Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast

Cal Wood

An Arsenal Fan and Tottenham Fan discuss the Premier League, preview upcoming games, and review matches all from the perspective of their side of this intense rivalry. read less
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Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 85 - The North London Derby Preview
25-04-2024
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 85 - The North London Derby Preview
Travel can keep us away.  Sickness can keep us away.  Hell, bad results can keep us away.  But when it's North London Derby time, nothing can keep us from our podcasting duties!  That's right, our intrepid duo are here to preview Sunday's all important North London Derby.  The podcasts starts where all podcasts should start with a laugh at our neighbors to the West, then we discuss Arsenal's what we learned from Arsenal's many fixtures since Tottenham's last match, the change in the way Premier League games have been refereed over the last couple of months, and we laugh at Chelsea again.  Then the preview starts.  What players may be out with injury for Tottenham?  Who may replace them?  What does that mean for the tactics each manager may employ?   After the injury discussion, we talk about some key matchups and how they might affect the game.  Then we look at the 15 day gap from Tottenham's last fixture and how that may affect the tactics, flow of the game, and, ultimately, the result.   Rick gives his overview of Tottenham's defense, midfield, and forward units and how each may influence the game.  Cal reviews each line of Arsenal's side and tries to guess what starting lineup Arteta may use.  He has to choose from a more defensive set up and one geared for full on attack.  Listen in to see which players are in each and which he thinks the manager will pick.There is a discussion of how important this game is for each team, the stakes that are riding on it, and how that might inform as to how the game plays out.  Rest assured, that our podcasters put it all on the line with their predictions of the score and result.  Tune in to hear what they think!Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 84 - "Really, I Don't Care About Finishing Fourth."
19-03-2024
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 84 - "Really, I Don't Care About Finishing Fourth."
Arsenal fans have had a week to revel in their dramatic Champions League win against a stout Porto side, while down Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham fans are wondering what happened to their team during that same week.  Cal and Rick are here to join in and discuss both teams and what the future's look like for each.2:45  But, first, Rick tries, unsuccessfully to teach Cal how to pronounce Ange Postecoglou.5:31  Cal (kinda) jumps right into discussing Arsenal's narrow win at the Emirates against a tough, skilled, and determined Porto side.  It starts with an analyzation of Porto's style of play, continues into how it took a moment of brilliance to finally break through against them, and concludes with a discussion of the bravery shown by Arsenal's new keeper, and every Arsenal fans' new favorite player (at least through the international break) David Raya.  Then Rick can resist bringing up Arsenal's participation in the upcoming Harry Kane Derby and relishing in him possibly sending the Gunners home in the Quarterfinals.  Cal is not happy and has to "fire" back.38:10 Rick tells us what happened to guys that trotted out on the pitch against Fulham on Saturday (Rick doesn't want to call them Spurs).  Rick looks at the contrast to the previous game, tries to explain the performance against Fulham (or at least rationalize it), discuss where Tottenham go from here.  Then Cal can't resist playing a clip from Ange Postecoglou's post match press conference so Rick and analyze his comments.  The ensuing process vs results discussion is quite fun.Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 80 - Celebrations Not Allowed!
06-02-2024
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 80 - Celebrations Not Allowed!
Yes it's the 80th Episode of the Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast and, while Rick and Cal had some epic celebrations planned:  confetti, prizes for our listeners, and even pictures of a photographer, they learned that, regardless of the occasion, the Premier League media think celebrations (at least by Arsenal) are not cool.  So this episode will pass into history, just like the previous 79.But this is not just any episode.  No, this is the one where Rick starts off by marveling at the incredible goal scoring form of the guy who is wearing Richarlison's jersey.  He is finishing like a peak Harry Kane, yet we know it can't be him, can it?  Whoever it is, everything he touches turns to goal.  Kind of like how it is when Tottenham is defending set pieces.  And Rick doesn't shy away from that topic either as it cost Tottenham a much needed win and saw them drop out of the top 4.Cal then celebrates Arsenal's must win win over Liverpool, quietly and reservedly, just like any Premier League fan should, right?  Wrong!!!!!!  No, he is all too happy to praise Mikel Arteta, every player, and all 60,000 fans who dismantled a Liverpool team that came into this match having lost just once in their previous 33 games.  You will hear analysis of the key moments of the match, the tactics that freed Martinelli to run rampant down the left and hold Liverpool to just one shot on goal, and why Kia Havertz was actually the Man of the Match.Following that is a look ahead to the Tottenham v Brighton fixture and Arsenal's trip to suddenly bogey team West Ham.Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 79 - We're Back Baby!
