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Post-Sp*rs: Hero in a Half Shell, Oxlade Power

September 29th, 2014

Injuries and unpredictable lineups characterized Arsenal's stuttering performances throughout the week, first in a disappointing Capitol One Cup loss to Southampton and then in a slightly frustrating league draw with the Tiny Tots at home. Helping us sing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's praises, patch holes in the lineup for Arsenal's injury-prone midfield and (try to) predict the amount of pragmatism Arsene Wenger will employ against Chelsea will be 7amkickoff.com's Tim Bostelle, along with some rather depressing "Who's Scored Twice against Tottenham?" trivia and rather mean-spirited Chelsea build-up...

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Post-Villa: Hangover Cure

September 22nd, 2014

Arsenal hit both poles of their performance capabilities with a toothless loss to Dortmund away followed by a timely win against 2nd place (?!?) Aston Villa, so to help us make sense out of this unlikely sea change, flimsy formations and Wide Ozil vs Central Ozil will be returning guest Martin Tomlinson of the DC Armoury, plus some Sp*rs-gutting trivia for this week's Arsenal SWAG…

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Post-Man City: Danny Pinseeker

September 15th, 2014

Arsenal's attacking strengths and defensive flaws both took center stage as they rode out a disappointing draw against champions Manchester City, a result that left us to wonder when exactly Wenger's side will rediscover its winning ways against the top teams. Helping us discuss the tough squad decisions and build up ahead of the Dortmund match will be returning guest and Twin Cities Gooner Garry Bowman, plus we'll extrapolate as much unjustifiable information out of Danny Welbeck's chip off the post as possible and put some much-needed South American spin on the new two-prize contest…

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Post-Leicester City: The One Before the Transfer Window Closed

September 2nd, 2014

The early season lethargy continued with a narrow win over Besiktas to secure Champions League qualification and an uninspiring draw against Premiership newboys Leicester City, causing many to wonder just how many disinterested Arsenal midfielders it takes to unscrew a tightly-held Premier League defense. Helping us answer that question, discuss the level of leadership qualities in the squad and evaluate Arsenal's Champions League group will be Michael and Brandon from the Queen City Gooners, plus our *spoiler-free* take on the impact of the summer transfer window...

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Post-Everton: Better Late Than Never

August 25th, 2014

Arsenal's growing pains continue with a lackluster draw in Istanbul followed by a last-gasp draw at Goodison Park, leaving the Gunners with plenty of work to do in the Champions League and in the tactics room. Helping us talk center forward shuffling and Champions League qualifying nerves will be Chris Jenkins of Arsenal America, followed by Jordan and Channelle of the Fresno Gooners recounting their 6,000 mile trip across the US -- and all their stops in between -- to see Arsenal in New York City, plus the Wanker of the Week resurrected, some prize trivia involving Dennis Bergkamp's favorite opponent and a fairly lengthy primer on current Arsenal beards...

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Post-Crystal Palace: Picking Up Where We Left Off

August 18th, 2014

Arsenal carry their choice brand of knife-edge entertainment into the new season with a nerve-shredding, last-gasp win at home over a well-organized (read: medievally defensive) Crystal Palace side. Helping us pick out the positives from Arsenal's setpiece defending (no, we weren't aware of these positives either), decide between an increasingly difficult Giroud-Sanogo selection choice and shuffle lineups pre-Besiktas will be returning guest Elliot Smith, plus your feedback on vanishing spray, unidentified flying bird poo and contest SWAG courtesy of Ruffneck Scarves...

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Post-Community Shield: Ginormous Dinner Plate of Success

August 11th, 2014

Arsenal showed they were bound and determined to right their big game wrongs as they piled the pressure on Manchester City from the get-go and earned a well-deserved 3-nil victory in the process, their first Community Shield win since 2004. Joining us to relive another glory day at Wembley, discuss the departure of Thomas Vermaelen and the resulting depth issue in defense will be Sam Limbert from SamsMatchReports.com, along with some listener feedback on the captaincy reassignment…

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Post-Emirates Cup: When’s the Last Time We Won a Cup

August 5th, 2014

Arsenal come up one Atkinson short of Emirates Cup glory as they follow their 5-1 thumping of Benfica with a disappointing loss to Monaco, leaving us to wonder if they'll come good in time for next Saturday's Community Shield showdown against Manchester City. Joining us to reminisce on the New York Arsenal weekend, gauge the adequacy of the post-World Cup preseason and perform a squad depth checkup is USA.Arsenal.com's Kevin Mooney, followed by a comprehensive 15-second description of the podcast's new additions for the 2014/15 season...

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Post-FA CUP VICTORY: Sweet, Drought Relief

May 20th, 2014

After a season that tested the cardiac durability like few others before, it should come as little surprise that it took an absolute barnburner for Arsenal to capture their first trophy in 9 years, coming from behind to beat Hull 3-2 in the FA Cup Final. Helping us relive the nerve-shredding experience will be Arsenal commentator Dan Roebuck followed by some end of season perspective and a fresh outlook on Arsenal's new winning era from Charm City Gooner Mike Kavanagh. Throughout the pod we'll weave in listener reviews, regrets and highlights of the season, and to cap things off we'll name the four participants who made out with some silverware of their own…

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Post-Norwich: One Last Two-Nil

May 13th, 2014

Arsenal lay a fitting bookend to their efficient season by comfortably easing out relegation fodder Norwich City at Carrow Road before turning their sights (if they hadn't already) to the big one at Wembley, the FA Cup Final on Saturday. On hand to discuss this golden chance at silverware, probable starting lineups and suitable midfield selections for an underdog opponent like Hull is Sam Limbert of SamsMatchReports.com, followed by absolutely no Wanker of the Week candidates whatsoever (it's hard when your opponents applaud your goals) and a big prize addition to our extended End of Season Catharsis...

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