Friday Update: Yawn, yawn, yawn. Absolutely nothing going on again today (Friday) so I’ll be back on Monday with some news from the weekend internationals. Enjoy your Arsenal-free weekend if you can.
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I feel sorry for Manuel Almunia and Denilson. I really do.
Not because they’re both underrated by the footballing community, or because they both have really weird haircuts. No, I feel sorry for Manuel Almunia and Denilson because every time there’s an International Break they are the ones stuck in London training with Arsene Wenger while the rest of the first-team squad go galavanting all over the world.
On this occasion, no less 16 first-teamers are away on international duty. It would be ridiculous for me to run through them all so instead you can simply read all about it on the official Arsenal website by clicking here. Perhaps the most interesting match-up sees still-injured Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo coming up against Alex Song’s Cameroon in a vital World Cup qualifier.
Aside from that there’s not a lot going on, which gives me the opportunity to have a little spiel about the Arsenal FC Blog Podcast that I am currently working on. For those that don’t know, a podcast is like a recorded radio show that can be downloaded using iTunes or played directly off the blog whenever you please.
I’m sure there are many of you that tune in weekly to the ‘Arsecast’ on arseblog.com – and if you don’t, check it out because it’s absolutely brilliant. Anyway, a few weeks ago Arseblogger had me on the Blogchat section of his show and since then I’ve been working on the idea of a podcast for the Arsenal FC Blog. However, instead of simply copying what Arsecast does, I want to add something unique and truly worthwhile to the Arsenal blogging community.
Your podcast ideas please!
At this stage my intention is to run the show something like the Guardian’s ‘Football Weekly’ podcast, meaning two or three people in a studio discussing the major Arsenal talking points for the week. I will be hosting the show supported each week by my brother (who goes by the name of ‘Panda Bear’ on this blog) and potentially some other readers from Brisbane or by fans around the world via a phone link.
The main focus will be to be link the excellent community that exists at the Arsenal FC Blog and get the thoughts and opinions of as many people as possible. I believe that is will work best in creating a fun, informative and comprehensive show and that’s certainly what I’m aiming for. However, before Panda Bear and I start talking football I wanted to get some opinions from the regular readers of this blog, as you are the ones who make this a great place to talk Arsenal all day.
First, are you guys interest in a podcast? And if so, what sorts of things would you like to be included on it? Would people be willing to be part of the show via a phone link or, if you’re lucky enough to live in beautiful Brisbane, to come into the studio? By studio, I mean a few chairs set up around a desk containing a laptop and some headsets but you catch my drift. Any suggestions for a name?
I think this podcast could be a real success if it’s done well and as I mentioned above, I want to include as many readers as possible in the process. After all, that sense of community is what supporting a football club is all about. As such, I’d really appreciate it if you let me know your thoughts and opinions via the comments on this post. And if you have any other ideas for the blog then feel free to add them in as well.
Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say. As it’s an International Break and there’s not going to be much to talk about this week I’m going to give tomorrow a miss. I’ll be back on Friday and hopefully by that time there will be a fair amount of podcast-related ideas to sift through.
I’m off to grab a bite and a beer – cheers in advance for your wonderful suggestions!
Have your say on the Arsenal FC Blog podcast by leaving a comment.