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It's a family affair... third generation Gooner, obsessed with Arsenal since the 80's. I've been writing about that obsession and, ever so occasionally, the team since 2004 in a variety of places, but have found a natural home here. As you will find out if you stick around long enough, I am a huge fan of Santi Cazorla. I'm extremely fond of cheese, Marmite, Pipers Salt n' Vinegar crisps, Pilsner Urquell, vodka tonics and absinthe. I am also hopelessly obsessed with Depeche Mode.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Sentiments that apply, almost perfectly, to the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saga.
Today marks 16 years since David Rocastle passed. Here, from our Arsenal Number 7s book, is an extract from Paul Williams chapter on this true legend
Daily Cannon's Paul Williams discusses another shambles and what lies ahead for Arsenal for the rest of the season.
Why it's time for Arsene Wenger to say goodbye at Arsenal
Arsenal's dramatic win at home to Burnley on Sunday was underscored by huge controversy.
This post was written prior to the events of Tuesday night Olivier Giroud scored the goal of the season on Sunday evening. Okay, yes, it's a big call; but it is one that I feel entirely confident in making. Only the usual...
"Pain and suffering in various tempos."
As Ferris Bueller once sagely noted, "Life moves pretty fast. if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
The subject of Arsène Wenger's likely legacy has been on my mind recently.
Arsenal recorded their first Premier League win of November with a hard fought win against AFC Bournemouth. So how did the players do individually?
Paul takes a look back over the past week and a look ahead at what is to come
From international indifference to the white hot intensity of Manchester United v Arsenal.
Real life can be so inconsiderate sometimes.
A discussion of Arsenal against Ludoogorets, Sunderland, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud
Reading Jack Wilshere's interview with the Daily Mail, it's impossible not to think of it as a 2,000 word exit interview.
It was once said of Arsène Wenger that he was an unlucky manager.
With six wins out of six, Arsenal are currently the form team in the Premier League.
Arsenal will be hoping to avoid new manager syndrome when they host Swansea this weekend.
That Arsène Wenger marked his 20th anniversary of taking charge of the Arsenal with a scrappy, George Graham style, 1-0 win at Burnley was an irony I feel sure the Frenchman will have appreciated.
Arsenal squeezed home against Burnley with a last minute goal we possibly, maybe, didn't quite deserve, so how did the players do?
Sam Allardyce losing the England job he coveted for years in a matter of 67 days has to be one of the most marvelous football stories I have ever heard.
Arsenal's 3-0 battering of Chelsea at the weekend was as welcome as it was overdue. However, the nature of it has presented Arsène Wenger with a minor conundrum. Namely, just where will Aaron Ramsey fit in when he returns from injury?
It is a thankless task writing about football, or any sport come to that.
You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.
You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.
You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.
You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.
You may have noticed that it is now twenty years since Arsène Wenger took the hot seat at Arsenal. Here, at DCHQ, we thought it was time to have a look at his top five captures since his arrival in north London.
Listen as we relive Rocastle's Arsenal career with exclusive soundbites from Ian Wright while other former Arsenal players reveal what they truly felt about the great man.
Arsène Wenger got away with one in Paris on Tuesday night.
At Arsenal's last gasp win at home to Southampton I indulged in a bit of time travelling.
Now the transfer window is closed and the international break is at an end, Arsenal can get on with the business at hand.
Arsenal have, finally, addressed the two major shortcomings within the first team squad, but how was the window really?
This week has, even by Arsenal's standards, been one of high comedy. A few observations
Bloody Philippe Coutinho. By the time the Brazilian left the field of play, midway through Sunday's second half, it's all too easy to imagine Arsène Wenger thinking the same thing. You can imagine that, as we approached half time a goal to...
Who wants to read about our failure to sign a centre forward and search for Johnny Evans?
Julian Draxler, Riyad Mahrez, Alexandre Lacazette, that Mustafi guy. Everyday, a different rumour for us all to obsess and puzzle over.
Are Arsenal so focused on doing things right that they forget to do the right thing?
