In this week’s Football Fansite Profile, we hear from the man behind a site with which many of you are well acquainted: Arseblog. Last February, at Arsenal vs. Everton, Andrew Mangan, Arseblog’s founder and editor-in-chief, was sat a little too close to NBC’s microphones. As a result, the network picked up his running commentary on the game. It was magic. WATCH HERE. With Arsene Wenger’s side in second place and a bout with third place Manchester City looming, we thought it time to check in with Mr. Mangan again.
MiB: Give us some background on Arseblog. The who, what, when, where and why it began. And how’s it’s grown since its inception.
Mangan: Arseblog began in 2002 in Barcelona, Spain. Since then there has been a blog every day, and over the years it’s grown arms, legs, and even something that looks like a kind of weird tail. We have blogs, news, match reports, press conference reactions, stats, player ratings, columnists, video, audio and more. We do two podcasts a week, and the site has won multiple awards down the years.
We cover pretty much everything to do with Arsenal, but like to separate the wheat from the chaff, so there’s no clickbait, no 5 things we learned about anything, no nonsensical transfer stuff. It’s about providing quality over quantity when it comes to content.
MiB: This season’s most surprising storyline at Arsenal is …
Mangan: That so many of our players have been injured. It’s unprecedented, it’s never happened before and nobody was expecting it.
Ok then, Joel Campbell.
MiB: The one thing I would change at Arsenal is …
Mangan: At the moment we tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to strengthening the squad. I’d like us to take a few risks here and there now that the financial situation is improved. For the most part Wenger has been right in that players people wanted turned out to be far from the level required, but one or two have slipped through the cracks, and they could be the difference.
MiB: Look into your crystal ball. How does the rest of the season play out for Arsenal?
Mangan: I wish I had a crystal ball. Ideally the title challenge is maintained, and the squad strengthened in January to help us get over the line and win the league for the first time since 2004. There are lots of variables though, but so far we’re right in the mix and that’s where people wanted us to be.