking point, but really poor defending brought about Chelsea's winner. The hectic schedule is another big talking point, as well as injuries and fatigue to take into account for Wednesday's game against Man Utd. We also answer listener questions about Aubameyang out wide, Nicolas Pepe's continued exclusion, Mesut Ozil's recent impact, transfer window predictions, moments of the decade and lots more.

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Dec 30, 2019
Episode 557 - Arteta's first game
00:45:06

A quick festive period podcast for you, looking back at Mikel Arteta's first game in charge of Arsenal. With me to discuss the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth is Lewis Ambrose. We chat about the game, some small tactical tweaks, the promising signs, as well as Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil. Also on the agenda, the Granit Xhaka situation as he makes it clear he wants to leave the club in January.

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Dec 27, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 325 - 23.12.2019
01:40:38

In this episode James and I discuss the 0-0 draw with Everton, Freddie's team selection and a couple of positives before the conversation inevitably turns to Mikel Arteta. The 37 year was appointed head coach (manager) last week, so we chat about that, what we can expect from him in the short-medium turn, what he can bring back to the club, excitement over a new era, and his impressive press conference performance. Then there are questions about the January transfer window, the left back situation, racism in the Premier League and, of course, the one topic everyone can't get enough of: Arteta's hair.

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Dec 23, 2019
Episode 556 - Almost Arteta
00:51:48

Mikel Arteta is almost Arsenal's new head coach, but not quite officially yet. However, I chat with James Benge as if it is, and we discuss the job in hand for the new man. What are his biggest challenges? What can such an inexperienced coach bring to a club in crisis? Where are the improvements he can make in the short term? And will he get the support from everyone that he's going to need? We delve into the appointment, chat Freddie's few weeks, boardroom issues, and more – plus some of the usual waffle.


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Dec 20, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 324 - 16.12.2019
01:42:39

On this week's show the 3-0 defeat to Man City wasn't unexpected, but the obvious gulf between the two clubs is now even more obvious, and that's depressing. We chat a bit about the game, our defending and midfield deficiencies, Freddie's tough job and his calls for more from the hierarchy, and Mesut Ozil's substitution and reaction to it. Of course with pictures emerging of Arsenal executives leaving Mikel Arteta's house last night, we discuss his candidacy, what he might bring to the job if he gets it, the risks involved of appointing a rookie, but also why he might be the ideal man at this precise moment in time. There are listener questions about recruitment, the Europa League, Ozil and China and lots more besides.

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Dec 16, 2019
Episode 555 - Group F Champions
00:59:36

On this week's show I'm joined by the Man from East Lower and Andrew Allen to chat about the 2-2 draw with Standard Liege, the team selection, and progress to the knock-out stage of the Europa League. Are we looking after our young players well enough? How are we going to fare against Man City? And there's some discussion of where Arsenal are right now, and whether or not we need to reassess our place in the food chain at this moment in time. That, some waffle, and some words for a good friend.


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Dec 13, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 323 - 10.12.2019
01:28:59

At last, a win for Arsenal! James and I are here to bask in the warm glow of our 3-1 victory over West Ham on Monday night. There was good and bad, but we focus on the positives, the three goal haul in nine second half minutes, Freddie's bold selection decisions, Gabriel Martinelli's impact on his first Premier League start and, of course, the contribution of Nicolas Pepe with a superb goal and an assist to his name. Is this the breakthrough moment for him? How much should we read into this result ahead of what's to come? All that, plus listener questions about the Europa League game this week; the process of choosing a new full-time head coach, who that might be, and when the decision might be made; the relationship between a manager and the fans; and lots more besides.

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Dec 10, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 322 - 06.12.2019
01:30:21

On this latest episode we discuss the 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton as Arsenal's search for a win now enters its third month. We chat a bit about the game, the team selection and performance, but then turn to play recruitment as a key factor of the club's recent decline. How much responsibility rests on the shoulders of Head of Football Raul Sanllehi? Could KSE do more? And what should be driving the decision making process when it comes to the executive level choosing a new manager and turning things around on the pitch. We have questions about the January transfer window, if there's anything fans can do to help, whether we need to be worried about the R word, best potential outcome for the season, and lots more. 

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Dec 06, 2019
Episode 554 - Over to you, Raul
00:39:14

On this bonus midweek episode of the podcast, I'm joined by the Guardian's Nick Ames to talk about the departure of Unai Emery, Josh Kroenke, how the spotlight is not shining very brightly on Raul Sanllehi as he takes control of the search for a new head coach, Freddie Ljungberg and his chances of getting the job, and why a new appointment might not happen as soon as people might like.


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Dec 05, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 321 - 02.12.2019
01:35:51

On this week's show we look back at the 2-2 draw against Norwich, Freddie Ljungberg's first game in charge of Arsenal. We reflect on the team selection, some surprising decisions, the substitutions, defensive issues which run deep, heroics from Bernd Leno, and the absence of Nicolas Pepe. After that we have listener questions about the way we use our two strikers, the search for a permanent replacement for Unai Emery, the visit of Josh Kroenke to the training ground, why we're so panicked all the time, the responsibilities of Raul Sanllehi and his football executive committee and loads more.

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Dec 02, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 320 - 29.11.2019
01:24:36

In this episode we react to the news that Arsenal have sacked manager Unai Emery after 18 months in charge. It's a decision they were left with little choice over, form and performances have been poor, and we reflect on the Spaniard's Arsenal reign. What were the warning signs and the breaking points? Freddie Ljungberg has been named interim coach, what can we expect from him? Then we answer questions about potential long-term replacements, like Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira, Max Allegri, Brendan Rodgers and others, before talking about the people who have to make that decision. Is there faith in Raul Sanllehi and co, and what about the role of the owners KSE? All this and lots more.

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Nov 29, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 319 - 25.11.2019
01:53:42


On this week's show we recap the 2-2 draw with Southampton, touching on Unai Emery's tactics, formation changes and substitutions. We wonder why it is we should have been so afraid of a team struggling in the relegation zone, and also why did a last gasp equaliser feel so empty? Emery's future is an ongoing issue, but we turn some focus on the decision makers at the club and ask why are they allowing this to continue? We chat about potential replacements, including Allegri, Arteta, Ljungberg and Vieira, ponder the January transfer window, rate our faith in club officials and lots more in this bumper but quite depressing episode. If you stick with it all the way through, we thank you!

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Nov 25, 2019
Episode 553 - The Cauliflower Man
01:00:40

On this week's show there's managerial change in North London but it's taken place at Sp*rs, who have made themselves even more unpalatable than ever by appointing Jose Mourinho. I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss the firing of Pochettino and their embrace of evil, how it stacks up in the context of what's happening at Arsenal right now, Unai Emery's performance, the lack of fun around our games, and lots more. There's a good dollop of the usual waffle too, and some incredible singing from James as he reprises his Billboard Chart Number 1 from this week's Arsecast Extra.


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Nov 22, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 318 - 18.11.2019
01:27:07

On this week's rambling Interlull episode, we serve up copious amounts of waffle and nonsense with some vaguely Arsenal related stuff in there. We start with the Arsenal Women beating Sp*rs 2-0, after that we chat internationals, Nicklas Bendtner, Santi Cazorla's tiny arms but surprisingly big feet, we get some incredible celeb insight in some current and former Gunners, we chat Lucas Torreira, the boardroom shenanigans, as well as Ian Wright's reality TV show exploits, kangaroo anuses, an Arsenal XI of the decade, number 1 records and loads more.


You can also win a signed Santi Cazorla football boot!

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Nov 18, 2019
Episode 552 - Peaceful Interlull Ramble
01:09:35

On this week's show I try and avoid all the heavy stuff about the team, the manager and all the rest. It's been done to death and nobody needs to hear it all again. So, for this episode I chat with the co-host of the Stadio Podcast, Ryan Hunn, about lots of stuff, including his show, podcasts in general including some recommendations, music, VAR and its use in the Premier League, former players as managers, Thierry Henry's appointment at Monreal Impact, Ian Wright's finishing and lots more.


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Nov 15, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 9 - Going Dutch
00:54:46

In this month's edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Pippa talk to Dutch women's football journalist Annemarie Postma about the Gunners Dutch contingent. Annemarie has been covering the Netherlands team for some years now and is the author of two books on Oranje Leeuwinnen. Tim and Pippa chat with Annemarie about her experiences of talking to Danielle van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema and Jill Roord, as well as the perception of them back home and their roles with the national team. The panel chat about departed Dutchies Dominique Bloodworth and Sari van Veenendaal too- both of whom left the club this summer.


Tim chats to Vivianne Miedema and Jill Roord exclusively for this episode and also talks to Leah Williamson about Vivianne Miedema as a teammate. It's a jam packed episode, so pass the Dutchie to the left hand side and get it in your lugholes!


Please note: There were some issues with the Vivianne Miedema audio, we've done our best to clean it up, but it's a bit wonky, sorry!

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Nov 14, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 317 - 11.11.2019
01:40:54

Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Leicester was bad enough in its own right, but the tone of the club's briefing as they outlined their support for Unai Emery made things even worse. James and I look back briefly on a game we never really looked like winning, before discussing the David Ornstein piece in The Athletic, how it came across, what it says about the way the club think about fans, and how it has dented some of the trust and belief that had been built up by Raul Sanllehi this summer. What kind of response should we expect from him, Edu and the board? As well as that lots of questions about the head coach, changing managers, should we be put off because of what's happened at Man Utd, and lots more. 

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Nov 11, 2019
Episode 551 - The Goggles Do Nothing
01:12:40

On this week's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen for a good chunk of Arsenal chat, looking back at the Vitoria game, another disappointing performance, Unai Emery's football and his future, the importance of a win this weekend and more. Then it's Leicester fan Joe Brewin to take a look at Brendan Rodgers, Jamie Vardy, and the threat they pose to the Gunners this weekend. Finally, some light relief as I chat to the creator of the fantastic Simpsons Arsenal Twitter account, how it got started, some favourite bits and episodes, and more extremely cromulent Simpsons related content.


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Nov 08, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 316 - 04.11.2019
01:35:30

Another weekend, another disappointing result. The 1-1 draw heaps even more pressure on Unai Emery, and leaves Arsenal 6 points off the top four. We discuss the game, the manager's odd changes – in particular the absence of Nicolas Pepe. As you'd expect, Emery's future is up for discussion, so there are questions about him, when rather than if a change might be made, potential replacements such as Mikel Arteta and Freddie Ljungberg, the stories involving Jose Mourinho, and lots more.

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Nov 04, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 315 - 01.11.2019
00:34:21

Given that Granit Xhaka's statement came out last night, it wasn't covered in Episode 550 of the Arsecast. So here's a bonus Arsecast Extra episode in which James and I unpick what the Arsenal captain said. Why was it released through his own social media channel and not an official club one? Should we read anything into the lack of mention of the manager, or the captaincy? Was it really an apology? Can Xhaka stay on as captain? And what has the response of the club been like? That and more in this extra Arsecast Extra.

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Nov 01, 2019
Episode 550 - The Returninator
00:59:57

On this week's show some reflections on what has been a difficult week on and off the pitch, and even among fans as we all get tarnished with an unfair brush after the Granit Xhaka incident and some other unsavoury behaviour. Then it's Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal, with Charles Watts, looking at the positives like Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and, of course, the return of Mesut Ozil. Will his display be enough for Unai Emery to start him against Wolves? All that, lots of the usual waffle and some Holy God FM.


NOTE: This podcast was recorded and uploaded before Granit Xhaka's statement which was released last night: https://arseblog.news/2019/10/xhaka-releases-statement-lets-get-back-to-a-place-of-mutual-respect/

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Nov 01, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 314 - 28.10.2019
01:37:53

Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace was disappointing, but the big story is the substitution of Granit Xhaka, the fan reaction to him and his reaction to the fans. Can we separate the footballer from the human being? What do we make of him having a pop back, even if his behaviour was wrong was it understandable that his emotion got the better of him? What next for him, in relation to playing and the captaincy, and is this just a symptom of a wider malaise? That, plus underwhelming football, more dropped points, increased pressure on Unai Emery, VAR costing Arsenal three points, as well as questions about social media likes, managerial candidates, unity and togetherness, season expectations and lots more. 

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Oct 28, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 313 - 25.10.2019
01:39:52

On this post Europa League show, James and I discuss the 3-2 win over Vitoria, and in particular substitute Nicolas Pepe whose two sensational free kicks salvaged a win from the jaws of defeat. We chat about how this might impact him and boost his confidence, especially ahead of the weekend game against Crystal Palace. Other positives include Gabriel Martinelli, fitness boosts for some of our important players, and more, before a long discussion about Mesut Ozil, Unai Emery and what now appears to be a personal PR war between the two. What can the club do about this situation which has been festering for over a year? Then we have questions about the young players, Lucas Torreira's role, Bellerin and Tierney, how fans are feeling about our football and the manager, and one horrendous potential candidate to take over from Emery. All this and lots more.

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Oct 25, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 312 - 22.10.2019
01:39:29

On this week's show it's another dismal away day and a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United. We chat about the game, the indifferent Arsenal performance, an inability to create chances despite having lots of possession, and how this is just the continuation of a run of form that goes back to last season too. Then the second half of the show is basically questions about Unai Emery and the work he's doing: boiling down to the big one, is he the right man for the club, and is it time to make a change? It's long, not particularly cheery, but I think we've covered all the angles. 

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Oct 22, 2019
Episode 549 - Dodgy calls, funny books & 13 years
01:08:17

On this week's show I take questions from some Arsecast listeners and Arseblog Members on Patreon. We chat about signings that didn't happen, the January window, Freddie Ljungberg's readiness to be a head coach, Granit Xhaka's place in the midfield, why in 2019 it remains difficult for gay footballers to come out, and lots more. Plus some pre-call waffle about a funny book, a podcast anniversary and other stuff besides. 

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Oct 18, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 311 - 14.10.2019
01:16:25

It's an Interlull episode, and there's very little Arsenal news around. However, we wouldn't leave you without a podcast, and this episode includes Nico Yennaris and chicken's feet, Arsene Wenger's upcoming autobiography and how much we're looking forward to reading it, an international round-up involving Arsenal players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as player of the month and someone who deserves a new contract, Bellerin and Tierney, that Mustafi interview, dream jobs at Arsenal, buying a pint you don't want because you've been caught using a pub's toilets, and lots more.

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Oct 14, 2019
Episode 548 - Coaching for Life
01:01:07

On this week's show I'm joined by Madrid based journalist Alex Kirkland to talk about Unai Emery, his use of young players, how that tallies with young talent at his previous clubs, communication with the press and the fans, Arsenal's performances so far this season, the ever-green question of footballing identity, plus Dani Ceballos and Santi Cazorla. Then Tim Stillman chats to Arsenal defender Leah Williamson about her recent trip to Jakarta for the club's Coaching for Life programme, her international commitments, and lots more.


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Oct 11, 2019
Episode 547 - Wright on Bergkamp
00:37:04

A couple of weeks ago Ian Wright went to meet his old Arsenal teammate Dennis Bergkamp. It was the first time they'd seen each other in years, and on Wednesday you'll be able to watch the conversation they had on Ian's YouTube channel. In this podcast, Wrighty chats about his relationship with Dennis, what he thought of him as a player, what he brought to the club when he joined in 1995, and what he learned from him despite being an experienced pro at that point. We also chat about some of the young players making their breakthroughs at Arsenal right now, and in particular Ian's mentoring of Eddie Nketiah who is out on loan at Leeds.


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Oct 07, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 310 - 07.10.2019
01:14:53

Arsenal go into the Interlull in third place in the Premier League after a 1-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday. The three points and clean sheet are very welcome, but the discussion revolves around the result and a performance which saw us have just two shots on target at home. Why can't we seem to produce good football in league games verus the cup performances? Can we continue to play like this and hope to finish in the top four? And what were the positives on the day? We also answer listener questions about Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, our midfield and Granit Xhaka, the woes being endured by Sp*rs and Man Utd, opposition managers and lots more besides.

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Oct 07, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 309 - 04.10.2019
01:14:45

Arsenal's 4-0 win over Standard Liege was another enjoyable night of cup football, and James and discuss the game, the stand-out performances including two goal Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock and Kieran Tierney. We also chat about Hector Bellerin's return as captain, the impact the young players are having and try and figure out why they play with more panache and freedom than the 'first team', as well as listener questions about Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil's absence from the squad and what Unai Emery's post-match comments about the German tell us, some hashtag fun and lots more.

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Oct 04, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 8 - No average Joe
00:42:29

In this month's edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Pippa and Tim are joined by The Athletic's Women's Football Writer Kieran Theivam. Kieran recently met with Joe Montemurro's older brother Anthony and his childhood friend from Melbourne, Sticca. Pippa and Tim talk to Kieran about Joe, getting a sense of his childhood and his career path. Kieran was in Milan for The Best awards recently and there is some chat about Vivianne Miedema's omission from the FIFPRO World XI- we also hear from Viv herself on the vote and then there is some chat with Joe Montemurro in the wake of the recent 4-0 victory over Brighton.


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Oct 03, 2019
Episode 546 – 89: The Book
00:47:23

Here's a special bonus episode of the Arsecast, in which I chat to Amy Lawrence about her brand new book '89'. As you'll be well aware, it's about that famous night at Anfield, an oral history in which the players, the manager, staff and fans talk about what happened and what it all meant. We discuss the book itself, the achievement of winning the title against a team as good as Liverpool, how winning the title meant something of a new start for Arsenal but almost the end of a footballing era in the wake of Hillsborough and the state of the game in the 80s, and lots more. Enjoy.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amylawrence71 – and you can pick the book up from your local bookshop from tomorrow (October 3rd), on audio-book via Audible, or online via the usual outlets including Amazon.

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Oct 02, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 308 - 01.10.2019
01:43:54

On this week's show we discuss the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford which, in isolation, isn't a bad result but in the context of this season and the needs of this team feels a bit bad. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal again highlighted his importance to the team, and in Guendouzi, Saka, Leno and Chambers, there were positives. But Unai Emery's approach remains under the spotlight, the performance was insipid, and his brand of football is hard to connect with. We chat about all that, as well as answering listener questions about Nicolas Pepe's early struggles, Ozil's absence, the captaincy, how to reshape midfield and more.

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Oct 01, 2019
Episode 545 - Oh Captain, My Captains
01:17:35

On this week's show I'm joined by James Benge of Football London to discuss Arsenal players voting for captain, is this Unai Emery being indecisive or cleverly inclusive in his decision making? We also chat about the midweek game against Forest, the returns of Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, as well as Lucas Torreira's best position and Granit Xhaka. Then we get a Man Utd perspective ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Monday with Musa Okwonga, chatting Solksjaer, the Glazers, midfield woes and lots more besides.


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Sep 27, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 307 - 23.09.2019
01:24:04

On this week's show we discuss the 3-2 win over Aston Villa which saw ten man Arsenal twice come from behind to take three important Premier League points. Does the comeback paper over the cracks though? It was another worrying performance, particularly in the first half – can Unai Emery's team continue to play like this and expect to win games? We chat about the performance of Matteo Guendouzi, the reaction to Granit Xhaka and the implications for the captaincy decision, Pepe getting off the mark, Aubameyang's contribution and leadership skills, as well as listener questions about Mesut Ozil, the centre of our defence, the future of the manager and lots more.

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Sep 23, 2019
Episode 544 - Boom-Saka-Laka
00:56:24

On this week's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen to break down the 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. We start with the positives. Joe Willock shows his talent once again; Bukayo Saka announces himself with a sensational performance; and Emi Martinez impresses in goal. The Europa League needs to be a showcase for this young talent. Then we discuss the fact we allowed 24 attempts on goal, wonder how Unai Emery is going to make this team more defensively stable, and look ahead to the Villa game at the weekend. All that and a little bit of waffle.

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Sep 20, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 306 - 16.09.2019
01:44:56

On this week's show we pore over the 2-2 draw with Watford on Sunday, and what feels like a significant day for Unai Emery in his Arsenal career. Having been 2-0 up at the break, we were lucky not to lose, and the second half performance in particular raises serious questions about the manager and his team. Why do we allow so many shots? Why do we concede so many penalties? Is there enough accountability? Is there something in the culture at the club that accepts too many individual mistakes? We go into it in detail, from the goals we scored to the ones we conceded, what the result says about this team and its character, and what it means for Emery who is finding the tide of public opinion turning against him. All that, plus listener questions about the Europa League, Aubameyang's contract, Calum Chambers, Pepe's impact so far and lots more. 

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Sep 16, 2019
Episode 543 - Desequilibrio
00:54:21

On this week's show I'm joined Sid Lowe to discuss Dani Ceballos. Sid's interview with him in the Guardian this week was fantastic, and we tease a few things out such as the player's relationship with Zinedine Zidane, how this loan move is as much an opportunity for Arsenal as Ceballos, and the prospects of him staying beyond this season. After that I chat with the Man from East Lower about Granit Xhaka, the emergence of Joe Willock and the potential reshaping of our midfield, the soon to return Hector Bellerin and soon to debut Kieran Tierney, the front three, and more including some wistful memories of Freddie Ljungberg.


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Sep 13, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 305 - 11.09.2019
01:23:08

We're back after holidays, and on this week's Interlull heavy show we discuss Per Mertesacker whose new book comes out this week, touching on his job as Academy manager, his playing career, and how he's trying to shape the next generation of young Arsenal talent. There's a round-up of the scant Arsenal news, including injury worries for Granit Xhaka, the departure of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and how Europa League and Carabao Cup could be very useful for us this month. We then answer listener questions about young English players, Nacho Monreal's legacy, Lucas Torreira and how he fits into the team under Unai Emery, Ceballos or Ozil for the Watford game, Arsene Wenger's upcoming biography and lots more including wasp picnics and slippery nuts. 

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Sep 11, 2019
Episode 542: The Players - Robert Pires
00:57:42

I'm away on holiday this week, so no regular Arsecast, but instead here's one that originally appeared on our Patreon feed. It's part of a series called The Players, and in this episode I chat to Philippe Auclair about Robert Pires, his career at Arsenal, favourite goals and moments, and much more. Enjoy.


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Sep 06, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 7 - The ACL episode
00:37:32

Like most women's teams, Arsenal have had their fare share of stories to tell when it comes to anterior cruciate ligament injuries. On the one hand, Jordan Nobbs made her long awaited return from an ACL injury during August, coming on as a second half substitute before scoring in a 6-0 victory over Spurs. Tim and Pippa caught up with Jordan exclusively for the podcast just after that game.


On the flipside, Danielle Carter ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in 14 months during the Emirates Cup game against Bayern Munich. The game was her first start since her last ACL injury and it's a difficult one to take for her, mentally as well as physically.


Female footballers are somewhere between 4-6 times more likely to rupture their ACL than their male counterparts. Tim and Pippa spoke to knee surgeon Pete Gallacher, who has performed plenty of ACL reconstructions, about what the injury is, what the surgery and recovery entails and why women are so much more susceptible to it.


We also have reaction to the Champions League draw with Fiorentina and Tim and Pippa pick out their players to watch for the season ahead and we have a cameo appearance from Danielle van de Donk. All that on this month's episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast.

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Sep 04, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 304 - 02.09.2019
01:32:08

James is on holidays this week, so to pore over the 2-2 draw in the North London derby I'm joined by Tayo Popoola. We chat about the first half mistakes which gifted them two goals, not least the penalty conceded by Granit Xhaka. There's some discussion about him, his role in the team and the frequency of those errors which raise questions about the coach's decisions too, as well a lot on our comeback, the goals of Lacazette and Aubameyang, how Ceballos helped change the dynamic, and a fantastic performance from Matteo Guendouzi. Then we answer listener questions about Henrikh Mkhitaryan's departure, young players like Nelson and Willock, what the future holds for Mesut Ozil and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis and the centre of our defence, and loads more. 

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Sep 02, 2019
Episode 541: 9 + 14 + 19
01:09:49

On this week's show I'm joined by Tim Stillman, Lewis Ambrose and Andrew Allen to discuss the week that was, including: The tactical discussion around the Liverpool game and whether we're still looking to understand Unai Emery; Lucas Torreira; the midfield in general, and who exactly is going to be key this season; Granit Xhaka's fallen out of favour with many, but does he still have a role to play; and we look ahead to the North London derby and wonder if Sunday is when the manager will deploy the front three everyone wants to see. There's also some chat around Nacho Monreal's probable departure and a bit on the captaincy too.

