Category: Arsenal

Dude Perfect Collaboration With Arsenal & Manchester City

These guys are taking the internet by storm and it’s easy to see why. Their excitement is contagious and their banter is one of a kind. It’s nice to see how their vivacious personalities bring out the personality of Calum Chambers, Mathieu Flamini, Kevin De Bruyn, and Raheem Sterling because you rarely get to see world-class soccer players in a relaxed environment. By the looks of things Dude Perfect recorded a lot more videos while they were across the pond so expect to see the rest posted over the next week.

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I am Back!So is the Premier League!

Good evening all! After a brief hiatus chasing the ever elusive perfect GMAT score, I am officially BACK! AAAAAAAND so is the premier league! (Try not to contain yourselves too much, I know you missed me more). So many important events have occurred while I was on “holiday”, so I would like to begin my comeback by giving to you basically a tweet preview (120 characters….ish) of each Top Flight english squad to help kick off the 2015/2016 campaign! Should be easy…right?

Lets start with the easiest team to dissect:

ARSENAL

WIll Petr Cech be the high-caliber keeper that turns the gunners from choke-artists to proper contenders?Will Wenger sign another striker…Benzema?

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 

1899: Inaugural season; 1997:Club almost folds due to more than 7 million pounds of debt and unable to pay its players, supporters raise 1.4 million pounds; 2015: 1st EVER BPL season. #Moneyball

ASTON VILLA

No Benteke, delph, or Cissokho. Lets see what Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew can do. Brad Guzan… better be ready for action. Adama Traore?????

CHELSEA

Will the deadly Fabregras, Matic, , Oscaar, Hazard combo troll the BPL again and win the League? Is Douglas Costa more injury-prone than the glass-kneed RVP? Is John Stones the Batman to John Terry’s Bane?

MANCHESTER CITY 

Bye-Bye Dzeko. Is Sterling Liverpool’s or ManCity’s reckoning? Is he a selfish, underdeveloped youngin that will crack under pressure faster than batman’s back smashing on Bane’s Knee. Pellegrini out? Pep in? (Lots of Batman analogies today, huh?) 

MANCHESTER UNITED

No RVP. No Di Maria. LVG vs De Gea. LVG vs. the Glazers. LVG vs. Wayne Rooney. LVG vs. BPL. Rooney, Schweini and Schneiderlin to lead the way.

LIVERPOOL

RODGERS’ LAST CHANCE. No more Stevie G., Onto the Henderson Captaincy era. Will Benteke or Ings become the Luigi or Bowser to Super Mario. Millner earned this contract and will become a fast leader of the team. 

SWANSEA CITY

The Succesful Monk philosophy for 3 more years. Couple new faces…ahem Eder. Season opener vs. returning champs Chelsea is a tough draw.

SUNDERLAND

Coates, Kaboul, M’Vila in. Veringi, Wickford out. Giacherini stay.  Adam Henderson’s off-field woes postponed to next year. Will they be in the vyng for relegation. 

SOUTHHAMPTON

Big shoes to fill from Schneiderlin loss. Will the Stingiest defence in the BPL last season returrn to its surprising form. No Osvaldo and possibly no Fonte. Can Graziano Pelle score at the same rate this season. Lots of questions.

TOTTENHAM

Mo Po has his hands full. Spurs need a return to consistency. Lloris is looking for UCL football, will he convince the talented shot-stopper to stay. Is Harry Kane truly the next Bale? Sell Lamela?

LEICESTER CITY

Bad Choice in hiring Ranieri (Roma fan here). Already lost your best player in Esteban Cambiasso, who’s next? Son of Schmeichel?

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Steve McClaren has arrived. He now works for the worlds Stingiest Owner. Good Luck. Atleast you resigned Coloccini… lets hope for less reds this year.

CRYSTAL PALACE

My dark horse of this years BPL. Yohan Cabaye? What a steal! An influx of talent will only help solidiy a young and scary XI. Cabaye, Bolasie connection will be nice.

Norwich City

Fighting to not be relegated right back down to the Championship. 

WEST HAM UNITED

Farewell big Sam. Farewell Upton park? The era of Bilic is already in shambles by “sacrificing”Europa League. Andy Carroll may be healthy for once. Valencia injured. Downing was sold to his hometown club. Will Payet actually make the hammers better?

WATFORD

The signings of decent players like Behrami, Berghuis, Nyom and Britos will help this team produce some surprising results. Let’s hope they can remain afloat and stay in the top flight.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Ricky Lambert + Saido Behrani connection may be a match made in heaven. The 22 year-old is loooking to build on last year’s successful campaign that was filled with 20 solid goals.

EVERTON

Tim Howard looks like he enjoyed his off season, possibly too much. Let’s hope he wwill come into the season strong and in top form.  Romelu Lukaku will look to net many more with the help of new-boy Tom Cleverly.  May be a contender. 

STOKE CITY

May be a surprising contender as well to finish close to the top of the table.  What they lost in Asmir Begovic, Stoke gained with Shay Given. Look to Marco Van Ginkle to shine and push this young team throughout this season. Xherdan Shaqiri could definitely help!

Do you agree? disagree? please lets us know what you think! Thats all for now folks. 

Fan Makes His Girlfriend Take An Arsenal Exam

From ESPN FC:

Obviously feeling that their relationship had reached something of an impasse and that his significant other wasn’t pulling her weight in the football department, one Arsenal fan decided to make his girlfriend sit an Arsenal exam in a bid to really test their compatibility.

The exam featured a ridiculously professional-looking cover sheet, explaining that 50 marks were available and that all answers should be filled in using black ink, etc.

As it happens, the girl performed admirably, ending with a thoroughly respectable score of 87 percent (43.5 out of 50).

What’s more, it later became clear after the results had been returned that an insufficient total pass percentage would have resulted in the relationship being terminated!

“Well done Saskia. As a result I will not be dumping you! (lucky you),” her assessment page read.

I’d like to think my girlfriend would ace a test on my favorite team but I doubt she would. She already puts up with enough when I make her watch games at 7:30 AM in the morning and complain to her about my team losing a game. It’s too much to ask for her to memorize the players and the team’s history. That’s why this guy is playing with fire. If a girl can put up with your soccer obsession then you should just be satisfied with that. Don’t get greedy and try to make her a super fan. Not only is it unnecessary but you need your girlfriend to be unaffected by a devastating loss so she can comfort you in your time of need. If you are both devastated by the loss then you are both screwed.

Manchester United Granny Trolls Arsenal Fans

This video was good. It could have been better but it is worth posting solely for the line “My son said I had to come here to see your fourth-place trophy.” That line was pure gold. I wish they had been more aggressive with her comments though because a little old lady could get away with much worse lines in enemy territory than the ones she attempts in this video.

Report: Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem Becomes U.S. Citizen

From SI.com:

Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has become a United States citizen and plans to commit to U.S. soccer, reports the Washington Post.

According to the report, Zelalem was in Washington on Monday to finalize the naturalization process and now just needs FIFA approval, which is believed to be “a perfunctory exercise.”

Becoming a U.S. citizen would allow the 17-year-old to play for the U.S., Germany (where he was born) or Ethiopia (his family’s homeland), but he has told American officials that he will play for the U.S., according to the Post.

Ever since news broke that Gedion’s father was applying for US citizenship the USMNT fans have been on the edge of their seat. Anyone with a brain can see why. Not only is he an exceptional talent but the French Maestro himself, Arsene Wenger, has revealed he has ‘high expectations’ for the young midfielder. I don’t think Arsene has said anything like that about any other US talent so it is definitely a cause to get excited. Expectations must be tempered though because he is only 17 and needs more time to develop. However, if this report is true then this is yet another coup for Jurgen Klinsmann when it comes to convincing dual-US citizens to commit their future to the USMNT.

Face to Face with the Arsenal Family

Bearing a striking resemblance to their famous footballer relatives, all is not as it seems as uncle Kenny Wilshere, Trudy Mertesacker and Darren Oxlade-Chamberlain reveal what it’s like to be ‘related’ to an Arsenal superstar. Talented in their very own ways – from a poetic plumber (of sorts) to a world beating baker and a plane spotter nicknamed The Shrub – they offer us an exclusive peek into their lives as they move their way to a match day and beyond. Brought to you by http://www.europcar.co.uk

When brands find fun and engaging ways to cross-promote themselves with soccer teams/players it is always a treat for us fans. They could have easily made an informative video that featured “star power.” If they had it would have cost less time and effort and still been a big boost for their brand. Instead, they made it funny and engaging. This is the type of video I’d watch just to laugh. I’d say they made a customer out of me but unfortunately I do not live in Europe.

Arsene Wenger Gets Special Zipper For His PUMA Jacket

It’s always nice to see when a coach/player can make fun of himself. To a degree it humanizes them and makes them more respectable. Although I still personally dislike Arsene Wenger as a coach I have to admit I found this video humorous and it helps me see him in a slightly different light. His big, long puffy coat has always made me laugh and it is great to know he is aware of it. To see what this video is referencing please watch the video below.

P.S. I’m blogging about this mainly as an excuse to repost my George Costanza/Arsene Wenger photoshop mashup that I still find hilarious but felt no one fully appreciated when I originally put it up (Perhaps there’s not as big of a cross section of Seinfeld fans and English Premier League fans as I originally thought)

Arsene Wenger