By Tony Attwood
The opening sequences of Arsenal v West Ham on BBC TV’s “Match of the Day” yesterday evening included a held shot of the Untold Arsenal “Football should be an Art” banner which has been at the Clock End for several years following donations made by a number of supporters of this site.
The opening sequence appears on the BBC’s highlights website at the moment (although I don’t know how long they keep it there, and probably isn’t available outside the UK). But if you can see it, here it is.
If you have the technical skills to extract just the part where we get featured that would be wonderful – maybe you could put it up as a YouTube video and post me the link (TonyAttwoodofLondon@gmail.com) and I’ll put it on the site for everyone to see.
And indeed that wasn’t the only notice we got, for Ivan Gazidis, the CEO of Arsenal also said in a statement about Mr Wenger, “He made football an art”. (I was in the car when I heard that one – it may have been a variant but it was close to that). I know I mentioned that just the other day but these things don’t happen that often, so I thought I’d write it again.
That banner was initiated by Blacksheep and paid for by supporters of Untold Arsenal – and is of course visible on our home page. The story of the banner and the list of all the Untold readers who kindly supported the cost of the banner are given a the page permanently retained on this site commemorating the initiative.
So we had one of our occasional meetings of the Untold Editorial Team (for want of another phrase) at the Swimmer: Blacksheep, Walter, Andrew, myself and most significantly Carine, now recovered from her illness and fully mobile once again – and for that blessing it was a most wonderful occasion for our little group. The win, and the spot on the BBC were just the icing on the cake. The recovery of a friend is the most important of all of course. It was a great day out for all of us.
And although it was not highlighted by the media, it was a record equalling occasion – equalling the run of six home matches 30 years ago, in which we not only won but scored 3+ on each occasion. Here is the the original run..
|26 Aug 1958||Arsenal v Burnley||W||3-0||Division One|
|30 Aug 1958||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||5-1||Division One|
|09 Sep 1958||Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers||W||6-1||Division One|
|13 Sep 1958||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||W||3-1||Division One|
|20 Sep 1958||Arsenal v Manchester City||W||4-1||Division One|
|04 Oct 1958||Arsenal v West Bromwich||W||4-3||Division One|
|11 Mar 2018||Arsenal v Watford||W||3-0||Premier League|
|15 Mar 2018||Arsenal v AC Milan||W||3-1||Europa League|
|01 Apr 2018||Arsenal v Stoke City||W||3-0||Premier League|
|05 Apr 2018||Arsenal v CSKA Moscow||W||4-1||Europa League|
|08 Apr 2018||Arsenal v Southampton||W||3-2||Premier League|
|22 Apr 2018||Arsenal v West Ham United||W||4-1||Premier League|
OK last time around scored 25, and this time a mere 20. But this time we only let in five to the original run of six.
Of course it was also a day on which there was a bit of chortling about Tottenham’s difficulty in winning a trophy in the last ten years, and whether that ten-year spell should be a matter of debate on the nation’s phone ins and in the newspapers. (I suppose one could also debate whether Cups or trophies, but that would seem a bit churlish given that Tottenham have only won the league twice in their entire history).
Certainly, by and large it isn’t much of a debating point in the press – some mention it but not everyone – but it is interesting that even here, where context is so easy to get, those who do speak of Tottenham’s lack of trophies don’t actually give any sort of background at all.
However we know that Tottenham have gone this large number of semi-finals without winning but when I dug out the charts it appears that overall they are not really different from teams like Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers as the table below shows.
|Club||Appearances in semi-finals||Won||Lost|
|West Bromwich Albion||20||10||10|
Everton, as we can see, has lost more semi-finals than Tottenham, so the Tiny Totts are not the worst team at this.
And besides, in the next nine years, if Arsenal don’t make it to any more semi-finals and Tottenham get into the semis every season and then win that semi-final every season, they could be just two behind us. Perhaps if I am still here in 2027 I might remember to look and see if that has happened.
- Arsenal v West Ham. The past matches, the injuries, the teams and scoring 3+ at home
- Arsenal v West Ham. Arsenal at home look very solid, WHAM away less so.
- “He turned football into an art.” Ivan Gazidis notes the Untold banner
From the Arsenal History Society
- The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?
- The reason why Liverpool and Man C are ahead of Arsenal.
- How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game
- The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal
- How European football has taken up the fight against clubs breaking FFP