Lee Hurley

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Writer. Feminist. Dreamer. Gooner. Owner of DailyCannon.com, writing about Arsenal since 2008. Sometimes found in the Guardian, Vice.com & elsewhere talking queer issues, politics & football. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.
Thomas Partey

Arsenal injury updates ahead of Rapid Vienna, Spurs and Birmingham City

Arsenal have updated the status of a few male players while one of the Arsenal women has, as is standard, picked up an injury on international duty.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Will Aubameyang step up and act like Arsenal’s captain?

Just like during the match against Wolves, our captain was nowhere to be found when it was time for Arsenal players to face the media.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Joe Willock of Arsenal battles for possession with Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Joe Willock identifies 2 issues causing Arsenal problems

After Arsenal's latest defeat they shoved Joe Willock in front of the cameras and the youngster identified a number of reasons the side are struggling
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: David Luiz of Arsenal and Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers lie injured after a collision during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Walton - Pool/Getty Images)

Raul Jimenez undergoes surgery for fractured skull after David Luiz head clash

Wolves have confirmed that Raul Jimenez is doing well after the player underwent surgery on Sunday night for a fractured skull.
Arsenal's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

Thomas Partey injury worse than first feared, ruled out of Spurs game

Thomas Partey will miss more games as the injury that was only meant to keep him out for a game or two turns into something worse.
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (L) is shown a red card by atch Referee Anthony Taylor (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Are Arsenal really trying to sell Nicolas Pepe?

There were reports over the weekend that Arsenal will look to cash in on their record signing but how much truth is there to all the Nicolas Pepe chatter?
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal (L) Dani Ceballos of Arsenal (C) and Willian of Arsenal (R) look on as they line up for a free kick during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on November 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Real Madrid want Arsenal midfielder to replace midfielder linked with Arsenal

Real Madrid now want Dani Ceballos to replace Isco despite recent claims that Real Madrid don't want Dani Ceballos at all.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil and Arsene Wenger trend as Arsenal lose to Wolves

Arsenal went down meekly 2-1 at home to Wolves and Arsene Wenger and Mesut Ozil were on the tip of a lot of Arsenal fans' tongues.
A fan wears a protective mask to take precautions against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) before the match against Internacional for the Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020 at Arena do Gremio on March 12, 2020 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Don’t know the truth about Covid? Here’s how to find it

The longer this pandemic ranges across the globe, the more smart people I see falling into conspiracy traps as they search for answers to what is happening during these frightening times.
Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele (C) fights for the ball with Saint-Etienne's French defender William Saliba (L) and Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and AS Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on March 1, 2020 at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)

William Saliba ‘welcome’ to come back to Saint Etienne

Mathieu Debuchy has said they would welcome William Saliba back to Saint Etienne as the youngster awaits his official Arsenal debut.
Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka (C) is helped off the pitch with an injury during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP)

Bukayo Saka injury update

Bukayo Saka was substituted with an injury against Leeds United on Sunday, so what is his prognosis and when can we expect him back?
Steve Braddock via Twitter

Arsenal man enters Hall of Fame

Arsenal's Head Groundsman, Steve Braddock, has been inducted into the Ground Management Association Hall of Fame for his work in football
Gabriel Martinelli back in training with Arsenal (Photo via Twitter)

Gabriel Martinelli in training with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gabriel Martinelli is closing in on a return from injury with Arsenal ahead of schedule as the forward steps up his recovery
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Freddie Ljungberg, Interim Manager of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrate victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Freddie Ljungberg Ozil comments set suspicious tongues wagging

Freddie Ljungberg believes there is still a place for Mesut Ozil in an Arsenal side under Mikel Arteta despite the German having been frozen out all season so are the club lying?
Huss Fahmy leaving Mikel Arteta's house (Photo via Sky Sports)

2 days left: Arsenal’s top negotiator to leave

It was reported that Huss Fahmy would leave Arsenal at the end of November so with just a few days left he must have his desk almost cleared.
Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

We know: Mikel Arteta speaks ahead of Wolves

Arsenal host Wolves at The Emirates on Sunday in what should be a tough encounter against a side sitting three places above us in...
Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian MBappe (C) shakes hands of Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish head coach Unai Emery during a training session in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, on November 28, 2017 on the eve of the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Troyes. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

Unai Emery tips former player to sign for Real Madrid

Unai Emery has tipped Kylian Mbappe to sign for Real Madrid as Arsenal fans remember the days we were once linked with him
Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) and Molde's Nigerian forward Leke James vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group B football match Molde v Arsenal in Molde, Norway on November 26, 2020. (Photo by Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB / AFP)

Not injured: Mikel Arteta explains why he took David Luiz off

Mikel Arteta took David Luiz off at half-time against Molde FK as Arsenal beat the Norwegian side 3-0 to secure passage to the knock-out stages with 12 points from four games.
New Argentina coach Diego Maradona attends a press conference in Glasgow, on November 18, 2008. Diego Maradona says he cannot understand why Terry Butcher continues to harbour a grudge over the 'Hand of God' goal that helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup. Butcher, an England defender in the team that lost the quarter-final match and now Scotland's assistant manager, said on Monday that he would never "forgive and forget" Maradona's action and made it clear he was unlikely to shake the new Argentina coach's hand when the Scots face his new charges here on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/ Michael Hughes (Photo credit should read Michael Hughes/AFP/Getty Images)

Wenger: Maradona and Mertesacker are why people love football

You've probably never heard Maradona and Mertesacker mentioned in the same sentence, then again, you've probably never had a conversation with Wenger.
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (4th L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the 0-1 during the UEFA Europa League group B football match Molde v Arsenal in Molde, Norway on November 26, 2020. (Photo by Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB / AFP)

Did Nicolas Pepe answer his critics against Molde?

