Arsenal’s Top 5 Managers

Throughout our history Arsenal has seen 19 different managers. I’m going to give a brief outline of my personal top five.


First up is Herbert Chapman (1925-1934)


Herbert Chapman



In the 1925 close season Sir Henry Norris placed the following advertisement in the Athletic News.

“Arsenal Football Club is open to receive applications for the position of Team Manager. He must possess the highest qualifications for the post, both as to ability and personal character. Gentlemen whose sole ability to build up a good side depends on the payment of heavy and exorbitant transfer fees need not apply.”

He became our manager shortly after and remained as such for a short 8.5 seasons before his untimely death from pneumonia on January 6th 1934

He championed major innovations in football including floodlighting, numbered shirts and European competitions. He along with Charles Buchan created the famous WM formation which helped to transform Arsenal into one of the greats of English football.

Under his guidance we won our first major trophy, the 1930 FA Cup.

A bronze bust of Herbert Chapman is on proud display outside of the Emirates Stadium.


Herbert Chapman’s league record –

Games 336, Won 157, Drawn 84, Lost 95,

Goals for 736, Goals against 541,

Goals for per game 2.19, Goals against per game 1.61

Points won 59.3%

Average League Position 6.25

Total # of trophies won – 2 League titles, 1 FA Cup, 3 Charity Shields.


Second we have George Allison (1934-1947)


George Allison


During WW1 he worked for the War Office and the Admiralty, producing propaganda, and later joined the Royal Fling Corps (later renamed the Royal air Force). After the war he moved into broadcasting, joining the BBC and becoming the first person to commentate on the radio on events such as The Derby and the Grand National, as well as the annual England v.Scotland international, and the 1927 FA Cup Final. By this time, he had already formed a strong association with Arsenal and he became the club’s programme editor, becoming a member of the board of directors soon after the end of the WW1; he was first club secretary and then managing director.

After the sudden death of Herbert Chapman in January 1934, he was appointed Chapman’s full-time successor, in the summer of that year. Arsenal had already won the League Championship twice in a row (1932-33 and 1933-34), and he made it a hat-trick, winning a third successive title in 1934-35.

He famously appeared in a 1939 movie that was set at Highbury, “The Arsenal Stadium Mystery”, where he had a speaking part as himself. Amongst his lines included one uttered at half time: “It’s one-nil to the Arsenal. That’s the way we like It.”, a line which had resonance with the team’s penchant for 1-0 score lines many decades later.

He passed away in 1957 after several years of illness.

George Allison’s league record –

Games 294, Won 137, Drawn 80, Lost 77,

Goals for 552, Goals against 345,

Goals for per game 1.88, Goals against per game 1.17

Points won 60.2%.

Average League Position 4.29

Total # of trophies won – 3 League titles, 1 FA Cup, 2 Charity Shields.


Thirdly we have Tom Whittaker (1947-1956)


Tom Whittaker


In 1919, after serving his country in World War I, he joined Arsenal, under manager Leslie Knighton. He first played as centre-forward then as wing-half, signing as a professional in January 1920 and making his debut in a 1–0 defeat away to West Bromwich Albion.

He toured Australia as part of the FA side in 1925, but during the tour, in a match in Wollongong he broke his knee cap and was forced to retire from playing. Following his injury he joined Arsenal’s coaching staff and also studied to become a physiotherapist. He became Arsenal’s first team trainer under Herbert Chapman in 1927, at the time, he was younger than many of the players. He assisted Chapman in transforming the training and physiotherapy regime at the club, and played a major part in the club’s successes during the 1930s.

After Herbert Chapman passed away in 1934, he continued to serve under his successor, George Allison while also becoming a trainer for the English National Team. With the advent of WW11 he began to work as an ARP warden, before becoming a pilot in the Royal Air Force where he achieved the rank of Squadron Leader. For his service in missions on D-Day, he was awarded an MBE.

When George Allison retired in 1947, he became the club’s new manager; after winning the League in 1947-48 and 1952-53 and the FA Cup in 1949-50, the club’s success waned. He tried, in vain, to attract major stars to the club, one being Stanley Matthews who said later – “I felt there was nothing to be gained by moving south, however I was very happy and politely turned down the offer”. “Such an approach was against the rules at the time and, consequently, I couldn’t tell anyone about it, and I never have until now.”

Sadly Tom passed away from a heart attack in 1956, aged 58.

Tom Whittaker’s league record –

Games 378, Won 171, Drawn 101, Lost 106,

Goals for 677, Goals against 509,

Goals for per game 1.79, Goals against per game 1.35

Points won 58.6%.

