Mark J. Fine

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Daily Cannon's resident curmudgeon, generalist, technogeek, and Yank (native New Yorker). Has followed Division One football via the BBC World Service since before some of you were even an idea. Also runs (and now bikes). A lot.
Arsenal moved to a new stadium over 10 years ago. In that time, the football landscape changed dramatically and the Gunners struggled to keep up with both their debt repayments and the new requirements of modern football. As Tottenham bid farewell to White Hart Lane, the noises they are making indicate they haven't been paying attention to their neighbours as closely as they should.
Dick Law confirmed Arsenal's management structure during a conference on Sports Management in Brazil.
It's no secret that this is Arsenal's worst season under Arsene Wenger's tenure but are the protesting fans making things worse?
Abou Diaby underwent ankle surgery in London this week, L'Equipe reports.
Santi Cazorla missed the majority of March and April earlier this year due to Achilles Tendinitis, picked up when returning to training from a 98-day knee injury lay-off.
With the 2015/16 crown, Newcastle United have won the Injury League for the second year in a row.
With my long training period and half-marathon well behind me, I've had plenty of time to examine what worked well and what didn't. My training plan ended up being fairly well thought out. For the most part, it included various...
All football fans think their team has more injuries to key players than any other side in the league. In Arsenal's case this was pretty much the case - at one time. The Injury League, a sister site to the Daily...
We all looked on with horror as Francis Coquelin hobbled off the pitch after Claudio Yacob's tackle, during Saturday's match at the Hawthorns. Preliminary scans after the match indicated this was a strain of the medial ligament requiring he miss a...
We all saw Aaron Ramsey limp off the pitch with a hamstring injury during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich. Used in different roles, both Ramsey and Santi Cazorla have been the Gunners' top iron men, leading the team in...
During the Annual General Meeting this week, Ivan Gazidis reaffirmed that Arsène Wenger makes all the transfer decisions and has an outstanding record. Many would be sceptical of such a claim, given that Arsenal have 'only' finished third or fourth...
by Mark J. Fine Arsenal's head Nutritionist, James Collins, provided expertise on player preparation during the record hot weather at Wimbledon. It seems Collins is a wanted man these days. As we also report on his column in the July issue...
by Mark J. Fine James Collins, Arsenal's head nutritionist, details new benefits of using creatine supplements in this month's issue of Muscle and Fitness. Creatine is an organic acid that is naturally produced in the body from glycine and arginine. It...
by Mark J. Fine Last time we discussed a plan that runners can use to train for marathons. A few things have changed since then, mostly driven by the bane of many distance runners: blisters. Blisters are caused by friction against the...
by Mark J. Fine Marathon season is a lot closer than you think, so if you haven't begun training, now is probably a good time to start. Most half- and full marathons are scheduled beginning in the August/September time frame -...
First Team Physio Declan Lynch has left Colin Lewis' medical staff for Bath Rugby Club. Having spent the last three years with Arsenal, Declan Lynch has certainly been busy. Lynch arrived from the London Irish Rugby Club in the Summer of...
Despite a rough start, Arsenal's fitness has been stellar as reflected in the season's final Injury League table. Since the end of March, Arsenal have seen only a small number of extended injury periods for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (iliopsoas, hamstring), Danny...
by Mark J. Fine Early last week, Manchester City's Sergio Agüero revealed that he saw an Italian nutritionist to help him gain better fitness. Although having suffered a knee problem in December, Agüero is looking to be this year's Barclay's Golden Boot...
Arsenal go to Old Trafford this Sunday in a classic rubber match with Manchester United. Here's a status update on the current injury list. Fitness has plagued Arsenal for the first half of the season, regaining momentum in the second half...
Arsenal's majority owner Stan Kroenke has opened his chequebook to lay the groundwork for a new NFL stadium in the United States. According to the LA Times last week, the Kroenke Group successfully invested £1.1m ($1.7m) in an effort to...
There will be times when you will need to restrict your exercise routine to something less intense, like taking a long brisk walk. Hopefully everyone has a safe and enjoyable spring and summer without any problems. Yet sometimes life has...
Wayne Rooney was having difficulty walking off the pitch and was replaced by Radamel Falcao in the second half of Manchester United's match versus Crystal Palace on 9th May. After the match, Louis van Gaal told MUTV, "Rooney has a...
Michael Carrick first suffered a calf muscle strain after Manchester United's FA Cup match with Cambridge United on 12th January and it has been a problem for him ever since. He returned to the bench against Sunderland on 28th February,...
