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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 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...


Episode 506 - NÖzil

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 262 - 17.12.2018

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...


Episode 505 - Listen

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 261 - 10.12.2018

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...


Episode 504 - Best Fran Merida

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, the winner of the David Squires book, a good dose of the usual...


Arsecast Extra Episode 260 - 03.12.2018

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 259 - 30.11.2018

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 258 - 26.11.2018

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...


Episode 503 - He did it his way

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 257 – 19.11.2018

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...


Episode 502 - Admirable Nelson

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....