Average League Position 5.22

Total # of trophies won – 2 League titles, 1 FA Cup, 2 Charity Shields.


Our Fourth manager is George Graham (1986-1995)


GeorgeGraham_Double Trophy's


Arsenal, who had not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 1978–79, appointed him as their new manager in May 1986. Arsenal finished fourth in his first season in charge, and then went on to win the 1987 League Cup. His sides featured tight defensive discipline, embodied by Tony Adams, who along with Lee Dixon, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn, formed the basis of Arsenal’s famous defence for over a decade. However, his teams were not only about defence as he had more than capable midfielders such as David Rocastle, Michael Thomas and Paul Merson, plus striker Alan Smith, who regularly scored 20 plus goals per season. In (1988–89), Arsenal won their first League title since 1971.

In the final game of the season against Liverpool at Anfield; Arsenal needed to win by two goals to take the title; Alan Smith scored for Arsenal early in the second half to make it 1–0 and with only seconds to go Michael Thomas surging through the Liverpool defence and lifting the ball over Bruce Grobbelaar and into the net.

The 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup was his last trophy at the club; the following February he was sacked after nearly nine years in charge, after it was discovered he had accepted an illegal £425,000 payment from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge following Arsenal’s 1992 acquisition of John Jensen and Pål Lydersen, two of Hauge’s clients. George was eventually banned for a year by the Football Association for his involvement in the scandal, after he admitted he had received an “unsolicited gift” from Hauge.

George Graham’s league record –

Games 364, Won 167, Drawn 108, Lost 89,

Goals for 543, Goals against 327,

Goals for per game 1.49, Goals against per game .90

Points won = 55.6%.

Average League Position 5.11

Total # of trophies won – 2 League titles, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cups, 1 Cup Winners Cup.


Finally we have our current manager Arsene Wenger (1996 – Present)




Arsene was born in Strasbourg, France and raised in Duttlenheim. He was introduced to football by his father, the manager of the local village team, however his playing career mostly as an amateur, was very modest.

In 1996, Arsene was appointed as the manager of Arsenal and two years later the club completed a league and FA Cup double. He led Arsenal to appearances in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final and 2001 FA Cup Final, and a second league and cup double in 2002. Arsenal retained the FA Cup in 2003 and a year later regained the league title, becoming the first club to go through an entire league season undefeated since Preston North End, 115 years previously. The team later eclipsed Nottingham Forest’s record of 42 league matches unbeaten and went seven more matches before losing in October 2004. Arsenal made their first appearance in a Champions League final in 2006, though they lost to Barcelona. During his tenure, Arsenal has moved to a new training centre and after 93 years at Highbury they relocated to the Emirates Stadium.

In February 1999, Arsene offered Sheffield United a replay of their FA Cup fifth round match immediately after the match had finished, due to the controversial circumstances in which it was won. The decisive goal was scored by Overmars after Kanu failed to return the ball to the opposition when it had been kicked into touch to allow Sheffield United’s Lee Morris to receive treatment for an injury, Arsenal went on to win the replay.

Under Arsene Wenger Arsenal hold the current British record for the most consecutive appearances in the Champions League with 2015-16 being their 20th consecutive, Man U held the previous record with 21 consecutive which stopped in 2013-14

In 2002 he was awarded France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur and was in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2003. He has also received an honorary OBE for his service to football and was then inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006. A commissioned bronze bust of Arsene was unveiled as a tribute to him at the club’s annual general meeting on 18 October 2007. An Arsenal fan and astronomer, Ian Griffin, named an asteroid, 33179 Arsènewenger. In January 2011, he was voted “World Coach of the Decade” by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.

A bronze statue of Arsene Wenger is proudly displayed outside of the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger’s Premier league record –

Games 718, Won 416, Drawn 178, Lost 124,

Goals for 1348, Goals against 681,

Goals for per game 1.88, Goals against per game .95

Points won = 66.2%,

Average League Position 3.01,

Total # of trophies won – 3 League titles, 6 FA Cup, 6 Charity Shields.

Top 5 Managers

These are the records of my Top 5 Arsenal Mangers. If it were possible who would you choose to manage Arsenal today? (My choice will be a (well known) secret)


177 Responses to Arsenal’s Top 5 Managers

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Superb work again GN5. Thank you.

