When Arseblog News launched in 2011, we didn’t envisage Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta – two of the first transfers we covered – still being at Arsenal a decade later. That they currently head up our academy and manage the first team sums up what a barmy period it has been in our club’s history.
Interlulls aside, there’s never a dull moment following the Gunners.
When Blogs first invited me to get involved in this project, rescuing me after I’d just been made unemployed, we knew we were onto a good thing. He’d already spent nine years nurturing an incredible community and there was a growing feeling that good quality, club-specific news content would go down well at a time when clickbait tactics were all the rage amongst tabloid sports desks trying to carve out an online presence.
We weren’t wrong. 10 years, three managers, four FA Cups, Brexit, one global pandemic, a failed Super League and 15,601 articles later, we’re still going strong.
In my opinion, the quality of football content has been taken to another level in recent years and thanks to your clicks here and the support you give us on Patreon, we’re doing a pretty decent job at keeping up with the competition.
Tim’s coverage of Arsenal Women is unrivalled, nobody knows Arsenal’s next-generation like Jeorge and the number-crunching, data viz and tactical analysis by Tim, Scott, Dom, Jon, Lewis and Phil (some here, others writing on the main site) has been mind-blowingly good in the past 24 months. Regaining the ‘Best Fan Media’ title at the FSA awards in March felt particularly sweet because I know how much work went in during a gruelling campaign.
Our job is certainly made easier by the fact the Arsenal beat is blessed with a number of cracking journalists both established and up-and-coming. Like the other supporter-run sites, we have to acknowledge how reliant we are on their access to the club and the reporting they do.
A tip of the cap must also go to all those behind the scenes – especially Arseblog Tom – who drop whatever they’re doing at short notice to keep the platform running, provide cover, help with translations and tip us off about potential stories.
Finally, thanks to all of you for reading, listening, commenting, sharing our stories and being part of the roller-coaster Arsenal experience.
Will we still be here in 10 years time? I hope so. Who knows, maybe Hector Bellerin’s Gunners will be celebrating Champions League success by then.
Before we head out for jelly and ice cream, here’s our customary State of the Arse…
15,601 published posts on Arseblog News
113,200 followers of the @arseblognews Twitter account
7,334 posts by @arseblog
6,166 posts by @AAllenSport
720 posts by Academy aficionado @JeorgeBird
644 posts by Arsenal Women expert @Stillberto
109 posts by stats guru @oh_that_crab
383 posts by master baker @7amkickoff
53 posts by super-sub @chatwithhat
42 posts by data viz geniuses @DomC0801 & @jonollington
Big love ❤️
Team Arseblog News