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The Athletic's Amy Lawrence, James McNicholas (Gunnerblog), Art de Roche and comedian Ian Stone bring you a weekly podcast dedicated to Arsenal Football Club. They'll bring you reaction to all the games, expert insight into the inner-workings of the club, including transfers and contracts, and analysis on the women's team too.

Handbrake Off - A show about Arsenal The Athletic

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    • 4.5 • 283 Ratings

The Athletic's Amy Lawrence, James McNicholas (Gunnerblog), Art de Roche and comedian Ian Stone bring you a weekly podcast dedicated to Arsenal Football Club. They'll bring you reaction to all the games, expert insight into the inner-workings of the club, including transfers and contracts, and analysis on the women's team too.

    The apparition of Olivier Giroud, the resurgence of Heath, and Pierre-Emerick Oboe-meyang

    The apparition of Olivier Giroud, the resurgence of Heath, and Pierre-Emerick Oboe-meyang

    Join Ian Stone, Amy Lawrence and James McNicholas for a look back on our 0-0 draw with Burnley and ask will we get a striker?
    Strikers very much the theme of the show as we discuss if Arsenal need and/or should kiss and make up with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. Flo Lloyd Hughes joins to tell us all about the disjointed state of Arsenal Women and answer our questions about the likelihood of Miedema's Arsenal exit. Plus we ponder if Arsenal's European hopes rest on Arsenal getting a striker in January.
    All that and Ian asks the most surreal question you may ever hear.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Pick a sub (01.00)

    PART 2 - Arsenal 0-0 Burnley (04.30)

    PART 3a - Streaky strikers: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (21.00)
    PART 3b - Streaky strikers: Viv Miedema (30.00)

    • 46 min
    One day we'll visit the toilet bowl

    One day we'll visit the toilet bowl

    Join Ian Stone, Amy Lawrence and James McNicholas for a chat about Sunday's postponed North London Derby
    This week: with everyone ganging up on Arsenal for calling off Sunday's game, we ask could this be a good thing for the club mentality? We ask who's actually around for Thursday's game against Liverpool? And we take a look back at Lord Nicklas Bendtner's time at Arsenal as the Danish striker turns 34.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - How the NLD really went (01.00)

    PART 2 - Postponements (05.30)

    PART 3 - Happy birthday Lord Bendtner (28.00)

    • 39 min
    Bring back Jack Wilshere

    Bring back Jack Wilshere

    It's Ian Stone, Amy Lawrence and James McNicholas back to talk you through the deflating defeat at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
    This week: with a season defining week ahead which players should Arsenal be looking to bring in to ensure better performances? Is it already too late to be bringing in players? And is Jack Wilshere the solution to all our problems?
    That plus whether Arteta's contract should be extended and what's the biggest factor in determining that.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Transfers targets (01.00)

    PART 2 - Forest 1-0 Arsenal (05.30)

    PART 3a - Arteta’s contract (25.00)
    PART 3b - January deals (31.00)

    • 39 min
    The Arsenal that makes you feel

    The Arsenal that makes you feel

    Ian Stone, Amy Lawrence, and James McNicholas are back for 2022 and their hope-ometers are on the rise.
    This week we discuss the fantastic performance against Man City, despite losing there were so many positives to take from the game - especially Partey, Tomiyasu, and Ramsdale's huge passes.
    We discuss Amy's interview with Granit Xhaka and whether it might change perceptions of him. And as it's January we discuss what business Arsenal need to do and what they might do.
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Positivity pals (01.00)

    PART 2 - Arsenal 1-2 Man City (08.30)

    PART 3a - Xhaka interview (31.00)
    PART 3b - January deals (45.00)

    • 55 min
    Here we go... Saka, Martinelli, Smith Rowe

    Here we go... Saka, Martinelli, Smith Rowe

    Join James McNicholas, Adrian Clarke, and Art de Roche for this week's Handbrake Off - and it's a joyous one
    This week: we dish out the love for Gabriel Martinelli as we look back on victory at Elland Road. The team discuss who should be captain and we hand out our Handbrake Off-scars too.
    RUNNING ORDER

    PART 1 - Breakthrough games (01.00)

    PART 2a - Leeds 1-4 Arsenal (07.30)
    PART 2b - Who should be captain? (32.00)

    PART 3 - Handbrake Off-scars (38.00)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Auba and Arteta, irreplaceable Cazorla, and Vieira’s telescopic leg

    Auba and Arteta, irreplaceable Cazorla, and Vieira’s telescopic leg

    Join Ian Stone, Amy Lawrence, and James McNicholas for this week's Handbrake Off where we're praising our team on the pitch and asking questions about what's going on off it
    This week: slickest team goals, a good win, and great concern for how Arteta will deal with Auba. Is it time for a new captain?
    That plus disappointment over a lack of tribute to Ray Kennedy and we wish Santi Cazorla a happy birthday!
    RUNNING ORDER
    PART 1 - Slick Arsenal goals (01.00)

    PART 2a - Arsenal 3-0 Southampton (07.30)
    PART 2b - Arteta’s Auba problem (22.00)
    PART 2c - Lack of tribute to Ray Kennedy (35.00)

    PART 3 - Happy Birthday Santi Cazorla! (38.00)

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 Ratings

00twobee ,

Solid Podcast

Good podcast with knowledgeable people and usually some balance. I would prefer a little less frivolous stuff such as ‘favorite moments in the past’ and song. Also harps on about the past too much for me, we have left Highbury and lost the invincible get over it its boring to me as a listener to the pod.
Like most fan podcasts it also gets a bit dull when we have had a bad run. The manager goes from being tactically astute to a tinker man, a bad “man-manager” through no inside knowledge (as far as they will admit) and the players they were all saying we should sign were a mistake. So standard fan podcast fare.

N London ,

Talk about football

Spent entire pod reminiscing about how good they once were - depressing

chien 2.0 ,

Great podcast

I just love listening to the podcast with my dad

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