2:25 PM EDT, Thu April 18, 2019
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Arsenal vs. Napoli: quarterfinals, part 2

Arsenal vs. Napoli: quarterfinals, part 2

And this time, Arsenal have a two-goal lead to work with. Arsenal are in Naples today for the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal matchup. In the previous two knockout rounds, Arsenal came into the second leg with a deficit, needing to beat their opponents in order to advance. This time they have a two-goal lead, and they kept a clean sheet at home, giving themselves the upper hand in any away goal tiebreakers. The Gunners’ away form has been pretty bad this season, but their win at Watford on Monday suggests that they can, in fact, win away from home. It was a pretty cheap...
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Arsenal Player of the Season Voting Opens

Arsenal Player of the Season Voting Opens

(Arsenal twitter opinions) Arsenal announced the commencement of voting for the club’s player of the season on Tuesday, including an even mix of defenders, midfielders and forwards amongst the six Arsenal standouts on the ballot. It's time to vote for your Player of the Season! There are six nominees to choose from - but who will you pick? ⚡️ @Aubameyang7 @LacazetteAlex @Bernd_Leno @SokratisPapa5 @LTorreira34 #GunnerGranit— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 16, 2019 The players up for the award is made up in majority by new signings. The list includes Pierre-Emerick...
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The Denis Suarez experiment is over before it ever began

The Denis Suarez experiment is over before it ever began

Emery’s pet project has been a failure so far. So what happened? When the winter transfer window opened, Arsenal fans were eager to see if new boss Unai Emery would approach the mid-season window with the same alacrity as he did in the summer, which saw the acquisitions of impact players like Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno. As Arsenal approached the halfway point in the season, Aaron Ramsey already had one foot out of the door for Juventus after contract talks disintegrated, and the Gunners attack was showing how desperately they needed a pacy winger. The defense had also lost Rob Holding...
7 hours ago
Thursday cannon fodder: charity promotion walkout

Thursday cannon fodder: charity promotion walkout

Premier League/England Spurs prevail in epic Champions League battle as Llorente stuns Manchester City | Football | The GuardianThat, was wild. Olivier Giroud warns Chelsea, play me more or I will leave in the summer | Football | The GuardianThe Chelsea striker said he is not prepared to play a secondary role at Chelsea any longer. When Manchester City were rubbish: how the 1998/99 season changed a football club’s destiny | FourFourTwoCity may now be a slick footballing juggernaut and among the favourites for the game’s biggest honours this season, but ‘twas not always...
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Arsenal at Napoli preview: the Gunners have left the country

Arsenal at Napoli preview: the Gunners have left the country

Hello Naples my old friend Arsenal travels to Naples Thursday for what will surely be one of the club’s blockbuster ties of the season. The Gunners are set to square-off against Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League quarter final, and enter the match with a two goal advantage. Any European evening in Naples is tough — just ask Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool — but couple this with Arsenal’s woeful away form and things get even more dicey. The Gunners lost both away legs in the previous two rounds of the Europa League, and have won away from the Emirates just three times...
Apr 17, 2019
xGunners: Arsenal eye Kerem Demirbay as Ramsey replacement

xGunners: Arsenal eye Kerem Demirbay as Ramsey replacement

Could the Hoffenheim midfielder be the Aaron Ramsey replacement? Arsenal are going to have a very difficult time replacing Aaron Ramsey in the summer. Ramsey is an incredibly unique player, especially for his ability to get shots in dangerous positions from open play while playing from central midfield while also being able to contribute on the defensive side of the ball. There are interesting rumors about Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay, with the latest coming from fussball.news. The rumors aren’t especially fresh with interest dating back to 2018 but it is reported by Sport Bild...
Apr 17, 2019
UEFA confident they’ll get Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to Europa Final

UEFA confident they’ll get Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to Europa Final

The powers that be promise to work with Arsenal to get the Armenia to the game, if needed. In another case of World Politics and Sports colliding in less than fun ways, UEFA has signaled their support and aid to help Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan attain a visa to travel to Azerbaijan for the Europa Final. If needed. Arsenal would first have to get past the second quarterfinal leg against Napoli and their semifinal to play in Baku on May 28th. The Armenia midfielder has been reluctant in the past to travel to the region due to long standing territorial disputes and conflict between...
Apr 17, 2019
The Shirt Fuse: Arsenal’s new training top leaked

