Sunday, May 29, 2022

Time travel: on this day

Hey, it’s a really quiet day, and after the 3-3 draw with West Ham the shutters have come down a bit. Classic Arsenal radio silence.

Still, we want to give you something to read today, so we thought we’d look back at what happened on this day in years gone by.


We beat Burnley 1-0 thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal. The Welshman spoke about playing out on the right, saying, “I’m doing a job out there. I like to be involved in the game a lot more in the middle but I’ve had to do a job there.

“I’ve had a couple of assists and a goal in the last couple of games, so I’m having an impact out there, but I’d like to be more involved in the game!”

Also, Hector Bellerin spoke about following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas.

“I thought, if Cesc did it, why can’t I do it?,” he said. “It was a big change and a hard decision to make. I was at Barcelona for half of my life so it was obviously a big step.”

So far, so good.


It’s the day before the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. Tomas Rosicky says of a potential end to the 9 year trophy drought, “It would be a big lift for everyone because you still have a lot of players here who don’t know how it feels to win a trophy.

“Mainly the guys who are coming through like Jack, Aaron and all these boys. They don’t know how success tastes, so it is a massive chance for us to win a trophy this year.

“It would be a building block for these boys.”

Young Spaniard Julio Pleguezuelo turns pro.


Wilshere back but Rosicky a big doubt for Norwich – that doesn’t seem in any way familiar.


Arsene Wenger backs Thomas Vermaelen after a Per Mertesacker card gives him a chance to play.

“He is a great man and I didn’t make him captain by coincidence,” says the manager. “I knew there is something mentally special there. He responds in positive situations and in less positive situations like when you don’t play.

“They know there could be rotation with the three centre backs from the start of the season, depending on good and less good periods of any individual player. He took that remarkably well.”

The Belgian plays in a 3-1 win over Norwich, then immediately finds himself back on the bench for the next game.


The FA’s disciplinary procedures are exposed.

Kieran Gibbs is suffering from ‘fatigue of the groin’, so he’s about to be rested for Andre Santos. Any excuse, we know:

Santos Gays

And Theo Walcott reveals the blueprint for his own future success, saying, “I would like to be more aggressive in matches and the manager has said that to me. Not by kicking people but by running at players. That’s the main improvement I need to make. When I play my best football, I am aggressive and not afraid of getting hurt. I am not afraid to put a foot in and that’s what he wants.”

Work in progress, I guess.


Arseblog News didn’t exist then, but Arseblog did, and on this day there’s coverage of Stan Kroenke’s ‘takeover’, as he became the majority shareholder at the club.

This is what they said.

PHW: “Mr Kroenke, although relatively new to Arsenal, has shown himself to be a man who values and respects the history and traditions of this very special Club that we cherish. We are confident that he will be a safe custodian of its future.”

Arsene Wenger: “I have worked with Stan Kroenke at board meetings over the past couple of years and I believe he has the best interests of Arsenal at heart. He understands the Club’s heritage and traditions and our ambition to run the Club in a way which protects our long term future.”

Stan Kroenke: “We are excited about the opportunity to increase our involvement with and commitment to Arsenal. Arsenal is a fantastic Club with a special history and tradition and a wonderful manager in Arsene Wenger. We intend to build on this rich heritage and take the Club to new success.”

Glad to see it all worked out for the best!


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Wow, 5 years since Kroenke become majority shareholder.

I’ve got a message for him – Get the fuck out of our club, you leech cunt!


I remember Wenger saying that about Kroenke. I also remember the majority of Arsenal fans sagely nodding their heads and agreeing that we were incredibly lucky not to be Chelsea or City with an irresponsible owner who was about to bankrupt the club. Exactly how an owner who put money in rather than taking it out was a bad thing was never explained, but I notice that Kroenke himself only a couple of months was coming out with exactly this line and prophesying disaster for Chelsea, City, PSG and co. As for Wenger, well, he would back Kroenke, wouldn’t he,… Read more »


At a point, I thought I was reading a new arseblog article!

