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The Arsenal Beat

The Arsenal Beat

By The Arsenal Beat
Not your average Arsenal podcast.

Here at the Arsenal Beat, reporters who cover Arsenal on a regular basis come together to discuss matches, press conferences and much, much more.

Also keep an eye out for special in-depth episodes which delve deeper into the major talking points at Emirates Stadium.
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Zeal & Deals

The Arsenal Beat

Zeal & Deals

The Arsenal Beat

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As Arsenal’s Academy products continue to shine, the third Arsenal Beat special takes an in-depth look at the talent coming off the production line and who might be next to break into the first-team. Charles Watts from Goal talks about Alex Iwobi and how the club can cash in on academy products if it just doesn't work out. The journey to first-team football is not always a smooth one as Reiss Nelson has discovered and Sam Dean of the Telegraph explains. The Athletic's Art de Roche talks us through the sensational rise of Bukayo Saka. Emile Smith Rowe has been earning the plaudits of late and Simon Collings of the Evening Standard looks back over his journey to the first-team.
February 24, 2021
Simon returns to host the show alongside the Guardian's Nick Ames and our latest debutant - Paul Brown from Reach. The trio discuss the rise and rise of Bukayo Saka and how important he has become to the Arsenal set-up. They also debate where Mikel Arteta's priorities should lie for the remainder of the season and play our predictor game 'Beat the Beat' ahead of Sunday's visit of in-form Premier League leaders Manchester City.
February 19, 2021
We welcome Sam of the Telegraph back into the driving seat and he is joined by senior football writer at ESPN, James Olley, and Mark Mann-Bryans of PA Media. The trio discuss the current striker situation at Arsenal following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's hat-trick in the win over Leeds. The panel also take a look ahead to the return of the Europa League and the unique situation of both legs of the round of 32 tie with Benfica being played in neutral stadiums. We welcome back our 'Arsenal Outsider' feature as Portuguese football journalist and PortuGOAL creator Tom Kundurt gives us the lowdown on what to expect from Benfica.
February 16, 2021
Mark is leading the debate and is joined by Nick Callow and the returning Monty Panesar - fresh from covering England's fine win in India. The panel discuss whether Arsenal's season so far has them overachieving or underperforming. Jeremy Docteur of France Football joins the trio to offer an update on how William Saliba is progressing at Nice and the panel run the rule over comments made by the defender about Mikel Arteta and his time at Arsenal so far. Finally, we end as usual with our predictor game 'Beat the Beat' as we challenge the listeners to guess the correct score of the upcoming Premier League clash at home to Leeds.
February 10, 2021
Sam returns and is joined by Arsenal Beat favourites Charles and Art to look back at the weekend draw with Manchester United and the performance of David Luiz. The trio also give their verdict on Arsenal's January transfer window activity and we get the lowdown on new recruits Omar Rekik, Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard courtesy of Lewis Ambrose, a German-based writer for OneFootball, freelancer and author of Brighton Up, Nick Szczepanik, and AFP journalist and BBC Spanish football expert Tom Allnutt.  We also play Beat the Beat by looking ahead to the game away at Aston Villa.
February 1, 2021
Ahead of the visit of Manchester United a number of Arsenal journalists select their best memories from a fixture which used to dominate the English football calendar. The Athletic's Amy Lawrence recalls Marc Overmars scoring the winner at Old Trafford on the way to the title in 1998. We return to Manchester four years later as the Mirror's chief football writer John Cross talks us through Sylvain Wiltord's title-winning goal. Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane battled one another on the pitch for years but it was a clash in the Highbury tunnel back in 2005 which Times chief football writer Henry Winter recalls with fondness. Nick Callow of Hayters Teamwork talks all things FA Cup final 2005 with a little bit of 1979 thrown in for good measure. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez may have both seen their star wane in recent times but in 2015 they tore Manchester United apart at the Emirates Stadium and senior football writer for ESPN James Olley was in attendance.
