James McNicholas is a London-based freelance football writer and the man behind Arsenal blog Gunnerblog.com. He started the blog in 2004 and has since written widely on the subject of soccer for the likes of the BBC, The Observer newspaper, FourFourTwo magazine & ESPN.
Away from football, James is a successful comedy writer and performer.
Hi James. Thanks for your acknowledgement of the USA fans at the World Cup. I have to mention that "ex-patriot Mexicans", while it goes happily through the spellchecker, means "Mexicans who were once patriots and no longer." I think the word you were looking for is "expatriate Mexicans." While I don't usually quibble with misspellings, and I doubt that anyone would take this as anything other than such, it might not go over too well with any Mexican who takes it literally. Mexicans, after all, are rather fiercely patriotic people.
Do you think if Giroud was to be left out the team frequently, would Ramey's performances drop? A lot of Ramsey's goals have had Giroud playing a crucial part in them. His header against Dortmund, his second goal against Sunderland and his goal against Norwich(away) are a few examples. Or do you think any other good striker can fashion out these chances for Rambo?
Oh yeah, another thing. I was on who wants to be a millionaire last week and there was this Chris bloke facing me, seemed pretty knowledgeable about the gunners. Couldn't have been you, could it?
Who in your opinion is better? Daniel Crowley or Gedion Zelalem? Both play in the same position, have the same build and are almost the same age! And their talent is undeniable. I've seen a lot of them both, but who do you think has more potential? Or do you think it's too early to judge them?
Arsenal have been linked to high profile players with high profile price tags. Why cant Arsenal make a move for one of the three PSV Eindhoven's strikers Jürgen Locadia or Memphis Dephay or Zakaria Bakkali ? I think they are pretty good . Your view ?
James, bro! I was playing in the arsenal section of quizup against some lad called James Nichols last night? A giraffe was his profile pic.Could it have been you? I won, just in case you give a toss.
How does one become a writer for this website?
Honestly, I think Podolski is best as an impact sub, unless that's what you meant right now. He knows how to finish, which is important off the bench.
Hey there James. I'm a Tottenham fan, but I enjoy your articles. I read your article about Podolski's return negating the need of a striker. I disagree. I don't think Podolski is a true #9, as he doesn't have the same line leading qualities as Giroud. You mentioned his finishing abilities make him a deadly striker, but Giroud is doing well, because he can create, link up, and finish as well.
wow, that's you with the epic "One day more". What a talent. Respect! Too bad you didn't create something like that when Wenger signed Özil