Mr. G

Well said! Since Ambramovich took over Chelsea, they’ve won the league three times, the Champions League, the Europa League (before you say anything, Wenger couldn’t even win this one), as well as a fair few FA Cups and a couple of League Cups (oh yeah, Wenger could never win this either). In the first year of his reign, we did do the Invincibles, but since then have won three FA Cups with a nine year trophy drought in between the first two. It’s pretty clear – ambitious owners who throw cash at you are the way to success. Chelsea’s dud… Read more »


If I hear that Arsene Wenger has been awarded a new contract this summer then I think I’ll immigrate to Bhutan and give up on life.

It’s time for him and Kroenke to both go.

the only sam is nelson

Rich owners don’t “put in money” in the sense that the money invested is not gifted. It has to be accounted for, and this matters. If you think it doesn’t, consider the fact that Abramovic regularly converts his “loans” to Chelsea into shares. It’s a trite way of trying to make the books look OK but it’s completely transparent and means that without Abramovic’s money to bankroll them, Chelsea are completely fucked – unless they can magic up lots and lots of new revenue, or unless they can find a buyer even wealthier than Abramovic to carry on subsidising the… Read more »


But people have been predicting that Chelsea will implode in a puff of black smoke ever since Abramovich came, but it still hasn’t happened. Despite Chelsea’s failure to become the new Barca and win the CL every year, Abramovich hasn’t got bored and jumped ship. Nor have City’s owners, nor have PSG’s. On the contrary, in addition to regenerating a large area of Manchester, City have built a new training ground and poured a fortune into their academy, as has Abramovich, who incidentally still regularly goes to watch academy games, whereas our model owner doesn’t even put in an appearance… Read more »


Guardiola and Conte will not be affected by any financial foul play. They’ll get paid their large salaries and leave if there is trouble. Just like the players will leave when the owner does, and the staff and then the supporters and nothing will be left after the creditors have picked apart the carcass of a once top 4 premiership club. But hey they won a few trophies in the decade or two preceding their absolute collapse. And the fans will always have that. (No they won’t, they’ll have to find other clubs to support because their club doesn’t exist… Read more »


Next time include a TLDR

Post January Blip

Andre Santos. My word…

Burn Baby Burn

Shouldn’t that be “whatchu’ talkin’ about Santos” ?


Willis says “hey Arnold, this joke is going to run and run until an aviator change is made by “Post January Blip!”
Arnold replies…?? 🙂

Pleargoniums are good

I kept thinking where is all this all leading to. And then, boom. Bang in the face. Thanks Mr.Arseblog. Nothing seems to have changed and i am drifting towards the wenger out group from being neutral-pro group all these years.


Me too. A lot of people I speak to feel the same way. I’d never boo him or hold a sign up, but we’re not going to win the league again with him in charge. Times change and so must we.


It’s like reopening a bad novel. Except you forgot about all the tasteless characters in the novel. This is like that.

Theo, surely Work in Progress.

Dr. Gooner

I know it’s not cool to be anything but down on the club right now, but the last part especially is a little unfair. 2011 was the absolute nadir of this club since the turn of the millennium and progress has definitely been made since then. Being so hard on the ownership for not being able to bring a title in 5 years, especially given where the club was when the takeover happened, is really not reasonable or productive.


Dr. Gooner – with all due respect, it is of my humble opinion that you’re talking bollocks. The reason why fans are against ‘the ownership’, as you call it, is because there is fundamental mismatch between the objectives of Kroenke and that of the fans. Please see below: Primary objective for Kroenke is to make lots of money for himself out of Arsenal FC. Primary objective of Arsenal supporters is for Arsenal FC to win trophies. Kroenke is meeting his aims whereas the fans are not achieving theirs. This will, and has, resulted in disgruntlement. This sense of grievance has… Read more »


Maaaaaa Larcky, it’s Arsene, Kronke doesn’t train the players, Kronke doesn’t pick the team on match day and Arsene list the plot BEFORE Kronke even got here. Stop blaming the left hand for what the right hand is doing, ARSENE OUT NOW!!!

Fosk Goooc

Kroenke doesn’t put his hand in his pocket, except to take the cheques. Kroenke doesn’t invest in the club. Kroenke doesn’t care. Kroenke is the problem.

Fosk Goooc

Don’t think this comment from spinner should be allowed to pass without a message of wholehearted support.

All together now. You all know the words: “Get out of our club ….”


