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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.

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.
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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.






Arsecast Extra Episode 272 - 22.02.2019

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.


The Arsenal Women Arsecast #1 - The Conti Cup Final

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 271 - 18.02.2019

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...


Episode 515 - Worries

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 270 - 10.02.2019

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...


Episode 514 - Mavropanos to the rescue

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...


Episode 513 - Behind the January transfer window with David Ornstein

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 269 - 04.02.2019

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...


Episode 512 - Denis Denis

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 268 - 28.01.2019

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...


Episode 511: James talks to people

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.


Arsecast Extra Episode 267 - 21.01.2019

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...


Episode 510: On the pitch - Behind the scenes

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.


Arsecast Extra Episode 266 - 14.01.2019

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...


Episode 509 - Money

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 265 - 07.01.2019

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...


Episode 508 - 1929

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 264 - 30.12.2018

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...


Episode 507 - Mugsmasher chat

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.


Arsecast Extra Episode 263 - 23.12.2018

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...