Lee Hurley

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Lee Hurley has been a professional writer for nearly 30 years and established LadyArse.com, DailyCannon’s former inception, in 2008. He has been an Arsenal supporter since 1987 and has written for The Guardian, Vice, Huck, Paddy Power, The Mirror, Metro and the Gooner Fanzine amongst many others and also co-owns TransWrites.world.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - MARCH 22: Andrea Cambiaso of Italy looks on during a Italy training session on March 22, 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s left-back pursuit: Cambiaso or Kadıoğlu?

Arsenal's pursuit of a new left-back takes a twist as Cambiaso's contract talks with Juventus raise doubts about a potential move, while Ferdi Kadıoğlu emerges as a strong contender.
01/10/2024 Istanbul, Turkey. Ferdi Kadioglu of Fenerbahce seen in action during the match. Fenerbahce and Konyaspor faced each other in the Trendyol Super Lig (Turkish Super League), the match took place at Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (Photo by YAGIZ GURTUG/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal €20m offer rejected

Arsenal are reportedly in advanced talks with Fenerbahçe for left-back Ferdi Kadıoğlu, with an improved offer of €25 million expected.
Ajax's Dutch forward #09 Brian Brobbey celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Dutch Eredivisie football match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Utrecht at the Johan-Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on March 3, 2024. (Photo by KOEN VAN WEEL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal want €80m Brobbey, Brobbey wants Arsenal

Arsenal target Ajax striker Brian Brobbey in summer transfer window. Brobbey eyes move to Gunners
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder #11 Gabriel Martinelli reacts during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 12, 2024. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“A bit sad how it ended”: Martinelli opens up about Arsenal’s Premier League heartbreak

Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli shares his thoughts on a bittersweet Premier League season, the impact of fan support, and his excitement for the Copa America.
Arsenal's Swedish striker #25 Stina Blackstenius (2L) celebrates with Arsenal's English striker #23 Alessia Russo (C) after scoring the opening goal during the English Women's League Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Molineux in Wolverhampton, central England on March 31, 2024. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal striker signs new deal

Arsenal's star striker Stina Blackstenius signs a new contract, extending her stay until 2025. A major boost for the Gunners in their WSL title pursuit.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: Lotte Wubben-Moy of Arsenal during the Barclays Women's Super League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on March 24, 2024 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Arsenal Women’s summer plans: US tour, Champions League, and new signings

Arsenal Women gear up for pre-season US tour as Lotte Wubben-Moy is named Player of the Season. The Gunners eye new signings and Champions League qualification.
Kaylan Marckese via Arsenal.com

Arsenal confirm goalkeeper to leave

Arsenal Women goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese departs after a short stint marked by limited appearances and an injury-plagued loan spell.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arteta and Odegaard rally Arsenal vowing to come back stronger

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and captain Martin Odegaard reflect on a record-breaking season, vowing to come back stronger and hungrier for trophies next year.
01/10/2024 Istanbul, Turkey. Ferdi Kadioglu of Fenerbahce seen in action during the match. Fenerbahce and Konyaspor faced each other in the Trendyol Super Lig (Turkish Super League), the match took place at Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (Photo by YAGIZ GURTUG/Middle East Images/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal hold talks with Ferdi Kadıoğlu, player keen to join

Arsenal is in advanced talks to sign Fenerbahçe left-back Ferdi Kadıoğlu, with an official expected to travel to Turkey for negotiations. The Gunners face competition from Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal's English midfielder #07 Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium, in London, on May 4, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka injury update as he misses Everton

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka misses the crucial final game against Everton, find out why here
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Where will the Premier League trophy be on Sunday?

