Arsenal’s Season in Headlines – Part 1

With the last game out of the way and a football-free summer upon us (unless you get turned on by the Under 21s), I thought it might be a good idea to examine our season through the prism of the headlines that have accompanied the daily post here on Arsenal Arsenal.

With a new post every day and a long season, I’m breaking it up into sections, starting today with August, September and October. The remaining months will be covered in two more posts over the coming week or so.

It’s an interesting exercise: some headlines now seem prophetic (“As the Transfer Deadline Approaches Are We Really Strong Enough?”), others seem full of pathos (“West Bromwich Preview: Unbeaten & On The Way To Invincible”) while others still are plain bonkers, which accurately reflects a certain portion of the AA DNA (“I Am An Arsenal Supporter and Windows 7 Was My Idea”)..

You can also always spot an international break – that’s when the nostalgia pieces start coming out!

Read on if you can bear it, and relive our Season 2010/2011 (and of course, feel free to link on any of the pieces and dip back into the excellent prose that has kept AA such an enjoyable destination all season long)…


Pool – Arsenal in at the Deep End

Losing Would Have Been a Very Bad Start

Sack Wenger; Win Something

Almunia: Dead Man Walking? ….. and the Real Stats

Money to Burn

Exploited Gooners – the Final Fanshare Straw?

Blackpool Rocks….

Arsenal Crush Blackpool 6-0

The Arsenal Transfer Mystery?

Arsenal’s Dodgy Centre Halves

Tomas Rosicky – Little Mozart Is Playing The Right Tune

Doomer vs AKB: Decoded

UEFA’s New Financial Rules Will Benefit Arsenal

Blackburn ….. Would You Risk Cesc?

Arsenal Were Stronger, Blackburn were Blackburn

As the Transfer Deadline Approaches, Is Our Squad Really Strong Enough ?

Today’s the Day


Almunia Stays As Number One So Let’s Move On

Szczesny, Come on Down and Save Our Season

Peter Simpson Remembered

Arsenal Programmes Before Programs

Arsenal Players We’ve Missed – and Some We Haven’t

September 6th, a Landmark Day in Arsenal’s History

Jagielka, Cahill and Hart ….. a Glimpse of What Might Have Been?

So Far So Good Part 1. The Defence

So Far So Good Part 2. Midfield and Attack

Arsenal Supporters, Look to the Cookie … and Other Things I’ve Learned

Coyle’s Conundrum

Thunderbirds Are Go

The Magic of Highbury …. Lest We Forget

Cahill’s Ban Should Be Extended

You Know We Will Win, But….

Six of the Best ….. the Cesc and Jack Show

Van Persie on the Bench for the Champions League Final

Cesc Happy with Cattermole’s Ban. Sunderland Preview

Wenger is Asking Too Much of Wilshere.

Goodbye Denilson

Into the House of Darkness – WHL

Arsenal 4 – 1 Them Lot: Spurs Are Such Nice Hosts Aren’t They?

Arsène Outwits ‘Arry

Wenger is Not Very Clever……..

West Bromwich Preview – Unbeaten & on the Way to Invincible

One Day Chicken, Next Day Feathers

2010 Arsenal Embarrassed ……. What Went Wrong in 2005?

Partizan. Fabianski to Have a Quiet But impressive Game

Arsenal Back To Winning Ways

Song’s Position In Question


64 Responses to Arsenal’s Season in Headlines – Part 1

  1. Morning all

    Sorry for the delay, I seem to have given myself an extra hour in bed today – lucky me 😉

  2. I know we’ll all find snippets in the above posts that have proved to be really relevant but this one from kelsey

    ‘IMO we still need a striker to create a better balance and I also believe, injuries permitting, we will see more rotation than ever before. What do you think ?’

    back in August ties in with yesterday’s post!

  3. chas says:

    I’m amazed I haven’t read any of these posts. Really thought I’d been using AA as my Arsenal blog of choice the whole season. Should pass a few enjoyable hours over the bank holiday, thanks. 🙂

    Barca for me tonight. Could never want another English team to win.

  4. RockyLives says:

    Not a proper post today I’m afraid folks, more an exercise in blogging archaeology.

    I was actually looking back to try and find an old post of Red Arse’s and as I was browsing I was struck by how some of the post headlines had proved to be uncannily prophetic, while others reflected moments when we all (well, some of us) thought that this was going to be the season when our team finally gelled.

