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 Aug 23, 2022
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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.



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Episode 697 - Expected Goals
50:52

In this episode I chat to Rory Smith about his new book 'Expected Goals', which traces the growth of data in football and how it has influenced the game as we know it today. We talk about surprising early adopters, how players were able to skew early iterations of data, the way the use of stats is often at odds with the chaos of the game, poor communication, how things may develop in the future, and lots more – including how StatDNA put Arsenal ahead of the curve back in the day, but never really provided the kind of competitive advantage it might have.


The book is fascinating for stats advocates, and stats skeptics alike – and you can order it now from your local independent bookstore.


Follow Rory @rorysmith


Here's the link to the article mentioned: https://www.arsenal.com/news/danny-karbassiyoon-first-team-it


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Sep 30, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 491 - 26.09.1971
1:33:03

In this Interlull episode, we chat about the record breaking day for Arsenal Women as they beat Sp*rs 4-0, injury concerns over some of our players as we head into October, not least Thomas Partey who withdrew from the Ghana squad with a knee injury. We discuss his ongoing issues, and how Arsenal need to give it very careful consideration, as well as Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu. Then we answer listener questions about that October schedule, Raul Sanllehi's interview with The Athletic, debut goalscorers, and lots more – including some very suspect FIFA 23 graphics as we rate the entire squad based on a video.


Here's the Tweet with the question: https://twitter.com/riyanvatcha/status/1574410628605018114


Here is the YouTube video with all the squad faces! While this is allegedly Mikel Arteta.


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Sep 26, 2022
Episode 696 - No surprises
1:02:05

In this episode joined by Andrew Allen for some Interlull Arsenal chat, including Fabio Vieira, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu and other players away with their countries this month, as well as some of the media reaction to the debut of 15 year old Ethan Nwaneri.


After that, there are no surprises for Matt Spiro as to how well William Saliba has done this season, and we talk about the French defender, before Matt gives us some insight into the loan spells of Flo Balogun and Nuno Tavares who are both playing in Ligue 1 this season.


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Sep 23, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 51: September mailbag
47:52

On this month’s mailbag edition, Tim is joined by Art de Roche from the Athletic to look at Arsenal’s opening two games and look ahead to Saturday’s North London derby. Art and Tim take listener questions on the midfield structure for opponents who press hard, why WSL games are proving to be poor preparation for UWCL games, whether it is already time to expand the UWCL format and whether the WSL could be more creative in encouraging more shocks and more competitive games. Tim and Art also address the subject of squad rotation and why Spurs might be better preparation for Ajax than Brighton were. There is also a discussion about the competition between Laura Wienroither and Noelle Maritz at right-back.


You can follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto - Follow Art @artderoche


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Sep 22, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 490 - 19.09.2022
1:30:48

In this episode we enjoy the 3-0 win over Brentford on Sunday that put us back on top of the Premier League. We discuss the way Arsenal exerted such control and dominance over the opposition; our prowess from set-pieces as we opened the scoring from a corner; Granit Xhaka's increased creativity and an assist for Gabriel Jesus; squad depth in the shape of Fabio Vieira, who scored his first goal for the Gunners; plus a debut for 15 year old Ethan Nwaneri and what it says about the club right now. Then there are listener questions about injury concerns, Jesus walking a disciplinary tightrope, fans singing for Xhaka, William Saliba (ooooof), head slapping, and lots more.


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Sep 19, 2022
Episode 695 - David Dein
1:04:42

In this episode I'm by former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein on the release of his autobiography, 'Calling the shots'. We talk about the book itself, the formation of the Premier League, his departure from Arsenal, Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, his relationship with Arsene Wenger and lots more. We also have three copies of the book to give away in a competition.


The show begins with Tim Stillman to talk about the October fixture pile-up, Marquinhos, and a look ahead to a brand new season for Arsenal Women.

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'Calling the shots' by David Dein is published by Hachette – details here, or buy it from your local independent bookstore.


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Sep 16, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 489 - 12.09.2022
1:15:30

In this episode we're dealing with postponements, first the Everton game that was due to take place on Sunday, and then the Europa League clash with PSV on Thursday. We chat about how that game gets rescheduled given how packed the fixture list already is, and with the World Cup looming. Meanwhile Brentford goes ahead on Sunday, so it's all a bit confusing. There's some discussion of the World Cup itself, plus listener questions about Emile Smith Rowe, fitness staff, Eddie Nketiah, the three Brazilian Gabis, VAR mayhem in Italy and lots more.


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Sep 12, 2022
Episode 694 - Debuts and a European win
56:46

In this episode I'm joined by Lewis Ambrose to discuss the 2-1 win over FC Zurich in the Europa League on Thursday night. We chat about an impressive debut from Brazilian Marquinhos, as he got a goal and an assist on his first Arsenal appearance, as well as Eddie Nketiah producing the exact same on his first start of the season. We also touch on Matt Turner's Arsenal debut, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira, and Mikel Arteta's subs, as well as some thoughts on the postponement of football this weekend because of the death of the queen.


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Sep 09, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 488 - 04.09.2022
1:27:34

In this episode we reflect on the 3-1 defeat to Man Utd in the immediate aftermath of the game, without the benefit of seeing things again. We chat about the Gabriel Martinelli goal that was disallowed, how well Arsenal played at times but without making the most of our dominance, the goals we conceded, how Mikel Arteta's subs impacted the game, and the frustration of losing to Man Utd in familiar fashion once again. Then there are listener questions about VAR, Fabio Vieira, changing the back four, moving Ben White into midfield, Europa League rotation and lots more.


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Sep 04, 2022
Episode 693 - Window closed
50:03

In this episode I'm joined by Charles Watts to discuss transfer deadline day when Arsenal's attempts to bring in Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa proved unsuccessful. We chat about the changing focus towards the end of the window, how the timing impacts the perception of how the summer business is perceived, areas of worry, the inability to generate funds through sales, and some of the departures, including Hector Bellerin.


We then turn our attention to on-pitch matters after Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Villa made it five wins from five, leaving us top of the Premier League table going into this weekend's game against Man Utd.


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Sep 02, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 50: Ian Wright exclusive
36:21

In this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim, Pippa and Alex are joined by Ian Wright to discuss the WSL season ahead, Arsenal's quiet summer in the transfer market, Ian's thoughts on Stina Blackstenius with Vivianne Miedema moving into the 10 role, what the season might hold for Mana Iwabuchi and Jordan Nobbs, selling 35,000 tickets for the North London derby (so far) as well as what the panel are most excited about and most anxious about ahead of the new season.


Ian also shares his thoughts on working with Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall for BBC's coverage of the Euros this summer. All that and much more on this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast.


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Aug 30, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 487 - 29.08.2022
1:36:08

In this episode we enjoy the 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday. We chat about the players missing through injury and the impact that had, Martin Odegaard's excellent performance, the goal we conceded and the way we responded to come back and overturn the deficit to take all three points. There's discussion of the atmosphere, Mikel Arteta and the bench, and Gabriel's redemption arc. Then we answer questions about the tedious celebration police and one pair in particular, transfer market expectations between now and the close of the window on Thursday, Kieran Tierney in the Zinchenko role, possible changes for Villa and lots more.


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Aug 29, 2022
Episode 692 - Half full
57:14

In this episode I'm joined by James Benge and Andrew Allen to take a glass half full look at the start of the season, before we move on to the transfer market and links to Wolves winger Pedro Neto. We talk about the departure of Nicolas Pepe on loan to Nice and reflect on his time at the club, as well as other potential moves for the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin. There's also discussion of the money Arsenal have spent, how the deals are being financed by the owners and lots more.


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Aug 26, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 486 - 21.08.2022
1:26:46

In this episode we enjoy the 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, discussing the two goals from Martin Odegaard, the contribution from Gabriel Jesus, William Saliba's first Arsenal goal and the reactions to it, and another three points as the impressive start to the season continues. We chat about the control Arsenal had, especially in the first half, and how this more technical team looks increasingly confident together, as well as the relationship between the team and the fans – in particular the ones who were there and in fine voice yesterday. We have listener questions about Nicolas Pepe's impending move to Nice, whether the pain of last season is a motivational factor this time around, potential incoming transfer business and much more – all to a Tequila flavoured soundtrack!


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Aug 21, 2022
Episode 691 - Basking
57:11

In this episode I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to bask in the warm glow of Arsenal's excellent start to the season. We chat about William Saliba as he gets his career in red and white underway; the impact of Gabriel Jesus on and off the pitch, and how we've made him believe in his ability to play as a 9 again; Granit Xhaka's improved recent form; and some of the other goings-on in the Premier League, including the referees deciding to 'Let it flow'.


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Aug 19, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 49: Arsenal get a signing over the Lina
34:47

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim talks to Swedish journalist and women's football expert Mia Eriksson about new signing Lina Hurtig. Mia talks about Lina's background in Sweden before moving to Juventus, how she might fit into this Arsenal attack, her qualities and attributes and how Arsenal might benefit from her existing partnership with international teammate Stina Blackstenius. Tim and Mia also chat about Blackstenius' first few months at Arsenal and how she might fare in her first full season in the WSL.


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Aug 18, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 485 - 14.08.2022
1:36:06

In this episode we enjoy the 4-2 win over Leicester at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsenal played some sensational football, and we discuss the impact of Gabriel Jesus and the importance and quality of his first goal for the club. There's analysis of all the goals, including the ones we conceded, the way we reacted to those concessions – especially the William Saliba own goal – as well as important contributions from Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli and Oleksandr Zinchenko, plus the feelgood factor being tied into how we're playing. We also answer listener questions about Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka, incoming transfer business, Martin Odegaard, ducks and rabbits, as well as taking some time at the top of the show to enjoy some Man Utd related schadenfreude.


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Aug 14, 2022
Episode 690 - The Stats, man
1:15:40

In this episode I chat to Nick Ames from the Guardian about the importance of Arsenal's opening day win against Crystal Palace, players returning from injury, transfer market needs, and Granit Xhaka.


Then to chat football stats, how they're collected, the influence they've had on the game, how they've developed over the years, what xG has meant for long-range shooting, and lots more, it's Rob from Opta (better known as Orbinho on Twitter).


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Aug 12, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 484 - 07.08.2022
1:33:36

In this episode we discuss the opening day win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, from the bright start we made which brought about Gabriel Martinelli's goal to allowing the home side back into it. We chat about why the momentum changed, the divergent discourse over Ben White's performance, and the hugely impressive debut from William Saliba. There are questions about substitutions, the way they were used and if the squad is still missing something; Patrick Vieira as a manager; refereeing this season and whether they'll let it flow more; how the centre-half position might evolve; and lots more, including a majestic Magpie-related musical finale from James.


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Aug 07, 2022
Episode 689 - Season Preview 2022-23
1:25:54

This episode features short interview with Amy Lawrence, Andrew Allen, Clive Palmer, Art de Roche, and Dara O'Briain ahead of the new Premier League campaign. I ask them about what they're most looking forward to, what we still need to do in the transfer market, their pick for the player of the season, realistic expectations for what the team can achieve, and more – plus a little bit of the usual waffle and a new jingle.


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Aug 04, 2022
Episode 688 - The Borg
1:12:45

 

In this pre-season Premier League episode I'm joined by Ken Early of Second Captains to look ahead to the new season. We discuss the winter World Cup, how Erling Haaland might (or might not) fit in at Man City, Liverpool's 'net spend', Chelsea's transfer strategy, Man Utd's Cristiano Ronaldo issue, as well as some Arsenal chat and a very disturbing prediction from Ken which I hope does not come to pass.


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Aug 04, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 48: August mailbag
1:00:08

In this month’s Mailbag episode, Tim, Alex and Pippa get together to discuss the recently concluded European Championships and take listener questions on summer transfers, the legacy of the Euros and whether that will translate into increased crowds, Arsenal players that impressed the most at the tournament, predictions and hot takes for the season ahead, Nikita Parris’ imminent transfer to Manchester United and Beth Mead for the Ballon D’Or? And plenty more besides.


You can follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto : Pippa @pippa_monique : Alex @alexibaceta23


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Aug 03, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 483 - 31.07.2022
1:42:14

In this episode we discuss the 6-0 win over Sevilla in the Emirates Cup on Saturday. There's discussion of an imposing looking defence and interesting full-back tactics, before focus turns further forward and just how thrilling the options up front look. We talk about Gabriel Jesus' hat-trick and what he's bringing to the team, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli who was brilliant and selfless. We also chat about Martin Odegaard and the fact he's the new captain, as well as answering listener questions about William Saliba, potential departures and how we have to get used to the idea of selling players we like, Reiss Nelson's future, Rob Holding, Emile Smith Rowe and loads more.


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Jul 31, 2022
Episode 687 - Tough sell
53:40

In this episode I'm joined by Simon Collings from the Evening Standard to discuss pre-season; potential gaps in the Arsenal squad including central midfield, striker and right wing; the imminent departure of Bernd Leno; the difficulty of selling players everybody knows you don't want, especially as you've told the world you don't want them; increased transparency from the club with regards interviews and documentaries; and more – including a farewell to a former manager.


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Jul 29, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 482 - 25.07.2022
1:35:51

In this episode James is back from the US, and we chat about his experiences on the tour from Baltimore to Orlando. We touch on the 4-0 win over Chelsea, how well Gabriel Jesus has settled in, and how well William Saliba has integrated back into the squad as a big season looms for him. We also talk about James' interview with Edu, analysing the things he had to say, and what it means to hear a Technical Director communicate like that. Then there are listener questions about being light at striker, the goalkeeping situation, Nicolas Pepe's Instagram post, what Mikel Arteta might have meant when he said we were 'short' in certain areas, and lots more.


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Jul 25, 2022
Episode 686 - Versatility
55:06

In this episode I'm joined by James Benge of CBS Sports to talk about pre-season and how it can be a fun time, especially for fans local to the tour locations. We then chat about Eddie Nketiah stepping up to be the number 2 striker, the imminent arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko and how his versatility is a theme of recent transfers, how the five subs rule might produce tactical changes, thoughts on the upcoming All or Nothing documentary after seeing the trailer drop, and more (but not much more).


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Jul 22, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 481 - 19.07.2022
1:29:35

In this transatlantic episode I chat to James about his exploits on the US tour, including the disturbing hotel dramas he's had, before he gives me the low down on what I missed during my week off. Arsenal beat Everton, there's chat about Gabriel Jesus, the size of the squad we brought and the lack of youngsters, what seems to be the imminent arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko along with questions about where he might play, as well as loads of listener questions about departures, what more we might do in the transfer market, Cedric and right back, signing players from Man City, numbered positions and much more.


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Jul 19, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 47: Suitable for Females
58:03

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim talks to Emirates Stadium Venue Director Tom McCann about the decision to play a minimum of six AWFC matches at Emirates Stadium next season. Tom gives us an insight into the marketing strategy, the planning required and why Arsenal have decided to play more AWFC games at Emirates Stadium.


Then in part 2, Tim talks to author and journalist Carrie Dunn about her new book 'Unsuitable for Females' on the history of women's football in the UK. Tim and Carrie talk about the difficulties of documenting history accurately when records are so sketchy, as well as some of the stories and characters she uncovered in writing the book.


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Jul 19, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 480 - 10.07.2022
1:33:41

In this episode James is back from holidays as I get ready to go on mine, and we talk about the friendly win over FC Nurnberg on Friday. Gabriel Jesus gave us a little taste of what's to come from him in a red and white shirt, while there's also discussion of Eddie Nketiah and expectations from him in the season ahead. We also chat about Bernd Leno's imminent departure, and Jack Wilshere's retirement, as well as taking questions from listeners about Lucas Torreira, a '£50m back up' signing, media coverage of transfers, who might be our physical bête noire, and lots more – including another terrifying dose of magpie content.


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Jul 10, 2022
Episode 685 - Behind the digital scenes
51:06

In this episode I'm joined by Rob Kelly, former Digital Content Manager for the official Arsenal website. We chat about the job he did for well over a decade, from starting with the youth teams to interviewing Arsene Wenger every week. We also discuss the changing face of digital content, social media, trying to give fans behind the scenes access without giving too much away, tight deadlines, announcing transfers and making announcement videos, and lots more.


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Jul 08, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 479 - 04.07.2022
1:31:54

In this episode Tim Stillman is in for James who is on his holidays and thus misses the big out of the blue signing of Gabriel Jesus from Man City. We talk about the player, the deal, what he'll bring to the team next season, and the fact he's made it clear he's coming in as the number 9 and what we can expect in that regard. There's plenty of ancillary Jesus discussion too, as well as a look at the other transfers thus far, plus listener questions about what would constitute a successful window, what might happen with returning loan players like Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, competing against big clubs for good players, Arsenal Women transfer rumours and LOADS more.


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Jul 04, 2022
Episode 684 - A big deal
1:00:27

In this episode I'm joined by Lewis Ambrose to talk about the signing of Gabriel Jesus even though it hasn't been made official yet. In terms of stature it's up there with the Sanchez/Ozil deals, and we chat about his role, and how significant a deal it is. There's also some discussion of the midweek Raphinha goings-on, Lisandro Martinez and why we might be after him, the upcoming Amazon documentary and more.


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Jul 01, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 478 - 27.06.2022
1:37:22

In this episode there's a lot of focus on what appears to be the imminent arrival of Gabriel Jesus. James and I discuss the signing, what the player could bring to the team, what a signing like this says about how we're continuing to develop the team, as well as the financial aspects of the deal. We also chat about the interest in Raphinha as more talks with Leeds are planned, and whether or not his signing might have implications for Bukayo Saka and his contract renewal. Then we answer listener questions about KSE, the stadium developments, Emile Smith Rowe, and lots more – plus the long awaited return of Magpie Facts.


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Jun 27, 2022
Episode 683 - Ins and Outs
51:38

In this episode I'm joined by Charles Watts from Goal to discuss the latest transfer stories regarding Arsenal, including the arrival of Fabio Vieira and how the club managed to keep the story so quiet despite working on it for a long time. We also chat about links to Leeds winger Raphina, as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attack this summer, as well as Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez. Then we turn our attention to the outgoing business we need to do, with a litany of names with little future in North London but as yet no alternative destination, the difficulties of selling, the importance of the Academy as a revenue sources and lots more.


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Jun 24, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 46: The commentators and the author
1:16:45

In this episode, Tim talks to BBC Commentator and BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC co-commentator Lucy Ward about how they got into the profession, the skills they have needed, acquired and developed and the differences between working on a WSL game and a Premier League game- particularly when it comes to research. In part two, Tim chats to the Guardian's Suzy Wrack about her new book, A Woman's Game- The rise, fall and rise again of women's football, which is out now.


You can order Suzy's book here


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Jun 21, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 477 - 20.06.2022
1:34:48

In this episode James and I chat about Eddie Nketiah's contract extension, a show of faith in him, as well as the salary, how he still has lots to prove (that's not a bad thing), and wearing number 14. We also tie in the contract renewal of Bukayo Saka as they share the same agent. Then there's transfer talk with the imminent arrival of Fabio Vieira, links to Lisandro Martinez, and James explains why there might not be major urgency over Youri Tielemans. On top of that, listener questions about the money we're spending, the 'draw' of Arsenal in its current guise, ethics and sponsorships and if the two things can exist side by side, the difficulties of selling players and lots more.


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Jun 20, 2022
Episode 682 - Statements: James Benge
59:59

In this episode I'm joined by James Benge from CBS Sports to discuss statements sent in by our Patreon members which he has to strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree with. On the agenda – cover for Bukayo Saka, goal expectations for Gabriel Martinelli next season, Kieran Tierney, William Saliba, the fixture list, officiating and lots more.


There's also some quick chat about an out of the blue transfer story which we'll cover in more detail in another episode.


