Blog: Eva Carneiro – “At best it’s going to be difficult, at worst it is going to be a disaster”

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When the BBC obtained footages of sexist abuse shouted at football games it was quite obvious that most of it was directed at Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, one of the very few women working in the Premier League. Eva is quite possibly one of the most famous doctors in football, at least when you ask Premier League fans. Though nine out of ten times, they don’t know her because she’s such an excellent doctor, and now that I’m thinking about it, they usually don’t know her name either…

When I started my research into Eva Carneiro, I realised there really wasn’t a lot of information available on her, with the exception of a few articles in English and Spanish, as well as a video of her speaking at the FA conference in Sweden, I decided to turn to social media and ask what football fans knew about her. This was quite possibly the worst decision I’ve made whilst writing this, the five most common answers were “Nothing”, “She’s hot”, “She’s got a great bum”, “She’s from Gibraltar” and “The hot Chelsea doc”. Very helpful, thank you all for your incredibly insightful comments, much appreciated.

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Blog: What’s In a Right-Back

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Writers don’t always originate their own ideas, so before I begin I have to credit for the idea on this piece to the amazing @EvaMcL3. I’ve never made any secret of my love for defense when it comes to the pieces I’ve written on this site. In America (And I’m sure in other parts of the globe) we live by the mantra, “Defense wins championships.” It’s an old adage that will always ring true. Defense is the foundation that championship caliber teams are built and predicated on. Anyone can score, but not everyone can defend. Arsenal has had a rich history of world-class defenders under Arsene Wenger, and one position he’s had some remarkable players in has been right-back. Are the new crop of Rightbacks the right men for the job, or should Wenger go out and capture the perfect Arsenal player?

The Greatness of The Two RB’s I Witnessed…

Since my time as an Arsenal fan I have had the pleasure of watching two absolutely amazing right backs in action, Continue reading

Blog: Arsenal’s French Connection – Coquelin & Koscielny

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The English Premier League is one of the top sports leagues on the planet. England is a world power so it’s only right they’d have one of the premier sporting leagues in all of football. And under that core British existence lays an array of foreigners from all over the globe. Owners, managers, players, back room staffs, as well as foreign fans makes the EPL one of the most if not the most diverse league on the planet. And one club in particular, Arsenal F.C., has been a staple for French born players for years. And under the reign on French managerial legend Arsene Wenger, that trend won’t be broken anytime soon. Although Arsenal has a very British core of players with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and the like, it’s two Frenchmen that are helping Arsenal’s second half turn around this season, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin.

From Ligue 1, With Love?

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If anyone can find a diamond in the rough, it’s Arsene Wenger. He’s found gems in the most obscure places on Earth, and Laurent Koscielny was no different. When Wenger Continue reading

Blog: So, Arsenal, where do we go from here?

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Futbol, ladies and gentlemen, is the world’s sport, and the passion of billions of people around the globe. I’ve always referred to it as a beautiful heartache. There isn’t a sport on the planet where a team can muster a beautiful gritty win with the odds stacked against them, yet leave fans distraught, annoyed, angered, confused and heart-broken all in the same instance. That is the perverse reality that Futbol fans of teams at the highest level deal with yearly in the UEFA Champions League, and it’s painstakingly fun. Arsenal were the latest victims of this “close, and well-played lads, but no cigar” ouster in the tournament. No one is to blame for this other than Arsene Wenger and charges. I’ve always said I’m not one for moral victories, and I certainly won’t take one from the 2-0 win in Monaco. What I will say is the team continued with their recent world-class form, and now it’s time to get down to the real business of things.

Top 2 and Another FA Cup, Anyone?…

Being knocked out of the Champions League is not ideal, and in more crass words, completely sucks, but that is the current reality of Arsenal’s situation. So now, Arsenal must go all in on retaining their FA Cup trophy and finishing in second place. All though I know it’s not technically impossible to catch Chelsea FC who have been the league leaders virtually all season, but overcoming a 10 point deficit on Jose Mourinho’s men is a tough ask, and would require Chelsea to have a monumental collapse at the top. I don’t foresee that happening. But what I can see is Arsenal’s current form propelling Continue reading

Blog: Arsenal, What a Time to be Alive!