Bafetimbi Gomis suffered hamstring injury early in the 1-1 draw with Everton on 11th of April and has been reported to be working hard to return this Monday against Arsenal at the Emirates. Although being out a month, Gomis is...
The best part of spring is that there are better days ahead for running without wearing a lot of layers. Spring brings warmer weather without having the full-on humidity of summer, as well as a gradual release of color as...
Wayne Rooney left the Manchester United defeat to his former club, Everton, on Sunday with suspected ligament damage to his left knee. The Telegraph report that Rooney's injury appears to be to the medial ligament and that details regarding the nature or severity...
'Raise your Game', part of the Kick It Out organisation's campaign to rid football of racism and discrimination, opened at the Emirates on Tuesday. Kick It Out is football’s equality and inclusion organisation. They work throughout the football, educational and...
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been stuck in the revolving door of the treatment room a lot lately, but there's not been much discussion about his injury. So what actually is his problem? The Ox left the FA Cup match against Manchester United on 9th...
Per Mertesacker, Arsenal's Big F'n German, gives high praise for getting him ready for this weekend's Chelsea match. Having been almost written off for the match with the league leaders, Mertesacker told Arsenal Player, "It’s a big miracle and I...
With second to fourth places separated by only two points and first being out of reach, Arsene Wenger is focused on maintaining that position. Wenger has cautioned his side not to be complacent and take the eight-game winning streak for...
As Chelsea's match with Arsenal on Sunday draws closer, they find themselves without three valued strikers. The Independent is currently reporting that none of Chelsea's Loic Remy, Diego Costa, nor Didier Drogba are certain to be available for Sunday. Loic Remy...
This week we'll focus on technology to help us measure, track, and regulate our weight. Last week we discussed how to use exercise tracking apps and heart rate monitors to make exercise more accurate for calorie counting. This week we...
Arsenal are having their best run of form since 2005 and are seeing their best run of fitness per the recent Injury League table. 30th March saw the first mid-season period in several years where all Arsenal players were out...
Per Mertesacker sprained his ankle in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Reading. He was replaced with Gabriel in the match and Arsene Wenger said in his press conference afterwards that it, "doesn't look too good." As reported in the Telegraph, the Big...
The Dutch FA is currently testing referee-assisting video technology. Despite the International Football Association Board delaying it's use in competitive matches for a year this past February, Dutch FA officials think it will be ready in about five years. Certainly everyone...
On Sunday, 26 April, the Grosvenor House in London will play host to the 2015 PFA Player of the Year Awards. The nominees for Men's Player of the Year, currently held by former Liverpool player Luis Suarez, are: Chelsea's Diego Costa, Liverpool's...
UEFA, looking to add to current revenue streams, is looking at the possibility of adding a European All-Star Game to it's venue of competitions. This, according to Mundo Deportivo. Amongst the many formats being considered, includes the possibility of a mid-season...
This week we'll focus on technology to help us quantify and track our energy burn through exercise. Last week we discussed how calorie counting could help us start the process of maintaining our weight, but missing some of the key...
The story doesn't end with just achieving weight loss. There is still work to make sure it stays off and technology is there to help do just that. This new maintenance phase was kind of strange because I no longer...
Arsenal have exactly the same record after 31 games this season as they did last...well, not exactly the same.
Arsenal and Liverpool fans are planning on protesting ticket prices in the stupidest way imaginable.
Sometimes even the best of plans need a bit of supporting structure and technology to get you over the hump. There are literally a plethora of books, videos, and DVD programs out there to help you get fit. Many, such...
A weekly look at the technology, tools and techniques to quitting smoking, losing weight and getting fit through diet and exercise.
Have Arsenal fallen off regularly in the Barclay's Premier League? We seem to hear it regularly, but is it really true?
A weekly look at the technology, tools and techniques to quitting smoking, losing weight and getting fit through diet and exercise.
A weekly look at the technology, tools and techniques to quitting smoking, losing weight, and getting fit.
Arsenal keep moving on up all the tables.
Ever wanted to totally change your life but don't know where to start? In 2003 I noticed that my life was rapidly changing... My home life was doing well, my daughter was just graduating an American High School and entering a...
Aaron Ramsey has suffered a third hamstring strain of the season, but how long is he expected to be out for really?
Who should be in goal for Arsenal on a permanent basis? You've got three to choose from, take your pick with help from our stats.