Tag: Arsenal

Arsene, Arsenal, The Apathy, The Agony & The Ecstasy

If it’s possible for something as complex as a football club to find that its future can be spun on its head through one short passage of time, then for Arsenal that short passage came over the course of five minutes during the evening of the 17th May 2006. The 2005/06 Premier League season had been an underwhelming one for a club that had become accustomed to regular success. Prior to that season, the club hadn’t finished below the Premier League’s top two in the previous eight seasons, lifting the title on three occasions, once – just two seasons...

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What Arsene Wenger Did Next Will Amaze You

He may well have addressed the post-match press conference following his team’s humiliating defeat to Nottingham Forest yesterday afternoon by acknowledging that the result “hurts very much”, but for Arsenal supporters looking on as their team crashed out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle, the question that requires answering once that familiar red mist has lifted yet again is this: was Arsene Wenger’s team selection for this match a matter of arrogance and hubris, or one of oversight and incompetence? It is entirely possible that Wenger saw this match through a very particular prism. A scratch...

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1FC Köln & The Great Arsenal Stadium Mystery

Finsbury Park has seldom , if ever, seen anything like it before. More than twenty thousand supporters of 1FC Köln descended on North London for their match against Arsenal determined to have a party last night, and there was little that anybody was going to do to get in their way. Having raucously celebrated a return to European football after a quarter of a century away, the German supporters arrived at The Emirates Stadium last night to take it over, and take it over they did. Kick-off was delayed by an hour in order to try and bring some semblance...

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Video of the Day: Arsenal vs Chelsea, 1984/85

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. The Premier League champions Chelsea play the FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon, two of the very biggest clubs in England playing for this pre-season trinket before the serious business. The winter of 1984 was a very different time for both clubs. Arsenal, then as now, were a decade and a half sine they won their last league title, but Arsenal teams of the early 1980s were too frequently of a mediocre nature. The glimmer of promise shown in winning the 1979...

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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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