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Jun 19, 2019
Edu expected to join Arsenal as technical director

Edu expected to join Arsenal as technical director

The former midfielder is currently with the Brazil national team at the Copa America. It has been rumored for several months, and now reports are circulating that former Arsenal midfielder Edu is close to being named the Gunners’ first ever technical director. Edu is currently with the Brazil national team at this summer’s Copa America. His appointment is expected to become official following completion of the tournament early next month. The Brazilian spent five years with Arsenal and was a member of the 2003-2004 squad of “Invincibles”. In addition, Edu was a part of two...
Jun 19, 2019
Wednesday cannon fodder: warped controversy bid

Wednesday cannon fodder: warped controversy bid

World Cup Sam Kerr nets four as Australia qualify for Women’s World Cup last 16 | Football | The GuardianThe Matildas captain led from the front as she scored all four goals in the Matildas’ 4-1 win over Jamaica in their crucial final Group game. Marta becomes record scorer at World Cup finals as Brazil beat Italy to reach last 16 - BBC SportMarta’s 17th World Cup goal gives Brazil victory over Italy in Group C and a place in the last 16 in France. Women’s World Cup: empty seats and Fifa’s warped priorities | Football | The GuardianGreat on-field achievements at France 2019 are...
Jun 18, 2019
Arsenal Transfer Rumor: Ospina out, Markus Schubert in

Arsenal Transfer Rumor: Ospina out, Markus Schubert in

Two goalkeepers moves could be settled in the next few weeks. Even with Petr Cech retiring, Arsenal still have several decisions to make this summer to solidify the goalkeeper position. Bernd Leno is the clear number one, and it’s highly doubtful any move would change that before the start of the new season. But who will be his backup - the keeper getting starts in the Europa League and domestic Cup competitions - at least in the early stages? Time to move on Internally, Arsenal still have three additional keepers to consider - David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez, and Matt Macey. The first...
Jun 18, 2019
Tuesday cannon fodder: VAR arrest superstar

Tuesday cannon fodder: VAR arrest superstar

World Cup France look unconvincing in 1-0 win over NigeriaWendie Renard’s VAR-awarded penalty and VAR-awarded retake lifted the host nation into the knockout stages, but Les Bleus have not lived up to their place among the pre-tournament favorites. Spain and China draw 0-0, advance to the knockout stagesSpain will likely play the US in the last 16. China advance with one of the four best third place records. Norway advance with 2-1 win over South KoreaTwo penalties, one in each half, were enough to secure Norway a place in the Round of 16. The South Koreans goal was their first and only...
Jun 17, 2019
Arsenal Transfer Rumor: Gunners closing in on deal for William Saliba from St. Etienne

Arsenal Transfer Rumor: Gunners closing in on deal for William Saliba from St. Etienne

Down to agreeing to a transfer fee, Arsenal seem to have one for the future Reports out of L’Equipe say that Arsenal has agreed to a 5-year provisional contract with William Saliba, an 18-year-old French central defender currently with St Etienne. The club are now entering into negotiations for a transfer fee with the French Club to make it final. Curiously, any deal is reported to have Saliba play one more year in Ligue Un as a part of a loan. While that does nothing to help Arsenal’s current defensive predicament, Saliba is clearly a signing for the future and another year of...
Jun 17, 2019
Monday cannon fodder: minnow maestro sale

Monday cannon fodder: minnow maestro sale

World Cup Carli Lloyd scores double as USA sweep Chile aside to advance to last 16 | Football | The GuardianCarli Lloyd scored twice in the USA’s 3-0 victory over Chile in Group F that sees them qualify for the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup. Linda Sembrant strikes early to steer Sweden past spirited Thailand | Football | The GuardianLinda Sembrant scored the tournament’s fastest goal in Sweden’s 5-1 victory over Thailand in the Women’s World Cup. Explaining The Sam Kerr Phenomenon - All For XISam Kerr is the highest-scoring player in the NWSL at the World Cup Break. Let’s...
Jun 15, 2019
Vivianne Miedema is the Netherlands’ record goal scorer

Vivianne Miedema is the Netherlands’ record goal scorer

With 60 goals, Vivianne Miedema is now the record Dutch scorer With her two goals against Cameroon in the Netherlands’ 3-1 win, Vivianne Miedema became the record scorer for the Oranje. The previous all-time scorer was Manon Melis, who scored 59 goals in 136 games between 2004 and 2016. Today in Valenciennes, Miedema first tied Melis’ record with a first half header, before breaking the record in the second half, with a driven right-footed shot in the 85th minute. Miedmea took only 77 games to break the record, all before she turns 23 in July. VIVIANNE MIEDEMA!#OnzeJacht #NEDCMR...
Jun 14, 2019
Friday open thread: sportsmanship

