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Arsenal Review USA
59 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Post-2020 FA Cup Win: Swan Song
Arsenal paper over the cracks of a turbulent season in a big big way by extending their already impressive FA Cup trophy haul to 14 with an impressive win over Chelsea thanks to two expertly taken Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goals. We'll unpack all the brilliance and (mercifully little) bozo-ness, discuss favorable refereeing and transfer window prospects ahead of Mikel Arteta's first full upcoming season in charge of Arsenal... ...and lastly, from the bottom of our hearts, when it comes to your Arsenal-supporting futures, goodbye and goodluck: this is our final podcast episode. After almost 11 years of euphoric highs and (seemingly) guttural lows, we're heading on to pastures anew in many respects. One thing we're not leaving behind though is our love for by far the greatest team the world has ever seen, so if an Arsenal match is on, be sure to look for us in a nearby pub, wherever you may be in the US, or better yet, catch us for a game at the Emirates, COVID-permitting. It's been a joy sharing these moments with you over the internet airwaves for the last 11 years, so until we see you again remember: support the Arsenal.
31 minutes | May 11, 2020
COVID Log 5-10-20
Arsenal begin training and the Premiership keeps churning out crazy ideas as things begin lurching towards a resumption of footballing action. We'll talk the inherent wisdom of resuming the Premiership in the ways suggested, plus some (minor) Henrikh Mkhitaryan waffle and more COVID-related Arsenal shenanigans...
39 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
COVID Log 4-5-20
In a place where the warmth of the sun has no value, and time has no meaning -- so basically, present-day earth -- we turn our attentions to more immediately critical things, like how the world safely resumes footballing activities, whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get so bored he'll decide that just staying and mucking about with Arsenal for a few more years is better than playing 20 season of FIFA in 3 days, and which canned "We're Monitoring the COVID Virus" company email is the absolute worst, all with the help of regular guest Sam Limbert...
41 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
COVID Log 3-23-20
As the Coronapocalypse brings all football activity (and just all activity in general) to a halt, the podcast discusses Arteta's recovery and the surreal vacuum absolutely no sport creates on day-to-day life, postulates the ramifications of COVID-19 on professional football in the coming year, plus analyzes recruiting tactical changes and what effect they could have on Arsenal in the years to come.
44 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Post-Portsmouth: Trading One Cup for Another
Arsenal sandwich two wins -- one in the Premiership over Everton and one in the FA Cup against Portsmouth -- either side of a heartbreaking elimination at home in the Europa League to Olympiacos. We'll debate whether or not being out of the Europa League could be a good thing (bear with us), the physical toll of Arteta's preferred style of play, rare financial woes and the bolstered legacy of the Invincibles...
36 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Post-Newcastle: Whoooops (We Won)
Arsenal put their past myriad draws behind them with a confident second half performance and an even more resounding scoreline as they fell Newcastle at home. We'll talk timely redemptions for Ozil and Lacazette, plus Pepe promise, Champions League hope, Europa League lineup shuffles and the need to get our midfield linkup play up to league standard...
26 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
After a win and two (more) draws, Arsenal head off to Dubai with two new defensive loan signings in tow. We'll discuss the pedigree of Cedric and Pablo Mari and look ahead to the new recruits' (and Lacazette's) chances of starting against Newcastle and then Olympiakos in midweek...
35 minutes | Jan 18, 2020
Post-Sheffield U: Emery Habits Die Hard
Arsenal regress slightly into some Emery-ball against Sheffield United after some decent (read: not disastrous) showings in the Premiership and FA Cup. We'll discuss the lack of offense in midfield, what the defense needs to do to generally keep from freaking out all the time and of course the usual VAR segment...
37 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
Post-Man U: Well-Earned
Arsenal FINALLY turn the corner on their wretched form thanks to an energetic and well-deserved win at home against Manchester United. We'll discuss Arteta's bond with the players and how exactly the Spaniard can keep this positive momentum going with some solid business in the January transfer window...
47 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Post-Everton: Not Quite Out With the Old
After more excruciating results against Liege and Man City, Arsenal continue to limp towards reform with a fairly toothless 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. We'll discuss at exactly what point does your sports ownership hobby just make you look stupid, whether or not new boss Mikel Arteta has the dressing room chops to bend this squad to his will, and most importantly what kind of improvement can we reasonably expect from the Spaniard as Arsenal look set to make a more gradual transition back to success...