Should Wenger take the captaincy more seriously and why the new conduct rules will hopefully teach Chelsea and Jose Mourinho how to behave
"Thierry Henry, Thierry Henry, Thierry Henry..."
There are, as I begin writing this, just three games of the 2016 Euros left. Who's your money on? I haven't watched nearly enough of this tournament to make an informed decision, but it seems logical that the winner of...
On Monday night, I sat and watched my first game of the Euros since the opening Saturday of the tournament. It goes without saying, even if you don't know me, that I am not overly invested in the fortunes of...
I think the summer does funny things to people, you know. I'm not sure whether it's the sudden breakthrough of the sun from above the grey, Great Britain shaped, wall of cloud, or if it's the lack of club football. Or...
Despite watching all three of the games played on the opening Saturday of the Euros, I'd be hard pressed to tell you much about what happened in them.
Arsenal have triggered Jamie Vardy's release clause, you've probably heard. Can he do for the Gunners what Ian Wright did when he arrived aged 27?
Hector Bellerin has been called up to the Spain squad for this summer's European Championship, but Paul Williams explains why we don't need to worry. Yet.
As Tomas Rosicky ends his Arsenal career with the expiration of his contract on Tuesday, Paul Williams takes a look back over his Arsenal career.
I think we'd all prefer that Arsenal were seen to to be a bit more proactive in the transfer market, but a signing sealed and delivered before the end of May?
I didn't stick my head above the parapet and offer to write this section of our end of season review just so I could slate Theo Walcott.
Arsene Wenger isn't going anywhere, so Paul Williams explains why getting behind the team or not going to games is the only choice fans realy have.
Today marks 15 years since David Rocastle passed. Here, from our Arsenal Number 7s book, is an extract from Paul Williams chapter on this true legend
Arsenal, perhaps for the first time this year, were seriously impressive in dispatching Everton this weekend. Pace, power, great interplay and, crucially, end product. The performance bore all the hallmarks we have come to expect from an Arsène Wenger side. In...
'Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today...' Okay, maybe that's quite a dramatic opening, perhaps even unnecessary. However, it's hard to escape the feeling that Arsenal fans, if not the board and a certain Monsieur Wenger, are staring into the...
Arsenal's victory at Hull City on Tuesday ensured that we will continue our defence of the FA Cup this weekend. I don't know, because I can't be bothered to count them, how many matches unbeaten that is in the FA...
Was Santi Cazorla's knee ligament injury the moment Arsenal's title challenge was fatally torpedoed, even before they got to play United and Swansea? It's likely that few would have suspected it at the time. As Matthew Wade points out here, the...
It's hard to look back on the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League tie with Barcelona with anything other than a sense of regret. Okay, maybe there is some slight sense of pride in watching our team matching Barcelona for...
In his first first team start since last April, Danny Welbeck completed 67 minutes against Hull City on Saturday. And that is almost the best thing you can say about a game in which the FA Cup holders were left...
Arsenal are the newly installed bookies favourites to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004. I'm not sure what our odds were in the 94th minute of Sunday's bruising encounter with table topping Leicester City, but I...
The change in month, it seems, has not brought about a change in fortunes for our beloved Arsenal. The optimism fostered by the pre-Christmas win at home to Manchester City seems a long time ago now. I suppose it was,...
John Terry will not be offered a new deal by Chelsea at the end of this season. On hearing this news, my first reaction was to jump around my flat, shouting: "The evil is gone from here, he's gone from here!...
The Lightning Seeds once wrote a song called Sugar Coated Icebergs. You may not remember it, hell, you may not even remember the Lightning Seeds. If it is a case of the latter, then I feel sorry for you. Not...
Danny Welbeck is back in full training for Arsenal. Truly these are words that most of us probably never thought we'd type. Rumours that Special Agents Mulder and Scully were going to be assigned to investigate the nature of Welbeck's...
Alexis and Mesut Özil's return to first team action could not be coming at a better time. For weeks now, the Arsenal starting XI, at least in the Premier League, has had the distinct ring of a team being sent out...