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One of my favorite English sayings that I see often on social media from fellow football fans is, “What a time to be alive.” I always find it funny because it’s not a saying we use here in America, and most of the time that sentence follows something bad, and it just makes the entire quote all the funnier. But at certain times as a Futbol fan, that saying genuinely expresses how you feel about what your team is doing. And right now, Arsenal FC has done something I didn’t think would be possible again this season, and that’s unite an often fragmented fan base. The ebbs and flows that can be witnessed from tweet to tweet, picture to picture, or post to post in regards to Arsenal can go from the sublime to absolutely frightening in mere seconds. But sports are a funny thing.

A very happy Danny Welbeck after scoring the winner versus his old team, Manchester United.

One great stretch of games, or one victory can almost single-handedly Continue reading

Review: Geordie Armstrong on the Wing

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So after discussing two Arsenal books already, I figured why not do another one while I’m at it. This time it’s Dave Seager’s Geordie Armstrong On The Wing in collaboration with Geordie’s daughter Jill Armstrong.

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The concept of the book is simple, tell the story of an incredible footballer. The way it’s been done is the opposite of simple. Dave has not ‘simply’ written a biography on an incredible footballer and a great man, he’s done it in a way that you have probably never seen before. Continue reading

The Geordie Armstrong Special – Dave Seager talks to Eva McLaughlin.

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Eva speaks to the author of ‘Geordie Armstrong On The Wing’, a book written in memory of Arsenal legend George Armstrong, in collaboration with his daughter Jill.

In a phone call that turned out to be a lot longer than originally planned, Eva and Dave Seager talk about the creation of the book, memories of Geordie Armstrong, the player and the man behind the player.

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Review: Arsène And Arsenal: The Quest To Rediscover Past Glories

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As I was saying in my review of The Arsenal Shirt, I have always found it very hard to write reviews of books that I enjoyed reading. Arsène And Arsenal is also one of those books.

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In a book that gives you more insight into our beloved Arsenal, Fynn and Whitcher touch on Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and discuss him with the respect he deserves. Don’t let that fool you, Continue reading

Blog: Arsenapocalypse Now – TwitteRedux

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Disclaimer: This piece is quite satirical in nature and may offend some, it is not meant to cause offense, and if it does well que sera sera.

The Book of Revelations defines Armageddon as the site of gathering of armies for a battle during the end times an ‘end of days’ scenario if you will. Clearly whoever wrote that didn’t spend any time on Arsenal twitter after a loss. There is an excessive  outpouring of emotion and I feel like  Obi Wan, as he describes the destruction of Alderaan in Episode IV, “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened”. In recent times this phenomenon has only gotten worse, much worse. Last season there were rumblings of it, the symptoms were there lurking at the surface menacingly.

Arsenal Twitter after a loss

Arsenal Twitter after a loss

Arsenal Twitter is at war, you can almost hear “Ride of the Valkyries” being played from the helicopters as fans go at it in their infighting. And who are the prime protagonists of aforementioned conflict? Why of course those two most despised of groups, the crude version of an Arsenal Twitter Yin and Yang: Continue reading

Profile: Vic Akers OBE

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The Arsenal Ladies team is by far one of the most successful teams in the modern era of football, having won every domestic and European honour on offer. Behind their success however is a man who laid the foundations for this football dynasty. That man is Vic Akers, a born and bred Arsenal man. Besides Arsenal, Vic used to be play for Cambridge United and Watford as a left-back, but Akers has spearheaded many different operations for Arsenal since 1985.

Vic Akers

Vic Akers

His most important contribution by far was to set up the Arsenal Ladies team in 1987 and since then he built an empire of his own with the club. The Ladies went onto win 32 major honours with Akers in charge. Continue reading