01-02-2024
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 79 - We're Back Baby!
That's right, we're back!  While snow, sleet, and dark of night may not detour your postman; sickness, technical issues, and travel (not to mention three Arsenal losses) can interrupt the Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast.  However, we are now well, technically savvy, home, and Arsenal have won two in a row . . . so we're back and better than ever!And yes, Cal, ever the optimist still feels Arsenal are in the title race now that Arsenal have overcome the Premier League team masquerading as Crystal Palace and, ex-Tottenham manager's Nottingham Forest squad.  It took Arsenal a while to come to grips with the way Nottingham Forrest "blocked" the Gunners game, but like Robin Hood, they eventually found the target and went back home very merry men.  Listen for all the positives, as well as a few worries, as Cal breaks down the key moments of the match.Rick was never concerned about how Tottenham were playing against the Fighting Neal Maupay's . . . except after they scored the game's first goal and look equal to the task during the first half.  But Ange "Midas Touch" Postecoglou made the right substitutions at the half time break and Spurs took over the match in short order.  They even had the audacity to give Neal Maupay some of his own Madison.  You can hear Rick relive the match, analyze what made the key moments important, and discuss who he thought were the best players on the pitch.In the final segment you will hear Cal and Rick break down Arsenal's must win game against high flying Liverpool on Sunday and Rick mention Spurs' important fixture first thing Saturday morning versus Everton.Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 75 - Ha Ha Ha Haaland!
05-12-2023
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 75 - Ha Ha Ha Haaland!
What a week for The Arsenal and what a game for Spurs!  First, Arsenal see through Lens to the tune of 6 - 0, then scare Wolves before subduing them 2-1.  Up north, Spurs ran, passed, and laughed their way to an exciting 3-3 draw with now third place Man City and their profligate center forward turned Eeyore  of the Eastlands.  Arteta said Arsenal just needed to score early and they did in both games this week.  Cal is all too happy to relive all eight goals and how the first in each game opened the floodgates.  But that's not all:  there are discussions of Arsenal's domination of their Champion's League Group, the upcoming match vs PSV, and what the hell is a "dead rubber?"  Cal and Rick move on to review the match against Wolves and Arsenal's ever improving attack, Zinchenko--the good and the bad, the 5 straight wins after Newcastle and the impact of Arteta's comments, and how the improving left eight is driving Arsenal's improving form.Postecoglou said, "let's have a go, mate."  And boy did they.  Rick is part proud, part excited, and mostly amazed at the way Tottenham are playing.  Not just the results, but the daring, the flair, and the courage.  Once again, Spurs goes to Manchester, faces the defending Premier League Champion, and returns to North London with something to show for their efforts.  Hear Rick share his thoughts on a team without their best players and a manager without fear.  Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 74 - Finders Keepers and Losers Weepers
28-11-2023
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 74 - Finders Keepers and Losers Weepers
For the first time this season Arsenal find themselves top of the table, and, while Tottenham suffered their third straight defeat, they are still in fifth and only four points off Arsenal.  We predicted the top of the table was going to be tight this season, but when four points separate first and fifth, it's squeaky tight!Has Arsenal found it's keeper?  Or have they lost a keeper?  Saturday's win over Brentford made a case for both actually.  Cal and Rick fly into the penalty area with their takes on how Arteta has handled the Keeper situation for Arsenal this year, it's effect on Aaron Ramsdale, and what to make of Arteta's comments, or non comments, on this situation after the match.  Cal discusses how good Bretford has been at home and how good of a win it was for Arsenal, what he learned, and what Arsenal could do to improve going forward.Meanwhile, down Seven Sisters Road, Rick is lamenting Tottenham's injury crisis and discusses how this affected Postecoglou's strategy for the match.  They go further to discuss Son's (non) hat-trick, playing without any center backs, and which player has taken his game to the next level.  Rick also talks about the "honeymoon period" for the new manager and how that also might be affecting his strategy and team selections.The podcast closes with a look forward to Tottenham's match against City and Arsenal's Champions League fixture against Lens and their Premier League match against Wolves.  Thank you for listening!  @ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 71 - Life Got in the Way
29-10-2023
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 71 - Life Got in the Way