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Jun 17, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 476 - 13.06.2022
1:41:04

In this episode James and I discuss the latest transfer rumours involving Arsenal, including Bernd Leno to Fulham; reported interest in Jarrod Bowen and Raphinha, but how likely are we to spend that for a position we have well covered?; as well as potential departures like Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, and Pablo Mari. There's also a big explainer about the way transfers happen, from contacts between clubs, agents and players, and some of the snags that can happen; some info on our pursuit of a left-side centre-half; our lack of business so far; Arsene Wenger on Instagram, and lots more.


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Jun 13, 2022
Episode 681 - Question time
1:10:01

In this episode I'm joined by Tim Stillman and Phil Costa to discuss questions put to us by Arseblog Patreon members. These include: the idea of Arsenal signing a 'tall' forward during this transfer window; transfer priorities after midfield and striker are sorted; how the mid-season World Cup might impact the upcoming campaign; whether the five subs rule will be in the minds of Arteta and Edu as they add to the squad this summer; Bukayo Saka and Ben White as captaincy candidates; and lots more.


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Jun 10, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 475 - 06.06.2022
1:27:28

In this episode James and I discuss the William Saliba interview after he says he's coming back to Arsenal next season. However, is it as cut and dry as it seems, from the perspectives of the club and the player? We also discuss links to Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko and how he might fit into the team/squad, as well as answering lots of listener questions on topics such as KSE, Nuno Tavares, Academy players going on loan, refereeing improvements, who might improve most next season and lots more.


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Jun 06, 2022
Episode 680 - Filling the gaps
59:24

In this episode I'm joined by Lewis Ambrose to chat about the tactical development of Mikel Arteta's team last season, some bad luck and some risky decisions, the crazy notion that Arsenal might improve further if we have a good transfer window, and the influence of Martin Odegaard and how that might be extended next season. We also chat about the financial disparity between the Premier League and Europe, how big teams got ruthless after suffering pain, the impending departure of Alexandre Lacazette, and more.


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Jun 03, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 45: June Mailbag
1:15:11

Tim Stillman and Alex Ibaceta get together for the June mailbag edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, taking listener questions on Vivianne Miedema's new deal, alongside new deals for Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Noelle Maritz, how much of an advantage greater stability might be next season, plenty of questions on who Arsenal should target in the summer transfer window as well as questions on the likes of Nikita Parris, Mana Iwabuchi and Fran Stenson. The panel also considers Arsenal's pledge to host six Arsenal Women home games at Emirates Stadium next season.


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Jun 01, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 474 - 30.05.2022
1:33:53

In this episode James and I chat about the weekend's football, including the playoff final and the Champions League final, but mostly take listener questions on topics such as: Serge Gnabry, the departure of Shad Forsythe, the fixture list next season with a November World Cup, Reiss Nelson's future, Eddie Nketiah's new contract, Emile Smith Rowe and much more. We also do our pre-transfer window predictions on how much we'll spend and how much we might recoup from what looks like it'll be a significant number of sales.


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May 30, 2022
Episode 679 - We need a lad with a trumpet
1:17:35

In this episode I'm joined by Philippe Auclair as the dust settles on the Premier League season. We discuss the way it ended, European football next season, key lessons for Mikel Arteta, transfer links to the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans, contract extensions for Mohamed Elneny and Eddie Nketiah, William Saliba, the myth of Premier League competitiveness and lots more.


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May 27, 2022
Episode 678 - Arseblog & Arsenal Vision Live from Union Chapel
1:38:28

This episode is a recording of the Arseblog & Arsenal Vision Live event from Union Chapel, on Saturday, May 21st. Obviously it was recorded before the end of the season, so it contains some out of date references, but there's plenty in there to enjoy all the same.


Line up : Andrew Mangan (@arseblog), James McNicholas (@gunnerblog), Paul Cassidy (@poznaninmypants), Clive Palmer (@clivepafc), Tim Stillman (@stillberto), Elliot Smith (@yankeegunner)


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May 24, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 473 - 23.05.2022
1:21:52

In this episode James and I discuss the 5-1 win over Everton on the final day, and reflect on the season as a whole. We chat about the game, the atmosphere, the lap of appreciation and what can be read into that, and a 5th place finish which brings Europa League football next season. We then answer listener questions about loan players, William Saliba, summer transfer business, Man City winning the title, pitch invasions and much more.

Note: My voice is a bit croaky after three nights out in a row in London, so apologies for that!


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May 23, 2022
Episode 677 - The week that was
1:05:57

In this episode, I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Lewis Ambrose to talk about the week that we've just endured, the fallout from Monday night's defeat, and where it has left us. We assess aspects of the season, endeavour to find things that might have tipped the balance in our favour, discuss Aubameyang and January, the team's desperate need for more attacking presence, and lots more, including holding out just the tiniest sliver of hope for a final day miracle with results going our way.


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May 20, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 472 - 17.05.2022
1:32:30

 

In this episode we look back on the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James' Park, a loss made all the more painful because it more or less ends our chances of Champions League football next season. We discuss the game and the sub-par performance from Arsenal, the impact of injuries and the lack of impact from substitutes, whether this was a team freezing at a big moment or one which has run out of steam, and the key ingredient that has been missing this season which will likely be the difference between us and the team that finishes fourth. We then answer listener questions about how to view the last few weeks and the whole season, Granit Xhaka's post-game comments, squad building, what Mikel Arteta will have learned during this campaign and lots more.


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May 17, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 471 - 13.05.2022
1:39:28

In this episode we discuss the 3-0 defeat in the North London derby. We chat about the line-up, the key moments including Rob Holding's battle with Son and his subsequent red card, the penalty that was awarded against us, and the lack of a viable centre-half from the bench – especially in the circumstances of this particular game. There's also discussion of Mikel Arteta's post-game comments and those of Antonio Conte, the media's outlook about the game, as well as questions from listeners about what we do defensively against Newcastle on Monday, our red card reputation, more on the media narrative that surrounds the club this season, moving on from squad players, and LOADS more.


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May 13, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 43: May Mailbag
1:22:51

In this month's mailbag edition, Tim Stillman and Alex Ibaceta review the season that was and take listener questions on Vivianne Miedema's future, Frida Maanum's role next season, where Arsenal might look to strengthen in the summer transfer window and whether it will be revolution or evolution in the market, the types of players Jonas might sign as well as the positions, the prospect of the team training with the U16s boys' team next season and the benefits that might bring, Anna Patten and what Arsenal might be looking for in a back-up goalkeeper next season. There is also a short interview with Beth Mead at the end of the podcast.


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May 10, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 470 - 09.05.2022
1:39:42

 

In this episode we discuss the 2-1 win over Leeds on Sunday. A game that started brilliantly with two early goals and in which we played 10 men for over an hour became quite nerve-wracking after their out of the blue goal in the second period. We chat about the fear, why it was so intense when in reality Arsenal were in control for the most part, losing composure and how it manifested itself, James' coping mechanism, as well as how important the three points were, and a bit focus on some excellent individual performances. There are inevitable questions about the derby on Thursday which feels very much like a cup final given everything that's at stake, including how we might set up and what tweaks we might make to our defensive line-up. Plus Mohamed Elneny's contract, some chat about Mikel Arteta's new deal and lots more before we have to give up after talking ourselves into a state of turmoil.


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May 09, 2022
Episode 676 - Connection
56:00

In this episode, I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to discuss the lure and the challenge of the Champions League as Arsenal chase a top four spot, the sense that something is building, summer recruitment with regards versatility and specificity of player positions, the connection that Mikel Arteta has worked hard to make between the team/club and fans, his own future as he heads towards the final year of his contract, the emotions as we go into the final four games of the season, and lots more.


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May 06, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 469 - 02.05.2022
1:32:12

In this episode we discuss the 2-1 win away to West Ham on Sunday afternoon, discussing the contribution of Rob Holding, and other so-called fringe players to this recent good run, as well as the goals we scored from set-pieces, the one we conceded, the performance of Eddie Nketiah, and other key incidents from the game as we guarantee European football for next season. Then there are listener about the future of Eddie and a possible new contract, the team being more streetwise, keeping the squad happy and content, Declan Rice, and lots more besides.


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May 02, 2022
Episode 675 - Tomi's Dimensions
54:46

In this episode, I'm joined by Art de Roche of The Athletic to discuss the ups and downs of Arsenal as we head towards the end of the season. We chat about Nuno Tavares, the return of Takehiro Tomiyasu and what he'll bring to the team in the coming weeks, transfer links with Gabriel Jesus and what else we might need to add to the forward line this summer, and lots more.


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Apr 29, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 468 - 25.04.2022
1:38:54

In this episode we discuss the 3-1 win over Man Utd at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsenal scored first, went further ahead, but conceded quickly. It wasn't all one way traffic either, and we chat about the chances the opposition had, some of the big decisions, and some moments where we rode our luck a little bit. However, there was much to enjoy, not least the penalty miss and Granit Xhaka's first goal of the season, capping what has been a very good for the team. We then answer questions about Nuno Tavares and the ups and downs to his performance, links to Gabriel Jesus, a new deal for Mohamed Elneny, pundit reaction to the win, and lots more


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Apr 25, 2022
Episode 674 - Enjoyable chaos
59:48

In this episode, I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss our 4-2 win over Chelsea at a half-empty Stamford Bridge last night. We discuss a somewhat chaotic first half with four goals, touching on Eddie Nketiah's impact, a glorious second from Arsenal, and the two we conceded. There's more on the second half, going ahead, staying ahead, the manager's tactical tweaks, Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka stepping up to take the late penalty, the away fans being loud and proud, and lots more besides.


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Apr 21, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 43: April Mailbag
1:07:56

In this month's mailbag episode, Tim, Pippa and Alex take reader questions on whether Arsenal can say they have made progress this season without a trophy, why Arsenal have struggled to create chances in the big games, Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, the conflict between making WSL games attractive for TV audiences versus making them accessible to match going fans, how an LAW five-a-side team might shape up, questions on Noelle Maritz's future and much more!


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Apr 19, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 467 - 18.04.2022
1:42:50

In this episode we discuss the 1-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend, discussing Mikel Arteta's team selection, the overall performance, chances missed, the goal we conceded, an inability to turn second half dominance into goals of our own, before there's a long chat about how what's happening now is a consequence of the January transfer window and our inaction in that period. We also answer questions from listeners about too much crossing, overrating our young players, more football people at executive level, whether there has actually been progress this season, Alexandre Lacazette's comments, and lots more.


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Apr 18, 2022
Episode 673 - xG Overlords
1:09:33

In this episode, I'm joined by Tim Stillman to discuss statements sent to us by our Patreon members on Discord. I put them to Tim, he has to either strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with them. On the agenda, we have summer transfers, Nuno Tavares, Europa League v Champions League, Kieran Tierney, Granit Xhaka, Arteta's trust, xG, Takehiro Tomiyasu, officiating, the season as a whole and much more.


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Apr 15, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 42: Julie Fleeting exclusive
42:07

On this special episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim Stillman speaks to Gunners legend Julie Fleeting about a career which saw her score 130 goals in 122 appearances for Arsenal – despite holding down a job as a PE teacher in Scotland throughout her eight years with the club. Julie talks about her extraordinary career which also saw her net 116 goals in 121 games for Scotland and also took in a spell at San Diego Spirit.


Julie spoke to Tim about the BBC Alba documentary that aired about her career on Sunday, 10th April and is being repeated on BBC Alba on Friday, 15th April at 10pm, it is also available on demand on the BBC iPlayer until 9th May.


BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms:

Sky – 141

Freeview / YouView – 7 (Scotland only)

Virgin Media – 161

Freesat – 109

BBC iPlayer


The feature length documentary film has been funded by BBC ALBA and is written, produced and directed by award-winning purpleTV director Margot McCuaig.


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Apr 13, 2022
Episode 672 - Ian Wright special
38:29

In this special edition of the show, I'm joined by Arsenal legend Ian Wright to reflect on the last week which has been so disheartening and damaging to our top four chances. We chat about the lack of goals, Alexandre Lacazette's dwindling contribution, Eddie Nketiah, the injury absences, Xhaka at left-back, Nuno Tavares, Nicolas Pepe and lots more.


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Apr 12, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 466 - 11.04.2022
1:38:52

In this episode we discuss the 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday. We start with Granit Xhaka's selection at left-back, how it impacted the team, and what it means for Nuno Tavares. We chat about the goals we conceded, the lacklustre performance when there was supposed to be a reaction, some poor decision making, and how a late flurry wasn't enough to prevent a truly disheartening result. There's also stuff on Alexandre Lacazette and the need for a change up front, as well as questions about a shift in formation, keeping fringe players more involved, VAR, our top four chances and Mikel Arteta, great rivalries and lots more.


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Apr 11, 2022
Episode 671 - Keep it simple
53:37

In this episode, I'm joined by Charles Watts to discuss a difficult week for Arsenal on and off the pitch. We chat about the fallout from the Crystal Palace game, and injuries to two key players - Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, as well as the best way for Mikel Arteta to deal with their absences with Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga waiting in the wings. There's also a long discussion about what to do up front, with Alexandre Lacazette's lack of goalscoring contribution now becoming a significant issue for the team. Should being shorn of two experienced players have an impact on the Frenchman's place in the team? All that, and much more, including a reminder of our fundraising efforts this month.


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Apr 08, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 465 - 05.04.2022
1:30:01

In this episode James and I cover the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday. We try and understand why Arsenal were so far off the pace in the first half, examine the goals we conceded, before discussing a second half which was better, but then it couldn't have been much worse. We chat about the substitutions, and there's a long discussion based on questions about how we cope with injuries to Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, whether Nuno Tavares will continue at left-back having been taken off at half-time, potential changes up front and lots more.


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Apr 05, 2022
Episode 670 - Crunchy
1:01:53

In this episode we're heading towards crunch time in the season, and with me to discuss Gary Neville, the 5 subs rule, Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal as an attractive destination, Nicolas Pepe and more, is James Benge.


Then we get some Crystal Palace perspective, Patrick Vieira chat, and more, ahead of Monday night's trip to Selhurst Park is Dan from HLTCO.


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Apr 01, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 464 - 28.03.2022
1:19:50

In this episode James and I chat about his visit to France where he found himself in danger, but also saw William Saliba playing for Marseille. We talk about his performance and his prospects of coming back to Arsenal and playing a part next season, as well as rounding up all the other Interlull action including goals from our players, and Laurent Koscielny's retirement. Then we answer listener questions about the striker we might be after, Kieran Tierney's Real Madrid links, loan players, and lots more – including our predictions for the final ten games of the season.


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Mar 28, 2022
Episode 669 - Luxury!
1:04:24

In this episode discussion I'm joined by former Gunner Adrian Clarke to talk Bukayo Saka, protection from referees and from outdated pundits. We chat about his progress as a player, his contribution to the season, and reports that he's set to be offered a new contract, as well as what the celebrations of the team tell us about its progress and what other people think of it.


Then I talk to Jon Spurling about his new book: Get it on: How the 70s Rocked Football – with some competition copies to give away too!


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Mar 25, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 463 - 21.03.2022
1:33:37

In this episode James and I enjoy and celebrate our 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime. We chat about the we way we played in the first half, the goal that won the game, and the contribution of Bukayo Saka. There's discussion of the challenge on him as well as Steven Gerrard's post-game comments about Saka's call for more protection. There's loads more besides, including the connection between the fans and the team, the manager's name being sung, the substitute performances from Pepe and Nketiah, Bernd Leno and Aaron Ramsdale, the centre-halves, James' reinterpretation of the concept of the clean sheet, bird poo, Ian Wright jingle fun and lots more.


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Mar 21, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 41: Arsenal hope to make Wolfsburg Frauen
45:27

In this episode, Tim is joined by German journalist and Wolfsburg expert Jasmina Schweimler to preview next week's huge Champions League quarter-final tie between Arsenal and Wolfsburg, with the first leg taking place at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Tim and Jasmina chat about Wolfsburg's form, how their former Arsenal players are getting on and Wolfsburg's continued presence at the very top of women's football.


Then Tim is joined by Arsenal's Matildas, Caitlin Foord, Lydia Williams and Steph Catley for a round of fun, quickfire questions.


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Mar 18, 2022
Episode 668 - What are we eating?
55:08

In this episode discussion of the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, with Andrew Allen. We chat about a competitive first half, before the big moments in the second period that decided the game. Analysis of our chance to score, and the two we conceded over which we can have some regrets. We also speak about Gabriel Martinelli as a big positive, the reaction inside the stadium, Mikel Arteta's fixture-list grump, the need to respond against Villa on Saturday and lots more.


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Mar 17, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 462 - 14.03.2022
1:36:14

In this episode James and I enjoy the 2-0 win over Leicester at the Emirates on Sunday. We discuss the sublime performance from Martin Odegaard, as well as the midfield dominance of Thomas Partey, aided and abetted by another solid team performance and that rarest of things – an Arsenal penalty. We chat about the kind of football we're playing, the progress we're making, and the fun elements to our football, as well as the ability to control games from good positions. Then there are listener questions about set-pieces, protecting Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli's attacking instincts, Ben White impressing but making people laugh, and lots more.


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Mar 14, 2022
Episode 667 - New Emoji Needed
56:25

In this episode I'm joined by Clive Palmer to discuss the sanctions imposed by the British government on Roman Abramovich and the potential implications for Chelsea, and Arsenal. We chat about the need for greater scrutiny on football club ownership, and the asterisk that has to be part of any discussion of Chelsea's success. We also talk about the Champions League, the excitement building around our potential return to it, upgrading the midfield in the summer, defensive lapses, coping with a hectic upcoming schedule and lots more.


Follow Clive @clivepafc


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Mar 11, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 40: March mailbag
1:05:50

On this month's mailbag episode of the Arsenal Women's Arsecast, Tim, Alex and Pippa take listener questions on the upcoming UWCL tie with Wolfsburg, including Arsenal Women in the renovation of Emirates Stadium and Arsenalising Meadow Park.


There are questions on Jordan Nobbs' 250th Arsenal appearance and whether that could have been handled better, whether the Miedema and Blackstenius partnership can be used in the Champions League and how best to handle big international players who are struggling for minutes.


You can follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto, Alex @AlexIbaceta23, and Pippa @pippa_monique


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Mar 08, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 461 - 07.03.2022
1:28:11

In this episode James and I chat about the very important 3-2 win over Watford yesterday. We start by acknowledging some of the things that weren't great, as laid out by Mikel Arteta in his post-game press conference, but focus more on what was good about the game – not least the three brilliant goals scored by Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli which put us into the top four. We discuss our recent form and league position in a good weekend of results for us, before answering questions about Kieran Tierney, the left-hand side not being quite as effective as the right from an attacking perspective, finding that perfect centre-forward, the all red shorts, and lots more.


Thanks to Mark Hallesy for the image.


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Mar 07, 2022
Episode 666 - Lefties
59:48

In this episode I'm joined by Tim Payton from the Arsenal Supporters' Trust to discuss the record losses Arsenal posted this week, the club's debt, ticket price increases and more – including updates on safe standing inside the Emirates Stadium.


Then Lewis Ambrose is along to talk about the changes on the left hand side of the team and the positive impact they've had on performances and results.


Read Lewis' Tactics Column here: https://arseblog.com/2022/03/tactics-column-variations-on-a-theme-on-the-arsenal-left/


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Mar 04, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 460 - 28.02.2022
1:29:09

 

In this episode James and I chat about the 20th birthday of Arseblog, his stage show, and the Carabao Cup final which saw Chelsea lose to Liverpool in quite hilarious fashion. Then we discuss more aspects of the win over Wolves, including Ram-Cam, the reaction to the goal we conceded, and central defenders with goodwill in the bank even when they do make a mistake, before we answer questions about financial losses and season ticket prices, player value increasing as the team makes progress, pressure for the top four, bulking out the squad if we do make the Champions League next season, and lots more.


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Feb 28, 2022
Arseblog 20: Bonus episode - Arseblog (2022)
45:17

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I answer questions posted by our Patreon members in the Discord.