To be fair, primary objective of any owner out there is to make money. Even Roman Abramovich is pumping so much money into chelsea so that he can gain more in the future. Simple truth, Football clubs nowadays are business brands. And I would prefer to have Kroenke, who’d leave the club alone and let it function by itself rather than have Abramovich who will completely destabilize it and make it handicapped on the owner’s money.


3million dividends a small change for you? 🙂

Our previous major shareholder put money into the club and expects nothing back…was it fiszman who helped finance DB10’s purchase?

this current one only puts money into the pockets of other shareholders, buying them out. and puts nothing into the club.


I’m not on the Wenger out team and I’m certainly not on the Kroenke out team. I understand the Wenger out squad though, but Kroenke out? That’s just pushing frustrations wherever you can. Otherwise it means you are so desperate for a trophy you’d rather have someone come in with tonnes of money and just buy the darn thing. Arsenal have the money on their own though. Wenger is just not willing to spend it on players similar to what he has already. He always believes his current crop can do the job. So blame Wenger, yeah. He’s notr going… Read more »


Kroenke gets hated because he is stand offish and doesn’t get involved or invest in the club at all, except for when he is swindling couple of mils in “consultation” fees from the club that is. But I do think he is getting maybe some unfair stick from some of the fans. Is it really his fault we got a miser for a manager? No one outside of some demented Arsene fanatic like GeoffArsenal can really think Kroenke only allotted a 10million budget for us last summer, can they? If the problem lies in the way the club is run,… Read more »


Just check the state of every team Kroenke owns and you’ll have your answer.


to be fair he doesnt own any big franchise (exept when the rams move back to LA) most of his Franchise cannot compete with the big name and big city team


Now I don’t like the man and would be more than glad to see the back of both him and the fat Uzbek gangster. But I don’t need to check hit other teams, all I need is to check Arsenal for an answer. Since he took over he’s done fuck all, he’s left the club alone to its devices. We’ve been on the same course way before he took over so explain to me how he can be blamed for the shitshow? So outside of taking some money for himself out of the club for some consultancy nonsense, his ownership… Read more »

Dr. Gooner

Spinner, Putting disclaimers in front of “you’re talking bollocks” isn’t going to make it sound like you’re being polite; quite the opposite in fact. On topic, I’m not going to try to convince you that my view is correct because experience tells me that’s never productive. Believe me, I’m fully aware of the phenomenon that you describe, and believe it or not, it doesn’t bother me that Stan wants to make money. I don’t have illusions about what football clubs are. I do firmly believe that both Arsene and Ivan are trying their best to build a winning product. I’m… Read more »

DB10's Air Miles

Mate, you’re mad for attempting some kind of realistic and measured response on here, this is the arena of self loathing and hate. I can’t wait for the next win so I can enjoy the articles and comments again. 19 teams don’t win the league every season and some spend far more than us not to… Await the thumb downs.


Let me digress. in a recent interview in Germany Ozil, our best player expressed a heart warming faith in the Arsenal, but with a proviso: if the club would strenghten the squad in summer with a couple or more good players. To me, that is the key to success. But will Arsene Wenger see it in the same light? I’ve always said it in my previous comments, the problem with Wenger is his frustrating reluctance to shop for world class players in the transfer market that can transfer this Arsenal squad into world beaters.


It’s not better players we need; it’s a manager who gets the most out of the players we have and who each summer gets out his paper and pencil assembles the most balanced, viable squad he can with the resources at his disposal. This involves assessing the squad’s actual needs and addressing them, rather than randomly buying an Oezil or Sanchez or Cech or Welbeck whenever a bigger, richer club chooses to sell. These are perfectly good players but, because the squad is always two or three key players short, they don’t justify the expenditure in terms of points on… Read more »


I agree with every word of this.


An excellent response Miranda. I have been ‘pro-Wenger’ for many years now, but am beginning to have my doubts. I absolutely steadfastly will not align myself with the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade, because their argument is so superficial. “Get a better manager” Who, precisely? “Buy Ibrahimovic, Gotze, Bale, etc, etc, etc” This doesn’t address the issue. You can have the greatest starting XI players in the world, but you won’t necessarily have the best team. The sort of players we should be seeking are the equivalent of Parlour, Bould, Adams, Keown, Winterburn, McLintock, Storey etc, etc. Players for whom you can… Read more »


Wenger surrounds himself with weaklings. That’s why we collapse so often. He IS the problem


Right on point.


