You can almost hear the cogs inside the brains of the football journalists clacking round as they try to formulate the excuses they have for not predicting Arsenal's success this season success achieved without the multiple mega purchases that they demanded.
They are preparing the ground a little already with repeated [.
On 17 August 2012, Robin Van Persie transferred to Manchester Utd. The fee was £22.5 million, plus £1.5 million if Man U won the Premier League or Champions League title within the duration of the initial contract which was for four years.
So the question was raised: why spend £24m plus [.
On 1 October 1996: Arsene Wenger officially took up duties, and within minutes confronted and defeated a baying horde of journalists gathered on the steps of Highbury, daring them to announce "the story".
The journalists backed down, but supporters of Man U and other clubs developed the story into the most [.
I'm in London through most of today (Thursday), and not able to do any editing of Untold, so this article and (if it appeared when it should) the previous one by Blacksheep, have been set up to publish automatically at set times. If this one hasn't appeared you won't be reading it [.
We've often noted here that whether one supports Tottenham or Arsenal is often just a matter of chance. For me, my parents and both sets of grandparents were Arsenal fans, my dad went regularly and my grandfather was at Highbury in the earliest days. making the journey from the family home in [.
Heavy defeats hurt and the defeat to Man U on 28 August 2011 was one of the most hurtful moments I've experienced as an Arsenal supporters of many years. Letting in 8 was atrocious, and it came on the top of a 0-0 draw away to Newcastle, and a 0-2 home [...]
At the Arsenal AGM Arsene Wenger made the point that "'Our world is changing quickly. Europe as a continent is becoming poorer, the rest of the world is becoming richer, especially Asia, and these people invest in football in Europe.' As many commentators noted, this coincidence with the news that Erck Thohir, [.
On 27 January 2002 a coin was thrown onto the pitch at Highbury from the crowd during the FA Cup match with Liverpool. It landed near Jamie Carragher. I don't know if the perpetrator of the offence was caught, but I hope so and I hope he/she was banished from Arsenal games [.
You may recall a situation last season when Manchester City (a bit like Wigan before them) were unable to sell their away ticket allocation for a league game, so within the rules of away allocation, they returned the unwanted tickets to Arsenal.
Arsenal then moved the barriers separating home and away fans, [.
We've already had a chat about the ludicrous lists of players that Arsenal are "set to" buy and are on "high alert" about. Pity the poor player who Arsenal is only "monitoring" you're nothing way down the list. These days "monitoring" hardly merits a mention in the press.
During the days when every rag bag of anti-Wengerians could raise a banner and get a back page headline in the degenerate press, the notion was simple: anything is better than Wenger, anything is better than Kronke.
I am not too sure that feeling is one that holds sway in the realms [.
English football is all a-flutter. Our very own Smoking Jack has declared that only real Englishmen should play for England. Mr Wenger has said that the rules indeed need sorting as otherwise the international matches become just another club type tournament.
And just for a laugh, Greg Dyke, the Football Association chair, [.
The notion of "new players" ought to be simple but it isn't. The "spend some fucking money" group and the "spend spend spend" (or "Please can you show me on TV?") group with their little pieces of paper saw "new players" measured in one light only. "How much?"
I've received a number of emails from readers complaining that their emails are not being published on the site. These problems began several months back and we've been trying to find the cause and resolve the problem ever since.
Even now, several months on I am not sure what has gone wrong, [.
Yesterday Emma and I went to Dover v Guernsey at Lancing for reasons which will only become clear in a later article. But I mention this here because the result of that curious decision was that we heard the Arsenal game on Talk Sport during the drive back to Northampton. I saw [.
Despite splashing out on Mesut Özil, Arsenal supporters' groups have called for further significant investment over the next two transfer windows after the club's financial results revealed they are still sitting on a large cash pile.
That comment recently appeared in the Guardian and it is typical of the comments that [.
By Tony Attwood . We celebrated beating Marseille away with the awareness that we had got 10 away wins in a row for the first time in the history of the club. So now its 11. Less fuss is being made of this one, perhaps because it was on penalties, but it is still [...]
Football was invented as a way of one village assaulting and destroying another the victor in the game in its 15th century form being the village whose inhabitants managed to kick the ball into opposition's village. You only had to do it once, because then you "took" the village, and by [.
The injury list is impressive there is quite a team in there. And with there being no reason much to moan about results there has been a lot of moaning about how thin the squad is when we have to cope with all these injuries. Here's the list of absent friends...
Once upon a time Arsenal had a feeder club Margate. If you collect Arsenal programmes and read the Untold Arsenal series the season before last you might just have a faint recollection of the piece about Margate that I did.
The last time Arsenal were top of the league was after the Fulham game on 4 December 2010 league game number 16 in that season. Here are the results that led up to that moment, and away from it, with the penultimate column showing the position in the league.
When you sign a new player and he says, "yes we can win the league this season"; when people associated with the club he is leaving express total shock that he's going; when one of your ex-players, still held in high regard by many says the new guy will "kill" the opposition, [.
You may recall that in the dark gloomy days when we hadn't bought a player for over £40m and the AAA were suggesting that we were about to get thrown out of the Champions League before it had even started, we had a little matter of a game in Turkey.
I have in the past written a few times about the development of Tottenham's new stadium, and my ramblings on the subject have brought in a fair amount of "you're fixated on Tottenham" and "you should worry about when the Emirates is half empty next season [.