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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 214 - 19.02.2018

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.


Episode 462 - Captain Dave and his penalty save

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 213 - 12.02.2018

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,...


Episode 461 - Diving and stuff

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 212 - 05.02.2018

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,...


Episode 460 - David Ornstein on the January transfer window

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 211 - 01.02.2018

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...


Episode 459 - Ian Wright

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...


Episode 458 - Ivan's Transfer Dream Team

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 210 - 22.01.2018

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...


Episode 457 - Crazy Transfer Mayhem Madness!

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,...


Arsecast Extra Episode 209 - 15.01.2018

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...


Episode 456 - There's a brand new dance

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 208 - 08.01.2018

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...


Episode 455 - No case for the defence

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 207 - 01.01.2018

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 206 - 29.12.2017

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,...


Episode 454 - Alexis and the Mugsmashers

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...


Arsecast Extra Episode 205 - 18.12.2017

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...


EPISODE 453 - Third Choice

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...


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