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Aug 30, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 303 - 25.08.2019
01:29:10

On this week's show James and I disagree in a big way about the way Arsenal approached the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. He saw logic in the game plan, I felt we just put ourselves under too much pressure allowing the full backs the time and space down the wings. We chat about the tactics, the team selection, the way the game could have gone with better finishing from Arsenal, Unai Emery's chameleon rearing its head again, as well David Luiz and his part in the defeat, plus the positives we definitely did agree on. Then we answer questions about our team for the derby against Sp*rs, Mesut Ozil's absence in a big away game again, Nacho Monreal's potential departure and lots more.

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Aug 25, 2019
Episode 540 - The Arsenal Knock
01:19:08

On this week's show I chat to David Ornstein about his interview this week with Josh Kroenke. What did he make of the new public face of KSE's Arsenal ownership? Will this increased openness and willingness to communicate continue? What are the benefits for the club and for fans? We speak about all that, plus the summer business we did in the transfer market, the changing of the executive structures with Edu's arrival, the budget we operated under and lots more. Then, ahead of the Liverpool game on Saturday, I'm joined in studio by the Mugsmasher for some pre-Anfield waffle.

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Aug 23, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 302 - 19.08.2019
01:22:22

On this week's show James and I reflect on the 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday. The two strikers got the goals, but there was a lot to like about our performance, in particular the home debut of Dani Ceballos, and his midfield partners Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi. We also chat about the home debuts for David Luiz and Nicolas Pepe, and what they might bring to the team over the course of this season, before we answer questions about playing out from the back, Emery's philosophy, what kind of a team we might pick for Liverpool on Saturday, our top four rivals, VAR and lots more.

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Aug 19, 2019
Episode 539 - The Great White Shark
00:54:14

On this week's show I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to chat about the summer business that Arsenal did, and how it's got people excited again. We discuss the way the club is being run, the improved decision making – highlighted by the way the Eddie Nketiah loan deal was sorted out. Then there's young players, Unai Emery's approach this season, the impact Edu might have on Arsenal's identity, and lots more, including a look ahead to the Burnley game and some Holy God FM.


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Aug 16, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 301 - 12.08.2019
01:15:53

The brand new Premier League season has kicked off and Arsenal beat Newcastle away from home and kept a clean sheet in the process. We chat about the game itself, the team selection, Aubameyang's goal, Maitland-Niles contribution to it, and the importance of chipping away at that difficult away record we've had over the last couple of seasons. We discuss the debutantes, the changes Unai Emery made during the game and what they might tell us about his approach this season, and reflect on what was a positive start to the new campaign. Then we have questions about the Mesut Ozil/Sead Kolasinac situation, the young players who played yesterday, how soon we might see David Luiz in defence, who might depart before the European transfer windows close, and lots more.

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Aug 12, 2019
Episode 538 - Season preview 2: Deadline day defenders
01:32:17

Arsenal added to their backline at last, but left it late, bringing in David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic just before the close of the transfer window. I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Tayo Popoola to chat about the signings, and the transfer window as a whole, before we get a Celtic point of view on the new left back. Kevin Graham is a Celtic fan who has watched Tierney establish himself in the team, so we get some insight into what kind of a player he is, and what he can bring to the club. Then there's a chat with James about our deadline day business, the departure of Alex Iwobi to Everton, and Eddie Nketiah's loan move to Leeds. It's a bumper episode, enjoy.


Follow: @AAllenSport@DJTayo@anorthernprose of @ACSOMPOD

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Aug 09, 2019
Episode 537 - Season Preview 1 with Ken Early
01:24:20

As is tradition, it's time for the first of our season preview podcasts with Ken Early of Second Captains. We chat about subscriptions, the new rules coming into the Premier League this season – in particular VAR and wonder about the impact it will have on things. Then there's discussion of each of the top five, including Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, before Ken reminds me we forgot Sp*rs. There's loads here, including worries about Arsenal's defence – all before we heard about the David Luiz news, so we'll cover that on the next show.


Follow Ken @kenearlys and visit secondcaptains.com

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Aug 07, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 300 - 05.04.2019
01:31:59

Our pre-season fixtures are finished, next up it's the opening game of the new campaign against Newcastle. James and I reflect on the Barcelona game and pre-season as a whole, as well as gauging our readiness as the Premier League looms. There's been excitement in the transfer market, and from young players, but there are question marks hanging over certain areas of the team, in particular the defence. Will we be able to find answers before the transfer window closes on Thursday? Then we have lots of listener questions about our centre-half situation, what kind of a season we can expect from Mesut Ozil, loaning or keeping young players, our line-up for Sunday and loads more besides. 

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Aug 05, 2019
Episode 536 - Raul Sanllehi has trousers
01:11:15

Arsenal have smashed their transfer record for the third time in two years, bringing in Nicolas Pepe from Lille. It's a signing that seemed impossible just a week ago, but here he is. Joining me to talk about Pepe the player is Matt Spiro, and we discuss his arrival, the kind of player he is, and more, as well as William Saliba, Laurent Koscielny and Matteo Guendouzi. Then I'm joined by Clive Palmer to delve into the Pepe deal, what it says about us as a club, the message it sends, the impact he'll have on the squad and the way we plays, and loads more besides, including a defensive discussion.


Follow Matt @mattspiro and Clive @clivepafc

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Aug 02, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 299 - 28.07.2019
01:27:47

On this week's show there's been transfer market excitement over the signings of William Saliba and Dani Ceballos, and the potential arrival of Nicolas Pepe has got everything at fever pitch. We chat about all three players, and in particular what the signing of Pepe – should it go through – mean for the team. However, there are still questions about our defence, made more pressing by the Laurent Koscielny situation, and we're asked if the transfer window can be considered a success without signing a centre-half. There are loads of other questions besides, including stuff about Edu, players we might sell, paying agents fees and lots more.

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Jul 29, 2019
Arsecast Special - Dani Ceballos
00:33:32

Last week Arsenal signed Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid, but what can we expect from him? I'm joined by Colin Millar, the editor of Football Espana, to talk about his career progression from Real Betis to Real Madrid, his difficulties at the Bernebeu, his potential as a player, what this loan move might mean for him and for Arsenal, his social media indiscretions, how this deal is being viewed in Spain and much more.


Colin also talks about his upcoming book: The Frying Pan of Spain:Sevilla v Real Betis: Spain's Hottest Football Rivalry (pre-order here).

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Jul 29, 2019
Episode 535 - Brooklyn
00:54:29

I've arrived in New York City via LA, Charlotte and Washington DC, and recorded a podcast in Brooklyn with Kurtis Powers from Arsenal NYC on a day when we signed two players. Dani Caballos and William Saliba are Gooners – even if they might never play together – so we chat about the signings, the US tour, the players who have impressed and the work we still have to do in the transfer market. There's also some microphone chat, music chat, and a bit of Marvin. Enjoy. 

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Jul 25, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 6 - The Emirates Cup
00:51:46

This month's episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast is an Emirates Cup special, with the Arsenal Women taking on Bayern Munich Frauen at Emirates Stadium this Sunday. Arsenal have signed a total of six players from Bayern over the last 3 summers now, to get a perspective on how Bayern became Arsenal's feeder club, as well as a new era for the Bavarian side who have just changed their manager for the first time in a decade, Tim talks to Bayern fan Sven Beyrich.


Goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger joined Arsenal from Bayern this summer and will make her debut against her former club at the Emirates on Sunday, Tim talks to her about a new challenge at Arsenal, how she describes herself as a goalkeeper and what attracted her to Arsenal. We wrap the episode up with Pippa chatting to Irish international Katie McCabe about pre-season, her aspirations for the season and the big game against Bayern at the Emirates. All of these interviews are exclusive to this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast. 

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Jul 23, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 298 - 22.07.2019
01:22:08

This week, Andrew is in Washington DC and up very early to record with James who is just back from a rave in a forest. We chat about the game against Fiorentina in Charlotte, the goals from Eddie Nketiah and his potential place in the squad next season, and some of the other behind the scenes bits and pieces from the US tour. We also discuss transfers, selling players, Krystian Bielik, whether signing Wilfried Zaha would 'kill' Reiss Nelson, and lots more besides. 

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Jul 22, 2019
Episode 534 - LA Live
00:40:16

Because I'm travelling this week and I had no way of speaking to guests about stuff, this week's podcast is based around our 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in Los Angeles. I took my mic and Zoom into the press box, and recorded myself after key moments, making very astute and interesting observations about stuff, and with some end of game player ratings too. This is posted just after I've got to Charlotte, North Carolina this evening, so please excuse any mistakes because I am banjaxed with tiredness.

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Jul 19, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 297 - 15.07.2019
01:24:08

This week Andrew is in LA and James is in London so it's a goodly morning/goodly evening situation going on. We chat about the #wecaredoyou campaign which has ignited the fanbase and the media regarding the owner Stan Kroenke. Will it have any effect? What can we realistically hope for, and what kind of impact might it have? We also discuss Laurent Koscielny, our transfer business (or lack of), Raul, Unai Emery, Edu and lots more including listener questions as usual.

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Jul 15, 2019
Episode 533 - Edu. Kos don't.
01:12:20

On this week's show I chat about the Laurent Koscielny bombshell with the BBC's David Ornstein. What has happened to get the situation to this point? Is there any way back for the soon to be former captain? And where does this leave the centre of our defence ahead of next season? We also discuss transfers, and all the things Arsenal need to do but unfortunately don't appear to be close to doing at this moment in time. Then it's Edu, and our new Technical Director is the topic of discussion with Tim Stillman – going from his playing days with us, to his administrative roles with Corinthians and Brazil. What kind of an impact can he have on the future of this mental football club?


Follow David @bbcsport_david and Tim @stillberto

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Jul 12, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 296 - 08.07.2019
01:30:22

On this week's show we discuss the hive of transfer activity that is Arsenal this summer, having bought Gabriel Martinelli, sold David Ospina and ... well ... er ... that's about it so far. We chat about the deals we haven't done, the deals we need to do, Edu's arrival and his potential impact, and wonder what Unai Emery – who is under some pressure to get us back into the top four next season – thinks about this inactivity so far. Then there are listener questions about Joe Willock's promotion to the first team, our 'very good plan', a passionless owner and much more, as well as announcing the winner of the Arsenal shirt competition from last week, and some final Magpie Facts.

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Jul 08, 2019
Episode 532 - Freddie
01:02:34

On this week's show I'm joined by Layth Yousif of Football London to chat about Freddie Ljungberg and his promotion to the first team coaching staff next season. We also chat about some of the young players who might get a chance and some general transfer waffle, before we take some calls from our Patreon subscribers, discussing the roles of Aubameyang and Lacazette, the club's direction, and lots more, including details of a live podcast in LA later this month when Arsenal hit the USA.


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Jul 05, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 295 - 01.07.2019
01:41:43

On this week's show the mood of optimism and hope brought about by a video for a football shirt evaporated when we got a look at Arsenal's financial performance. Failure to qualify for the Champions League again is going to make life difficult, so we chat about the money, the on pitch performance, Ivan Gazidis presiding over such dismal business, and ultimately Stan Kroenke who allows it all to happen. Then we chat about the no transfers and wonder whether lots of transfers are coming or not. Are they like buses? You wait ages and then three arrive at once. Then we have listener questions about the kit, potential loan signings, midfield recruitment and lots more – before the important stuff, Magpie Facts! Behold his mighty beak and his heavy metal guitar.

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Jul 01, 2019
Episode 531 - NO
01:19:23

On this week's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen to chat about the week's goings-on, and we also take questions from the Arseblog Members on Patreon. On the agenda: our ideal owner for Arsenal, Wilfried Zaha and sacrificing someone to get him, youth prospects like William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli, whether there's a long-term plan or are we just making it up as we go along, how much we'd get for Sead Kolasinac, the Mesut Ozil situation, Laurent Koscielny and lots more – plus a bit of the usual waffle.


Follow Andrew @AAllenSport - and take a listen to his own new podcast: leftfieldpodcast.com


If you want to become an Arseblog Member on Patreon, you can sign up at patreon.com/arseblog for just €5 per month.

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Jun 28, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 294 - 24.06.2019
01:24:43

On this week's show has misfortune for James sparked our transfer bid for Kieran Tierney? We chat about the Celtic left-back, what kind of a signing he might be, and also discuss which of Sead Kolasinac or Nacho Monreal might leave if we do sign him. We touch on AC Milan's interest in Lucas Torreira and whether there's been encouragement from the player's side, before answering questions about Dani Alves as a possible right back next season, the quality of the sides we're playing in pre-season, players we DON'T want to sign, favourite non-Arsenal goals and even more Magpie Mayhem.


Here is the Guendouzi image: https://i.imgur.com/cIiBHbt.jpg

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Jun 24, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 5 - The Irish edition
00:52:11

In the latest edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast Pippa Monique and Tim Stillman chat to Ireland captain Katie McCabe about her season and how her career has turned around under the guidance of Gunners boss Joe Montemurro. We also talk to her international teammate Louise Quinn about her season and hear how she sealed her first professional contract in Sweden by editing her own highlights video!


As well as this, Tim and Pippa chew the fat over the Women’s World Cup. Pippa gives her reflections from on the ground in France and they talk about the application of VAR in the tournament and consider the “should women’s football have smaller goals?” debate started by Chelsea boss Emma Hayes. Tim and Pippa also give us their World Cup predictions. All that and more in the latest episode.

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Jun 21, 2019
Episode 530 - Zonal Marking
00:56:40

This week I'm joined by Michael Cox to discuss his new book, Zonal Marking, which tracks the development of European football over the last 30 years. From the Dutch Total Football to Spanish Tiki-Taka and everything inbetween. We chat about Dennis Bergkamp, the role of the number 10, Arsene Wenger's tactical approach, as well as some Pep, Klopp, Unai Emery, and more. There's also a chance to win a copy of the book, and some of the usual waffle in there too.


Follow Michael @Zonal_Marking and if you want to pick up a copy of the book head down to your local independent bookstore and buy it there to support decent business owners who don't treat people like filth and also pay their taxes, but if you have to you can get it from Amazon too.

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Jun 21, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 293 - 17.06.2019
01:19:26

On this week's show we celebrate James' birthday by discussing transfers, the lack of them, the targets we have – almost all of which have a caveat around them. There's the potential signing of William Saliba, a look at the Premier League fixtures for next season, the promotion of Freddie Ljungberg and the departure of Darren Burgess as Director of High Performance. Then we answer questions about outgoing transfers, Mesut Ozil, unused season tickets, and lots more including wigs, scary movies, hair transplants and more Magpie Facts!

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Jun 17, 2019
Episode 529 - Praying for the garden
01:07:46

On this week's show I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss FIFA and some of the wider issues that are affecting football right now – from internationals, World Cups, nation state finances and vested interests who are shaping the game for financial and commercial interests rather than sporting ones. Then we move on to Arsenal to talk about our summer plans, bringing through young players, Unai Emery, our budget, who is going to spend the budget, Philippe provides some insight into some of the French players we've been linked with this summer, and much more.


Follow Philippe @PhilippeAuclair - and you can read the article referenced in the show here: https://www.bbc.com/sport/africa/48556061

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Jun 14, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 292 - 10.06.2019
01:30:44

There's not a lot of Arsenal going on right now, but James and I are here to discuss the transfer window thus far, the sheer number of players who have a question mark over their futures, and the squad rebuilding job, before we take a look at some of the names we've been linked with over the last week or so, including Carrasco, Anderson, Praet, Tierney and more. Then we answer listener questions about right back, the captaincy, missing players who can carry the ball, names on the back of shirts, the Europa League and lots more before James regales us with magpie facts and a magpie jingle.

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Jun 10, 2019
Episode 528 - Summer Breeze
01:12:47

The season is well and truly over now, and I'm joined by Lewis Ambrose and Elliot Smith to discuss Unai Emery's first campaign – focusing in particular on the tactical side of his management, before we discuss his use of players, attempting a culture change and how the footballing philosophy needs to be defined for many reasons.. Then it's Freddie Ljungberg's appointment to the first team coaching staff next season and how that might create a path for young players, before we talk about transfers, all the work that needs to be done this summer and lots more besides.


Follow Lewis @LGAmbrose and Elliot @YankeeGunner


The rebuild posts, Part 1: https://arseblog.com/2019/06/the-great-summer-rebuild-part-1-goalkeeper-and-defence/

Part 2: https://arseblog.com/2019/06/the-great-summer-rebuild-part-2-midfield-and-attack/

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Jun 07, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 291 - 03.06.2019
01:34:18

On this week's show we look back on the Champions League final in Madrid when the bad thing did not happen, and Liverpool beat Sp*rs 2-0 and made them cry. We chat about the game, how enjoyable the result was, and all the rest, before discussing the tragic news of the weekend with former Gunner Jose Antonio Reyes losing his life in a car accident. Then there are loads of listener questions about transfers, summer plans, Calum Chambers, where we need to buy and sell, our footballing identity and lots more.

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Jun 03, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 290 - 30.05.2019
01:53:16

A 4-1 defeat to Chelsea was a chastening and disheartening end to the season. We discuss the game itself, the key moments, a disastrous second half, Unai Emery's decisions, the substitution of Mesut Ozil and all the rest. Then we chat about where it leaves us in the short term, how it might affect what we need to do this summer, and how we're going to do it under the auspices of owner Stan Kroenke who couldn't even be bothered to go to the game last night. There's a lot of introspection, a lot of sighing, plenty of wondering about where we go from here, if Emery is the right man but also an understanding that even if he's not our choices to replace him are likely to be very limited, we talk about the soul and fabric of the club itself, season ticket renewals and tons more. 

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May 30, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 289 - 27.05.2019
01:22:23

After all the distractions, the Europa League final is upon us! James and I discuss Wednesday's game against Chelsea, chatting about the likely formation that Unai Emery will use and the team he'll pick. Will there be a deviation from the back three we all expect? Is Mesut Ozil a sure-fire starter? How will we deal with Eden Hazard? Petr Cech in goal ahead of Bernd Leno? All that and much more, including listener questions throughout the show, including transfer targets, young players from the Academy, and, of course, our chances of success in Baku.

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May 27, 2019
Episode 527 - Talking Heads
00:53:04

On today's show I chat with Charles Watts about his upcoming journey to Baku for the Europa League final, and the game against Chelsea frames the discussion. Are the team distracted by the Mkhitaryan situation? How much would Emery have used him if he were available? Who will play in goal, and who should play in goal? Then we discuss the interview with MD Vinai Venkatesham and Head of Football Raul Sanllehi, in which they laid out their plans for the summer and beyond. How confident can we be that they can get the job done? All that and some of the usual waffle.


Follow Charles on Twitter @Charles_Watts

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May 24, 2019
Episode 526 - Season review with Ken Early
00:58:15

A special midweek bonus podcast for you, in which I sit down with Ken Early of Second Captains to look back over the season. Although Arsenal still have something to play for in the Europa League final, we chat about the Premier League campaign, Man City's title winner, Liverpool's challenge, how the league can be competitive again with City's financial domination, as well as some Arsenal and the rest of the top four. There's also some stuff on the Europa League final situation with Baku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and more.

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May 23, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 4 - Hey Joe
00:49:51

In the May edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, we meet our new co-host Pippa Monique who tells you how a chance sighting of Rachel Yankey on TV began a love affair with the Arsenal Women, Pippa also talks about covering the recent Women's Champions League final and a chance encounter with new signing Manuela Zinsberger in Budapest. 


Tim and Pippa trekked to London Colney a few weeks ago for an in-depth sit down interview with Gunners boss Joe Montemurro. Joe talks about his managerial philosophy, how he secured tactical buy-in from his players after taking over in 2017 and how the squad has created such a tight bond. After that, we speak with German international Tabea Kemme about an injury ravaged debut season, her other career as a policewoman and how growing up on a farm in Germany influenced her outlook on life. Both of these interviews are exclusive to Arseblog News. 


Pod archives: https://arseblog.news/category/arsenal-women/arsenal-women-podcast/

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May 21, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 288 - 20.05.2019
01:25:49

We're in the middle of a weird lull between the end of the Premier League season and the Europa League final, but there's still plenty to talk about. Including: The FA Cup final and Man City's soulless treble, Pep Guardiola taking exception to being questioned, and how many fans need a measure of cognitive dissonance when it comes to their football clubs these days. Has City's financial domination seen us reach some kind of tipping point? We also discuss the Henrikh Mkhitaryan situation with regards the Europa League final in Baku, Reiss Nelson's Arsenal future, how do we fit wingers into a team with two strikers, Steve Bould, Mustafi to Milan, Santi Cazorla and lots more.

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May 20, 2019
Episode 525 - Summer of youth?
01:14:03

On this week's show I'm joined by The Man from East Lower and Clive Palmer to discuss our final league position, the missed opportunity to finish in the top four, Unai Emery's chance of salvation in Baku when he could win a European trophy and get us back into the Champions League next season. We then chat about the big job coming up this summer, whichever flavour of European football we have, and that's the squad rebuild. Will Emery and the club be ruthless to deal with the many issues at hand? Can we do what we need to do with the budget we have? And do the circumstances suggest that doors may be opened for young players to take their chance in a squad that requires a lot of work? All that and lots more.


Follow Jim @eastlower and Clive @clivepafc

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May 17, 2019
Arsecast Special Edition: The Invincibles Part 1 & 2
01:58:33

Please note: This podcast was first published for our Patreon members. It’s a taste of what you can get as an Arseblog Member on Patreon, so if you like what you hear and you’d like access to all the extra content, ad-free Arsecasts, articles, live streams and lots more, sign up for just €5 per month at patreon.com/arseblog


In 2003-04, Arsenal went through the entire league season without a losing a game. It’s a unique achievement and one that remains unequaled to this day. The Gunners went into that campaign having fallen short of a double the season before, and with minimal summer spending. 


The squad was small but with players like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and, of course, Thierry Henry at the peak of their powers, and with a strong supporting cast, Arsenal did something unbelievable.


It was a season with ups and downs, highs and lows, but it’s one that still remains fresh in the memory. Join me, Andrew Allen and James from Gunnerblog as we revisit the 2003-04 season as Arsenal became Invincible.

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May 15, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 287 - 13.05.2019
01:32:14

On today's show we look back at the 3-1 win over Burnley on the final day of the season, two more goals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which saw him win/share the Golden Boot, the final league position of 5th and some overall thoughts on our Premier League campaign, before we discuss Mesut Ozil after another away game in which he wasn't even part of the squad. What are Arsenal going to do about him this summer in the wake of stories from his agent about how much he wants to stay? We then answer questions about the best and worst moments of the season, loan players, transfer business and which players from outside the top 6 we'd target, which academy players might make the step up next season and lots more.

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May 13, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 286 - 10.05.2019
01:28:20

On today's much happier and more upbeat show, we discuss the 4-2 win over Valencia which sees us in the Europa League final at the end of May. Just how good are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette? We chat about their performances, but also their importance in the present and our future as we look to rebuild the squad in the summer, as well as how crucial Champions League football will be to that work. Then we answer questions about the final, Petr Cech or Bernd Leno, who should take penalties if it goes to that, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, what would define Emery's first season as a success or not, and lots more.


The Arseblog preview mentioned in the podcast is here: https://arseblog.com/2018/08/the-arseblog-season-preview-2018-19/

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May 10, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 285 - 06.05.2019
01:58:28

Another disappointing Premier League result has ended our top four chances. James and I discuss the 1-1 draw with Brighton – the latest in a dreadful run of form, chat about the culpability of the manager, the players, and the people running the club. We discuss the January transfer window and how that might have helped rather than hindered us, ask who is making the decisions, and worry about those running things and making decisions. Then we answer listener questions about selling Granit Xhaka, our summer transfer business, the injury that hurt us most, James comments about bad characters, selling Lacazette, and much more – including some madness from a famous parrot at the end.

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May 06, 2019
Episode 524 - One foot in the final
00:49:06

Joining me to discuss the 3-1 win over Valencia in the Europa League semi-final is James Benge of Football London. We chat about Arsenal's poor start and the fantastic response driven by the two strikers, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. We also discuss the incredible effort by Laurent Koscielny, the prospects for the second leg in Spain next week, how Unai Emery might approach this weekend's game against Brighton and much more. There's a splodge of the usual waffle too.

