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

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).

26
May

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.

18
May

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)

16
May

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

7
May

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