11:30 AM EDT, Thu April 26, 2018
Pain in the Arsenal 8 hours ago

Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Henrikh Mkhitaryan question needs answering

Arsenal will be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first leg at the very least, and in the process of that first leg, some answers need to be established. I rather optimistically hypothesized that Arsenal would be just fine without Henrikh Mkhitaryan, so long as nothing else came back to bite them in the arse. After […] Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Henrikh Mkhitaryan question needs answering - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Pain in the Arsenal 10 hours ago

Arsenal: Europa League about much more than Arsene Wenger

Arsenal are deadset on giving Arsene Wenger the send-off he deserves with one last trophy, but there is a growing list of reasons why it matters beyond that. Arsenal’s Europa League conquest has evolved over the course of the season. It started as a fun side project, then gradually grew to become their only plausible […] Arsenal: Europa League about much more than Arsene Wenger - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
theshortfuse.sbnation.com 14 hours ago
Arsenal’s 2019 away kit leaked

Arsenal’s 2019 away kit leaked

It’s the same as the leaked home kit, just in blue... A few days ago, the 2018-19 home kits leaked. Earlier today, next season’s away kits leaked. To be honest, they’re disappointing. If the images over at footyheadlines.com are accurate, Puma took the home kit and made it blue. They also kept the strange (and unattractive) candy cane striping on the arms. Arsenal are in the last year of their shirt deal with Puma, and it doesn’t look like they will be renewing it, which may explain Puma simply recoloring the home kit. The Gunners are reportedly negotiating with...
Pain in the Arsenal 16 hours ago

Arsenal: Could Diego Simeone be the reverse Arsene Wenger?

Arsene Wenger added offensive flair to defensive steel when he arrived at Arsenal in the mid-90s. Could Diego Simeone have the reverse effect now? Before Arsene Wenger entered the building, Arsenal were not considered a free-flowing, attacking, entertaining team. There is a reason that the chant ‘Boring, boring Arsenal’ existed. They were a boring team, […] Arsenal: Could Diego Simeone be the reverse Arsene Wenger? - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Pain in the Arsenal 18 hours ago

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger: So, what’s going on now?

The mechanics of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal departure is increasingly muddled with every development. And today, two contrasting statements only dirty the water further. So, what’s actually going on? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter how it happened. Perhaps it does. But, for now, the furore surrounding Arsene Wenger and the nature of pending Arsenal departure, the […] Arsenal and Arsene Wenger: So, what’s going on now? - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
theshortfuse.sbnation.com 19 hours ago
Arsenal vs. Atlético Madrid preview: the biggest game of the year until next Thursday

Arsenal vs. Atlético Madrid preview: the biggest game of the year until next Thursday

It’s a ‘Champions League night’ according to Arsene Wenger. There’s not much to say about Thursday’s Europa League semifinal first leg against Atlético Madrid at the Emirates that hasn’t been said already. The path to a Europa League win, Arsene Wenger’s first European trophy, and a return to the Champions League next season was always going to go through Atléti. They’ve been the team to beat since entering the competition in the knockout stages. Arsene Wenger heaped praise on the Spanish side in his pre-match press conference. We need to get a positive result, it won’t...
Pain in the Arsenal 20 hours ago

Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Jack Wilshere has only one way to go

Jack Wilshere’s ongoing situation is a nervy one, but the consummate Arsenal man has only one way to go against Atletico Madrid. Arsenal’s season has come down to the Europa League, and as such, Atletico Madrid stand in teir way as the gatekeeper that can open the door to one last bit of glory for […] Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Jack Wilshere has only one way to go - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Pain in the Arsenal 22 hours ago

Arsenal Vs Atetico Madrid: 5 key players to watch — Stage is set

Arsenal host Atletico Madrid on Thursday night in the semi-finals of the Europa League where the stage is very much set. Here are five key players to watch. The semi-finals of the Europa League are here. Arsenal host Atletico Madrid in the first leg on Thursday night, and it is a game that they must […] Arsenal Vs Atetico Madrid: 5 key players to watch — Stage is set - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Pain in the Arsenal Apr 25, 2018