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May 03, 2019
Episode 523 - Valencia
00:34:14

Arsenal face Valencia this week in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday, looking to bounce back from recent domestic disappointment and get a result which we can take into the away leg with some confidence. What about the opposition though? What can we expect from the La Liga outfit, what way do they play, and who are their danger men? Joining from Spain to discuss is journalist Dermot Corrigan.

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Apr 30, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 284 - 29.04.2019
01:56:29

A third defeat in a week has left Arsenal's chances of finishing in the top four very remote, but it has precipitated the longest Arsecast Extra of all time. James and I discuss the Leicester game, Unai Emery's approach, and the result in the context of our recent form which has seen us lose four of our last five league games. We chat about the squad, what needs to be done, the manager and his work, the ownership, the structures we're supposed to have in place but don't, our recruitment needs this summer, and loads more besides. There's a lot of introspection, plenty of confusion, a smidgen of bewilderment and probably no satisfactory answers but Arsenal's situation right now is a long way from black and white. Thanks as always for listening.

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Apr 29, 2019
Episode 522 - Europa League or bust?
01:09:56

On this week's show I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to discuss our top four chances after the defeats to Wolves and Crystal Palace. I'm a bit down but Amy is more positive as there's still a lot to play for this season – not least a European trophy. We discuss that, how the club is being run, and lots more, before I talk to Tim Stillman about the Arsenal Women who can win the title this weekend and crown a fantastic campaign. We also chat about the Wolves game, away form, Leicester and more.

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Apr 26, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 3 - Quadruple
00:42:35

In 2006-07, Arsenal Ladies achieved a unique quadruple- winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Premier League Cup and the European Cup. They remain the only British side in the women’s game to have won Europe’s top prize. In this episode we speak with then Gunners captain Faye White, who missed most of the season with a cruciate ligament injury. We talk to Faye about her mixed emotions watching an incredible season unfold from the treatment table. We also speak to Gunners legend and striker Kelly Smith, who returned to the club from the US after battling depression and alcoholism. Kelly enjoyed an excellent, injury free season- but missed both legs of the European Cup Final in controversial circumstances. Kelly talks candidly about her frustration with rough treatment from opponents and how that frustration built to cost her participation in the game of her life. Relive this historic season through the eyes of Arsenal Ladies’ most successful ever captain and all-time greatest player.

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Apr 25, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 283 - 22.04.2019
01:33:26

Yesterday's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace was a big disappointment, and we try to make sense of it. From Unai Emery's team selection and formation, to the nightmare performance of Shkodran Mustafi, there's plenty to discuss. The German's role is front and centre, but did the manager take the visitors for granted, and leave himself short of options because he had to change so much at half-time. What now for our top four chances, we can qualify for the Champions League via our Premier League finish. How to approach Wednesday's game against Wolves, can we rest Laurent Koscielny, the probable end of Carl Jenkinson's Arsenal career and lots more.

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Apr 22, 2019
Episode 521 - Laca's on fire
01:00:38

On this week's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss the 1-0 win over Napoli which secured our passage into the Europa League semi-finals. We chat about the team selection, Alexandre Lacazette's great goal which had such a big impact, how comfortably we won over the two legs, Napoli being below par, some surprising passing stats, the Aaron Ramsey injury and lots more. Then we answer some questions from Arseblog Patreon Members, and there's a theme flaming throughout the show with a chunk of the usual waffle. Enjoy!

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Apr 19, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 282 - 16.04.2019
01:21:39

An away win and a clean sheet are not to be scoffed at for Arsenal this season, but did we miss an opportunity to do a bit more in yesterday's 1-0 win over Watford? We discuss the game, the goal, the hilarious sending off of Troy Deeney, Unai Emery's substitutions and how they didn't exactly help, plus our inability to properly take advantage of the extra man and boost our goal difference. We also answer listener questions about Dinos Mavropanos, how to approach the Napoli game on Thursday and the possible team selection, Emery's contractual situation, and much more – in particular not being able to remember red cards given against us. 

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Apr 16, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 281 - 12.04.2019
01:14:04

Arsenal put themselves in a great position going into the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final with a 2-0 win over Napoli last night. We discuss the game, the midfield influence of Lucas Torreira and Aaron Ramsey, the all-important clean sheet which is better than more goals, Emery's in-game management and what was a positive response to our last game at Everton. Then we answer listener questions about Petr Cech and whether Bernd Leno should replace him for the European games, potential transfer business including our need for a left-back, how to manage the squad with the upcoming away games against Watford and Napoli in mind, and lots more.

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Apr 12, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 280- 07.04.2019
01:25:21

Why are Arsenal so bad away from home? What's wrong with us when we play other teams at their home grounds? Why do we have problems on the road? What the hell is up with our away form? Is there some particular reason we struggle when we're not at the Emirates? We try and answer the question which demands an answer after our 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. We have a theory – and unfortunately it doesn't augur well for the rest of the season if it's accurate. Discussion that, the Everton performance, our top four chances, listener questions and lots more besides.

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Apr 07, 2019
Episode 520 - Greyjoy
01:09:49

This week, ahead of Sunday's trip to Goodison Park, I'm joined by Everton fan Rog Bennett, one half of the Men in Blazers. We chat about Arsenal under Unai Emery, Stan Kroenke, the dark times at Everton this season, Theo Walcott and his potential to have an impact, and more. Then it's time to look a little further ahead as I chat to Paolo Bandini about Napoli, our Europa League opponents. They're second in Serie A, what can we expect from them, and who are the players to watch out for? All that and some of the usual waffle throw in too.

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Apr 05, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 279 - 02.04.2019
01:22:54

Football is back at last, and Arsenal returned to action with a 2-0 win over Newcastle. We discuss the game, the goals we scored and the ones that got disallowed, the influence of key men like goalscorers Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette, and what it means for our Champions League qualification chances. We then answer questions about Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and where he can improve, summer transfer plans, another Technical Director candidate, a choice between a Premier League place and a trophy, and lots more.

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Apr 02, 2019
Episode 519 - Goodbye Interlull, Hello Football
00:58:51

On this week's show I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss our April fixture pile-up, the Laurent Koscielny renaissance, Matteo Guendouzi's first season in England, and the impact of Alexandre Lacazette. Then I chat with Tim from @7amkickoff to have a look at what the numbers tell us about our top four chances, some interesting stats about two key players, and lots more. Usual waffle is at a minimum, but an old friend returns at the end.


Follow Philippe @PhilippeAuclair - Follow Tim @7amkickoff

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Mar 29, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast: Episode 2 - Seven Zero Sum Game
01:05:08

On this month’s show we are joined by the Guardian’s Women’s Football Correspondent Suzy Wrack. Suzy and Tim talk about the record breaking Barclays deal to sponsor the WSL starting from next season and the impact it might have. We also chat about the recent record breaking attendances seen at Atletico Madrid and Juventus’ women’s teams and whether clubs in England could do more to generate this level of interest. Then Andrew and Tim have a chat about Arsenal Women’s title run-in, Katie McCabe’s new contract, the injury situation and we trail this month’s feature interview with Danielle Carter, who recently returned to action after 10 months out with a cruciate ligament injury.

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Mar 28, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 278 - 25.03.2019
01:21:49

The Interlull continues but the show must go on, so we round up all the nothing that's been happening from an Arsenal point of view. The training camp in Dubai and ... er ... as well as ... uhm ... but we have lots of listener questions about young players, their development and going out on loan, Serge Gnabry (of course). the goalkeeping situation next season, transfer windows which had the most negative impact, Granit Xhaka's comments, and lots more, including some incredible stuff from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his MickiToy. 

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Mar 25, 2019
Episode 518 - Worse than Omsk
00:50:22

It may be an Interlull but there's still a podcast and this week I chat to Josh Robinson, co-author of a fantastic book called – The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports. We speak about the formation of the Premier League, how Arsenal's David Dein played a key role and how Roman Abramovich might have bought a different London club, the growth into a massive global phenomenon, how the money keeps flooding in, where it might all end up in terms of a European Super League, and lots more besides. 

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Mar 22, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 277 - 18.03.2019
01:23:57

It might be an Interlull but we have an Arsecast Extra for you all the same. James and I chat a bit about the weekend's non-Arsenal action, including a defeat for Chelsea which has sparked some action on our favourite Twitter hashtag. We then discuss the Europa League quarter-final draw, the decision of Monchi to turn down Arsenal and rejoin Sevilla, where it leaves us as a club, why the role of Technical Director is so important and why there's some genuine urgency required when it comes to making an appointment. We then answer questions about the Wojciech Szczesny interview in which he discusses his ex-teammates, Reiss Nelson's loan deal at Hoffenheim and his prospects for next season, Aaron Ramsey's recent performances, Lionel Messi, enjoyable collapses and loads more.


Here's the breakfast pie link: https://imgur.com/a/tpbt9


And the Szczesny interview: https://p1r.es/2JqTC54

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Mar 18, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 276 - 15.03.2019
01:17:09

On this extra Arsecast Extra James and I discuss the 3-0 win over Rennes last night, and our qualification for the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stole the show with two goals, an assist and a celebration that caught the eye, but there was a lot more to like, including another promising display from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the fact we've overturned a first leg deficit of this margin for the first time since the 70s, and how quiet we kept the gobby opposition. We then answer listener questions about our potential opponents in the next round, which outfield player would do the best job in goal if required, some behind the scenes podcast chat, who our player of the season might be, before we display outstanding ignorance about the Avengers and its several thousand members, and more.

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Mar 15, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 275 - 11.03.2019
01:32:54

This week it's a very goodly morning as we enjoy and recap the 2-0 win over Manchester United yesterday. They had their chances but a brilliant display from Bernd Leno kept them at bay, along with a hugely committed and defensively focused team performance. We chat about Granit Xhaka's opening goal, Leno's heroics, Aaron Ramsey's midfield role and, of course, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty which will hopefully lift the dark clouds off him after a difficult week. We also discuss the implications of this result in the top four chase after a weekend in which those around us have faltered, before listener questions about our away games on the run-in, Xhaka's performance yesterday and where he is in the grand scheme of things, Sead Kolasinac, how to approach the Europa League game on Thursday, pitch invaders and lots more.


Also, visit the Arsecast Extra 275 post on https://arseblog.com to view our Premier League predictions spreadsheet

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Mar 11, 2019
Episode 517 - Eurotrash
01:09:23

On this week's show I chat with James about the 3-1 defeat to Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday night. A bright start was followed by a sending off, but did Unai Emery do enough to deal with the situation? Why didn't the man famous for half-time changes make a half-time change? We discuss the goals we conceded, the lack of impact the substitutes made, what this might do to our confidence ahead of Sunday and lots more – including terrifying dog frights.


Then I chat to Man Utd fan Daniel Harris about the Champions League and VAR, as well as their revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Mar 08, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 274 - 03.03.2019
01:29:50

On this week's quite sweary show we start with some of the positives from the North London derby. Despite the frustrating nature of the result, there were some things to be encouraged about. We chat about them, but inevitably we have to discuss the officiating, the penalty we conceded and the penalty we missed which had such a significant impact on the game. Also, social media reaction to the team selection, Emery getting it mostly right in terms of the team he picked, the upcoming United game, questions about penalties and penalty takers, the top four fight, summer transfer business and a bit of hashtag fun right at the end.

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Mar 03, 2019
Episode 516 - Predictions and stuff
01:08:59

On this week's show I'm joined by Phil Costa from OneFootball to discuss the win against Bournemouth, some encouraging signs in the way we've played in the last couple of games, and to look ahead to a crucial North London derby at Wembley on Saturday. What kind of a team will Unai Emery pick, and will it be enough to get the points? Then James and I go through the remaining fixtures for Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Sp*rs and make predictions for each game, before totting up the points we reckon each side will get. Who comes out on top, and finishes in the top four?

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Mar 01, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 273 - 25.02.2019
01:17:14

On this show we look back at the 2-0 win over Southampton which saw us move ahead of Man Utd and into the top four. We chat about an impressive first half, the goals we scored and the ones we probably should have scored, the second half which was more difficult but which still showed signs of encouragement, Bernd Leno's importance, and reflect on what was a positive day overall. Then we answer listener questions about how to rotate for Wednesday's clash with Bournemouth, whether the self-sustaining model is something to be proud of, full backs, the links with Monchi as Technical Director and lots more.

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Feb 25, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 272 - 22.02.2019
01:10:02

It's a post-Europa League show in which we discuss the 3-0 win over BATE Borisov who hopefully we never ever have to play again. We chat corners, the return of Mesut Ozil to the starting line-up and the impact he had, and what lies ahead in this European competition with the draw for the next round taking place tomorrow. Then there are questions about the team and formation for this weekend's game against Southampton, Denis Suarez, the emotion of football, and lots more.

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Feb 22, 2019
The Arsenal Women Arsecast #1 - The Conti Cup Final
00:30:53

In this first episode: Arsenal Women will bid to win the WSL Continental Tyres Cup for the 6th time in 8 seasons when they face Manchester City in the final at Bramall Lane on Saturday. This is a repeat of last year’s final, which the Gunners won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Vivianne Miedema.


Our Arsenal Women correspondent Tim Stillman looks ahead to that game with the help of Arsenal centre half Leah Williamson. Leah talks about Arsenal Women being ‘feared and respected’ again, Vivianne Miedema, the threat that City pose and she contemplates her 7th cup final as an Arsenal player before her 22nd birthday.


Leah also talks about growing up as an Arsenal fan, interrupting a family holiday in Cornwall when she was 9 so that she could be Arsenal’s mascot and about Petr Cech taking the women’s team out to dinner on Monday night.


Tim also provides a preview to give a bit of context and there is full information on how you can watch the game on Saturday at 12.15pm.

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Feb 20, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 271 - 18.02.2019
01:28:58

After a busy weekend revolving around the Mesut Ozil Tweet and 'discussions' that it sparked, we discuss the German and the ongoing situation at the club. Ultimately, it's unhealthy for Arsenal but what's behind it and what can be done to find a solution that benefits the team? We chat about him, Unai Emery, Arsenal's role in it all, and hope for the kind of outcome that will pay dividends on the pitch as we chase a top four finish and the Europa League. Then there are questions about selling a star player (NOT OZIL!) this summer, whether we're in a better position now compared to a year ago, potential candidates for the captaincy, a cling-film conundrum and lots more.

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Feb 18, 2019
Episode 515 - Worries
00:57:08

In this episode I chat to Tim Stillman about our 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Europa League. Arsenal were beaten by a team who haven't played in two months, Unai Emery's team selection was conservative and his changes seemed to cause confusion more than anything else. Do the players understand what he wants from them, and are the signs from their performances a cause for concern beyond the poor results in recent weeks? We chat Kolasinac, Lacazette, Ozil, Arsenal austerity, Aaron Ramsey's status as he's about to depart and lots more, plus a smidgeon of the usual waffle.

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Feb 15, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 270 - 10.02.2019
01:21:13

On this week's show we look back at the 2-1 win over Huddersfield, are we worrying too much about style if the result is right? We touch on the performance, the goals we scored, the one we inevitably conceded, the team selection based on who Unai Emery had available to him, and we have to mention the Chelsea defeat which moved us up into 5th. There's some fun with the #sarriout hashtag, then serious questions about the abuse leveled at Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mavropanos being left out of the Europa League squad, how to approach the BATE Borisov game on Thursday, an either/or about our strikers, and more.

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Feb 10, 2019
Episode 514 - Mavropanos to the rescue
00:52:31

On today's show I'm joined by Clive Palmer to shoot the breeze as we head into the final 13 games of the season. It's a big challenge, and Unai Emery has plenty to consider, including his options at right back, does he give a chance to Dinos Mavropanos ahead of Shkodran Mustafi, what to do with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, and looking ahead we chat about the future and while I'm a bit scared about how much we have to do in the summer, Clive is excited. All that and a bit of the usual waffle.


Follow Clive on Twitter @clivepafc

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Feb 08, 2019
Episode 513 - Behind the January transfer window with David Ornstein
00:59:31

On this special extra bonus Arsecast I'm joined by the BBC's David Ornstein to go behind the scenes of Arsenal's January transfer window. We discuss the signing of Denis Saurez and the pursuits of Yannick Carrasco, Ivan Perisic and Christopher Nkunku? Is he the only PSG player on our radar? We chat about the departure of Sven Mislintat as the Head of Recruitment is set to leave after just over a year in the job. Raul Sanllehi is the man with the power now, what will be done to replace Sven and who are the candidates. Plus some Mesut Ozil, KSE and the Kroenkes, Arsenal at the Super Bowl and more.

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Feb 05, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 269 - 04.02.2019
01:29:26

On this week's show, why has losing a game almost everyone expected us to lose caused such an outpouring of angst? We delve into the 3-1 defeat to Man City and the fan reaction, as well as Unai Emery's approach to the game, the formation, a relatively good first halfm and a dismal second, and how the defensive frailties that have caused so many problems this season played a part in the result. There's discussion of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Shkodran Mustafi, questions about Emery's performance and whether this is about right for us this season, Alex Iwobi and his role in the team, Dinos Mavropanos and lots more.

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Feb 04, 2019
Episode 512 - Denis Denis
01:02:29

This episode was recorded as the busy business of transfer deadline day was going on and ... well ... in truth it wasn't busy from an Arsenal point of view. Denis Suarez arrived, Emile Smith Rowe went out on loan, and that was basically it. I chat with James from Gunnerblog and The Man from East Lower about the business we did, their thoughts and expectations for Suarez, and where it leaves the squad. Is it good enough to finish in the top four? Will the arrival of Suarez see a more expansive Unai Emery? And have behind the scenes issues affected what we did in January? All that and much more, plus a bit of the usual waffle.

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Feb 01, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 268 - 28.01.2019
01:15:36

On this week's show I'm straight off a transatlantic flight and behind the mic to discuss the 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. We chat about the game, the goals we conceded, the impact more defensive injuries had on the performance, and how those injuries might impact the rest of the season. As we're linked with more attacking loan signings with an option to buy, we're asked if it's odd that there are apparently no defenders on our transfer list with the window closing on Thursday, we try and make some sense of the transfer policy, there's some stuff on Stan Kroenke and the LA Rams, Ivan Perisic, goalkeepers and lots more.

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Jan 28, 2019
Episode 511: James talks to people
00:43:50

Because I'm away and without time to put an episode together myself, the podcast is a bit different today. With Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday night, James chats to United fan Musa Okwonga about life after Mourinho and under Solskjaer, his admiration for Unai Emery, and Alexis Sanchez, before getting an Arsenal perspective from James Benge of Football London.

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Jan 25, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 267 - 21.01.2019
01:27:47

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 worked really well, and we created lots of first half chances. We analyse the game, whether it's an approach we will continue in the weeks ahead, and if it's a result we can now build on. Then we answer listener questions and discuss the implications of the injury sustained by Hector Bellerin. We have options in the squad but who should replace him? There's FA Cup team selection, Calum Chambers Arsenal future and lots more.

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Jan 21, 2019
Episode 510: On the pitch - Behind the scenes
00:59:56

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 chat about the Sven Mislintat departure rumours, the lack of investment in January, what way Emery might change things around for Chelsea, his performance overall this season to date, and lots more. There's some of the usual waffle too.

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Jan 18, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 266 - 14.01.2019
01:28:52

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 three, the lack of a consistent footballing philosophy, and the difficulties were facing in the weeks ahead as try and keep our domestic season alive. There's plenty on the Mesut Ozil situation too, one which demands a solution as soon as possible, but which clearly is unhealthy. Is it affecting the rest of the squad too? Plus why Emery needs transfer market backing beyond loan deals, a look at Mavropanos. and lots more.

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Jan 14, 2019
Episode 509 - Money
00:57:51

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 at last? How much is down to the bad spending and bad selling we've been complicit in for the last few years? Should we throw rocks at Stan Kroenke? Will the new football people, Raul, Sven and Unai make decisive decisions about incomings and outgoings? We chat about all that, Aaron Ramsey's role in the team now that there's clarity over future, and lots more.


Follow Tim @Stillberto and Andrew @AAllenSport

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Jan 11, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 265 - 07.01.2019
01:21:12

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 developing youngsters for the first team could pay dividends on the pitch and to our bank balance. Transfer gossip involving Denis Suarez from Barcelona, whether we'll buy a centre-half or wait until summer, before we get questions from listeners about Aaron Ramsey, the future for some of our veteran players, Unai Emery's involvement in any further incomings, and lots more.

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Jan 07, 2019
Episode 508 - 1929
00:51:45

On this week's show I chat to Christine Seddeon, Chairperson of the Blackpool Supporter's Trust, ahead of our FA Cup game against the League One side. She explains why the ground will be relatively empty despite a glamorous third round tie, the problems the fans have with the owner, why they've been boycotting games since 2015 and how teh visiting fans can help this weekend. There's also Arsenal chat with inspirational video maker Frimpon (@Frimponline), on the agenda the festive period, how things are going for Unai Emery, Aaron Ramsey's departure, the Mesut Ozil situation and lots more. 

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Jan 04, 2019
Arsecast Extra Episode 264 - 30.12.2018
01:31:09

On the agenda: the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool and the calamitous defending from some players who just aren't up to it. We discuss the goals we conceded, the hapless nature of our defending, how badly we defending, what a load of rubbish we were at the back, and how we can't defend to save our lives. How much is on personnel and how much is on Unai Emery? Then there's the Mesut Ozil situation AGAIN, and why moving him on in January might well be the best thing for the club if we can make it happen, and we have listener questions about what we might do when transfer window opens, where the money might come from, we talk about how bad transfer business has been over the last few seasons, and lots more. If it sounds miserable, it is, but Happy New Year to everyone all the same!

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Dec 30, 2018
Episode 507 - Mugsmasher chat
00:43:36

A no frills between Christmas and New Year episode in which I chat with my Liverpool supporting brother, The Mugsmasher, about the upcoming game against them at Anfield. There are some brief thoughts from me about the 1-1 draw with Brighton too, but it's mostly about Saturday, their season so far, and it's a leisurely waffle to help the post-feasting digestion. James and I will have an Arsecast Extra after the Liverpool game.

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Dec 27, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 263 - 23.12.2018
01:13:29

We got back to winning ways with a 3-1 defeat of Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday. There's a lot of love for Sokratis after an excellent performance at the back, the return of Mesut Ozil, Aubameyang's goals, Iwobi's end product, and good character from this Arsenal side and manager, not to mention the hilarious bleating from the Burnley manager about the way the game was played. We then answer listener questions about Alexandre Lacazette's reaction to being subbed, how well our summer signings have done, the streak of bastardry that's in the team now, whether to rest Lucas Torriera for Brighton to ensure he'll be available for Liverpool, plus some festive fun at the end.

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Dec 23, 2018
Episode 506 - NÖzil
00:59:27

It's not an Arsecast Extra but James is with me to discuss the 2-0 defeat to Sp*rs in the Carabao Cup, the performance, the attacking and defensive issues, and the big issue which was the absence of Mesut Ozil from the squad for what were called 'tactical reasons'. It's clear something else is going on, we're not sure exactly what but it's not healthy and we tease it out as much as possible. There's also the winner of the t-shirt competition from a couple of weeks again from goodhonestpro.com, and a good dose of the usual, and some festive, waffle.

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Dec 21, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 262 - 17.12.2018
01:22:59

The unbeaten run is over after 22 games with a 3-2 defeat to Southampton. We discuss the team selection, the performance, the manager's decisions and substitutions, attacking profligacy and defensive insecurity, plus the need to see how we respond to this setback and the dropped points. There's a call for the club to back Unai Emery in the transfer market as injuries mount at the back, plus listener questions about how to approach the Carabao Cup game against Sp*rs, our less than impressive first halves, our potential Europa League opposition, Bernd Leno's place in the team and much more.

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Dec 17, 2018
Episode 505 - Listen
01:12:47

On this week's show there's a brief recap of the 1-0 win over Qarabag before I chat to Tayo Popoola and Clive Palmer about the Raheem Sterling incident last weekend, the reaction to it from sections of the media both positive and negative, how football can play a role in combating such abhorrent behaviour, the wider societal questions and much more. Then I'm joined by Josh James, co-author of Arsenal: The Complete Record, a fantastic new book which details Arsenal's history in informative and statistical fashion, about putting the book together, some of the great stories and beyond.