Aaron Ramsey's last minute goal line clearance took Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League following a goalless draw at Stoke City. In truth, there wasn't much to get excited about in a game that was high on needle, at least...
This weekend, in a line surely designed to troll Arsenal fans everywhere, one tabloid wrote off the FA Cup as a competition only Arsenal were bothered about winning. Such a viewpoint was backed up, somewhat, by Piers Morgan. One of...
In Mesut Özil, Arsenal have a footballer who can deliver us the Premier League title. Hopefully, I have your attention now, yes? Good. That's how good I think Mesut Özil (or Ozzul, that well known demon from the Exorcist if you prefer the...
I'm not convinced that the last week saw us learn anything about Arsenal we didn't already know. Okay, so the battering we took at Southampton ruined Boxing Day for Gooners everywhere, but we recovered less than 48 hours later to...
The presents have been bought, though not wrapped and, thankful that we only live a five minute walk from Waitrose, the shopping is in. It really is, "the most wonderful time of the year..." Sentiments that everyone connected with Leicester City football...
According to reports, the Chelsea board are considering replacing Jose Mourinho with Juande Ramos. Read that sentence again and let it sink in. The Chelsea board are considering replacing the great Jose Mourinho with the man who left Spurs with...
Santi Cazorla's ruptured knee ligaments are, obviously, both a pain for him and for Arsenal Football Club. I begin here, because as happens sometimes, I have sat down with no real idea of what I'm about to say. I know...
I wouldn’t say that I have spent the last few weeks soul searching, but it is fair to say that I have been in a more reflective mood of late. This frame of mind, shaped by a sense of loss...
I hope you’ll forgive me, comrades, for not dwelling on Arsenal’s impressive 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb. I’d like to dedicate Wednesday’s column to my former boss, and friend Geoff Banks. On my way to bed last night, I discovered that...
Here in London, it feels as though a world so thoroughly tilted on its axis by the horrific events in Paris last Friday, is just beginning to right itself again. Hey, it may not feel like that to you and...
A degree of irrationality can affect us all from time to time. Last night, for example, I took Jo to see Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Movie Doctors show. This was a highly entertaining show put together to run alongside...
Arsenal are limping towards what may be a particularly welcome international break. Yes, I know, international breaks are rarely welcome. However, in this instance, with Arsenal running out of first team players at almost identical rate to their accumulation of...
It was all going too well, wasn't it? On Saturday, Arsenal followed up last week's excellent win against Bayern Munich with a hard fought victory over Everton. In doing so, we climbed briefly to the top of the Premier League...
Well, that was alright, wasn't it? I had written before that whilst there was still even an outside chance for Arsenal in this season's Champions League, there was still a chance. Okay, that was the very definition of stating the...
Should Arsenal sacrifice the Champions League? It's an interesting question, isn't it? For me, the answer is a slightly complicated one. As things stand, Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of elimination from the Champions League by the time matchday...
Jose Mourinho is the Joe Pesci of the Premier League. I know, I know... I wrote this yesterday and compared the Chelsea manager to Othello. It struck me this morning that the Portuguese actually has more in common with the...
In the last few weeks, it seems to have become open season on Arsène Wenger again. This is something I can only take as a good thing. Why? I hear you ask. Well, as George Graham, Arsène's celebrated, but naughty predecessor once...
We all know the truism that football is a funny old game. It doesn't always feel like it though, does it? That said, Arsenal seem to be doing their best to illustrate exactly how funny the game can be on...
When I think back to happier times, it seems impossible to believe that they could have existed. Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and the demolition of Leicester City seems like a lifetime ago. The podcast that I recorded with Stephen and...
If you've come here looking for something in which you can really wallow following the weekend's events at Stamford Bridge, then this is not the article for you. Though, for those fancying a bit of a giggle, there is a...
I wrote, on the eve of the new season, that Arsenal's squad depth gave them an excellent chance of winning their first league title since 2004. Not being blessed with the best timing (my friends and family can testify to...
