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Thomas Partey set for Arsenal return

Thomas Partey set for Arsenal return

Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via The midfielder should be back in the matchday squad against Sheffield United. Thomas Partey will be in the matchday squad for Arsenal when they take on Sheffield United on March 4th, confirmed Mikel Arteta. The Ghanaian midfielder hasn’t featured for the club since the 1-0 victory over Manchester City when, as a substitute, he played an integral part in the build-up to the only goal of the match. Partey started the season on the shelf with a muscle problem. He returned to the lineup to make four appearances in the Premier...
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Thursday Cannon Fodder: storming

Thursday Cannon Fodder: storming

Good morning, TSFers. It’s Thursday which means, as you know, that tomorrow is Friday. The weekend is almost upon us. Arsenal don’t play until Monday this week, so we’ll have the entire slate of matches to watch before the Gunners. In today’s CF, it might seem as if I’m channeling the “old man yells at cloud” meme a bit, but I think my position is a reasonable one. Then again, don’t we all think our opinions are reasonable? I want to talk about court storming. On Saturday, Duke (my alma mater, for those of you who don’t know) lost to Wake Forest in their gym...
Wednesday Cannon Fodder: le quiz

Wednesday Cannon Fodder: le quiz

Photo by Wang Tiancong/Xinhua via Good Wednesday morning everyone. It’s another Hump Day, so be on the look out for camels walking around the office saying “hump day” gleefully. It’s a normal Premier League schedule this week but an FA Cup midweek. Chelsea host Leeds United, Wolves host Brighton, Nottingham Forest host Manchester United, and Liverpool host Southampton. All four matches start between 2:30 and 3:00 pm ET. Arsenal going out to Liverpool in their first match of the competition might have been a blessing in disguise. As some people put it, there...
What is a football club?

What is a football club?

Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via A football club is a partnership between so many people, and site of meaningful connection. I went to England last weekend, for two purposes. The first was to see my grandmother, who is soon to be 92, and is now in a care home. The second was to see Arsenal Women play Manchester United at a sold out Emirates Stadium. Now, as many of you know, I see a lot of women’s football, as a season ticket holder at the Portland Thorns. But watching Arsenal play at the Emirates (I saw the 2-1 win against Manchester City last season, at...
Arsenal 4 - Newcastle 1: smashed ‘em

Arsenal 4 - Newcastle 1: smashed ‘em

Photo by Pedro Loureiro/Eurasia Sport Images/ The Gunners were head and shoulders better than the Magpies. Arsenal, as is their wont in the Premier League of late, smashed Newcastle, firing four past the hapless visitors before Joe Willock scored an “oh by the way” goal late to spoil the clean sheet. The Gunners keep pace at the top of the table with Liverpool and Manchester City, both of whom won this week. Depending on results tomorrow, Newcastle could fall out of the top half of the table. The Gunners were all over the Magpies from the opening whistle. They...
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United: payback

Arsenal vs. Newcastle United: payback

Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via The Gunners owe the Magpies one. Arsenal host Newcastle United at the Emirates today in a somewhat-rare Premier League night match. The Gunners will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing, late loss against Porto midweek and keep pace at the top of the PL table. Newcastle sit 8th in the table and are struggling to stay in the race for a European place. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have a tendency to let one loss turn into two or three, and the Gunners cannot afford to drop points. Including today’s match, four of the next five...
Tomiyasu, thank you for the memories, but it’s time to say goodbye

Tomiyasu, thank you for the memories, but it’s time to say goodbye

Photo by Etsuo Hara/ While an excellent player, the Japanese international’s lack of availability is a real problem. “Tomiyasu is still a little bit more,” is what Mikel Arteta said today when asked about the return of Takehiro Tomiyasu, who has not played for Arsenal since New Year’s Eve. Tomiyasu’s absence for the Asian Cup was predicted; what was not was that three weeks after Japan’s exit from the Asian Cup, Tomiyasu would still be unavailable. Perhaps it should’ve been expected, though. Tomiyasu has played 7 full 90s in the Premier League this...
Arsenal vs Newcastle Preview: On the Rebound

