Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Talk to someone: Former Arsenal star explains suicidal thoughts and mental health struggles

With FA Cup games kicking off a minute later than normal to highlight mental health issues, Paul Merson has revealed that this time last year he was suicidal.
Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority hold placards of Arsenal's Turkish origin German midfielder Mesut Ozil during a demonstration at Beyazid square in Istanbul on December 14, 2019. - Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, expressed on December 14, 2019 support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese lift Arsenal ban but won’t mention Mesut Ozil’s name

A Chinese streaming service has lifted their Arsenal blackout but will not mention Mesut Ozil during commentary.
Vivianne Miedema becomes War Child's newest Ambassador

Hotshot Arsenal forward becomes War Child Ambassador

Vivianne Miedema has become an Ambassador for War Child who "aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay on to support them—long after the TV cameras have gone home."
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What is the real price of supporting Arsenal these days?

Stan Kroenke's sports empire, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, has been named the 'most valuable sports conglomerate in the world' by Forbes, but what is the real price of supporting a  team owned by someone like Stan?
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

We all should be worried as China pressures Pro Evolution to remove Mesut Ozil

Pro Evolution Soccer will remove Mesut Ozil from their game in China as the authoritarian regime continues to throw a hissy fit over the German's tweet that dared called attention to their treatment of Uighurs within their borders.
Indian Muslims hold placards as they protest to denounce the Chinese government's policies for Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, in Mumbai on December 9, 2019. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal shame themselves with Mesut Ozil statement

It was more than a little disappointing to see Arsenal put their commercial interests ahead of human rights when they hung Mesut Ozil out to dry with their statement about his comments on the Chinese treatment of the Uighurs.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: A genearal view of Stonewall Rainbow laces branding outside the stadium prior to 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)

Arsenal supporter explains awful reason she won't be going away again

A 3-1 win and, hopefully, the start of a new era at Arsenal, but for one long-time supporter, the evening left her "with a sick feeling in my stomach and an overwhelming sense of disillusionment with attending live football." 

Arsenal fans need to speak out and say “Not in our Name!”

Over a year ago, Nick Cohen wrote a piece for The Guardian saying football fans should be asking hard questions about the money behind leading clubs and, on Human Rights Day, those questions still need asking.

Every club should stand with Liverpool on this

The FA will not use Anfield to host an England game because of Liverpool's ban on S*n journalists but Liverpool's is a stand that every club in the country should get behind.

Jordi Osei-Tutu names the 3 Arsenal teammates who reached out to him after racist...

Jordi Osei-Tutu has named three Arsenal teammates as well as two other players from outside the club who reached out to him after he suffered racist abuse in pre-season with VfL Bochum.

How to stop smoking with the least amount of pain

I'm not going to lie. Smoking can be a calming, enjoyable experience which makes quitting so much harder but here are some tips to help you quit

Arsenal youngster got 5 match ban for racist abuse

An Arsenal youngster was reportedly given a five-match ban and sent on a racial education course after calling an opposition player a 'f***ing monkey'...

Mertesacker: Nothing changed after losing 8-2 to Manchester United

In his autobiography, Per Mertesacker gives a damming assessment of the latter days of life under Arsene Wenger, highlighting the bubble the players lived in and how nothing changed, even after the side lost 8-2 at Old Trafford.

How did football let Sahar Khodayari set herself on fire?

Earlier this month, Sahar Khodayari set fire to herself after being sentenced to six months in prison for the 'crime' of watching a football match. I contacted Shireen Ahmed and asked her to write something for the site about what happened and why because I believe this needs to be put in front of as many people as possible. Don't look away. Please read on...
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service secure the area outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. - Dozens of British MPs have written to London's police chief to warn about a "deteriorating public order and security situation" around parliament, after Brexit supporters assailed pro-EU figures there on January 8. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

Stoke, Leeds, Aston Villa, Sheffield United & Manchester City fans arrested the most

The number of hate crime incidents at football matches in England and Wales rose 47% last year with 79% of complaints race-related.

Demonstration planned for before Arsenal v Aston Villa

The International Campaign for Freedom in the UAE will hold a demonstration outside the Emirates Stadium ahead of Arsenal's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Casey Stoney manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager calls for fairer treatment ahead of Arsenal game

Manchester United's manager, Casey Stoney, has called on sponsors to treat female players the way they treat male ones and focus on their talent not their looks.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 04: Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona 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)

Arsenal turned down chance to sign Antoine Griezmann due to his stats

Arsenal reportedly turned down the chance to sign Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad before he moved to Atletico Madrid.

50 Years of Shoot! A footballing time-machine

There was a time when football wasn't everywhere and we soaked up what little information we could find like thirsty little sponges. In that vein, 50 Years of Shoot! is a time-machine, catapulting you back to your youth.

Megan Rapinoe attends Arsenal game, criticises Donld Trump’s racism

Megan Rapinoe was at Arsenal's game against Fiorentina on Saturday night and she took some time out to pose with fellow social justice warrior, Hector Bellerin, before speaking about Donald Trump's latest racist episode.