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Dec 14, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 261 - 10.12.2018
01:22:23

On this week's show we look back at the 1-0 win over Huddersfield thanks to Lucas Torreira's late, great goal. There's plenty of chat about the Uruguayan as he continues to make his mark on the club, as well as Unai Emery's team selection, the half-time double change, the injuries and suspensions but ultimately three good points to cap off what has been a challenging week with three difficult Premier League fixtures in seven days. Then we answer listener questions about the centre of our defence, the potential inclusion of Laurent Koscielny for Thursday's Europa League games, the three bookings for diving on Saturday, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Torreira's role in the team, drunk Santas and lots more.

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Dec 10, 2018
Episode 504 - Best Fran Merida
00:52:29

On this week's show I'm joined by Goonerholic and the Man from East Lower to discuss what has been a good week for the Gunners. We go back to Sunday's win over Sp*rs, touch on the midweek draw with Man Utd, discuss the incredible impact Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had since his arrival, Rob Holding's unfortunate injury, Unai Emery's tactical shifts and lots more. There's also the chance to win a t-shirt from goodhonestpro.com, the winner of the David Squires book, a good dose of the usual waffle and some nature right at the end.

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Dec 07, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 260 - 03.12.2018
01:29:47

It's an especially goodly morning as the derby day triumph dominates today's episode. We enjoy the 4-2 routing of Sp*rs at the Emirates yesterday on what was a great day for Arsenal, the fans and Unai Emery. A red hot atmosphere inside the stadium, a team which showed real character and quality, and a manager whose decisions had a positive impact on the game. We chat about the collective and individual performances, the goals, why beating this particular iteration of Tottenham was so enjoyable, and discuss how Emery deserves great credit for helping us move above them in the table. There are lots of questions about Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil who was absent yesterday with a back ache, we look forward a bit to Man Utd on Wednesday, there's some Lucas Torreira love, we relive some favourite moments of the day and lots more. 

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Dec 03, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 259 - 30.11.2018
01:19:00

On this episode James and I look back on the 3-0 win over FC Vorskla in the Europa League and focus on the promising performances of the young players. We chat about the potential of Emile Smith Rowe after his third goal of the season, why the Qarabag game gives us another chance to see them in action, and generally wax lyrical about the prospects coming through our academy. After that we focus on the North London derby this weekend, the potential team selection, the importance of the game for Unai Emery and answer some questions from listeners and lots more.

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Nov 30, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 258 - 26.11.2018
01:24:57

On this week's show we get back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, but we do continue to ride our luck at times. We discuss the change of formation, the yin and yang of our performance as a collective as well as some individuals, the goals we scored, the one we let in and what Unai Emery will have learned from this game ahead of the upcoming North London derby. Then we answer listener questions about Mesut Ozil being left on the bench yesterday, what kind of team we'd pick for the Europa League game on Thursday, which players we'd sell in January if we could, and lots more.

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Nov 26, 2018
Episode 503 - He did it his way
01:17:09

On this week's show I chat to Tim Stillman about the great start to the season for Arsenal Women and go behind the scenes a bit with Joe Montemurro's team before we chat about the January transfer window, Unai Emery opening the windows on his arrival at Arsenal, the dangers of spending too long out of the Champions League, the new executive team and more. Then it's a warm welcome back to David Squires whose brilliant cartoons keep us entertained every week in the Guardian, and you can win a copy of his new book too, before Andrei Arshavin returns to say goodbye following his retirement from football this week.

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Nov 23, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 257 – 19.11.2018
01:20:28

In this week's somewhat rambling Interlull episode, we discuss the excitement of the Nations League thingy, Granit Xhaka, Unai Emery's use of video, and Matteo Guendouzi's start to his Arsenal career before we answer listener questions about xG, give each player a rating out of 10 for the season so far, making substitutions via half-time votes, where we'd like to see transfers made if we make some in January, the future for Emi Martinez and lots more. 


The Gordon Ramsey video we referenced is here: https://twitter.com/Daniel_finton/status/1061778910466183168

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Nov 19, 2018
Episode 502 - Admirable Nelson
01:01:58

It's the Interlull but we still have a show for you, and today I chat to the BBC's David Ornstein about Reiss Nelson. David was in Germany to chat to the on-loan Arsenal youngster who is making a big impact in the Bundesliga, so we discuss his development, young players looking beyond the Premier League, whether he might come back in January and more, before we move on to other matters at Arsenal like the new executive set-up, the January transfer window, Danny Welbeck's future and beyond. There's also a bit of a rant from me at the start about the Richard Scudamore thing, and a wiffle of waffle.s

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Nov 16, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 256 - 11.11.2018
01:23:26

On this week's show the disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves at home. We're used to bad first halves, but we got a bad second half too, and should we start to ask questions of Unai Emery for what is a consistent problem? We discuss team selection, the substitutions, riding our luck again – which includes the goal – and not for the first time this season we have an excellent performance from our goalkeeper to thank for getting something from the game. Then we have listener questions about Danny Welbeck's injury and contract, how many of today's team we think are players Emery views as long-term contributors, Torreira's shooting, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi and we end with some positive WHOOP. 

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Nov 11, 2018
Episode 501 - Bad luck for Welbeck
00:45:07

Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a 0-0 draw against Sporting, but the main focus is on the apparently serious injury sustained by Danny Welbeck. I'm joined by Tayo Popoola to discuss the game, the injury and how it will affect the England international's future, the door it might open for another young striker, the Europa League in general and how we should approach the final two games. There are more thoughts on Welbeck's contractual situation, a little bit of waffle and more.

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Nov 09, 2018
Episode 500 - El Maestro
00:54:00

In this 500th episode of the podcast, I chat to Romain Molina, the author of a new book about Unai Emery. 'El Maestro' gives us a fascinating insight into the man and the manager, and Romain has spoken to Emery himself, as well as countless people who have worked with him throughout his career from his time as a player and throughout his managerial spells at Lorca Deportiva, Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, PSG and now Arsenal. There's also a chance for you to win a signed copy of the book, and a little trip back in time to the very first episode of the Arsecast back in October 2006.

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Nov 06, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 255 - 04.11.201
01:24:37

This week we're looking at the 1-1 draw against Liverpool and a performance which was a real positive under Unai Emery. The character to come from behind, Alexandre Lacazette's brilliant goal, the growing importance and influence of Lucas Torreira and why he sets an example for his teammates, hard work from a group of players who are responding to the demands of the manager, and all the other talking points from the game itself. Then we answer questions about Rob Holding and his place in the team, the role of full back in the modern game, Reiss Nelson's form on loan, Emery's touchline passion, a European Super League and lots more.

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Nov 04, 2018
Episode 499 - Emery's next big test
01:07:00

Arsenal face Liverpool at the Emirates this weekend, in what is the biggest test for Unai Emery since the opening two game of the season. The Gunners have taken a fantastic 22 points from 24, but this is where we see if real progress is being made. Joining me, separately, to discuss are @DanielStorey85 and @Antonstotle, chatting the threat of Liverpool, how Arsenal might set up their side, player contracts, and lots more with a very minimal amount of the usual waffle.

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Nov 02, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 254 - 28.10.2018
01:11:22

On this week's show we record right after the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. A tale of two penalties for the home side, some dodgy defending on Arsenal's part and we discuss Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka at left-back again, taking the lead then our inability to control the game, and what was a fairly ineffectual attacking performance. We then answer listener questions about Alex Iwobi on the right rather than the left, the continued use of Aubameyang on the left hand side, Mesut Ozil's reaction to be substituted, what we should do about the left back position and much more.

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Oct 28, 2018
Episode 498 - Portugeezer
01:10:25

On this week's show I chat Lewis Ambrose about our 1-0 victory over Sporting in the Europa League, our 11th successive win thanks to Danny Welbeck's goal; the individual performances which caught the eye including Matteo Guendouzi and Rob Holding, as well as the increasing influence of Lucas Torreira; before Lewis gives us some insight into the excellent start Reiss Nelson has made to his loan spell with Hoffenheim.


Then it's Rory Smith of the New York Times to discuss the reaction of some shareholders to the compulsory purchase of their shares by Stan Kroenke and KSE, how it has affected their relationship with Arsenal, as well the wider issues of football club ownership by the extremely wealthy and how we deal with moral quandaries that presents us.

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Oct 26, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 253 - 23.10.2018
01:10:32

On this week's show we record right after our 3-1 win over Leicester at the Emirates. An iffy first half was followed by an excellent second, Mesut Ozil and his captain's armband stole the show, and we scored yet another sublime goal to help us to our tenth successive win in all competitions. We discuss the game, team selection, another second half improvement, try to decide between the third goal tonight and Ramsey's against Fulham, Alex Iwobi, Unai Emery, and lots lots more.

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Oct 22, 2018
Episode 497 - Improvement
00:56:44

On this week's show I chat with Clive Palmer about the work Unai Emery is doing, from creating a pathway for young players to make it to the first team, to changing the mentality of the players as he looks to build a platform on which to create his own style of play. What are the improvements we've seen so far? And the Spaniard's insistence that there's still plenty more to do is a real positive. Lots of that, some daft waffle, and more.

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Oct 19, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 252 - 15.10.2018
01:18:24

On this week's Interlull Arsecast Extra we discuss Thierry Henry's appointment as Monaco coach, Laurent Koscielny's retirement from international football and his very honest comments about France, and Aaron Ramsey on his contract, before answering questions about the team that might face Leicester in a week's time, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's season so far, the chants at the Fulham game, a dream five a side team spanning five decades, plus terrible voice acting, great advice if you want to avoid getting killed by a stag, and lots more.

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Oct 15, 2018
Episode 496 - xG and Arsenal Women
00:54:55

On this week's Interlull Arsecast we discuss stats with Tim from 7amkickoff. Arsenal are over-performing when it comes to Expected Goals. What does that mean exactly? Tim delves into that, as well as some of the other interesting stats he's noticed at this early stage of the season, and some focus on a few particular first team players. After that I chat to Tim Stillman about Arsenal Women, the history of the team, the success we've had, the challenges faced by the women's game, and more.

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Oct 12, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 251 - 07.10.2018
01:24:25

On this week's show we enjoy the 5-1 win over Fulham, two goals each for Lacazette and Aubameyang, a truly beautiful goal of the season contender from Aaron Ramsey, some tactical flexibility from Unai Emery as he goes 442 (something for the Sodastream generation to enjoy), and the fact we're now in the top four and ahead of Sp*rs. Then we answer questions about our summer transfer business, Lucas Torreira's quality and his song, our calls for best player of the season so far and biggest surprise, what does Emery do with Petr Cech when he's fit again, goal celebrations and lots more.

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Oct 07, 2018
Episode 495 - Qarabag of love
00:59:48

On this week's show I'm joined by the Man from East Lower to discuss the 3-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League. Should we be concerned at the defensive issues, or is this still just part of the process? We chat about bringing a strong squad to Azerbaijan, Emile Smith Rowe's first Arsenal goal, Alex Iwobi, our current run of eight successive wins and more. Then I speak to Dan Hilton of the Barcelona Podcast about Raul Sanllehi, the new Head of Football, to get some background on him, his work at Barcelona and how he might use his connections to bolster Arsenal's ranks.

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Oct 05, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 250 - 30.09.2018
01:15:41

On this week's landmark 250th episode of the podcast, we look back at the 2-0 win over Watford, the seventh successive win in all competitions, and enjoy the fact we're winning game with such regularity. There are still things to discuss though, such as defensive vulnerability, balance in our front four, a solid Premier League debut for Bernd Leno, and two late goals which got us the points. Then we answer questions about the Aaron Ramsey situation, Alexandre Lacazette's honesty, Alex Iwobi pushing for a place in the side, Danny Welbeck's future, gigantic arachnids and lots more.

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Sep 30, 2018
Episode 494 - Rambo to go?
00:57:26

On this week's show I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to get his thoughts on the early stages of the Unai Emery regime, the various conundrums the manager has got to contend with, Lacazette and Aubameyang, Ozil and Ramsey, and the club's contract wranglings which see players more and more often reach the final 12 months of their deals. There's a particular focus on Aaron Ramsey after yesterday's news about his situation, and more, as well as a good dollop of the usual waffle.

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Sep 28, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 249 - 24.09.2018
01:22:04

On this week's show we celebrate the first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 win over Everton. Petr Cech was the man of the match, the front four contributed but raise questions, Lucas Torreira got his first start, and we're steadily racking up the wins after the difficult start to the season. Then we answer questions about why we're so slow to start games, Cech's improved form, Alex Iwobi knocking on the door, there's an invitation to Josh Kroenke, chat about leadership at the club, Arsenal tag-team wrestling and much more.

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Sep 24, 2018
Episode 493 - Learning to run
00:53:59

On this week's show I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to discuss the 4-2 over FC Vorskla and the Europa League in general. We also chat about the new boss, the players response to his methods, and where we are at this very early point in the season. Then there's some boardroom chat in the wake of the Ivan Gazidis announcement, where will KSE take the club from here, and Amy reveals some snippets from a very interesting conversation with Per Mertesacker for an article to be published in this Sunday's Observer. There's also a small amount of the usual waffle.

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Sep 21, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 248 - 17.09.2018
01:21:34

On this week's show discussion of Saturday's 2-1, post-Interlull, win over Newcastle. After an unconvincing first half, the Gunners found their groove a bit in the second, but questions remain about what exactly we're trying to do and how we're trying to do it. Is that front four compatible? Should Lucas Torreira have started? Those questions and more answered, as well as listener questions about Unai Emery's pressing style, the potential departure of Ivan Gazidis, Europa League squad rotation and lots more besides.

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Sep 17, 2018
Episode 492 - Time for Torreira, please?!
00:45:00

I'm still away on holidays, but the Premier League waits for no man and the people need a podcast to welcome back football after the Internet. So, James from Gunnerblog is here to have a bit of waffle, as well as a chat with Tim Stillman about the upcoming game against Newcastle, the Arsenal Women and more, and there's a bit of waffle at the end too. 


Please note: there's no theme music for this one because I can't find the files, so a weird funky little thing breaks up the sections of the show. 


Enjoy!

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Sep 14, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 247 - 10.09.2018
00:55:09

On this week's Interlull show we have some connection issues between Spain and London, but we just about manage to discuss the international games, the Arsenal legends game at the weekend, Hector Bellerin's brave interview with The Times and, briefly, Santi Cazorla's fantastic interview with Sid Lowe in the Guardian. Then we answer questions about Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson's move to Germany, the way we judge players these days, and some other stuff too. 

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Sep 10, 2018
Episode 491 - Liam Brady
01:15:36

Liam Brady is one of the greatest players ever to play for Arsenal, and as a young Irish lad, I enjoyed the fact he was such an important player for us – even if I never did see him play in the flesh while with at the club.


We chat about his entire career, moving from Dublin to London at the age of 15, how he was scouted, making his way into the first team and establishing himself in the midfield, his decision to leave for Italy (it might have been elsewhere!), whether or not it was ever an option to come back, his time in management, then heading up the Arsenal academy for so many years, it's all in there.


Note: This podcast first appeared on our Patreon page in July. If you'd like to join and become a member, it costs just €5 per month and you can sign up at patreon.com/arseblog

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Sep 07, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 246 - 03.09.2018
01:23:15

On this week's show we look back at the 3-2 win over Cardiff, the fine performance from Alexandre Lacazette, some good fouling from the Gunners, the ability to respond to setbacks in game, and the fact three points before the Interlull is always welcome. We also discuss two players who are very much in the spotlight now – Petr Cech and Granit Xhaka. How many more games can the keeper be allowed make fundamental mistakes in, and do the positive aspects of Xhaka's game outweigh his lapses which often prove costly? Plus listener questions about playing out from the back, substitutions, the relationship between Aubameyang and Lacazette, and there's also an amazing scientific discovery at the end.

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Sep 03, 2018
Episode 490 - What is it with Mesut?
00:53:22

On this week's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Tim Stillman to discuss Mesut Ozil, his time at the club in general, his recent difficulties, and what the future might hold for him under Unai Emery's less indulgent regime. There's also chat about Reiss Nelson's potential move to Hoffenheim, following a trend of young English players going abroad, a look ahead to the Cardiff game, and a fair chunk of waffle involving the most hilarious story of the week – Jose Mourinho.

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Aug 31, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 245 - 27.08.2018
01:23:51

On this week's show we look back at our first win of the season, beating West Ham 3-1 on Saturday. Three points are obviously very welcome, but Unai Emery and his players accept there's a lot more to do – especially defensively. We review the game and discuss the absence of Mesut Ozil through illness. It feels like there's something more to the situation, so we discuss the German in some depth. Then we answer listener questions about the goalkeeping position, Hector Bellerin being pushed further forward to play as an attacker, the performances of Sokratis since he joined, and lots more.

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Aug 27, 2018
Episode 489 - Alan Smith
00:50:55

On this week's show I chat with former Gunner Alan Smith as he celebrates the release of his new book 'Heads up - My life story'. We discuss how the book came to be, the fact he wrote it himself without a ghostwriter, his path into professional football, joining Arsenal from Leicester, his relationship with George Graham, scoring goals – important goals, moving into punditry, the challenges of that job, what's happening at Arsenal right now, and lots more.


There's also some brief waffle about the West Ham game this weekend – and if you want to win a copy of Alan's book, check out the competition on arseblog.com

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Aug 24, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 244 - 20.08.2018
01:12:44

In this week's podcast we look back at the 3-2 defeat to Chelsea where despite some encouraging attacking signs, our defensive weaknesses cost us any chance to get something from the game. Should we be optimistic that Unai Emery can sort out what are basic errors, or be concerned that experienced players are still making these kind of mistakes? We analyse the goals conceded, the manager's changes, our indifferent second half, and everything else that went down at Stamford Bridge. Then we answer listener questions about making changes to the centre of our defence, what kind of a points tally we should expect from upcoming fixtures, Hector Bellerin's struggles for form, and lots more.

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Aug 20, 2018
Episode 488 - Social media un-Cech-d
01:00:04

On this week's show I chat with Jack Pitt Brooke of the Independent about Matteo Guendouzi, his rise to prominence, where he came from, what kind of a character he is, and what lies ahead for him at Arsenal. Then there's Daniel Storey from Football 365 to discuss Petr Cech and social media 'bantz' after the Arsenal keeper took exception from some Tweets from Bayer Leverkeusen's English language account. Should he have even engaged? Or was he right to say something about an incident he considered disrespectful? We tease that one out with some general Arsenal chat, there's some Talkshite Radio, a Chelsea preview, and a dose of the usual waffle too. 

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Aug 17, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 243 - 13.08.2018
01:10:46

So the Unai Emery era has begun, and not unexpectedly Man City were too strong for us. We discuss the match, the performance, the new style of play, and whether we might have been wiser to do things differently against the Champions, team selection, the debut of Matteo Guendouzi against such illustrious opposition, the need for patience as the new boss imprints his methods on the team, defensive and midfield worries, and we seek out some of the positives despite the defeat. Then we answer listener questions about recruitment and team building, whether we should have sold Aaron Ramsey this summer, what changes we'd make for the Chelsea game this weekend and lots more.

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Aug 13, 2018
Episode 487 - New Season Preview 2
01:18:46

This is the second of our new season preview episodes and in this one I have a chat with Tayo Popoola about what's to come, starting with Man City on Sunday, Alex Iwobi's deal and a little bit of Kroenke stuff too. Then it's Tim Stillman, Charles Watts and JB @GunnerPunner to talk about the rest of our summer business, defensive worries, strength up top, Unai Emery's impact on how we're going to play, and loads more.

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Aug 10, 2018
Episode 486 - New Season Preview 1
01:05:12

In this first of two pre-season podcast episodes, I chat with Ken Early from Second Captains about the dawn of a new Premier League campaign, how quickly it's come around, Jose Mourinho's latest meltdown, Unai Emery's appointment, Liverpool's chances this season, and a look at the rest of the top six as well as teams which may have a chance of breaking into that upper echelon of the league.

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Aug 10, 2018
Episode 485 - Stan and Deliver
01:03:23

It's a special bonus Arsecast following the news that Alisher Usmanov has agreed to sell his stake in the club to Stan Kroenke – ultimately giving him 100% control of the shares. I chat with James from Gunnerblog and Tim Payton from the AST about the situation, how they feel about it as fans, what the impact and consequences might be, and how Arsenal will be changed for it. Then there's a bit of Kroenke stuff but a good dollop of football chat with the legend that is Ian Wright, who has some insight from the training ground, high hopes for the new boss, and lots more.

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Aug 07, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 242 - 06.08.2018
01:26:08

On this week's show, now that our pre-season preparations are complete, we discuss and analyse the readiness of the team for the opening game against Manchester City. There are concerns about our defence, and the strange decision to move Calum Chambers out on loan despite him signing a new contract just a few weeks ago suggests Unai Emery feels there's an issue at the back too. On top of that, our outgoing transfer business is an area which has been less than convincing, and we discuss potential departures along with listener questions about our team for the Man City game, the left-back situation, possible boardroom issues, player contracts and lots more.

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Aug 06, 2018
Episode 484 - A Real Douzi ...
00:46:14

On this week's show a good whack of waffle from me about Arsenal in Dublin, a few snippets of info I picked up along the way, plus thoughts on the team's performance against Chelsea, and the need for patience overall – both in terms of things that aren't quite right yet and things which are in danger of being a bit overhyped. Then I talk to Dan Betts, author of Almost Invincible: Arsenal's Class of 91 – about the 1990-91 season in which Arsenal won the league losing just one game. A lot went on that year on and off the pitch, and you can win a copy of the book too.

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Aug 03, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 241 - 30.07.2018
01:12:55

On this week's show we discuss the two games in Singapore against Atletico Madrid and PSG, some of the players who have caught in the eye – including Emile Smith Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi, Unai Emery's tactical openness, the Aubameyang on the left situation, and the many captains we're about to have before we answer listener questions about the centre of the defence, left back, potential new signings, the players who have been on holiday, why we appear to be so much more muscly, mispronunciations and lots more besides. 

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Jul 30, 2018
Episode 483 - Tunnel Area
00:59:34

On this week's show I chat with Tim Stillman about the game in Singapore, the Aaron Ramsey situation, and the strange goings-on involving Ivan Gazidis, AC Milan and that weird statement released by the club. After that, I interview Tom Markham, one of the producers of an amazing new film called 'Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football'. It tells the remarkable story of 'Kaiser', a Brazilian who had a 26 year career in football despite being absolutely unable to play the game at this level. How on earth did he do it? Find out in the podcast!

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Jul 27, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 240 - 23.07.2018
01:13:43

On this week's show a pre-season round-up as the team heads to Singapore to play PSG and Atletico Madrid. We talk about the tour squad, a potential new deal for Alex Iwobi, the Ivan Gazidis/AC Milan situation and look forward to seeing what way Unai Emery is going to set up his team. We then discuss Mesut Ozil's statements about racism and discrimination and his decision to step away from the German national side. After that we answer listener questions about developing young players, how optimistic we are for the new season, the Tottenham toilet seat, kit launches, Superman, and much more.

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Jul 23, 2018
Episode 482 - No falling piano
00:51:21

Today's episode is 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 board's expectations for Unai Emery are for his first campaign as head coach, the centre of our defence, the HARD WORK, signing a winger, and lots more.

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Jul 20, 2018
Episode 481 - Philippe Senderos
00:52:43

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 in the chat we had last month. We discuss his early years, arriving to Arsenal as an 18 year old, settling in, dealing with injuries, the bright start to his time with the Gunners, winning the FA Cup against Man Utd, the times when things went wrong, his loan to AC Milan that was brought about by Mathieu Flamini, where football has taken him since, and where it might take him in the future. He speaks very candidly about his career, and he's a smart, intelligent guy, so I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode. Philippe is currently playing for Houston Dynamo in MLS.

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Jul 18, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 239 - 16.07.2018
01:07:43

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 to come in pre-season as the new boss puts his team through its paces. We round up the latest Arsenal news, as well as the World Cup final, before answering questions about how hard the team is working, the hard work, the working hard and so on, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud's international triumph, Dembele from Barcelona, our transfer business, and lots more.

