Colorado Arsenal top US league



Arsenal’s American partners, Colorado Rapids, are top of the Western Conference after beating Real Salt Lake 2-0 in a televised game.   They are now two points clear of their nearest rivals, changing their formation to 3-5-2 after a more conventional 4-4-2 in earlier games.   Colorado signed a long-term deal with Arsenal on February 9, 2007, …

Untold Arsenal Awards 07/08: Management



3 awards in the Management of Clubs category. Most aggressive management:  Beyond any doubt “Sir” Alex Ferguson during the  Arsenal 2 Manchester Utd 2 game at the Emirates.  Man U scored their second goal and “Sir” Alex ran out with all his accumulated flunkies and hangers on, to the edge of the pitch jumping around …

Untold Arsenal Awards 3: Most delusional supporters



There were only two serious contenders for the category of “Most Delusional Supporters 2007/8”: Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. The argument in favour of Tottenham was based on the bizarre belief expressed at the start of the season that they would end up fourth. In reality they spent much of the season in their spiritual home …

Untold Arsenal Awards 2: Poorest visiting supporters



Bolton’s support was awful – just plain awful. There were about 30 of them, and they just sat and watched and went home.  I saw more visiting supporters when I went to watch Kettering against Southport. There is something really wrong with Bolton – to put up with the anti-football that Fat Sam the Slug …

Untold Arsenal Awards 1: Worst Visiting Supporters



WORST SUPPORTERS 2007/8: ASTON VILLA As usual there were votes for Man U with their dreadful pedophilia song, but for sheer awful bad taste and managing to get the whole stadium against them within 30 seconds, the winners must be Aston Villa. They played Arsenal just after the dreadful assault by Birmingham City on Eduardo, …

FA & government intensify battle against Arsenal



We saw last week how the government had manipulated the situation to ensure that Arsenal’s bid for a UEFA cup final at the Emirates would fail – and then changed the rules again so that Wembley’s bid would succeed. Now they’ve gone much further. A bunch of MPs that make up the culture, media and …

Arsenal Colorado develops: plans back on course



Way back in January and February we wrote about the developing links with the  Colorado club owned by Stan Kroenke.  Mr Hill-Wood the Arsenal chairman threw a bit of a spanner in the works, but those working on the club’s future took him to one side, calmed him down, and the progress continued. Many of …

The complete & total guide to every Arsenal transfer story



This is it – every single Arsenal transfer story of the summer – including the ones that haven’t been written yet. Goal – Arsenal need a new world class keeper and are buying [insert name] Central defence – Arsenal need a new world class central defender and are buying [insert name] Captain – Gallas’ performance …

Agent confirms: Hleb is not buying out his contract



For weeks the journalists have been telling us that Hleb is going to buy out his contract.  Wenger said no, that wasn’t on, but the journos ran the story on and on. Now Nikolai Shpilevski the agent for Hleb has also said that Hleb is not buying out his contract.  Some of the journalists have …

Next Year’s Stars: 6 – Fran Merida



Fran Merida signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in April – although judging by the way the media ignored it, nothing happened. He’s 18, he was transferred from Barcelona in 2006, and this past season played on loan for Real Sociedad. Wenger described him as an “absolutely amazing” talent. Wenger’s view is that Merida is …

Arsenal’s revenge on Birmingham still not complete



I’ve written regularly about the determination of a small group of Arsenal supporters to get even with Birmingham City, following that club’s defence of the attack on Eduardo.   Birmingham worked hard to stop a FIFA enquiry into the attack, and then rushed back the player responsible after just three games suspension. The insult to Arsenal …

Full extent of government’s anti-Arsenal stance revealed



In a bizarre U-turn the government has announced today (May 12) that it will no longer seek to collect tax from overseas players who play for non-UK clubs in European cup finals. As a result of this change of heart, Wembley can now bid for the 2011 European Cup Final.  However the change comes just …

Wenger plays his master stroke: again!



The amazing way in which Arsene Wenger managed to secure William Gallas to play for Arsenal will be the talking point of football until they stop playing football. Arsenal had a highly paid but unhappy left back in Cole.  With Clichy – potentially the greatest left back in the world – waiting in the wings …

Why the predictions of Arsenal’s demise are wrong once again



You might remember last summer.  Everyone from the guys who write football blogs in their garden sheds to the journalists with the national daily papers said the same thing: in 2007/8 Arsenal will sink without trace. In fact,  to be precise the prediction was that Arsenal will drift down to mid-table and Tottenham will end …