    My personal favourite is “One Day Chicken, The Next Feathers” after the home defeat to West Brom. It sort of became a cypher for our season…

  5. RockyLives says:

    there was a brief moment after the corrupt way we were dumped out of the CL in Barcelona when I wanted anyone but Barca to win it, but things have righted themselves now and I hope they spank United in a five goal rout started by Evra’s spectacular own goal.

  6. great idea to relive the season on a blog itself!
    Wonderful! You guys just keep coming out with great ideas! kudos!

    Barca 2-United 1

  7. Evonnethegunner says:

    Rocky – yeah, Evra’s own goal would cheer me up:)
    I am off to read the Chicken story now

  8. gunnern5 says:

    Some Saturday laughs courtesy of the late (and great) Tommy Cooper.

    Went to the Doctor.
    He said “lie on the couch”.
    I said “what for”?
    He said “I need to sweep the floor”.

    Went to the doctor the other day.
    I said “it hurts when I do that”
    He said “well don’t do it”

    Went to the doctor the other day.
    I asked if he could do anything about my wind.
    So he gave me a kite.

    Went to the vet.
    I told him that our dog doesn’t eat eat.
    He asked “why not”?
    I said “because we don’t give him any”.

    This little old lady was frightened.
    She looked at me and said “Please do something religious”
    So I took up a collection.

    I’ve gone on a new diet.
    It’s a single malt scotch diet.
    It really works “I’ve lost two days already”

    I’ve always been unlucky.
    I had a rocking horse once, and it died.


  9. RockyLives says:

    Good stuff Gn5
    TC – the comedian who literally died on stage.
    I remember him fondly from my childhood.

  10. gunnern5 says:

    Rocky Tommy Cooper and Henny Youngman were both Kings of the “one liners”

    Here are some of Henny’s

    I was so ugly when I was born that the doctor slapped my mum.

    The food on the plane was fit for a king.
    Here King, good boy.

    The doctor said “don’t worry you will live until you’re seventy”. I said “I am seventy”
    The doctor said” “see I told you so”

    Went to my psychiatrist.
    I said “doctor no one listens to me”
    He said “next”

    Doctor “I have a ringing in my ears”
    He said “don’t answer”

    I’m making a Jewish porno.
    10% sex – 90% guilt.

    Why do Jewish men die before their wives?
    Because they want to.

    This is an classy hotel.
    The room service number is unlisted.

    Have you ever seen a Polish jigsaw?
    One piece.

    Polish terrorist was sent to blow up a car.
    He burned his mouth.

    How do Polish people spell farm?
    E I E I O

    I bought a Japanese camera.
    It goes crick.

    Take my wife……….Please.

    I’ve been married for 50 years.
    Where did I go wrong?

    Da Da……….

  11. Gooner in Exile says:

    Just in case anyone thought I was bias in my criticism of Mr D Deadman (Cambridgeshire) he is ref’ing League 2 play off Stevenage v Torquay so you can judge him yourself.

    Good idea on post Rocky my favourite headline out of that lot was “Wenger is not very clever” where Rasp eulogised the squid 😀

    Also Raddys first pre match saying how Liverpool had acquired one of the best managers in Europe.

    Wheres that hindsight button again?

    Only joking guys as you know 😉

    The great thing about this blog is it gives many of us a chance to put our necks on the line, and we canne beaten up for our “errors” in the future.

  12. RockyLives says:

    Thanks Gn5
    I don’t remember Henny Youngman, but some of those one-liners have become timeless classics.

    Can’t remember who’s responsible for these but…

    Doctor doctor, I keep thinking I’m a pair of curtains.
    Pull yourself together man.

    Officer help, I’ve just been raped by a dentist!
    How do you know he was a dentist?
    I just felt a little prick.

    Doctor: I’m afraid you only have three minutes left to live.
    Patient: Oh my God. What can I do?
    Doctor: Boil an egg?

    Patient: Doctor doctor, there’s a rash in the shape of a W on both of my bum cheeks.
    Doctor: Drop your trousers and let me take a look…

    Doctor doctor I keep feeling the whole world is against me.
    Bugger off.

    Horse goes into a pub and walks up to the bar.
    Barman says: Hey, why the long face?

  13. RockyLives says:

    I wrote a post earlier in the season essentially saying that Kozzer and Squid has sorted out our defence and Vermaelen would struggle to get back in the side. If I knew how to do the red-faced emoticon I would do it now…

  14. Big Raddy says:

    GIE 🙂 & I still think Roy is a fine manager, he just went to the wrong club!

    Of the available strikers in the PL I would like AW to look at Kenwyne Jones. He always gives our CB’s a run. Not English though

  15. RockyLives says:

    Just saw a headline that Gareth Bale thinks the Spuds can ‘topple’ Arsenal next season.