Including:

  • Building the site
  • Writing every day
  • Podcast origins
  • Club connections
  • Cocktails
  • And more


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 20 - Elliot Smith (2021)
35:43

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Elliot Smith about 2021:


We discuss:

  • The Super League debacle
  • Protests outside the ground
  • The summer transfer strategy
  • The return of fans
  • And more


Follow Elliot on Twitter @yankeegunner


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 19 - Simon Collings (2020)
37:09

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Simon Collings about 2020:


We discuss:

  • Mikel Arteta's first win
  • Covid-19 and the shutdown of football
  • Winning the FA Cup
  • Aubameyang's importance and new contract
  • And more


Follow Simon on Twitter @simoncollings


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 18 - James Benge (2019)
42:04

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to James Benge about 2019:


We discuss:

  • Baku and Europa League final
  • 'Winning' the summer transfer window
  • Xhaka captaincy mayhem
  • The end of Emery
  • Arteta's arrival
  • And more


Follow James on Twitter @jamesbenge


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 17 - Pete Wood (2018)
32:10

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Pete Wood about 2018:


We discuss:

  • Arsene Wenger's departure
  • Ivan, Sven and Raul
  • Unai Emery's wildcard appointment
  • Early promise unfulfilled
  • And more


Follow Pete on Twitter @legrove


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 16 - Jim Campbell (2017)
30:15

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Jim Campbell about 2017:


We discuss:

  • Olivier Giroud's Scorpion-kick
  • Winning the FA Cup
  • Per Mertesacker's sensational Wembley performance
  • Granit Xhaka's tackling
  • And more


Follow Jim on Twitter @JimCampbellTFR


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 15 - Paul Cassidy (2016)
37:50

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Paul Cassidy about 2016:


We discuss:

  • Beating Leicester
  • Falling apart after beating Leicester
  • The pursuit of Jamie Vardy
  • Signing Xhaka and Mustafi
  • Santi Cazorla
  • And more


Follow Paul on Twitter @poznaninmypants


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 14 - Pippa Monique (2015)
26:47

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Pippa Monique about 2015:


We discuss:

  • FA Cup final
  • Arsenal Women
  • Alexis and Ozil
  • The summer of just Cech
  • And more


Follow Pippa on Twitter @pippa_monique


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 13 - Tayo Popoola (2014)
41:03

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Tayo Popoola about 2014:


We discuss:

  • Theo's cruciate injury
  • The road to the FA Cup final
  • Ending the trophy drought
  • Arsene Wenger contract extension
  • And more


Follow Tayo on Twitter @DJTayo


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 12 - Lewis Ambrose (2013)
39:58

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Lewis Ambrose about 2013:


We discuss:

  • Signing Mesut Ozil
  • A great start to the season
  • Jack Wilshere's incredible goal
  • Yaya Sanogo
  • And more


Follow Lewis on Twitter @LGAmbrose


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 11 - Tim Stillman (2012)
37:26

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Tim Stillman about 2012:


We discuss:

  • Henry's goal against Leeds
  • Twitter's growing influence on football fandom
  • Pat Rice's comforting bosom
  • Crazy scorelines
  • Robin van Persie's departure
  • And more


Follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 10 - Philippe Auclair (2011)
45:27

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Philippe Auclair about 2011:


We discuss:

  • League Cup final heartache
  • Robbery in the Camp Nou
  • Cesc and Nasri leave - the summer sagas
  • The late August trolley dash
  • Mertesacker and Arteta
  • And more


Follow Philippe on Twitter @philippeauclair


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 9 - Tom Canton (2010)
30:46

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Tom Canton about 2010:


We discuss:

  • Barcelona in the Champions League
  • Lionel Messi
  • Robin van Persie
  • Aaron Ramsey's injury
  • And more

Follow Tom on Twitter @TheGoonerTalkTV


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 8 - Phil Costa (2009)
36:23

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Phil Costa about 2009:


We discuss:

  • Andrei Arshavin signs
  • Eduardo's Burnley masterpiece
  • Adebayor's sliding celebration
  • Champions League semi-final
  • Cesc v Sp*rs
  • And more


Follow Phil on Twitter @_philcosta


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 7 - Andrew Allen (2008)
44:22

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Andrew Allen about 2008:


We discuss:

  • Eduardo has his leg broken
  • Gallas strop + fallout on subsequent games
  • Lack of leadership
  • The captaincy and Gilberto Silva
  • Carling Cup fun
  • And more


Follow Andrew on Twitter @AAllenSport


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 6 - The Man from East Lower (2007)
41:20

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to The Man from East Lower about 2007:


We discuss:

  • The Carling Cup final
  • Cesc Fabregas
  • Theo Walcott
  • Thierry Henry departs
  • And more


Follow Jim on Twitter @eastlower


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 5 - James McNicholas (2006)
45:11

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to James about 2006:


We discuss:

  • A triple January signing
  • Champions League run
  • Champions League final and the day in Paris
  • Sol Campbell's walk-out
  • The last day at Highbury
  • And more


Follow James on Twitter @gunnerblog


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 4 - Seun (Touchy Gooners) (2005)
31:28

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Seun from Touchy Gooners about 2005:


We discuss:

  • Non-English Arsenal
  • FA Cup final
  • Vieira's final kick
  • Ashley Cole
  • Jose Antonio Reyes
  • And more


Follow Seun on Twitter @SVCarbaholic


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 3 - Charles Watts (2004)
39:20

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Charles Watts about 2004:


We discuss:

  • The Invincible season
  • Memorable goals and key games
  • Champions League heartbreak
  • The end of the unbeaten run - the Old Trafford robbery
  • And more


Follow Charles on Twitter @charles_watts


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 2 - Clive Palmer (2003)
35:19

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Clive Palmer about 2003:


We discuss:

  • Not defending the title
  • FA Cup final
  • Impact on the Invincibles
  • The start of opposition getting rough
  • And more


Follow Clive on Twitter @clivepafc


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Feb 27, 2022
Arseblog 20: Episode 1 - Amy Lawrence (2002)
40:33

Arseblog 20 is a series of 20 podcasts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arseblog. In each episode, I'll speak to a guest about a particular calendar year of the site's existence, picking out games, goals , personal memories and recollections, transfers, forgotten moments, successes, failures, ups and downs, trophies, fun times, sad times, arrivals and departures, and lots more.


In this episode, I speak to Amy Lawrence about 2002:


We discuss:

  • Winning the league at Old Trafford
  • Doing the double
  • Ray Parlour's special week
  • Robert Pires
  • And more


Follow Amy on Twitter @amylawrence71


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Feb 27, 2022
Episode 665 - Last-gasp Laca
1:06:40

On this episode I'm joined by Ryan Hunn to discuss the incredible 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday night. We chat about a poor start, resulting in exactly the kind of game scenario we didn't want, as well as some missed chances for the visitors. The conversation then turns to Arsenal overcoming the stats to produce late turnaround which feels really significant. Nicolas Pepe came on to equalise, Alexandre Lacazette's winner might officially be an own goal but he deserves credit for his impact on what was a difficult night for him otherwise. We also talk about what this victory means for a young team that's learning and growing together, the midfield options which are proving invaluable, a show of character and lots more.


There's also a late, Lacazette-style cameo from James after the final music, so stay tuned.


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Feb 25, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 459 - 21.02.2022
1:27:51

In this episode James and I discuss the 2-1 win over Brentford on Saturday, a game where the scoreline definitely did not tell the full story. We chat about Arsenal's control and dominance, some contentious decisions from the officials, but ultimately the winning contributions from Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. We also examine our top four chances, before answering listener questions about Lacazette's role as centre-forward, whether we can get all the 'Fab Four' in the team at the same time and how, Martin Odegaard, Champions League coming too soon, and much more – including James' singing songs to his dog and a lot of journalists.


And if you haven't seen it, here's the amazing work from @SebbyV21 - https://twitter.com/SebbyV21/status/1494465787733716993


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Feb 21, 2022
Episode 664 - Will he?
1:00:20

On this episode I'm joined first by Peter Hoest, who talks to me about the Fan's Forum meetings the club held. Who attends? How are the meetings structured? How do the club engage with the supporters and the issues raised? And we discuss the latest meeting which outlined improvements to Emirates Stadium, and negative feedback regarding the fan token issue.


Then I chat to Matt Spiro about William Saliba as we take a (more or less) halfway point of the season look at his loan spell with Marseille. We chat about his performances, strengths and weaknesses, his development during the season, his versatility, his readiness to return to Arsenal and stake a claim for a place, and lots more.

Follow Peter @peterhoest : Follow Matt @mattspiro


Here is the link for the raffle mentioned in the conversation with Peter: https://raffall.com/288189/enter-raffle-to-win-arsenal-fans-forum-raffle-hosted-by-ast-arsenal


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Feb 18, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 458 - 14.02.2022
1:20:16

In this episode James and I discuss his trip to Ireland at the weekend and how the universe set in motion a series of events to lead him to that exact place. We also chat about the Premier League weekend which produced a series of good results for Arsenal, as well as thoughts on the Wolves game, celebrations, red cards, our disciplinary issues and what we can do about them. Then there are listener questions about Mikel Arteta's comments about officials, Gabriel Jesus, who the next full-time captain should be, our striker search in the summer and lots more.


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Here's the Josh Kroenke interview mentioned in the show: https://youtu.be/Mw1jFzscOXE?t=2856



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Feb 14, 2022
Episode 663 - Kieran Tierney's long throw
55:06

On this episode I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss the tense 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux on Thursday night. We chat about the goal we scored, the role of set-pieces as an attacking threat, the extraordinary red card for Gabriel Martinelli and the crazy few minutes that followed it. As well as focus on the defensive effort, Rob Holding's clearance cameo, what we can do about our disciplinary issues, the celebration police, and what was a very important win in difficult circumstances. All that and more.


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Feb 11, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 39: Chelsea preview
51:55

Arsenal's trip to Chelsea on Friday night sees the Gunners ahead of Chelsea at the top of the WSL by two points, though Chelsea have a game in hand. It's a huge match and a big examination of Arsenal's title credentials. Tim and Alex get together with women's football journalist and Chelsea fan Jessy Parker Humphreys to discuss the big game and try to address their respective nerves- the potential ramifications, how both teams could line up and how both teams respective seasons have gone since the teams met in the FA Cup Final back in December.


You can follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto, Alex @AlexIbaceta23, and Jessy @jessyjph


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Feb 10, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 457 - 07.02.2022
1:26:57

The mid-season break has taken its toll and we talk about the imminent return of football this week in an episode filled with listener questions on such topics as, the Dubai break; being excited by what lies ahead; our striker targets in the summer; Bukayo Saka's contractual situation amid interest from other clubs; the changing profile of certain on-pitch positions; penalty takers; contract extensions for Lacazette and Nketiah; and lots more.


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Feb 07, 2022
Episode 662 - Question time
55:51

 

On this episode I'm joined by Tayo Popoola to chat about the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the end of the transfer window, and to answer some questions from our Patreon members about those topics, Mikel Arteta, predictions for top goalscorer between now and the end of the season, William Saliba, and lots more.


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Feb 04, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 38: January mailbag edition
59:51

In this month's mailbag, Tim and Alex answer your questions about midfield creativity, Arsenal's January transfer business, the WSL title race, whether Arsenal have made progress under Jonas Eidevall yet, Frida Maanum, Nikita Parris, how far away Arsenal are from challenging in Europe and the panel run the rule over the new signings and consider what might be the most immediate priorities in the summer transfer window.


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Feb 03, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 456 - 31.01.2022
1:30:32

It's transfer deadline day so the focus of this episode is transfers, in particular the lack of them. Arsenal have a big problem at centre-forward and it doesn't look like anyone is coming, not to mention the fact that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in Barcelona to seal a loan move there. We chat about the window as a whole, the efforts to bring someone in, and what the chances are of a late deal before the window closes, before we answer questions about the internal solutions we could use, goal expectations for the strikers that we have in the squad right now, the current squad depth, goalkeepers and lots more.


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Jan 31, 2022
Episode 661 - Hitting the reset button
57:37

On this episode I'm joined by Tim Stillman to talk about the need to hit the reset button as Arsenal enjoy a break and some warm weather training in Dubai. We chat about what the benefits might be for the squad, and what the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang means for the former captain, before attention turns to the transfer market. What did Mikel Arteta and Stan Kroenke discuss in Denver this week? What do we need before the window closes, and what do we expect to happen. All that, and some of the usual waffle too.


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Jan 28, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 455 - 24.01.2022
1:31:38

In this episode discuss 0-0 draw with Burnley on Sunday, and our failure to take all 3 points against the league's bottom side. We chat about the players we had available and the impact of the absentees, not taking a golden chance to score a crucial goal, Mikel Arteta's decision to replace Emile Smith Rowe with Eddie Nketiah, and continued shortcomings in the striker position. Then there are listener questions about what January might bring in the transfer market, the possibility of patching things up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, back up for Tomiyasu, the burden on Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, and lots more.


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Jan 24, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 454 - 21.01.2022
1:21:04

In this episode discuss the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg. Arsenal had some players back from injury, but a lack of match fitness was a hindrance. We talk about the goals we conceded, a couple of bright sparks in red and white, the decision to involve Thomas Partey after his return from AFCON, the red card, and what this defeat highlights in terms of recruitment needs. We then answer questions about the ongoing betting investigation as reported by James, all the red cards we've received under Mikel Arteta, Gabriel Martinelli, the striker situation, a narrowing window of opportunity to make substantive progress and lots more.


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Jan 21, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 453 - 17.01.2022
1:25:21

In this episode we discuss the weekend postponement of the North London derby, the Premier League rules, the outcry and furore that surrounded the decision, and the way it unified the reaction among Arsenal fans to what was unfair criticism. We talk more broadly about whether games should be played in these circumstances, potential rule changes and when they can be, as well as answering listener questions about midfield transfer options, William Saliba, the impact of Covid on footballers, Matteo Guendouzi, a hilarious FIFA soundtrack (if true) and lots more.


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Jan 17, 2022
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 37: Arseblog Exclusive Interview with Leah Williamson
1:03:34

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast we deal with the two big announcements at Arsenal Women this week. Firstly, we have an exclusive interview with Arsenal defender Leah Williamson about her decision to extend her contract, her Arsenal legacy, her reassurance at the direction of the club and her recent injury.


Then we get into the news that the Gunners have signed Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius. Tim talks to Swedish football analyst and journalist Mia Eriksson about Blackstenius' career to date, her qualities and how she might fit in with "Eideball."


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Jan 15, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 452 - 14.01.2022
1:20:18

In this episode we discuss the 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the first leg of our Carabao Cup semi-final. We chat about the strong team we faced versus the much depleted side we could send out, wax lyrical over the way we responded and defended having gone down to 10 men and while focusing on the collective spirit and quality we showed, there's some extra praise for Ben White who was superb on the night. There is the inevitable discussion of Granit Xhaka, the red card, and what the consequences are – but we talk about why the sending off happened from a footballing perspective. Then we answer listener questions about Dusan Vlahovic, the character of the team, Jack Wilshere as a short-term midfield option, Bernd Leno and lots more.


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Jan 14, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 451 - 10.01.2022
1:31:32

In this episode we discuss the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup. We chat about the make-up of the team with AFCON, injury and Covid absences, being light in central midfield after letting Maitland-Niles leave, the goal we conceded, the step down in quality in some key positions, a poor overall performance, as well as analysing Nuno Tavares and Mikel Arteta's decision to take him off in the first half. Then there are questions about team selection for Liverpool and Sp*rs – in particular central midfield, transfer market priorities in January and the need for more firepower, Liverpool's false positives, and lots more besides.


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Jan 10, 2022
Episode 660 - January turbo boost?
1:02:06

In this episode I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss postponements and fixture congestion, the January transfer window including the imminent departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and whether there's someone coming in to replace him, a dream January arrival and the rationale for pushing the boat out now when it comes to finding a new striker, plus ref chat, improving officiating, looking ahead to the FA Cup, Maitland-Niles Euro-pop and much more.


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Jan 07, 2022
Arsecast Extra Episode 450 - 02.01.2022
1:49:31

In this episode we discuss the 2-1 defeat to Man City, and despite many frustrations and an injury time winner for the opposition, there's a sense of positivity about our performance. We chat about how we played collectively, some focus on key individuals, and there's discussion of game-changing moments, like the Martinelli miss and the Gabriel red card, as well as how this is a game this team can take a lot from going forward. We also talk about the refereeing, VAR inconsistency and answer listener questions about the standards of officiating, Partey's midfield replacement now he's gone to AFCON, the Carabao Cup semi-finals, holding on to young talented players, and lots more.


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Jan 02, 2022
Episode 659 - Man City preview podcast
1:05:28

Because of the time of year, this week's Arsecast is our Premier League preview podcast which is usually exclusive to Patreon members. As ever I'm joined by Lewis Ambrose, and we discuss Saturday's game against Man City


On the agenda:

  • Mikel Arteta's positive Covid test
  • The manager missing the game and training, what impact might it have
  • Team selection - is there scope for a change
  • What to expect from Man City
  • What we need to see from Arsenal
  • Plus some end of year awards
  • And more


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Dec 30, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 449 - 28.12.2021
1:52:29

In this episode we look back at the impressive 5-0 win over Norwich on Sunday, discussing the collective performance, some tactical shifts, and with focus on some very exciting individual performances too. We chat about Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli's pressing, another off the bench contribution from Emile Smith Rowe, as well as the Wolves postponement and this recent run of form. Then there are listener questions about what to expect from the Man City game, Kieran Tierney's goal celebrations, whether the league position now might impact the January transfer business, Granit Xhaka, Martinelli's socks and lots more.


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Dec 28, 2021
Episode 658 - Steady Eddie, Big Time Charlie
50:23

On today's show I'm joined by James Benge to discuss the 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup. Contrasting fortunes for young strikers Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah, but what does the future hold for both of them? Mikel Arteta wants Eddie to stay, but is there a better time for him to leave than next summer when he's out of contract? We also chat about Nicolas Pepe, a goalscoring debut for 18 year old Charlie Patino, and lots more – plus there's a bit of festive Holy God FM.


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Dec 22, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 448 - 20.12.2021
1:37:08

In this episode we discuss the 4-1 win over Leeds on Saturday evening. They might have been poor, but what we did was still impressive, with three goals and a record number of attempts on target in the first half. There's discussion of the continuing emergence of Gabriel Martinelli after his two goal salvo, his reintroduction to the team of late, and developmental work behind the scenes. We also chat about Martin Odegaard, another great cameo from Smith Rowe, the penalty we conceded, as well as listener questions about our recent form, the importance of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding reporting racist abuse, Aaron Ramsdale winding up Leeds fans with his celebrations and lots more.


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Dec 20, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 447 - 16.12.2021
1:37:33

In this episode we discuss the impressive 2-0 win over West Ham which sent us into the top four. There's focus on Gabriel Martinelli who scored the opener, Bukayo Saka, missing a penalty, Smith Rowe's goal which sealed the game, and ensuring that a big opportunity didn't pass us by – especially in the wake of all that's happened off-field this week. We also talk about the exciting potential of the young players in this team, and answer questions about how we fit them all in, whether the Aubameyang situation might change the thinking over Alexandre Lacazette, home form v away form, worries over disruption to football because of the rise in Covid cases, and lots more.


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Dec 16, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 446 - 13.12.2021
1:33:16

In this episode we discuss the 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday. After a shaky start we scored a breathtaking goal to spark us into life, and set us on the way to three points. We chat about that kind of goal and the way you have to play to score it, Martin Odegaard grabbing his third in three games, a hugely impressive second half, and ponder the stark difference between our home and away form this season. In the second half there's a big discussion about the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation, what happened and why, how it became public, and what happens next. There are also questions about strikers, the pecking order, potential January business, the captaincy, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Santi Cazorla and loads more.