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Jul 16, 2018
Episode 480 - Midfield matters
00:59:43

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 final too, before we move on to chat about all things Arsenal including the two midfield signings we made this week, how Unai Emery might set up his side for the new season, the Aaron Ramsey situation, what the new boss might do with some of the young players, and more. There's a dollop of the usual waffle, and a preview of something awesome coming soon.

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Jul 13, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 238 - 09.07.2018
01:08:16

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 be almost complete, unless of course we sell somebody which could require further investment. We talk about getting our business done early, and then answer listener questions about social media sleuths, Ainsley Maitland-Niles prospects, which three players we'd sell if we could, which goalkeeper will start our opening game of the season, and much more.

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Jul 09, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 237 - 02.07.2018
01:06:52

The World Cup continues with shocks, drama, excitement, penalty shoot-outs and more. We chat about the goings-on, an impressive performance from rumoured target Lucas Torreira and whether that will scupper our chances of getting him, and look at the Arsenal involvement in the tournament so far. We also look at the Aaron Ramsey situation and while hopeful he'll sign a new deal, we're not exactly optimistic (hopefully our pessimism results in a new contract almost immediately). There are more questions about VAR, about transfers, some predictions for next season, and lots more.

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Jul 02, 2018
Episode 479 - Car door terror
00:39:47

There's not a lot of Arsenal news this week, but here's a podcast anyway. I'm joined by Tim Stillman to chat about the World Cup, Brazil's chances of going the distance, his aversion to VAR versus the drama and entertainment it provides, as well as an update from the supporter's club meeting which saw Unai Emery meet fans for the first time. What were his impressions of the new boss? And how Ivan Gazidis is taking ownership of this new project which distancing himself from what came before. There's some of the usual waffle in there too.

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Jun 29, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 236 - 25.06.2018
01:10:24

On today's show more World Cup chat, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi are dropped, Xhaka scores a banger but might end up in trouble with FIFA for his celebration, David Ospina just needs more cuddles than anyone else, while away from Russia there are more links to Ever Banega, as well as a very interesting cover on the latest edition of the Arsenal magazine. Then it's listener questions about which England players we should buy, who will be the first player sold by the new boss, World Cup haircuts good and bad, the dangers of eating too many jacket potatoes, incredible dexterity with left hand/right hand confusion brought about by late-life learning skills, and much more.

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Jun 25, 2018
Episode 478 - Jack gets Bernd, Iceland at the World Cup
01:01:55

On today's show I chat with James from Gunnerblog about the arrival of new goalkeeper Bernd Leno, the departure of Jack Wilshere, our transfer business in general, and the changes at coaching level – including the retention of Steve Bould as one of Unai Emery's assistants. Then it's World Cup and specifically Iceland's involvement with ‪@Antonstotle‬. He talks about what it means to see them there, how such a small nation has made such great leaps, and we touch on the campaign so far, especially after their amazing draw with Argentina in the opening game.

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Jun 22, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 235 - 18.06.2018
01:14:01

The World Cup is underway and that's the main focus of today's podcast, but with a close look at the Arsenal players taking part and how things are going for them. We discuss the use of VAR, and the new deal signed by Granit Xhaka which shows he's likely to be a key part of Unai Emery's midfield next season. Then we answer questions about Mesut Ozil and why there seems to be such debate and discussion about him as a player and his performances, the participation of the U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy next season, and lots more besides including a smattering of Jeff Goldblum.

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Jun 18, 2018
Episode 477 - My name is Lucas
00:57:55

With the signing of Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira said to be near completion, I'm joined by James Horncastle who gives us some insight into the Sampdoria man. We look at his career progression, what kind of a player he is, how he might fit into the Arsenal set up, his strengths and weaknesses and more, before we chat for a bit about the World Cup which kicked off in Russia last night. Then it's Arsenal history with Andy Kelly, Mark Andrews and Tim Stillman. Their new book 'Royal Arsenal: Champions of the South' uncovers some fascinating new stuff about the formation of the club, dispels some myths and misinformation, going as far as discovering the exact plot of land on which our first game was played on. There's also a chance to win a signed copy.

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Jun 15, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 234 - 11.06.2018
01:13:11

This podcast begins with a discussion about sawing off your own arm, which tells you how quiet things are at the moment. Nevertheless, we discuss Tomas Rosicky's testimonial, transfer links to players young and old, changes at academy level, and Sven's scouting, before we answer questions about how much is going on behind the scenes, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, what Unai Emery is doing with his summer, fruit chucking, making a delicious thing extinct and loads more besides.

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Jun 11, 2018
Episode 476 - Setting things off
00:47:26

On today's show I chat to Paolo Bandini about the signing of 34 year old Stephan Lichtsteiner who joins after seven successful years with Juventus. What kind of a player is he? What kind of an impact will he have on the squad on and off the pitch? Is his age a worry in the fast-paced Premier League? Paolo gives us the lowdown on that, and we also discuss the appointment of Unai Emery, transfers, and the television rights deal which has seen Amazon get some of the games. There's a smattering of the usual waffle, some digital assistant mayhem, a bit of doggus interruptus and an old friend right at the end.

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Jun 08, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 233 - 04.06.2018
01:07:57

It's been a quiet week but we still have some aural pleasure for you as we – with the help of your questions – chat about the Arsenal legends and their game against Real Madrid, strange shirt names, a truncated transfer window, Alex Iwobi's future under Unai Emery, Joel Campbell, Michael Bolton's hair and its relevance to James, an odd name on the back of a shirt, we try and figure out what Ivan Gazidis's pudding tastes like, and much more.

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Jun 04, 2018
Episode 475 - Telephone calls (and some Skype calls too)
01:10:49

Today's show is a call-in show, recorded last night. I answered calls at random and spoke to Arsenal fans about all kinds of things, including hopes and expectations under Unai Emery, our transfer plans for this summer, the future of Aaron Ramsey, what kind of leeway the new manager will get, social media, the World Cup, the issue of the captaincy, and lots more. Thanks to everyone who called in, and apologies if you tried and I couldn't get to your call. 

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Jun 01, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 232 - 29.05.2018
01:17:38

On this week's show we reflect on the week since the announcement of Unai Emery taking over as head coach, with some thoughts about hopes about what the Spaniard is going to do and how he's going to do it. We discuss the strong links to experienced defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, and what those arrivals might say about our approach and the rest of the transfer business we need to do this summer. We answer questions about the Sven Mislintat impact, the other signings we might make as well as our traditional predictions about how we'll spend between now and the end of the transfer window, which players might improve under Emery and lots more.

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May 29, 2018
Episode 474 - Unai Emery arrives
01:06:40

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 Wenger left behind and hopefully adding to the trophy cabinet along the way. With me to discuss the last few weeks, the processes, the decision making and impressions of Emery's first press conference is David Ornstein, followed editor of Football Espana, Colin Millar, who talks about his management/coaching style, his successes and failures and much more.

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May 24, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 231 (LIVE!) - 22.05.2018
01:42:19

So this episode was recorded live 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 made manager of the club. At the break we were informed of David Ornstein's Tweet about the change in the situation as we now look set to appoint Unai Emery. You can hear the reaction of the room, the change in direction in the second half as we go down that particular road, there are listener questions, some Arsene Wenger departure chat and lots more besides.


Thanks to Amy and Philippe for joining us and to all the guests who came along on what was a lovely London evening.

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May 22, 2018
Episode 473 - Mikel Arseteta
01:17:22

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 so we discuss his suitability for the job, the pros and cons of a manager who has never managed, the influence of the new football executive structure at the club and how the IRS have a big responsibility to take us forward, the mix of trepidation, curiousity and excitement is interesting.


Joining me to chat about all that are @eastlower, @LGAmbrose and @Poznaninmypants.

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May 18, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 230 - 14.05.2018
01:32:45

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 is no longer going to be in charge. We talk about his legacy, the season in general and where we've ended up (we even leave sentiment out of it for a little while). Then we answer some of the many questions about the pros and cons of Mikel Arteta as the potential replacement, some of the moments of the season, the role of the board in selecting the new man, a few nice memories to finish off with, and loads more.

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May 14, 2018
Episode 472 - Arsene's last hurrah
00:59:35

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, some typically wonderful press conference stuff from the boss, and what comes next. 


Then I chat with writer Tom Williams about his excellent new book 'Do you speak football?'. This is a glossary of football words and terminology from around the world. How many different ways can you say nutmeg? Why is a clean sheet unique to English? And what on earth is a BATTLE PIG? Find out more in the show. There's also a final farewell to a long time Arsecast character, not so regular anymore, but he pops in at the end to say his goodbyes.

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May 11, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 229 - 07.05.2018
01:09:04

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 the team for the final time at home. We chat about the day itself, the manager's legacy, what a beautiful occasion it was marked with a 5-0 win and an outpouring of goodwill and sentiment towards the boss. We then answer some listener questions about Wenger, possible replacements, the board and lots more (and there's some laughing at Stoke too!).

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May 07, 2018
Episode 471 - No fairy tale ending for Arsene
00:47:24

Defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano means there's no fairy tale ending for Arsene Wenger, nor any silverware for Arsenal this season. Diego Costa's goal was enough to see Atletico Madrid through, and in this somewhat hastily arranged podcast I chat to Charles Watts of Football London about the loss, the performance over the two legs, how the Gunners blew a great opportunity in the first leg, what it says about the manager, where it leaves us for the final few games, summer transfers, Koscielny's heartbreak, and more, as well as some of the usual waffle as I look back on my trip to Madrid for the game.

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May 04, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 228 - 30.04.2018
01:15:50

Defeat to Manchester United but a day from which we can draw some positives, not least the performances of some of the young players sent out at Old Trafford. We chat about the Konstantinos Mavropanos debut, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Calum Chambers, the overall context of the game and ask questions about the 'Granit Xhaka narrative' peddled by Sky. Then we answer listener questions about Thursday's semi-final second leg in Madrid, what kind of a manager we might appoint with the transfer budget we have, how we might spend that reported £50m if we had to splash it on just one player, what's happened Rob Holding, Sven Mislintat's influence and lots more.

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Apr 30, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 227 - 27.04.2018
01:05:31

It was so close to being a great European night, but a late defensive slip-up allowed 10 man Atletico Madrid to grab an equaliser. James and I chat about the impact that goal might have on the tie, how it has turned what was generally a positive night into a more negative one, while acknowledging there were some positives on the night and that it's far from over ahead of the second leg in Madrid next week. We then answer listener questions about our centre-halves, the need for a new goalkeeper next season, how we might approach Sunday's game at Old Trafford and lots more.

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Apr 27, 2018
Episode 470 - Atletico Madrid, Sanllehi and Enrique
00:33:01

Here's an super extra bonus Arsecast ahead of tomorrow's Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. I chat with Spanish based journalist Dermot Corrigan about what Arsenal can expect from the La Liga side, how they're likely to approach this game, Diego Simeone's tactics for big away fixtures, their dangermen and more, plus some insight into Arsenal's Definitely Not Director of Football, Raul Sanllehi, and his close relationship with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique who has been hotly tipped as one of the main candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.

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Apr 25, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 226 - 23.04.2018
01:21:45

The 4-1 win over West Ham was enjoyable, but not the main event as we still come to terms with the news that Arsene Wenger will be leaving the club at the end of the season. We chat about the game, the team selection, the performance, the goals and all that, but this is an episode that deals heavily with the manager. We chat about his very interesting post-game press conference, his remarks about the values of the club, fans, what his future might hold, and then there are questions about potential replacements, what happens to the coaching staff, that famous book he might write, as well as picking our favourite Arsene Wenger XI and lots more.

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Apr 23, 2018
Episode 469 - Arsene calls it quits
01:19:05

Two podcasts in one day, but this is no ordinary day. Earlier, Arsene Wenger announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season, and it's been an emotional rollercoaster since. First, I talk to James from Gunnerblog about his reaction to it, as well as his thoughts on the strange Ivan Gazidis press conference that took place this evening. Then, in a round table discussion, I chat about the whole situation with Andrew Allen, Goonerholic and The Man from East Lower - from the announcement, the timing of it, what it means for the club, where we might go from here, and a trip down Arsene Wenger's memory lane for some good times and bad, but mostly good.

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Apr 20, 2018
Episode 468 - Tickets, Europe, Stuff and Things
01:04:29

After a slow Arsenal news week, this episode begins with Daniel Storey of Football 365, and we look back on the Premier League season as a whole after Man City have been crowned champions. We chat about the quality in the league this season, safe-standing, as well as Arsene Wenger, his future and how the Europa League looms over what remains of this campaign. Then Tim Stillman joins me to discuss the manager's comments about attendances which he says are no big concern (Arsene, not Tim), the reasons for fans staying away, ticketing, extra club level seats, and more, plus there's some of the usual waffle too.

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Apr 20, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 225 - 16.04.2018
01:12:10

On this week's show we look back at the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle which simply adds to our abysmal away record, chat about our defending, or lack of it, more mistakes by Shkodran Mustafi who is enduring a terrible time at the moment, the deployment of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang as a winger, and how the loss was not any kind of a surprise at all. We then answer questions about Rafa Benitez as a possible Wenger replacement, the importance of the Europa League, which players have made progress this season, similarities to the end of the George Graham era, and lots more.

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Apr 16, 2018
Episode 467 - The Nenny
00:41:51

On this week's show I chat to ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen about Arsenal's 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow which helped ensure qualification for the semi-finals of the Europa League. We chat about the Gunners making life difficult for themselves, but also an ability to respond to those situations. As Mohamed Elneny shines, Jack Wilshere struggles; Danny Welbeck has found some form, and we discuss the balancing act Arsene Wenger has now that Europe has become this season's number one priority. There's a bit of the usual waffle too.

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Apr 13, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 224 - 09.04.2018
01:09:24

It's another goodly morning as we discuss the 3-2 win over Southampton yesterday, the contributions of both Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi who had very positive days, the 'defending' of Shkodran Mustafi after another terrible error, Jack Wilshere's cameo, and the red card for Mohamed Elneny. We then answer listener questions about Welbeck's future at the club, the most frustrating Arsenal sendings off of all time – which takes us down a nostalgic road for a bit, our turnaround in form, which TV character we'd like to see take over from Arsene Wenger and lots more.

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Apr 09, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 223 - 06.04.2018
01:04:58

On this extra Arsecast Extra we discuss the very enjoyable 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Europa League, in particular the incredible goal scored by Aaron Ramsey. It wasn't improvisation, it was engineering, and we chat about that, his combinations with Mesut Ozil, a much for Arsenal-esque attacking performance the position it puts us in ahead of the second leg. Then we answer questions about Granit Xhaka, Ramsey's contract and the hopes of him signing a new one, Cech v Ospina in the Europa League, potential semi-final opposition, and more – all to a background of a visit by a chimney sweep.

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Apr 06, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 222 - 02.04.2018
01:10:23

Football is back and we enjoy beating Stoke if not everything that came before. We chat about the performance, the result, why criticism of Aubameyang for giving the penalty to Lacazette is stupid and, of course, we laugh at Stoke. Then we answer listener questions about the two forwards playing in the team at the same time, the importance of Aaron Ramsey and his contract situation, the kind of football Arsene Wenger is serving up, Ozil and Bellerin having words on the pitch, a potential goalkeeping recruit and lots more. Including more laughing at Stoke.

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Apr 02, 2018
Episode 466 - The Never Ending Story
00:49:37

On this week's show I chat to Rory Smith of the New York Times about Jack Wilshere, his England situation, and how his contract impasse at Arsenal could end up costing the club in the long run. We also discuss the Europa League, whether Arsene Wenger's future is dependent on it, the power shift going on behind the scenes with Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi, and more. There's some of the usual waffle, a bit of Holy God FM, and some deep thoughts about the moon. Sort of.

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Mar 30, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 221 - 26.03.2018
01:06:44

It's the Interlull so we muddle through with a podcast touching on some of the international action, Arsene Wenger and his future tied to how far we go in the Europa League, Thomas Tuchel, Jack Wilshere's situation as injury strikes again, and then questions about the World Cup, the development of young players with the loan system and the current football culture, playing two strikers, Cesc Fabregas and more, as well as exciting news about the Gunnerblog v Arseblog FIFA 18 showdown.

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Mar 26, 2018
Episode 465 - The phone-y one
01:02:16

There wasn't a lot going on this week because of the Interlull, leaving us short of Arsenal stuff to talk about, so last night I did a phone-in show, taking calls and chatting to listeners about various things, including the Jack Wilshere situation, Arsene Wenger and his future, the ownership – including a story about Alisher Usmanov's gates, getting a new goalkeeper for next season, our Europa League chances, and lots more.

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Mar 23, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 220 - 19.03.2018
01:10:45

There's not a lot going on in the Arsenal world right now, but that's never stopped us producing a podcast before. There's football chatter, interspersed with in-depth movie reviews, kebab talk, footballers birthdays, Mourinho's meltdown, and the Europa League draw, before we answer listener questions about Stoke getting relegated, new careers, how to cope with the Interlull, clocks, young players, a FIFA pledge, the one thing we'd rid football of if given the chance, and lots more.

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Mar 19, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 219 - 16.03.2018
01:12:26

Arsenal are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after a 5-1 aggregate win, and a 3-1 victory in the second leg. We discuss the convincing qualification in the context of our recent form, as well as the absurd furore surrounding Danny Welbeck and the penalty incident which has sparked some ridiculous coverage in the press. We chat about diving in general, the mental gymnastics of being a fan on either side of that debate, and enjoy what has been a good week for the club. There's excitement about Europe as a trophy edges closer, and we then answer listener questions about things we might have to just accept in football, Granit Xhaka, Ramsey or Wilshere, idyllic Sundays, James' secret life as a cracker pusher, and there's a scary proposition to finish with.

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Mar 16, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 218 - 12.03.2018
01:10:01

Two wins in a week, Mr Arse Ambassador, with these results you are really spoiling us. James and I get tucked into the Watford win, the deliciousness of Petr Cech's penalty save from Troy Deeney, and why the striker deserved every bit of stick he got. We look at the performances of Elneny and Xhaka, the combination between Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back, before looking ahead to Milan on Thursday. We then answer listener questions about Ivan and Raul at the fans forum, Per Mertesacker's remarkable interview, a new new new Patrick Vieira, fat footballers and lots more.

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Mar 12, 2018
Episode 464 - Sometimes maybe good
00:51:22

On this week's show we enjoy a long overdue win and with me to discuss the 2-0 Europa League triumph over AC Milan is Paolo Bandini. We chat about a much improved Arsenal performance, perhaps predicated on the fact Europe is the be all and end all, Milan's setup and approach suiting us, a solid midfield and what this could do for us going forward and into the next leg. Then I'm joined by Kevin Witcher, editor of The Gooner fanzine, to talk about fanzine culture, the history of the publication, and how in order to survive it needs to go in a slightly different direction which requires a commitment from fans and readers. Plus a bit of the usual waffle!

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Mar 09, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 217 - 05.03.2018
01:26:34

On this week's show we consider the 2-1 away defeat to Brighton, the lack of performance from the players and the manager's inability to turn things around quickly enough. All the while there's silence from the board who have also gone into hiding again, and why the people with responsibility need to act. We then answer listener questions about giving more playing time to young players in the Premier League, what hope do Arsenal have when they face Milan on Thursday, Laurent Koscielny, we predict our fixtures and final point total, there are further uncanny impressions and lots more.

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Mar 05, 2018
Episode 463 - Itchy and Scratchy
01:12:02

On this week's show I chat with a very cold Andrew Allen immediately after the 3-0 defeat to Man City on Thursday night and discuss what was a strange night at the Emirates, and another disappointing result. Then I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to chat about the two games against Man City, the situation with the players and the manager and how there appears to be resignation on both sides, the empty seats, the role of the board in everything that's going on, and potential candidates to replace Arsene Wenger this summer. We also hear from the Angriest Man on Twitter, who is very angry.

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Mar 02, 2018
Arseblog launches on Patreon - an explanation
00:13:26

Today, on the 16th birthday of the site, Arseblog has launched on Patreon, which is a subscription service. Why are we doing it? Does it affect the regular podcasts? What do you get if you subscribe? All these questions and more are answered in this short podcast.

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Feb 27, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 216 - 26.02.2018
01:22:16

In this week's show we look back on a disappointing day at Wembley which saw Arsenal lose the Carabao Cup final 3-0 to Man City. We discuss the performance, individual and collective mistakes, why we couldn't get up for a final, and the big focus of this podcast is the manager. How much of what's happening is because of Arsene Wenger's future? How inevitable is change and is it possible that it could come sooner rather than later? What role do the board have in the current situation? All this, plus some efforts to find a silver lining late on.

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Feb 26, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 215 - 23.02.2018
01:07:10

In this extra Arsecast Extra we look back at the 2-1 Europa League defeat to Östersunds FK, a lacklustre performance from an unprepared side, but one which also secured qualification to the Round of 16. We chat about the game, Arsene Wenger's role in getting his team up for it, and how we have to treat this competition more seriously from now on. Then we answer questions from listeners about the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, which formation we might use, a choice between trophies and a new manager, the low attendance and lack of interest in the Europa League game, some awesome names, and we also touch on the alleged Hector Bellerin audio clip that's been doing the rounds this week.

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Feb 23, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 214 - 19.02.2018
01:12:04

There's not a lot of Arsenal to discuss this week but we still have a good show for you, discussing things as diverse as Hector Bellerin at the Oxford Union, the Carabao Cup final and the use of VAR, some disturbing kit news and Francis Coquelin scoring a goal. There are also listener questions about left-footed players, Nacho Monreal, some airplane related confusion, the new sponsorship deal with Emirates, and lots more.

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Feb 19, 2018
Episode 462 - Captain Dave and his penalty save
00:52:24

On today's show, recorded immediately after the 3-0 win over Östersunds FK in the Europa League last night, I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Tim from @7amkickoff. We chat about the game, winning away at last, a clean sheet and a penalty save for captain David Ospina, Danny Welbeck's struggles up front, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles getting a run out in midfield. There's also some Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere chat, a brief look ahead to our next game – which is the second leg against the Swedish side – and some stuff on Arsene Wenger too. There's not much of the usual waffle this week.

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Feb 16, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 213 - 12.02.2018
01:19:37

In this week's show we look back at the 1-0 defeat to Sp*rs and talk about how the vagaries of football could have seen us nick something from the game late on despite being dominated in the second half. We talk about Alexandre Lacazette's misses, the team set-up when we were chasing the game, and worry a lot about our performances and results on the road this season. We then answer questions about away games, some of the social media reaction aimed at players and Alex Iwobi in particular, ponder changes to the selections for the rest of the season, and end with a discussion about the manager and ask what is it about Arsene Wenger that has changed.

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Feb 12, 2018
Episode 461 - Diving and stuff
01:31:05

In today's bumper edition of the show I chat with Amy Lawrence about all the January changes and Arsenal's new look attack. What now for Alexandre Lacazette, how will Arsene Wenger approach the North London derby and more. After that I catch up with Ken Early of Second Captains to discuss the Premier League season so far, the controversy around diving, the comments of Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger's response, the introduction of VAR and whether it might create more problems than it solves, Mesut Ozil's new contract, Jack Wilshere and beyond,

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Feb 09, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 212 - 05.02.2018
01:21:53

In this week's episode James and I battle the very Internet itself as we try to stay connected to discuss the 5-1 win over Everton on Saturday. We chat about the impact of the new signings, what they've brought to the team, Aaron Ramsey's hat-trick, Alexandre Lacazette's situation, and look at the coincidences between this game at the last time we played the Toffees. We then answer listener questions about Sead Kolasinac and what's going on with him, young players moving away from England, the future of Ramsey and our midfield, what needs to be done this summer with the goalkeeping position, and lots more including an exclusive Rihanna anecdote as she declared herself a Gooner at the game this weekend.

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Feb 05, 2018
Episode 460 - David Ornstein on the January transfer window
01:05:19

By any standards Arsenal have had a remarkable January transfer window. It's been a long way from signing Kim Kallstrom, that's for sure, and with me to discuss it all is David Ornstein of the BBC. We talk about the deals that went down, Alexis, Mkhitaryan, the influence of Mino Raiola in making that a reality, the pursuit and capture of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, how Olivier Giroud became something of a pawn in that deal, the new transfer dynamics at the club with Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat very publicly visible, whether it means some of the power has been taken away from Arsene Wenger and lots more. Oh, and I ask him about the memes too.