    Before anyone votes, never ever forget it was that man Chapman who got rid of the superb 2-3-5 formation 🙄 🙂

  2. Lovely GN5… and you’ve obviously watched all of them 🙂 along with JC.

  3. Surprised you didn’t have Bertie Mee in there… he didn’t do badly.

  4. RC78 says:

    great post and my vote goes to AW, of course 🙂

  5. ‘morning all, fine work GN5, I hope there’s no lingering indigestion from yesterday’s superb sounding meal. 😀

    Wenger has been amazing. He’s created a whole new footballing philosophy and produced both attractive football and trophies. However, he has not yet delivered the top prize, The Champions League Title.

    I voted for Herbert Chapman. He turned Arsenal from a mediocre side into a professional football club. He won what there was to be won and provided the basis for all the good things that have come our way since.

    On another subject, Roy Hodgson let slip the information that Welbeck will be out for six months. Is he misinformed or is Arsene telling porkies?

  6. The Cockie Monster says:

    Superb as per usual, GN5 !.

    Correct me if I`m wrong though, but I don’t think there is a bronze statue of Arsene outside the stadium, I think that one is inside and it`s a bust . As far as I know the ones outside the stadium are Adams, Chapman, Henry, God and I think maybe one of Ken Friar although I personally think there should be bronze paper bag in honour of Gorgeous George !.

    I like the one outside of The Old Toilet !.

    Maybe there should be an AA Hall of Fame with Sir JC the first inductee for being the only Arsenal fan I have met who has been alive for every trophy we have won !.
    To help you understand the context of it and to get what an achievement that is……….there are over 50 year old Spuds who have never seen their shit scumbag team win the league……..well apart from the old Division 2 league !. hahaha

  7. chas says:

    Top quality, GN5, ta.

  8. chas says:

    You’ve got me looking at old photos and clips again. 🙂

    George Allison and Tom Whittaker.

  9. chas says:

    Herbert and Tom

  10. chas says:

    Tom Whittaker carrying an unconscious Ted Drake off the pitch.

    ‘Typical of his season was the game at Brentford in April when he broke two bones in his wrist and suffered a bad head wound, requiring 9 stitches. In those pre-oxygen mask days, trainer Tom Whittaker carried the unconscious Drake off the pitch draped over his shoulder. Yet Ted returned to the fray with his head swathed in bandages and the wrist heavily strapped, still rising to the aerial challenges.’

  11. The Cockie Monster says:

    Just seen that OG has topped a poll for Arsenals goal of the month for August !………………must have been close between OG, OG and OG !.

  12. Gööner In Exile says:

    Hahah Cockie.

    Cracking post as ever GN5, i actually voted for Herb, just because i think he might mix it up a bit in the current era 😀

    What a superb photo of Drake being carried off, wonder what today’s medics and doctors would think of that technique?

    What too out for me more than anything in the post was the fact we have only had 19 managers in 129 years. Spuds have had 18 managers since Bill Nicholson left and Terry Neil took the reins in 1974. Chavs 19 since 1981.

    And you know i have just googled a few others, West Ham have only had 15, but they’d had only 5 up until 1989!

    But nowhere is there a list of football clubs sorted by number of managers….GN5 there sir is your next challenge 😀

  13. The Cockie Monster says:

    Shame there was no subs in them days, but there was a little known loop hole as shown in chas`s photo !………under a Geneva convention ruling and similar to ……..” a runner in cricket “……. it was acceptable for an employee of a team to come on and kick a ball as long as he could carry the injured player !……Ted Drake was constantly knobbled by opposing centerhalf`s and of the 124 goals he scored for Arsenal…Tom Whittaker had a hand ( foot or head ) in 14 of them !………………………What a fcuking shame Bendtner didn’t get injured more often then Arsene could have carried him to possibly our third top goalscorer ever !.

  14. chas says:

    The main trouble with voting for Herbert is that he played for the spuds.
    Signed for £70 he scored 11 goals in his first season 1905/6.
    Mind you, during his second season at the Sh*thole he was in and out of the side and playing for them put him off football for life, persuading him to resume his engineering career. 🙂
    (well, according to Wiki anyway)

  15. chas says:

    By the way, I’m loving the JC mentions. 🙂
    I’m still to ask him his first Arsenal memory.

  16. mickydidit89 says:

    JC’s first Arsenal memory is probably last week based on my own age and memory 😀

  17. Cruel Micky, but very true. 😀

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi all,

    One of the great aspects of blogging on AA is the fact that a post is enhanced by the complimentary contributions made by other bloggers. Today’s post is no exception with super contributions from Chas and NB69.

    The video’s and pictures take me back to both my roots and my youth.