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Dec 13, 2021
Episode 657 - Slugs in the garden
1:05:32

On today's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Clive Palmer to discuss Arsenal's recent results, lack of goals and what we can do about that. There's discussion of the manager, the lack of siege mentality in a team full of introverts, problems with our forwards, as well as some questions from our Patreon Members about Thomas Partey, changes to the coaching staff, substitutions, January transfers and lots more.


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Dec 10, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 445 - 07.12.2021
1:41:00

In this episode we discuss the 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. We talk about the team selection, the return of Granit Xhaka, and the terrible first half performance, even though we went in a goal up. There's a long discussion about our inability to create chances and the way Mikel Arteta instructs his team to play, as well as real focus on his substitutions and the decisions he made which had such a big impact on the game. What now for Aubameyang and Pepe? We chat about the goals we conceded, our position in the table, and why the last two games have felt so damaging. We also have some questions about Thomas Partey, what kind of team Arsenal are, Mikel Arteta and where we're going (or not) under him, and more.


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Dec 07, 2021
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 36: Cup Final therapy and Barca preview ft. Lotte Wubben-Moy
1:00:25

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Alex rake over the coals of a painful Cup Final defeat to Chelsea, with a focus on the poor defensive organisation, midfield chemistry, the decision not to use Jordan Nobbs and what the manner of the defeat could mean for the rest of the season. Then Tim and Alex preview the big game against Barcelona at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.


Tim also has an exclusive interview with Gunners defender Lotte Wubben-Moy, looking ahead to that game, discussing her time in the US, why she's chosen to continue living in her hometown of Stoke Newington and growing up with dual Dutch and English heritage.


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Dec 07, 2021
Episode 656 - An opportunity missed
1:06:01

On today's show the focus is on last night's 3-2 defeat to Man Utd. I'm joined by Phil Costa and Ryan Hunn to discuss team selection; going ahead then sitting back and why this team does that so often; the goals we conceded and whether it's individual errors or collective issues that were the main problem; disappointing senior players; Mikel Arteta's substitutions and what they say about those involved and one player in particular who wasn't; and lots more.


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Dec 03, 2021
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 35: FA Cup Final preview ft. Steph Catley and Noelle Maritz
1:12:37

On this bonus episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim talks to Arsenal left-back Steph Catley ahead of the showpiece game about her difficult first season in London, not being able to go home to Australia for over 18 months, her hamstring surgery last season and why she is loving this season. Tim is also joined by Arsenal right-back Noelle Maritz, who talks about her upbringing in the USA and Switzerland, facing up to her old Wolfsburg teammate Pernille Harder on Sunday and her first ever game at Wembley.


Then Tim and Alex are joined by women's football journalist and Chelsea fan Jessy Parker Humphries for their perspective on Sunday's showpiece final. You can follow Jessy on twitter @jessyjph


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Dec 01, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 444 - 29.11.2021
1:42:52

In this episode we look back on the 2-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Saturday. We discuss Mikel Arteta's selection decisions, a frustrating first half, that Aubameyang miss, as well as how things improved in the second half with real quality in the goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. There's analysis of how they came to pass and who was involved, plus disagreement over a potential penalty incident, but consensus over what a valuable win this was this weekend. Then there are listener questions about Nuno Tavares/Kieran Tierney situation, more on Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and his lack of involvement, our upcoming striker search, the goalkeeper kit, and lots more besides.


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Nov 29, 2021
Episode 655 - Executive level
1:13:01

On this week's show I'm joined by Tim Stillman to talk about the interview with Arsenal's Director of Football Operations Richard Garlick, the correlation between a good executive team and a good football team, how things at that level have changed since Arsene Wenger's departure, as well as talk about recruitment and contract strategy. We also touch on more comments from Mikel Arteta about a potential Wenger return, and look ahead to Saturday's game against Newcastle.


Then, to chat about the fan-led review into English football, governance, the idea of an independent regulator and lots more, it's Tim Payton of the Arsenal Supporters' Trust.


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Nov 26, 2021
Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 34: November mailbag
1:11:19

Tim Stillman and Alex Ibaceta get together to answer listener questions from Twitter, including, whether teams are getting a little wiser to Jonas Eidevall's Arsenal now, whether January reinforcements are needed, views on the left-sided combination of Catley and McCabe, whether the FA's target to have a 6k attendance average in the WSL by 2024 is achievable and whether it's time for segregated away ends in women's football to help build atmosphere at games. This and loads more in the November mailbag edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast.

 

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Nov 25, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 443 - 22.11.2021
1:28:45

In this episode we look back on the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, discussing the team selection decisions Mikel Arteta made, the touchline spat between him and Jurgen Klopp, analysis of the goals we conceded and how the game got away from us, and how to view this game in the context of the recent run we've been on and our current league position. Then we have listener questions about goalscoring and our issues in that regard, the role of Nicolas Pepe, there's a big discussion about Thomas Partey and the expectations around his performance levels, what changes we might make to the team for the Newcastle game and loads more.


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Nov 22, 2021
Episode 654 - Pocket of positivity
1:01:34

On this week's show I'm joined by Jim Campbell of the Football Ramble to shoot the Arsenal breeze. We talk about the positive moment we find ourselves in ahead of a trip to face Liverpool, wonder how Mikel Arteta might approach the game, and how the team might react to adversity if that's what we face after this one. We also chat about the new faces, which ones have impressed us most, and the growing influence of Emile Smith Rowe.


Then for some opposition perspective, it's John Gibbons from The Anfield Wrap. On the agenda, some defensive shakiness, midfield instability (including the Ox), attacking potency and his thoughts on this Arsenal side as we could potentially go above them in the table this weekend.


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Nov 19, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 442 - 15.11.2021
1:26:32

In this Interlull episode, James and I discuss the 442 formation and our own abilities to play all the various positions. There's also chat about the Arsene Wenger/David Dein event, Emile Smith Rowe making his England debut, and what's going to happen with Flo Balogun in January. Then we answer listener questions about Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey as potential short-term signings to provide midfield cover, set-piece specialists, the Amazon documentary, Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, and lots more.


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Nov 15, 2021
Episode 653 - CEO of Narrative
1:09:55

On this week's show I chat to Daniel Storey, Chief Football Writer for the iPaper, about football and social media, influence over fans, PR and brand management, a lack of authenticity, and the benefits/pitfalls for players being involved. We also discuss the Premier League season so far, good bits and bad bits, some managerial issues, a competitive campaign, and Arsenal being fun again.


Then it's Philippe Auclair with some thoughts on the Arsene Wenger: Invincible movie which previewed in midweek, Mikel Arteta's comments on him returning to the club, why it hasn't happened yet, and the possibility of rebuilding a broken relationship.


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Nov 12, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 33: Sky's the limit
57:25

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Alex speak to some senior figures at Sky Sports about the groundbreaking rights deal that saw the channel buy the broadcast rights for the Women's Super League for three years starting from 2021-22. Tim speaks to Director of Football at Sky Sports Gary Hughes and they talk about when and why Sky got involved in the bidding process, what goes into a rights bidding process and giving the WSL the "Sky treatment."


Then Alex is joined by Sky Sports producer Nia WynThomas and presenter Caroline Barker to talk about the content side of Sky's coverage – the tactical analysis, how players might deal with increased scrutiny and criticism and the look and feel of Sky's coverage. With thanks to Alexandra Horton at Sky for helping to put this episode together.


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Nov 11, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 441 - 08.11.2021
1:38:47

In this episode we look back at the 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates yesterday, continuing our recent run of good results. There's some focus on match-winner Emile Smith Rowe, and midfield deputy Ainsley Maitland-Niles who filled in for Thomas Partey, as well as discussion of our solid defence, missed opportunities to make the game more comfortable, as well as some aspects of our recent performances which may need some focus from the manager. We then answer questions about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a difficult day at the office for him, our recruitment strategy, the Arsenal Advisory Board, Josh Kroenke's interview with Sky, a potential striker signing and lots more.


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Nov 08, 2021
Episode 652 - Looking back (v2)
1:03:10

NOTE: This an updated version, one was released previously, but with an error. Please download again if you got the earlier version.


In this episode I chat with Gabriel Clarke, one of the directors of the upcoming film – Arsene Wenger: Invincible. We talk about how the project came to pass, working with Arsene himself, the ups and downs of the story, featuring on the major achievement of his career while not shirking some of the shortcomings, the sense of regret that's evident when Arsene speaks and lots more.

Arsene Wenger: Invincible is in cinemas from 11 November, and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download from 22 November.


Then there's Arsenal chat with Phil Costa, as we discuss Antonio Conte's appointment for that lot, the progression and growing importance of Gabriel, competition for places, and there's a chance to win copies of the latest edition of the Scouted Football handbook which has a distinct Arsenal flavour.


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Nov 05, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 440 - 01.11.2021
1:48:39

In this episode we look back at the 2-0 win over Leicester at the weekend. We discuss Arsenal starting games brightly, chat about the two early goals, before attention turns to Aaron Ramsdale and his incredible save and performance. We also chat about the overall performance and the fact Leicester had chances, keeping a clean sheet, and taking three points away from home from a team who will be rivals for a European place. Then there are listener questions about Nuno Tavares, the '442', Martin Odegaard, transfers to offset AFCON departures, William Saliba and LOADS more.


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Nov 01, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 32: October mailbag
48:47

Tim, Pippa and Alex get together for the October mailbag edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast. The panel answer questions on the midfield- specifically Kim Little's best position and who is the preferred choice as the number six. They also ponder how far the Gunners can go in the Champions League and the lessons learned from the chastening defeat to Barcelona. Attention also turns to the addition of Gary Lewin to the backroom staff and other positive changes behind the scenes, as well as some of the challenges and improvements to come as the season progresses.

 

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Oct 29, 2021
Episode 651 - Safe Hands
1:04:20

In this episode I have a lovely chat with legendary former keeper David Seaman. We chat about the recent work he's been doing at the club, the evolution of the goalkeeping position, what has impressed him about Aaron Ramsdale, the dynamic between the new man and Bernd Leno, some of his favourite moments and lots more.


Then to talk about sacking managers, the suggestion that the 5 sub rule will become permanent, midweek Carabao Cup action, Arsenal momentum, and Gabriel Martinelli, it's James Benge of CBS Sports.


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Oct 29, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 439 - 24.10.2021
1:28:11

In this episode we look back at the very enjoyable 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Friday night, and a performance which had everything that was missing from the previous game. We discuss the changes to the line-up, the impact of Alexandre Lacazette, the dominance of the first half and how we maintained it, Thomas Partey's first Arsenal goal, the penalty, a brilliant display from Emile Smith Rowe which was capped with a goal, and just how much there was to like about what we did and how we did it. We then take listener questions about a new deal for Laca, defensive solidity, Gabriel's season so far, the team standing up for each other, Nuno Tavares, the development of the goalkeeping position and lots more.


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Oct 24, 2021
Episode 650 - Handbrake heartache
56:22

In this episode I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Ryan Hunn to discuss Arsenal in the wake of the Crystal Palace game. We chat about issues of identity and football style, confusion over the way Mikel Arteta wants his team to play, the dreaded handbrake and what exactly that means, our issues with possession feeding into other problems we have in terms of creativity and goalscoring, why we don't press – especially this season, and lots more, including some things to be positive about!


We also have the winners of our SuperClub competition from last week - superclubgame.com


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Oct 22, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 438 - 19.10.2021
1:33:52

In this episode we look back at the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night. We chat about the bright start but the inability to build on it, the goals we conceded, Arsenal's passive off-the-ball approach, continued concerns about the team's lack of attacking productivity, the late equaliser which rescued a point against Patrick Vieira's team, and the abysmal refereeing decision when James McArthur only got a yellow card for a brutal foul on Bukayo Saka. Then there are listener questions about Arsenal as a possession side, Thomas Partey and how midfield might look in January when he goes to the AFCON, Martin Odegaard's second poor performance in a row, movement and passing, officiating the officials, Alexandre Lacazette, sprucing up the Emirates and lots more.


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Oct 19, 2021
Episode 649 - Two captain managers
1:03:25

In this episode I'm joined by the Man from East Lower to chat about the season so far, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey, the return of Patrick Vieira when Crystal Palace visit on Monday, Newcastle, and lots more. Then, for more Paddy-related chat, it's Dan from @HLTCO to tell us why he's in love with the former Arsenal captain, what impact he's had on Palace in a short space of time, the changes they've made, and how they'll approach this game.


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Oct 15, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 437 - 11.10.2021
1:34:30

In this Interlull episode we begin by talking about a couple of goalscoring Gooners, before the conversation switches to the inevitable: the Newcastle takeover. We chat about what it might mean for Arsenal, the wider implications for the competitiveness of the Premier League, the 'morality' of it, the requirement for cognitive dissonance, and the reaction of fans to this kind of deal and ownership. There are some more questions about it in part two, as well as ones about the load being placed on players these days after comments from Thibaut Courtois, Gabriel Martinelli, goalkeepers, Arsenal James Bond, and lots more.


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Oct 11, 2021
Episode 648 - Overtake
1:10:03

In this episode I chat to Clive Palmer about the Saudi led takeover of Newcastle, the way football has been run to get to this point, whether anything can change at this point, the financial influence of the game, a soon-to-be new competitor for Arsenal to deal with, and more, before we chat about the team, Mikel Arteta, scoring more goals and the upcoming post-Interlull games.


Then, to talk about his new book 'Arsenal for Everyone', it's Dave Seager, who explains the motivation for the book, the backing he got from the club, and some of the stories of fans who experience football differently.


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Oct 08, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 436 - 04.10.2021
1:31:09

In this episode we look back at the 0-0 draw with Brighton on Saturday, in which too many of our key players didn't perform at the level required. We talk about the result in isolation, and in the context of the last four games, some positives at the back with Gabriel, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale, Emile Smith Rowe as our best player, and at least keeping a clean sheet and taking a point after an anti-climactic performance. Then there are listener questions about the key area we need to see improvement in, Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney, Arsene Wenger's backing for a World Cup every two years, and lots more.


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Oct 04, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 31: Barcelona preview pod
37:27

Welcome to a brand new episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, the number one podcast about Arsenal Women.


Arsenal Women play away at defending European champions Barcelona in the first game of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday evening. Tim and resident Barcelona expert Alex Ibaceta get together to preview the game, Alex talks about Barca's many strengths, key players, some of their weaknesses and considers whether Arsenal have any chance of escaping with any kind of result. The panel also discuss why Barcelona's women's team are so formidable while their men's team flounders- a concept not unfamiliar to Arsenal fans in fairness.


The game, like all of Arsenal's Champions League games, is being screened live on DAZN's YouTube channel free of charge with no paid subscription required.


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Oct 04, 2021
Episode 647 - Still a great day
1:09:38

In this episode I'm joined by Nick Ames of The Guardian to discuss the impact of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the North London derby; what Mikel Arteta might do in the enforced injury absence of Granit Xhaka, his options, and how there's now a heavy onus on Thomas Partey in that area of the pitch; plus some chat about the manager after he's enjoyed some better days of late.


Then I chat to Tim Stillman about Arsenal Women and their incredible start to the season under new head coach Jonas Eidevall, how a behind the scenes review looks to have paid dividends, the Champions League, competition and rotation, the chances of extending some key contracts, and lots more.


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Oct 01, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 435 - 27.09.2021
1:39:23

James is is back from his holidays on what is a very goodly morning following the 3-1 win in the North London derby. There's a flavour of the atmosphere inside the Emirates, the energy that transmitted around the ground, a brilliant first half performance with some outstanding individual contributions, a huge win for Mikel Arteta, a goal and an assist each for Smith Rowe and Saka, and pretty much everyone gets a mention for the way we put the old enemy to the sword. We then answer listener questions about Aaron Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, a revitalised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the potential for a winning run, the summer recruitment paying dividends, and lots more, including a brand new jingle to celebrate the derby win.


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Sep 27, 2021
Episode 646 - Arsenal not found
57:53

Only those inside the Emirates on Wednesday night got to see Arsenal's 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in full, because there was no live TV coverage anywhere. The Athletic's Art de Roche was one of them, and he joins me to talk about the game, the team selection, Thomas Partey playing a part, Eddie Nketiah, Flo Balogun and young players.


Then, with the North London derby on the horizon, I chat with Phil Costa about the slight bit of momentum Arsenal have built in the last couple of weeks, Mikel Arteta's more exciting – or at least interesting – line-ups, the connection between the team and the fans as a positive ahead of the Sp*rs game, Aaron Ramsdale and more.


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Sep 24, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 434 - 20.09.2021
1:26:45

James is away on holidays so for this episode I'm joined by Tayo Popoola ... who is also on holidays, to discuss our hard-fought 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday. We talk about the defensive commitment the team showed, stand-out players like Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel, dealing with the physical aspect of the game, some promising signs despite the fact the team didn't really click from an attacking perspective, and a moment of real quality from Martin Odegaard to score the only goal of the game. We then answer listener questions about the return of Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka's recent form, whether new signings have demonstrated greater character, Ben White ... sorry ... £50 Ben White to give him his full title, and lots more, including Martin Keown's big butt theory and the old skippidydip.


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Sep 20, 2021
Episode 645 - Refereeing fluidity
1:04:02

On this week's show I'm joined by Rory Smith of the New York Times to talk about the new edict to referees from on high for them to 'let it flow'. Is this going to lead to a rise in injuries as players push the boundaries, realising they may not get the kind of punishment they did before. We talk about the underlying culture of physicality in English football, how this is not a new thing – something Arsenal fans know only too well – and the way that refereeing and officiating appears to have a make it up as you go along element to it. We also chat about the proposal to make the World Cup biennial.


After that it's some quick Arsenal chat with Andrew Allen as we face a non-European season, and how we have to make that 'advantage' count, particularly for games like the weekend trip to Burnley.


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Sep 17, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 30: September Mailbag
1:01:36

Tim Stillman and Alex Ibaceta chat about Arsenal's perfect start to life under Jonas Eidevall with six wins from six games and react to the draw for the Champions League group stage and the signing of Tobin Heath. Then Tim and Alex take listener questions on who can provide back up for Vivianne Miedema, expectations for the Champions League matches against Barcelona, squad rotation, how to avoid burnout later in the season and observations on how the team has changed under Jonas Eidevall.


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Sep 15, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 433 - 13.09.2021
1:27:28

At long last it's a Goodly Morning as James and I discuss the 1-0 win over Norwich at the Emirates on Saturday. It wasn't perfect, but there were things to like about the performance and in particular a very fresh feeling team selection with five of the six summer signings starting. We chat about how we felt at the time versus how we feel now, the goal we scored, individual performances, the chances we missed to make the game more comfortable, and why the game ebbed and flowed at times. Then there are listener questions about Mikel Arteta and press conference comportment, what the selection of Aaron Ramsdale over Bernd Leno means for the German, end product from Martin Odegaard, a potential shift to a 433, and lots more – including leaf-blowing man and a snoring dog.


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Sep 13, 2021
Episode 644 - Clean Slate
1:01:53

On this week's show I'm joined by Charles Watts to discuss the post-Interlull requirements for Arsenal - start scoring, and start winning. We chat about the Edu interview, and how the pressure is on Mikel Arteta to produce now, even if there is a medium/long-term plan being implemented. There's also discussion of Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and lots more.


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Sep 10, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 432 - 06.09.2021
1:43:03

In this episode James and I enjoy some Interlull chats about the various bits and bobs that have been going on, including Arsenal Women winning, Bukayo Saka scoring for England, and our wildly incorrect transfer predictions, before turning our attention to Edu's media blitz over the weekend in which he explained the club's strategy during the transfer window. We talk about the bits that worked, and some that didn't quite stand up to scrutiny, as well as overall thoughts on what he said. After that we answer listener questions about what that interview means for Mikel Arteta, how can we judge the plan as it progresses, the new right back, whether there is media bias against Arsenal, what's going to happen with Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun this season, and lots more.


