5
Sep

Arsenal steps up to support #RainbowLaces initiative with hilarious video

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In partnership with Paddy Power and Stonewall, a gay rights charity, Arsenal have stepped up to help “kick homophobia out of football” with the #RainbowLaces campaign. Everton were the first EPL team to join the cause, and hopefully more sides will throw their support behind it.

With hopes of raising awareness of the issues surrounding homophobia in football, Arsenal teamed up with Paddy Power and Stonewall to produce a short video that is as funny as it is effective.

Gunners stars Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla all feature in the clip. And just to give you a little taste of what’s in store, here’s what the PP blog had to say from behind the scenes of the taping:

The director, Jim Gilchrist, asked Olivier Giroud to take inspiration for his line from a certain Hollywood blockbuster.

“What is Zoolander? I do not know Zoolander,” came the bewildered reply from the 27-year-old Chambery-born striker.

“Should I just act more French?”

We don’t want to spoil any more of the punchlines, so just give the video a watch.

Players are being urged to to show their support by lacing up with rainbow laces over the Sept. 13-14, or Rainbow Lace weekend.

And remember … COWABUNGA!

(h/t Reddit, Image: Getty)

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.

17
Dec

Santi Claus made an appearance at Reading on Monday as Arsenal rolled to a 5-2 win, thanks in large part to a Cazorla hat-trick.

Now it wasn’t quite the 7-5 Capital One Cup tie we saw earlier this year, but still check out the highlights of a pretty wild affair!

8
Dec

Wanna know what all the fuss was about in the Arsenal-West Brom game? Check out Santi Cazorla drawing the penalty kick.

Sound off: How bad of a dive was this? What do you think the league should do?