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Arsenal News 09 Oct 2021
A To Z - Arsenal



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A is for Amateurs



Arsenal were expelled from the London FA and boycotted by many southern clubs after they turned professional in 1891, while most football clubs remained as amateurs.







B is for Bank



Under Herbert Chapman, with record-breaking spending and gate receipts from their Highbury home, Arsenal were nicknamed the Bank of England club. It was the, for the time, huge salary and spending power on offer that enticed Chapman to move from Huddersfield Town.







C is for Chapman



Herbert Chapman already had two league titles and an FA Cup win with Huddersfield Town before Henry Norris appointed him as Arsenal manager in 1925. It toook him until 1930 to win the FA Cup with Arsenal, with his old team Huddersfield the victims in the final as the Gunners began a golden period in their history. The following season he led Arsenal to their first-ever league title, then a Charity Shield in 1931/32, followed by the league title again the following season. Sadly for all connected with Arsenal in January 1934 Herbert Chapman caught pneumonia watching the third team play and died just days later aged just 55. The foundations he laid down left Arsenal in a strong position for the future and they won the next two league titles after his death, to make it three in a row.







D is for Dial



Arsenal were supposedly originally named Dial Square due to the sundial atop the entrance to the factory. It was only a couple of weeks before they decided to rename themselves Royal Arsenal, according to many. Though many historians doubt there was ever a connection between the two.







E is for Emirates



Since 2006, Arsenal have played home matches at the Emirates Stadium in Ashburton Grove. The initial deal to sponsor the stadium by Emirates Airlines was the largest sponsorship deal in English football history at the time. Emirates paid around £100m for the deal but many fans still refer to the ground as Ashburton Grove or just the Grove.







F is for Forest



Not long after their formation, a group of players from Nottingham Forest joined the team. With the then-Royal Arsenal team lacking kits, the group asked their former club for some spare kit and Forest gladly obliged them. Arsenal have played in red shirts ever since.







G is for Graham



At one time Arsenal and Graham were as synonomous with each other as Arsene Wenger and Arsenal later became. Graham was a player in the successful Mee era before returning to bring more success as manager of the club, though the playing style of Graham was completely different from the playing style he encouraged as manager! An exciting player who became the epitome of dour as manager, which led to the famous 1-0 to the Arsenal chant.







H is for Highbury



Henry Norris in all likelihood saved Arsenal from extinction by moving them from Plumstead to Highbury in 1913, though it nearly never happened. Tottenham Hotspur, unsurprisingly, did all they could to block the move through the Football League, but they were also joined by the 'Highbury Defence Committee' and Islington Council, who voted to do all they could to block the move. In the end their efforts failed and Arsenal took up residence in Islington.







I is for Islington



The home of Arsenal is the London borough of Islington. Before being swallowed up by the sprawling capital metropolis, Islington began life as a Middlesex village, known by the name Giseldone (Gisla's Hill) by the Saxons. Over the next 1000 years it gradually morphed into the modern version. In more recent times it has been home to JK Rowling's Order of the Phoenix.







J is for Jensen



Danish midfielder John Jensen signed for Arsenal after scoring in Denmark's shock 1992 European Championships final win over Germany. He was one of the 12 foreign players that played on the opening weekend of the new Premier League. Jensen turned out to be one of two players that Arsenal boss George Graham took an under the table payment from agent Rune Hauge to sign, the other being Pal Lydersen. After the story broke Graham was sacked and banned from football for 12 months.







K is for Kroenke



The Gunners are owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, an American holding company based in Denver, Colorado. It is owned by Stan Kroenke and has a number of sports 'franchises' and entertainment companies under its banner. As well as Arsenal and Arsenal WFC, KSE owns Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Mammoth in terms of sports teams. It also has two esports teams, four TV channels, one internet TV channel, 19 magazines and four radio stations.







L is for Live



Arsenal's game on 22nd January 1927 versus Sheffield United at Highbury was the first English League match to be broadcast live on radio. They followed it up just over ten years later when an exhibition game between their first team and reserve team became the first football match in the world to be televised live on 16th September 1937. In 2010 they faced Manchester United in the first live public broadcast of a sports event on 3D television.







M is for Manager



The Gunners have had a number of managers who stamped an indelible mark on the club's history. Herbert Chapman in the 1920s built an Arsenal on the back of huge spending, for the time, which was successful on the pitch but his time was also remembered for the arrival of the famous white sleeves. Sadly his sudden death from pneumonia mid-season left his work to be continued by others. Bertie Mee in the early 1970s brought the clubs first double and he brought a certain George Graham to the club as a player. In the second half of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s the club was very firmly a Graham entity, with a style of play that was rigidly set by the manager. Who can forget the famous back four raising their arms in unison? Or the 1-0 to the Arsenal? The arrival of Arsene Wenger transformed the club into a modern entity that looked to play attacking football, in complete contrast to Graham's side, and introduced proper diet and fitness practices to the players. While the second half of Wenger's reign was characterised by parsimony with money, his early days were exciting and revolutionised the game in England.







