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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

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.
Fresque Geante de Lionel Messi pour celebrer sa venue au Paris Saint-Germain Football Club Football: Fresque de Lionel Messi- Ligue 1 - 03/09/2021 JonathanRebboah/Panoramic

Arsenal used as a warning to Barcelona as reality bites

Arsenal have been used as a warning to Barcelona about what can happen to a club when they start to decline.
Hector Bellerin at Real Betis

Will the loss Of Bellerin impact Arsenal?

On deadline day, Arsenal loaned Hector Bellerin out to Real Betis; the loan is a straightforward one with no options to buy. Bellerin had been...
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.
Brentford v Arsenal - Premier League - Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.

Can Mikel Arteta fix Arsenal?

Mikel Arteta said that he needed to question himself after Arsenal's latest defeat, but that's something he should have been doing a long time ago.
Henry Winter

Times football chief: I’ve written tweets for England players

Henry Winter has admitted that, despite being the chief football writer for The Times, he has written tweets for England players - and he's not the only one.
martin odegaard

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?
Martin Odegaard signing for Arsenal (Photo via Odegaard on Instagram)

Martin Odegaard delivers verdict on Arsenal’s summer transfer business

New addition Martin Odegaard has heaped praise on Arsenal's activity in the summer transfer window and believes the team are now good enough to challenge higher up the table.
Aaron Ramsdale

Arsenal fans abusing Aaron Ramsdale won't make him better but it does make you...

Aaron Ramsdale was announced on Friday night to little fanfare from Arsenal or their fans.
Martin Odegaard after signing for Arsenal on a permanent deal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Spanish media turn on Martin Odegaard for leaving Real Madrid

Martin Odegaard is receiving the same treatment from the Real Madrid-friendly press in Spain as Mesut Ozil did when he left the club for Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the pre-season match at Easter Road, Edinburgh. Picture date: Tuesday July 13, 2021. Use subject to restrictions. Copyright: Ian Rutherford

Arsenal’s problems run deeper than bad ownership

Arsenal’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Brentford on Friday immediately crushed the fans’ excitement about the start of the new Premier League season.
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.
kroenke out sack the board

Arsenal’s squad value plummets below Tottenham’s and beneath Leicester

The value of Arsenal's squad has plummeted, dropping them below Leicester and some £200m away from Spurs in what is a damming indictment of how the club has been run.
Brentford v Arsenal - Premier League - Brentford Community Stadium Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacts after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London. Picture date: Friday August 13, 2021.

When will Mikel Arteta’s process make things better?

Mikel Arteta went into this season knowing his job was nowhere near as secure as he would like it to be and with fans back in the stadium, his process needs to start delivering very soon.

Emi Martinez and his massive Arsenal chip

Few things drone on more than a man with a chip on his shoulder and that's exactly what Emi Martinez seems to be despite how well it's been going for him.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Referee, Stuart Attwell gestures during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Premier League announce rule change that will affect Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham

The start of the Premier League season in 2021-22 is finally here with us.
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'.
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Arsenal causes for optimism after Chelsea game despite urgent squad needs

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.
Arsenal transfer team: Mikel Arteta-Vinai-Edu People responsible for Arsenal's transfer window

Gunners must add more if they’re to compete

All eyes are on the Emirates right now as Mikel Arteta faces a race against time to get his squad to where it needs to be ahead of the new campaign.

Why Arsenal fans should be excited about Ben White and sad about Saliba

Arsenal announced Ben White on Friday and we explain what Arsenal be getting for their £50m and why Arsenal fans should be very excited indeed.
Ben White (via Arsenal)

How Ben White can help get Arsenal back to the Champions League

Ben White is now an Arsenal player after signing a five year deal as Mikel Arteta seeks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, but what will he add to the team for the £50m outlay?
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.
Herbert Chapman

Why isn't this Arsenal manager remembered like Liverpool and Man United greats?

Herbert Chapman is an Arsenal legend, but shouldn't he be a footballing one all fans know?
Emile Smith Rowe signing his new contract (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Can Emile Smith Rowe become Arsenal’s greatest ever number 10?

