LONDON, ENGLAND : Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Episode 310: Vieira’s Eagles clip Arteta’s wings as midfield issues remain

In this week's podcast, Matthew and Paul discuss the mixed emotions of the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, try to work out what's not working, and look at possible tweaks.
BATH, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: In this photo illustration the new £1 pound coin is seen on April 4, 2017 in Bath, England. Currency experts have warned that as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues, the value of the British pound, which has remained depressed against the US dollar and the euro since the UK voted to leave in the EU referendum, is likely to fluctuate. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Episode 309: Newcastle United’s takeover raises the stakes

Matthew and Stephen join forces to try to get their heads round the implications of the latest (and by far the biggest in financial terms) nation state buying their chunk of the sport we love.
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal applauds fans after his sides draw in the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Episode 308: Arsenal reality check

Matthew and Anita discuss Arsenal's draw at Brighton and what to make of it after the high of beating Tottenham. Plus, we talk Wenger's World...
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Tottenham Hotspur s Harry Kane appears dejected during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday September 26, 2021.Copyright: Nick Potts

Episode 307: Tottenham Get Battered as Arteta’s vision comes into focus

Matthew is joined by Helen and Paul to bask in the afterglow of putting our noisy neighbours, Tottenham Hotspur, back in their box, while also enjoying the first signs of Arteta-ball emerging.
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Episode 306: A glimpse of Arsenal’s future

Matthew is joined by Anita to look back at a much needed narrow victory over Norwich, to look at how the new boys fitted in and together, and to ponder the best midfield combinations.
Beth Mead and the Arsenal team celebrate after scoring during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, London on Sunday 5th September 2021. Copyright: MI News

Episode 305: Arsenal’s Wonder Women and more window gazing

This week, Matthew is joined by Paul to enjoy Arsenal Women's 3-2 win against title rivals Chelsea, and to asses the men's team transfer window.
Takehiro Tomiyasu with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Episode 304: Assessing Arsenal’s transfer window

This week Matthew is joined by Stephen to lament another limp performance against Man City, get quietly excited about yet another signing and what he can bring to the club in terms of balance and bite, while also struggling with office metaphors talking about Willian's surprising painless departure.
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Episode 303: Help us Martin Odegaard, you’re our only hope

Help us Martin Odegaard, you're our only hope: This week, we try to see what lessons can be learned from Chelsea, where our signings fit and ask is Mari the new Cygan?
Brentford v Arsenal Premier League Arsenal s Bukayo Saka shows dejection as they concede their second goal during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford Copyright: Daniel Hambury

Episode 302: Arsenal’s Bee sting shows contrasting clarity of purpose

This week, Matthew is joined by Paul and Brentford fan and host of the Sustainababble podcast (@thebabblewagon) Dave Powell (@powellds) to run the rule over any remaining Arsenal pre-season optimism evaporating on day one.
London, England, 8th August 2021. Ben White R and Sambi Lokonga of Arsenal during the Pre Season Friendly match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage

Episode 301: New Arsenal arrivals show promise, but plenty of work to do

This week, Matthew and Anita ponder the conclusions that can be taken from Arsenal's pre-season, rank transfer priorities and remember a time when we had more than one creative player on the pitch.
The Dream Factory: Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies

Episode 300 Pt 2: Exclusive Interview with Ryan Baldi about the English Football Academy...

As a special extra to celebrate 300 episodes, an exclusive interview with football writer Ryan Baldi (@RyanBaldiFW) about what he learnt researching his new book ' The Dream Factory: Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football’s Academies'.

Episode 300 Pt 1: Causes for optimism, Arsenal squad needs and requirements

Celebrate 300 episodes as we look back at the contrasting fortunes of the men's and women's teams against Chelsea, what we can learn from both and where £50m man Ben White fits in.
Albert Sambi Lokonga via Arsenal

Episode 299: What’s in a number? Smith Rowe, Sambi Lokonga & more

Stephen is joined by Anita this week to discuss the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Emile Smith Rowe's contract extension and why giving him the number 10 shirt is such a big deal.
Albert Sambi Lokonga via Arsenal

Episode 298: Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, and a book review

Stephen is joined this week by Paul Williams and author Darren Berry, to discuss the acquisition of both Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga by the Gunners.
Bukayo Saka stands dejected after missing from the penalty spot during the shoot out following the UEFA Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday July 11, 2021. Copyright: Mike Egerton

Episode 297: Arsenal Euros final fallout and pre-season anticipation

Matthew and Anita look back at Italy's shoot-out victory over England, talk selections and send Saka some love taking his first ever professional penalty in England's biggest game in over 50 years.