It's a goodly morning at last as we enjoy the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday. Unai Emery changed things up and it paid dividends. We saw a strong defensive performance, a midfield diamond which worked really well, and we created lots of first half chances. We analyse the game, whether it's an approach we will continue in the weeks ahead, and if it's a result we can now build on. Then we answer listener questions and discuss the implications of the injury sustained by Hector Bellerin. We have options in the squad but who should replace him? There's FA Cup team selection, Calum Chambers Arsenal future and lots more.
Episode 510: On the pitch - Behind the scenes
After a week which has tested the patience of many, I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to discuss the Mesut Ozil situation and the revelation that Unai Emery has told him it would be best to leave the club. Is there a solution? We also chat about the Sven Mislintat departure rumours, the lack of investment in January, what way Emery might change things around for Chelsea, his performance overall this season to date, and lots more. There's some of the usual waffle too.
Arsecast Extra Episode 266 - 14.01.2019
Not exactly the cheeriest podcast of all time, but after the 1-0 defeat to West Ham, there's not much to be happy about. We discuss our recent form, Unai Emery's tactics and decision making, the back three, the lack of a consistent footballing philosophy, and the difficulties were facing in the weeks ahead as try and keep our domestic season alive. There's plenty on the Mesut Ozil situation too, one which demands a solution as soon as possible, but which clearly is unhealthy. Is it affecting the rest of the squad too? Plus why Emery needs transfer market backing beyond loan deals, a look at Mavropanos. and lots more.
Episode 509 - Money
On this week's show I'm joined by Andrew Allen and Tim Stillman, and we react to the news that we can only loan players in January. Does it mean we have no money at all? Is it part of more long-term strategic transfer thinking at last? How much is down to the bad spending and bad selling we've been complicit in for the last few years? Should we throw rocks at Stan Kroenke? Will the new football people, Raul, Sven and Unai make decisive decisions about incomings and outgoings? We chat about all that, Aaron Ramsey's role in the team now that there's clarity over future, and lots more. Follow Tim @Stillberto and Andrew @AAllenSport
Arsecast Extra Episode 265 - 07.01.2019
On this week's show a look back on the 3-0 FA Cup win over Blackpool, the performances of our young players including double goal scorer Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley-Maitland Niles. Why developing youngsters for the first team could pay dividends on the pitch and to our bank balance. Transfer gossip involving Denis Suarez from Barcelona, whether we'll buy a centre-half or wait until summer, before we get questions from listeners about Aaron Ramsey, the future for some of our veteran players, Unai Emery's involvement in any further incomings, and lots more.