Tag: Arsenal

Video of the Day: Chelsea vs Arsenal, January 1985

Chelsea may be down in fifteenth place in the Premier League at the moment, but the nature of this particular division over the course of the last couple of decades or so means that Arsenal’s trip to Stamford Bridge this afternoon is still a match of considerable status. Dynasties come, however, and dynasties go, and thirty-two years ago this weekend both of these two clubs were in the midst of what would, by their lofty standards, be considered barren periods in their respective histories. Arsenal, of course, have been a top flight club for an uninterrupted period going back...

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Video of the Day: Arsenal vs Liverpool, September 1984

Our Video of the Day for today is a little later than usual, so many apologies for that, and with tonight’s Premier League matches in mind, today we’re whisking you back to September 1984 and a First Division match from Highbury between Arsenal and Liverpool. Liverpool at this time were at their most imperious. They’d ended the previous season as the champions of England and Europe and had started the new season with two wins and two draws. Arsenal, meanwhile, had finished the 1983/84 season in sixth place in the table and had started the season with a draw,...

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Video of the Day: Grimsby Town vs Arsenal, 1986

We’re continuing the theme of the FA Cup Third Round with our Video of the Day this morning, and today’s offering is another half-forgotten match from the 1980s. We’re off to Cleehtorpes for a match between Grimsby Town and Arsenal. Grimsby are now in the National League, but in 1986 they were in the Second Division of the Football League, while Arsenal were in a bit of a trough, having not won a major trophy since the 1979 FA Cup and having not really challenged for the league championship since the early 1970s, whilst a year earlier they’d been...

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Back To The Eighties, 1980/81 Part Fifteen: The North London Derby

The start of the 1980s had brought differing fortunes for the two giants of North London, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Spurs had been largely concerned with rebuilding, both on and off the pitch. Having finished the 1979/80 season in a disappointing fourteenth place, the club had started the new season with a new attack, in the form of Steve Archibald, signed from Aberdeen, and Garth Crooks, brought in from Stoke City, whilst one side of the pitch at White Hart Lane remained a building site as the club spent a fortune building a new West Stand, a project which took fifteen months to complete and severely overran its budget. The club’s moderate improvement on the pitch meant that its biggest hope of success for this season would come in the cups. Arsenal, meanwhile, remained on the fringes of the championship chase in January 1981, though the prevailing opinion was that this was turning into a three-way battle between Liverpool, Aston Villa and Ipswich Town. Having won the FA Cup in 1979, there had been great things predicted for the team that Terry Neill – formerly the manager of Spurs, somewhat ironically – had built, but the team had finished the 1979/80 exhausted by a marathon season which saw it finish the season in fourth place in the First Division whilst losing in the finals of both the FA Cup...

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Jack Wilshere In ‘Is Twenty-One Years Old’ Shock

It often seems as if, whenever a professional footballer opens his mouth in public, there is one phrase, varyingly attributed to Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and others, that springs immediately to mind: it is better to remain silent and be considered a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove any doubt. This week’s outrage du jour concerns the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has had a busy few days, first being caught smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub in London and then offering his opinions on who should and who shouldn’t be allowed to play for the England national team. Since there’s an England match at the end of this week, a predictable mass hysteria has descended upon a player who has previously been reasonably well protected from the worst excesses of the media, but this week Wilshere has likely learnt a couple of harsh lessons about the nature of the glare of the media spotlight. Getting caught en fumant might be looked upon as a youthful mistake, as might the compoundment of this mortal sin by apparently fibbing about what was going on at the time. In our current climate with regard to smoking, Wilshere might scarcely have been more greatly castigated had he been photographed with underage prostitute sitting on his knee whilst holding a crack pipe in his hand, but this is neither here nor...

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