It’s a jelly and ice cream* day for the team at Arseblog News as we celebrate our 5th birthday. It all kicked off on June 1st 2011, with a post about the Arsenal Ladies (start as you mean to go on we say), and here we are 10 (or more?) transfer windows later, still doing stuff and things.
Here’s our annual ‘State of the Arse’ address, enjoy the stats and other bits.
428,300 – approved comments
77,301 – spam comments blocked
Infinity – comments not approved for use of text speak
77,335 – followers of the @arseblognews twitter account
6,588 – posts published so far
3,322 – posts by @arseblog (51% of total)
2,562 – posts by @AAllenSport (aka Arseblog News Hound)
1065 – games Arsene Wenger has been in charge of at Arsenal
271 – posts by @jeorgebird
267 – posts by @7amkickoff
39 – games to go until the current Arsenal squad match the ‘Invincibles’
31 – posts by @Stillberto
29 – posts by Sul
21 – consecutive seasons we’ve finished above Sp*rs.
19 – number of Premier League assists made by Mesut Ozil in 2015/16
Granit Xhaka’s new number Aaron Ramsey’s old number
8 – hours a day Alex Iwobi spends broadcasting himself on Periscope.
5 – lovely, lovely goals scored by Newcastle on St. Totteringham’s Day.
2 – number of times a day people still ask about our p1r.es link shortener on Twitter
1 – April Fools joke that despite being posted on April 1st still fooled some folks
1 – the number of times we came close to publishing an article all about Arsenal signing a shoe.
Here are a few other posts that never quite made it…
TOP POSTS BY MONTHS SINCE LAST BIRTHDAY
June 2015 – Puma’s new gold away kit linked
July 2015 – New leaked images of Arsenal’s third kit
August 2015 – Wenger’s thoughts on transfers post-West Ham
September 2015 – Club appeal but Gabriel ban could be extended
October 2015 – Full list of Arsenal players under Arsene Wenger
November 2015 – Arsene Wenger’s full interview with L’Equipe Sport and Style
December 2015 – Video: Mesut Ozil all assists 2015/16 so far
January 2016 – Elneny shirt number revealed
February 2016 – Arsenal 2-1 Leicester – Player ratings
March 2016 – Nwakali confirms Arsenal deal
April 2016 – Fans groups plan protest at Norwich game
May 2016 – Mertesacker becomes latest to change number
SOME OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
The book that summed up the season
The Andre Santos Tweet that never gets old
The Arsene Wenger interview in L’Equipe that even the staunchest critics of the manager enjoyed.
When we discovered that Mathieu Flamini is going to save the world.
When loads of websites with the words ‘footy’, ‘banter’ or ‘bible’ (or all three) stole the Michael Owen quotes we made up. And then Michael Owen Tweeted about how fed up he was about people making up quotes, before making all those daft fake quotes redundant by actually saying something more stupid than all of them put together.
When you’re not sure whether or not to approve a comment:
And when you’re glad you did after you sign Mohamed Elneny:
When after the final day of the season you can work in a Game of Thrones meme:
When Hector is relaxing at home:
The long awaited debut album from Carl Jenkinson who, of course, has been inspired by his dad’s efforts as a backing singer for Bonnie Tyler.
Thanks to all of you who read, comment, follow, Tweet, Facebook, and indulge our nonsensical whims on a regular basis. It wouldn’t be the same without you.
Except for that one guy. Oh, and that other guy. And the other fella. And that bloke that … well, it wouldn’t be the same without most of you.
There’s a glass of Asti Spumante on us.
*bourbon and lemon drizzle cake