Arsenal vs Newcastle Preview: On the Rebound

Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/ The Gunners head home to shake off a disappointing CL tie and stake their claim in the PL title chase After a month of smooth sailing, Arsenal FC faced their first major setback in weeks away to Porto, where they were stymied at every turn by a side more than happy to keep the game from being played. For as frustrating as it was to watch, it was undoubtedly doubly so for the players. Their gesticulations of disbelief at every flop and dive grew more and more incensed as the ref bought everything Porto sold. And all of...
Arsenal announce summer 2024 USA tour dates, fixtures

Arsenal announce summer 2024 USA tour dates, fixtures

Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski/ISI Photos/ The Gunners are headed back stateside this summer! Arsenal are returning to the United States as part of their 2024 Summer Preseason schedule. The club announced matches against Manchester United and Liverpool, both scheduled for late July ahead of the 2024-25 season. It will be the third season in a row the Gunners have traveled to the U.S. as part of the preseason. The Gunners will take on Manchester United at SoFi Stadium in L.A. on Saturday, July 27th. They’ll face Liverpool at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on...
FC Porto 1 - Arsenal 0: not great, Bob

FC Porto 1 - Arsenal 0: not great, Bob

Photo by Daniel Castro/Eurasia Sport Images/ An extremely frustrating evening. With basically the last kick of the match, Galeno curled the ball beyond David Raya and into the far corner to steal a win for Porto over Arsenal in the Champions League. It should have been a 0-0. Arsenal easily could have had a 0-0. But, and stop me if you’ve heard this before (although not recently), a series of mistakes from Arsenal were their undoing. Gabriel Magalhaes took a loose touch to start things off. David Raya scuffed a clearance. The Gunners looked to have recovered when the...
Arsenal vs. FC Porto: we’re back

Arsenal vs. FC Porto: we’re back

Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/ The Gunners are back in the Champions League knockout stage. Arsenal travel to Portugal to take on FC Porto in the Champions League. It’s been seven years since the Gunners were last in the CL and fourteen years since the club advanced beyond the first knockout round. The Estádio do Dragão, Porto’s stadium, has not been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal — the club haven’t won there in three tries (1D, 2L). None of that history will matter to this Arsenal side, however. Mohamed Elneny is the only holdover from...
Wednesday Cannon Fodder: quiz time

Wednesday Cannon Fodder: quiz time

Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Happy Hump Day, TSFers! This is, like, one of the best Wednesday’s in recent memory because Arsenal play in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in seven years. I hope you’re as (or more) excited than I am. In honor of the knockout stage, today’s Sporcle is Knockout Stage Top Scorers (remembered to link the quiz, score). The quiz is a bit dated: it only goes back to 2018. Then again Arsenal’s last season in the CL before this one was ‘16-’17 so you might say the quiz goes back to just about the...
Arsenal at FC Porto Preview: Euro Trip

Arsenal at FC Porto Preview: Euro Trip

Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/ The Gunners head to Portugal for the first round of the Champions League knockouts February has been one for the ages for Mikel Arteta’s Gunners. Goals are flowing, wins are stacking, and the club in general seems to be gelling at the most opportune time. It has been poetry on the pitch, underscored by the fact that the Gunners’ goal scoring acumen has flourished on the road, netting 11 times in their past two matches away from the Emirates. Now, Arsenal will look to ride their hot hand on Wednesday when they travel south to the balmy...
Arsenal Team News: Vieira, Partey train

Arsenal Team News: Vieira, Partey train

Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via But only Vieira traveled to Portugal. Arsenal trained at London Colney on Tuesday morning ahead of their flight to Portugal to take on FC Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday. The good news was that Fabio Vieira and Thomas Partey were both training with the main group. The bad news was that Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Takehiro Tomiyasu were nowhere to be seen. In even better news, Vieira traveled with the team to Porto. Mikel Arteta suggested last week that he expected Vieira to be available to face his former club,...
Arsenal vs. Burnley: banana peel?

Arsenal vs. Burnley: banana peel?

Photo by Jess Hornby/PA Images via There are no easy away matches in the Premier League. Arsenal travel north to take on Burnley in the Premier League today, looking to stretch their Premier League winning streak to start 2024 to five matches. The Clarets are searching for their first win of the calendar year and just their second win at Turf Moor in the league this season. They sit 19th in the table on 13 points, ahead of Sheffield United on goal difference. They’ve got better (worse?) than a 95% chance to be relegated, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play...