It has, it's fair to say, been a slightly turbulent start to the season for our red and heroes. Nowhere can this be more vividly illustrated than in the choices for the official Arsenal Player of the Month for August....
Yesterday, Arsène Wenger all but guaranteed that Arsenal Football Club would not challenge for the Premier League title. That is, if you believe the naysayers. If you believe that the squad, as it stood, was not ready to compete for...
I joked during the game last night that Karim Benzema's public rejection of a move to Arsenal was the only explanation for our dreadful first half performance against Liverpool on Monday. Karim Benzema rejection blues, I called it. I think it's...
Arsenal fans: cheer up, it's not that bad.
Lee Mason, a referee Arsenal fans have had little cause to celebrate down the years, was at the centre of things again yesterday afternoon. Only, this time, he was actually doing Arsenal a favour for a change. At least, that's...
It is said that a week is a long time in politics. The same also applies to football. A week ago, I was sitting here breezily acclaiming the purchase of a proper goalkeeper and highlighting Arsenal's squad depth as a...
After what seems like the smallest break of all time, the 2015/16 season is now upon us. I mean, seriously, I saw Darren Berry yesterday and realised that the last time I'd seen him, he was half cut and on...
by Paul Williams What does the average Arsenal blogger have to write about in the summer? Clearly, whatever it may say in my Twitter bio, I don't consider myself to be just an "average" Arsenal blogger. However, I am in exactly the...
by Paul Williams Reflections on a season of surprises. A few months ago, following the farcical draw with Anderlecht and defeat at Swansea, I called for the immediate removal of Arsène Wenger. Think back to those days and the animosity surrounding the...
by Paul Williams James Milner is not a signing to win you the league title, says Ronnie O'Sullivan Ronnie O'Sullivan, the greatest snooker player in the history of the game, is a Gooner. He is also currently co-hosting the Midweek Matchzone show...
by Paul Williams Why do we sing about hating Tottenham and not about loving Arsenal? On Saturday evening, Arsenal Football Club ended a trophy drought that had lasted... ooh, about twelve months. 'Didn't we win the Community Shield in August?' I...
Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup Final, Paul Williams examines Theo Walcott's chances of a place in the starting line up Three days until Wembley, are you excited yet? I may be alone in this regard, but bearing in mind that the...
Some bloke once said something like "It'a funny old game football". Now, I can't quite remember who it was, but but as I get older, I can't help but see the truth in that statement with ever ever clearer eyes....
Sunday afternoon's third place play off* with Manchester United offered a graphic illustration of a problem which has begun to surface in the last few weeks. I refer, of course, to the shoehorning of four central midfielders into one starting line up....
It's hard not to look at Arsenal, and the form they are currently in, without a major sense of regret. Obviously, it's great that they are in this form now. It's brilliant that Alexis, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Özil seem to...
Perhaps it's because my focus is largely directed on the World Snooker Championship now, but things seem strangely calm at Arsenal at the minute. We are, for the first time in long time, heading into our final five fixtures all...
It is, perhaps, inevitable that Sunday afternoon's match is going to see a disproportionate amount of attention focused on a certain Cesc Fabregas. This is as unfortunate as it is inevitable, really. It's unfortunate because his return to the Emirates with the...
Younger readers may need to Google him, but comedian and writer Ben Elton used to talk about something called the "reality gap". It's the gap between your perception of something and how it actually is. This is something that, ironically,...
Arsenal may have a similar record to last season in the league, but things feel very different.
Jack Wilshere returned to action in an u21's match against Stoke City last night and there are reports he's set for a new Arsenal deal.
What happens when you meet your footballing hero? This is...
Ian Wright exclusively reveals the greatest 90 minutes of his life
Thanks to Ball Street, DailyCannon had an exclusive interview with Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Which of the Arsenal's squad's current players are guaranteed to be in the starting line up when next season gets underway?
Theo Walcott wants a payrise, but should this limited player actually get it? We're not so sure...
Hector Bellerin has excelled since he was thrust into the first team, so what does Mathieu Debuchy's return from injury mean for the young Spaniard?
A week is a long time in football, never has that been more true than this week.
Five things that really stood out as Arsenal defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford.
If chatter over the weekend is to be believed, then this season may be Mikel Arteta's last in an Arsenal shirt. Is that a good thing?
A few weeks ago, Helen Trantum wrote on this site about the perils of living with the enemy. As you may have read, she lives with a Spurs fan. As I write this, Anita Sambol- also of this parish- has a...
Two players who have experienced very different fortunes - just how fragile is the career of a top-flight footballer?
Mesut Ozil shone once again against QPR. We take a closer look at his performance.
On Thursday night a discussion broke out at Daily Cannon Towers about whether your wonderful editorial team might like to cover football topics away from Arsenal. I missed the majority of this discussion as I was blowing out of, er,...
Ashley Cole has all but airbrushed him out of Arsenal's history, especially his role with the Invincibles, because of the Arsenal fans. Isn't it time we forgave him?
20 years ago Arsenal sacked George Graham. Little did anyone imagine the chain of events that would unfold.
Arsenal fans were left furious with the news that the BBC had moved their FA Cup quarter final to Monday night.
Arsenal were handed a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the FA Cup. Paul Williams explains why it won't end in tears this time.
Santi Cazorla is producing some of the best football of his career at the minute, and the little Spaniard shows no sign of going off the boil any time soon.
Our defence of the FA Cup swings back into action this weekend. Yeah, meedja, look! We won something last season Yes, I know, you've noticed that already. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to have a look at...
Who is Arsenal's number one? It's a question that Arsene Wenger might not be able to answer. We take a look at the best option here.
Arsene Wenger compared Alexis Sanchez to Ian Wright and they share many similarities as Paul Williams explores.
With the calmness of a few days to think about the game against Spurs, it's clear to see that Arsenal will be back above them again in no time. This is why.
Danny Welbeck may not be scoring the number of goals people expect from a top striker, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a great buy as Paul Williams explains.
Thierry Henry often saved his best for Tottenham. Relive some of his greatest moments.
In 2011/12 we all witnessed two very different league games between Arsenal and Tottenham. Paul Williams relives both of them here. Mind the gap.
George Grahama managed both Arsenal and Tottenham, but he only really left his mark on one of them.
Arsenal destroyed Aston Villa at the Emirates on Sunday and Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were integral to the performance.
Want to know how to build your own Gooner Family? Paul Williams explains how he built his.
A new deal is on the cards for Francis Coquelin and Paul Williams explains why that's a very good thing.
Theo walcott's contract is up for renewal and this time, it's totally different than his last one.
The Arsenal man has been integral to Arsenal's success recently, but does the midfielder have a problem? Martin Keown thinks so.
24 hours after the FA Cup game against Brighton kicked off, one of our writers takes another look at the game without the added adrenaline.
You knew this one was coming... I've gone a couple of ways round with this post. There is the straight retelling of Santi Cazorla's Arsenal career; a brilliant first season, slightly less brilliant second season (albeit with that stunning free...
When I agreed to take on this subject, last week, I couldn't have imagined that writing it today- in the aftermath of our fantastic win in Manchester- I would end up feeling kind of mean spirited. But I did agree...
One win at Eastlands since, er... Sunday. We all know this was only one game. Perhaps only the start of something rather than a reason to go and break out the Moët. However, given the way Arsenal have suffered, particularly on...
One win at Old Trafford since 2003 One win at Stamford Bridge since 2004 One win at Eastlands since whenever it was the oil money came in For a big club, the last ten years have seen Arsenal really suffer when travelling...
I was chatting to a Cardiff City fan at work today. She was telling me how Vincent Tan had agreed to change the club's colours back to blue. The conversation soon turned to how it is the natural inclination of...
Happy new year everyone. It seems to me that Arsenal are destined, this season, to be taking two steps forward and one step back until May. Some of you may feel that it's actually more like one step forward, two...