    Incredibly I used to wear the identical type of kit the Arsenal players are wearing, cotton shirts and shorts, leather ankle boots, leather layered studs that were nailed into the boot – some of which were too long and dug into your feet – and of course a nice slippery muddy field where you could nor see the lines.

    Today’s prima donna’s play on perfectly manicured pitches and complain if they are bumpy.

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    Cockie, you are correct, in fact I got two of them wrong.

    Firstly Chapman has a statue outside of the ground and not a bust and Wenger has a bust inside the stadium and not a statue outside – at least not yet…………

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE, I will give some thought to your idea about club managers.

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    NB, I gave consideration to Mee and my belief is that he is 6th best among our managers. He along with Terry Neil are the only other managers to have won trophy’s, Neil one a single FA Cup.

    Here is Bertie Mee’s record –

    Managed 420
    Won 181, Drawn 115, Lost 124
    Goals for per game 1.32
    Goals against per game 1.06
    Winning % of points 56.79%
    Average League position 8.3
    European Fairs Cup 1969/70
    League and FA Cup double 1970/71

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    Sitting across the desk from Tom Whittaker is Jimmy Logie, he was one of our greatest inside forwards; I used to watch him in the late 40’s early 50’s. In fact when us Avenell Road kids decided which player we wanted to be my choice was Jimmy.

    He fell on hard times later on in life and ended up selling newspapers outside of Piccadilly Circus tube station, he was only 64 when he passed away.

  23. The Cockie Monster says:

    Yes, GN5 !……………………an outside statue of Wenger is only a matter of time……it will happen and needs a special place !

    A statue of Bertie Mee with his head in his hands after realizing how shit a buy Jeff Blockley was !. hahaha

    It is rumoured that Chelsea will unveil a bronze statue of a bus !……….even more fitting, it will not be outside the ground but in front of the goal !.
    Totnumb are currently voting on which statue they want outside the new Sainsbury`s Stadium when finished ! .
    They have a choice of……1) Glen and Chris singing Diamond Lights…………….2) David Pleat in a car kerb crawling………………..3) Chas and Dave felching each other……yip yap bunny yip yap !.
    I voted other and that being one of Sir Henry George Norris bribing John McKenna !.

  24. Gööner In Exile says:

    GN5 what happened to the old bust of Chapman that confronted you as you walked into the Marble Halls? Surely that remains somewhere in the Emirates?

  25. Gööner In Exile says:

    Ok I googled it….the bust in the Emirates at the Directors Entrance is a copy, the original was left in the Marble Halls……that seems like his rightful place, but can’t help thinking they would have been better off having the original under our lock and key.

    Chas if we had to think seriously about voting for Herb due to a brief soirée with Spuds what do we do about Sol? 😀

  26. Gööner In Exile says:

    Cockie as much as that table rings a smile apparently we wasted £34m according to the detail some of that was Chambers…..not sure why a flop yet, I guess Paulista makes up the rest, again flop. This is because of their having played less than 50% of minutes used since arriving

  27. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody hell, cannot believe they left the original Herby bust at Highbury.

    What’s left of the Halls? Ground floor only I’m guessing. The upstairs was fabulous also.

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    Just seen an ad for a new film coming out called EVEREST. Can’t wait. Two bags of Maltesers and middle front row for me

  29. chas says:

    I’ve never really liked Sol since I found out he was a Tory.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Do you like Chary?

  31. chas says:

    Though the way Sol shafted the spuds when he left them, has to be admired. 🙂

  32. chas says:

    Of course I like Chary, he’s far too right wing to be regarded as just a Tory.

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    Right answer 🙂

  34. chas says:

  35. chas says:

    He’s climbed Everest, too.

  36. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Trying to get some tickets for Wales at home against Fiji or Uruguay in the Rugger WC. Bloody nora, its hard

  38. chas says:

    I thought it was all sold out months ago.
    Though I expect with your contacts you will be able to wangle something. Don’t you know a rugger equivalent of ‘incontinence sheet’?

  39. chas says:

    England v Fiji Friday evening. 🙂

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes, sold out in seconds, so it’ll have to be through some Tory corporate bastard 🙂

    And to your question, no, although they would have rightly offered them to someone who actually follows Wales. And Rugger 🙂

  41. chas says:

    Always thought you had some distant sheep-sh*gger gene in there, somewhere.

  42. mickydidit89 says:

    If I’m not surf/camping, I’ll watch that, but it’s the atmosphere in Cardiff I’d like to experience most

  43. mickydidit89 says:


  44. chas says:

    Just get some decent surround sound speakers, turn it up full blast, close you eyes and chew on a leek.