Emile Smith Rowe was finally confirmed as Arsenal's new number 10 when his new contract was announced, so can the 20-year-old outshine some truly great names to have worn the number 10 shirt before him?
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 with his Star of the Match award after his performance for England at Euro 2020 (Photo via Saka on Twitter)

Following Euro 2020, How Could Arsenal Line Up to Get the Best from Bukayo...

He may have had his crucial penalty saved by Italy’s Donnarumma, but for anyone who watched Arsenal regularly last season, the positives of Bukayo...
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.
Emile Smith Rowe in action during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 19, 2021. Copyright: Frank Augstein

Are Arsenal playing games with Emile Smith Rowe’s agent and Aston Villa?

Two offers for Emile Smith Rowe from Aston Villa and two different players offered the number 10 shirt that's meant to be going to the midfielder in his new contract, so what's really going on?
Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the International Friendly at The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture date: Wednesday June 2, 2021. Copyright: Lindsey Parnaby

Can Saka carry his form into the new season?

Bukayo Saka has surprised quite a few people with his form this summer.
Bukayo Saka with his Star of the Match award after his performance for England at Euro 2020 (Photo via Saka on Twitter)

Arsenal can't let Bukayo Saka become another Matteo Guendouzi

Stephen Bradley flies solo this week, and foremost on his mind is the departure of Matteo Guendouzi.
Albert Sambi Lokonga pictured during a soccer game between RSC Anderlecht and KRC Racing Genk, Sunday 14 March 2021 in Brussels, in the semifinals of the Croky Cup Belgian cup. VIRGINIE LEFOUR

Arsenal’s best predicted line-up ahead of 2021/22 season

This summer's transfer window is the biggest that Arsenal have faced in their recent history after finishing eighth at the end of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

Top 5 most valuable Arsenal players

Everybody at Arsenal, apart from a few players, seem to be for sale, so who are the top 5 most valuable Arsenal players?
Liam Brady Arsenal Ray Stewart West Ham United West Ham United v Arsenal FC London F A Cup Final 10 05 1980 Copyright imago Color Sports

50 years on: Liam Brady (long-read)

50 years ago today, on 11 June, 1971, Liam Brady joined Arsenal's Academy, so we take a long look back at his time at the club as a player.
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)

Arsenal’s 2021/22 Predictions

Arsenal have a lot of work to do this summer if we’re to compete for a top-four finish in the Premier League next season.
Edu, Mikel Arteta and Steve Round deep in coversation at Goodison Park

Arsenal's questions for the summer that need resolved

Matthew and Stephen sit down to discuss the decisions waiting in the summer ahead for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Edu and the Kroenkes.
LONDON - MAY 17: Thierry Henry of Arsenal is presented with his Barclaycard Premiership Player of the Year Award by Ian Wright during the Martin Keown Testimonial match between Arsenal and England XI at Highbury, on May 17, 2004 in London. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Thierry Henry: The greatest Ballon d’Or loser

The Ballon d'Or was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic but it returns this year and I thought it worth talking about the greatest player to never win it - Thierry Henry.
Mikel Arteta File Photo File photo dated 08-11-2020 of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Copyright: Andy Rain

Will Arteta turn things around at Arsenal next season?

Mikel Arteta’s tenure at Arsenal was supposed to bring them back to the top table of English and European football, but while the recently concluded season had some bright moments, it was ultimately a bit of a damp squib.
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League - Emirates Stadium during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 9, 2021. Copyright: Richard Heathcote

Where do Arsenal go from here?

On this week's Daily Cannon podcast, we discuss the fallout from Arsenal's disastrous 2-1 aggregate defeat to Villarreal and how the victory over West Brom left more questions than answers
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Arsenal s Willian celebrates scoring their side s third goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 9, 2021. Copyright: Richard Heathcote

Arteta calls on Smith Rowe to do more as he praises Willian

Mikel Arteta has called on Emile Smith Rowe to do more while defending Willian despite the latter having a terrible season.
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal looks on ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

3 areas Arsenal need to strengthen in the next summer

Mikel Arteta's second season as an Arsenal manager has been a topsy-turvy ride and this summer he faces a crucial summer. Coach of Arsenal...