    My goodness, is it really that time of year already?

    Like the first cuckoo of Spring and the first swallow of Summer, the annual crowing of the cock with its plaintive cry of “Next year… next year… One day!” is a regular feature of the twitcher’s calendar.

    Some say the noise of the cock is very similar to that of the loon.

  16. Big Raddy says:

    RL 😀

    I saw that as well in this barren news afternoon. So monkey-boy is deluded, nothing new there. Lose Modric and they can enjoy mid table mediocrity once again.

  17. RockyLives says:

    Just checked the dashboard and there have been quite a lot of people linking on the various post headlines above. So if you contributed to AA this season there’s a fair chance that some of your past work is being read, which is nice.

    In fact 44 of them have had two or more hits!

  18. RockyLives says:

    Your pre-match for the first game of the season is most popular so far, with 15 hits.

    Followed by London’s “Arsenal Crush Blackpool 6-0” match report with 12 hits (obviously 12 people wanting to re-live the happy times!)

    And 12 people have clicked on “Sack Wenger, Win Something” by redandwhiteviews. I suspect those people will be disappointed, because rawv’s piece was a rousing defence of AW.

  19. RockyLives says:

    Raspers and Peaches
    Enjoying the “Summer Comings and Goings” box at the top! It’s kind of nice to have two names in their already.

  20. Evonnethegunner says:

    GiE – you spoilt that game for me. All I am doing now is waiting for Deadman from Cambridgshire to feck up

  21. Evonnethegunner says:

    N5 – good old days when racist jokes were completely acceptable. Actually in Poland we call a farm FARMA, so even an idiot cannot get it very wrong 🙂

  22. gunnern5 says:


    As I typed them I was nervous that some of the jokes would be deemed offensive or racist, however the suspect jokes were from Henny Youngman and he was Jewish

    I meant no evil or dispespect, I just love comedians that have the ability to hit you with a one line punch.


    My wife had a go at me last night.
    She said “You’ll drive me to my grave”
    It took me thirty seconds to start the car.

    I slept like a log last night.
    Woke up in the fireplace.

    Hurt my back the other day.
    I was playing piggy back with my 6 year old daughter, and fell off.

  23. Evonnethegunner says:

    N5 – no need to worry about me, I can take a joke 🙂 I have already forwarded that one to my brother in Warsaw 🙂

  24. Victor says:

    I miss eduardo da silva seen him banging in the goals for shaktar shame that we couldnt keep him after recovering from his injury

  25. Gooner in Exile says:

    Sorry Evonne I didn’t watch it….. Did he do badly?

  26. Evonnethegunner says:

    GiE – no, not really. But you could just tell he is a spud 🙂

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    In and out of the rain. The fire is lit and Dr Who is nearly finished, so about to settle down with like minded family members in front of the big screen. Hoping for a classic with Barca running out 4-3 victors. Definatley a whiff of red carding in the air.

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry Rocky.
    I really like the idea behind your post. It does make fascinating reading.

  29. TotalArsenal says:

    Hey Rocky, good idea to list last season’s posts! I will be reading a few over the dire footieless summer months. Will you be watching the CL final from Toronto (almost a 3pm kick-off for you)?

    Hi AA’ers,

    I so hope that Barca will smash the Mancs and show the world again that TotalFootball is not only beautiful but also deadly. Have a horrible feeling though the Mancs will get a lucky early goal and defend the next 80 minutes or so heroically, to win 1-0. Keep an eye on Evra: would not be surprised if he will give Messi a nasty/sneaky kick in the first 15 minutes…

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Please don’t tell me its sunny again at the business end of the country, and that you are all outside in your gardens burning food.

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi Total,
    If Evra does, we could see the swiftest ever red. Mind you, that would tally with BR’s conspiracy theory.

  32. mickydidit89 says:

    I know where you are coming from on the Barca style, however I would like us to mix in a bit of Utd’s directness. A bit of muscle here and a bit of power there, and I see no reason why we can’t.
    KO approaches.
    Enjoy the game.

  33. TotalArsenal says:

    True Micky, Barca are doomed one way or another! Am based in Norwich and it is pretty overcast. Everyone is just preparing mentally for the game I guess. Where do you live, up north?

  34. TotalArsenal says:

    Enjoy game Micky.

  35. Gooner in Exile says:

    Pedros run = football brain.

    Even Evra got sucked in towards Messi even though he didn’t have the ball or look like receiving it.