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    Ok, afraid I have to push off now.

  46. chas says:

  47. chas says:

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s at times like this one can fully appreciate that had Arsene bothered to go out and buy one or two players, we could be happily playing “formations”

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    How about this

    Let’s say Ollie is mentally sad after being boo’d last night and is not up to starting on Saturday, and let’s also say we think Theo is better on the right, then who starts striker?

    I say Sanchez

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    And yes, I can play this all by myself 🙂

  51. Chas @8.37am

    I would say, Fridge designer 0 Cat 1

    The cat has obviously been watching Mission Impossible and wanted to do a Tom Cruise to get onto the kitchen worktop.. brilliant 😀

  52. Micky…. You are not alone

  53. Actually with that Cat video, a bit of Mission Impossible music would have been great 🙂

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    Are you calling the pussy a homosexualist?

  55. Micky

    That’s gone way over my head… excuse my ignorance 😦

  56. mickydidit89 says:

    You’re a better man than me NB. Its was an unnecessary, narrow minded and childish comment

  57. a 0.1m wave, that sounds about your level Micky 🙂 so no surfing today then?

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    You clearly have me down as being 4cm tall 🙂

  59. Your excussed… we all do the same on occasion 🙂

  60. chas says:

  61. Things haven’t changed much… this is a good likeness to us playing Man U….

  62. chas says:

    Loving the Norman Wisdom.
    The less said about “Where’s your banjo?” the better. 🙂

    Thanks for reminding me of this.
    The best trip last season (well, tie with the Cup Final anyway)

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    One of the best football vids you could watch. Really terrific heart warming stuff

  64. chas says:

    Aye, super stuff.

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Quite like this feel good story as well.
    HMS Victory painting being loaned back to Pompey for as long as the Club is community owned

  66. Lovely stuff Chas… gives me a Transplant stiffy. 🙂

  67. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha NB
    That Transplant fellow is aroused by the strangest things 🙂

  68. RC78 says:

    There was an article on skysports related to the best per position in terms of stats since the beginning of the season…and surprisingly (despite our poor start) many of our players appear in the top 2/3:

    Koscielny, Monreal – Coquelin – Ox

    Honestly – maybe we are not playing well as a team at the moment and we have a few players who are underperforming but it is true that Kos, Monreal, Coquelin and Ox have played their parts properly with some mistakes along the way but overall, they were reliable.

    The major issue is that the team is not defending and attacking as a block at the moment and that offensively, there is not enough movement but once Sanchez will hit form and once AW will find the right partnership behind Ozil, we should be able to turn the fun on and the points will drop into our baskets…Question is – when will that happen?

    What if we played without Cazorla? or without Ramsey? or without both to stablize our midfield?

    For sure – our main threat up front is Ox at the moment so he needs to start. Ozil has been in decent form as well and Sanchez needs games…Walcott can start for now despite poor outing last time.

    Ozil – Ox, Walcott, Sanchez

    Coquelin is a definite starter and one could argue in favour of Arteta ahead of both Cazorla and Ramsey as he is better at dictating tempo and at defending than both Ramsey and Cazorla. However, we will lose in offensive threat with Arteta in the team…maybe a good partnership for away games? Anyways…

    Up front, maybe Joel Campbell and JEFF will prove to bring some sparkle…who knows? especially after Wellbeck’s injury…

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey RC
    Just the man
    Being French AND footbally, how do you rate Marital
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if £3M Jeff turned out to be the better player

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh no, hope RC hasn’t disappeared only to return and “Stat Me” 🙂

    Stats are for the weak and those trying to justify strikers as Arsenal quality 🙂

  71. Micky, I rate Marital as the worst experience ever… why marry and then spend your best years having to please a woman with DIY around the house, car maintenance and cleaning, gardening, sorting out the noisy neighbours, buying her flowers at least once a month…. only to be told on the third Wednesday of every month that she has a headache and doesn’t feel up to it. Bugger all that malarky, I’ve tried three times and failed…. oh or do you mean Marshall who’s just signed for Man U?

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Either NB 🙂

  73. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, GN5. 🙂 Sorry, knot ear, the long drive back took its toll. 🙂

    “Gentlemen whose sole ability to build up a good side depends on the payment of heavy and exorbitant transfer fees need not apply.”

    “It’s one-nil to the Arsenal. That’s the way we like It.”

