Tag: Arsenal

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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The Friday Cartoon: Dotmund’s Clubs In Crisis – Arsenal

This morning’s Friday cartoon is part one in a series of “as many as Dotmund can be bothered to draw before he forgets what he was doing and wanders off to look at something shiny”, and features that well-known most hard done by club in the entire history of professional football, Arsenal, and their ongoing crisis, as seen through the viewpoints of their supporters. The full-size version of this cartoon can be seen here. You can follow Dotmund on Twitter by clicking here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Staring Into the Post Champions League Void In England

Farewell, then, to Arsenal in this year’s Champions League, and by extension to England’s involvement in the competition. Given the apocalyptic nature of many of the predictions that were proffered for the club’s two-legged tie against Bayern Munich, perhaps emerging from the competition with their heads held high was about as much as the club could hope for. Bayern are clearly an excellent team, amongst the favourites to win this year’s competition and miles clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and after the first leg of the tie at The Emirates Stadium went about as badly for the home side as many – if not most – had expected it to, it was strongly suggested in the build-up to the match that Arsene Wenger was going to rest some of his first choice players in preparation for some critical forthcoming Premier League matches. As things turned out, however, his team gave a very good account of themselves in Germany last night and came desperately close to achieving what surely would have been the greatest result in the history of the club. If this Arsenal team was able to put in that sort of performance consistently, the large metaphorical cloud with the word “CRISIS!” etched into it which so often seems to be hovering over or near The Emirates Stadium might finally dissipate a little. In some respects, this...

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The Arsenal Takeover Mystery

In comedy, they say, timing is everything and those who fed a story to the national press last weekend stating that Arsenal were to be the subjects of a luxuriant take-over bid certainly displayed a great sense of humour, if nothing else. This, if the breathless reporting in last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph was to be believed, was the takeover to end all takeovers. The answer to a million prayers as well as the most expensive purchase of a football club yet seen anywhere it in the world. Money would be spent on players, debt would be eliminated and the owners of the club would receive a handsome profit on their investment. The problem with offers that seem too good to be true, however, is that they very often are exactly that, and if there is any truth to the rumours that started last weekend, the only significant questions that should be asked are those of whether those that started them could possibly have the first idea of what they might be letting themselves in for and of, in the event of them being scurrilous, who could possibly be behind them. The bid valued the club at £1.5bn, around twice the amount that was paid for it during its last take-over a little under two years ago. It was, according to those with knowledge of it, for a complete take-over...

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