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!

Arsenal earn first silverware of the season – will there be more?

Source: Arsenal via Facebook Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield was well fought for and well deserved. There are a few points that need to be discussed, but I, for one, am happy with the performance and fairly encouraged that the Gunners can shine this season. Arsene Wenger’s men have drawn first blood [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elneny’s not a ninny at the back

Although Wenger has had a fair bit of stick in some quarters, including from me, about his decision to try Elneny at centre back, I think even the detractors have to admit the Egyptian's performance against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup was impressive at times. On the plus side, Elneny's distribution was excellent, as was [...]

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

‘Sickie’ Sanchez is no longer an asset

As readers of this blog may already be aware, I am a big fan of the Alexis Sanchez's technical ability. I've always been of the opinion that Arsenal should break the bank to keep him happy. If he wants £400k per week, just give it to him or at least offer him something close to [...]

By | July 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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