The Premier League title race goes down to the wire. Discover the elaborate plans for awarding the trophy on the final day at either the Etihad or Emirates stadium.
Arsenal's English midfielder #41 Declan Rice holds up his fingers as he celebrates scoring the team's fifth goal during the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on March 4, 2024. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Declan Rice explains unusual pre-match ritual

Arsenal's Declan Rice credits his standout season to a surprising pre-game ritual: pancakes. Discover how this unconventional fuel powers his performance on the pitch
Nicolas Pepe after signing for Trabzonspor (Photo via Trabzonspor on Twitter)

Arsenal flop dropped ahead of crunch match amid exit reports

Nicolas Pepe's future at Trabzonspor is in doubt after being left out of the squad for a crucial match. Is a return to Europe on the cards for the Ivorian winger?
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United, embraces Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on February 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

David Moyes on helping Mikel Arteta and Declan Rice against Manchester City

Despite the Arsenal connections, David Moyes insists his team will not be thinking about Mikel Arteta or Declan Rice in the Premier League title...
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: William Saliba of Arsenal celebrates as David Raya of Arsenal (not pictured) makes the match-winning save from the fourth penalty from Galeno of FC Porto (not pictured) in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 second leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Porto at Emirates Stadium on March 12, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arteta explains why Saliba was sent on loan twice before Arsenal breakthrough

Mikel Arteta discusses William Saliba's journey from loan spells to becoming a key player for Arsenal, amidst interest from PSG and other top clubs.
Kido Taylor-Hart (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Arsenal 21yo confirms he will leave club

Arsenal winger Kido Taylor-Hart departs after 13 years. Bromley manager expresses interest in re-signing Arsenal defender Alex Kirk following promotion.
Marseille's French-Gabonese forward #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the French L1 football match between FC Lorient and Olympique Marseille (OM) at the Stade du Moustoir in Lorient, western France, on December 10, 2023. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Arsenal captain wants African Ballon d’Or

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang aims for a second African Ballon d'Or amidst uncertainty at Marseille.
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta applauds fans on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 23, 2024. Arsenal won the game 5-0. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Arteta hails Edu’s transformative impact at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta praises Edu Gaspar's impact on Arsenal and discusses the individual contributions of Gabriel Magalhães, Martinelli, and Jesus.
WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Reuell Walters of Arsenal in action during the FA Youth Cup Fifth round match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on February 06, 2023 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Promising Arsenal defender rejects new contract to leave club this summer

Promising Arsenal defender Reuell Walters is set to leave the club this summer in search of first-team football.
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta looks on during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 23, 2024. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal on the road to greatness despite Spurs disappointment