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Feb 02, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 211 - 01.02.2018
01:21:09

James returns from his travels with – no surprise here – news of misfortune falling him on his trip. We try and make sense of what has been a remarkable month for Arsenal in the transfer market, with Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez gone, and the arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Has it been a good window? Why was there no focus on reinforcing midfield or defence? And how are we going to address those issues with what's now a smaller squad? We then answer listener questions about Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, a potential new manager after links emerged this morning, how to cope without the handsomeness of Giroud and lots more.

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Feb 01, 2018
Episode 459 - Ian Wright
00:50:02

We'll have an Arsecast Extra for you later in the week as James returns from his travels, but in the meantime I hope you'll enjoy another conversation with legendary former Gunner Ian Wright. We chat about the Carabao Cup final and how the importance of the trophy doesn't matter when you get to a final. The transfer business involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan comes up, as does the pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, how important he might be to keeping the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi's recent form and issues with coaching, Jack Wilshere's future, and Ian explains why he's no longer on Twitter, clarifies comments about fans fans abroad and lots more.

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Jan 29, 2018
Episode 458 - Ivan's Transfer Dream Team
00:49:28

In this week's show I'm joined by the legendary Goonerholic, and James from We Are the Northbank, for a good chat about beating Chelsea and making to a Wembley final. We discuss the team's tactical flexibility, its prowess in cup competitions and how that might augur well for the Europa League this season. We then chat about the Alexis Sanchez - Henrikh Mkyhitaryan swap, where the Armenian will fit into the team, and why the pressure is on Ivan Gazidis and his transfer team to get the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal done, plus some of the usual waffle.

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Jan 26, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 210 - 22.01.2018
01:16:32

On this week's show I'm joined by guest host Tayo Popoola (@DJTayo) to look back on the very enjoyable 4-1 win over Crystal Palace. We chat about the stellar contribution of Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil's influence and how important it is to keep him, there's some props for Alex Iwobi and a good dollop of Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Then we take listener questions about Alexis Sanchez and his imminent departure, the arrivals of Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, a look at the changes behind the scenes, a mixtape for Sanchez, half-time Prince, and lots more.

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Jan 22, 2018
Episode 457 - Crazy Transfer Mayhem Madness!
01:05:43

It's been a week of transfer mayhem, with Theo Walcott sold to Everton, the potential Alexis Sanchez - Henrikh Myhitaryan swap, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang linked, and loads more. With me to discuss that is Lewis Ambrose, who delves deep into the kind of player Aubameyang is and what he might bring to the side, before we chat about Myhitaryan and a potential reunion for the two who were so effective together at Borussia Dortmund. Then I'm joined Ed Malyon, Sports Editor of the Independent, to chat about the upcoming game against Crystal Palace this weekend, the general state of play at Arsenal, and he throws a very interesting name into the hat as potential replacement for Arsene Wenger when the time comes.

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Jan 19, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 209 - 15.01.2018
01:17:18

On this week's show I'm joined by guest host JB (@gunnerpunner) to pore over another poor day away from home after Arsenal went down 2-1 to Bournemouth on Sunday. Lack of firepower and defensive frailties were exposed, but how much of what's wrong stems from our midfield. We discuss the absence of Alexis Sanchez, the possibility of selling him to Man Utd and what that means for us as a club. We then answer questions about Arsene Wenger, whether signings like Aubameyang and Malcom can make any difference, our predictions for the rest of the season and much more.

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Jan 15, 2018
Episode 456 - There's a brand new dance
00:51:22

In a week when Hector Bellerin's sartorial choices made as many headlines as anything else, I'm joined by the Man from East Lower (@eastlower) to discuss our midweek clash with Chelsea, the manager's decision to leave Alexis Sanchez on the bench, and another one of those performances which shows we can defend when we put our minds to it. We also chat about Alex Iwobi, the departure of Francis Coquelin, why Theo Walcott should also be sold, whether Arsene Wenger should go in the summer and beyond. There's a whack of the usual waffle, and more.

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Jan 12, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 208 - 08.01.2018
01:29:56

On this week's show I'm joined by guest host Elliot Smith @YankeeGunner, to discuss the 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest and the third round exit from the FA Cup. We chat about team selection, the manager's big gamble when it came to the bench, Per Mertesacker's damning post-match comments, and yet another day when our defensive weaknesses were highlighted. The future of Arsene Wenger comes up in our questions section, as does the future direction of the club itself, the rebuilding job ahead, how we manage our young players, and loads more. There's plenty to get your ears into .

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Jan 08, 2018
Episode 455 - No case for the defence
00:58:43

On this week's show I chat with Dan Levy about the Chelsea game in midweek, our obvious defensive issues and the manager's inability to solve them, what kind of impact the January transfer window might have, and how the Europa League is growing increasingly important in our list of priorities. Then, ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, I talk to journalist and Forest fan Nick Miller about their season, having sacked their manager last week, what we can expect from them, and some Arsene Wenger/referees chat too.

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Jan 05, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 207 - 01.01.2018
01:16:11

On this first Arsecast Extra of 2018, I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss the 1-1 draw with West Brom on New Year's Eve, the Arsenal performance, and of course the impact that referee Mike Dean had on proceedings. We chat about his terrible decision to award the home side a penalty, refereeing in general, and whether teams have to able to cope with that over the course of the season. There's also Wenger's comments about scheduling, and yet another poor day away, before we answer questions about our central defenders, Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott's uncertain future, the transfer window, a time machine trip down memory lane and more.

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Jan 01, 2018
Arsecast Extra Episode 206 - 29.12.2017
01:12:02

On this week's show we look back at the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, a rare away win, and a very welcome return to form for Alexis Sanchez. We chat about his goals, the defensive issues we continue to have, Jack Wilshere looking like he's finding his groove and beyond. We then answer listener questions about the goal celebration 'controversy' cooked up by Sky, Hector Bellerin and why there's so much anger towards him, possible January transfer, and there's Arsene Wenger as a scorpion, James finds a vegetable in his cuppa and much more.

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Dec 29, 2017
Episode 454 - Alexis and the Mugsmashers
00:53:04

This week I chat with Tim Stillman ahead of the Liverpool game, discussing the possible defensive system we'll use, and whether Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be asked to deal with their very potent attack, before we touch on Alexis Sanchez and his current form. Is it because he doesn't care anymore? Is he just a player struggling to reach the levels he has before? And either way, can Arsenal do without him in the absence of any viable alternative?


Then I'm joined by my brother, renowned Liverpool fan, nefarious destroyer of Arsenal branded receptacles, the Mugsmasher. We talk about the game tonight, and lots of other stuff too. There's some of the usual waffle, and a festive poem at the end. 

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Dec 22, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 205 - 18.12.2017
01:18:52

On this week's show: Mesut Ozil's sumptuous volley gave us a 1-0 win over Newcastle, but what was the thinking behind his position deeper in midfield? Arsenal's inability to build on the lead is up for discussion, as is Ainsley Maitland-Niles and his selection at left-back. Can Arsene Wenger risk him there against Liverpool, and what kind of a team will we field for the Carabao Cup? We then answer questions about the Mugsmashers game on Friday, chat about the possibility of a former player returning as manager, some of the best volleys we can remember, there's puppy related happiness, and lots more.

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Dec 18, 2017
EPISODE 453 - Third Choice
00:57:24

This week I chat with Chief Soccer Correspondent for the New York Times, Rory Smith, about Arsenal's midweek draw against West Ham, the manager's struggles to get his team to perform in any consistent, identifiable way, the new recruits that point to life without after Arsene Wenger, and the Jack Wilshere situation as the midfielder heads towards the end of his contract. We also discuss the piece Rory wrote during the week about former keeper Stuart Taylor, his career and and the strange life of the back-up goalkeeper. There's a minimal amount of the usual waffle, but we have an exclusive interview with another completely non-biased journalist at the end.

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Dec 15, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 204 - 11.12.2017
01:06:57

On today's show we look back on the disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton, and what was another careless opening from Arsenal. We discuss the lack of creativity, the Alexis Sanchez giveaway situation, Aaron Ramsey's injury and what it means for the team, Jack Wilshere, Giroud's late goal and our ongoing midfield issues. We then answer questions about Hector Bellerin's form, whether the January transfer window can make any real difference, formation shifts, before ending with some food related Mourinho japery. 

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Dec 11, 2017
Episode 452 - Overcrowding
00:40:01

On this week's show I chat with James from @gunnerblog about the 6-0 win over BATE Borisov, some redemption for the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Theo Walcott, a great performance from Jack Wilshere, the manager's decision to go back to a back four, whether he might stick with that formation, and more. We also discuss all the empty seats and whether or not the club need to rethink their ticketing strategy in line with what is a new reality for the club right now. There's some Holy God FM, a brief preview of the Southampton game, and some of the usual waffle.

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Dec 08, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 203 - 04.12.2017
01:24:49

This week's show was recorded in Dublin with James and an extra Extra guest, Andrew Allen. We look back on the weekend's game against Man United, the performance, the defensive errors, Arsenal's response, another defensive error, and ask whether there can be any positives taken from the game. We then answer questions about Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez's wastefulness, Aaron Ramsey's future, the January transfer window, goalkeepers having blinders and lots more.

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Dec 04, 2017
Episode 451 - The Ferryman
01:00:49

On this week's show I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss the 5-0 win over Huddersfield, the beauty of Arsenal's goals, and Mesut Ozil's contribution, before we move on to the recent appointments of Raul Sanllehi as 'Head of Football Relations' and Sven Mislintat as 'Head of Recruitment'. What does it mean for the future, and what does it mean for the present and how will they work with Arsene Wenger in the short-term?


Then, to help preview the weekend's game against Man United, I chat with Musa Okwonga about their season, the season in general, and what we can expect from what's going to be a tough game this weekend. There's a smidgen of the usual waffle in there too.

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Dec 01, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 202 - 27.11.2017
01:07:43

This week we discuss yet another injury time win over Burnley, what a lovely man Lee Mason is, and how the outrage of the opposition fans was like sweet, sweet music to our ears. It pushes Arsenal into the top four, and we discuss the result, performance and what it means for our season. We then answer listener's questions about how we'll approach the midweek game with Huddersfield and if Jack Wilshere should start, whether or not we enjoy wins as much as we should, possible media bias against the club, and lots more.

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Nov 27, 2017
Episode 450 - The teacup of tribalism
00:54:16

Listeners will be glad to hear that there's some, but relatively little, discussion of last night's 1-0 defeat to Cologne in the Europa League. There's only so much of that game one can relive, but I chat about it with Archie Rhind-Tutt. Then I'm joined by Daniel Storey from Football 365 to chat about teacup GIF-gate, the changing face of modern media and fandom, journalism and journalists, and lots more. I also give you the winners of last week's competition to win Jens Lehmann's book, there's some Amaury Bischoff PI and a chunk of the usual waffle.

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Nov 24, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 201 - 20.11.2017
01:17:25

In today's episode we steady ourselves after that incredible power shift that ... oh, wait, that didn't happen. We discuss the very enjoyable 2-0 win over Sp*rs on Saturday, what the team can gain from the win and the performance, the outstanding back three providing the platform for victory, and the need to replicate this kind of display – all the while remembering to enjoy it. We then answer questions about cups of tea, the whole Tea-gate incident and the media reaction to it, the upcoming appointment of a new head of scouting, the reaction to the Francis Coquelin substitution and lots more besides.

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Nov 20, 2017
Episode 449 - What a magic
00:57:22

On this week's show I'm joined by the one and only Ian Wright to discuss the upcoming North London derby against the old enemy. Ian chats about his feelings ahead of the game, the need for the players to make sure the unthinkable doesn't happen, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and more. Then I chat about the game some more with Clive Palmer, what will the manager's approach be, and what kind of team is he going to pick?


There's also a chance to win one of five copies of Jens Lehmann's new book 'The madness is on the pitch', some exclusive extracts from it, and lots of the usual waffle.

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Nov 17, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 200 - 13.11.2017
01:17:45

Today's episode is the 200th Arsecast Extra, and thankfully for us it's come at a time when there's so much to discuss from an Arsenal point of view and not slap bang in the middle of the lulliest Interlull of all time. Still, we manage to chat about all the exciting international football that's been going on, which players from the 89 title winning side we'd have in today's Arsenal team, there's some North London derby chat, and quite a bit about food including: pancakes, bacon, cheese, eggplants, lasagne and lots more.

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Nov 13, 2017
Episode 448 - Dara Ó Briain
00:46:37

In this week's show I chat with Dara Ó Briain, comedian, TV ever-present, science bloke, hat wearer, and, of course, Arsenal fan. He's in Dublin with his new show, so we sat down in my studio for an Interlull chat which took in airport hassles, stolen bikes, a Trondheim lap-dancing club, noisy crowds, his upcoming tour of Leeds, some Arsenal, some Eddie, and lots more.

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Nov 10, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 199 - 07.11.2017
01:14:56

On this week's show, we look back at the 3-1 defeat to Man City which took place in the distant jet-lagged past. From team selection and a lack of Lacazette, to contentious issues like the penalty and the offside, it's all in there, along with our outlook for the team after 11 games of the season. We chat about the manager, the importance of the Sp*rs game after the Interlull, Santi Cazorla's injury and possible return, why Lee Dixon is actually Kenny Rogers, and lots lots more besides.

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Nov 07, 2017
Episode 447 - Socrates
00:42:04

In this week's show I chat with the brilliant David Squires about his cartooning, Jose Mourinho's in or out bollocks, difficult drawings, and his new book The Illustrated History of Football - Hall of Fame, which is tremendous fun. We met in Sydney this afternoon, sat down in a quiet place which soon became not that quiet so we found somewhere quieter and then went for a beer.

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Nov 03, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 198 - 30.10.2017
01:10:03

On this week's show, recorded between Melbourne and London, we discuss the 2-1 over Swansea, the impact of Sead Kolasinac and his mighty thighs, as well as looking back on the Eddie Nketiah inspired win over Norwich in the Carabao Cup. We then answer questions about the team set-up for Man City next week, what went down at the AGM, Hector Bellerin's productivity, Alexis playing against a team that wanted to sign him, and lots more.

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Oct 30, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 197 - 23.10.2017
01:11:35

On this week's show enjoy the 5-2 demolition of Everton and the successful deployment of the AOL front three, Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette. They dialed-up with goals and assists, we look at the overall performance, a first win on the road, and the potential of that attacking trio before answering listener questions about Granit Xhaka's ongoing issues, Jack Wilshere, Petr Cech, AGM questions, players arguing on the pitch, phallic forehead art and much, much more.

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Oct 23, 2017
Episode 446 - Euro Pop
00:49:15

On this week's show, recorded just moments after the 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League, I chat with Tim Stillman about the game, the team selection, the performance, Oliver Giroud's incredible goal, Jack Wilshere's stand-out display, which youngsters caught the eye, and also look ahead to Everton at the weekend. To get some perspective on that game, I also speak with ESPN FC's Everton correspondent Luke O'Farrell who gives us his view on what are troubled times at Goodison Park right now, with Ronald Koeman under real pressure after another defeat. There's some of the usual waffle in there too and details of my trip down under.

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Oct 20, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 196 - 16.10.2017
01:15:45

On this week's show we look back at the disastrous 2-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday evening. The performance, the team, the tactics, and the all too familiar feeling of Arsenal throwing away a game they should have won. We chat about the manager, why something has to change at the club but why nothing probably will, the part Kroenke and Gazidis play in this current Arsenal – before we answer questions about Granit Xhaka, the lack of goals from midfield, what are the values of Arsenal and lots more.

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Oct 16, 2017
Episode 445 -'89'
00:53:52

On this week's show I chat with Amy Lawrence about the upcoming documentary '89' which, unsurprisingly, tells the epic story of Arsenal's title win in the 88-89 season. Needing to go to Anfield and win by two clear goals, Michael Thomas's last gasp winner has become an unforgettable piece of Arsenal history. Amy and I chat about the season itself, the making of the film, and more, before chatting more generally about the pressures football puts on players and fans these days – in particular the prospect of Christmas Eve football. There's also Steve McMahon's 1-minute finger.