Arsenal: Mohamed Salah has laid the way for Mesut Ozil

Mohamed Salah sensationally inspired Liverpool to a remarkable Champions League semi-final win over Roma on Tuesday night, perfectly lighting up the way for Mesut Ozil as Arsenal host Atletico Madrid on Thursday night. It was Mo Salah night. Those famous European nights at Anfield again saw the stanchions rocking only as much as the opposition. […] Arsenal: Mohamed Salah has laid the way for Mesut Ozil - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Q&A with Into the Calderon

Q&A with Into the Calderon

We learn a thing or two about Atletico Madrid. Tomorrow’s the day we’ve all been waiting for/dreading - Arsenal welcome Atletico Madrid to the Emirates for leg one of the Europa League semi-finals. In advance of that, I talked with Jeremy Beren of SBN’s Atletico blog, Into the Calderon, and asked him about this tie. He asked me some questions too, and you can find those answers right here. TSF: From the outside, Atletico Madrid looks like easily the strongest team left in this competition. If they had one exploitable weakness, what would that be? JB: Contrary to what many believe,...
Pain in the Arsenal Apr 25, 2018

Arsenal Vs Atletico Madrid: Predicted starting XI – Replacing Mkhitaryan

Arsenal host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday night. Here is the Gunners’ predicted starting XI. The biggest game of the season is here. Arsenal host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final of the Europa League, a tournament that is now their last remaining […] Arsenal Vs Atletico Madrid: Predicted starting XI – Replacing Mkhitaryan - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
The view from Madrid: Fatigued Atlético are still a big-game team

The view from Madrid: Fatigued Atlético are still a big-game team

We turn to a guest columnist to get updates on Arsenal’s semifinal opponent. As we head towards Thursday’s suddenly-emotionally loaded Europa League semifinal with Atlético Madrid, we realized that we didn’t have anyone on staff that knew a whole lot about Atleti or how they’re set up and how they’re doing this season. To get that knowledge, we turned to Euan McTear. McTear is a Madrid-based journalist for MARCA In English and La Liga Lowdown. He has also written a book on Atlético Madrid, titled ‘Hijacking La Liga: How Atlético Madrid Broke Barcelona and Real Madrid’s...
Pain in the Arsenal Apr 25, 2018

Arsenal: Emirates atmosphere must replicate Anfield intensity

Arsenal has shown impressive form at home this season but the fans must raise the intensity against Atletico Madrid. Anfield’s raucous atmosphere is a good example of what is required on Thursday. Arsenal have the chance to put a positive spin on the end of this season and, in fact, Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign at […] Arsenal: Emirates atmosphere must replicate Anfield intensity - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Pain in the Arsenal Apr 25, 2018

Arsenal: 3 players who must step up if Mesut Ozil misses

Arsenal may be without arguably their most important player against Atletico Madrid, so assuming that Mesut Ozil does miss, here is who needs to step up. Arsenal showed a very clear problem against West Ham United, and that problem was that they didn’t have much creativity on the ball with Mesut Ozil out of the […] Arsenal: 3 players who must step up if Mesut Ozil misses - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided
Pain in the Arsenal Apr 25, 2018

Arsenal: Don’t sell Ralf Rangnick short on name value alone

Arsenal’s shortlist for managerial candidates is gradually coming to light, and Ralf Rangnick appears to be on it. That’s great, but the name value won’t hold water. Ivan Gazidis made it incredibly clear what Arsenal were looking for in any potential managerial candidate and it doesn’t look good for anyone hoping for a big name […] Arsenal: Don’t sell Ralf Rangnick short on name value alone - Pain in the Arsenal - Pain in the Arsenal - An Arsenal Fan Site - FanSided

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