    Brilliant. And, my favourite: 33179 Arsènewenger. ha ha ha .:)

  74. Red Arnie says:

    OK, Saturday against Stoke is on! 🙂 Who else are going? Do I get to meet JC. Finally! 🙂

    I have pitched in at the last minute to help some friends, and they have in return offered me two tickets for Saturday. yoo hoooo! 🙂

  75. RC78 says:

    Martial – honestly, if
    – he manages to avoid serious injuries (his knee is a bit weak so let us see);
    – he is given meaningful playing time;
    – he is managed to make a transition from the wing to the center;

    he is going to be the next Thierry Henry within 2 years without a doubt.

    The boy is a better dribbler than Henry and he has pace in abundance and he has a good eye for passing already. He needs to improve on:
    – Finishing skills (especially scoring from his weak foot and head);
    – Defensive work rate.

    I think that he would be most potent if he played with a player like Giroud up front in a 4-4-2 because he already has excellent skills in terms of timing his runs…However, he will fit in a 4-3-3 as well but more coming from the wing than playing CF…so let us see how LVG uses him.

    If all of that happens, then in 2 years time, people will say that the money spent was justified…THAT SAID, at this stage, he is just a promising player and Man Utd overpaid for him MASSIVELY…For that money, Barcelona landed Suarez who was a proven player…

  76. RC78 says:

    Jeff – I have not seen enough of him to establish an opinion but I am having that he will prove to be a better player than Martial 🙂

  77. Red Arnie says:

    RC78. While you are here. 🙂

    Re cognac, it is not branded stuff from me. Directly from farms, collected on the rare driving visits to France. 🙂

  78. Red Arnie says:

    from=for. bloody eyesight, bloody graceful ageing! 😛

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Oooo excellent
    A whisky v brandy war. Fight fight fight 🙂

  80. chas says:


    We’ll be there on Saturday.
    As JC is attending, the pre-match hostelry will be near where we park, either King’s Head or Tavern on Blackstock Rd. (they’re only 50 yards apart).

    Might be tempted by the Tavern if we can’t watch Everton v chavs at 12.45, though much prefer the beer in the KH.

  81. chas says:


    On twatter there’s a search you can do for ‘ffs Giroud’.
    Frankly I think it’s a pathetic disgrace people treating one of our own this way and won’t give it the oxygen of publicity ‘on here’ (as Bryan would say 🙂 ).

    You might like it, though. 🙂

  82. Red Arnie says:

    Brilliant, Chas. 🙂

    Micky. 🙂 That counts as incitement to violence. 🙂

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    So you decided to give the bastard site some oxygen anyway 🙂

    Whisky and Brandy are for setting fire to things 🙂

  84. Whisky everytime…. and read this, gives everyone an excuse to indulge in the Golden Liquid.

  85. RC78 says:

    RA – noted…if you have some recommendations on local producers, let me know…I am a big fan of Camus VSOP because I can make a wonderful Cognac Summit cocktail with it but it is actually delicious and smooth also just on the rocks

    NB – the golden liquid…I hate the overly peety ones (Caol Ila and sorts…) but I am a fan of the Cragganmore & co

  86. GoonerB says:

    Many thanks GN5 for your normal high standard post and sorry I was not about to comment yesterday. All these managers have helped shape Arsenal to what it is today but I voted for Arsene, even if he does get me miffed sometimes when he gets the tactics wrong thus ignoring the fountain of all knowledge that is GoonerB 🙂

    I think the boos for Ollie were a bit harsh. I saw a good save from the keeper that Ollie had directed well on target, a header that was just taken away from him by a defender in front of him, and one chance that he perhaps should have buried but the keeper had positioned himself well covering the near post and the angle on his left foot, from the left, took it away the wrong side of the post.

    I am hoping he starts against Stoke but with Walcott and Sanchez outside him.

  87. Red Arnie says:

    RC78. Peat is an acquired taste! 🙂

    On the farms, if Redders does not come back to you, I will! 😛

  88. mickydidit89 says:

    “Peat is an acquired taste”

    Another thing better for burning 🙂

  89. Rasp says:

    Many apologies for my late arrival on a 2 day old post 😦 … exceptional work as ever GN5.

    I guess we have the same problem comparing managers in previous eras as we do with players – so much has changed in the last 100 years that comparison is almost spurious.

    Certainly Arsene is the greatest manager of the modern era, I can’t compare him to Chapman but they are/were both innovators and visionaries.

