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.
Real Madrid's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard reacts during the Spanish league football match Real Betis against Real Madrid CF at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on September 26, 2020. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

6 years after trial Arsenal in negotiations for talented midfielder

Six years after the Norwegian midfielder opted for Real Madrid following a trial with Arsenal, Arsenal are back for Martin Ødegaard
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27: Neto of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on September 27, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona player’s agent changes the game for Arsenal

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Barcelona's Neto whom Ronald Koeman says has put in a transfer request, so what's going on?
LONDON, ENGLAND: David Luiz of Arsenal is embraced by Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal as he is substituted off following an injury during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Premier League is not a fair competition

In an overdue move, the Premier League are planning to bring in concussion substitutes, perhaps from as early next week in what will be another rule change in the middle of a competition.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Alfie Doughty of Charlton Athletic breaks away from Dan Crowley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on July 15, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

23yo former Arsenal midfield youngster signs for 9th club

Former Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley has signed for Hull City on loan from Birmingham.
Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) celebrates with Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / IKIMAGES / AFP)

Alexandre Lacazette makes Mesut Ozil shirt joke

Alexandre Lacazette has posted the infamous double Spiderman meme, joking that both he and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang want Mesut Ozil's number 10 shirt.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - AMEX Stadium Arsenal s Alexandre Lacazette Copyright: Markx Pain

Lacazette’s relationship with Arteta questioned amid Atletico Madrid interest

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette with the Spanish paper, AS, claiming that the forward does not enjoy a good relationship with Mikel Arteta.
Arsene Wenger, Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil’s exit signals end of era

Mesut Ozil arrived at Arsenal, heralding a new era, but has he turned out to be the last remnants of the old one?
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on January 02, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)

Phenomenal: Sir Alex Ferguson hails Arsenal fan favourite

Sir Alex Ferguson, who knows a thing or two about good players, has hailed Kieran Tierney as 'phenomenal' but admits Scotland have a problem.
Israel's forward Manor Solomon (R) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Nations League B Group 2 football match between Israel and Scotland at the Netanya Municipal Stadium in the Israeli city on November 18, 2020. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Arsenal to make offer for 21-year-old Shakhtar forward

Arsenal are planning to make an offer in the summer for Shakhtar Donetsk's winger, Manor Solomon.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 27: Neto of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on September 27, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona 31-year-old wants Arsenal assurance before making move

Arsenal are reportedly keen on a move for Barcelona's goalkeeper, Neto but the 31-year-old wants assurances he just won't get.
Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha (L) clashes with Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 14, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)

Episode 271: Back to Life, Back to Reality for Arsenal

In this week's podcast, Matthew and Paul look back at the FA Cup victory over Newcastle and the thrilling draw against Crystal Palace, and are reminded that the green shoots of progress are just that.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Kieran Tierney of Arsenal reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 09, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Why Napoli will fail in funny Kieran Tierney attempt

Napoli are reportedly interested in signing Kieran Tierney from Arsenal this month in what is quite possibly the funniest transfer rumour of the month
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)

3-year-deal agreed: Arsenal defender squad saga to end

According to a report from Turkey, Sokratis has agreed a three-year deal with Fenerbahce.
Arsenal's Brazilian midfielder Willian reacts during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, central England, on January 2, 2021. (Photo by Rui Vieira / 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 RUI VIEIRA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta explains what he’s going to do about Willian

Mikel Arteta has said that he will keep persisting with Willian despite the Brazilian enduring the wrath of Arsenal fans with his performances.
Folarin Balogun of Arsenal celebrates his goal during the UEFA Europa League match between Molde and Arsenal on November 26, 2020 in Molde. Photo: Marius Simensen / BILDBYRAN

Arsenal, Balogun, Sven Mislintat, VfB Stuttgart and an agent

Not long after Mikel Arteta blamed Folarin Balogun's agent for the problems securing a deal, The Athletic popped up with an excusive claiming the player was on the verge of signing a pre-contract with a foreign club in a piece that absolutely stank of agent games, but was it?
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal congratulates Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal following their sides victory in the FA Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on January 09, 2021 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta ‘gutted’ over Martinelli injury

Gabriel Martinelli picked up what seems to be a serious ankle injury in the warm up ahead of Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
Miki and Mesut...Does this look like an unhappy relationship to you?

Mesut Ozil company does not announce his move to Fenerbahce

Mesut Ozil seemingly announced a move to Fenerbahce using his One Unity account but it seems as if he just hasn't updated their handle and a troll got his hands on the old account.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 04: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal looks on during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at Nou Camp on August 04, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

39 Steps, Mesut Ozil and DC United

Mesut Ozil has reportedly received a 'serious' offer from DC United as the Washington side continue their efforts to sign the German who was in talks over an artisan coffee shop at their home stadium.
England's defender Anna Patten (R) vies with Japan's midfielder Jun Endo during the Women's U20 World Cup semi-final football match between England and Japan in La Rabine stadium in Vannes, western France on August 20, 2018. (Photo by FRED TANNEAU / AFP)

