On today's show we have a round-table discussion about the final game of the season and the season as a whole, including Arsene Wenger's departure and where we go from here. Mikel Arteta's name is being strongly linked with the job so we discuss his suitability for the job, the pros and cons of a manager who has never managed, the influence of the new football executive structure at the club and how the IRS have a big responsibility to take us forward, the mix of trepidation, curiousity and excitement is interesting. Joining me to chat about all that are @eastlower, @LGAmbrose and @Poznaninmypants.
Arsecast Extra Episode 230 - 14.05.2018
Arsene Wenger took charge of his final game as Arsenal manager yesterday, a 1-0 win over Huddersfield which is discussed briefly, but the main chat is about the occasion, and the fact that the manager is no longer going to be in charge. We talk about his legacy, the season in general and where we've ended up (we even leave sentiment out of it for a little while). Then we answer some of the many questions about the pros and cons of Mikel Arteta as the potential replacement, some of the moments of the season, the role of the board in selecting the new man, a few nice memories to finish off with, and loads more.
Episode 472 - Arsene's last hurrah
This is a bit of a strange one: the last ever Arsecast with Arsene Wenger as manager. He's been a constant throughout the lifetime of this show, so I chat with James from Gunnerblog about that, this long goodbye we've had with him, some typically wonderful press conference stuff from the boss, and what comes next. Then I chat with writer Tom Williams about his excellent new book 'Do you speak football?'. This is a glossary of football words and terminology from around the world. How many different ways can you say nutmeg? Why is a clean sheet unique to English? And what on earth is a BATTLE PIG? Find out more in the show. There's also a final farewell to a long time Arsecast character, not so regular anymore, but he pops in at the end to say his goodbyes.
Arsecast Extra Episode 229 - 07.05.2018
James is away this week, so I called over to Tayo Popoola's house to record this week's show. Over pastries and prosecco, we discuss the emotional day yesterday which saw Arsene Wenger take charge of the team for the final time at home. We chat about the day itself, the manager's legacy, what a beautiful occasion it was marked with a 5-0 win and an outpouring of goodwill and sentiment towards the boss. We then answer some listener questions about Wenger, possible replacements, the board and lots more (and there's some laughing at Stoke too!).
Episode 471 - No fairy tale ending for Arsene
Defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano means there's no fairy tale ending for Arsene Wenger, nor any silverware for Arsenal this season. Diego Costa's goal was enough to see Atletico Madrid through, and in this somewhat hastily arranged podcast I chat to Charles Watts of Football London about the loss, the performance over the two legs, how the Gunners blew a great opportunity in the first leg, what it says about the manager, where it leaves us for the final few games, summer transfers, Koscielny's heartbreak, and more, as well as some of the usual waffle as I look back on my trip to Madrid for the game.