    As regards whiskies, I think there is a lot of snobbery surrounding which is the best malt etc in the same way as there is with wine. I have yet to find a bottle of red for over £12 that tastes any better than my favourite 6.99 tipple 🙂

  90. RC78 says:

    Rasp – you are right about wine. You can get delicious win under 12 pounds. These days I am rather enjoying my South African wines…

    On another note, OG is totally obsessed with scoring and forgets about the team scoring and he basically deprived France of another goal…All he had to do was to pass the ball to Griezmann who was alone in front of an empty goal but he decided to shoot instead…He needs to work his socks off and with Walcott scoring with England, we should let Walcott continue up front with Ox and Sanchez…

  91. Red Arnie says:

    This is what The Telegraph writes:

    “It was a rare start for Giroud, who was flanked by Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Lyon’s Mathieu Valbuena, but it was Blaise Matuidi who decided the game with both French goals.

    “Let’s all look forward to January, then, when we can enjoy daily updates about a Matuidi moves to Arsenal which never materialises.”

    Bloody imbeciles. I look forward to at least 2 OG scores on Saturday. 😛

  92. GunnerN5 says:

    On the subject of alcohol, my liver is an expert and has been doused with many fine wine’s, brandy’s and single malt’s – however single malt’s are my personal preference.

    I’ve tried dozens of different brands but a 25 year old The Macallan has remained as my personal favourite for many years, it costs $25,00 a glass at some of the better restaurants and scored 95/100 by a group of single malt tasters.

  93. The Cockie Monster says:

    What OG are you talking about, Arnie ?…………………..our top scorer OG or our second top scorer OG ?. 😀

  94. Red Arnie says:

    I agree. Price is a poor indicator of quality. For most things in life, including strikers. 😛

    My current favourite:,2XR5W,HULNON,ALRCY,1

  95. Red Arnie says:

    Cockie. Both together! 🙂

    I would love to see Theo start, but I think he is more potent on the right. Having said that, 60 mins central will be good for the squad. 🙂


    Brilliant GN5

    When this subject comes up I tend to find myself leaning to Herbert Chapman. My psychiatrist always used to tell me “To set yourself free Terry, act on those leanings and feel”. So I leaned over and felt which resulted in a £500 court fine and lie that for the next three months I would be in Borneo doing missionary work. So I voted for Arsene.

    Chapman is like the Grandfather that was a war hero but snuffed it before you were born, were as Arsene is the uncle who brings you presents and gives great advice, but never demands that his sage advice be conducted in quiet behind the bushes.

    My Grandad was an orrible old git. He was into wrestling so when an opponent failed to unmask Kendo Nakasaki, he would beat us with his cane. So I was beaten every Saturday.

    To escape the cane, I became friendly with the old man who lived next door. He was great, like a surrogate Grandad. We would watch cartoons together and to make it more memorable he would insist I dress like Yogi Bear, so i would prance about with nothing on but hat, collar, and tie. To this day I will never forget the dreadful day the Police came barging through the door and took him away.

    Thats why now, when ever I get nervous or upset I shout, “What the heck was that Boo Boo?”

    Arsene for me

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha ha ha ha
    My life would be even hollower without Transplants stories
    Brilliant 🙂

  98. mickydidit89 says:

    Ox starting wide right for England tonight
    Theo on the bench

  99. mickydidit89 says:

    Red Arnie

    At some point I expect feedback about this distillery. One, if not the, youngest distilleries in Scotland, and it’s on The Isle of Lewis 🙂

  100. chas says:

    Highlight of the first half was Glenda calling the Swiss player Lichtsteiner, Liechtenstein.

    The Ox wasted stuck out on the right touchline.

  101. chas says:

    That Abhainn Dearg Distillery is a bit cheeky asking for your birthdate.
    I put in 1/1/1920. I bet they’re thinking, ‘I hope that 95 year old doesn’t sample any of our product’.

  102. Red Arnie says:

    Terry. Brilliant. 🙂 as ever. 🙂

  103. Red Arnie says:

    Micky. Thats new for me. will check out. 🙂

    Chas. 🙂

  104. Red Arnie says:

    The only problem is their produce will currently be too young for my taste. But I will check out. 🙂

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    The age question on the whisky site.
    When I first tried, it was blue flagged as it wouldn’t get past our parental controls do da. Maybe something to do with that.

    What I did learn was that they are a waste of time. 15 yr old Oscar was standing next to me. I explained it was a whisky site I wanted to show Arnie

    “well if you’re having trouble Dad, do it on your phone and I’ll let you know of an app that by-passes controls 🙂

  106. mickydidit89 says:

    Back to your pics. I’ve got a gorilla suit

  107. chas says:

    Parental controls are never going to be very successful when the kids are more tech-savvy than the scrotes.