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Sep 06, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 29: Oh Tobin a-Gooner!
34:44

This episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast is all about the signing of USWNT star Tobin Heath. First of all, Tim talks to Gunners boss Jonas Eidevall about the signing, how it came about and how Heath fits into a squad already replete with attacking talent. Then Tim talks to co-founder and writer on Equalizer Soccer, Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) / Twitter, who broke the story last week that Tobin was looking to stay in England and play Champions League football. Tim and Jeff talk about the move, Heath's international career past and present and what Arsenal fans can expect from the American winger.


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Sep 04, 2021
Episode 643 - That was the window that was
1:22:29

It's a bumper edition of the show this week as I'm joined first by Phil Costa to profile deadline day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu, his strengths and weaknesses, and what's he's going to bring to the team as he arrives from Bologna on a four year deal.


After that we delve right into the transfer window itself with David Ornstein, discussing the strategy of signing young players, who decided on that, the roles of Edu and Mikel Arteta, our incoming and outgoing business, difficulties with selling, the pressure on the manager both internally and externally after being backed with nearly £150m this summer, and loads more.


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Sep 03, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 431 - 30.08.2021
2:00:10

In this episode James and I discuss the disastrous 5-0 defeat to Man City on Saturday. We talk about our emotional reaction the game and the performance, before some analysis on the team selection, the goals we conceded, our defensive issues, and yet another Granit Xhaka moment from Granit Xhaka which left us down to 10 men ... again. In the second part of the show there's a question about the manager which sparks a long discussion about what he's doing, how he's doing it, his future, what he has to deliver, the state of the club/team right now, and the reaction it ... before some quickfire questions at the end about Bernd Leno, what's left of the transfer window, and more. We talked it all out!


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Aug 30, 2021
Episode 642 - Real life reaction
1:05:09

On this week's show I'm joined by Tim Stillman to talk about the 6-0 over West Brom on Wednesday, chatting first about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's hat-trick and how much the captain needed to get back on the scoresheet. We also talk about Mikel Arteta's challenge of turning good attackers into a good attack, how experienced heads can help some of the young players, the 'real life' reaction at games versus some of the online discourse, being able to see a strategy in terms of how we build during this transfer window, the latest from the Arsenal Women and loads more.


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Aug 27, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 430 - 23.08.2021
1:38:23
In this episode James and I discuss the second consecutive defeat of the season after we went down 2-0 to Chelsea at the Emirates. What is expectation versus reality? Even with players missing, should we have seen better from Mikel Arteta and his team? We analyse the goals, the defensive lapses, chat about not going with a back three, why we didn't react quickly enough to Chelsea's threat, Lukaku v Mari and there's an existential Granit Xhaka question from the stands of the stadium itself. Then we answer listener questions about a potential trolley dash v2 if we lose badly to Man City, Arteta's future, why we appear to have moved away from playing out from the back, the impact of Covid-19 on us and how it might affect the Premier League as a whole, Willian's social media likes and lots more.Get extra bonus content and help support Arseblog by becoming an Arseblog Member on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/arseblog

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Aug 23, 2021
Episode 641 - Odegaard back, Arteta backed
1:38:08

On this week's show I'm joined by Simon Collings of the Evening Standard to talk about the impending signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale; how the former will provide creative, attacking threat that we need, and what the implications of signing a £24m 'back-up' might be for current number 1 Bernd Leno. We also chat about the need to sell players, how much compromise will be required in the final weeks of the transfer window, and about how the backing Mikel Arteta has been given this season has to start producing results – even if the month of August looks pretty difficult.


Then I talk to Philippe Auclair about an article he spent 18 months investigating about the links between the Premier League and potential money laundering via the less than transparent world of online gambling.

You can read the article here: http://josimarfootball.com/the-trillion-dollar-gambling-game/


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Aug 20, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 429 - 15.08.2021
1:35:20

In this episode James and I discuss the disappointing opening game of the new Premier League season after Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Brentford. We chat about notable pre-game absences and a team which didn't look ready in spite of those, the goals we conceded, Bernd Leno, a wobbly defence, some positive stuff from the likes of Smith Rowe, Tierney and Lokonga, what bringing on a left-back at right back might mean, and more. As well as that there are loads of listener questions about Mikel Arteta and the kind of football we play, what will it take to make it go 'bang', the manager's comments about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whether we should revert to a back three, and plenty more, plus the winners of the competition to win signed copies of James' book.


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Aug 15, 2021
Episode 640 - Season Preview 2021-22
1:08:00

In this episode we preview the brand new Premier League season which starts tonight against Brentford. My guests are Phil Costa and Andrew Allen, and we chat about the state of the squad before the first game, the signings we've made, the signings we have yet to make, the occasional departure and the players who are still around who haven't gone, what constitutes a successful season for the team, the pressure on Mikel Arteta, the difficult start we face and lots, lots more.


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Aug 13, 2021
Episode 639 - Eat the liver
1:05:43

In this bonus episode, we carry on our tradition of chatting to Ken Early of Second Captains on the eve of a new season. We discuss Lionel Messi's move to PSG, the financial disaster that is going on at Barcelona, the relentless influence of the wealthiest clubs on football, before turning our attention to the Premier League. We wonder how Jack Grealish will get on with Pep Guardiola, is there something English going on at Man City, there's Arsenal/Arteta chat, Rafa Benitez at Everton and more.


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Aug 11, 2021
Episode 638 - The Champ and The Chump
48:44

In this bonus Arsecast episode, I'm joined by James – not to talk about Arsenal, but the release of his brand new book: The Champ and The Chump. His grandfather, Terry Downes, nicknamed 'The Paddington Express', was a boxer and held the world middleweight title for a time in the 1960s. James is a comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster who has spent most of his life actively avoiding being punched in the face. We chat about how the book came about, the life and times of a world champion, how James has had to deal with certain issues in his own life, and lots more.


You can get The Champ and The Chump at your local independent book shop, from all the big online retailers, and as an audio book – which might be good for those of you listen to the podcasts. We also have a

couple of signed copies to give away too.


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Aug 10, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 28: The August Mailbag
56:19

In this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim Stillman and Alex Ibaceta answer listener questions submitted on Twitter on Arsenal's summer transfer business and whether it is complete, there are questions on how the team might shape up under new coach Jonas Eidevall, the potential link-up between Steph Catley and Katie McCabe on the left, how Jonas will juggle things at centre-half, to what extent academy players might feature under his stewardship and there are questions on Jordan Nobbs and the futures of some other key players.  

 

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Aug 10, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 428 - 09.08.2021
1:46:51

In this episode James and I discuss the final game of pre-season, looking first at the positive contributions from new signings Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White, as well as the encouraging return of Bukayo Saka. We talk about pre-season as a whole, share some worries about the striker situation, and assess the squad and the gaps in it as we head towards a new Premier League campaign. There's lots of transfer talk, including some about James Maddison, plus listener questions about Edu, realistic expectations for the season Mikel Arteta should delivery, the departure of Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, and loads more besides.


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Aug 09, 2021
Episode 637 - Statements
1:18:14

For today's show, we have two guests who have to respond to statements I put to them (this is a format Patreon members will be familiar with). They have to either Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree with them – no fence sitting. Elliot Smith and Lewis Ambrose are the men in the hot seats, and we discuss topics like James Maddison, the transfer market, seeing into a Mikel Arteta shaped crystal ball, Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock, having a striker problem, Aubameyang's goalscoring, Arsene Wenger and lots more besides.


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Aug 06, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 427 - 02.08.2021
1:21:05

In this episode James and I chat about the pre-season game against Chelsea, and some of the key takeaways from that, including our first look at £50m signing Ben White. Thomas Partey looked good but then got injured, potentially bad news for fans and for Mikel Arteta. His replacement, Granit Xhaka, looked like a dead cert departure this summer but now he's going to stay – we discuss the implications of that as we still look to improve our midfield. There's a lot of transfer chat, with focus on the difficulties we're having moving players on, as well as listener questions about who might leave, the possible arrival of another striker as we target Lautaro Martinez, injury speculation, refereeing in friendlies, Eddie Nketiah and lots more.


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Aug 02, 2021
Episode 636 - Submissive Greedy Horses
55:41

On this week's show I'm joined by Dan Critchlow of the Daily Cannon to talk about the latest from pre-season, including two 4-1 wins over Millwall and Watford. There's also chat about the two London derbies we face before the start of the season; a Granit Xhaka situation which has the potential to get complicated; rumours linking us with Martin Odegaard and whether he'd be worth the fee that would tempt Real Madrid to sell; what we should be looking for from Thomas Partey next season; departures; and lots more, including a healthy dose of the usual waffle.


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Jul 30, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 426 - 26.07.2021
1:34:24

In this episode James and I chat about pre-season, and in particular the new deal for Emile Smith Rowe, what it means that he's taken the number 10, and what it says about his place in the first team pecking order. There's the inevitable discussion about the transfer window, the varying degrees of difficulty we might face when it comes to the players we want to sell, and why – as of now – we've yet to buy a first team starter. Plus loads of questions about the right back position, Arsenal's apparent interest in a lot of English players during this window, whether we might sign a striker, and lots more.


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Jul 26, 2021
Episode 635: Triple Header
1:17:09

This week's show is a triple header in terms of guests. First up, I'm joined by Eleven Sports' Belgian Pro League commentator (and Arsenal fan) Michael Van Vaerenbergh to chat about Albert Sambi Lokonga; then with all the rumours involving Aaron Ramsdale swirling around, I chat to Ben Meakin of Blades Pod about the player, his performances, and what seems to be a potential deal which has left many people perplexed; and finally it's Art de Roché from The Athletic to talk pre-season, the transfer market, Tammy Abraham and lots more.


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Jul 23, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 425 - 19.07.2021
1:29:52

In this episode James and I chat about our pre-season games in Scotland, in particular the 2-2 draw with Rangers in which we got our first goalscoring glimpse of new signing Nuno Tavares. We also chat about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's finishing, assessing Edu's role as Technical Director through the incoming and outgoing business we get done before August 31st, valuing young players like Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson, and loads of listener questions touching on Nicolas Pepe and what to expect from him, the latest from the transfer market, Houssem Aouar, Martin Odegaard, the elusive Partey Partner®© and lots more.


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Jul 19, 2021
Episode 634 - Perfect 10
53:21

On this week's show I chat to Andrew Allen about our first pre-season game – the 2-1 defeat to Hibs – as well as answering questions from Patreon members, including: More Willian than we thought possible; Emile Smith Rowe shirt number mayhem; Joe Willock's future; Ainsley Maitland-Niles in midfield; Edu on a yacht with a super-agent and our former Head of Football; and lots more.


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Jul 16, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 27: Olympic Preview Part 2- Team GB and Japan
1:08:57

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast the panel preview the chances of Team GB and Japan in the women's football tournament at this summer's Olympics. Firstly, Pippa and Tim are joined by Rich Laverty of Our Game magazine and These Football Times to discuss Team GB, Leah Williamson, Nikita Parris, the surprise omission of Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead from the squad and Team GB's overall chances.


Then Tim is joined by Tokyo based British journalist Sean Carroll and they chat about the general feeling in Tokyo around the Olympic Games, the challenges for the media and the athletes of a Games during a pandemic and they talk about Japan's chances as well as Arsenal's new signing Mana Iwabuchi.


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Jul 15, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 26 - Olympic Preview Part 1: Netherlands and Australia
1:10:01

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast the panel look ahead to the Olympic games which start later this month and preview the four teams with Arsenal interest. In Part 1, Tim and Alex talk to ESPN Australia, Optus and the Guardian's Samantha Lewis about the Matildas' chances in Tokyo as well as the fortunes of Lydia Williams, Cailtin Foord and Steph Catley.


Then Tim and Alex talk to Dutch journalist Annemarie Postma about the Netherlands' chances, as well as the recent departures of Danielle van de Donk and Jill Roord and they discuss their upcoming mangerial change which will see England bound Sarina Wiegman replaced by Mark Parsons.


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Jul 13, 2021
Arsecast Extra Extra: Euro 2020 final aftermath
25:22

In this short bonus episode, James and I chat about the final of Euro 2020, which saw Italy beat England on penalties. From an Arsenal perspective, it was hard to see Bukayo Saka miss his spot-kick, but we discuss what led to that, the game itself over 120 minutes, Gareth Southgate's decision making and more. We touch on how this might impact a 19 year old, but feel confident that this is something that he's got the character to overcome – as his bravery to take the penalty in the first place demonstrated.


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Jul 12, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 424 - 11.07.2021
1:12:24

In this episode James and I chat about the final of Euro 2020 between England and Italy, Bukayo Saka's participation, and how it's a game that's too close to call. After that we chat about the first official signing of the summer, Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares, and round up the latest incoming and outgoing rumours. We then answer questions about Arsenal's involvement in the Amazon series 'All or nothing', discussing the decision, the potential benefits and risks, whether we'll see more of Josh Kroenke, and whether it will have any impact on the club's business this summer. All this, plus Smith Rowe, and lots more besides.


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Jul 11, 2021
Episode 633 - Home or Rome?
58:42

On this week's show I'm joined by James Benge to chat Euro 2020 and the fact that Bukayo Saka's England have made it through the final against Italy. We discuss the tournament from an England perspective, and talk about the impact of the young Arsenal man, as well as the prospect of facing the Italians at Wembley on Sunday. There's Arsenal chat, which includes Matteo Guendouzi, Mikel Arteta dealing with difficult characters, and why there's still so much to do during this transfer window.


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Jul 09, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 423 - 05.07.2021
1:33:39

In this episode James and I chat about Euro 2020, the focus on supposed Italian cynicism, and look forward to the semi-finals, before we discuss the decision to send William Saliba on loan again next season. Would he have been better off in the Premier League rather than back in France again? There's also some Matteo Guendouzi talk as he prepares to join Marseille on a permanent basis (eventually), plus questions about the structure of the that deal, whether we might play 3 at the back next season, Patrick Vieira going to Crystal Palace, Alexandre Lacazette, and lots more.


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Jul 05, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 25 – SOS Jonas
58:03

For this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, attention turns to the appointment of new Head Coach Jonas Eidevall. Tim and Alex talk to Arsenal quadruple winner and current Aston Villa defender Anita Asante about her two years playing under Jonas at Rosengard in Sweden. Then Tim chats to Swedish football journalist, analyst and photographer Mia Eriksson about Jonas from her perspective as someone who covers the Damallsvenskan in-depth.


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Jul 04, 2021
Episode 632 - Encouragement?
57:47

On this week's show I'm Tim Stillman to discuss the appointment of Jonas Eidevall as the new Head Coach of the Arsenal Women. We ask if the way this decision was arrived upon offers signs of encouragement about what else the club have to do this summer. We also chat about William Saliba (of course), Gabriel Martinelli and the Olympics, offering a new contract to Reiss Nelson, as well as new managers at both Sp*rs and Everton.


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Jul 02, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 422 - 28.06.2021
1:35:25

In this episode James and I discuss the latest goings-on at Euro 2020, some of the stand-out players, tournament stand-outs. Then we delve into the latest transfer rumours, including left-backs and right-backs, and ask whether we need to readjust our expectations when it comes to the kind of fees we might receive for the players we're looking to sell this summer. Then we answer listener questions about our reported interest in Aaron Ramsdale, whether the 're-sale' model actually makes sense when you consider who might be able to buy players from us, Ben White, William Saliba and the Olympics, why transfers take so long to go through, and lots more.


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Jun 28, 2021
Episode 631: Super Saka, sad Saliba?
1:12:53

On this week's show I'm joined by Charles Watts of Goal to talk about Bukayo Saka's impressive performance for England at Euro 2020, the William Saliba situation and whether or not you can buy a good player too early, as well as the transfer window. We chat about what Arsenal might do, but I talk to Charles about covering it as a journalist, sources of information, the pressure from fans to know what's happening and when, and lots more.


Then we take a look at a big summer for Arsenal at youth/U23 level following the departure of Steve Bould. I talk to Jeorge Bird about his possible replacement, arrivals and departures, and who some of the bright young stars at Academy level are.


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Jun 25, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 421 - 20.06.2021
1:13:58

In this Sunday episode of the show, James and I discuss what's been going on at the Euros, England's draw with Scotland, coaches being conservative rather than brave and how that applies to Gareth Southgate, and there is the beginning of what is going to be an Olympic karate/Hollywood sensation. Then we answer listener questions about the timing of our transfer business, selling players we like at an earlier age, looking to South America for signings this window, Aubameyang playing some casual football during the off-season, that lot down the road trying to secure a new manager, and lots more besides.


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Jun 20, 2021
Episode 630 - Walking down Maddison
1:11:16

On this week's show I chat to Lewis Ambrose about the European Championships, links to certain players, the lack of Arsenal involvement, and whether that's a good or a bad thing. Then we examine some of the big transfer stories of the week as we're being touted as a possible destination for players like Ben White, James Maddison, Albert Lokonga and Aaron Ramsdale. We analyse the potential deals, the players themselves and lots more.


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Jun 18, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 420 - 14.06.2021
1:22:37

In this episode we start off with chat about the European Championships. James was at Wembley to see England beat Croatia, there's discussion of some of the other games over the weekend plus what happened with Christian Eriksen and how it was covered by broadcasters/UEFA. We then delve into the world of transfers with analysis of our interest in Brighton centre-half Ben White and what it might mean for players currently on the books, as well as what spending that amount of money could signal about our 'fire power' this summer. Loads of listener questions, a dog interruption, and an all new Magpie Fact.


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Jun 14, 2021
Episode 629 - Left Field
57:21

On this week's show I chat to Clive Palmer about the transfer window ahead, what the work we do will tell us about the people doing it and the direction they're pushing us in, changing some of the old guard, letting new leaders emerge, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, what our pursuit of a centre-half might mean for William Saliba, and lots more.


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Jun 11, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 419 - 07.06.2021
1:32:43

In this episode we chat about the reaction to Arsenal 'missing out' on Emi Buendia, as the Norwich man is set to join Aston Villa. We examine why it felt to many like a big blow, as well as discussing the mechanics of the transfer window, the way that rumours develop via the media, how information spreads, and the way that fans react to it. We also chat about Arsenal's approach to the window, the spotlight shining firmly on Mikel Arteta and Edu as they put their stamp on the squad going into next season, links to Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, the upcoming European Championships, and lots more.


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Jun 07, 2021
Episode 628 - Squad depth
1:04:00

In this episode I'm joined by Lewis Ambrose to discuss the issue of squad depth. With no Europe next season, how far do we need to trim the numbers – at times last year Arsenal had a 33+ man panel. Who might be able to provide versatility to cover in various positions? Just how much midfield recruitment do we need, taking into account some of the names we've been linked with? We also chat potential comings and goings in every area of the team, from front to back, including the need for at least one goalkeeper before the season starts, and maybe two. All that and lots more,.


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Jun 04, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 418 - 31.05.2021
1:43:03

In this episode we chat about the European finals that took place over the last week, instilling a winning culture at a club, being smarter with resources, what the constant centre-half rumours might mean for William Saliba's Arsenal future, Granit Xhaka's links to Roma, and how we might be able to fund transfers this summer. There are listener questions about Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka playing for England, Martin Odegaard and lots more. Plus we do our traditional transfer spending/income predictions, with a firm promise to go back and talk about how wrong they were when the window closes!


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May 31, 2021
Episode 627 - Event management
54:00

In this episode I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to discuss the season just gone. If it felt surreal for us, what was it like for the players? We chat about the final day, a litany of changes behind the scenes, what Mikel Arteta might have learned from this season, the need for stronger checks and balances when it comes to recruitment, putting the right kind of experience around the talented young players who represent our future, the lack of European football next season and lots more.


