Tag: Arsenal

The Inevitable Arsenal Post-Mortem

It comes so regularly that we could almost set our watches by it, but this year’s does feel somehow more significant than in previous years. The flaming car-wreck that Arsenal’s two-legged Champions League Round of Sixteen match against Bayern Munich became was going to be something of a weathervane for Arsene Wenger before a ball was even kicked in anger. The outcome of it, ten goals conceded over the course of the two matches, feels like a significant symptom of something far greater. The end of Wenger’s time at Arsenal is surely now fast approaching, and with that comes...

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Video of the Day: The 1978 FA Cup Final

When Ipswich Town were promoted from the Third Division South in 1957, few would have guessed how eventful the next quarter of a century might be for the Suffolk club. The club was promoted to the First Division in 1961 and, under the tutelage of Alf Ramsey, became the champions of England a year later. This success, however, was short-lived, and in 1964 the club was relegated, conceding one hundred and twenty-one goals, the second highest in the history of top flight English football. Promoted back in 1968 as Second Division champions, the club lost the manager that took...

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Video of the Day: Arsenal vs Manchester City, February 1971

The race for those Champions League places is looking rather congested with just a couple of games of the season to go, but we’ll have a better idea of whether there’s likely to be a great deal of excitement on the matter this afternoon, when Manchester City play Arsenal at The City¬† of Manchester Stadium. With Manchester United having won at Norwich City yesterday afternoon, City now need a win against Arsenal in order to further advance their case to not drop into the Europa League next season, and with the Champions League now something of a memory and...

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Video of the Day: FA Cup – Arsenal vs Wolves, August 1973

Not every innovation that the Football Association has ever brought to the FA Cup has been a raging success. Semi-finals being played at Wembley and a 5.15 kick-off for the final, for example, have proved less than popular in recent times. By the end of the 1960s it was clear that attendances that had spiked in the years following the end of the second world war had been a spike rather than a long-term trend, and the increased opportunities offered by television gave all concerned an opportunity to make a little more money, so it was that for the...

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Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal, April 1971

As Arsenal prepare for an end of season fight to hang onto a Champions League place, this morning we turn our attention to a somewhat more successful season for the club. The 1960s was not a terribly kind decade to the Gunners, with the ten years from 1960 to 1970 seeing Arsenal finish in the top six in the First Division just once, in 1969.  The 1970/71 season, however, would end an eighteen year wait for the league title to return to Highbury, and by April 1971 the club was powering clear at the top of the First Division...

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