Arsenal: All the latest Arsenal flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs

  • Shit Lookalike: Alexander Hleb and Kevin Bacon August 30th, 2007 Arsenal

    Our latest Shit Lookalike comes courtesy of Pies reader Daniel Budden. He quite rightly pointed out that Arsenal’s man from Minsk, Alexander Hleb, is a dead ringer for a young Kevin Bacon, which is a coincidence because he also saved Arsene Wenger’s bacon against Fulham a couple of weeks back.

  • Jens Lehmann’s hilarious warm-up before England versus Germany August 28th, 2007 Arsenal

    At last someone has posted the hilarious footage of Jens Lehmann’s pre-match warm-up against England last week. Here is Mad Jens showing the Wembley turf his best moves (for anyone who missed it, this went out live on primetime BBC One!).

    [Via Bundesliga Offside]

  • The Snapshot Special: Premier League weekend, 25-26 August August 28th, 2007 Arsenal

    Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City
    Cesc Fabregas finally found a breakthrough, despite an excellent performance from Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. The young Dane made a string of saves, including Robin van Persie’s 65th minute penalty.

  • Should Arsenal axe Jens Lehman? August 23rd, 2007 Arsenal

    lehmannnnn.gif‘Mad Jens’ Lehman literally handed Blackburn the equaliser at Ewood Park on Sunday with his second goalkeeping gaffe in as many games.

  • Kit Parade Special: New Premier League Home Kits, Part One August 10th, 2007 Arsenal

    The big kick-off is nigh and we don’t have a thing to wear. Well, we do now. This is part one of a bumper Kit Parade Special from Pies.
    Arsenalhomekit.JPGThis looks a little familiar… wait a cotton picking minute! Yes, Arsenal have retained last season’s home kit for a further season. It makes my job a bit harder because you have all seen it before, but I’d be delighted if I was a Gooner. Comiserations to the parents of young Arsenal fans who will have to think a bit harder about birthday presents this year! Click here to buy it from Kitbag.

  • How will Chelsea’s injuries affect their start to the season? August 7th, 2007 Arsenal

    Chelsea’s squad for last weekend’s Community Shield match was so bare that they played without a recognised striker for most of the match. And it looks like they’ll have to make up the numbers when their Premier League kicks off on Sunday.

  • The New Season: What the Bloggers Say – Arsenal August 6th, 2007 Arsenal

    Arsenal_badge.jpg More rants and opinions from the fans about the upcoming Premier League season. This time, we speak to Arseblogger, who unsurprisingly supports a certain North London team who have just lost their talismanic striker.
    Hello there. Introduce yourself to the class…
    Arseblogger – Arsenal –
    How do you think you’ll do next season?

  • Champions League draw analysis August 3rd, 2007 Arsenal

    In a nutshell: Arsenal v Sparta Prague, Liverpool v Toulouse, Celtic v Spartak Moscow and Rangers or FK Zeta v Crvena Zvezda or Levadia Tallinn.
    The BBC is lamenting a tough draw for the British clubs, but you would expect at least three of the four to progress. They may not be easy games (there are no easy games at this level, Clive) but to call it a tough draw might be taking things a bit too far. Sparta Prague are a team Arsenal generally beat comfortably in the group stages. And if Liverpool can’t make it past Toulouse then they don’t deserve to be in the competition anyway. Celtic have man-for-man the toughest draw, but even a below-par Rangers should have what it takes to defeat their potential opponents.

  • Thierry Henry shaves with Tiger Woods and Roger Federer in Gillette ad August 1st, 2007 Arsenal

    ‘I never think about yesterday,’ says Thierry. That will please Arsenal fans no end.

    [Via The Beautiful Game]

  • Horror Hair & Transfer News: Jose Antonio Reyes July 31st, 2007 Arsenal

    Jose%20Antonio%20Reyes.JPGJose Antonio Reyes is on his way to Bolton. Well, not just yet but Reyes seems to be following the Nicolas Anelka Sulk Route out of Arsenal and we all know where that ends. Reyes – on his way to becoming a journeyman himself – has completed a £6 million switch to Atletico Madrid.

  • van Persie not bothered about scoring July 30th, 2007 Arsenal

    Now that Henry’s off enjoying the siestas at Barcelona, it’s up to Robin van Persie to step up and be the main goal threat at Arsenal, right? Wrong. According to the Dutchman, goals aren’t all that important, a bit over-rated really: “It’s not my aim to be the top scorer. My aim is to play good football with this team. I think we showed that against Inter. A lot of players are saying ‘oh, I have to be the top scorer’. But for me the first thing is to play football. Of course there are lots of responsibilities because you are playing in front of 60,000 people.”
    After all who cares about a goal when you can

  • Top Ten Ginger Footballers July 23rd, 2007 Arsenal

    Well, instead of playing knock down ginger we’ve put together a list of the top ten ginger footballers who have ignored the taunts and become role models for red heads everywhere:

  • Shit lookalikes: Eggert Magnusson and Freddie Ljungberg July 23rd, 2007 Arsenal

    As the Sun might say, what a pair of egg-headed Swedes! Interesting that Ljungberg was snapped with the chairman at his unveiling, rather than the manager – is this a signing that Alan Curbishley didn’t sanction or want, perhaps? (Ie. one of those Abramovich/Shevchenko things).