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Oct 13, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 195 - 09.10.2017
01:10:37
In this Interlull edition of the show we discuss the injury to Shkodran Mustafi, potential problems at centre-half, Alex Iwobi's big international goal, and the rumours involving a return to London for Marc Overmars. We answer listener questions about our goalkeeping situation, whether we should sell Ozil and Sanchez in January, Jens Lehmann, Dublin sightings by Angela Lansbury, buying in January and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 09, 2017
Episode 444 - Rich
00:59:54
It may be an Interlull but we've still got a podcast for you today, and in the wake of Arsenal's financial results being released last week, I chat with Kieron O'Connor (@SwissRamble), about a healthy profit, cash in the bank, how we still lag behind the others in terms of commercial revenue, the challenges of improving that in a season when we're in the Europa League, potential transfer funds and lots more. We also touch on the current situation involving Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, and what the future might hold there. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 06, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 194 - 02.10.2017
01:03:58
On this week's show, after we deal with lawnmower problems, we discuss the 2-0 win over Brighton, goals for Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi, a sizzling assist from Alexis, another clean sheet, and a team which, while not currently scintillating, is heading in the right direction – up the table. We then answer listener questions about the style of football we're playing this season, Alexandre Lacazette being substituted, how the manager might deal with Mesut Ozil this season, whether taking a selfie inside a football ground is the crime against humanity so many seem to think it is, there's an interruption from a very loud dog and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 02, 2017
Episode 443 - Borisov, Borison
00:50:58
On this week's show we look back at the 4-2 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League. Two goals for Theo Walcott, a first goal for Rob Holding, and Olivier Giroud becomes a centurion with his 100th Arsenal strike. There were some promising youngsters in the team, we look at their performances, and what was a fun night as we continue our new European adventures. I'm joined by The Man from East Lower to discuss all that, as well as the prospect of Christmas Eve football, before taking a look at Sunday's Premier League clash against Brighton with Steve Bailey, chief football writer for Sussex Newspapers who gives us all the low-down on the Seagulls and what we can expect from them. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 29, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 193 - 26.09.2017
01:05:05
On this week's show we look back at the 2-0 win over West Brom, and how Shkodran Mustafi's sliding made Tony Pulis so very, very angry. We discuss the two goals for Alexandre Lacazette, Ramsey in a more advanced role, another clean sheet, and the fact that Tony Pulis was so very, very angry. Then we answer listener questions about Alexis Sanchez's attitude, Mohamed Elneny's performance, the need for quicker thinking, empty seats, lessons being learned, and how eating chicken Kiev every day for a year somehow taints your view of chicken Kiev. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 26, 2017
Episode 442 - The broken men
00:50:12
In this week's show I do my best to keep discussion of Doncaster and West Brom to an absolute minimum, so instead I talk to Rory Smith of the New York Times about a very interesting piece he wrote about Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan, and his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. As Arsenal fans we have plenty of experience of injuries, and we expand the conversation to talk about players who are injured, either long-term or with frequency, and what they have to go through during their rehabilitation. Loneliness, self-doubt, pain, discomfort, and the range of opinion when it comes to how they're viewed by fans. We chat about the club's role in their recovery, the mental and physical impacts of injury and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 22, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 192 - 18.09.2017
01:20:21
The 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge was a big improvement on the last away day at Anfield, but is it something to get excited about or more a case of lowered expectations? We discuss that, the team selection, the performance, the chances we had to win the game, and the things that pleased us most about the Arsenal display on Sunday. We then answer listener questions about the absence of Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi's role in the back three, a positive display for Alex Iwobi, some crisp related madness and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 18, 2017
Episode 441 - Cologne-no you didn't!
01:06:01
On this week's show I have three guests to discuss our Europa League debut, in terms of what happened on and off the pitch. First up James from Gunnerblog gives us his press box perspective on the pre-gqme shenanigans, then I chat to Cologne based journalist Archie Rhind-Tutt about things from the German perspective, how big a game this was for them as a club, and more. After that Amy Lawrence joins me to discuss the night's events in full, the performance, the formation, and we look ahead to the Chelsea game on Sunday. There's not a lot of the usual waffle, but I blame UEFA for that. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 15, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 191 - 11.09.2017
01:17:03
Arsenal are back and so is James, and in this episode we discuss the 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend. We look at Danny Welbeck's performance, the Lacazette influence, the reception awarded to Alexis Sanchez, and what was a much more positive display overall. After that we answer listener questions about the departure of Dick Law and what it might mean for our transfer activity, how we might rotate the squad for the Europa League game this Thursday, what our options are for right wing-back, a possible return for Calum Chambers, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 11, 2017
Episode 440 - The transfer window is a duck
00:49:01
With me on this week's show, to look back at the transfer window in general, the culture of transfers and misinformation, the potential changes to it and lots more, is Daniel Storey from Football 365. We chat about the potential impact of the window closing before the season starts, how clubs will react, if it will change the way they operate, and look at Arsenal's start to the season. After that I'm joined by Michael Cox from Zonal Marking to discuss Arsenal's back three, and the potential return of the manager to a back four, something he's much more comfortable with. Who will be the winners and losers of the formation change, and how can Arsene Wenger fix that midfield issue. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 08, 2017
Episode 439 - I know what you did this summer
01:00:07
With me to discuss what has been a very interesting summer for Arsenal is the BBC's David Ornstein. No doubt many of you saw his summary of our off-season, so I chat to him about the deals that happened and how they happened; the deals that didn't go down; why Arsenal seem to make such hard work of transfer business; the deadline day flip-flop on Alexis, the sale of the Ox, Lucas Perez's anger, Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis, Stan Kroenke, and lots lots lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 05, 2017
Episode 438 - All the young dudes
00:30:39
With me in this episode to discuss the Arsenal youth system is Jeorge Bird. Jeorge's long running blog is the definitive source for news and info about Arsenal youth, and he also writes a weekly column for Arseblog News. We chat about how things have been going in recent times at academy level, from the departure of Andries Jonker to the appointment of Per Mertesacker, the change in the recruitment policy, young prospects leaving to go abroad, which young players we should be keeping an eye on, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 04, 2017
Episode 437 - Deadline day
01:22:39
The transfer window is now closed, what we have we hold, and what we did on deadline day wasn't that inspiring. In fact, it's a summer in which it feels we've failed to really invest properly in the squad. As a club we've ended up £30m in profit during the window, and as they say £30m in the bank is not going to score you many goals during the season. With me to discuss the transfer deadline day action, the summer in general, our state of affairs, and where we go from here are Andrew Allen, The Man from East Lower, Tayo Popoola, and Elliot Smith. This was recorded immediately after the window closing last night, so we look at the squad, Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving, Alexis staying, investment or lack of, issues of balance, the manager, the board, and and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 01, 2017
Episode 436 - Billionaires
00:46:08
In this episode I chat to James Montague, author of a new book entitled: The Billionaires Club – The Unstoppable Rise of Football's Super-rich Owners. James writes about the increasing influence of extremely wealthy owners of football clubs, primarily in the Premier League, but across football in general too. What effect is it having on the game? What might it mean for football in the future? And with most of Arsenal's shares owned by Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, there's a real Arsenal perspective in this too. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 29, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 190 - 28.08.2017
01:29:55
On this week's show we look back at disastrous 4-0 hammering at Anfield on Sunday, the team selection, the lack of effort, the insipid performance, and why just three games into the season we're already in a horrendous situation. We chat about the manager's role, why there should be more focus on Stan Kroenke, a spineless board, potential transfers and lots more. There are questions about where we go from here, and how we get there, defending, mysterious behind the scenes influences and mots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 28, 2017
Episode 435 - Ooooooh blimey!
01:16:37
In this week's show we get a Mugsmasher perspective on their summer, their transfer business, what needs to be done with their squad, their hopes for the season and more as I'm joined by Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap. Some of it sounds very familiar, to be fair. The actual Mugsmasher is on holiday. Then I chat with Tim Stillman about goings-on at Arsenal, touching on team balance, the Oxlade-Chamberlain situation, Arsene Wenger's strange Shkodran Mustafi comments, why it feels like things are not right behind the scenes, transfer plans and expectations, and the Liverpool game of course. There's a chunk of the usual waffle in there too, and some Holy God FM at the end. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 25, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 189 - 21.08.2017
01:14:39
On this week's show we look back at the 1-0 defeat to Stoke, and try to make some sense of Arsene Wenger's team selection and substitutions. We also discuss the manager's lack of faith in so many of his defenders, our inability to turn our possession into goals, poor refereeing, and the overall balance of the team. We then answer listener questions about putting the ball out of play, dropping Rob Holding, how much money we've spent so far this summer and whether it's enough to make this team challengers, the nature of time and existence itself, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 21, 2017
Episode 434 - Barcelona and then Arsenal
00:53:53
This podcast was recorded yesterday evening, as news of the horrible attack in Barcelona came through, and given my connection with the place it was very much on my mind, so the first 10 minutes of this show are a bit introspective. If you don't want to hear that this morning, and I can understand why many wouldn't, just skip forward to 9'55 where the rest of the show features a long chat with Philippe Auclair. We chat about Olivier Giroud and his decision to stay, as well as new boy Alexandre Lacazette. We ask if the back three is actually making us defensively more secure, before moving onto the situations of Alexis, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain, before discussing the transfer market, our need for a certain player and to move some others on. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 18, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 188 - 14.08.2017
01:12:35
The Premier League is back and we relive that extraordinary opening game on Friday night when we beat Leicester 4-3. We chat about the performance, the system, defensive mistakes, our serious firepower and supersub Olivier Giroud's incredible impact once again. We also discuss the first weekend in general, relive Jamie Carragher's funny moment, and then answer lots of questions including the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, our transfer business, the need to manage the squad better, free transfers and lots more besides. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 14, 2017
Episode 433 - Friday Night Lights
01:23:15
The new season kicks off tonight, rather unusually, and Arsenal face Leicester City in the first game of the new campaign. To preview Premier League, I'm joined by Ken Early of Second Captains and Dion Fanning, sports writer with Joe. We chat about the transfer market, the world record sale of Neymar, the consequences of that for the market overall, and the activity of English clubs so far. We look at all the title challengers, the top 6 clubs, their hopes, the lads pick their favourites to win the league, and of course we chat about Arsenal too. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 11, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 187 - 07.08.2017
01:13:26
On this week's show we look back at yesterday's Community Shield victory over Chelsea, the impact of new boy Sead Kolasinac, the performance of fellow new signing Alexandre Lacazette, and why there are a lot of positives to take from another Wembley win. We then answer listener's questions about the Bosnian's somewhat confusing goal celebration, Danny Welbeck being linked with Everton, Hector Bellerin's tackle, what's acceptable in Fantasy Football and we finish the show by reading some of the best comments James's viral sensation 'Got enough?' video generated. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 07, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 186 - 31.07.2017
01:17:44
In this episode we discuss the 174 things we learned from the Emirates Cup, including stuff about Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and new signing Alexandre Lacazette. We also touch on the comments made by Arsene Wenger about ideal contract situations involving players in the last year of their deals, before answering lots of listener questions about Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, the future of Calum Chambers, our use of the loan system and lots more, including intense wasp drama. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 31, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 185 - 27.07.2017
01:12:16
James is back from his holidays so we catch up on all the nothing that happened while he was away, including: Pre-season games against Bayern and Chelsea, Wojciech Szczesny leaving, Alexis Sanchez and PSG, Wellington and his inflamed pubis, Lucas Perez, and the no signings we've made. We then answer listener questions about why we can't seem to sell anyone else, whether we'll make any more big moves before the window closes, the future of Jack Wilshere, shirt numbers, crazy bids for Neymar and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 27, 2017
Arsecast 432 - In The Mixer with Michael Cox
00:41:42
On this somewhat surprise episode of the show, I chat to Michael about his new book: The Mixer: the Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines. It looks at how the tactical landscape of the Premier League has shifted massively since its inception, from a fairly unsophisticated time to now housing some of the best tacticians in the game. We chat about some of the changes and influences that have occurred over the years, how Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have had to pay more attention to that side of the game, the increased use of stats and data, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 21, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 184. 17.07.2017
01:13:08
In this second show in three days we look at the final match of the Australian tour, and discuss the comments made by Alexis Sanchez regarding his future. Will Arsenal keep him, and where is a realistic option for him if we sell? There's more on the Thomas Lemar situation, Wenger on Oxlade-Chamberlain, and listener questions about our ability to bring through young players, our approach to next season's Europa League, Theo Walcott and his role in the team, Wojciech Szczesny, suitcases full of booze and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 17, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 183 - 14.07.2017
01:17:03
On this week's post-holiday show we discuss all the stuff that's gone on since the last podcast, including: the signing of Lacazette, the Jens Lehmann appointment, Per Mertesacker's academy role, and the pre-season tour of Australia. We chat about the game against Sydney FC, look at our summer doings so far, and then answer questions about transfer activity, Alexis, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, hugely inflated transfer fees and football's increasing bubble, which bear is the best bear, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 14, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 182 - 02.07.2017
01:12:41
On this week's show we discuss the apparently imminent signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for what will be a club record fee. We discuss the French international, how he might fit in, and why Arsene Wenger has finally gone for him. There's also the Alexis situation over which we disagree slightly about a potential move to Man City, as well as stories about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's refusal to sign a new deal. We then answer listener questions about Riyad Mahrez, contracts, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 02, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 181 - 26.06.2017
01:09:58
On this week's show we chat about French strikers, from the reported interest in Alexandre Lacazette, the ongoing Kylian Mbappe situation and spurious links with Anthony Martial. We discuss the lack of transfer business this far and ask if we should be worried yet, as well as answering lots of listener questions including the Sanchez/Aguero swap stories, the future of Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny being on thin ice, more musical influenced players and loads more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 26, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 180 - 19.06.2017
01:14:01
On this week's show we battle through the oppressive heat to discuss the over abundance of moths, TV shows, movies, pencil murder, the Confederations Cup, Alexis and his bockety ankle, why Andrew would turn down a transfer to Real Madrid, and the fixtures for next season. We then take lots of questions about transfers, chatting Mbappe, Lacazette, Aubamayang, and Giroud, as well as catchy theme tunes, jobs for the boys, podcast recommendations and plenty more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 19, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 179 - 12.06.2017
01:20:58
On this week's show we discuss the situations of Wojciech Szczesny and Serge Gnabry as their futures go in different directions, as well as news about our goalkeeping situation next season, and why people need to not lose their minds so quickly over Hector Bellerin. There are lots of listener questions about transfers, the workings of the transfer market, Alexis Sanchez and Man City, how and why we loan players to other clubs, and loads more. As well as that, an ancient grudge is lifted which may make James' life better, and help him recover from the traumatic experiences inflicted on him last weekend. Listen to find out more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 12, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 178 - 05.06.2017
01:16:04
On this week's show of the off-season we look at the reported €100m bid by Arsenal for Kylian Mbappé, try to work out how much truth there is behind it, and whether it's in any way realistic. There's chat about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and rumours he's set to stay, before we answer questions about how much we're going to spend this summer, who is going to leave, whether we should embrace the kind of stuff we saw from Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final, and loads more – including Sickly James and his whoopy-lung, SHOW ME THE PUDDING and Satan's Helicopters. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 05, 2017
Episode 431 - Stay
01:13:55
This week, after winning the FA Cup, it was announced that Arsene Wenger had extended his contract with Arsenal until 2019. It's a decision that has sparked plenty of conversation so for this week's podcast I'm spoke to four different people about it. Tim Payton from the Arsenal Supporter's Trust; Clive Palmer from the Arsenal Vision podcast; Gunners legend Ian Wright; and David Ornstein of the BBC. We chat about the decision to stick with Arsene Wenger, what should change to convince fans it isn't going to be more of the same, a big summer of work ahead, boardroom machinations, players coming in, players going out, and loads more. Thanks to all my guests for their time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 01, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 177 - 29.05.2017
01:15:54
In the first part of the show James and I look back on what was a brilliant weekend as Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 13th time beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley. We chat about the performance, the team selection, the emotion, all the bits and pieces from the game, Per Mertesacker's heroics, and we get to hear the tender, slightly drunken, voicemail I left James after the game. In the second half, as James has to go to work in Greece, I'm joined by Andrew Allen to do the Q&A which includes questions about transfers, Alexis Sanchez and his future, best moments from the final, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 29, 2017
Arsecast Extra LIVE from Union Chapel - 26.05.2017
01:38:02
This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Union Chapel in London on Thursday May 25th. With James and I on the panel are Tayo Popoola and The Man from East Lower, sometimes known as Jim. We discuss FA Cup memories, preview the upcoming final against Chelsea. talk about John Terry's curious balance issues, and read out some weird comments we've had on our websites/videos. We then answer a load of listener questions, and break it all up with spot prizes of bags of delicious Jamon Ruffles! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 26, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 176 - 22.05.2017
01:32:48
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 next season. We chat about anti-Stan Kroenke chanting from fans, Arsene Wenger's press conference and his situation in general, the boardroom issues, and Alisher Usmanov's bid for Kroenke's shares. We answer questions about moments of the season, dropped points, what kind of defence we might see for the FA Cup final, potential signings, Danny Welbeck's CHAOS MODE and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 22, 2017
Episode 430 - Is it bonkers?
01:00:01
With me on this week's Arsecast, to discuss the season as a whole, is Amy Lawrence. We chat about the managerial situation, boardroom stasis, whether the off the pitch stuff has affected things on it, what we might do with players like Sanchez, Ozil and Wojciech Szczesny, and we try and make some sense of what has been a generally underwhelming Premier League campaign. There's a chance to win a *boilk* mug, a quick look ahead to the weekend, and a dose of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 19, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 175 - 17.05.2017
01:16:22
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 Arsenal should react. We also discuss how vital it is to keep Sanchez at the club, before answer questions about summer transfer plans, which positions are most important, our goalkeeping options, changing the rules for certain teams, Alex Iwobi's development, pineapple on pizza and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 17, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 174 - 15.05.2017
01:11:45
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, some laughter at Shawcross and Arnautovic, plus the weekend's other Premier League action. We then answer listener questions about whether more points this season would be improvement, what can be read into Alexis Sanchez's celebration, the goalkeepers, the Europa League and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 15, 2017
Episode 429 - Change-a-doodle-doo
00:49:47
Time now for this week's Arsecast, and with me to discuss the week that was, with two wins, two clean sheets, and all the rest is Jim Campbell from The Football Ramble. We chat about on and off the pitch goings-on, boardroom stuff, Arsene Wenger and more. There's also a bumper sized lot of the usual waffle including the manager pretending not to know what a Director of Football is, musical earworms, more *boilk* mug competitions and some Holy God FM. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 12, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 173 - 08.05.2017
01:17:39
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 we won a big game that we really needed to win. We chat about the formation, the goals, Danny Welbeck celebrating, and all the rest, before answering listener questions about our wing-backs for the future, dead cats bouncing, whether Arsene Wenger should take a leaf out of the Nelson Vivas handbook, Alexis and his dodgy Instagram soundtracks and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 08, 2017
Episode 428 - New impressions
01:01:58
On this week's show I'm joined by the Man from East Lower to discuss all the latest exciting, exhilarating goings-on at the Arsenal, including this weekend's game with Manchester United. After that I chat with United fan Musa Okwonga about that match, but also some of the other less pleasant things that have been going on in football this week - racist incidents, and the issue of mental health among footballers. There's the winner of the Mesut Ozil book competition, a chance to win a *boilk* mug and all the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 05, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 172 - 01.05.2017
01:27:14
On this week's show we discuss the 2-0 defeat to Sp*rs, the team selection, the performance (or lack of it), and try and make some sense of what's going on. We'll be up front with you, we don't come to any kind of EUREKA moment conclusion, but there's a lot going on with manager, players and board. Then we answer questions about Olivier Giroud, other managers, transfer activity, scouting, Arsenal origins and more. It's not the cheeriest episode of all time, but we can only work with what we're given, and what we were given was a bit rubbish. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 01, 2017
Episode 427 - NLD
01:01:13
Ahead of a North London derby I chat with Arsenal journalist Layth Yousif about his thoughts on the big game, the midweek game against Leicester, empty seats and more. We also hear from the other side with Harry Hotspur, Wembley waffle, there's a chance to win Mesut Ozil's book and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 28, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 171 - 24.04.2017
01:10:02
On this week's show we discuss the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Man City, the performance, the system, individual displays and the prospect of the final next month against Chelsea. We chat about how James being ill was the true catalyst for change, as well as answering questions about The Ox, Hector Bellerin's hair, the possibility of a top four finish, what a listener should call his adorable new puppy, some fantastic sounding FA Cup final scenarios, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 24, 2017
Episode 426 - The Wright Stuff
01:05:38
This week's Arsecast is a pretty special one because yesterday I went to London to sit down for an hour with the one and only Ian Wright. I don't need to give you any bumph about who he is or what a legend he is, so I'll just tell you that we chat about his Arsenal career, his work as a pundit and how hard it is for him to separate the professional and personal when he watches this team play, what's going on at the moment from the manager to the players to the boardroom and beyond, and lots more. It's a great chat, full of passion and love for the Arsenal, but he doesn't hold back either. Big thanks to @DJTayo for helping us find a place to record yesterday, and of course to Ian for taking the time to come and talk to me. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 21, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 170 - 18.04.2017
01:08:16
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 first time in 20 years, and how we still kind of made hard work of it. We ask whether the back three is going to be a long-term thing, especially with an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, before answering listener's questions about Sead Kolasinac, the players post-game reaction and messages to the fans, who might benefit most from the new system, and why we need to get James to see the Supervet for the sake of all that's good about the human race. All that and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 18, 2017
Episode 425 - "The Nighthawk (in the day)"
01:03:46
Time now for this week's Arsecast and I'm joined by lots of people who called in yesterday to chat about Arsenal and other things besides. We had fans from all the world get through and we discuss Jack Wilshere, Arsene Wenger, the board, Alexis Sanchez, writing letters to David O'Leary and lots more. There's also a bit of the usual waffle and some poetry from Tony Adams. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 14, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 169 - 11.04.2017
01:17:18
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 relationships are being damaged by what's going on at the moment. We try and make sense of as much of it as possible before we answer some listener questions about Mesut Ozil, the so-called 'British core', Alexis being shifted to the left, what is the club these days, power ballads and more. We both also just want to say thanks to everyone for listening and sticking with us through difficult times, when the temptation would be to just switch off, so 'thanks everyone'. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 11, 2017
Episode 424 - The Sixth Sense
00:52:59
Time now for this week's Arsecast and to discuss training ground protests, a possible boardroom power struggle, but more importantly an actual win in a football match after we beat West Ham I'm joined by Charles Watts from Football London. We also talk Granit Xhaka and goalkeepers, before briefly previewing the Crystal Palace game which is on Monday (booo!). The winners of the *boil* mugs competition are announced, we ask 'do we see dead people?', and there's a heap of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 07, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 168 - 03.04.2017
01:23:53
On this week's show we discuss the 2-2 draw with Man City that stopped the rot to an extent, but still leaves us a long way from the Champions League places. We chat about the performance, the defending, midfield issues and beyond. We then answer listener questions about the managerial situation in respect of comments made by Ivan Gazidis and his so-called 'catalyst for change', we look ahead at our upcoming fixtures and try to predict what's going to happen in each of them, fans fighting each other inside and outside of the stadium, and lots more besides. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Apr 03, 2017
Episode 423 - A Perry interesting one
01:01:55
Time now for this week's Arsecast, and my first guest is former Gunner Perry Groves who has an interesting suspicion about why there's been such a delay in announcing whatever needs to be announced when it comes to Arsene Wenger's future. We chat about the current situation, whether or not that is affecting the players on the pitch, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and the Man City game on Sunday. Perry also provides details about how you can Play With A Legend, so check it out. Then I chat to Tim Stillman about the manager, VAR (Video Assistant Referees), and there's more on the City game. We have some vintage news, a chance for you to win a *boilk* mug and a healthy serving of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 31, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 167 - 27.03.2017
01:11:08
On this week's Interlull show we speak about the horrible injury sustained by Seamus Coleman at the weekend and why football needs to do more to prevent these things happening in the future. That applies to authorities, officials and pundits. We look back at Arsenal involvement in internationals, discuss the possibility of Thierry Henry becoming the manager of the club when Arsene Wenger decides to step down, scouting in France, weird smells, pub dogs, and James showcases his array of amazing accents and impressions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 27, 2017
Episode 422 - In conversation with Donald McRae
00:51:45
I don't know about you, but I genuinely couldn't face another conversation about what's going on, or not going on, at the club right now. I don't think there's anything I could add to what James and I spoke at length about on Monday's Arsecast Extra. So, with that in mind we have something a little different for you today. Joining me to talk a little bit about Arsenal, but much more about himself, writing, the art of interviewing, what makes a good interview, books and lots more is the brilliant Donald McRae. I'm sure many of you read his interviews in the Guardian, or might well have enjoyed one of his 11 books – two of which have won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. We chat about growing up in South Africa, how he became an Arsenal fan, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 24, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 166 - 20.03.2017
01:28:02
On this week's show we discuss the dreadful defeat and performance against West Brom at the weekend. Dereliction of defensive duties, sterile football, not a shot on target in the second half and all the rest. Then there's the manager saying he knows what his decision will be without telling anyone else, more conspicuous silence from the board, their role in offering Arsene Wenger a new deal, and the general state of chaos and uncertainty that surrounds the club right now. There are more questions about the manager, players, performances, and loads more before we come to the conclusion that Arsenal is a bit of a freak show right now. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 20, 2017
Episode 421 - A zone of danger
00:51:40
Joining me this week for a very interesting discussion about one of the men tipped as a potential Arsene Wenger replacement is Paolo Bandini. We talk about Juventus boss Max Allegri, his career and how he might fit in at Arsenal. We also chat about the failure of English clubs to progress in the Champions League this season and more. I also celebrate what is a very special day in this household, there's some press conference stuff, and a grand dollop of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 17, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 165 - 13.03.2017
01:16:30
On this week's show discuss the FA Cup quarter-final win over Lincoln City, the sad case of Lucas Perez, terrible commentary and punditry, and who we might draw in the cup semi-finals. We then answer listener questions about Mesut Ozil's role in the team and the midfield set-up, protests and planes, Aaron Ramsey belting in a goal from close range, and lots more before we finish with a chat about the most important issue of all – the best bar snacks. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 13, 2017
Episode 420 - The Arsenal environment
01:15:37
it's another long one so prep your ears. I'm joined by James Olley of the Evening Standard to talk Bayern, Wenger, Gazidis, Kroenke and more, before we get some perspective on Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final from Richie Bates, an Arsenal fan who also happens to be Commercial Director with Lincoln City. I'm then joined by Clive Palmer to chat more about the current situation at the club, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal environment and plenty more besides. There's a chunk of the usual waffle, as well as the winner of the Kick Off Revival game from last week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 10, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 164 - 06.03.2017
01:24:38
On this week's show we try and get to grips with the fall-out from the Alexis Sanchez stuff over the weekend. The team selection, the training ground bust-up, the source of the story, the consequences it had for the team and the manager, and ultimately the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. The questions are mostly about the future direction of the club, the players, and Arsene Wenger, and we touch on the board, their responsibility (or lack of), a ludicrous suggestion from Josh Kroenke and more. It's a bit of an epic so strap in, and enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 06, 2017
Episode 419 - Can we smash the 'smashers?
00:54:21