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May 28, 2021
Episode 626 - Arsenal Women Season Review
38:24

In this bonus episode I'm joined by Tim Stillman to review the 2020-21 season for Arsenal Women. We chat about the overall performance, some of the issues that the team had to deal with, and how an ongoing internal review might address them. Tim picks out a couple of players who shone during the campaign, discusses the squad rebuilding job to be done with regards to some players who have left and some who might also leave, the appointment of the new manager, playing European games at the Emirates, and provides some final reflections on Joe Montemurro who stepped down as manager at the end of the season.


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May 26, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 417 - 24.05.2021
1:45:51

In this episode we reflect on the 2-0 win over Brighton on the final day of the season, and bid a not particularly fond farewell to this campaign overall. Still, there were positives, such as the fans being back in the stadium, Nicolas Pepe's goals and strong end to the season, and we also chat about signing Martin Odegaard permanently, and the goodbye given to David Luiz after his two years at the club come to an end. Then there are listener questions about Joe Willock, some end of season 'awards', Steve Bould's departure, not being in Europe next season, and lots more.


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May 24, 2021
Episode 625 - Final Day Stuff
58:30

In this episode I'm joined by Chris Wheatley from Football London to discuss the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, two goals for Nicolas Pepe, one for Gabriel Martinelli, and how both players have been used throughout this season. We also chat about a quiet night for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and what the win means for our European 'hopes' for next season, as well as what the future might hold for Greek defender Dinos Mavropanos.


Then for some Newcastle perspective on Joe Willock after yet another goal in black and white, I talk to Alex Hurst of True Faith about his loan spell there, how he's been used, what it might mean for their chances of keeping him, and more.


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May 21, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 24 - 50 years of the Women's FA Cup
1:00:03

For the latest episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim talks to BBC journalist, broadcaster and commentator Chris Slegg about his and Patricia Gregory's new book 'A History of the Women's FA Cup Final', released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the competition. In the book, Chris and Patricia have uncovered a string of hitherto unknown facts and stats about the competition, which has suffered from a lack of documentation.


Chris discusses some of the difficulties and barriers of compiling accurate information about some of those early finals and the importance of accurately depicting the history of the women's game and understanding the barriers faced by players. Rachel Yankey did not know that she held the record for appearances in the final until Chris and Patricia's research uncovered the fact. Chris also discusses his relatively recent discovery of women's football and his passion for helping others to discover it too.


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May 19, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 416 - 17.05.2021
1:45:46

In this episode we discuss Leicester's win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final; the decision made over the future of David Luiz and whether the Brazilian was a good signing for the club; Willian potentially following him out the door; we assess links to Southampton's Ryan Bertrand who has been mooted as a possible signing this summer; and wonder about learning lessons and performance reviews. We then answer questions about Daniel Ek's weekend statement, fan representation at board level, the futures of a host of players who could depart this summer, the 'league table since Boxing Day' outlook, the chances of another Champions League final, and lots more.


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May 17, 2021
Episode 624 - It's a culture thing
1:08:54

In this episode I'm joined by James Benge to talk about Arsenal's 1-0 win over Chelsea in midweek, another stand-out performance from Emile Smith Rowe whose stature continues to grow, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's reaction to being taken off, and how it raised the prospect of overtaking Sp*rs (good) and the Europa Conference League (probably not so good). We also talk about Mikel Arteta's interview on Sky and examine why he took such umbrage over certain reports in the media, what lies ahead in terms of a summer rebuild and reset, the reported desire of five senior players to leave, what the transfer market might be like, and lots more.


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May 14, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 23 - Did Arsenal hear Jill Roord?
1:02:32

In this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Alex take listener questions around summer signings and departures, discuss the news of Jill Roord's departure to Wolfsburg and the likely arrival of Mana Iwabuchi from Aston Villa. There are also questions on whether Katie McCabe will play at left-back next season, which players have been a surprise during this campaign, why the season ultimately proved to be disappointing and the panel also contemplate a difficult pre-season ahead with a new manager, several players off to the Olympics followed by August Champions League qualifiers and a crowded looking schedule next season.


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May 11, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 415 - 10.05.2021
1:34:16

In this episode we discuss the 3-1 win over West Brom which saw Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe shine, Nicolas Pepe score a belter, and Willian finally breaking his duck with a late free kick. We chat about the game, team selection mayhem, Saka finally playing at left-back, and the need to be 'ruthless' in the summer. After that there are listener questions about the squad and who should stay/go, the UEFA Conference League, Joe Willock, rebuilding the midfield, how no European football might benefit us (if at all) next season, and lots more.


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May 10, 2021
Episode 623 - The end is here
1:09:25

In this episode I'm joined by Tim Stillman and Tayo Popoola to talk about our elimination from the Europa League after the 0-0 draw with Villarreal last night. We chat about the game, the couple of chances we had in an overall poor performance, the lack of urgency in such a big game, Mikel Arteta's subs (again), and how, over the two legs, we didn't do nearly enough to win and go through to the final. Then the discussion is broadened out to the manager and what happens next with him, his football issues are one thing but also how much the club have put on his shoulders, the dearth of expertise at executive level, where we are being a consequence of KSE's hands-off ownership and lots more.


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May 07, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: What the 'ek is going on?
31:40

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Joining me for a bonus podcast is Tim Payton of the Arsenal Supporter's Trust. We chat about their meeting with Daniel Ek and the impression he gave; involvement of former players in the bid and their potential roles; the issue of football club ownership and government regulation; the concept of the 'Golden Share'; fan involvement at board level and how that might be implemented; and much more.


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May 05, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 414 - 02.05.2021
1:38:16

In this episode we discuss the 2-0 win over Newcastle, the importance of David Luiz after his performance and injury and why more players can't do what he does; a first Premier League for Mohamed Elneny; Gabriel Martinelli's stellar performance; Xhaka at left back again and what it says about Cedric; and the positives from players who came in and made a contribution to the win. Then we answer questions about the protests at Old Trafford today, the team we'd pick for Villarreal on Thursday, Mat Ryan, Joe Willock, next season's striking options and more.


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May 02, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 413 - 30.04.2021
1:37:47

In this episode we dissect the 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final. We chat about the deployment of Emile Smith Rowe as a 'False 9', conceding the goals we did, a disaster-class in midfield from Dani Ceballos and the manager's role in his sending off, Bukayo Saka winning a penalty and the ice-cold way Nicolas Pepe put it away to salvage something from a really poor night against Unai Emery's team. There's also a little gratitude for the former head coach, plus plenty of questions about Mikel Arteta, his use of subs, his over-complication at times, expectations of him, plus a bit about the takeover bid from Daniel Ek and lots more.


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Apr 30, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 412 - 25.04.2021
1:48:12
In this episode we look back at Friday night's 1-0 defeat to Everton at the Emirates. Another game Arsenal shouldn't have dropped points in, but somehow found a way to do it. We chat about the Bernd Leno error and the VAR decision which overturned the awarding of the penalty given for a 'foul' on Dani Ceballos. Then attention turns to the protests before the game, what sparked them, and the thorny issue of the club's ownership. We then take questions about which goalkeeper should play in the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal, Mikel Arteta's position if things don't go well in the next few weeks, Granit Xhaka at left-back, Thomas Partey's season so far, other billionaires interested in Arsenal and lots more.

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Apr 25, 2021
Episode 622 - Legacy Podcast
1:00:24

In this episode I chat to Charles Watts of Goal about the crazy week we've all experienced with regard to the Super League announcement, and then collapse. We discuss Mikel Arteta's responses as he became the first person associated with the club to speak publicly, KSE showing their hand and making their end-game clear, and whether or not this might have an impact on the team when we still have so much to play for this season.


Then it's Akhil Vayas from the AST to discuss the Fans' Forum meeting at which Josh Kroenke was questioned about the Super League, the owner's commitment to the club, potential further attempts to make something like this happen, and lots more.

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Apr 23, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 411 - 19.04.2021
1:39:21

This episode is dominated by Arsenal's involvement in the proposed European Super League. We chat about how we feel about the plan itself, and the way that news was delivered with such contempt for fans. There's discussion of the ownership, the executives, what this will mean for fans, for the rest of the season, and how it impacts the games we have left. There's a lot us trying to work this stuff out during the conversation itself, before we do some football stuff surrounding the 1-1 draw with Fulham, including Nketiah's goal, Mat Ryan, Hector Bellerin and lots more as we circle back around to the super league stuff again.


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Apr 19, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 410 - 16.04.2021
1:30:16

In this episode we look back the impressive 4-0 win over Slavia Prague in the Europa League, focusing in particular on the impact of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe. There's also discussion of Nicolas Pepe on the left, two more goals for Alexandre Lacazette, and how Mikel Arteta made it work without key members of his squad available. We also have listener questions about Calum Chambers and his future, back four consistency, facing Unai Emery in the semi-finals against Villarreal, Granit Xhaka, and lots more, including lots more more.


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Apr 16, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 409 - 12.04.2021
1:23:40

In this episode we enjoy the 3-0 win over Sheffield United, accepting fully that the opposition wasn't great. We chat about Granit Xhaka at left-back and some very interesting heatmaps that generated; the selection of Gabriel Martinelli and his contribution which culminated in a goal; Alexandre Lacazette's double strike; Bukayo Saka at the 10 and Thomas Partey as a one-man midfield. We then take listener questions about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's absence, whether reports of squad unrest stand up to any scrutiny, the team for Thursday's second leg in Prague, Folarin Balogun agreeing a new contract and lots more.


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Apr 12, 2021
Episode 621 - A perilous moment
1:03:55

In this episode I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to talk about Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the Europa League. We discuss a disappointing result, the way game was managed, substitutions, the overall performance, the reaction to going ahead, the late equaliser we conceded, and what it says about these players. We also discuss Mikel Arteta in the context of this game, and broaden the discussion out into where we're going, compromised principles, the need for a plan and identity, how the club have committed to the Arteta/Edu project, and why, if the owners don't get more hands on, the future could be a bleak one for Arsenal.


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Apr 09, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 22 - Arrivederci Joe
1:06:56

In this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Pippa are joined by new regular panellist Alex Ibaceta to discuss the news that Joe Montemurro will step down as Arsenal coach at the end of the season. The panel then take listener questions on who the new manager might be, what sort of business the club might do in the summer, Leah Williamson and Vivianne Miedema's contract situations, the strategic review of the Women's team operations, as well as questions on Beth Mead, Lia Walti and who the first choice back four should be.


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Apr 08, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 408 - 05.04.2021
1:39:26

In this episode we look back at the dismal 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday. We were missing key players, but that's no excuse for such a limp, lifeless performance in which we barely competed. Mikel Arteta's team selection, tactics and approach are up for discussion, and it's clear the manager got it wrong. We also chat about the impact of losing Kieran Tierney, using Aubameyang on the left, and much more, before taking questions about the captaincy, muddled thinking from Edu and Arteta, realistic expectations for the summer business we need to do, selling Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and beyond.


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Apr 05, 2021
Episode 620 - Joe on the go
1:07:43

In this episode I'm joined first by Tim Stillman to talk about the big news on the Arsenal Women front – the impending departure of head coach Joe Montemurro. We chat about his time at the club, the reasons for his decision, what he'll leave behind and what comes next in terms of finding a replacement. We also discuss the job of squad management Mikel Arteta has to do between now and the end of the season with, hopefully, another 14 games to play in under two months.


Then, for some pre-Liverpool chat it's Neil Atkinson from the Anfield Wrap to talk about their season, being unable to celebrate being champions, what's going wrong during this campaign, whether they'll have an eye on their Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday, and lots more.

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Apr 02, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 407 - 29.03.2021
1:31:41

In this Interlull episode there's not a lot going on from an Arsenal perspective, so we take a load of listener questions. Up for discussion, Martin Odegaard; Lucas Torreira as a potential partner for Thomas Partey; priorities when it comes to the transfer market in the summer; what level of confidence we have in Edu; the World Cup in Qatar; Thierry Henry's decision to leave social media; Calum Chambers; enjoyable inconsequential things in football; and loads more, including the now traditional predictions for the final 10 league games of the season.


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Mar 29, 2021
Episode 619 - The Partey partner
1:09:14

In this episode I'm joined by James Benge and Clive Palmer to discuss a host of topics, including the demands being placed on players going on international duty, and whether there can ever be the right balance; fixture schedules; Martin Odegaard's growing influence on the team; Thomas Partey, what he might bring between now and the end of the season, as well as the need to find him the right partner; progress under Mikel Arteta but weighed up against the flaws which are on display too often; and more.


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Mar 26, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 406 - 22.03.2021
1:33:30

In this episode, we try and make sense of yesterday's extraordinary 3-3 draw with West Ham. We chat about the vast chasm between how bad we can be and how good we can be, the goals we conceded, the incredible response to coming back from 3-0 down, the influence of Martin Odegaard, Calum Chambers and Alexandre Lacazette, how both sides could have won it, and how the things we're doing well are consistently being undermined by the stuff we do badly. Then there are listener questions about centre-halves, keeping Odegaard, Bernd Leno's recent form, the great striker debate and lots more.


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Mar 22, 2021
Episode 618 - Coke off what?!
59:43

In this episode Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos is made less painful by the hilarity of Sp*rs getting knocked out of the Europa League despite taking a two goal lead into their second leg. After laughing at that, we talk about our game, Mikel Arteta's post-game bug bear, Aubameyang's misses, Martin Odegaard, a sighting of the lesser-spotted Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney, the ridiculous upcoming Interlull and lots more.


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Mar 19, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 21 - Patten of play
38:10

In this month's episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim talks to Arsenal defender Anna Patten – @pattenanna – about her back story as an Arsenal fan, going to Highbury with her uncle when she was six, joining the Arsenal academy as a teenager and playing in every game of the 2017 Spring Series before spending three and a half years in the US college system.


Tim talks to Anna about her experiences of playing soccer in Florida and South Carolina before returning to Arsenal in January. There is also some chat about Friday night's huge WSL game against Manchester United.

 

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Mar 16, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 405 - 15.03.2021
1:35:18

In this episode, it's a very goodly morning as we revel in the 2-1 win in the North London derby. After falling behind to a sheer fluke of a goal, Martin Odegaard equalised and Alexandre Lacazette's second half penalty secured the points. We chat about the collective performance, some very good individual ones, the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the terrifying final 10 minutes, the red card , Harry Kane's nasty challenge, but most of all enjoy an important win over the old rivals and beating their manager too. Then we have questions about Kieran Tierney, players shouting at each, Emile Smith Rowe, trying to make Odegaard's signing permanent, Gabriel Martinelli and loads more.


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Mar 15, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 404 - 12.03.2021
1:22:49

Arsenal's 3-1 win over Olympiacos in the Europa League was a great result, with three brilliant away goals, yet why did Mikel Arteta have a face like thunder afterwards? Could it because we gave away another stupid goal? Yes, yes it was. We discuss this damaging habit we need to shake off as quickly as possible, before we chat about the positives from the night – including starting the game well, scoring goals, and finishing strongly. We also answer listener questions about Nicolas Pepe, the concept of what is good, how to approach the North London derby on Sunday, rotational fouling in football, and lots more.


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Mar 12, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 403 - 08.03.2021
1:22:54

In this episode we discuss the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday. After a strong start Arsenal failed to make the most of their dominance, and a Granit Xhaka error saw the home side equalise. We analyse that mistake, how it impacted the performance, and chat about a game that we should won even aside from that. There were missed chances, a ridiculous VAR decisions which cost us a penalty, and it all added up to a frustrating afternoon for Mikel Arteta's side. Then there are questions about the way the team is playing, the manager and his development, Nicolas Pepe, playing out from the back and lots more.


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Mar 08, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 402 - 28.02.2021
1:21:55

In this episode we enjoy what was a very nice surprise – a 3-1 win over Leicester. Given the team rotation, with six changes, and some big names not starting, it looked more difficult on paper, and even more so when we conceded another early goal. However, the Arsenal response was excellent, and we chat about the goals we scored, a set-piece routine working, VAR, an influential performance from Nicolas Pepe, Willian playing well, and how well we controlled a game against opposition which have often been troublesome to us. Then there are questions about Pablo Mari, head injuries, Gabriel Martinelli, finishing in the top 6, the durability of Granit Xhaka and lots more.


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Feb 28, 2021
Episode 617 - Saka gets us out of our own jail
58:25

On this episode I'm joined by Ryan Hunn and Andrew Allen to discuss our last-gasp 3-2 win over Benfica in the Europa League. As Arsenal are wont to do, we made life very difficult for ourselves, and we discuss our self-destructive tendencies, on display for both Benfica's goals on Thursday evening. We then chat the two goals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, two assists for Bukayo Saka, that Kieran Tierney goal and the reminders of Bacary Sagna from it, the Willian 'assist' and how much of this was Arsenal getting out of a jail of our own making, and how much was it a win showing kind of character we can build on.

 

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Feb 26, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 401 - 22.02.2021
1:31:51

In this episode we look back on the 1-0 defeat to Man City on Sunday. Losing to a team as good as that isn't a surprise, but we explore the sense of frustration afterwards and what else might be informing it. We chat about the team selection, Mikel Arteta's changes, and the early lapse in concentration which cost us the goal that won City the game. Also on the agenda: substitutes, why games against Man City are so weird, and a tired looking Kieran Tierney, plus lots of listener questions about squad rotation, Bukayo Saka playing 90 minutes again, Gabriel Martinelli, Pep's post-game comments, the importance of the Benfica game on Thursday and lots more.


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Feb 22, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 400 - 19.02.2021
1:09:11

In this episode we look back at the 1-1 draw with Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night. Will we rue those missed chances, or should we take encouragement from the fact we made them in the first place? We discuss Aubameyang's bad night in front of goal, Martin Odegaard showing his quality, another solid Bukayo Saka contribution, and try and figure out why the game played out the way it did, even if it was a bit frustrating. Then there are listener questions about resting key players, Emile Smith Rowe on the left hand side, Rob Holding, how you can prioritise one competition over another, divisive players and lots more.


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Feb 19, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 399 - 15.02.2021
1:31:44

In this episode we go over the 4-2 win over Leeds, discussing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's sensational return to goalscoring form, making the most of our first half domination by scoring the goals we did, Mikel Arteta's positive – and slightly surprising – team selection, the joy of Bukayo Saka, the influence of Emile Smith Rowe, and what was overall a really good win. There is some discussion of the second half, which wasn't as much fun, as well as questions about taking care of Saka and player welfare, Willian (again!), Gabriel Martinelli, rotating in Europe and dealing with this hectic schedule, Martin Odegaard and lots more.


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Feb 15, 2021
Episode 616 - European women
1:03:34

 

On this week's show I'm joined Simon Collings of the Evening Standard to talk about Europa League venue issues, as Covid-19 forces UEFA to scramble around to find 'safe' places to play the games. Should away goals count if neither team is actually playing away? We also chat about Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, the recent defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa and more.

 

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Feb 12, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 398 - 08.02.2021
1:36:05

In this episode we go over the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. We chat about the early goal we conceded, where the blame goes, and the fact we still had basically the whole match to find a goal but didn't. Are defensive errors being exacerbated by a lack of attacking efficiency? We go through key moments the game, Villa's rotational fouling, Mikel Arteta's one very bad substitution derailing our momentum, Mat Ryan's debut, and what appears to be another Thomas Partey injury. We also answer listener questions about Hector Bellerin and the right back situation, the perception of referee bias against Arsenal, whether we should employ the 'dark arts' more, Gabriel Martinelli as a striker, and lots more.


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Feb 08, 2021
Episode 615 - Pepe Power
53:20

On this week's show I'm joined by Charles Watts of goal to talk about how Arsenal might react to the midweek defeat to Wolves. Were there enough positives for Mikel Arteta to get back on track quickly? We also chat about the improved form of Nicolas Pepe and why he needs to stay in the team; goalkeeping worries with Alex Runarsson set for his first Premier League start due to Bernd Leno's suspension and an injury to Mat Ryan; future recruitment strategy after the big January clean up; red cards, ill-discipline and David Luiz; and a smattering of the usual waffle.


