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Gunnerblog is the brainchild of childbrained football writer James McNicholas. Aside from Gunnerblog, James currently contributes to Bleacher Report, The Mirror and ESPN.

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VIDEO: On the whistle reaction – “Giroud’s goal was reminiscent of Eduardo”

On The Whistle video response to a heartening 4-1 win over Newcastle United....
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VIDEO: Arsene Wenger sings “Let it Go” – Cesc Fabregas edition

Bit of a festive treat for you all this morning: a new video. Enjoy, and share if you do. I think it’s time we let it go....
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Video: On The Whistle reaction to Galatasaray – “Did we learn anything new about Lukas Podolski?”

On The Whistle video reaction to an enjoyable win over Galatasaray. Bring on Monaco....
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Arsecast Extra 45: Stoke, Wenger and the screams of Joel Campbell

Hello all – just a quick note to urge you to have a listen to the latest Arsecast Extra, in which Arseblogger and I dissect the weekend’s events. This Arsecast Extra is brought to you by Audible.com – turns out you can get a free audio book download and a 30 day free trial. Click...
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Stoke 3-2 Arsenal: Own up, Arsene

Believe it or not, I was actually considerably cheerier at half-time than at full-time. When the whistle went for the break with the score 3-0 to Stoke, I was actually able to laugh at our risible performance. By full-time, any sadomasochistic smiles had faded. Perhaps it’s because there’s something purgative about an unadulterated thumping. There’s...
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Video blog: On The Whistle Reaction to Stoke Defeat

Urgh....
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Arsenal 1-0 Southampton – Olivier Giroud: The man for some occasions

Alexis Sanchez might have been the match-winner, but Arsenal undoubtedly owe a debt of gratitude to Olivier Giroud for this vital win over Southampton. Giroud’s contribution has sparked the butterfly effect of opinion, evolving swiftly from the initial and innocent musing as to why he didn’t start in to the bellowing demand that he play...
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Video: On the whistle reaction from Arsenal 1-0 Southampton – “Giroud changed the game”

Quick vid for you from the stadium....
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WBA 0-1 Arsenal: Is Arsene Wenger trialling a formation to suit Theo Walcott?

I was intrigued by Arsenal’s starting XI at West Brom. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was afforded a rest, so Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez both started on either side of Olivier Giroud. It was a proper front three, with the two wider forwards frequently rotating and drifting in to the centre to join the Frenchman. Welbeck performed...
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Taking it a game at a time

Well, that was much more like it. Borussia Dortmund might be struggling in the Bundesliga, but they remain a team packed with individual quality. A 2-0 win is undoubtedly something to celebrate. A lot was made of the difference between our performance against United and Dortmund. In reality, I think the biggest differentiator was the...
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Arsenal 1-2 Man United: Why the players have to take blame too

It’s never just one thing. The culture of football analysis is such that, at full-time in any given game, there is an immediate and intense desire to attribute the result to one particular factor. Journalists hunt for a line with all the fervour of coke-addled addicts, and fans fight to make their post-game punditry concise...
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Arsecast Extra 42: Podolski, Campbell, shirt numbers and sharks

Here’s this week’s Arsecast Extra to relieve you of your interlull malaise. It features discussions on the futures of Rosicky, Podolski and Campbell, as well as a load of other nonsense. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Alternatively, you can dodge the delays and subscribe directly to the feed URL. Enjoy....
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Video blog: A crushing capitulation against Anderlecht

Decided to keep a video record of my evening at the Emirates. Enjoy watching it steadily unravel....
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Arsenal 3-0 Burnley: Arsene Goes Back to the Future with 4-4-2

This might have been Arsenal’s best 90 minutes of the season… There were dazzling 20 minute spells against Manchester City and Hull, but neither of those was sustained for an entire match. The wins against Aston Villa and Galatasaray might have been more eye-catching, but there were mitigating circumstances which took the shine off both those victories:...
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Video: On the whistle reaction as Alexis stars again

Quick video post with some first thoughts on Arsenal’s win over Burnley. I rather enjoyed that. And I absolutely adore Alexis....
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Arsecast Extra 39: In praise of Alexis

Here’s the latest episode of the Arsecast Extra, stuffed full of Alexis-flavoured goodness. We also deal with a horrible hypothetical: would you accept Chelsea emulating the Invincibles if it meant Arsenal winning the Champions League in exchange? Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Alternatively, you can dodge the delays and...
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Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal: Alexis makes his own luck

Alexis Sanchez continues to amaze… It’s only October and I’m already running out of superlatives for this magnificent man. To be honest, saying you’re running out of superlatives is in itself a cliche. I’m running out of ways to say I’m running out of superlatives. I was one of those banging a particularly loud drum...
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Arsecast Extra 38: Hull & Hula Hoops

The latest edition of the Arsecast Extra is here. There’s a dissection of the draw with Hull, some attempted analysis of our defensive woes, and a heated debate about crisps. If for some inexplicable reason you’re yet to do so, you can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes by clicking here. Alternatively, you can dodge the delays and...
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Arsenal 2-2 Hull City: Fragile Arsenal Falter Again

