Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Szczesny’s red brings the ton up for ‘shamed’ Wenger

Remember how, whenever Arsenal got a red card, the press would splash it all over the back pages? You might see headlines like:

Arsenal’s red card shame


Wenger’s red card reprobates


Vieira sees red again, the big French bollix.

Those were fun times, eh? We here at Arseblog News look back fondly on those times. When people got their knickers in a twist over our disciplinary record because that was about the only thing they could have a pop at us for.

Now, they seem to have accepted that although there were plenty of red cards, they’re part and parcel of the game. Not to mention that Arsenal’s current ‘shame’ comes from not having won anything so the red card thing is a side issue these days.

Anyway, thanks to this website, you can see a full list of all the sendings-off under Arsene Wenger, from the very first (Steve Bould v Liverpool) to the latest (Wojciech Szczesny last night).

They’re all there, from Grimandi elbowing Guardiola in the head at the Camp Nou, to Vieira’s two red cards in a week which saw him clear out his locker with frustration, to the much forgotten Jose Antonio Reyes red card in the FA Cup final.

It’s a glorious list. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.


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Szcz’s is clearly the best, as was his opinion of the ref when going down the tunnel.

WOW Ozil is the new suarez according to the press, eh? Throw enough mud etc etc

Wizard of Oz

I think wenger should give özil 2 weeks off to recharge.
The Premier League is known to cause Mental & physical pressure to new comers.

Even City rotates their stars.

Next time özil should play is for the return leg at the Allianz arena.

Gunner From Another Mother

Surely not playing him until the next leg at Bayern will make his head implode…That is such a terrible idea


We all know which one hurt the most. Yes, we’re looking at you Jens.



I’d also put up there the ridiculous red handed to RVP on the return leg at Barcelona, before he became RVBoy of course. Spent that whole night drinking to kill my sorrow. He was playing like a man possessed. We would have surely qualified.

Bergkamp"s Third Nipple

He’s still a cunt.


if you are talking about 2006 final, I’m pretty sure Ashley Cole was to blame for that one, no?

Jim Wallis

My favourite would be Crowe’s, which if memory serves, was after approximately 28 seconds of his debut. @jimthegooner

Arctic Troll

Has to be Emmanuel Petit slightly nudging Paul Durkin, who then scored a perfect ten on his dive to the floor.


Gio at Anfield is my favourite (number 40 in the list) cos we still won the game, and at a time when Anfield was one of the hardest places to go.

Also, if memory serves me correctly, none of the 100 were derserved, they were all blatant dives ; )


Kanu playing in midfield in that game was amazing as well. Playing like we thought only Vieira could


God, that brings back memories. What a team of absolute legends that was!


Vieira getting sent off against Sunderland, then, two days later, getting set off again against liverpool. That’s some Vinne Jones stats right there!


Vieira doing that two footed challenge against Liverpool. Never a red I shouted…

Gareth Murray

Actually that one was very unfortunate, it was on Dietmar Hamann, so in the first place any foull on that impudent little toe-rag should be congratulated. However far from being a two footed lunge, Patrick went in side on with hi sleft foot and the right one followed though in a natural motion. Hamann tried to jump from the tackle then deliberately and violently stamped on Viera and escaped punishment for it. Viera saw the card and later Hamann was sent off in another incident. One final twist in that one was that Dietmar Hamann’s red card was rescinded on… Read more »


Bergkamp, because even his sendings off were glorious.


Its so sad that the stupid “same old Arsenal! Always cheating!” that opposing fans use is now exclusively used when one of our players is injured rather than someone being sent off. It was much more fun when it was used for that.


(sorry for noob question) why was Vieira allowed to play in the next game if he was given a red in same competition?


I’d be interested to know how we compare to other Premier League clubs over the same period.

The press hit us because we have had the same manager for so long.

Anyone feel like looking it up?


Message the guy who produced the table to compare Arsenal vs. the rest of the Premiership??


Dennis’ elbow against West Ham in the Cup. Absolute poetry in motion.

Gareth Murray

No, no ,no you mean Stevie Lomas’s nose getting in the way of Bergkamp’s forearm smash.


Yep, number 11, Bergy definite favourite *BAM* take that Lomas


We should draft Grimandi back in for the away leg at Bayern to repeat his elbow on Guardiola.

Black Hei

Grimandi was just scouting their players at the Bayern dugout when he accidentally elbows Pep while getting a Gatorade….


Petit was something else too ehh? For some funny reason I used to brag about some of Vieira’s reds. I was a bit young and a bit naive of course. I didn’t particularly worry about the next game. Such is the fun of not knowing some things. I don’t really have a favorite now.

The ‘shame’ might just mean referees targeted us.

Gareth Murray

I hated it when Paul Durkin was named as ref for our games, before a ball was kicked you knew the chances of finishing the match with 11 players were slim. It wasn’t just that he always appeared to dislike us, it was also the manner in which he branded the cards, it was like he couldn’t get them out of his pocket quick enough. Many will site the one on Petit for touching the sensitive Durkin. However the worst one for me was the sending off of van Bronckhorst at Anfield 23/12/2001. Gio had been booked for a 50-50… Read more »

Özil Gummidge

“the very first (Steve Bould v Liverpool)”


Dr Baptiste



Bergkamp against West Ham in the ’98 FA Cup… totally unnecessary, but caused Lomas to have a nosebleed and brought about one of the best ‘backs against the wall’ performances under the Wenger reign.

