Tag: Arsenal

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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Blackburn May Prove A Tipping Point For Arsene Wenger

It was on the seventeenth of January 1996 that this last happened. Having been held at Highbury by Sheffield United, Bruce Rioch’s Arsenal team travelled north to Brammall Lane for a replay in Third Round of the FA Cup but were beaten by a goal mid-way through the second half, scored for the Division One club by Carl Veart. At the end of a season which saw Arsenal beaten over two legs in the semi-finals of the League Cup by Aston Villa and finishing in fifth place in the Premier League – a considerable improvement on the team’s twelfth-placed finish the season before under George Graham and the hapless Stuart Houston – Arsenal embarked upon a summer of discontent which culminated in Rioch leaving the club five days before the start of the new season after a dispute with the club’s vice-chairman David Dein (and, by proxy, its then-majority shareholder Danny Fiszman) over transfer funds. Rioch is now little more than a footnote in the history of this club, remembered for being little more than the man who brought Dennis Bergkamp to the club. His successor warrants a chapter of his own, but at The Emirates Stadium yesterday afternoon it started to feel as if a tipping point may have been reached in the increasingly fractured relationship between Arsene Wenger and the supporters of Arsenal Football Club. Already knocked...

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