The Shirt Fuse: Arsenal’s new training top leaked

Arsenal have a new shirt manufacturer starting next year. adidas is taking over from Puma, and since shirt creation cycles are multiple years long, as the club moves down that road there’s any number of opportunities to see what has been created and what’s coming down the pipeline. Yesterday brought another one of those examples, courtesy of our pals at footyheadlines - they are generally either completely right or very close to right, so when they say this is Arsenal’s new training top, I tend to believe them: So, that’s kinda purty. I’m very much a fan of...
Apr 17, 2019
Wednesday cannon fodder: suspended knockout bet

Wednesday cannon fodder: suspended knockout bet

Premier League/England The legacy of Charlie George, Arsenal’s rambunctious hometown heroFrom watching his beloved Gunners as a kid to representing the club with such distinction, few men are more Arsenal as Charlie George. Lloris: Spurs ready to ‘suffer’ v Man City at the EtihadWe’re all ready for that too, but not in the way Hugo might think. Mendez-Laing and Morrison give Cardiff a lifeline and put Brighton in trouble | Football | The GuardianGoals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison earned Cardiff a crucial 2-0 win at Brighton. Andre Gomes: Everton midfielder...
Apr 16, 2019
Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 Watford

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 Watford

A win is a win, but not scoring on a Watford side with 10 men poses some questions. Regardless, we walked away with some much-needed points and a few positive talking points during a push for a top four spot in the table. Starting 11: Bernd Leno – 8.5 MOTM Another solid performance from Leno kept us in the game. Granted the game should never have been in question, but a couple great saves and a just good enough back-line was the reason for the clean sheet. Shkodran Mustafi – 6.5 Shaky when holding with the makeshift backline, and got caught out of position on counter attacks often....
Apr 16, 2019
Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal come back to haunt him

Troy Deeney’s comments about Arsenal come back to haunt him

Deeney sees red and learns the meaning of karma Arsenal secured the three points they needed at Vicarage Road against Watford. It was not a vintage performance by the Gunners. However, considering the team’s road problems this season, a win and a clean sheet are a welcome change. The highlight of the match was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal in the tenth minute of play. The combination of Ben Foster’s goalkeeping error and Aubameyang’s tenacity led to a gift goal which proved the match winner. In addition to the goal and the victory, there was another moment in this match that...
Apr 16, 2019
Tuesday cannon fodder: six point flare

Tuesday cannon fodder: six point flare

Premier League/England Never forgotten: Liverpool marks 30 years since Hillsborough disaster | Football | The GuardianCity falls silent as pictures of all 96 victims are shown on banner at St George’s Hall. Brighton must repay fans by winning Cardiff six-pointer, says Chris Hughton | Football | The GuardianChris Hughton admitted Brighton supporters were right to vent their anger during the 5-0 home defeat against Bournemouth. Police look at Anfield flare incident - BBC SportAn incident where a nine-year-old needed medical treatment after a flare was thrown during Liverpool’s win over...
Apr 15, 2019
Arsenal 1 - Watford 0 match report: 3 points are 3 points

Arsenal 1 - Watford 0 match report: 3 points are 3 points

The Gunners really should have done more against 10-man Watford, but a win is a win. Let’s start by focusing on the positives, shall we? Arsenal got all three points from a tricky away match. They kept their first away clean sheet of the season. Bernd Leno was fantastic (again). Ainsley-Maitland Niles made a marvelous defensive play to save a goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed why you always chase down the keeper and pressure the clearance. Most importantly, Arsenal moved back into fourth in the table on goal difference with a game in hand on Chelsea, and the Gunners still control...
Apr 15, 2019
Arsenal vs. Watford match thread: what good teams do

Arsenal vs. Watford match thread: what good teams do

Time to get down to brass tacks and take care of business. It’s simple: if Arsenal win out they make the Champions League next season.* It doesn’t matter what the teams around them in the table do. They are, currently, masters of their own fate. Until the stumble last weekend against Everton, the Gunners actually had the inside track to a third place finish as well. That stumble makes me nervous. It was another misstep on the road of which there have been far, far too many this season. As we all know, Arsenal have not been good away from the Emirates. In fact, they’ve been pretty...
Apr 15, 2019
Monday cannon fodder: disgusting horror deal

Monday cannon fodder: disgusting horror deal

Premier League/England Remembering the cards and the chaos at 2002’s infamous Battle of Bramall LaneIn 2002, for the first time in English football, a professional game was abandoned on account of one team lacking sufficient players to complete the match. Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Mohamed Salah scores a stunning goal as Reds reclaim lead - BBC SportLiverpool break Chelsea’s resistance to reclaim top spot from Manchester City. Why Mateo Kovacic is the most pointless player in the Premier League | FourFourTwoHe’s got fancy passing stats this season, sure – but that’s about it. Paul...