Who can forget Alex Manninger in goal for the penalties…. happy times

Black Hei

Bring to mind some ugly memories. Fantastic reflexes but so Alumnish. I remembered he stopped a shot, got up and in process back heeled the ball into the net for an OG. Can’t remember which match it was, just the pure stupidity of it.


Bouldie carrying on the fine tradition, I see. Nothing like continuity, eh?

palace gunner

Jens sending off c/ lge final 2006, was a crazy stunt he should have stayed goal line but no jens who lvs to rush at players gd sol goal, sczny should have seen robben u can see arjen when he goes for goal & his strike force, ozil i wished he scored, sczny goal line, muller oi lvs goals supr sub for bayern, gunners form last night shown 1st & 2nd half with 10men prem contenders, ozil lad


Love how this comment finishes: Ozil, lad!

palace gunner

Prem & f.a cup


Abou Diaby; for attempted murder on Barton..


Almost as funny as the time he attempted to remove Terry’s head from his shoulders. No red of course. It was just too good.

Here, this will cheer up any gooner.

Gunner From Another Mother


Black Hei

Guys, JT was out, and not in a funny way. I remembered that incident shook Diaby so bad boss had to sub him.

There are limits to where we should take this; endangering someone else’s life, even JT’s, is not acceptable fun.

I remembered the press saying at 1 point, JT was even choking on his tongue; he was absolute out cold.


Jens. Until we finally win that darn cup it will haunt me forever.


My first thought was to skip through to see which number that was. 63. *sobs*


You’re right about Reyes. I don’t even remember it now you’ve reminded me.


Reyes getting his own back after the kicking he received at Old Trafford earlier that season.


Paul Davis’ Mike Tyson impression on Glen Cockerill.. He got banned after the game (so it doesn’t ‘really’ count). Retrospective ban. Another Arsenal first.

DB10 on Lomas was great. Lomas was kicking God’s ankles all game. Pulling his hallowed shirt. Ref did fuck all of course. Dennis just went’ fuck this’ and produced a sublime forearm smash to his nose. Lomas went down like the proverbial sack of shit.

Even his assualts are perfect.


On an unrelated note, how did that little fuckstain Sterling get away with laying hands on the ref the other day without even getting booked?! Most Sunday league refs would’ve nutted him for that!

Gareth Murray

Yip, Howard Webb called over Liverpool and England captain Stevie “uppercut” Gerrard to have a word with Sterling. I only wish Webb was consistent and this wise way of handling younger players wasn’t just restricted to teams fielding English captains.


I know we are talking about Arsenal reds here but the best red ever was Adebayor in the 5pur2.

Gunsen Gunner

Fuck the media and all other supporters of different teams.The media want Arsenal to fail miserably and turn any possible positive into a negative. And why can’t these daft twat mugmashers understand that we had just as much right to be aggrieved at the refs decisions.We should have had a penalty for that Hitler youth’s studs challenge on Saniti, and both Gerrard and sterling were lucky to be on the pitch I until full time.And i havent heard anyone mention the Hitler youth’s challenge on ozil in the penalty box which the broadcaster’s,the media,Liverpool and even most Arsenal fans seem… Read more »


The worst one/ most painful red is always the one that just happened. Last night’s red was so disappointing because, as many have said, we were all over them in the 1st 15-20 mins and passing round them in a tippy tappy style was hugely enjoyable. Watching the death of any possibility that the enjoyment could continue and any chance of victory evaporate, hurt like fuck.


The Gervinho eye scraper against Barton


Unfortunately Gervinho struck Barton with about as much venom as he does the ball.


RvP’s 2nd yellow (Red) against Barca for shooting the ball 0.0000001 secs after offsides was called was probably the one that infuriated me the most.


Why does no-one mention my knock-out punch to Joey Barton on my debut..

Henry! Chance! Goal!!

Patrick Vieira dominates that list.


Has any journo anywhere, ever, commented on another team’s disciplinary record? It feels like only Arsenal are reported on by a bunch of stat-hungry trolls. Same goes for the comments about the last time we won a trophy. When was the last time you saw the press a mention that Spurs last won the league the same year the Berlin Wall was built or that Liverpool last won the league the year the gameboy was launched? We are judged by different standards to any other club.

The EEEraticator!!

Well this was a neato article, lotsa red cards in 98 I notice. Though lots to choose from, as a ljundberg fan I must go with his against the spurious. A vile breed the spurious!


Started looking in this site for the club with the most red cards then her up stairs came down and sent me off, to bed. Would appreciate someone else picking up the flag and completing my research –
Beleaguered of Barnsbury


I remember watching Bergkamp being sent off in the FA cup when Reyes slapped someone… then Pascal gave away a penalty..


No 4…John Hartson was my most memorable.

The big Welshman can on as a 2nd half substitute and was booked for his first challenge on the edge of the opposition box.

He jogged back towards the halfway line giving the ref an earful of dissent, who brandished the 2nd yellow within 10 seconds of the first! Hartson didn’t even stop, but simply angled his run down the Highbury tunnel to conclude his 60 second cameo appearance!


Can’t believer no one has mentioned the most hilarious episode of someone being removed from the pitch. Wenger himself being banished to the stands at Old Trafford. Magnificent.


Vierra on Van Nistelrooy for a foul he didn’t commit. But we still stayed unbeaten!

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