About Joe

The Loose Cannon (TLC) is a labour of love set up by the former FromTheTerrace managing editor and freelance Sky News football pundit, Joe Broadfoot. I know I'm opinionated and a bit left-field, but other contributors are most welcome to send in their opinions, news pieces and so regarding Arsenal FC for potential publication. Don't forget, if you've got something to write about Arsenal, it would be great to hear from you!

Why not bid for Vidal?

If Inter Milan are reportedly lining up a £45m bid for Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal, why don't Arsenal follow suit? One way to stop this Alexis Sanchez transfer saga would be to sign one of his international team-mates, and Vidal is something special. He's not only got skill, but he has a phenomenal work rate [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

No smoke without Szczesny

I've got mixed feelings over the departure of Szczesny. In my opinion, he was potentially an Arsenal great. He had many of the attributes that you want want in a keeper: presence, handling ability, agility and confidence. However, his confidence often turned into over-confidence and, after the alleged revelation (which obviously was some time ago) [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Arsenal cannot get like for like if they sell Sanchez

...unless The Gunners sign former transfer target Luis Suarez. However, there is little to no chance of that happening in the foreseeable future, if ever. Therefore, we can give up the ghost on that one. Instead, Arsenal have to focus on keep Alexis Sanchez happy. The Chilean has to be happy enough to sign a [...]

By | July 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

What do you think of Arsenal’s transfer business so far?

The inevitable answer to the rhetorical question in the title is 'rubbish', but is that really fair? After all, Arsenal have signed Sead Kolasinac, one of the most talented left backs in the Bundesliga last season, by all accounts. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was also wanted by AC Milan, so surely Arsenal deserve credit [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Why don’t Arsenal appeal to the Home Office?

I had high hopes for Takumo Asano. The Japan international seemed to have what it takes to become something special at Arsenal. Unfortunately, the Home Office had different ideas. Despite playing most of Stuttgart's games last season in the Bundesliga 2, apparently Asano has not played enough to get a work permit. It just goes [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Mahrez won’t be a good Arsenal buy

By Tom Hawley In my personal opinion, Riyadh Mahrez is a one-season wonder. Quite why so many clubs want to buy him is beyond me, so when I heard Arsene Wenger waxing lyrically about the winger’s talents, I was more than a bit surprised. If I were Leicester manager, Craig Shakespeare, I would cash in [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sanchez deal needs sorting soon

The thought of losing Alexis Sanchez is what is ruining the summer for many Arsenal fans, who should be basking of the glory of being FA Cup winners for the fourth time in three years. Instead though, Arsenal fans have had to listen to stories linking Sanchez with a move to Manchester City. The question [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Arsenal are waiting for Godot

I've just read a really interesting article in the Sunday Times written by David Walsh about how 'the Arsenal story has become football's "Waiting for Godot", Samuel Beckett's masterful play about the futility of life'. I won't steal Walsh's thunder by detailing everything in his article but, I must say, I found it hard to [...]

By | June 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Expect unexpected deals! Could Bale join AFC?

All the talk is about Gareth Bale today, ahead of the Champions League final. No doubt those of us that said Fabregas would never join another London club would say ex-Spurs Bale would never wear the red and white of Arsenal, but there's no such thing as 'never' in football. The Gunners have the money [...]

By | June 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Make him Captain Chilean con carnage

In these days of hugely inflated transfer fees and salaries to match, should football clubs ever say enough? After all, if the TV money is coming why can't clubs spend it on what the want to? As you might have guessed, I'm very much in the camp that believe footballers generally deserve the money they [...]

By | June 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment