- Written by Toby Moss
As the Arsenal Manager turns 65 today, now is as good an excuse as any to post the 10 times that luck has played the biggest part in the Frenchman’s Arsenal career.
1) FA Cup Semi-Final Replay 1999 – Bergkamp’s Penalty Miss
1999 will forever be “United’s year”. Their treble immortalised, the luck forgotten. The narrative, however, could have been so very different. Arsene Wenger had won the double in his the previous season, and had the opportunity to repeat the feat for a second consecutive year. The title proved to be in Arsenal’s hands, and a 1-0 loss away at Leeds ensured Wenger retained neither trophy, and would have to wait another agonising three seasons before his next double.
14th April - the FA cup semi-final replay. A deflected shot from Bergkamp finds the back of the net, cancelling out David Beckham’s spectacular first half effort. The momentum of the game certainly looks to be moving back towards the holders. Within 3 minutes, Arsenal score again. The players and crowd merge into one ecstatic entity as 20 year old wonderkid, Nicolas Anelka, rounds Schmeichel and puts the Gunners in the lead for the first time. The linesman, however, was having none of it. Offside. No Goal.
- Written by Verrol Tomlinson
The purchase of Welbeck and failure to acquire the types of players Wenger now claims to recognise we need is a dereliction of responsibility.
Fans, commentators and every one with an opinion has years commented on Arsenal's deficiencies yet the club's recruitment policy has become an opportunistic stab in the dark with the club unable to secure the quality players needed.
After 3 years as a senior Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck was discarded with less respect than Nicklas Bendtner exited the English game.
- Written by Theo Andrew
It has been an unenthusiastic start to the season for the Gunners. Wenger’s men have yet to light up the League like many were expecting, a win against City would surely light a spark for the season.
An unconvincing win against Palace and two edgy draws against Everton and Leicester, have left us needing to get a result against City. The addition of Welbeck is something I’m personally excited for, especially after his midweek performances for England.
It may be a tough month for the Arsenal, and not one that may kick start our season. With important games against Dortmund in the Champions League and a tricky League Cup game against the Saints could make this month a challenge for the Gunners.
- Written by Michael George
Yesterday, I had initially written out and prepared a post about how the end of Arsenal's transfer window this summer very much mirrored our performances on the pitch last season.
We showed great promise, flair, excitement only to falter when it really mattered- dwarfed by the bigger teams and yet again falling behind. Arsenal not buying a striker would have been like going to Tesco, having not eaten for days, with £100 in your pocket and subsequently leaving with ten Miley Cyrus Albums. Negligence of the highest order.
I, along with I'm sure a plethora of Arsenal fans felt real deep rooted anger when David Ornstein tweeted that no players would be coming in on deadline day. It wasn't disappointment that I felt. It went beyond that, I really felt let down, and confused. Like when my mum was late picking me up at the school gate. I felt as if I had been failed.
Falcao, a player that we all desperately craved, was going to UTD, a team that already has 3 strikers better than ours. The tears within me were beginning to surface. My bottom lip was starting to flicker.
- Written by Michael George
I woke up on Saturday morning with a tingling sensation in my stomach - the type which suggests a feeling of nerves coupled with a wholly overwhelming, consuming excitement.
I picked up the TV remote, selected the TV guide, scrolled across to later on Saturday night, and subsequently gleamed at the beautiful sight of Match of The Day hitting our screens at 10.35Pm. I'm pretty sure that feeling is up there with the typical great feelings in life.
You know...wedding day, birth of a kid - that kind of stuff.
Lessons after one weekend
Utd are still cr*p
They can play 451, 442, 352, 847, they will continue to be awful because they lack an array of players. What a mess Fergie has left behind and what a joy it is to see.