Arsenal confirm Patten re-signing: This club means everything to me

Arsenal have confirmed that they have re-signed Anna Patten with the player, a self-confessed Arsenal fan, delighted to return home.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal lifts the FA Cup Trophy with his team mates after their victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. 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 Adam Davy/Pool via Getty Images)

FA Cup: Can’t play? Then you’re kicked out

The FA have warned clubs that if they are unable to fulfil their FA Cup obligations because of Covid then they will be kicked out of the competition
VILLAREAL, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 19: Pau Torres of Villarreal CF looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and SD Eibar at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 19, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Unai Emery unlikely to help Arsenal sign 22-year-old wanted by Real Madrid

Arsenal are reportedly showing strong interest in Pau Torres who wants a move to Real Madrid who also seem to want him.
William Saliba with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

No fee: Arsenal loan details emerge as Edu confirms player’s future

William Saliba will reportedly undergo a medical today (Monday) ahead of a move to Nice for the remainder of the season.
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Tim Keeton

3 transfers stopped due to Brexit permit mess: “It’s a shame” says Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has revealed that West Brom have had to pull out of three deals due Brexit in a preview of what is to come for clubs in the UK.
Mikel Arteta File Photo File photo dated 08-11-2020 of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Copyright: Andy Rain

Mikel Arteta laughs about Kieran Tierney

Mikel Arteta couldn't stop himself from laughing after Arsenal's win over West Brom when he was asked about Kieran Tierney
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Tim Keeton

Arsenal relegation contenders? Sam Allardyce no memory of comments

Sam Allardyce claims he has no memory of gleefully declaring that Arsenal are 'absolutely' in a relegation battle with his abysmal West Brom side.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal man met with German side 3 times before sealing move

Sead Kolasinac reportedly met with Schalke three times during the summer in a bid to seal a move away from Arsenal, something he's now been able to do.
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns Arsenal s Kieran Tierney (centre) celebrates scoring his side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Michael Regan

Kieran Tierney has “that lunatic personality” says former manager

Back in the summer, former Scotland manager, Gordon Strachan, was singing Kieran Tierney's praises before Arsenal's FA Cup final game at Wembley against Chelsea.
Roger Ibañez

Arsenal make request for £30m 22-year-old

Arsenal are reportedly one of three clubs who have made a 'request' for Roma defender Roger Ibañez.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - AMEX Stadium Arsenal s Alexandre Lacazette Copyright: Markx Pain

Alexandre Lacazette on Mikel Arteta’s tactics

Alexandre Lacazette has praised Mikel Arteta's tactics' change that sees him play a more modern number nine role.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal and Kieran Tierney of Arsenal celebrate following their team's victory in the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 01, 2020 in Manchester, 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)

Kieran Tierney backs Celtic to catch Rangers

Kieran Tierney has backed Celtic to claw back the 16 point gap between themselves and Rangers as the two sides get ready to face each other
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images)

Episode 269: Can we play Chelsea every week?

A happier podcast (with new & improved sound quality!) this week as Matthew is joined by Anita and Paul to bask in the long forgotten glow of a league win.
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Reiss Nelson of Arsenal 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)

Where is Reiss Nelson?

Reiss Nelson picked up what was described a 'minor' injury following a clash of heads in training but that was 19 days ago, so where is he?
Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Elche CF at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on December 19, 2020. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal move for free agent Diego Costa?

Arsenal are reportedly interested in a move for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa but all may not be what it seems.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Gabriel after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on September 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton - Pool/Getty Images)

When will Gabriel return for Arsenal?

Gabriel Magalhaes has tested positive for Covid-19 and will now remain in isolation.
Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)

Bukayo Saka Man of the Match again as Mikel Arteta feels pride

Bukayo Saka was once again named Man of the Match for his performance, this time against Brighton on Tuesday but the forward left the pitch with an injury we will all be hoping isn't too bad.
Emi Martinez after signing for Aston Villa (Photo via AVFC.co.uk)

Former Arsenal man angry at Wenger, gives stupid advice to young players

Emi Martinez believes he made a mistake by listening to Arsene Wenger and, as a result, believes no young player should ever listen to a manager in what is quite possibly some of the stupidest advice ever given.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal looks dejected following his sides defeat in the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 19, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Peter Powell -

What Arsenal players are out of contract in the summer?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang agreed a new deal but there are quite a few players with expiring contracts at Arsenal
Arsenal's Spanish defender Pablo Mari celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Europa League 1st Round Group B football match between Arsenal and Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 3, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Top 10 Arsenal goals of 2020

2020 will be remembered for many things but Arsenal's goalscoring exploits will not be one of them, still, here are 10 worth a highlight reel.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images)

Emile Smith Rowe’s goal involvement rate is quite something

Emile Smith Rowe got his first start in the Premier League for the season and, while he didn't win Man of the Match, his performance impressed many.
The aftermath of the Jamie Vardy kick on Shkodran Mustafi (Photo via Mustafi on Instagram)

Barcelona distance themselves from Arsenal flop, meeting was ‘courtesy’

Barcelona have moved to dismiss claims they are in negotiations to bring in Shkodran Mustafi, stating that they met with his agent merely as a 'courtesy'.