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Feb 05, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 397 - 03.02.2021
1:09:45

In this episode we look back at the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday evening. A superb first half performance took a dark twist in injury time, and there's discussion of David Luiz, the penalty incident and the red card. We also chat about going down to 9 men when Bernd Leno was sent off in the second half, and the frustration of how quickly a game can change when it looks like you're in control. However, there were positives, things for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans to enjoy, and we talk about how we might respond to the way this match played out. There also listener questions about our disciplinary record, goalkeeping worries with Leno suspended, Mustafi moments, Aubameyang returning to the starting line-up and lots more.


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Feb 03, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 396 - 31.01.2021
1:28:52

In this episode we chat about the 0-0 draw with Man Utd at the Emirates on Saturday evening. A draw was probably a fair result in the end, but there were some encouraging aspects to the performance – not least the ability to deal without three very important players. We talk about missed chances at both ends, another clean sheet for the Gunners, the half-time sub, and the shortcomings of VAR after the Bruno Fernandes. We then answer listener questions about William Saliba's quotes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and his potential loan destinations, Nicolas Pepe, what's left of the January window, the importance of Bernd Leno and lots more.


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Jan 31, 2021
Episode 614 - Martin OMG
1:09:36

On this week's show I'm joined by Phil Costa to talk about the loan signing of Martin Odegaard. What can Arsenal expect from the Norwegian international? Where does he fit into the team? Can he play with Emile Smith Rowe? And more, including thoughts on the January transfer window, our recent form, and Thomas Partey.

Then, ahead of Saturday's game against Man Utd, I chat with United fan Musa Okwonga about what happened after this season's game at Old Trafford, Solskjaer, Arteta, Lampard, the condensed Premier League table, Champions League ambitions and lots more.


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Jan 29, 2021
Episode 613: His wrong foot
43:04

In this bonus episode, I'm joined by Andrew Allen to discuss the 3-1 win over Southampton at St Mary's last night. We chat about responding well to early disappointment, how Thomas Partey liberates Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe from the left and his excellent goal, Alex Lacazette leading the line well, Cedric's best game, Bernd Leno's consistency and, of course, the contribution of Bukayo Saka to what was a really solid win against difficult opposition.


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Jan 27, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 395 - 25.01.2021
1:19:51

In this episode we discuss the 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, how Mikel Arteta rotated his team, and what he got from some of the players who had chances to impress. There's chat about Willian and how the deal is turning out in the worst possible way, the Folarin Balogun situation in relation to what we've seen from Eddie Nketiah, the ups and downs of Nicolas Pepe and how it is to separate him from the overall cost of his transfer, cautious excitement about the arrival of Martin Odegaard, Mesut Ozil moments, and lots more.


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Jan 25, 2021
Episode 612 - Post-match interviews
1:03:08

On this week's show I'm joined by football correspondent for CBS, James Benge. We begin by chatting about post-match interviews, and why so many of them are bland and uninteresting. Is it the players, the questions, the strange timing of these interviews, the media landscape in which they're carried out, or a combination of all of those things. We then move on to Arsenal in a week where the squad has been trimmed, and chat about the work that Edu has to do to convince people, and in what kind of time-frame we can properly assess it. There's some Emile Smith Rowe, transfer window, analysis of the last couple of weeks, and lots more.


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Jan 22, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 394 - 19.01.2021
1:23:43

In this episode we discuss the 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday. The Gunners produced a much better second half to ensure the win and a fifth successive clean sheet. We chat about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being back among the goals, the continued – and very exciting – impact of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey's start and what he brings to midfield, as well as an overall look at the last few weeks and the points we've amassed. Then there are listener questions about Ainsley Maitland-Niles, what Smith Rowe's emergence means for the transfer business we might want to do for that position, Edu's January clear-out, Cedric's solid display, and lots more.


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Jan 19, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 393 - 15.01.2021
1:23:29
In this episode we look back at the frustrating 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Thursday. We discuss the absence of Kieran Tierney, the number of high touch players whose desire to be on the ball plays into the hands of an organised opposition, a lack of goal threat and a reality check after the last couple of games. Nevertheless, a clean sheet and the return of Thomas Partey were positives. We then answer listener questions about what we need to do at left-back if/when Tierney is absent, the news of an upcoming appointment at executive level, priorities in the transfer window this month, what exactly we're trying to do with set-pieces, and lots more, including the long-awaited return of Magpie Facts!

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Jan 15, 2021
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 20 - Girls will be girls
43:00

In this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim is joined by Women's Football journalist and author Carrie Dunn to discuss the recent reaction and fallout of several WSL players recently contracting Covid after travelling to Dubai during the winter break. What does the strength of the reaction say about our expectations of women and women athletes?


Tim and Carrie discuss the "angel in the house" traditions that govern our impression of women footballers and the idea that women's footballers are and should be morally superior to their male equivalents. Is this an "us and them" moment between fans, the press and the players in women's football? Will the sense of relatability around women's football inevitably fade as the game grows and has that created a false moral standard for female footballers anyway?


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Jan 12, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 392 - 11.01.2021
1:36:44

In this episode we discuss the 2-0 win over Newcastle in the FA Cup. There's focus on young players Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson who didn't quite take the opportunity, as well as the impact of another youngster, Emile Smith Rowe, who really did. We talk about the game, Bernd Leno's significant contribution, the positive VAR decision, Aubameyang getting on the scoresheet, Nicolas Pepe, and the positive aspects of a game which wasn't especially memorable. We then have listener question as we explore the Willian situation and where it might end, a new deal for Rob Holding in the context of our current collection of centre-halves, who else we should be looking to tie down, the search for a goalkeeper in the January transfer window, who covers for Kieran Tierney and loads more.


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Jan 11, 2021
Episode 611 - Wil-loan and Balogone?
56:03

On this week's show I'm joined by Amy Lawrence to discuss William Saliba, after the young Frenchman went out on loan to Nice this week. We chat about a difficult 18 months for a young player and things not going as smoothly as everyone would have liked when he signed back in the summer of 2018. Also on the agenda, Folarin Balogun and his contract situation. Arteta wants to keep him, but is the agent playing games or simply doing his best for his client? Can you give a player minutes just to convince him to sign a deal? We also talk about Emile Smith Rowe, how he might need support, whether that's via the transfer market or an internal solution, and lots more.


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Jan 08, 2021
Arsecast Extra Episode 391 - 04.01.2021
1:37:35

In this episode James and I discuss the 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, paying close attention to Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Kieran Tierney in particular. The Scottish international had a storming game, scored a fantastic opening goal, and there's so much to like about his game and his character. We also chat about Arsenal's brilliant second goal, and the two strikes for Alexandre Lacazette which capped an excellent all-round performance. Then we answer listener questions, with a lot of focus on central defenders. There's talk of Rob Holding and a potential new contract; should Gabriel come straight back in for Pablo Mari?; William Saliba's situation and his imminent loan to Nice; as well as further questions about Nicolas Pepe, Lacazette's contract, and the medium-term work the club have to consider for the striking position, and LOTS more.


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Jan 04, 2021
Episode 610 - Sakattack
47:52

In this episode I chat with James about the 1-0 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night. We discuss the impact and quality of Bukayo Saka, and how well he works from the right hand side in particular. We had a dodgy first half, a much better second half, and took three points thanks to Saka's contribution and a smart finish from Alexandre Lacazette. We also chat about Emile Smith Rowe, share some concerns over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and conclude, quite incisively, that it's nicer when we win. We finish with a little bit of transfer chat too.


It also happens to be officially the 1000th episode of the Arsecast/Arsecast Extra, so thanks for being here!


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Dec 30, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 390 - 28.12.2020
1:33:48

In this episode we finally get to talk about an Arsenal win ... the 3-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday! We discuss the additions to the team, what Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli brought to the occasion, how they were well supported by some of the more experienced players, analyse the goals we scored and the intent with which we played in those moments, the somewhat terrifying end to the game, Bernd Leno's penalty save, and what Mikel Arteta will have taken away from a much needed, and long overdue win. There are also listener questions about Willian and David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, the January transfer window, Pablo Mari, what the future holds for Nicolas Pepe and lots more.


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Dec 28, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 389 - 21.12.2020
1:35:46

In this episode, sadly we're discussing another defeat – the 2-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. Even after the dust has settled a bit and tempers have soothed, there's still frustration at the collective performance and some individuals. Willian's first half comes up for discussion, and we wonder what it is that Mikel Arteta sees in him that nobody else can. We chat about the substitutions, the fact we were in injury time before we got a shot on target in the second half, and how the manager is looking at stats for some positive reinforcement. We also discuss the Carabao Cup game on Tuesday and what kind of a team we'll play, before listener questions about what constitutes a successful season from here, the January transfer window, the apparent gap at executive level, and loads more.


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Dec 21, 2020
Episode 609 - Culture Club
1:02:14

In this episode I'm joined by Clive Palmer to talk about culture. How do you define it at a football club? What happens if you come in and try to change it, but meet with resistance? Can non-negotiables actually be non-negotiable? Who should define the culture to ensure that all the eggs aren't in the basket of one man? This, and lots more, framed around the work Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal, the problems he's having with results, how we got to where are now, why a dressing room clear-out is both necessary and inevitable, and lots more.


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Dec 18, 2020
Episode 608 - An extra Arsecast
40:41

In this bonus episode, James and I discuss the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Emirates. Arsenal scored a goal, and a very good goal too, but also picked up yet another red card. We chat about team selection, conceding to Theo, Gabriel's off-night, Dani Ceballos, midfield in general, Bukayo Saka, what we can take going into the Everton game, and lots more.


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Dec 17, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 388 - 14.12.2020
1:41:27

In this episode we pore over the 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley, our fourth successive loss at home. Team selection is a major talking point as the same old faces gave us the same old rubbish, and just when things looked like they might be a bit better, the rank stupidity of Granit Xhaka derailed the little momentum we had built. We chat about the red card, wonder why Arsenal players are behaving in such strange ways, and obviously there's a lot of discussion about Mikel Arteta and his position during this current run. We also touch on the wider issues of governance and the running of the club which have led us to this point, and what we might do in January, before questions from listeners about which young players we'd like to see in the team, any positives we can find at the moment, the Bellerin/William combo on the right, stories about dressing room unrest and lots more.


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Dec 14, 2020
Episode 607: Play the kids?
57:34

In this episode I'm joined by James Benge of CBS Sports to talk about Arsenal's 4-2 win over Dundalk in the Europa League. It's six wins from six in Europe, in marked contrast to our Premier League form, and we discuss some of the good individual performances – in particular Folarin Balogun (whose contract situation is discussed) – and the positives from the game in Dublin.


We then wonder how Mikel Arteta fixes things for the weekend. Is playing the kids the answer? Would there be the patience if we lost games with them in the team as well? Can he keep picking the same under-performers week in, week out and expect them to do any better? Could the kids be any worse?


At the heart of it is the need for Arsenal to implement a plan, but how much time can any manager get when they don't win games.


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Dec 11, 2020
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 19 - Skin in the game
48:14
In this month's edition of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Pippa talk to sports journalists and broadcasters Natasha Henry and Annemarie Batson about representation and opportunity for black women in sports media. Pippa, Annemarie and Natasha talking about their personal experiences of breaking into the industry, the value- and the lack- of rolemodels for minorities and whether anything has genuinely changed since the Black Lives Matter movement dominated the news cycle during the summer. The panel also discuss whether women's sports are more welcoming for women journalists of colour and why there are so few black female footballers compared to the men's game. 

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Dec 08, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 387 - 06.12.2020
1:44:51

On this show, recorded just a couple of hours after the game, we reflect on the 2-0 defeat in the North London derby. Despite knowing how they wanted to sucker punch us, we left our jaw hanging out there for a good punching. We chat about the team selection, Thomas Partey's involvement and the bizarre way it ended, conceding two in the first half and then being allowed to dominate the second, and, of course, all the crosses we made. So. Many. Crosses. Then there are listener questions about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian, the pressure on Mikel Arteta, a sad glimpse at the Premier League table, and lots more, including the exasperated horse (we hate the horse).


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Dec 06, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 386 - 04.12.2020
1:15:38

On this extra Arsecast Extra, we discuss the 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League – the first time fans have been allowed in the Emirates since March. James was there, so we talk about his experience as one of the 2,000 lucky supporters, the impact it might have had on the players, and the very obvious difference it makes to the experience, whether you're there or watching from afar. We then chat about the match, goals for Alex Lacazette, Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe, and an excellent performance from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but does it put him in contention to start the derby on Sunday? There also questions about Arteta's desire to play a 4-3-3, the visit to White Hart Lane and the importance of not losing, blue kits at home, the use of young players, a possible January clearout and loads more.


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Dec 04, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 385 - 30.11.2020
1:42:52

In this episode we discuss the 2-1 defeat to Wolves at the Emirates on Sunday night. We start by talking about the collision between David Luiz and Raul Jimenez which left the Wolves man with a fractured skull. Should the Brazilian have continued, and when is football going to start taking head injuries more seriously? Then it's the football, and although we intended to analyse the game in some detail, it quickly became a very broad discussion about what's going at the club right now. The short-term issues versus the long-term needs, the poor decision making from top to bottom, the pressure on Mikel Arteta, whether our footballing identity needs to come from on high or via the manager, personnel and recruitment, Edu's role, the need for more top-level scrutiny, and how bad it would need to get for things to change in football's most obvious way. There are also listener questions about Aubameyang, giving more young players a chance, and loads more.


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Nov 30, 2020
Episode 606 - Joe with the Flo
1:11:11

On this week's show I chat to Andrew Allen about our 3-0 win over Molde in the Europa League, the positive contribution of Nicolas Pepe after his red card against Leeds, a first goal for Folarin Balogun, plus Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe making a good night for the Academy lads.


Then it's Tayo Popoola to reminisce about Diego Maradona after his passing this week. Possibly the greatest ever to play the game, he was an amazing footballer and a man whose lifestyle left plenty to be desired, but what he did on the pitch was informed so much by who he was off it.


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Nov 27, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 384 - 23.11.2020
1:26:25
In this episode we go back over the 0-0 draw with Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday. Mikel Arteta did make changes to his team, but they didn't really work in the first half. The second was complicated by the dismissal of Nicolas Pepe, and in the end a point in the context of the game was reasonable. We discuss the sending off, how the record signing blew a big chance, and Mikel Arteta's reaction to it. There's also chat about the importance of Bukayo Saka, as well as the club's dismal use of resources, before questions about the manager and his non-negotiables, the need for some stability, set-pieces, and lots more.

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Nov 23, 2020
Episode 605 - It's all over (the Interlull, that is)
1:06:52

On this week's show I celebrate the end of the longest Interlull ever, and talk to journalist Daniel Storey about the the demands being placed on players this season. We chat about the prevalence of muscular injuries, unnecessary friendlies, Covid risks, the pressure on international managers which dictate their team selections, the five subs rule, as well as Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, and how he needs to change things in trying circumstances.


Then I'm joined by Paul from the Leeds That podcast to chat about Sunday's trip to Elland Road, being back in the Premier League, some interesting similarities between Marcelo Bielsa and Mikel Arteta, their hopes for the season and lots more.


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Nov 20, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 383 - 16.11.2020
1:22:54

This episode of the Arsecast Extra is brought to you by Interlull – the safe, new, hygienic product that cleanses your football bits. We make our way through discussion of the bleak greyness of the world right now, dodgy Irish accents, the internationals, Mikel Arteta hopefully making things better, before we come up with a very simple solution to our on-pitch problems. We then answer listener questions about potential injuries, media coverage in the Covid-19 landscape, Dani Ceballos, Emile Smith Rowe, overly-expensive Willies, favourite players and LOADS more.


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Nov 16, 2020
Episode 604 - The well timed Interlull
1:01:30

On this week's show I'm joined by Clive Palmer to take stock of where we are after a patchy start to the season, and a disappointing defeat to Aston Villa. Will this Interlull be a good one for Mikel Arteta to take stock, and think about how he adds much needed attacking potency to his team? We chat about some changes he might make to his team to improve the attack and midfield, as well as discussing a couple of players – Nicolas Pepe and William Saliba – in whom we've made significant financial investment but perhaps not enough of a football one. There's also some news about a little initiative to help bring Arsenal fan businesses together with Arsenal fan customers.


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Nov 13, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 382 - 09.11.2020
1:31:18
On this week's show we look back on the dismal 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday. There's a lot to unpack as we discuss a very poor collective performance along with some very poor individual ones. How much is Mikel Arteta's system at fault, when it comes to analysing players who are under-performing? Our creative problems come into sharp focus again as missed chances prove costly, and we talk about how this game needs to spark some kind of rethink from the manager. We make suggestions about how we could attempt to fix it, wonder if the absence of fans has played a part in sticking with this approach for so long, and lots more besides. 

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Nov 09, 2020
Episode 603 - Hey Joe!
56:12

On this week's show I chat with Andrew Allen about our 4-1 win over Molde in the Europa League. It's a good scoreline, but there's still a lot to talk about. Nicolas Pepe finished with a goal and an assist, but it wasn't completely convincing. Joe Willock was superb again, but how does he get minutes in the Premier League. We also chat about Willian, Bukayo Saka, Mikel Arteta and his team selection decisions, Bernd Leno, the Aston Villa game, pay-per-view and more.


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Nov 06, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 381 - 02.11.2020
1:29:22
It's a very goodly morning as we discuss yesterday's 1-0 win over Man Utd at Old Trafford. We've waited a long time for victory there in the league, so it feels sweet. We chat about the team selection and the way the starting XI executed the game-plan so well. Within the impressive collective performance, there were some eye-catching individuals too, and we shine the light on some of those, including Gabriel, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Thomas Partey, and Mohamed Elneny – a player who probably wouldn't have been first choice for many but who made such a big contribution on the day. We answer listener questions about fine margins, foul throws, what Willian brings to the team (or doesn't), why we need to think about zones more than formations, the influence of Tim Lewis and LOADS more.

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Nov 02, 2020
Episode 602 - Done-dalk
1:16:08

On this week's episode James and I discuss the 3-0 win over I Know It's Dundalk in the Europa League. We chat about the enigma that is Nicolas Pepe after his wonderful goal, and Mikel Arteta's comments about him. There's also focus on excellent performances from Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson, Folarin Balogun's debut and a look ahead to Old Trafford. Then, for more on Sunday's game, I'm joined by Musa Okwonga to discuss Man Utd, his view on what's shaping up to be an unpredictable season, Arteta, Solskjaer, Marcus Rashford and loads more.


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Oct 30, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 380 - 26.10.2020
1:32:41
On this episode, we look back on the 1-0 defeat to Leicester at the Emirates on Sunday evening. Arsenal can rue missed chances and an abysmal decision to chalk off an early goal, but the second half performance in particular left much to be desired. We chat about some individual performances, like Alex Lacazette, David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey, as well as our lack of chance creation, and wonder is it down the rigid system in which Mikel Arteta expects his players to operate. It leads to a in-depth discussion about the manager, his preferences, what kind of football he wants to play and how it impacts performances. There's also questions about young players looking a bit out in the cold at the moment, whether the honeymoon period is over for Arteta and loads more.

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Oct 26, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 379 - 23.10.2020
1:18:20
In this episode we discuss the 2-1 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna. As well as discussing an impressive full debut from Thomas Partey, we delve into the issue of how we can start to become a more attacking team. Mikel Arteta has laid the foundations, but something else needs to happen up front. Andrew thinks the solution lies within, but James is not convinced. We also chat about Bernd Leno after a difficult night for him, and there are questions about a lack of competition for him, as well as ones about Reiss Nelson's absence last night, what's happened to Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Mesut Ozil saga (recorded before his agent's inflammatory interview), tie-dye shirts and lots more.

