21
Jan

Santi Cazorla apologizes after holding insulting Tottenham sign

The seething rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of fiercest in all of football.

Just four miles separate the stadiums of the two combatants, and such proximity breeds plenty of ill-will in the North London derby.

As an example, Arsenal’s Spanish winger Santi Cazorla (with Arsenal legend Robert Pires at his side) held up a sign expressing what Gunner fans believe of anything Spurs-related:

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Image via @ZouMSS

Whoops. Not exactly a deft public-relations move. Cazorla was quick to apologize, but the damage was essentially done.

That excuse might hold as much water as a screen door, but for some reason we’ll give Cazorla and Pires the benefit of the doubt.

But we’re not sure Spurs fans and players will be so understanding.

(h/t Daily Mail)

7
Jul

The leaked image of Arsenal’s new away shirt

Without big breaking news, huge transfers and live games, the soccer ‘silly season’ is in full flow. As a result, one of the most anticipated news snippets in the summer is the first view of a team’s new kit. Quite often they provide the ‘water cooler talk’, whether it’s a stylish strip or a garish attempt, such as Liverpool’s this season.

Next up in the kit unveiling stakes is Arsenal. While their new away kit hasn’t actually yet been revealed, we’ve caught a glimpse of what is reported to be the new shirt. Just click below to see the eye-catching attempt.

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Yep. Nike’s final season with Arsenal has allowed them to pull out all the stops. It’s a pretty simple design but it certainly draws attention. We like it, even the smart addition of the buttons and collar!

The shirt will be officially unveiled on Tuesday. Who knows, we could soon see the likes of Gonzalo Higuain in it too.

[H/T 101 Great Goals]

3
Mar

The story behind the story

A number of you noticed and commented on the artwork used to illustrate Rob Stone’s BPL preview this weekend. (It was assembled by ace photo editor Laura “Queenie” Nunez.)

But there’s a story behind it. Literally.

The mystery writer Janice Law has published dozens of books, but her newest, The Fires of London, stands out. It’s a noir take on a real person — the painter Francis Bacon as if he had been Sam Spade — and it’s been particularly well-reviewed.

Law also has a personal connection to FOX Soccer — the editor-in-chief of FOX Soccer is her son. So, with her permission, we slipped an “easter egg” onto the site.

We want to credit the fine folks at Open Road who did the original design, and Mysterious Press for releasing the book. And if you like this sort of thing, we encourage you to check it out on your e-readers or at Amazon.