43 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Post-Norwich: New Coach, Same Defense
Arsenal finally cut ties with failing manager Unai Emery only to reveal they haven't been doing their homework on who exactly should replace him before drawing 2-2 to Norwich at Carrow Road. We'll revisit the highs and (many) lows of Emery's tenure at Arsenal, discuss Freddy's propensity for Wengerball (and whether our defense can actually handle that) plus wade through the club's deep deep "short list" of managers to find one that can actually move Arsenal's current collection of players up the table...
48 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
November 2019: The Interlull of Our Discontent
Arsenal set the November bar at an all-time low with a string of woeful results followed by a disastrous impromptu PR campaign as they double-down on supporting Unai Emery's by-now-disastrous tenure at the club. We'll look ahead to upcoming fixtures and debate just how low Arsenal could sink if they refuse to cut bait with the Spaniard plus explain the club's new Player Alienation program in full detail...
56 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Post-Crystal Palace: The Great Fiasco
Arsenal's post-international break slump plunges to a new nadir with a 2-2 draw to Crystal Palace and no small amount of player controversy. We'll discuss the bizarre Xhaka episode plus Skynet's/VAR's latest casualties, along with the usual guff about whether or not Arsenal actually have the stones to move on past Unai Emery...
42 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
We're not exactly sure what a "scrapfest" is in footballing terms, but whatever it is we're sure it accurately describes the spectacle that is two sub-par teams like Arsenal and Manchester United hacking up a football pitch for 90 minutes as they make straightforward tasks like kicking a round ball to a teammate look incredibly difficult. We're of course talking about Arsenal's recent 1-1 draw against their (former) arch-rivals, which unfortunately typified their average performance over a hot-and-cold couple of weeks in the Premiership, the Europa League and the League Cup. We'll discuss when players like Pepe need to finally come good, try to slap some identity into Unai Emery's very dissociative identity disorder-afflicted team, and also take some time to laud Arsenal's younger players...
43 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Post-Watford: Dumb & Ugly
2019/20 Arsenal starts looking more and more like 2018/19 Arsenal as they blow a two goal lead to rock-bottom Watford thanks to some suicidal, whipping boy defense. We'll talk Unai Emery's lack of identity and the worrying observation that this team simply looks uncoached, plus talk about Arsenal's over-reliance on the speed game and....ya' know, all the usual fun things one muses over after a disappointing Arsenal performance.
50 minutes | Aug 24, 2019
Post-Liverpool: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back
After so much potential shown against Newcastle and then Burnley, Arsenal revert to type against stiffer opposition and drop all three points at Anfield, capitulating to Liverpool 3-1. We'll debate the pros and cons of David Luis (now that we've seen him in action), discuss the setup vs execution debate, and try to evaluate how good Arsenal really can be in the long run when they're still capable of the same defensive lapses...
40 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
Post-Newcastle: Here We Go
After a mad but satisfying transfer market dash, Arsenal get off the blocks in the Premier League with an efficient 1-nil road win against Newcastle thanks to an Auba goal and a solid performance by up-and-comers Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock. We'll give our grade to the summer transfer dealings, discuss where this compares to previous summer business, evaluate the long-term inclusion of players like Willock and Nelson based on the Newcastle win, as well as bemoan the rise of football's latest evil overlord, VAR...
40 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Post-Europa Final: A Sad But Fitting Conclusion
Arsenal appropriately end their 2018/19 campaign with a second half whimper as they eventually concede a four-goal-shellacking to their superior cross-town rivals Chelsea. We'll review the career of Jose Antonio Reyes, who tragically passed over the weekend, before touching on Unai Emery's potential for change, squad rebuilding, and generally making the summer a bit more hopeful than it currently looks here on June 2...
51 minutes | May 15, 2019
Post-EPL: Could’ve Been Worse, Could’ve Been A Lot Better
Arsenal just manages to squeak out one last win (away from home even!) to finish out their Premiership campaign as they see off Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor. We’ll take this win with a pinch of salt as we look back on Arsenal’s promising spells throughout the 2018/19 season and give you the best, the worst, the most wankerish, the most sell-worthy, the most indispensable of a very very up-and-down first season* for Unai Emery… (*Joel wants you to know he’s really sorry for forgetting stuff at random during this production. Just a case of the Mustafi’s…)
60 minutes | May 6, 2019
Post-Brighton: Out With a Whimper
Arsenal follow up their Europa League comeback win by falling back into their sputtering Premiership form, drawing 1-1 to Brighton at home in another lackluster offensive display. We'll catch up with Arsenal match day commentator Dan Roebuck to chronicle Arsenal's downward trajectory at home, evaluate Aaron Ramsey's 11 year legacy and gauge optimism as the club prepares (we hope) for some major summer restructuring...
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