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Post-Norwich: New Coach, Same Defense

December 4th, 2019

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...

November 2019: The Interlull of Our Discontent

November 18th, 2019

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...

Post-Crystal Palace: The Great Fiasco

October 28th, 2019

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...

Post-ManUre: Scrapfest

September 30th, 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...

Post-Watford: Dumb & Ugly

September 17th, 2019

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.

Post-Liverpool: Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

August 24th, 2019

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...

Post-Newcastle: Here We Go

August 13th, 2019

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...

Post-Europa Final: A Sad But Fitting Conclusion

June 2nd, 2019

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...

Post-EPL: Could’ve Been Worse, Could’ve Been A Lot Better

May 14th, 2019

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…)

Post-Brighton: Out With a Whimper

May 5th, 2019

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...