Arsenal are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League after a 5-1 aggregate win, and a 3-1 victory in the second leg. We discuss the convincing qualification in the context of our recent form, as well as the absurd furore surrounding Danny Welbeck and the penalty incident which has sparked some ridiculous coverage in the press. We chat about diving in general, the mental gymnastics of being a fan on either side of that debate, and enjoy what has been a good week for the club. There's excitement about Europe as a trophy edges closer, and we then answer listener questions about things we might have to just accept in football, Granit Xhaka, Ramsey or Wilshere, idyllic Sundays, James' secret life as a cracker pusher, and there's a scary proposition to finish with.
Arsecast Extra Episode 218 - 12.03.2018
Two wins in a week, Mr Arse Ambassador, with these results you are really spoiling us. James and I get tucked into the Watford win, the deliciousness of Petr Cech's penalty save from Troy Deeney, and why the striker deserved every bit of stick he got. We look at the performances of Elneny and Xhaka, the combination between Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back, before looking ahead to Milan on Thursday. We then answer listener questions about Ivan and Raul at the fans forum, Per Mertesacker's remarkable interview, a new new new Patrick Vieira, fat footballers and lots more.
Episode 464 - Sometimes maybe good
On this week's show we enjoy a long overdue win and with me to discuss the 2-0 Europa League triumph over AC Milan is Paolo Bandini. We chat about a much improved Arsenal performance, perhaps predicated on the fact Europe is the be all and end all, Milan's setup and approach suiting us, a solid midfield and what this could do for us going forward and into the next leg. Then I'm joined by Kevin Witcher, editor of The Gooner fanzine, to talk about fanzine culture, the history of the publication, and how in order to survive it needs to go in a slightly different direction which requires a commitment from fans and readers. Plus a bit of the usual waffle!
Arsecast Extra Episode 217 - 05.03.2018
On this week's show we consider the 2-1 away defeat to Brighton, the lack of performance from the players and the manager's inability to turn things around quickly enough. All the while there's silence from the board who have also gone into hiding again, and why the people with responsibility need to act. We then answer listener questions about giving more playing time to young players in the Premier League, what hope do Arsenal have when they face Milan on Thursday, Laurent Koscielny, we predict our fixtures and final point total, there are further uncanny impressions and lots more.
Episode 463 - Itchy and Scratchy
On this week's show I chat with a very cold Andrew Allen immediately after the 3-0 defeat to Man City on Thursday night and discuss what was a strange night at the Emirates, and another disappointing result. Then I'm joined by Philippe Auclair to chat about the two games against Man City, the situation with the players and the manager and how there appears to be resignation on both sides, the empty seats, the role of the board in everything that's going on, and potential candidates to replace Arsene Wenger this summer. We also hear from the Angriest Man on Twitter, who is very angry.