Arsenal beat Molde 3-0 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League. With all eyes upon him, Nicolas Pepe stepped up.
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (L) is shown a red card by atch Referee Anthony Taylor (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Bumper episode 264: Fixing Arsenal’s lack of goals

On this week's podcast, we look back at the disappointment of drawing at Leeds, do our best to diagnose the lack of goals and suggest some remedies.
Dani Ceballos admits Real Madrid wanted to keep him LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Dani Ceballos after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)

Unai Emery wants Dani Ceballos and Real Madrid are happy

Unai Emery reportedly wants to bring Dani Ceballos to Villarreal and Real Madrid would be happy to sell to him.
Aubameyang at the airport

Gabon coach Aubameyang claim contradicted by Arsenal

According to the Gabon national coach, Arsenal will not let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang play for Gabon again but that's not true
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (L) is shown a red card by atch Referee Anthony Taylor (R) during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP)

Granit Xhaka’s message to Nicolas Pepe after his stupid red card vs Leeds United

Granit Xhaka has said the Arsenal squad 'are with' Nicolas Pepe after his stupidity against Leeds but it's not so clear the fans will be as forgiving.
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Willian of Arsenal looks to break past Luke Ayling of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on November 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Willian injury latest: When will he be fit for Arsenal?

Willian was substituted with an injury against Leeds United on Sunday, so what is his prognosis and when can we expect him back?
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 02: Isco (R) and Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid warm up for the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Getafe CF at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on July 02, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Arsenal eye 2nd Real Madrid midfielder loan for January

Arsenal haven't been linked with a move for Real Madrid's Isco for 2 years but it seems as if we could be interested in a January loan move.
England's manager Gareth Southgate (L) gives advice to England's midfielder Jude Bellingham (R) before bringing him on to make his debut during the international friendly football match between England and Republic of Ireland at Wembley stadium in north London on November 12, 2020. (Photo by CARL RECINE / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal agreement in place, Mislintat departure cost Jude Bellingham signature

Tony Adams believes Arsenal had an agreement to sign Bellingham from Birmingham but Mislintat's departure and Edu's arrival meant the deal fell through.
Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe leaves the pitch after being sent off after clashing with Leeds United's Macedonian midfielder Ezgjan Alioski during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by MOLLY DARLINGTON / POOL / AFP)

Mikel Arteta doesn’t hold back about Nicolas Pepe red vs Leeds United

Mikel Arteta did not hold his tongue when he was asked by reporters what he thought of Nicolas Pepe getting a straight red against Leeds United
Arsenal's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos pleads with Referee Graham Scott after receiving a yellow card during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 5, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Liverpool probably not interested in move for out-of-favour Arsenal star

Liverpool are running out of central defenders so quickly that they have been linked with a move for Sokratis but all may not be what it seems.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal looks dejected after conceding their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images)

Fans won't be happy Arsenal turned down Roma offer for 29-year-old

Arsenal reportedly turned down a late offer from Roma for Alexandre Lacazette as they didn't believe it was high enough.
Mitchel Bergkamp

Arsenal make decision on Dennis Bergkamp’s son after trial

Arsenal have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Dennis Bergkamp's son after the midfielder spent time on trial with the club.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Bernd Leno of Arsenal reacts after Chelsea score their first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Are Arsenal fans being unfair to this player?

Before picking up a knee injury, many Arsenal fans were calling for a Bernd Leno statue but Martinez's cameo showed how fickle fans really are

5 Arsenal stories you must read this weekend

To save you having to wade through a ton of sites, we've done that for you to pick out the Arsenal stories you might not want to miss.
Oriji Uzor Kalu

Kalu wants to buy 35% of Arsenal

Whether incumbent Nigerian senator, Orji Uzor Kalu actually wants to invest in Arsenal or is just using their name to raise his profile, it's hard to say.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arteta asked for an explanation, in my heart I'd already left says Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka has revealed that Mikel Arteta asked him to explain himself in regards to the gesture he made towards fans last season

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang builds stunning new 7-bedroom mansion

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has used some of his massive pay rise at Arsenal to build an even bigger house in London.
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures from the sidelines during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 8, 2020. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

Episode 263: Stick or Twist – Arteta’s tactical conundrum

On this week's podcast, Matthew and Anita ask what lessons can be learned from the Molde and Aston Villa games, look at line up options and try to square the circle of Arsenal's squad.

Willian sucks up to Arteta but is still in trouble with Arsenal

Willian has been singing Mikel Arteta's praises but it remains to be seen if that's enough to save him the manager's wrath for being a naughty boy.
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 08, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Bernd Leno gives honest opinion about teammate while on international duty

Bernd Leno has become the latest Arsenal person to give his opinion on Mesut Ozil and his situation.
VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 22: Aitor Fernandez of Levante UD celebrates his sides first goal during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid CF at Ciutat de Valencia on February 22, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Arsenal are 1 one of them: 29yo confirms Arsenal want to sign him

Levante's goalkeeper, Aitor Fernandez, has confirmed that Arsenal have been in touch with him to discuss a move to London.