N is for Neill



At the age of just 34, Arsenal's youngest ever manager was Terry Neill, who took over from Bertie Mee in 1976. While Neill managed to lead the Gunners to 3 FA Cup finals and a European Cup Winners' Cup final with talents such as Malcolm Macdonald, Pat Jennings, Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton, they won just one FA Cup in his time in charge.







O is for O'Leary



David O'Leary spent almost his entire club career at Arsenal and racked up a club record 722 appearances for the Gunners. He first signed for Arsenal in 1973 as an apprentice from Shelbourne at the age of 16, making his debut while still only 17 and only moved on to Leeds United after 20 years in Islington.







P is for Plumstead



In their first season, Arsenal played on Plumstead Common. For their second season they moved to the Sportsman Ground on Plumstead Marshes, but growing support meant they were on the move again for the third season, this time to the nearby Manor Ground. A few years later their growing fanbase made another move necessary, this time just across the road to the Invicta Ground.







Q is for Quy



The man inside the Gunnersaurus suit from its inception in the early 1990s was Jerry Quy, right up until the club made him redundant in October 2020 as part of a cost-cutting move due to the pandemic. Then Arsenal player Mesut Ozil even offered to pay Quy's salary himself to keep him in the job. Gunnersaurus has since returned but is now being played by a 'roster' of people.







R is for Relegation



Arsenal have been relegated just once, in 1913. They returned to the top flight in 1919, via a vote over recently relegated local rivals Spurs, when Division 1 was enlarged, and have been in the top flight ever since.







S is for South



In 1893, Arsenal became the first club from the south of England to join the new Football League, the oldest professional football league competition in the world. They joined when the new second division, which had only been formed the year before, was expanded to 15 teams.







T is for Training



For most of the club's history the team trained at the stadium until 1961 when they began using facilities owned by the University College of London Students' Union. Which could go some way to explain the drinking culture at the club during that period! Arsene Wenger oversaw the introduction of a new purpose-built facility in 1999. Since then the players have continued to train at what is named the Shenley Training Centre in Hertfordshire.







U is for Uniform



Up until very recently, Arsenal always had a tradition of all players wearing the same uniform. They would start the season with short sleeved shirts and then, when the captain made the decision it was cold enough, they would swop to long sleeves for the winter period. When it began to warm up, he would then decide when to revert to short sleeves.







V is for Victoria



The club motto is Victoria Concordia Crescit, which is Latin for 'Victory Through Harmony'.







W is for Woolwich



The club was founded in 1886 by a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory. The team's name could have been so different as what became the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, was originally called the Woolwich Warren due to being built on land used as a domestic warren for raising rabbits for meat and fur in the grounds of a Tudor house. The Royal Arsenal was at its peak during the First World War, when it covered over 500 hectares and employed nearly 80,000 people.







X is for Xhaka



Though not the most popular player with Gooners, Arsenal's current club third captain is Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka. The 29 year old has 98 caps for his country and 225 appearances for the Gunners.







Y is for Yawp



Something Arsenal fans are not known for is a yawp. In fact they are considered so quiet that Highbury was nicknamed the Library.







Z is for Zeal



In 1913 the suffragettes burned down the grandstand of the Plumstead stadium Arsenal were then using in their zeal. It was part of their national campaign of bombing and arson attacks as they fought for women's suffrage. The club moved to Highbury that year.





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08 Oct 2021 19:42:14
Nice to see Mikel got manager of the month. Good to see a positive for our club.

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08 Oct 2021 10:19:20
Cash is king as they say

Newcastle fans will be dreaming of future riches.

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03 Oct 2021 13:29:45
Gareth Southgate subjected to online abuse because he took part in a pro C.V. vax video.
Unbelievable, what is the f--k a matter with some people.

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09 Oct 2021 15:51:12
Don’t worry too much Bill. Weirdly those anti-vax lot get smaller everyday, can’t think why? Maybe those who have got the vax should run an equivalent idiotic campaign to stop those people from getting NHS treatment for any respiratory problems, as after all, they must be faking those breathing difficulties. Ultimately why should they get oxygen in hospital for something they can’t possibly have because it’s all made up!

Arsenal News 12 Sep 2021
Team Review - Arsenal



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League Position: 16th





Ins And Outs



Ins:

Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion

Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid

Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United

Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna

Albert Sambi Lokonga from RSC Anderlecht

Nuno Tavares from Benfica



Outs:

Joe Willock to Newcastle United

Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina (loan)

Willian to Corinthians

Matteo Guendouzi to Olympique Marseille (loan)

William Saliba to Olympique Marseille (loan)

Dejan Ilien to SKF Sered (loan)

Reiss Nelson to Feyenoord (loan)

Runar Alex Runarsson to OH Leuven (loan)

Hector Bellerin to Real Betis (loan)

David Luiz released (since joined Flamengo)

Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid (returned after loan spell)

Mathew Ryan to Brighton & Hove Albion (returned after loan spell)





Goalkeepers:



Bernd Leno

Aaron Ramsdale



A lot will depend on how Ramsdale gets on this season, as it is clear that Leno is not suited to the way Arteta wants to play and his dissatisfaction with the coaching can only mean his time at the club is likely to come to an end sooner rather than later. The last time Ramsdale played in a team that liked to play out from the back, at Bournemouth, his confidence was destroyed as he struggled to adapt. Since then he has had a year rebuilding it and growing in maturity, so it will be interesting to see how Ramsdale gets on now.