Arsenal's Premier League title challenge looks to fall short, but can they learn from this season's "valiant failure" and emerge stronger next year?
Tottenham descend again into small-club mentality Home supporters who did the Poznan after Haaland’s first goal underline problems swirling around Postecoglou The Daily Telegraph15 May 2024By Jason Burt CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium We saw the Poznan. Except it was coming from Tottenham Hotspur fans inside the stadium; not from Manchester City. Those Spurs supporters turned their backs on the pitch and bounced up and down in unison celebrating. It was a City goal that led to that reaction and so we had our answer. The acid test would always be what happened when City scored. Or Spurs. And so when the first goal arrived, early in the second half, the extraordinary response said it all. It angered manager Ange Postecoglou and what he said spoke to the heart of just what Spurs are and what they want to achieve and maybe what is holding them back. It was almost an existential dissection and it was anchored in fury. Asked whether he wanted to give a positive spin, with foundations being in place Postecoglou angrily shot that down. “No, I think the last 48 hours has revealed to me that the foundations are fairly fragile, mate,” he said. “That’s just what I think. I just think the last 48 hours have revealed a fair bit to me. That’s all right. It just means I’ve got to go back to the drawing board with some things.” What did he think of the fans chanting ‘Are you watching Arsenal?’ after Erling Haaland’s first goal? “I’m not interested, mate. I just don’t care,” Postecoglou said before adding, somewhat ominously: “It’s been an interesting exercise.” It was about “outside [the club], inside, everywhere”. “Maybe I am just out of step,” Postecoglou continued before stating he just wanted to win and “so what other people, how they want to feel, and what their priorities are, are of zero interest to me”. Who was he criticising? The fans? The club? The media? It felt like it was everyone. Pre-match and Postecoglou could not have been clearer. He had spoken of his disbelief that Spurs fans might actually want their team to lose this game, to spite Arsenal and damage their title hopes, and here it was happening in front of his eyes. He looked absolutely furious and disbelieving. He had a point. What happened when Haaland tapped home – some Tottenham fans even clapped – felt like a small-club mentality. It might be argued it was belligerence but it signalled defeat and it ended Spurs’s dwindling hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Surely that is what should have been pre-occupying them? Catching Aston Villa and finishing fourth – possible with a win as Villa had a trickier final day fixture away to Crystal Palace with Spurs at Sheffield United – had to be the priority in furthering their own ambitions. Yes, it may have effectively handed Arsenal the title. Yes, it may have led to more songs and goading with them having last been champions 20 years ago when they gained a result at White Hart Lane. But, so what? Football is about winning. Not about worrying about rivals and Spurs have diminished themselves and Postecoglou’s reaction showed how he felt. When that chant of “Are you watching Arsenal” rang around the South Stand it felt like a weight had been lifted. Instead it was a yoke being applied and an inferiority complex being confirmed. Before that those fans did not know whether to laugh or cry; whether to be angry or militant or enjoy the painful absurdity of it all. And, so, instead they were subdued until City scored. This was as muted as it has ever been here. It was surreal with Spurs and City half-and-half scarves being touted outside before kick-off and middle-aged men staring earnestly into the TV cameras up and down the Tottenham High Road declaring they would rather “sell their mother” than see their team help Arsenal win the Premier League. “We’re not really here,” chanted the City supporters and it seemed like many of those home fans would have nodded in agreement. It did not look like they really wanted to be here. Or, once here, they did not know what to do. Inside two minutes a loud rendition of “stand up if you hate Arsenal” rang around but it was not particularly intense. It was heard again after half an hour but by then the muscle memory of backing their team had slowly begun to kick in, a little. Did they want their team to score? Did they want their team to win even if it switched the advantage to Arsenal in the title race? Certainly it felt, when they attacked, like they did even if they may have been responding by instinct rather than rationale. But it did not feel natural. The City goal shifted the dynamic a little on the pitch and Spurs had chances even if a draw would not have been enough. If anything it was the worst result of all – it would still have meant they could not overtake Villa while it would have installed Arsenal as title favourites. No doubt they would have said it was, well, the most “Spursy” thing to do especially as it would mean little for them and everything to their neighbours. Instead it was Haaland who ended it from the penalty spot. This time both sets of fans sang “Are you watching Arsenal?” while there was a loud and prolonged chorus of “When the Spurs go marching on”. It riled Postecoglou even more. His interpretation? That was just defeatism not defiance. He had it right. Article Name:Tottenham descend again into small-club mentality Publication:The Daily Telegraph Author:By Jason Burt CHIEF FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Start Page:4 End Page:4

Tottenham labelled a ‘small club’ for their Arsenal obsession

Tottenham Hotspur fans' celebration of their loss to Man City has sparked outrage and raised concerns about the club's mentality and future ambitions.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Ange Postecoglou, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 14, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Tottenham fans mocked as they embarrass themselves over Arsenal

Tottenham fans' celebration of their loss to Man City, jeopardising Arsenal's title hopes and Champions League spot, draws widespread mockery.
LEIGH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Sabrina D'Angelo of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Leigh Sports Village on October 06, 2023 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

Arsenal goalkeeper departure confirmed as Aston Villa 24yo eyed as replacement

Arsenal Women's goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo leaves the club, with Daphne van Domselaar rumored to be her replacement. What does this mean for the Gunners?
Marseille's French forward #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first-leg football match between Olympique de Marseille and Villareal CF at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, souteastern France, on March 7, 2024. (Photo by CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Arsenal captain could be on the move again

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future at Marseille hangs in the balance as the club struggles to secure European qualification amidst financial constraints.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: William Saliba of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after scoring the team's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on November 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Spurs manager says he doesn’t understand fans wanting to lose

Arsenal defender William Saliba admits the Gunners will be cheering for Tottenham against Man City in a crucial title-deciding match.
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil warms up for the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 15, 2019.