This was one of those draws that seemed like a defeat… There were only a few minutes between Arsenal’s equaliser and the final whistle, but it was enough time for the air of relief to sublimate in to regret. This match fell somewhere between a ‘should-win’ and a ‘must-win’. By the time the fans trudged...
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Video blog: Arsenal 2 – 2 Hull City – Reaction on the whistle

Shot this quick video with my immediate thoughts at full-time. More considered stuff to follow. Disappointing day, all told....
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Arsecast Extra 37: For fans of internationals and injuries…

If you’re still looking for things to fill the time between now and Saturday, why not listen to the latest Arsecast Extra? In this episode, we attempt to work out if any of our players are not injured. It’s as tricky as you’d imagine. You know the drill: you can subscribe to the Arsecast Extra on iTunes...
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Video: Discussing Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal career thus far

Here’s a quick video piece I did for Bleacher Report on Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal career to date. Despite limping off against Estonia during the international break, Welbeck is apparently fit and well and raring to face Hull this weekend....
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Some thoughts on Chelsea and Mesut Ozil

Another match away to a top team, another defeat. A few days have passed since events at Stamford Bridge but it doesn’t feel any better. I’m not exactly OptaJames, but I believe I’m right in saying we haven’t beaten a good team for more than a million years. I’m not inclined to dwell on refereeing...
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Arsecast Extra 36: Live edition featuring Amy Lawrence and Philippe Auclair

Last night, Andrew from Arseblog and I hosted the first ever live Arsecast Extra at the Union Chapel in Islington. What with it being some of a venture in to the unknown, we recruited Amy Lawrence and Philippe Auclair to lend some support. Their insight and eloquence, as well as the warmth of a lovely...
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Arsenal 4-1 Galatasaray: Danny Welbeck’s pace and potential light up the Emirates

Well, that was very enjoyable indeed. I’m on holiday at the moment, so forgive me if this entry is a little shorter than usual. Thank God we got Danny Welbeck… It hasn’t been the subject of much discussion, but Yaya Sanogo has missed every Arsenal match since transfer deadline day with injury. Had Welbeck not...
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Arsecast Extra 35: Derby Day Edition

I’m interrupting my holiday on the stormy isle of Mallorca to bring you the latest Arsecast Extra, recorded between Dublin and the wee town of Pollensa. Unsurprisingly, the focus is primarily on that slightly underwhelming 1-1 derby draw. We discuss the bizarre team selection, Flamini’s costly error, and our feelings about a slightly disappointing start...
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Video: Analysing Arsenal’s Top Four Prospects

As part of my role as Bleacher Report’s Arsenal Correspondent, I spoke to Ryan Bailey about what Arsenal need to do to say in the top four for this video. Even if you don’t agree with my analysis, it’s impossible not to be won over by the funky backing track....
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Arsecast Extra Live: Tickets now on sale

As you may be aware, the Arsecast Extra is headed to the Union Chapel in Islington. And, as Martin Tyler would excruciatingly shout before cutting to Ray Winstone’s disembodied head, IT’S LIVE! It’ll take place on Monday October 6th, which is the day after we are scheduled to thrash Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Doors open around 7pm,...
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Arsenal 1-2 Southampton: Alexis is a maverick, Podolski is a misfit

Whatever you think of the League Cup… …it’s never good to go out of any competition. It amazes me that some can greet a cup exit with a shrug. A few fans even expressed relief. It seems they forget that in each season there are only four potential prizes, and that’s one gone. Had we beaten...
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Audioblog: Immediate reaction to the Southampton defeat – Podolski, Rosicky & more

So there we have it: Arsenal are out of the League Cup. There are only four competitions we can win this season. That’s one down. Listen to the audioboom above for my immediate thoughts as I walked away from the ground. I’ll have something more considered for you tomorrow....
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Arsecast Extra Episode 34: Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey & spaghetti hair

The latest edition of the Arsecast Extra is here, replete will all the hot topics off the back of the weekend’s action: United’s defending, Ozil’s position and Gervinho’s hairline. You can listen via the player above or download directly here. You’ll notice that during the pod we make mention of a live recording taking place...
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Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal: Three points in four minutes

Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal ESPN Player Ratings Well, that was just what we needed. Arsene Wenger has a fantastic record at Villa Park, and yesterday it brought him everything he would have wished for: a straightforward three points, and goals and garlands for the under-fire duo of Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck. It might have been...
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Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal: An apocalyptic performance, but not the end of the world

Arsenal were dreadful against Dortmund. Watching this felt like looking at a cruelly-drawn caricature of a bad Arsenal display. Jurgen Klopp’s team were outstanding, and had us on the back-foot for 90 minutes. That said, I feel like I’m a little more positive than most in the wake of this match. I think it’s because...
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Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City: Might we be this year’s Liverpool?

This game reminded me a little of the 1-1 with Everton last year… From beginning to end – and from end-to-end – this was a frenetic and fabulous spectacle. In truth, either side could have come away with three points. This was a game Arsenal could have lost, and yet arguably should have won. The...
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Arsenal vs. Man City: Back to the beginning

This Saturday, Premier League football returns to the Emirates Stadium. In more than one sense, it feels as if we’re going back to the beginning. Back to the beginning in that we also opened up the campaign with a match against the Citizens. In the Community Shield at Wembley, Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners. Something...
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Good news for Gunners who haven’t got BT Sport

Good news, Gooners: word has reached Gunnerblog that BT is currently offering to pay the cost of cancelling your current broadband contract when you switch your broadband and home phone to BT. Apparently the deal is only going to be open for a short while, but the timing couldn’t be better: Arsenal’s clash with City...
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Why Danny Welbeck reminds me of Emmanuel Adebayor

The Leicester game… …was the latest in a string of uninspiring performances that have formed our start to the season. After our convincing victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield, many expected us to make a fast start in the Premier League. Not so: we’ve looked leggy and listless much of the time. Part...
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Examining why Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to buy a striker

Well, here we are. Another season is underway. I initially wrote ‘well and truly underway’, but then deleted it. In truth, this period between the opening fixture and the transfer deadline always feels like an extension of preseason. The window ends, there’s a flurry of late deals, and then club football goes on a two-week...
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Gunnerblog is 10 today

To my considerable surprise, Gunnerblog is 10 years old today. I can’t believe that it was fully a decade ago when I took my first faltering steps in to the world of blogging. Although I have neither the time nor inventiveness to blog on a daily basis, the site (and its accompanying Twitter feed) has...
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Alexis Sanchez: The Brilliance Without The Biting

The signing of Alexis Sanchez has left me elated, but it shouldn’t leave anyone surprised. Looking back at the last 12 months, we should all be kicking ourselves for not calling it sooner. The clues were there all along. The trail begins last summer, when Arsene Wenger gave us the clearest indication as to the...
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Mikel Arteta on Alexis Sanchez, contract talks, & more transfers

Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited down to the kit launch by Puma, and was one of several bloggers able to grab a few words with Mikel Arteta. Here’s what he had to say. — On his reaction to the Alexis Sanchez news… I was really happy. Everyone was waiting for a...
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2013/14: Arsenal’s Season Blogged – Sagas, songs & a cup

As the enthralling World Cup comes to a close and eyes begin to turn towards next season, I thought it’d be worth a bit of a retrospective of the saga that was 2013/14. And so, without further ado… —- Please, Arsene: Don’t sign Luis Suarez | July 17th 2013 I cannot understand why a manager...
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Gunnerblog End of Season Awards 2014

It’s that time again. Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. The results are in. PLAYER OF THE SEASON In a season of progress for Arsenal, there are several contenders for this award. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have been largely outstanding at the back, whilst Wojciech Szczesny has managed to grab plenty more crosses than...
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A Party 9 years in the Making

A cup nine years in the winning. A party nine years in the making. A blog nine years in the writing. The wait is over. Arsenal have a trophy again. And it feels fantastic. We didn’t do it the easy way, of course. As soon as the match kicked off, Hull played with an fierce...
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Red, Yellow & Silver: Gunnerblog’s FA Cup Final Preview

We’ve waited nine years for this. This week, I looked back at the blog I wrote after 2005’s FA Cup win over Manchester United. That was the last time Arsenal touched silverware. Think about that: nine years. In the 125-year lifespan of the club, it’s not a massive stretch. However, us fans are only here...
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Looking back at the Hammers, ahead to Hull, and up at Liverpool

The win over West Ham was huge. After being put through the wringer in the semi-final, a physical Allardyce team were hardly the ideal opposition. When we fell behind, the collective intake of breath was almost audible. However, Lukas Podolski’s instant response settled nerves. Goals from Giroud and Podolski again later settled the game. The...
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Thoughts from Wembley: Torturous afternoon’s Final flourish

I don’t know about you, but I remembered reaching an FA Cup final as a good deal more fun. Don’t get me wrong: I’m delighted to be there — and being there is undoubtedly what matters — but the journey was as torturous as a coach ride with that Man City fan in the Barclays...
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Everton 3 – 0 Arsenal: Is it over?

Is it over? Not the title race. That’s been over for a while. Not the “race for fourth”, either. That’s got a good way to go, and looking at the respective fixture lists, I still fancy us to come out on top of Everton. No: the operative *it* in this instance is the reign of...
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Everton Preview: My glass needs refilling

I’ve seen our draw with Manchester City cited as vindication of our abilities against the top teams. I can see why one might think that: it was a valiant fight-back against a team in rampant form who are still in the thick of the title race. My glass, however, is half-drained. I’m more inclined to...
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Ready, Set, Go: The Race for fourth is underway!

Arsenal 2 – 2 Swansea Even the most wildly optimistic fan has forgotten about the title now… With Everton making good ground behind us, all focus is on securing a top four finish. It’s a somewhat depressing reality at the end of an exciting season, but fortunately we still have the carrot of a potential...
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