Defenders:



Ben White

Gabriel

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Rob Holding

Pablo Mari

Kieran Tierney

Nuno Tavares

Sead Kolasinac

Calum Chambers

Cedric Soares



The big issue with the Arsenal defence is the way they spent heavily on it, when it was probably the one area of the team that was not in need of the investment. All that investment seems to have done for was to bring in defenders who, while very good in their own right, were certainly not an upgrade on Saliba, who they sent out on loan. Not having him in the squad was a mistake last season, now it just seems to be about his personality clash with Arteta. Normally I would not be in favour of backing a player over a manager, but when the manager is as inept and clueless as Arteta, it makes no sense to back him. The team should have been built around Saliba at the back, the only reason to buy White and Tomiyasu is to partner with the young Frenchman. This is a decision that looks certain to cost them in the long run, as he is now keen to leave permanently.







Midfielders:



Thomas Partey

Granit Xhaka

Mohamed Elneny

Albert Sambi Lokonga

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Bukayo Saka

Martin Odegaard

Emile Smith Rowe



The bizarre saga of trying to sell Xhaka and then giving him a new deal just sums up the Keystone Kops nature of Arsenal at the moment. It just leaves you scratching your head and trying to figure out what on earth are they thinking. Lokonga does look to be a good signing, unless he is only seen as cover for Partey's quite numerous injuries.







Forwards:



Gabriel Martinelli

Nicolas Pepe

Alexandre Lacazette

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Eddie Nketiah

Folarin Bolagun



The Gunners do seem a little light up front, though Pepe is now looking like a player for them, at long last. If Lacazette and Aubameyang can refind some form, though that will require good service, then they will at least have a genuine goal threat, with Martinelli and Bolagun showing great future potential.







Manager: Mikel Arteta



I could just write a long rant about Arteta's inadequacies, but I doubt anyone has time to read the full list of them. So I will settle for pointing out his lack of any tactical insight, the complete lack of any kind of coaching skill and his ineptitude at man-management. Which is basically the three most important parts of the job he is utterly hopeless at. It just beggars belief that he survived the summer.







Conclusion:



A decent enough squad, though unbalanced, which is being hampered badly by possibly the worst manager in Premier League history. They are just lucky that the quality of the players is enough that they should avoid relegation comfortably, despite Arteta's many, many faults. It is also very possible that an early enough change of manager would make it a straightforward task to qualify for Europe.





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14 Sep 2021 07:07:58
Nice post ed001 ??.

{Ed001's Note - thank you Je.}

24 Sep 2021 15:20:22
Very well put ed001 mate.

{Ed001's Note - cheers Moe!}

03 Sep 2021 22:38:40
Hi Eds do you know if there is tension brewing between Edu and Arteta?

{Ed002's Note - You need the National Enquirer.}

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04 Sep 2021 19:01:04
I like your style Ed :)

05 Sep 2021 20:08:25
If they kicked every team out with racist fans there would be none left that includes England too, it’s never going to go away it’s only getting worse, the knee is doing nothing but making people more angry, Black Lives Matter even tho a good thing is making things worse.

{Ed014's Note - think there’s a chance you’re replying to the wrong post mate.

07 Sep 2021 20:48:37
If that's what it takes Welsh, ;then so be it mate.

02 Sep 2021 23:03:25
Kick Hungry out of the World Cup, set the standard now.

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05 Sep 2021 13:40:48
I suppose it’s only football Banbury but punishing an entire country based on the actions of a few never works out very well. History and the end of WW1 shows that pretty well. Firstly pressure the Hungarian authorities to isolate and punish the idiots, but then yes, if that doesn’t work then I guess kick them out. However some would argue we’re not exactly clean ourselves. Ultimately how would well feel if we got banned on the actions of those so called supporters at the Euro Finals?

31 Aug 2021 23:49:24
Hello fellow gooners. Hope everyone is doing great in this unusual times.

I wanted to reserve my judgment on the state of this club until after the transfer window. Now that it is over, I think I can say my piece.


In my opinion, we are shambles and off the pitch. This is one of the most shambolic transfer windows in our history.

We have spent the most money in Europe without actually improving the first team. We have prioritized the wrong positions.

Considering our sterile and impotent attack, how dare we not make signings that improve our midfield and attack? How could we only sign odegaard as a starter and not any other midfielder or forward to supplement our attack? This is just shocking on so many levels.

Why spend so much money on Ben white when there are so many gaping wholes everywhere?

For me Edu has to be sacked for this. I have never seen a technical director as incompetent as him. He hasn't fixed the major areas of concern, shifted deadwood and he has splurged cash.140 million and no discernible improvement on the starting eleven. I feel like Brighton have robbed us for ben white.

For me Edu has to be out of the door, not to sound pessimistic but i can't see our fortunes changing. I predict a miserable season unless Arteta is dismissed. He is not good enough.

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