@ tapps…..


I too agree with Miranda’s points. It seems to me that we are not playing as a TEAM. They are lacking in cohesion virtually each team with successful results plays as a team… Leicester, Barca, The Invincibles, etc…


“History and tradition” is consistent in all their comments. Probably sat and memorized it together.


I miss Vermaelen.


I miss TGSTEL!


Something radical needs to happen. And as the saying goes, whatever happens happens.

Players not afraid of the manager. Manager not afraid of the board and not too worried about the fans. Fans easily pacified. Season after season for the umpteenth season.

Arsenal inured to failure or modest sporting achievement. Fans over time conditioned to think we perform as best as we can considering the circumstances. Placated and pacified, we trudge on waiting for that ordained season when the stars will I inevitably align.

Work in progress obviously.


At least Theo has got there now. Scares the hell out of me everytime he gets on the pitch.


Has he gone to West Ham already??


No offense to anyone, before i start i agree Wenger should go, i have had enough, its time for a change. But Arsenal fans keep saying, rather Kroenke etc, will not give enough money, or Wenger will not buy, as much as the second one is true, it is not the MAIN problem that people seem to forget. Arsene Wenger is just NOT a good enough manager to win us the premier league anymore! The players he has is much better players than Leicester & Spuds, he is not making the correct decisions in games, not getting the right results… Read more »


L out fu*king L They sing ” I’m Arsenal til I die” what they mean is I am until. We lose a couple of games. The owner goes to Fu*k. The manager is sacked.scapegoated/hung drawn and quarted. All/any of the players perform at such a level they cant get a game in the team currently in second place. The board spends three trilion GBP on every world class talent that ever kicked a football. Never in the history of sport do you get fans like they get at football, self righteous,pithy, ignorant,mindless sheep,most of whom have not got £20 in… Read more »


11.04.2017 12 points clear at the top of the PL, and reaching the semi finals in CL and the FA Cup, Arsenal have enjoyed an injury free season. As the team takes on Chelsea (having thumped them in the previous game, where Costa was famously lead off the pitch in a straight jacket for believing he’d been fouled by the air) Giroud is anticipating his 30th goal of the season. Chelsea are facing relegation after an ownership change that saw Abramovich hand over to John Terry and his family who bought the club with drug money. The club is currently… Read more »


Ermm, Kane can fuck off.


Have a giggle, will you?


Hahaha.. You sir just made my night!!!


11.04.2018 After winning the Triple, Wenger retired and somehow Fatgooner got the job. After a disasterous first half of the season, where he not only achieved terrible results but also embarrassed the club by getting multiple restraining orders for harassing the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovich to sign for Arsenal he finally got the boot. Klopp walked out on Liverpool citing language difficulties, “I never could understand what they fuck they were saying up there” he said to a Robbie Savage who failed to understand him through sheer lack of basic intelligence, and has steered the ship safely back… Read more »

George Gunner

Minus the 2 cup wins against mediocre opposition,nothing to crow about the last 5 years.
Arsenal had the best chance to win the epl in years and blew it.
Barring a miracle,I believe the foxes will win it.No doubt it could be a one off but
Ranierie has shown spending billions if not trillions will not guarantee success.
Just look at LVG.
As for the fm,repeated cock ups seem to be in his dna.

Jamie Vardinho

Hang on didnt wenger pay a tidy sum for ozil and sanchez? Kroenke isnt that cheap.

FYI Arsenal despite being a football club is a business and the aim of a business is to make money especially when said club isnt bankrolled by oil regimes.


I know the board lack ambition but I don’t think it was them or Kroenke who decided not to buy any outfield player last summer.


That’s right. Kroenke, Chips Keswick and co couldn’t give a fish’s tit who we sign or don’t sign. Why would they? It’s not their bank accounts the money would be coming from but the club’s, the fans’, the season ticket holders’ and the sponsors’. If it’s there in the coffers Wenger can use it or not as he sees fit. I suspect Wenger will spend very heavily in the next window because he’s under unprecedented fan pressure and will do absolutely anything regardless of whether it’s sensible if it gets him another three years. Whether he spends well is another… Read more »

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