On this week's show to discuss the shake-up at youth level and the departure of Andries Jonker, Im joined by Jack Pitt-Brooke from the Independent. We chat about the Dutchman's time at the club, as well as talking about Arsene Wenger and his future in the wake of his press conference comments. We also have a chat about the Liverpool game at the weekend, before I'm joined by the Mugsmasher for more in-depth waffle about that particular game – which he predicts will be high scoring. There's also a chance for you to a win PS4 version of Kick Off Revival, the classic football game, revived and available now for Playsation, as well as all the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mar 03, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 163 - 27.02.2017
01:08:55
On this week's show we deal with the fact there's no Arsenal news by talking about a dream in which a giant James features, more Gunnerblog acclaim from the general public, the EFL Cup final, Claudio Ranieri, and some brief Arsenal U23 action. We then touch on the 15th birthday of the site, left-backs and whether Luke Shaw might be an option this summer, some of the changes in the game for good and bad, and finish up by discussing which condiments and sauces are appropriate with chips. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 27, 2017
Episode 418 - 606
01:22:36
This week's Arsecast was a little bit experimental. Sound and technology issues meant that my co-host for the evening, Andrew Allen, makes only a very brief appearance as I field calls from Arsenal fans from all over the world to discuss the goings-on, the ins, the outs, the shake it all abouts, the manager, players, transfers, media landscape, and lots more. There's also a fantastic recipe for soup. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 24, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 162 - 21.02.2017
01:04:02
On this week's show we discuss the storming 2-0 win over Sutton United in the FA Cup, the so-called magic of the cup itself and how Arsenal, at least, managed to provide some with a great gesture. It's 100 goals for Theo Walcott, Lucas Perez keeps banging on Arsene Wenger's door, and we answer questions about the current situation involving the manager, Rob Holding's impressive display, a boardroom role for Edu, the sinister powers of Alexis Sanchez and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 21, 2017
Episode 417 - Come in number 67, your time is up
01:17:07
Time now for this week's Arsecast and given the week that's in it, there was really only one topic of discussion: the Bayern result and what it means for Arsene Wenger. To get some differing perspectives on it, I'm joined by James from Gunnerblog, Daniel Storey from Football 365, chief football writer for the Independent Miguel Delaney, and the Man from East Lower. We talk about the manager, his future, the structures of the football club, the board, and pretty much every aspect of the situation. I also chat with Kurtis Powers from Arsenal NYC about a cool event involving Liam Brady, and as you might expect there's not a lot of the usual waffle under the circumstances. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 17, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 161 - 13.02.2017
01:20:08
On this week's show we take a look back at the difficult 2-0 win over Hull, the goals from Alexis, the handballs, the performance, Theo Walcott's aggression and the rest of the weekend's Premier League action in the context of that result. With Bayern Munich in midweek there are questions about Mesut Ozil and the possible team selection for this one, talk of succession plans, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's role in midfield, Hector Bellerin, and we end the show by wondering what to feed ducks and how to make pigeons explode. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 13, 2017
Episode 416 - The one from the Holiday Inn
00:55:56
On this week's show, recorded in a hotel room in Camden, I chat with Hugh Wizzy about the state of play at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and his future, the boardroom state of play which is contributing to our on-pitch issues and lots more. I'm nervous ahead of an exciting gig, and there's a bit of the usual waffle including some extra waffle at the end. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 10, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 160 - 06.02.2017
01:16:28
On this week's show we look back at the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea which has ended our title chances for another year. We dissect the performance, the consequences, what it means for this season, and what the future holds. We discuss the assault on Hector Bellerin for the opening goal and the strange media coverage of it, before taking questions on what lies ahead for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger; is the club ready to make a change; what would constitute a successful season at this point; the Ox's accidental Twitter like and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 06, 2017
Episode 415 - It's all down to Josh
00:55:49
To discuss the last week and the game against Chelsea this weekend, I'm joined by Philippe Auclair. We talk Watford and the disappointing defeat, the lack of midfield options going into the crunch clash at Stamford Bridge, whether or not Aaron Ramsey fits into the team, and then the future of the club and the manager based on a couple of hypothetical scenarios as to where we might finish in the league this season. It's good chat, minimal waffle, and you should listen. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Feb 03, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 159 - 30.01.2017
01:09:29
On this week's show we go double-barrelled as we look at the 5-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup, goals from Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, the midfield-midfield and how well they played, and what was a thoroughly enjoyable game to witness. We then answer listener questions about our myriad striking options, which of the youngsters-youngsters is most likely to make the grade, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's future and lots more, as well as interruptions from delivery men, drills and loan-shark moles. It's all in there today! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 30, 2017
Episode 414 - There is a devil coming
01:14:01
Time now for this week's Arsecast, and to chat about the Premier League title race, China, the rampant commercialism of the game, player hashtags, Arsenal's season, and tons more is Ken Early from Second Captains. It's a fairly in-depth chat, so there's not as much of the usual waffle but there's still a bit of the usual waffle, a brief Southampton preview, and some Holy God FM. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 27, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 158 - 23.01.2017
01:14:01
On this week's show we look back on the remarkable 2-1 win over Burnley, and the final few minutes which saw the game turn on its head twice. We discuss the penalties, the red card for Granit Xhaka, the referee's decisions, and a team that has once against earned points late on. We then answer questions about Xhaka and his disciplinary record, whether this win can prove a fillip to the side in the pursuit of Chelsea, how we might cope with an Arsene Wenger touchline ban, a depleted midfield, penalties and Petr Cech's record, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 23, 2017
Episode 413 - Fantastic vegetables, man ...
00:50:26
On this week's show I'm joined by Tayo Popoola to shoot the breeze about Arsenal, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi's backside, current form and more. Then I chat to photographer Jason Ilagan about his excellent project Humans of the Arsenal, how it came to be, where it's taken him and the doors it has opened. There's a brief look ahead to Burnley, Arsene Wenger is asked some silly questions, and a level teaspoon of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 20, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 157 - 16.01.2017
01:08:11
On this week's show we discuss the 4-0 win over Swansea, the performance of Alex Iwobi, the Alexis reaction to his substitution, Olivier Giroud's goalscoring causing a personal conflict, as well all the other relevant Premier League action from the weekend. We then answer listener questions about Santi Cazorla's future, Serge Gnabry, Wojciech Szczesny, celebrate Nicklas Bendtner's birthday with a worst striker discussion, build a super-player from some great components, and much more For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 16, 2017
Episode 412 - The The Arsenal
00:41:37
On this week's show to discuss contract renewals for three French stars, forward options, Mesut Ozil's return, the upcoming schedule, and young players taking an unconventional path to the Arsenal, I'm joined by Mattias Karen of ESPN FC. There's a brief look ahead to the Swansea game, a revealing interview, and all the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 13, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 156 - 09.01.2017
01:13:41
On this week's show we discuss the 2-1 win over Preston in the FA Cup, another late goal for Olivier Giroud, a dismal first half followed by a good second, and the return of Danny Welbeck. We then answer questions about Mesut Ozil's contract comments and the future of Arsene Wenger which seems to be tied in with it, Jack Wilshere's new-found fitness and no recall clause on his loan, Shkodran Mustafi's difficult recent form, why we start games slowly, Cohen Bramall, and much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 09, 2017
Episode 411 - A stat celebration
00:52:47
Right, time now for this week's Arsecast and to discuss the midweek 3-3 draw with Bournemouth I'm joined by Adrian Clarke – host of The Breakdown on arsenal.com. We discuss the performance, two games in 48 hours, the contribution and celebration of Olivier Giroud, a grumpy Alexis Sanchez and much more. After that I chat to Colm McMullan, creator of the StatsZone app which you can get for iOS and Android. We talk about making the app, the increased availability of stats and data in football, how it helps round out your view of a game or a performance and what we can learn from using it. There's a minimal amount of the usual waffle, but I hope you enjoy the show anyway. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 06, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 155 - 02.01.2017
01:07:04
On the very first Arsecast Extra at 2017 we look back at that delicious Olivier Giroud goal against Crystal Palace and urge people to enjoy for what it is, rather than try and compare/contrast to other things for no good reason. We chat about Giroud's season thus far, the 2-0 win, another clean sheet, and the performances of Alex Iwobi and Granit Xhaka. We then answer listener questions about rotation for Bournemouth, recreating great goals, Lucas Perez, violence in goal celebrations, insect goals, and Andrew reveals the superpower he'd most want to have. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jan 02, 2017
Arsecast Extra Episode 154 - 29.12.2016
01:10:38
In this week's festive show we look back at Christmas just past and compare the presents we received (many, many socks). We also discuss the hard-fought, hugely important, 1-0 win over West Brom. We look at Olivier Giroud's goal, Arsenal's performance, the team selection, and what we can expect from the upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. Then we answer a load of listener questions about Lucas Perez, the January transfer window, how to replace Santi Cazorla, the lure of Chinese league and much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 29, 2016
Episode 410 - Replacement Christmas waffle
00:40:07
On this week's show I'm joined by Tim Stillman to discuss the last week which has left us all so full of optimism and cheers about the team's capabilities and fortunes. There's some waffle but not the original waffle which was a little too lubricated so I replaced it with early morning waffle instead, and we look ahead to the festive fixtures, play the Arseblog/Gunnerblog Christmas song and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 23, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 153 - 19.12.2016
01:16:00
In this week's show we relive all the fun and games of the 2-1 defeat to Man City yesterday. Why were Arsenal so tame? What was up with Mesut Ozil? Why is our record in the big games so bad? We fail to answer any one of those questions, but try our best. We also answer listener questions about Petr Cech, whether upcoming fixtures give us a chance to close that gap again, central defenders, Lucas Perez, Alexis Sanchez and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 19, 2016
Episode 409 - Managing the moments
00:50:22
Following the defeat to Everton in midweek I'm joined, after a Skype outage that put the whole show in jeapordy, by Julian H from Gingers4Limpar. We discuss the performance, team selection, substitutions, what the loss of our unbeaten run might mean, Pep Guardiola and the game coming up this weekend against Man City. There's the Angriest Man on Twitter, and lots of the usual waffle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 16, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 152 - 12.12.2016
01:09:41
In this week's show we look back at the 3-1 win over Stoke at the weekend, the stupid fat bloke helping us score a goal, coming from behind, the penalty and going top of the league, albeit temporarily. We also have live reaction to the Champions League draw which sees us play Bayern Munich again Zzzzzzzz. We then talk about stadium climbers and answer questions about centre-halves, Petr Cech and penalty saving, goalkeepers time-wasting, Alexis's dogs, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 12, 2016
Arsecast 408 - NGooooooooaaaaaalllll
00:51:36
After a couple of fantastic wins in the last week I'm joined by Tim from @arse2mouse to discuss the midweek battering of Basel, finishing top of the Champions League group, potential opposition in the next round, and a squad that seems to be as strong and balanced as we've seen in ages. The Angriest Man on Twitter drops by, there's some fun commentary, the chance to win goodies from the Art of Football, and lots of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 09, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 151 - 05.12.2016
01:13:09
In this week's show we look back at what was a great weekend for Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez. His hat-trick in the 5-1 win over West Ham was sensational, and we discuss his performance and the influence he's having on the team this season. We chat about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the significance of the victory, and relive some of the other fine moments from the Premier League including Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Jose Mourinho. Then we answer a load of listener questions about clean sheets, the team for tomorrow's game against Basel, potential January transfer moves and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 05, 2016
Episode 407 - A Very Harry Christmas
00:48:09
This week Im joined by the Man from East Lower to discuss all the Arsenal goings on, including the absence of Santi Cazorla and how we might cope with that, the EFL Cup game in midweek, decisions to be made at right back, the back of November and lots more. There's some discussion of the tragic event in midweek involving Chapacoense and some of the worst media coverage of it, a quick look ahead to West Ham, lots of Christmas commercials and a dollop of the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 02, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 150 - 28.11.2016
01:07:11
In this week's show we look back at the 3-1 win over Bournemouth, two goals from Alexis, one from Theo Walcott, a solid performance from Granit Xhaka, dodgy penalty decisions, as well as taking time out to enjoy the misery of others in the Premier League this season. Then we take listener questions about the EFL Cup, what to do at right back and should we play a left-back there, Alexis and his dogs, trying to understand Nutella, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 28, 2016
Arsecast 406 - Live from The Garage
01:27:49
This week's show was recorded live at The Garage in Highbury & Islington with special guests Amy Lawrence, Philippe Auclair and Stuart MacFarlane joining myself and James for an evening of Arsenal chat. We discuss PSG, the Champions League, our current form, November and lots more, before we take questions from the audience in part 2. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 25, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 149 - 21.11.2016
01:12:14
In this week's show we look back at the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. We assess Arsenal's lacklustre performance but enjoy the result itself, discuss the midfield conundrum and how Aaron Ramsey fits into this team, if he fits into it at all. We also talk about Alexis, an angry Olivier Giroud and all the rest, before taking listener questions about the timing of substitutions, whether United should have had a penalty, what kind of team we might see against PSG on Wednesday, great headers and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 21, 2016
Episode 405 - Theatre of Screams?
00:54:11
Ahead of the game this weekend I get a Manchester United perspective from Musa Okwonga, before we look at things with Arsenal eyes with Andrew Allen. How will United set-up? Will Alexis play? Can we break down the many hoodoos that hover over this particular fixture? It's all in there, along with lots of the usual waffle including that bizarre Gallas/Nasri taser story, and lots more. There's also one day Fantasy Football with FanDuel - sign up now at fanduel.co.uk using the promocode ARSEBLOG WARCHEST, deposit £10 into your account, and they'll give you £5 free credit every Friday for the next 4 weeks! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 18, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 148 - 14.11.2016
01:09:43
In this week's Interlull episode we try and figure out what the hell is going on with Alexis and his hamstring. Should he have common sense and not play? What will be the impact if he does play and aggravates his injury? We have an Interlull round-up of the Arsenal players away with their countries, and then there are listener questions about the youth set-up, what approach we should take when we face Man Utd next weekend, the most outrageous moments of skill from Arsenal players, wasps, what we think about and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 14, 2016
Episode 404 - The one with Stephen Bradley
00:52:13
After some waffle 'inspired' by this week, I sit down to chat with Stephen Bradley, a former footballer and currently Arsenal's chief scout in Ireland. He was a huge prospect when he arrived at the club as a 15 year old, but for various reasons he never made the jump to the first team. We discuss that, a football career that ended at 27, his move into coaching and managing, another Irish lad who almost made it at Arsenal, what he looks for in young players, if there are any young Irish prospects we should be keeping an eye on and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 11, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 147 - 07.11.2016
01:13:18
In this week's episode we discuss the 1-1 draw in the North London derby with Sp*rs. We chat about what was a disappointing performance, our lack of conviction from an attacking point of view, defensive frailties, whether it was a fair result or not, some individual performances that caught the eye for various reasons, and a Premier League round-up. We then answer listener questions about diving, how we might freshen things up in the wide positions, refereeing, the upcoming game against Man United, home form v away, and James reveals exactly why he posted such an interesting picture on Instagram on Saturday night. All that and much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 07, 2016
Episode 403 - Mesut Goalzil
00:51:07
Time for this week's Arsecast, and I'm joined by Tim Stillman to discuss that Mesut Ozil goal, and the German's influence on this team at the moment. We discuss the midweek win over Ludogorets, defensive weaknesses, Aaron Ramsey's role and, of course, Sunday's North London derby. I give you the winners of last week's competition, and there's all the usual waffle in there too. There's also one-day Fantasy Football with FanDuel in which you can win real cash. use the code ARSEBLOG when you do and they'll refund your up to £10 if you don't win with your first try. Check it out at fanduel.co.uk For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nov 04, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 146 - 31.10.2016
01:11:12
In this week's spooky Halloween episode we look back at how we sucked the blood out of Sunderland at the weekend; two goals each for Alexis Stabchez and Olivier Grrrrrrroud; a great reaction to being pulled back by their penalty; all the weekend's action in the Premier League; and a look ahead to Champions League action against Bloodogrets. We then answer listener questions about Jack Wilshcare, Steve Boooooooould, which left back deserves the nod against the evil of Tottenham, Arsenal nightmares, and there's stuff about ghosts, zombies, and killer clowns. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 31, 2016
Episode 402 - The dance of the purple dildo
00:50:05
Time now for this week's Arsecast and in this book heavy edition I'm joined by the brilliant David Squires to talk about his new book 'The Illustrated History of Football' and the rest of his superb cartoon work which appears on the Guardian amongst other places. You can also win one of two copies of the book in a competition! There's also some Arsenal chat with Goonerholic as we look ahead to tomorrow's game against Sunderland, an exclusive audio extract from a former player's upcoming autobiography, and all the usual guff, nonsense and waffle.There's also one-day Fantasy Football with FanDuel in which you can win real cash. Go to fanduel.co.uk, use the code ARSEBLOG when you do and they'll refund your up to £10 if you don't win with your first try. Check it out! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 28, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 145 - 24.10.2016
01:07:39
In this week's show we look back at the somewhat disappointing 0-0 draw against Boro, and discuss how Arsenal will have to find a solution when teams play like that. We also chat about riding our luck a bit defensively, what Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla might have been able to contribute if they were fit, and we also have a little bit of a laugh at Mourinho just because it would have been rude not to. We then answer listener questions about the AGM, Alex Iwobi, the EFL Cup game against Reading, and Arsene Wenger as an MMA fighter. You can find the Snapchat face-swaps on arseblog.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 24, 2016
Episode 401 - Ramblin' man
00:46:51
Time now for this week's Arsecast and to look back at the week that was I'm joined by Jim Campbell of the Football Ramble podcast (and now book), to discuss Mesut Ozil's finishing, dressing room pictures that drive crotchety old pros mad, Lucas Perez, our recent run of form and more, as well as the new Football Ramble book that was released just yesterday. As well that there's the Angriest Man on Twitter, some disturbing bus related imagery, a look ahead to the Boro game, and all the usual waffle. There's also one-day Fantasy Football with FanDuel in which you can win real cash. Sign up with FanDuel use the code 'ARSECAST' when you do and they'll give you a bonus credit of £5 in your account (will arrive within 3 working days). Good luck! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 21, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 144 - 17.10.2016
01:11:42
In this week's show we hear all about James' enormous balls before going on to discuss the 3-2 win over Swansea, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil's goals and, of course, Granit Xhaka's red card. We touch on our current form, with 6 wins out of 6 in the league, before we answer listener questions about the Champions League, squad rotation, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's recent comments, Ozil and Alexis contracts, Arsene Wenger's future as part of that, new coloured cards in football, FIFA 17 and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 17, 2016
Episode 400 - A decade of waffle
00:57:39
This week's Arsecast is kind of a landmark one. Episode 400 comes almost 10 years to the day since the very first Arsecast, so there's a bit of a look back with some moments from the last 10 years, a bit of reflection on how much has happened since then, and to talk about the football I welcome back to the very first Arsecast guest, Goodplaya, for a bit of a chat about all that. This Arsecast is absolutely full to the brim with waffle, usual and unusual. There's also a nice little competition in there for you too, and one day fantasy football with FanDuel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 14, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 143 - 10.10.2016
01:04:12
In this week's Interlull episode James reveals the murky underside to riding camels, Trip Advisor reviews and elaborate scams in the Dromedary world in Morocco. Then we go over all the week's exciting news from an Arsenal point of view, touch on Sam Allardyce's sacking and more before we take listener questions about Robert Pires as Sporting Director, new contracts for Ozil and Alexis, Tony Adams on his 50th, and a strange curse for Jose Mourinho. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 10, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 142 - 03.10.2016
00:59:45
In this week's episode we join James on his holidays in Morocco to discuss the very late 1-0 win over Burnley yesterday. We discuss the winning goal, the performance, team selection, and the absence of Lucas Perez. Was it injury or was he just not selected? Then we answer listener's questions about Shkodran Mustafi, Alex Iwobi, the rise in form of Theo Walcott, playing against packed defences, and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Oct 03, 2016
Episode 399 - Who is this Theo Walcott kid?
00:47:12
In this week's Arsecast I find it difficult not to laugh at Diego Costa, because who doesn't want to laugh at Diego Costa? I'm also joined by Rory Smith to discuss this latest iteration of Theo Walcott and how, perhaps, some clarity as to where he plays is helping him perform. We also discuss the fluid front four, and Arsene Wenger as he comes up on 20 years as manager of Arsenal. We touch on his legacy at the club and in English football, and there's all the usual waffle too - as well as 1-day Fantasy Football with FanDuel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 30, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 141 NYC - 26.09.2016
01:52:03
This special episode was recorded live in the Barleycorn bar in New York, thanks to Arsenal NYC. James and I relive some fun times in the big city, enjoy the 3-0 win over Chelsea, laugh at Diego Costa, and then answer lots of questions from the audience while people feed us shots of whiskey. Good times. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 26, 2016
Episode 398 - The Early One
00:47:38
This week's Arsecast is a day early for reasons which will become apparent when you listen. I look back on what might be a unique week for Arsenal in terms of results and team selections, there's EFL Cup chat, and I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss the shape of the squad, new boys Xhaka and Lucas' midweek exploits, we try and figure out what's going on with Olivier Giroud, look ahead to Chelsea and lots more. There's some of the usual waffle, and some nonsense and a bit of guff. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 22, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 140 - 19.09.2016
01:12:53
On this week's show we enjoy a night-time recording and take some joy in the pain of Jose Mourinho before trying to figure out why Harry Kane is sucking his thumb. We look back on the 4-1 win over Hull, the team selection, and that first Arsenal goal from Granit Xhaka. There are listener questions about the best debut goals for the club, Xhaka's place on the bench, what kind of team we might pick for tomorrow night's EFL Cup and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 19, 2016
Arsecast 397 - Alexis Coq-up
00:51:53
Time now for this week's Arsecast and I'm joined by Paolo Bandini to look back at the PSG game, Arsene Wenger's team selections, Alexis Sanchez up front, David Ospina in goal, and our somewhat erratic defensive play. We also discuss Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, tactical set-ups and lots more. There's some debunking of spurious records, lots of the usual waffle, we look ahead to the Hull and Nottingham Forest games, and we hear from an old friend right at the end. There's also one-day Fantasy Football with Fanduel in which you can win real cash. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 16, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 139 - 12.09.2016
01:10:19
On this week's show we look back at the late 2-1 win over Southampton, the collective performance and those of new signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi. We discuss Santi Cazorla's penalty technique, refereeing decisions, and leaving Shane Long injured on the ground, before we answer questions about our Champions League opener against PSG tomorrow night, the pace of our play, on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's inability to take his chances, and more including ROBOT FRIDGES before James invents a new word. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 12, 2016
Episode 396 - The Croaky One
00:45:36
Time now for this week's Arsecast and I'm joined by Amy Lawrence and Stuart MacFarlane to talk about their brand new book 'The Wenger revolution: Twenty Years of Arsenal which chronicles the 20 years of Arsene Wenger's reign through amazing pictures from Stuart, words from Amy, and Wenger himself who chats about the various photos. We also discuss the new arrivals, the transfer window business and the decision of Jack Wilshere to push for a loan move away from the club. I'm still sick so there's probably a bit less of the usual waffle than normal. There's also one-day Fantasy Football with Fanduel in which you can win real cash. Sign up with FanDuel use the code 'ARSEBLOG' when you do. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 09, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 138 - 05.09.2016
01:15:43
On this week's Interlull show we look back on the final days of the transfer window and discuss the departures of Serge Gnabry and Jack Wilshere. Is it now sink or swim for the England man, and why was he so keen to leave rather than fight for his place? We also discuss players who stayed, like Mathieu Debuchy and Chuba Akpom, as well as answering listener questions about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell, how we are going to IMPLEMENT MUSTAFI, goalscoring midfielders, Arsene Wenger's selection decisions, the legends game and much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 05, 2016
Episode 395 - I'd rather Jack ...
00:47:47
On this week's show I'm joined by James from We are the Northbank to discuss Jack Wilshere's move to Bournemouth. Is it the beginning of the end of his Arsenal career, or a real chance to prove his worth to the club? As well as that we chat about the signings of Mustafi and Perez, there's some wonderful, beautiful silence, a man with a disgusting arm and we go behind the scenes when the cameras stop rolling at Sky Sports on transfer deadline day. And, of course, all the usual waffle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Sep 02, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 137 - 29.08.2016
01:11:07
On this week's show we have a look at our first win of the season, the 3-1 at Watford. We discuss the performances (individual and collective), the impact of Ozil on the team and Alexis, the manager's team selection and the rest. We touch on the soon-to-be-announced signings of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, before answering questions about the right back situation, the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere, who might leave the club before the window closes, before deciding what we'd sell at our fish stall in Camden Market. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 29, 2016
Episode 394 - Signings Ahoy!
00:48:43
On this week's show I'm joined by Tim Stillman and the Man from East Lower to discuss the Champions League draw, the potential arrivals of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi in the context of our transfer business in general, how they might fit into the team, and what it might mean in terms of departures for one or two others, and the rest of the week's news. We look ahead to the Watford game, there's one day fantasy football with Fan Duel, and all the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 26, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 136 - 22.08.2016
01:14:07
On this week's show we look at the 0-0 draw against Leicester built off the back of an impressive defensive performance and the return of Laurent Koscielny. We then chat about the manager's post-match press conference, and his comments about the club's 600 employees, the media influence over fans, and transfer policy. We then answer listener questions about Joel Campbell's loan departure to Sporting Lisbon, why we can't seem to sell players we let go, our expectations for the rest of the window, and what we would allow Vic Akers to smear on our bodies. There's also news of a live Arsecast Extra in NYC at the end of September. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 22, 2016
Episode 393 - The Arseblog Beercast
01:03:36
This week's Arsecast required beer after the Liverpool defeat and another exciting week of nothing much. I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Tayo Popoola to try and make sense of it all, or at least to just laugh sadly at it all. We end up somewhere in the middle as we discuss the opening day, our transfer inactivity, the familiarity of the way we got beaten and all the rest. There's one day Fantasy Football with FanDuel with a chance for you to win real cash, and all the usual waffle. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 19, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 135 - 15.08.2016
01:08:45
On this week's show we discuss disastrous opening day defeat to Liverpool, the lack of preparation that played a part in the loss, the defending, lack of transfer market activity and what Arsene Wenger has done - or hasn't done - to get his team ready for the start of a new season. We then answer listener's questions which ask WHHHHYYYYYYYYYY?, about what we do now, whether new is new or old is old, about fans and atmosphere and much more – including the possibility of some serious nudity from James in the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 15, 2016
Arsecast 392 - And so we're back
01:28:35
On the first Arsecast of the new season I'm joined by Ken Early from Second Captains to preview the Premier League, not just from an Arsenal point of view, but looking at all the managerial arrivals, what it might mean, how it'll all go down and lots more. That's in two parts, and I also chat with the Mugsmasher ahead of the Liverpool game on Sunday. There's plenty of the usual waffle, some vintage news and you can win money with FanDuel, one-day Fantasy Football. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 12, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 134 - 08.08.2016
01:11:32
On this week's show we discuss the last pre-season friendly against Man City, and the injury to Gabriel which leaves us very short at centre-half. What will the solution be as we get closer to the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday? And why the hell did we make such a balls of things? We chat about transfer activity, what kind of team we might field against the Mugsmashers, answer lots of listener questions about transfers and the state of the squad, and there's the long-awaited Nando's report after Arseblog sampled it for the very first time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 08, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 133 - 01.08.2016
01:14:16
On this week's show we about about the US tour, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis talking about the transfer business we need to do, how our pre-season preparations are progressing, before answering questions about Santi Cazorla, board influence on the transfer prices we pay, the shape of our midfield for the upcoming season and much more. We also talk about our willingness to help big companies out by testing their product for greater brand awareness. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Aug 01, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 132 - 25.07.16
01:15:20
On this week's show we discuss transfer links to Riyad Mahrez, our first game of pre-season, mixed messages on transfers from Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger, the arrival of Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker's comments. We then answer listener questions about the transfer market and what we have or haven't done yet, strikers we might be targetting, who might go out and loan and much more, before ending up with the great preserve taste-off in which James tries marmalade for the first time, and then sees if he can tell the difference between strawberry and raspberry jam in a blind taste test. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 25, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 131 - 18.07.2016
01:10:14
On this week's show we chat about all the nothing that's going on from an Arsenal point of view. The no signings we've made, the no striker we've bought, the lack of a wide forward and all the rest. We analyse what needs to happen in the transfer market, and when it needs to happen. We look all the latest rumours, how much we believe in them, and then answer a pile of listener questions before James makes a shocking revelation – once more based around the world of fruit preserves. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jul 18, 2016
Arsecast Extra Episode 130 - 04.07.2016
01:07:04
On this week's show we discuss finally signing that World Class striker we've all been after or, to put it another way, have some considered chat about Japan international Takuma Asano. We look at the European Championships and the Arsenal players still involved, Mikel Arteta going to Man City and Arsene Wenger as England manager. We then take questions about other forward signings, team building ahead of individuality, a cloned Arsenal XI, which dances we'd do before taking a penalty and lots more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy