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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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Post-West Brom: Winding Down

May 6th, 2014

Arsenal start to assess how much they need to save in the tank for May 17 as they stroll through two fairly comfortable home wins, first against Newcastle then West Brom on the weekend. Helping us decide whether or not this constitutes good FA Cup preparation and starting the process of reviewing the season as a whole will be returning guest and Arsenal America writer Chris Jenkins, along with a Wanker of the Week who's duller than Tony Pulis and details on how YOUR thoughts on Arsenal's season work into OUR new prize contest…

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Post-Hull: Perfect Cup Tune Up

April 22nd, 2014

A resurgent Podolski and the returning midfield duo of Ramsey and Ozil give Arsenal the shot in the arm they need to pad the goal difference against Hull at the KC Stadium after another great escape in midweek against West Ham. Discussing the ever-evolving, give-and-take dynamic between Wenger and Podolski, a more penetrative offense and FA Cup preparation will be returning guest Elliot Smith, followed by a host of misguided Wanker of the Week candidates and things that come in pairs for Arsenal prize trivia…

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Post-Wigan: I Don’t Always Play Goalkeeper, But When I Do…

April 14th, 2014

Arsenal return to their best "winning ugly" form with a nerve-shredding penalty shootout win over Wigan at Wembley thanks to the offensive prowess of Per "Better Than Bendtner" Mertesacker and the goalkeeping heroics of Lukas "FA Cup or Bust" Fabianski. We'll discuss the suddenly-cagey tactics of both teams as well as Arsenal's slightly puzzling starting lineup with 7amkickoff.com's Tim Bostelle before handing out some nostalgic penalty kick trivia and naming possibly the most useless Wanker of the Week ever...

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Post-Everton: Making It Interesting

April 8th, 2014

Arsenal continue to suggest they're buckling under the pressure of maintaining 4th place as they fall to up-and-comers Everton at Goodison Park, leaving us to wonder where exactly the squad will draw some much needed inspiration for the final few games of the season. We'll pick over the Mertemaelen partnership (see, that doesn't even sound like it would work), discuss the sell-by date on the team's defensive midfield shield and stick as many pins as we possibly can in the voodoo doll that is Everton's remaining league schedule, all before going the nostalgia route with some FA Cup trivia and selecting a repeat offender for the Wanker of the Week…

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Post-Man City: At This Point We’ll Take “Meh”

April 1st, 2014

Arsene Wenger's men felt the residuals of last Saturday's thumping as they looked out of luck and out of ideas first against Swansea on Tuesday and then for the first half against Man City before a rallying Mathieu Flamini and all-around solid team effort helped the club salvage a much-needed point in the second half. Evaluating the damage control of these two draws in light of some key upcoming fixtures will be Matt Williams of the Chicago Gooners followed Arsenal matchday commentator Dan Roebuck touching on his favorite moments of the season, plus some suitably "meh" (but easy) trivia and a nearly unintelligible Wanker of the Week…

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Post-Chelski: Apocalypse Now And Again

March 24th, 2014

Arsenal choose to play a title contender the only way they now how: fast and loose in midfield, and the consequences -- all 6 of them -- are positively shattering as Chelsea jump 7 points clear at the top. The best we can muster in review is "that was kinda' weird," so helping us seriously contemplate the repercussions for the club, the squad, and Arsene Wenger will be returning guest Garry, the Twin Cities Gooner, followed by prize trivia that's centered around the only competition we ever really cared about anyway, so there

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Post-Sp*rs: 1 and Done

March 18th, 2014

Arsenal soldier through a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena before putting Tottenham to the sword for the third time this season with a belter of a goal by Tomáš Rosický and 88 minutes of gruelingly defensive football, a result that would put them back within 4 points of league leaders Chelsea. Catching up with us to discuss tall orders in the Champions League, Ozil scapegoating, siege mentality in the North London Derby and preparations for Stamford Bridge will be Martin Tomlinson from the DC Armoury, followed by Old Man Herbert's doppelganger in the Wanker of the Week segment and the poorly-named, North London Derby MEGA CONTEST...

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Post-Everton: FA Cup Alter Ego

March 10th, 2014

Arsenal snap out of their Premiership doldrums and embrace their FA Cup killer instinct as they slowly turn the screws on the Toffees and produce a memorable 4-1 win in the process, a result that seals their passage to a Wembley semi-final against Man Ci...err, Wigan. Joining us to discuss the effect of Ozil's new best friend on the right wing and Arsenal's methods for foiling an impressive Everton side will be Kyle and Michael from the Queen City Gooners, followed by Sam Limbert of SamsMatchReports.com on the FA Cup's newfound energy and balancing momentum with injury concerns ahead of Bayern, plus some prematurely Scummy Wankers of the Week and a new location for this week's contest...

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