Friday open thread: sportsmanship

As I’m sure you know by now, the US women’s team...destroyed? Steamrolled? Boatraced? Exsanguinated? I mean, there’s no polite way to describe a 13-0 soccer game, really. Anyway, the aftermath of the game was interesting, in that a lot of people felt it necessary to weigh in on whether any of it was necessary - the thirteen goals were a lot, but many people also took exception to the team celebrating each and every one of those thirteen goals as if it was the first goal of the game. My personal opinion is simple. These are professional athletes, on the biggest stage of their sport,...
Jun 13, 2019
Building The Arsenal: Recap Edition & Summer Transfer Window Checklist

Building The Arsenal: Recap Edition & Summer Transfer Window Checklist

The to-do list for an ever-changing Arsenal front office. Over the course of the past two months or so, I’ve taken a look at where Arsenal stands at each position on the pitch, including the depth chart from the past season, each player’s current contract situation, what actions I believe need to be taken over the summer, and predictions for the depth chart for the 2019/20 season. Previously: Goalkeeper | Right Back | Left Back | Center Back | Center Midfielder | Attacking Midfielder | Forwards To close out the series, here is a summary of the players leaving Arsenal this summer, which...
Jun 13, 2019
Arsenal’s 2019/20 Premier League fixture list has been released

Arsenal’s 2019/20 Premier League fixture list has been released

Let’s see what’s in store, shall we? The release of a schedule is always a fun little diversion in any sport’s off season. Soccer’s is a little...I wouldn’t say less fun, but Premier League soccer, of course, features a balanced schedule, so there’s not the element of surprise of “oh, this year we get to play Shrimpton Town FC, we haven’t played them in years!”. There’s 19 other teams, and Arsenal play each one twice, so the main question every season is in the sequencing. Last season, of course, started impossibly hard, with games against Manchester City and Chelsea. It...
Jun 13, 2019
Thursday cannon fodder: bizarre cultural silence

Thursday cannon fodder: bizarre cultural silence

World Cup Women’s World Cup: Hosts France edge past Norway in Nice - BBC SportFrance all but secure a place in the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup after striker Valerie Gauvin marks her return with a goal against Norway. Nigeria 2-0 South Korea: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live! | Football | The GuardianAsisat Oshoala helped to give Nigeria their first win of the tournament and boosted their hopes of making the knockout stages. Sara Däbritz bundles Germany winner against Spain in Women’s World Cup | Football | The GuardianSara Däbritz scored the only goal of the game as...
Jun 12, 2019
xGunners: Yannick Carrasco’s statistical profile

xGunners: Yannick Carrasco’s statistical profile

Taking a look at Arsenal transfer target Yannick Carrasco’s statistical profile Arsenal have been linked with move for Yannick Carrasco of Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. Carrasco moved to China in 2018 and after a season a half is looking to make a move back to Europe. Unlike most players who move to China, Carrasco went while he was still in the prime of his career after establishing himself with Atlético de Madrid. He is still just 25 years old and shouldn’t be in the age related decline phase of his career yet. The big question is what did his stats look like in China and...
Jun 12, 2019
Front office stability? No thank you!

Front office stability? No thank you!

Yet another change in the support staff. I’m not a big fan of cliches. There are usually a lot better and more interesting ways to say things you want to say than using a phrase that’s been around for decades if not longer. That said, sometimes, a cliche gets the job done - after all, they’re not widely used for no reason. The cliche of today? “The only thing that’s constant is change”. That was the first thing that jumped to mind when I read this: Great scoop by @charles_watts. Hearing (unconfirmed) Burgess was sacked and that the decision was taken shortly after the Europa...
Jun 12, 2019
Wednesday cannon fodder: nutmeg rout demands

Wednesday cannon fodder: nutmeg rout demands

World Cup Sweden strike late against Chile after torrential rain stops play | Football | The GuardianKosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy scored for Sweden against Women’s World Cup debutants Chile after heavy rain forced the players off the field. Champions USA will not find a talent-packed World Cup easy | Football | The GuardianUm Alex Morgan scores 5 in USWNT’s 13-0 domination of Thailand to open World Cup | Pro Soccer USAThere will be tougher games, but this was a romp. Netherlands’ Jill Roord pounces at the last to break New Zealand hearts | Football | The GuardianThe...
Jun 11, 2019
Arsenal Transfer Rumor: Is Ionut Radu the backup GK solution?

Arsenal Transfer Rumor: Is Ionut Radu the backup GK solution?

Who will replace Petr Cech as Bernd Leno’s backup? With Petr Cech retiring and Bernd Leno securing the number one spot in goal for Arsenal this past season, there is an opening in the depth chart. Will the club chose to save money, during an expected tight summer, and go with a familiar name to Arsenal fans, or will they see an opportunity to strengthen at the position in the market? Regardless of how well Leno did this past season, he can’t play in every competition. During 2018/19 Leno made 35 starts compared to Cech’s 22. It’s plausible that Leno lands in the starting XI 50+...