‘Say no to racism’: Jordi Osei-Tutu speaks after abuse in Bochum friendly

Jordi Osei-Tutu came through a really tough first-half in a friendly against FC St. Gallen with his head held high on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 05: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure from the White House July 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump and the first lady will spend their weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

French publication trolls Donald Trump with Megan Rapinoe front page

You have to love the French when it comes to annoying people and this time they've turned their attention to Donald Trump after his Twitter war with Megan Rapinoe.
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: Megan Rapinoe of the USA lifts the FIFA Women's World Cup Trophy following her team's victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Mexico vs USA shows why USWNT deserves equal pay

On Sunday afternoon the USA Women's team became World Champions for the fourth time while their men's team lost the Gold Cup final to Mexico a few hours later. Guess who gets paid more?

Pride in London: GayGooners have float in Pride parade, Gunnersaurus to appear

Six years after leaping over a Pride barrier to march with the UK’s first LGBT+ football fan group, an Arsenal season-ticket holder is organising the club’s biggest-ever Pride appearance.

Unai Emery coaches kids in New York separated from families by Trump’s policies

Unai Emery has been spending some of his 'downtime' teaching kids, who have been taken from their parents thanks to Donald Trump's immigration policies, how to play football.
Hector Bellerin speaking at half-time during Arsenal's clash with Newcastle United (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Hector Bellerin doesn’t care what you think

Hector Bellerin has proved once again that he doesn't care what you think as he strutted his stuff down the Louis Vitton catwalk in an all-pink two-piece.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mertesacker: It could be a sign football isn’t ready for homosexuality

Per Mertesacker thinks football may not be ready, still, for 'homosexuality', and I have to say his assessment is probably right on the money.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

How do we fight homophobia in football?

A recent report from the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has further highlighted the problem of homophobia in sport and has made suggestions on how governing bodies can take a zero tolerance approach.

Why isn’t the men’s game as progressive? Homosexuality in women’s football

Prior to England Women winning the Cricket World Cup, England footballer Carly Telford was interviewed by the BBC and wished her cricket-playing partner good luck.
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Beth Mead of England Women dribbles the ball during the International Friendly between England Women and New Zealand Women at Amex Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Arsenal star proves what it takes to silence critics

Arsenal's Beth Mead has revealed she left a boy crying on the ground when she first started playing football and the parents laughed at her.
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Sari van Veenendaal (L) and Katie McCabe of Arsenal Women celebrate winning the FA WSL League with the Arsenal supporters after the WSL match between Brighton and Hove Albion Women and Arsenal Women at Amex Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Arsenal star proud to use ‘platform to speak up’ for LGBTQ community

While men's football still might not be able to cope with the thought of a gay player, women's football has been a lot more...

Equal at last: Dutch women's national team to be paid same as men

The Dutch women's national team will pay their players the same amount as they pay the men starting in 2023.

UEFA have ‘no regrets’ over Baku final despite letting people in free to fill...

At halftime on Wednesday UEFA threw open the gates to the Europa League final to avoid the spectacle of a half-empty stadium but their president says he has no regrets about holding the game in Baku.

Arsenal fans hassled by Baku police makes mockery of UEFA Mkhitaryan assurances

Despite UEFA's protestations that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would have been perfectly safe to travel to Baku to play in the Europa League final, the experience of Arsenal fans so far says otherwise.

Mesut Ozil’s latest actions hard to defend

Mesut Ozil looks set to be the centre of yet another storm after he had dinner with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday night.
Hector Bellerin speaking at half-time during Arsenal's clash with Newcastle United (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Hector Bellerin shows once again why we love him so much

One of the reasons we love Hector Bellerin is his refusal to shy away from sensitive issues that affect real people in the real world and he's at it again.
WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

UEFA claim they have given Arsenal adequate assurances over Mkhitaryan’s safety

UEFA claim they have given Arsenal assurances over Henrikh Mkhitaryan's safety should the Armenian travel to Baku for the Europa League final.

Valencia will only ban racist fans for 2 years after Arsenal disgrace

The Valencia supporters who were filmed making racist gestures and Nazi salutes at the Emirates will only face a two-year ban from the club if/when they are identified.
Supporters stand in front of a giant screen displaying a rainbow flag to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting of Orlando, in a fan zone in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Per Mertesacker: It could be a sign football isn’t ready for homosexuality

Per Mertesacker thinks football may not be ready, still, for 'homosexuality', and I have to say his assessment is probably right on the money.
The Europa League trophy is displayed ahead of the competition's quarter-finals draw, on March 15, 2019 in Nyon. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Surviving The Mestalla to beat Chelsea in Baku? Arsenal’s Europa League campaign looks likely...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 90th minute goal against Valencia could well be enough to seal Arsenal’s first Europa League final appearance since the competition changed its name.