January 27, 2021
The Ostracising of Mesut Ozil
Our second Arsenal Beat special sees reporters and experts from across the football world discuss Mesut Ozil’s rise and fall at Arsenal and the reasons behind a relationship turned sour. We go right back to when he joined Arsenal, his dispute with the Germany national team, the history behind his £350,000 contract, the issues created by his social media posts condemning alleged Uighur persecution in China and why he ultimately fell out of favour at the Emirates Stadium.
January 21, 2021
Simon returns once again - as does Nick Ames - along with an Arsenal Beat special guest, Dharmesh Sheth of Sky Sports News. The trio look back at the Crystal Palace win before discussing the ins and outs of a Premier League press conference; how they plan questions, react to answers and decide what content to use afterwards. They also play Beat the Beat by agreeing on a prediction for Monday night's visit of Newcastle United.
January 15, 2021
Sam and Mark return and are joined for the first time by the Independent’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney.  The trio look back at the FA Cup third round win over Newcastle and predict the score of the Crystal Palace fixture in Beat the Beat. Meanwhile, all of our panel pick one fantasy January signing for Arsenal and compare their choices with those made by Arsenal Beat listeners.
January 12, 2021
Molly Hudson of The Times leads the discussion as she is joined by The Guardian’s Suzy Wrack and Tim Stillman from Arseblog to explain the effect the latest lockdown will have on the women's game and the potential Covid breaches at Arsenal. They also ponder whether the pressure on manager Joe Montemurro is justified.
January 7, 2021
Zeal & Deals
In a bumper return from a Christmas break, England spin bowler-turned-journalist Monty Panesar joins Simon and Sam to discuss the Chelsea and Brighton games and predict more than just the score of the West Brom fixture in ‘Beat the Beat’.  Meanwhile, Mark hosts a January transfer window Q&A as he puts listener questions to The Mirror’s chief football writer John Cross, Charles of Goal and The Athletic’s James McNicholas.
December 30, 2020
The Saliba Situation
The first Arsenal Beat special lands just in time for Christmas. With the January transfer window looming we take an in-depth look at William Saliba - his early career, move to Arsenal and what has gone wrong since.
December 23, 2020
Mark and Simon are back and this time they are joined by Nick Callow of Hayters Teamwork. The trio all pick a player they feel needs to do more to help Arsenal through their current woes. We introduce our new results prediction game ‘Beat the Beat’ and cast an eye forward to the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Manchester City.
December 21, 2020
Episode four of the Arsenal Beat sees both Sam and Charles return and this time they are joined by the Guardian’s Nick Ames to discuss whether Arsenal have a discipline problem, whether Ancelotti would have been a good fit at the Emirates Stadium and offer an insight into interview time with Edu earlier this week in which he addressed Mikel Arteta’s future and the January window. We also hear why Alex Hleb is not only Nick’s favourite Arsenal player but why the Belarusian thinks Charles is simple...
December 17, 2020
Mark is here for his hat-trick and he is joined today by Simon Collings of the Evening Standard and the Athletic’s Art De Roche. They discuss Granit Xhaka’s red card in the Burnley defeat, the return of Gabriel Martinelli and their favourite away match as an Arsenal reporter. PA Media’s chief football writer - and Southampton fan - Simon Peach also pops by to preview Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
December 15, 2020
Mark and Sam return for a preview of Sunday’s Premier League visit of Burnley. They are also joined by Charles Watts, Arsenal reporter for Goal, to discuss whether playing in front of a crowd will be a positive or negative experience in the current climate, how to start scoring more goals and Sam’s Daily Telegraph article on the reliance on a misfiring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They also pick the best individual performance they’ve seen while covering Arsenal.
December 11, 2020
The Derby
In the debut show we get to know our first three members of the Arsenal Beat as Mark, Sam and James discuss any positives from the north London derby defeat, what next for Arteta and James’ ESPN exclusive from last week. They also pick their favourite Arsenal goal.
December 8, 2020
December 4, 2020