Mr W said thus: “We have had difficulties at Stoke. They have a good record against us in recent years, and I must say as well they have overall a good record against Man United, City, the big teams.
“They have done very well. They have moved forward as well because they have improved their creative potential with players like Arnautovic, Afellay, Shaqiri, Bojan – they can create and play.
“It is a good challenge for us as well because they have to maintain their record and we can show we have taken a big step forward and can beat them.”
Sadly Mark Lawrenson of the BBC predicted we would win 0-2, which probably means a defeat.
Anyway, Arsenal are looking for a third consecutive league win over Stoke – but that’s because the last two were at home. We have failed to win any of the last five league visits to the Britannia Stadium, losing the last two. The last time we won there was in February 2010 – when Ramsey was slaughtered, and the assassin was picked for England.
Meanwhile Stoke has won their last two in the league and have scored in each of their last five while we’ve only won one of the last five away league games.
On the other handed we have 43 points, (seven better than last year) a new midfielder, Alexis back either here or in the next game, and several of the others chuntering about on the training fields.
So that’s it. No post match report for the Stoke game because Walter’s giving a talk to Arsenal Belgium, and I can’t do it because I have no idea how he can watch the match and write at the same time.
Oh yes and over 6 million page views in the past year. Or did I mention that?
Some more anniversaries – these from the early days. The rest as always on the home page
- 17 January 1897: The Weekly Dispatch published an interview with George Lawrance in what was the first ever review of Arsenal’s historic origins. Born in 1851 Lawrance was the first benefactor of the club, and although now largely forgotten was of huge significance in both keeping the club going and ensuring a record was made of its early activities.
- 17 January 1922: Bob John signed from Caerphilly. He was Knighton’s greatest signing, and came to fruition under Chapman playing more times for Arsenal than any other player up to 1939.