Thank you for your listening patience!  Life got in the way of our weekly podcasting routine, but now we're back and focused on the week(s) that was.  Really, could Spurs' fans be any happier?  Do they even know if Harry Kane has scored a goal(s) for Bayern?  Do they care?  Things are quite going as smoothly for Arsenal fans as they recently drew with Chelsea--which didn't look too bad--until Brentford took all the spoils on Saturday.  Our podcast starts with Cal discussing the main talking point(s) from the Chelsea fixture.  Tune in to hear a unique take on the Saliba penalty and how it could be officiated differently in the future.  From there, Cal discusses what it's like for Arsenal to have mid-week Champions League fixtures--something Spurs fans may reminisce about from time to time.  We go a little more in depth on Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Sevilla and discuss how Arteta set up the team, how Arsenal approached the game tactically, Gabriel Jesus, and what the result meant for Arsenal's group stage ambitions.Rick is all too happy to take the mic and relive a glorious week for Tottenham.  They won two matches, on the road, played three days apart.  He touches on the win at Craven Cottage, a reborn Son, and an unsatisfied manager before delving into the victory at Selhurst Park.  Near and dear to Rick's heart, or at least his place of birth, Rick admires the way Spurs approached the second half and controlled the game.  He was significantly less impressed with the referee and the handball (non)call that allowed Fulham back into the game.The podcast ends with Cal touching on Arsenal's 5-0 win over Nations League, er, Championship side, er Premier League club??? really . . . Sheffield United.  Most of the discussion is a season to date player review/analysis for some team members that have been dominating discussion in the Arsenal media lately.  They are, in order:  Eddie Nkietah, Gabriel Jesus, David Raya, Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice, and Kia Havertz.  Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 69 - Shitshow in London
03-10-2023
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 69 - Shitshow in London
Another match week in the Premier League, another PGMOL controversy (#content).  Rick and Cal are here to discuss all the action from Arsenal's two victory week, @Brentford and @Bournemouth, and, of course offer our takes on the Shitshow that happened at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  The week started with Arsenal's 1-0 victory over a strong Brentford side in West London as a part of the Carabou Cup.  There were a few important aspects of this match that may offer some insight into Arsenal's season that Cal identifies and discusses before moving on to Arsenal's second away clean sheet, the 4-0 destruction of Bournemouth.  While it was a stroll along the beach, which Cal happily relives, there was a concerning aspect to the game that doesn't escape discussion.  Then both Rick and Cal discuss Tottenham's controversial 2-1 win over 9-letter, er . . . 9-man Liverpool.  Rick revels in the quality of play, Tottenham's performance, and the result.  Are we the only podcast to discuss the game at length?  But of course we discuss the shitshow put on by the matchday referees.  Each decision is analyzed, the applicable laws are analyzed . . . hell, even the analysts are analyzed.  So we're covering in from all angles.  But that's not all.  We discuss the PGMOL as an organization and offer some ideas to improve the dreadful refereeing we're used to seeing in the Premier League.Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 64 - Tottenham Preview - Walking Kane?
07-08-2023
Arsenal Tottenham Fan Podcast Episode 64 - Tottenham Preview - Walking Kane?
A new season is right around the corner so Cal and Rick are back and in midseason podcasting form!  This episode is the Tottenham Season Preview.  Rick discusses Tottenham's preseason friendlies and discusses how different the team looks from the last few years.  What can Spurs fans expect from each position this season?  Who starts?  Who rotates in?  And will Harry Kane line up for Tottenham or Bayern in the first match this season?  All this is discussed is the positional review so you know what to expect on Sunday at Brentford.   But that's just the start!Cal and Rick look at the impact Ange Postecoglou will have on Tottenham's season, the most important stretch of fixtures, the single biggest factor that will contribute to Tottenham having a good season or a bad season.  Then it's prediction time!Will Spurs add another player? What are the negative and positive surprises to look out for?  There is a bold for Tottenham's season, we discuss what the season looks like if everything goes right and everything goes wrong, and Rick predicts what actually will happen.The last segment of the podcast is Rick's predictions for the Premier League as a whole and you won't want to miss his bold prediction for this season--or his second bold prediction!  That's right, you get a two for one on this episode!  You'll also hear his prediction for Top 7 and sides that will be relegated this year.Thank you for listening!@ATFPodcast1@ATFPodcast2https://www.arsenaltottenhamfanpodcast.com