Mesut Ozil makes hilarious Tottenham promise ahead of City game

Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil pledges to never mock Tottenham again if they defeat Man City, aiding Arsenal's title hopes.
LONDON - MAY 12: Arsenal parade their trophies during Arsenal's open top bus parade of the AXA FA Cup and the FA Barclaycard Premiership trophy to their fans held on May 12, 2002 at the Islington Town Hall in London, England. (Photo by: Craig Prentis/Getty Images)

Arsenal Premier League title parade details released

Islington Council has unveiled plans for a potential Arsenal victory parade if the Gunners clinch the Premier League title this weekend.
READING, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Leah Williamson of Arsenal warms up during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup match between Reading and Arsenal at Select Car Leasing Stadium on January 24, 2024 in Reading, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

4 Arsenal players called up for England’s crucial Euro qualifiers

England calls upon three key Arsenal players for crucial UEFA Women's EURO 2025 qualifiers against France, Ireland, and Sweden.
LYON, FRANCE - MARCH 23: Toni Kroos of Germany looks on during the international friendly match between France and Germany at Groupama Stadium on March 23, 2024 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Mertesacker hails Real Madrid man’s impact on resurgent German national team

Per Mertesacker, Arsenal academy manager and former German international, praises Toni Kroos's pivotal role in the national team's recent resurgence, expressing optimism for Euro 2024.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Martin Odegaard, Gabriel and Jorginho of Arsenal celebrate victory as they walk towards their fans after defeating Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal now Kings of the ‘Big Six’

Mikel Arteta has transformed Arsenal's fortunes against 'Big Six' rivals, turning a history of heavy defeats into an impressive record of dominance.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Leandro Trossard of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammate Kai Havertz during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Arsenal star hits 14 goals/assists in last 13 games

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal looks on during the team's warm up prior to the Barclays Women's Super League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 10, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Arsenal confirm record-breaking striker to leave in summer

Arsenal legend Vivianne Miedema will depart after seven years, leaving behind a legacy of goals, trophies, and countless memories.
Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag (L) talks to Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder #18 Casemiro during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 12, 2024. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“He’s lazy” Manchester United star criticised after Arsenal win

Manchester United legends Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane criticize Casemiro's costly error in the team's 1-0 loss to Arsenal, highlighting his defensive shortcomings.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on March 04, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

14 could leave Arsenal this summer

Arsenal could see a major shake-up this summer with up to 14 players potentially leaving the club. Find out who's on the chopping block.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Leandro Trossard of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammate Kai Havertz during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Kai Havertz: I’m going to be the biggest fan of Tottenham ever

Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Manchester United, courtesy of Trossard's goal, puts them back on top of the Premier League. Havertz jokingly pledges allegiance to Tottenham ahead of their clash with Man City.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Martin Odegaard, Gabriel and Jorginho of Arsenal celebrate victory as they walk towards their fans after defeating Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on May 12, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Trossard’s Old Trafford strike keeps Arsenal’s title dreams alive

Leandro Trossard's first-half goal secures a crucial 1-0 win for Arsenal against Manchester United, propelling them back to the top of the Premier League table and keeping their title hopes alive.
8 Dec 1996: Paul Merson of Arsenal rubs his eyes, during the FA Carling Premier league match between Arsenal and Derby County at Highbury in London. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Picture: Ben Radford/Allsport

Former Arsenal forward and Sky Sports pundit banned from driving

Former Arsenal footballer and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson receives a six-month driving ban and heavy fine for repeated speeding offences.
Newcastle United's Brazilian midfielder #39 Bruno Guimaraes reacts to their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on April 13, 2024. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Newcastle manager responds to reports linking 2 of his stars to Arsenal

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe quashes rumors of Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimarães leaving the club, asserting they are key to future plans.
LEIPZIG, GERMANY: Xavi Simons of RB Leipzig reacts during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt at Red Bull Arena on January 13, 2024. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Arsenal cooling interest in Xavi Simons, focus shifts

Arsenal's interest in midfielder Xavi Simons appears to be fading. Reports suggest they're focused on other transfer targets.
Juventus' Serbian forward #09 Dusan Vlahovic reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Torino and Juventus at the Grande Torino Stadium in Turin on April 13, 2024. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal’s role in Vlahovic’s Juventus contract talks

Reports of Arsenal's interest in Dusan Vlahovic a ploy to gain leverage in the striker's contract negotiations with Juventus