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13: #013: The butcher of Fray Bentos

The cult of Torreira steps up another notch as we discuss Huddersfield Town at home and his late, great winner. We also look back on a nerve-jangling game at Old Trafford, delve into some Southampton history, and use Dan’s digital sack to explore our use of the loan system. Running order: Part 1: (00m 26s) Huddersfield chat as we react to a hugely important 3 points Part 2: (28m 32s) Reflecting on the manic draw with Man Utd Part 3: (42m 54s) Southampton days of yore ahead of our match at St...


12: #012: My essence are you...

We make a triumphant return from back spasms to revel in the glory of the 4-2 destruction of Tottenham and preview the midweek clash at Old Trafford. We also examine the Ramsey and Özil situations before scoping out the illustrious history of our weekend opponents, Huddersfield Town. Running order: Part 1: (00m 12s) A North London derby for the ages Part 2: (36m 40s) What's eating Mesut? Part 3: (52m 03s) Huddersfield history Part 4: (56m 37s) Dan’s digital mailsack Twitter and Instagram:...


11: #011: Donald, Douglas, and Puskás

Points shared at Selhurst Park are among the points shared this week, as we pick the bones out of the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. The Seasiders of Blackpool come under the spotlight ahead of our next Carabao Cup tie, while Dan’s mailbag has us pondering the merits of our left backs and how Alex Hleb might’ve fared in the 1950s. Running order: Part 1: (00m 12s) Reaction to the draw with Palace and yet more Özil media criticism Part 2: (29m 49s) A look ahead to the big Liverpool test Part 3:...


10: #010: Loveboat love triangle

We celebrate La Décima Banana by discussing points of interest from the international break, including Arsène’s silky centre back skills. There’s a preview of Leicester at home and reflections on the failed Vardy transfer of two years ago. We also speak to Sporting fans ahead of our next Europa League match, and debate ‘that’ chant from Craven Cottage. Part 1: (00:11) Interlull musings and Variétés Club de France Part 2: (05:23) Have we really got our Arsenal back? Part 3: (19:47) Preview of...


9: #009: TBB shorts - cult heroes

Cult heroes are a special breed - whether it’s talent, loyalty, or something far more intangible, we all have our reasons for idolising them. In this episode, we look at five of the most iconic players ever to have donned the famous red and white, before having them face off in order to crown The Ultimate Bruised Banana Arsenal Cult Hero™ (TUBBACH). Contact us on Twitter or Instagram - @tbbpod Email: **_Please take the time to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts,...


8: #008: An old-fashioned hoof

Another match, another three points as the Emery Express rolls on with a hard-fought win against Watford. With games coming thick and fast, we look back at Brentford, forward to Fulham, and stop off in-between to discuss the Ramsey situation and preview our next opponents in Europe, Qarabağ FK. Running order: Part 1: (00m 12s) Thoughts on Watford as Troy's boys leave the Emirates empty-handed Part 2: (18m 34s) Brentford and general League Cup learnings Part 3: (33m 58s) Hwyl fawr, Aaron? We...


7: #007: Cod Greek and pigeon Italian

Episode 7 #007: Cod Greek and pigeon Italian Five wins on the spin has us all hot and bothered as Laca and Auba save us from a sticky toffee pudding. We also discuss Ivan’s departure to AC Milan, our first game against Brentford since the days of rationing, and promising players who didn’t reach their potential. Running order: Part 1: (00m 12s) Winning ways against Everton and Vorskla Part 2: (26m 17s) “I don’t recall saying good luck” - Gazidis heads to Milan Part 3: (37m 40s) Buzzing about...


6: #006: Minor planet 2983 Poltava

We discuss the Newcastle game as we loot the Magpies’ nest for our third successive win, before reflecting on the legends game against the not-so-mighty Madrid. We also look ahead to the start of our European adventure and check in on Twitter chat in Dan’s digital sack. Running order: Part 1: (00m 35s) Reactions to Newcastle away and another 3 points Part 2: (21m 31s) Mad Jens and the legends game against Real Part 3: (25m 00s) Europa League chat and some facts about Vorskla Part 4: (30m...


5: #005: TBB shorts - classic kits

Join us for the first of our 'Bruised Banana Shorts' episodes. This time we’re looking at shirts - the good, the garish, and the glorious. We remember some personal favourites from over the years and their associated AFC memories, and take a moment to shame some of the duds and dubious purchases along the way. Get in touch on Twitter or Instagram - @tbbpod Email: **_Please take the time to rate and review us on iTunes, Google or your preferred podcast provider. It...


4: #004: Lucozade and a bunch of grapes

We discuss our win against West Ham and offer Özil some words of comfort as he battles the common cold. We also check in on Arsène as he’s honoured by President George Weah, wax lyrical about Wrighty, and wind the clock back 91 years to the 1927 FA Cup Final against Cardiff City. Running order: Part 1: (0m 27s) Reactions to West Ham and our best performers on the day Part 2: (16m 57s) Sickly Mesut and Wenger in Liberia Part 3: (38m 40s) Mailbag including an Ian Wright love-in Part 4: (47m...


3: #003: The frog mechanic

We look at the good, the bad and the ugly from our defeat at Chelsea, as Maurizio Sarri’s sartorial style comes under the microscope. We also review Unai Emery’s start so far, and cast our minds back to games against West Ham at home. Running order: Part 1: (00m 29s) Reactions to an eventful game at Stamford Bridge Part 2: (16m 29s) Reflecting on Emery’s first two games in charge Part 3: (31m 59s) Listeners’ questions with Dan’s digital mailsack Part 4: (36m 48s) Memories of home games...


2: #002: A real Guendouzi

With our first match of the new season done and dusted we discuss Emery's baptism of fire against City, the Stan Kroenke takeover bid, and the time Kanu broke Ceefax. Running order: Part 1: (00m 24s) Reaction to the first match of the season and the team’s new setup Part 2: (12m 38s) Kroenke’s play for sole ownership and what this could mean for the club Part 3: (25m 11s) Listeners’ questions and more of our bad predictions Part 4: (34m 44s) Memories of Chelsea away ahead of our next league...


1: #001: The Bruised Banana 2018/19 season preview

We discuss our first impressions of Unai Emery, the squad, our new summer signings, and players we expect big improvements from this season. Running order: Part 1: (01m 04s) Discussing the defence and Emery’s tactical options Part 2: (27m 28s) Our individual choices for new club captain Part 3: (36m 42s) Striker chat and thoughts on summer recruitment Part 4: (45m 52s) First impressions of our new head coach Part 5: (54m 00s) Players we hope to see step up this season Part 6: (65m 13s)...