Archive 2019

Podcast: Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal | Premier League | Arteta’s First Game In Charge | Ep.221

Harry Symeou and James Cook review the draw versus Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League. It was Mikel Arteta’s first game as Arsenal boss and we discuss the positive signs amongst other things.

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Podcast: Everton vs Arsenal | Preview | Arteta to be confirmed, Auba wants out? | Ep.220

Host Harry Symeou was joined by Mike Stavrou to look ahead to Saturday’s trip to face Everton at Goodison Park. We discuss Mikel Arteta as we wait for official confirmation on his appointment and we react to the rumours Aubameyang and a number of other squad members want out.

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Join us for a weekly discussion on all things Arsenal. We review the latest fixtures, look ahead to those coming up and cover the hot topics surrounding the club. This show is sponsored by and is a Sofa Sports Media production. Featured regularly on TalkSPORT and Sky Sports News.

Podcast: Arteta vs Ancelotti | Which club have made the smarter decision? | Arsenal or Everton | The Debate

With Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti set to take charge of Arsenal and Everton respectively we debate which club have made the smarter decision, which group of fans should be more excited and which managerial appointment will work out best. Harry Symeou was joined by Simon Alavi and Dan De Luca.

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Podcast: Arteta’s arrival is imminent, Beaten again & Euro draw reaction | Ep.219

Mikel Arteta

Host Harry Symeou was joined by TalkSPORT producer Mike Stavrou to discuss the news Arsenal are close to naming Mikel Arteta as Unai Emery’s successor. We also discuss the embarrassing defeat Arsenal suffered at the hands of Manchester City and react to the Europa League draw.

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Arsenal: Ancelotti sacked, time to make our move

After their 4-0 Champions League victory over Genk and having secured safe passage through to the Round of 16 Napoli called time on Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure. The timing certainly seems strange but a change of management at the San Paolo has been inevitable for quite some time now with Gennaro Gattuso set to replace the 60-year-old.

Freddie Ljungberg managed his first victory as the interim Head Coach on Monday night but we must not let our hearts rule over our heads and allow ourselves to be drawn into making a permanent appointment based on nostalgia. The reality is a club of this size requires a top coach who can at the very least make Arsenal competitive again.

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Ancelotti has a CV that speaks for itself. He’s managed Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and most recently Napoli. The Italian has won three Champions Leagues, the Premier League title, the Scudetto, the Bundesliga, the French championship, a sh*t load of domestic cups and was voted as the world’s number one coach on two occasions.

Need I write anymore? Click here to read a piece I contributed to immediately after the news Arsene Wenger was set to leave the club was announced and you’ll see that Ancelotti was my number one choice then. David Seaman agreed with me and that was my claim to fame at the time but all jokes aside you know it makes sense.

18 months of Unai Emery resulted in zero progress, in fact I believe the team have regressed therefore to restore our Champions League status (yes, I’m desperate to see us finish fourth) it’s going to take somebody experienced, somebody who the players will respect and somebody so high-profiled that he’s big enough and strong enough to take on KSE and their team of puppets when he disagrees with something.

Come on Arsenal, make your move!

Podcast: A win at last, West Ham 1-3 Arsenal review

Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal ended a baron spell of 9 games in all competitions without a win at the London stadium on Monday night when they came from behind to beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United. Harry Symeou looks back at the game itself, talks team selections, midfield balance, Brazilian wonder kid’s and more.

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Arsenal: Martinelli the catalyst and Pepe finally explodes onto the scene

Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal have won a game, I repeat Arsenal have won a game! I was honestly beginning to forget what winning felt like and whilst particularly in the first half it wasn’t exactly vintage Arsenal we won’t dwell on that too much.

When you’re playing as poorly as we have been of late it’s all about the result and the hope is our first away victory in the league since the opening weekend of the season will lay a foundation on which Freddie can now build.

It never ceases to amaze me just how much confidence a single goal can breed into a side totally devoid of it and Gabriel Martinelli’s equaliser was the catalyst for what followed. A nine minute period in which the Gunners blew West Ham out of the water and completely turned the game on it’s head could prove a huge turning point for our season.

He may only be 18-years-old but it’s been clear for months that in Gabi-Gol as I’ll now call him we have an exciting young talent. Last night’s calculated and accurate finish was his 8th goal of the season and in my opinion he has got to be starting on that left-hand side week in, week out.

Reiss Nelson who? This kid is miles ahead of him and if it means Lacazette is left out in order for him to be accommodated (because we sure as hell shouldn’t be dropping Aubameyang) then so be it.

Ladies and Gentleman, Nicolas Pepe has finally arrived in the Premier League. That’s the player we all thought we was signing, rapid, skilful and a ruthless finisher. The Ivorian also proved he’s got the stomach for the physical side of the competition – how Aaron Cresswell wasn’t shown two yellow cards is beyond me but it was Nico who had the last laugh on the night.

One final point because I don’t want to spoil the podcast that will be dropping later today but it looks to me as though Freddie has at the very least begun addressing the transitional issues he spoke of after Norwich. Xhaka (although extremely sloppy in possession at times) and Torreira were noticeably more conservative in their runs forward and were clearly instructed to offer greater protection to their central defenders.

West Ham weren’t exactly prime Barcelona but I thought for the most part our defensive performance was a lot more convincing. I still hate that our central defenders take so many risks in possession but hey ho, small steps right?

We travel to Standard Liege on Thursday and that’s followed by the visit of Manchester City on Sunday. Hardly the ideal Premier League follow on having just picked up our first win since October 6th but perhaps we’ll only concede three now instead of five. Just kidding, come on you Gunners!

Podcast: Freddie’s under pressure | Arteta and Marcelino linked | Feat Konstantinos Lianos of the Daily Express

Freddie Ljungberg

Host Harry Symeou is joined by fellow Greek Kostantinos Lianos of the Daily Express to discuss the rumours Freddie Ljungberg has lost the faith of the players, whether or not Mikel Arteta is in fact the front-runner to replace Unai Emery and why the appointment of Marcelino would cause uproar.

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Arsenal: Marceli-NO! Could the club be set to appoint another ex-Valencia boss?

Former Valencia boss Marcelino is being heavily linked with the vacant Head Coach’s role at the Emirates Stadium. Judging by the social media response the 54-year-old’s appointment (if it were to happen) would cause a meltdown like never seen before.

The truth is, it would be somewhat underwhelming – even more so than the appointment of Unai Emery back in the summer of 2018.

He’s certainly not my preferred choice and if truth be told he isn’t somebody I even considered when racking my brain about who I’d like to see replace Emery.

This next appointment will tell us a lot about the ambitions of our American owners KSE. Josh Kroenke told us to “be excited” during the summer and we find ourselves at the time of publishing four points above the drop zone – exciting stuff that…

I am not at all keen on Marcelino and despite the stories doing the rounds I would be shocked if the club were to go down that route. However, credit where it’s due he did a fantastic job at Valencia. He guided them to Copa Del Rey victory having beaten Barcelona in the final last season and led the club to Champions League qualification after a slow start to the campaign.

He’s not the answer to our problems but equally he’s not the poor manager some would have you believe. A decent coach who did a good job at Valencia and was ultimately dismissed due a disagreement with the ownership regarding ‘sporting matters’.

If anything, his track record of speaking out against his superiors at the Mestalla and at Vilarreal before that should be enough to put the Kroenke’s off of him. You’d have thought they would be after another ‘yes man’.