    Man U started well for 2-3 minutes 🙂

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Excellent game, Xavi and I niesta are just the best. And now MU have equalised we are in for a proper final

  37. RockyLives says:

    Hello TA
    Am running late so will just catch 2nd half.
    What’s score so far?

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Messi is a magician but MU are playing just like we did. Give them possession and sit deep,the chances will come .

  39. Big Raddy says:

    Looking forward to the second half. Barca are brilliant to watch but I still fancy United.

    I don’t now !!

  40. Big Raddy says:

    Once again I show my punditry skills!

    Brilliant game from Barca. MU were totally outplayed.

    Chary will be pleased.

  41. Gooner in Exile says:

    It’s no disgrace to lose like that to Barca apparently? Anyone want to rewind a few months and look at the headlines after our exit.

    Barca were simply awesome tonight, ref was ultra lenient, thought ManU could have had a few bookings before Alves got carded especially Valencia.

    Thought United set their stall out early when they went for the old hoof up the flanks at kick off

  42. goonermichael says:

    That was men against boys mr everard. we gave them a better game

  43. goonermichael says:

    Just shows how shit they realy are

  44. gunnern5 says:

    Master Class 3, 2nd Class 1

    What a joy to watch……….

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    Just a thought. That Barcelona lot may well be quite good in a year or two when they mature.
    Nite all.
    They are good. Very very good.

  46. London says:

    OK, I confess, it was me who opened the page twelve times Arsenal 6 Blackpool 0

  47. TotalArsenal says:

    One-sided, but still great game of football. Barca were once again phenomenal and MU had no answer against this football-machine. Vidic was awesome and saved MU single-handedly from a huge defeat.

    It was a fair game, with no nasty tackles, hardly any diving, and the referee – although lenient at times – had a good game as well. He allowed the game to keep flowing which was in Barca’s favour.

    Over 90 minutes, only Hercules and us beat Barca this season. I reckon that over the next few years, only Arsenal(‘s style of football) will have a serious change to beat Barca in the CL. Come on Arsene, buy us a few decent players and we can do it!

  48. TotalArsenal says:

    change = chance

  49. We don’t have post for tomorrow so if anyone fancies writing a bit of a match report they should – has to have Arsenal in the title though 😉

    Come on you can do it ……..

  50. RockyLives says:

    I can do one Peaches

  51. RockyLives says:

    But I know you’re lying cos I opened it 3 times!

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    I lovingly marinated two kilos of expensive organic Red Ruby yesterday to cook over a log fire down in the woods, and those utter bastards at the weather centre are wrong again!
    While I am moaning, here’s another. Barca have about six hundred thousand fans at home games, are a global brand, flog their own tv rights and have no stadium debt. So why can’t they pay us our £13m they owe for Henry/Hleb?
    Loved the Final.

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh and throw into the equation they only had to pay for nappies rather than transfer fees for most of their players. Where are my sums going wrong?

  54. Evonnethegunner says:

    Micky classic – pay for nappies only 🙂 Yep, the secret is in the academy. I’ve been there, seen it, awsome.

    Great game, Mancs completely outplayed. And yes, I agree with GiE – we were slaughtered by media and laughed at after we lost in Barcelona. So why is it no shame for ManU, our champions?? Perhaps because we all know they are lucky and shit, lucky shits. Congrats Barca!!

  55. London says:

    The deal was something like this:

    Barça, if you agree to pay us £15 million for Hleb we will take 2/6d up front and you can pay us the rest when you fancy it.

  56. London says:

    I hate to throw cold water over this humorous subject but apart from Le Grove and all their inside information lol how do we actually know that Barça still owe us anything for Hleb and Henry?

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    I’ve got enough cold bloody water biing dumped on me without your help 🙂
    I cannot answer your question as I have absolutely no idea.
    Barca play without a central striker. Who is the closest style of player we have to Messi. Link, vision and goals?

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    Out for papers. I shall return.

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. No-one comes close. We once had DB10 but now …… RvP?

    We are blessed to be able to watch Messi and Ronaldo. Both sensational players and it must really depress Ronaldo to be around when Messi is at his peak. At any other time CR would be considered a marvel.

    The best thing about last night was the triumph of Wengerball. No-one was singing boring, boring at Barca.

    London. I opened the B’pool post as well …..

  60. Big Raddy says:

    And …. Berbs must be on his way out of OT, not even on the bench last night. €20m Carrick was totally anonymous. What a waste of money.

    Giggs was lost, Park outclassed, Evra mugged. Only Rooney, Vidic and Ferdinand played well.

    Expect MU to spend big in the summer. A creative MF and a DM.

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