  • THE VOTE Is the Premiership Big Four now a Big Five? Or, can Spurs really win the title? July 23rd, 2007 Arsenal

    73200940.jpgThe business end of the Premiership has been dominated in recent years by the Big Four, namely Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Few teams have even come close to challenging that dominance, but Chelski boss Jose Mourinho believes that Spurs are now strong enough to challenge that group this coming season, and thus create a ‘Big Five’.

  • For Thierry Henry, life with Ronaldinho and his new Barca chums is gay July 23rd, 2007 Arsenal

    This ones going out to all Arsenal fans. Look at Thierry prance gaily with his new best friend. Look, he’s happy! How quickly he’s forgotten the little North London club that he used to call home.

  • West Ham sign Freddie Ljungberg. Does Alan Curbishley know what he’s doing? July 23rd, 2007 Arsenal

    73626146.jpgWell I didn’t see this one coming… I thought Freddie was supposed to go to Fiorentina, but the Hammers have reportedly secured his services and will announce him as a West Ham player at a press conference later today.

  • Top 5 controversial transfers July 20th, 2007 Arsenal

    campbell.jpgWith Fergie refusing Liverpool’s £6.8m bid for Gabriel Heinze and claiming United would ‘never’ sell to their bitterest rivals, we take a look at a few transfers that have taken place between clubs with a history of hatred.

  • Arsenal launch stripey third kit. You like? July 20th, 2007 Arsenal

    l_thirdshirt.jpgArsenal’s new third kit, a stripey affair (in ‘redcurrant and obsidian’, or, for plain-speaking folk, ‘dark red and blue-black’), that puts me in mind of the classic Barcelona kit, is launched on August 9th, although you can pre-order it now from Arsenal’s online shop.

  • The Snapshot: Chile 0-3 Argentina, Fifa U20 World Cup semi final July 20th, 2007 Arsenal

    Angel Di Maria of Argentina celebrates scoring the first goal against Chile during their semi-final game at the Fifa U-20 World Cup, held at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto, Canada. It was a very ill-tempered game that ended with ugly scenes after the final whistle; Chile also had two men sent off. What is it with these crazy South Americans and Latin types? They’re such bad losers. Anyhoo, watch video highlights of the match after the click…
    [Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images]

  • Arsenal introduce the mid-game exodus July 20th, 2007 Arsenal

    The fourth offical at Arsenal’s friendly with Genclerbirligi must be pleased he was relieved from electronic board duty for this mammoth, seven-man substitution. In fact, he wore himself out just walking down the queue to check the studs!

  • Thierry Henry splits from wife July 17th, 2007 Arsenal

    Some new light has been shone on Thierry Henry’s exit from Arsenal and his even-more miserable-than-usual manner for most of last season. It has emerged that the new Barcelona man has split from his English model wife, Claire. The Sun claimed Henry said: “I didn’t really want to leave Arsenal — they’re my favourite club and I loved playing for them. But lots of things have changed recently and I had to get away from everything English, including my wife unfortunately.”

  • Top Ten Transfers…so far July 16th, 2007 Arsenal

    1torres.jpgThere are bound to be a few more twists to this year’s transfer season, especially if someone remembers where they put Carlos Tevez’s ownership papers, but new TV money and the arrival of more glory hunting billionaires means there’s been plenty of action.
    Here’s what we think are the ten best deals done so far:

  • Are Arsenal’s players too small to compete in the Premiership? July 16th, 2007 Arsenal

    Gunnerblog makes an interesting point about Arsenal’s current squad in its match report of the Gunners’ 2-0 friendly win at Barnet this weekend: ‘One man who wasn’t in the side despite his presence at Underhill was Eduardo [da Silva]. Worryingly, he is very very slight in the flesh (as you can see from the picture). If a breeze had struck up, he might well’ve blown over. People talk about missing [Thierry] Henry’s speed and finishing prowess, but let’s not forget that the man was six-foot plus and incredibly powerful. Our already small team is getting smaller.’

  • Arsenal to swoop for Argentine Rodrigo Palacio July 16th, 2007 Arsenal

    Palacio%2C%20rodrigo.JPGArsene Wenger has been mesmerised by pendulum-like rat-tail Horror Hair of Argentinian striker Rodrigo Palacio and is preparing to make a £15 million move for him. The 25-year-old had been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, but they have since purchased a little-known striker by the name of Thierry Henry.

  • Cesc Fabregas: I did speak to Real Madrid but I’m staying at Arsenal July 13th, 2007 Arsenal

    fabregas_0607charlton.jpgArsenal fans will be delighted to learn that Cesc Fabregas has turned down a move to Real Madrid and pledged his future to Arsenal. The 20-year-old Spanish midfielder had been linked with a return to his native country for several weeks and the speculation wouldn’t go away. Fabregas revealed he has spoken to Real, but was persuaded to stay at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger.