Arsenal stars practice their New York accents before USA summer trip

This is just too good.

Ahead of Arsenal’s first pre-season game in the United States in 25 years, several of the Gunners worked on their New York City accents to amazing results.

Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Flamini, and Serge Gnabry (two Brits, a Frenchman and a German) gave it their best effort, and that’s all you pretty much can say about it:

If you’re keeping score, Jenkinson wins by default.

H/T BleacherReport


Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Lukas Podolski thinks so


Upon their return from Brazil, Germany’s World Cup heroes wasted no time celebrating with an estimated half a million fans in Berlin. But while victory parades are supposed to be all pleasure, that didn’t stop Lukas Podolski from mixing in some business.

When Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira was asked by the parade emcee where he will play his club football next season, Podolski can be clearly overheard shouting “Arsenal!” in the background:

The Khedira-to-the-Gunners rumor has been picking up steam over the past few days, with some outlets already claiming a deal has been reached.

If the transfer materializes, Khedira would be the fourth World Cup champion at the Emirates — joining Podolski, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker — and the seventh German overall, when you add youngsters Serge Gnabry, Thomas Eisfeld and Gedion Zelalem to the list.

Rumor has it that the London club would then also be renamed Das Arsenal next season (okay, probably not).


Lukas Podolski throws reporter in pool, lightens mood in Germany camp

imageLeave it to Podolski to provide some comic relief. (Getty Images)

The German national team is gearing up for the World Cup in Italy, but there hasn’t been much to smile about so far.

In addition to the long list of injured first-team players that still haven’t been able to join practice, Joachim Low & Co. have had to deal with the fallout from Kevin Grosskreutz’s drunken stupor after the German Cup final. (And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, read this.)

With this cloud of negativity hanging over the German camp, you just knew it was only a matter of time before Lukas Podolski did something silly to lighten the mood.

And sure enough, the team’s resident prankster did just that at the end of Germany’s media day on Sunday, throwing one esteemed reporter into the team resort’s pool: Poor guy! Let’s just hope his cell phone wasn’t in his pants.


Lukas Podolski posts photo of Arsenal players sleeping after celebrating

After a lengthy drought, Arsenal was finally able to claim a much-deserved trophy after Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Hull City. Some Gunners seemed to have celebrated a touch too much:

With a caption of “Hangover 4 - The collapse,” Lukas Podolski posted a photo on Instagram of several teammates all tuckered out from celebrating.

It might be a little embarrassing, but who can blame ‘em?

(h/t 101GG)


It’s been a long time! What happened since Arsenal last won a trophy…

imageArsenal’s trophy case has been collecting only dust for some time now.

Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought is well documented, but do you really understand just how long it’s been?

A lot can happen in football over the course of nine years, more than you’ll remember. Thankfully, the wonderful people over at Football Daily put this video together to paint the complete picture.

The one nugget that stood out immediately? Since the Gunners last lifted a trophy — the 2005 FA Cup — there have been 29 different English sides that have won silverware. Twenty-nine.

Watch the video for more stats that will make Arsenal fans shudder:

H/T 101GG


Arsenal players gear up for FA Cup final in strange ways

With a week and a half to go until they take on Hull in the FA Cup final, several of Arsenal’s players took a time-out from their no doubt serious preparations to sing the club’s long-standing FA Cup chant “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” the results of which are, well, they’re not good:

Meanwhile, Gunners forward Lukas Podolski apparently found some time to go back to his home city of Cologne for a little R&R. But in order to remain sharp, he also picked up some tips from the talented sea lions at the local zoo:

Yup, that seal has a first touch that puts even Diego Maradona to shame! In fact, if it’s up to Podolski, they’ll make him a Gunner soon:

GIF via: r/soccer


Andre Marriner sends off wrong player in Arsenal loss


Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge at Arsenal couldn’t possibly have gone worse, as the Gunners lost 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. It was Wenger’s heaviest defeat ever, tied with the 8-2 loss at Old Trafford in 2011, and the most lopsided defeat to Chelsea in Arsenal’s history.

But somehow, Mourinho’s party crashers were not the story after it was all said and done. No, that honor belonged to referee Andre Marriner, who perplexed us all by mistakenly sending off Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by… teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal were already down 2-0 after seventeen minutes when the bizarre sequence of events occurred. Oxlade-Chamberlain “saved” a shot by Eden Hazard with his left hand, upon which Marriner dutifully pointed to the spot. However, after a brief conversation via headset with his assistant, Marriner sent off Gibbs, not the Ox. And though Oxlade-Chamberlain fessed up to Marriner that he was the actual offender, Gibbs still had to hit the showers. Bizarre!

Here is the timeline of events, as told through Twitter:


Ray Parlour dishes on Kolo Toure’s outrageous trial with Arsenal

Here we have Arsenal legend Ray Parlour in an interview with talkSPORT shedding light on Kolo Toure’s trial with Arsenal in 2001, and man, it is great.

Apparently, young Kolo was eager to impress Arsene Wenger and the Gunners … a bit too eager.

Parlour notes how Toure smashed into Thierry Henry with a two-footed tackle during the trial.

"It could have been a red card in a normal game," Parlour recalls. Wenger, obviously upset that his best player is rolling around on the ground from a tackle in a trial, tells the Ivorian to stop tackling.

(Image: Getty)

What does Toure go and do after apologizing? He does it again, but this time takes out Dennis Bergkamp. Rinse and repeat with the scolding and the apology.

Then, a popped-up ball winds at the feet of Wenger. In comes Toure with yet another two-footer, sending Wenger to the medical room. A crestfallen Toure can’t believe what he’s done.

In the medical room, Wenger eventually tells Parlour, “‘I know he didn’t mean it, I like his desire. We’re signing him tomorrow.’”

(Image: Getty)

And that’s that. All’s well that ends well!

(h/t Reddit)