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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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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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