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Oct 23, 2020
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 18 - Inequality
33:49

For this month's episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast Tim is joined by The Athletic's Women's Football Correspondent Katie Whyatt. They chat a little about Katie's path to becoming one of the only full-time women's football correspondents in the country, then they get into some big ticket topics around inequality between teams in the WSL- is it avoidable? Does it matter? Is the WSL now on an untroubled path to becoming a mirror image of the Premier League? And what about some of the revered women's football clubs that haven't been able to keep pace with the WSL's march to professionalism? Could we even have a European Super League or transatlantic tournament in women's football one day? Tim and Katie discuss.


Katie wrote a piece on inequality in the WSL which you can read here – if you are a subscriber to The Athletic.


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Oct 21, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 378 - 19.10.2020
1:35:19
On this episode we look back in the 1-0 defeat to Man City on Saturday, a result/performance which has generated a lot of discussion, and which is interesting to analyse because of the way people have reacted to it. We chat about the scoreline in the context of other defeats there in recent years, and the selection decision Mikel Arteta made in using Willian in that particular role. How much was this game Arteta v Guardiola? Could we have been more adventurous in general or later in the match as we looked for an equaliser? There's a lot on how to best make the team more attacking, there's Aubameyang in the middle stuff, and praise for the impressive Bukayo Saka whose form might have an impact on the way we use the captain. We also answer questions about the job Arteta is doing, whether we still need to buy a centre-half despite having so many, Willian, Wenger's Cesc revelation, and loads more.

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Oct 19, 2020
Episode 601 - Project WGTFY
1:01:55

On this week's show, I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to chat about the Project Big Picture stuff that went down this week. Even though it was voted down, what nefarious intentions lay behind this story coming out? What is the end-game? What could the ramifications be for the Premier League and beyond? We also chat about the pay-per-view stuff, the arrival and potential impact of Thomas Partey, William Saliba, Arsene Wenger's book and more.


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Oct 16, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 377 - 12.10.2020
1:17:16
On this Interlull episode of the Arsecast Extra, James has to deal with bits of himself literally falling out of his own body, before we discuss the big story of the weekend – the Project Give All The Money To The Big Clubs. Are there potential benefits to the game, or is this a piece of rank, cynical opportunism? We also chat about the decision to charge £14.95 for pay-per-view games on Sky Sports and BT Sports, the absence of William Saliba from our Europa League squad, Arsene Wenger's upcoming book, Edu's interview with the official site and lots more.

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Oct 12, 2020
Episode 600 - Nicklas Bendtner
1:13:24

On this week's show, I'm joined by former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. With him, author Rune Skyum-Neilsen to chat about his book 'Both Sides' which is out now in England. We discuss his time at Arsenal, the ups and downs of his career, Arsene Wenger, injuries at bad times, how he views the club now, his plans for the future and loads more. You can also win a copy of the book.


First up though, there's discussion of the Mesut Ozil situation as the club's highest earner is left out of Europa League squad, for all that implies. With me for that is Chris Wheatley of Football.London and we chat about the deterioration in the relationship between club and player, and wonder if there's a healthier way to bring it all to an end than 9 months of Ozil training but never playing.


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Oct 09, 2020
Episode 599 - Arse Partey
51:00

On this bonus podcast, I'm joined by James and Andrew Allen to discuss the somewhat surprise transfer deadline signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid. We chat about how the deal went down, the money involved, how late it came, but most importantly what the player will bring to this Arsenal team. We then discuss the window as a whole, grade the incoming and outgoing business, the departures of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, the issue of too many non-homegrown players, William Saliba and more.


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Oct 06, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 376 - 05.10.2020
1:30:52
On this episode of the Arsecast Extra we discuss the 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday, in which two excellent second half goals helped us to three points against a difficult side. We touch on the introduction of Nicolas Pepe and the change in shape as a key factor in the win, a first Emirates goal for Bukayo Saka, the positives we should take from this game despite clear room for improvement, and where it leaves us in the table after the first four games. Then, as it's transfer deadline day, we deal with a lot of listener questions about our business during this window. Has Mikel Arteta been backed properly? Should the owners do more to invest in the team? Has Edu convinced in his new role? How much has past spending hindered us this summer? And if there are no arrivals, could Saka be the addition to midfield that we need? All that, and lots more.

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Oct 05, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 375 - 02.10.2020
59:42
On this extra Arsecast Extra we discuss the penalty shoot-out win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup. We discuss the man of the match performance of Bernd Leno and ask if it's time now to stop the constant comparisons with Emi Martinez. We also chat about the positives of three wins out of four against Liverpool in recent months, Nicolas Pepe on the left, the penalty shoot-out itself and the wonderful, ice-cold way in which Ainsley Maitland-Niles takes his. We then answer listener questions about William Saliba and a potential loan departure, whether we have other midfield targets beyond Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey, our transfer business in general, the prospect of lots of loan moves both in and out, and more.  

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Oct 02, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 374 - 29.09.2020
1:38:39
On this week's show we discuss last night's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. How much can we be frustrated in losing to a team as good as they are? We chat about some big moments, including the red card that wasn't, Lacazette's miss, Mikel Arteta's team selection, how far we can go with this squad of players without further investment, and Aubameyang as the central striker to get on the end of chances like Laca's. There are listener questions about shots conceded and shots taken, whether we might get any surprise departures before the close of the window and if they might sting, the 'Nicolas Pepe conversation', what Granit Xhaka's substitution might tell us about his future, reliving transfer values and loads more besides. 

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Sep 29, 2020
Episode 598 - The ones who were there
1:21:09

On this week's very busy show I'm joined first by James Benge to talk about the midweek Carabao Cup win over Leicester, the impact of the young Academy players, Nicolas Pepe, and a certain someone who didn't play. Then, to get some background on new signing Alex Runarsson, I chat to author Matt McGinn who literally wrote the book on Icelandic football and who can give us some insight into the new signing. Finally, ahead of Monday's clash with Liverpool, some perspective from that side of the fence with Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap. You can also win a t-shirt from FourFourTee.com.


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Sep 25, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 373 - 21.09.2020
1:28:56
On this week's show discuss the 2-1 win over West Ham in which the result was much better than the performance. We talk about Mikel Arteta pulling no punches about that after the game, why Kieran Tierney being so good has caused a bit of a problem, the contribution of Bukayo Saka, the need for midfield reinforcement even if Xhaka and Ceballos played their parts in the win, as well as some of the Premier League controversy over the weekend regarding handball and penalties. We then answer listener questions about the Carabao Cup team for Wednesday, whether Lucas Torreira going to Atletico Madrid should open the door for Thomas Partey's arrival, Gabriel's role in defence, Bernd Leno and Emi Martinez comparisons, Alexandre Lacazette's contract/future, and lots more.

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Sep 21, 2020
Episode 597: Auba stays, Emi goes
52:11

On this week's show I'm joined briefly by Matt Spiro to get his impressions of Runar Alex Runarsson, the Icelandic keeper playing with Dijon who is heavily tipped to join Arsenal in the wake of Emi Martinez's departure to Aston Villa. I also ask him for the latest on our pursuit of Houssem Aouar and Matteo Guendouzi's links with PSG. Then I'm joined by the Man from East Lower to chat about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's contract extension and it's various implications, Martinez, Mikel Arteta as manager and lots more. There's some Holy God FM at the end too.


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Sep 18, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 372 - 14.09.2020
1:26:34
On this week's show we look back on the season opener, the 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. We chat about Mikel Arteta's team selection, impressive debuts for Gabriel and Willian, strong performances from Mohamed Elneny and Hector Bellerin, as well as an early reminder from Bernd Leno as to his quality. Plus, patterns of play as we score a very familiar looking goal, the absence of William Saliba, before we answer listener questions about Emi Martinez's departure and the potential arrival of an Icelandic replacement, where Bukayo Saka fits into the team, our homegrown quota issue, Alexandre Lacazette, the job title story which has seen Arteta named manager, potential formation changes and lots more.

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Sep 14, 2020
Episode 596 - Ken Early
1:10:20

It's the traditional pre-season conversation with Ken Early of Second Captains. We chat about the impact of Covid-19 on football and life, how Chelsea have spent big while others are still waiting to see how the market transpires, the pressure on Frank Lampard, signs of the financial bubble around the Premier League beginning to burst with the loss of the Chinese TV rights income, City without Messi, Arsenal chat, and lots more as we ramble our way through an hour or so.


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Sep 11, 2020
Episode 595 - Ah shit, here we go again
59:46

On this week's show I'm joined by Amy Lawrence, Charles Watts, Lewis Ambrose, Tim Stillman and James to preview the new season. I ask them all about the state of the squad, transfer business that still needs to be done, key players for the new campaign, who might surprise us, what is realistically a good season for us and lots more.


There's also a last call for the Patreon Fantasy Football league, the winners of our mug competition, and some of the usual waffle.


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Sep 11, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 371 - 07.09.2020
1:29:54
On this week's show we chat about the players who are away on international duty, including Granit Xhaka's performance against Germany, before we touch on some of the aspects of our secret weekend game against Aston Villa, even though nobody saw any of it. Dani Ceballos has returned but midfield recruitment remains a major concern, so we discuss the Thomas Partey situation, as well as Houssem Aouar, Matteo Guendouzi featuring for France U21s, and we ponder what the future might hold for Mesut Ozil after his inclusion in the friendly. There are listener questions about our starting XI for Fulham, some over/unders in various categories, the delay in Aubameyang's contract, what we can expect from Nicolas Pepe this season, and loads more – including the shocking Take That truth they don't want you to know, and your chance to win a mug from PlayBook Products.

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Sep 07, 2020
Episode 594 - Fans and Tickets and Transfers
1:13:10

I'm joined this week by the Guardian's Nick Ames to discuss the official arrival of Gabriel from Lille, and what we can reasonably expect from him this season. We chat about the reshaping of the defence, the need to move players on, and the big job Mikel Arteta has to do in midfield.


After that, with details of how the reintroduction of fans is going to work, I talk to Tim Payton from the AST about ballots, ticket allocations, memberships, what exactly a match day is going to look like for people who

are lucky enough to be able to attend, and lots more.


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Sep 04, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 370 - 31.08.2020
1:33:52
On this week's show we look back on our Community Shield win over Liverpool, the latest 'big game' win for Mikel Arteta's side. We chat about the team selection, highlight some good individual performances and look at some of the positive aspects of the team's play, before we round out part one with player ratings. After that we answer listener questions about the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Emi Martinez who were so impressive at Wembley, as well as Matteo Guendouzi, the prospect of Lionel Messi playing in the Premier League, hopes for the upcoming season, and lots more besides. 

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Aug 31, 2020
Episode 593 - Billy the Kid
59:01

On this week's show I'm joined by Matt Spiro to talk about William Saliba, after we got our first glimpse of him in an Arsenal shirt during the week. We also chat about imminent signing Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, hopes for Nicolas Pepe in his second season at the club, and how Covid is impacting the start of the new Ligue 1 season.


Then it's midfield chat with James as we discuss Mikel Arteta's press conference comments about Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos and Mohamed Elneny.


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Aug 28, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 369 - 24.08.2020
1:31:22
On today's show we chat about the departure of Freddie Ljungberg from the coaching staff, the hiring of a specialist set-piece coach, the impending arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, and some of the other transfer rumours doing the rounds – in particular the midfoeld players we're linked with. James tries to pick his Community Shield team, we make our guesses at how much we'll spend during the transfer window and how much we'll bring in, and there are questions about some of the new players joining the Academy, worries about the lack of outgoing transfers so far, players last longer than they used to, the top BBQers at the club and loads more – including Batman waffle.

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Aug 24, 2020
Episode 592 - Young Marbles
56:07

On this week's show I'm joined first by Andrew Allen to discuss and Arseblog News Magnum Opus – the season review which turned into an epic. We pick out some highlights from that, then turn our attention to the new kit, behind the scenes documentaries, the lack of TV coverage when football does return next month, some brief Champions League final chat, and the Premier League fixtures which were released yesterday.


Then youth expert Jeorge Bird chats about the changing structures at that level, a different way of recruiting players, the work Per Mertesacker is doing with the Academy, some players to watch out for next season, and more.


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Aug 21, 2020
The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 17 - Show me the way to San Sebastian
51:07

In the latest episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Pippa chat with host of the Box to Box WSL podcast Alex Ibaceta about the Gunners' Champions League tie against PSG on Saturday night, including players to watch, predictions and the panel ask who can stop Lyon from winning their 5th consecutive Champions League title.


Then Tim chats to French women's football journalist Tara Britton from L'Equipiere to get the PSG perspective. There is discussion about whether they can break Lyon's domestic stranglehold, assessment of their summer business and key players and likely tactics for the Arsenal game.


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Aug 18, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 368 - 17.08.2020
1:32:09
On today's show we discuss the weekend's big story: the departure of Raul Sanllehi as head of football. All concerned are trying to play it as amicable, mutual decision, but does that really make any sense given the timing of it, and how closely it's come to an internal investigation by owners KSE. We chat about the former Head of Football and the work he did at the club, how the spotlight now falls on Technical Director Edu, and we explore his closeness to Sanllehi, the agent led approach and what he needs to deliver. There are also questions about new signing Willian, whether Vinai Venkatesham is the right man to lead the club at executive level, how our recruitment might work now and the big gap that exists within the structure, Willian's signing and lots more.

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Aug 17, 2020
Episode 591 - Free Willy
58:20

On this week's show I'm joined by Clive Palmer to discuss the needs of the Arsenal squad going into this transfer window. We cover all areas - goalkeeper, defence, midfield, and attack – to try and work out what we might do, who might be vulnerable to a departure, and the kinds of players Mikel Arteta wants to bring to the club. We start though with some thoughts on the arrival of Willian who has signed a three year deal with the club after his contract at Chelsea expired. All that, and more.


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Aug 14, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 367 - 10.08.2020
1:28:18
On today's show we begin by discussing what appears to be the imminent arrival of Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea, weighing up the pros and cons of his experience with his age and contract length. We then chat in some depth about the changes made to the club's scouting network, letting Francis Cagigao and many of his team go, and the way we recruit players. Is our approach sufficient in the modern game, particularly when both your scouting and analysis departments feel somewhat marginalised in the process? We also touch on the redundancies and how the players might feel, before answering questions about Wilfried Zaha, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and the Alexandre Lacazette situation. James has a controversial Lucas Torreira opinion, and there's lots more besides.

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Aug 10, 2020
Episode 590 - The 55
59:40

This week's Arsecast is a day early, but comes in response to yesterday's club statement regarding the 55 redundancies being sought. I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss that, the framing of the statement as something necessary to keep team investment going, social and moral responsibility from the owners KSE, the timing of the communication, the fact our Head of Recruitment is being made redundant, how the players feel about his after being given assurances their pay cuts would save jobs, the executive structures, and lots more. We finish with a positive chat about Mikel Arteta and his impact at the end.


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Aug 06, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 366 - 03.08.2020
1:54:51

On today's show we look back on our record extending 14th FA Cup, following the 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday. We chat about the excitement of the occasion, from watching at home to being at the match; the way it all played out from Chelsea's opener to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's winner and beyond; our tactical approach, the game plan, some good fortune along the way, and ultimately yet another FA Cup win. After that, we discuss what it means in this crazy season to have ended with success, the job Mikel Arteta has done and the impact he's made since taking the job in December, what the future holds for the club and certain players, how European football has an impact, and we also relive some of the best/funniest moments from the day along with LOTS more in this almost two hour long episode.


Also, a big thanks to all our listeners for being here throughout this long, trying season, and we're so happy we've been able to end it on a high note for everyone!



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Aug 03, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 365 - 31.07.2020
1:04:23
It's a special FA Cup final Arsecast Extra, in which James and I chat about how we're feeling ahead of game, whether it's more anxiety or excitement, before we discuss our team selection and how Mikel Arteta might set up his team and approach the game. Then we're joined by the legend that is Ian Wright to talk all about the final, his thoughts on the team, our strengths and how we should play, what it's like to experience the occasion as a player and lots more. And as usual we take listener questions which are, for the most part, centred around tomorrow's big game at Wembley. 

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Jul 31, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 364 - 27.07.2020
1:33:38
The Premier League season is over and we look back on the final day victory over Watford, in what was a fairly meaningless game for us. There's discussion of Kieran Tierney's first Arsenal goal, David Luiz conceding another penalty and setting a record in the process, and we reflect on an 8th placed finish overall. We're glad to see the back of the season, and lessons have to be learned, but we try to end part 1 with some positives to take from this campaign. In part 2 we answer listener questions about our central defensive options and what on earth we can do about them. We pick our FA Cup final team, do some Aubameyang/Arsenal role play over his future, Ozil and his likely absence from Wembley, how to stop Olivier Giroud and loads more.

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Jul 27, 2020
Episode 589 - Madcap Recap - V2
1:02:53

This week's show starts with a recap of what has been a truly bizarre Premier League season, one which is ending on Sunday against Watford. From Laurent Koscielny's no-show to £72m on Pepe, Unai Emery's departure, three managers in one campaign, 'super' agents, Mikel Arteta saving lives, a European exit, pay cuts, lockdown and a chance to end it all with a trophy. All that and more, before I chat with Lewis Ambrose about creativity in the team and the current tactical set-up, how recruitment should be focused this summer, selling a goalkeeper, selling a striker, Arteta's long-term vision and lots more. Plus, you can win one of the brand new home shirts in an easy to enter competition.


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Jul 24, 2020
Episode 589 - Madcap Recap
1:02:53

This week's show starts with a recap of what has been a truly bizarre Premier League season, one which is ending on Sunday against Watford. From Laurent Koscielny's no-show to £72m on Pepe, Unai Emery's departure, three managers in one campaign, 'super' agents, Mikel Arteta saving lives, a European exit, pay cuts, lockdown and a chance to end it all with a trophy. All that and more, before I chat with Lewis Ambrose about creativity in the team and the current tactical set-up, how recruitment should be focused this summer, selling a goalkeeper, selling a striker, Arteta's long-term vision and lots more. Plus, you can win one of the brand new home shirts in an easy to enter competition.


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Jul 24, 2020
Episode 588 - The sexy jobs
51:14

A crafty midweek bonus Arsecast for you, looking back on last night's frustrating, if not that surprising, defeat to Aston Villa. Mikel Arteta rotated but didn't get enough out of the fresh legs he brought in. We chat about the performance, lots of things we already know about it, the lack of creativity and the calls for Mesut Ozil to fill that gap – as well as the German's situation overall. Squad building, a reality check after two big wins, the imminent end of a frustration season, the Arteta/Kroenke thing, and lots more with Andrew Allen.


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Jul 22, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 363 - 20.07.2020
1:28:03

On this very goodly morning we look back on Saturday's FA Cup semi-final win over Man City, which sets up a repeat of the 2017 final against Chelsea. We chat about the approach to the game, Mikel Arteta's tactical set-up, some fantastic individual performances but more importantly a brilliant collective effort. We analyse the two goals we scored, our defensive rearguard action, Ainsley Maitland-Niles selection and performance, and what this result and this week has meant for Arteta and the club. Then there are questions about Alexandre Lacazette, how we deal with games against teams in which we're expected to be dominant, whether or not the results will have a negative effect on our transfer business, playing without fans, playing it out from the back and LOADS more.


Here is Lewis' tatics column as mentioned in the podcast.



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Jul 20, 2020
Episode 587 - One Direction
53:17

Here's a bonus Arsecast for you because we love you. In this episode I chat with James Benge about Mikel Arteta's comments about squad building, after he told his press conference today it wasn't about challenging the board. We discuss the boss's relationship with Josh Kroenke, how he has now assumed the position of leadership which had been somewhat vacant, his desire for improvement and how it might happen. We also chat about Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dinos Mavropanos and his loan move, rumours of a loan for Coutinho and, of course, the FA Cup semi-final against Man City


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Jul 17, 2020
Arsecast Extra Episode 362 - 16.07.2020
1:23:00
On this extra Arsecast Extra we discuss the rather hilarious 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League. It was a game in which we were dominated and which sparked multiple incidents of amusement, not least the defensive errors which led to our goals. However, we had to be alert to make the most of t