1
Oct

Galatasaray fans interrupt Champions League match with flare storm

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Galatasaray were already down 2-0 to Arsenal when the throng of away fans - clearly uninspired by what they saw - began throwing dozens of flares onto the pitch (WATCH it here), briefly interrupting Wednesday’s match.

During the stoppage, vice-captain Wesley Sneijder went over to the fans to try and calm them down, knowing full well that in this day and age, UEFA are doling out punishment for fan behavior left and right.

Strangely enough, though, it might be Arsenal who get in trouble:

The Turkish fans’ performance didn’t exactly “light a fire” under their team. Galatasaray fell further behind before getting a lone consolation goal on a second-half penalty as Arsenal won 4-1.

Here are some more pictures, courtesy of Reuters:

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17
Sep

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski can’t find his shinguards

This about sums up Arsenal’s performance in Dortmund on Tuesday: Lukas Podolski couldn’t find his shinguards after being told to come on as a second-half substitute:

Luckily, Mesut Ozil eventually loaned Podolski his.

It was Ozil’s best assist of the evening.

H/T OffThePost

16
Sep

Arsenal fans have jolly ol’ time in Dortmund before Champions League match

Arsenal have been drawn together with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage for the third time in the past four season, so perhaps it’s no wonder that Gunners fans are starting to feel completely at home in Dortmund.

Check out these Gooners making a bubble bath out of a fountain in downtown hours before their UCL opener:

H/T WAATP

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)

15
Aug

Jack Wilshere trolls birthday boy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to perfection

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrated his birthday on Friday, blowing out 21 candles (we assume) on his birthday cake.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s teammate, Jack Wilshere, however, took the cake when it came to saying, “Happy birthday.”

Wilshere posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Happy birthday to my boy @alexoxchamberlain.” The only hook? Wilshere used a photo of fellow Gunner Kieran Gibbs.

This all goes back to a game last season in March, when Oxlade-Chamberlain handled a ball inside the area against Chelsea. The referee, Andre Marriner, rightly showed a red for the infringement, but accidentally sent off Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Oops! Andre Marriner mistakenly sends off Kieran Gibbs during a Premier League match against Chelsea last season (Photo: Getty Images).

Kudos to Wilshere for pulling this little gem.

Curious, though, that he’d want to dig up a game where Arsenal were blown out to the tune of 6-0.

Oh, well. Happy birthday, Ox!

25
Jul

Red Bulls players see Arsenal’s NYC accents, raise with their British ones

Earlier this week, several Arsenal players worked on their New York City accents to gear up for the club’s first trip the United States in 25 years. Now the time has come for their opponents, NY Red Bulls, to return the favor.

Starring Ryan Meara, Chris Duvall, Eric Stevenson and Connor Lade, watch as the Red Bulls try to outdo the Gunners with their “best” British accents:

Cringe-worthy!

21
Jul

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

17
Jul

Mesut Ozil promises to pay for 23 childrens’ surgeries following World Cup win

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German international Mesut Ozil won the World Cup just last week, but now he’s making inroads into winning our hearts.

Ozil initially pledged to pony up for 11 surgeries for children in Brazil prior to the World Cup, as part of the BigShoe campaign:

A generous gesture by itself, now Ozil’s pledge has more than doubled in size since winning the coveted World Cup. Instead of sponsoring 11 surgeries, the Arsenal standout will pay for operations for 23 kids — the same number of players in the German squad. Ozil explained the contribution Facebook:

dear fans,
prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. this is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil. #Bigshoe #Brasil2014

The World Cup truly does seem to bring out the best in people, and certainly did in Mesut Ozil’s case … a class player and a class person.

(h/t Dirty Tackle)

15
Jul

Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Lukas Podolski thinks so

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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).