  108. chas says:

    What’s with “even hollower”?

  109. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes and No. Surely it’s BT Techies who are shit

  110. chas says:

    Is the gorilla suit for fancy dress parties or something more salacious?

  111. chas says:

    If you can write a piece of code to prevent an action, then you can write a piece of code to undo that prevention.

  112. mickydidit89 says:

    Formal evening wear

  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Actually, it is very uncomfortable due to overheating. I cut air vent holes in the top of it’s head, but invisible through fur

  114. chas says:

    Any photos?

  115. mickydidit89 says:

    superb pics
    I want one as a new gravatar
    back in 10 mins. School bus run

  116. mickydidit89 says:

    The one with the cigar is spooky
    From a film?

  117. mickydidit89 says:


  118. chas says:

    No idea if it’s from a film.

    I found this very disturbing.

  119. chas says:

    Gotta go.

  120. mickydidit89 says:

    Raddy Gorilla

  121. The Cockie Monster says:

    Is this what they mean by a …..”sticky wicket ” ?

  122. Rasp says:

    Morning all 🙂

    Herb has sent me a long email in response to GN5’s ‘Greatest Manager post’. He didn’t want to put it up as a comment as he is aware that the mainstream on here do not share his views.

    I can publish it as a post as long as everyone wants and in the hope that we can have a sensible debate 😆

  123. Red Arnie says:

    motning all.

  124. GoonerB says:

    Morning all. I would be happy with a Herb post Rasp. I like to hear differing views and there is no problem with the debating. Lots of regulars on here would say they don’t agree with me but I prefer the term “haven’t seen the light yet”. 🙂

  125. Bring it on Rasp… I’m sure what Herb has to say has been said before… intellectual debate is AA, I’m sure we can listen to someone with a different view and correct him without descending into violence and kill mode 🙂

    Micky @8.14am… you have a bizarre view of me 😦

  126. RA says:


    I would love to see your Post and you are wrong about others not sharing your views being a bar to commenting. 🙂

    You are always polite, never abusive – just argumentative – like GoonerB. 🙂

  127. I see Koscielny is injured again…. back playing up!

  128. RA says:

    Look Norther, I went all the way back to 8:14 a.m. to see why Micky thinks you are bizarre – and there isn’t a comment there – which is bizarre. 🙂

  129. Yes there is Redders… a comment? with a photo…. wake up man, 🙂

  130. RA says:

    That was not a comment, NB, just Micky being a good Tory and asking you which you prefer. 🙂

    And to be fair, that is a very good picture of him when he is not wearing his sausage surfing gear! 🙂

    What’s bizarre about that?

    Now the Raddy pic, @ 8:19 showing Raddish without his geetar – now that is bizarre!

  131. ha ha Redders , of course 😀

  132. Red Arnie says:

    hapy with the Herb post. Discussion of differing views is the lifeblood of this space. On with it! 🙂

  133. Rasp anyone who disagrees with Herb’s post is free to debate it, so please go ahead and put it up.

  134. The Cockie Monster says:

    Personally I`d let all comments be aired with no moderating and that’s because we all have our differing views from extreme technical bollix of a simple game to who should be the manager and to what players he or she should buy, but at the end of the day does any of it make an atoms worth of difference to anyone in charge at Arsenal Football Club ?. Just look at the last Transfer Window…………99.9% of all differing supporters and ex-players, media etc` wanted an outfield player bought !………….no one was listening !.
    So let everyone have an opinion however far removed from your own one`s as no one knows whose opinion is right as you`ll never be in charge !
    Herb may historically sound like a moody doomer with the Samaritans on speed dial, but his voice should be heard in freedom of speech !……go for it Herb you miserable bastard !. hahaha

    Be typical that he has now changed his opinions and now worships Wenger at Bounds Green`s Saint Wenger and the all Saints Temple with a naked Transplant taking confessions !. hahaha

  135. RA says:

    Hi Herb,

    I have just read Cocky Doodle Do;s comment above – when he said “no one knows whose opinion is right” and that’s rubbish, of course, everyone knows I am always right – just ask that sterling pair, Norfolk and GoonerB-a-Camel. 🙂

    Thinking of what you told Rasp made me review my own circumstances and there is no doubt that I never agree with that Dreadful Duo – Cockie and Terrible Terence; and Gooner-Get-It-Wrong and the Athletic King of Norfolk speak a foreign language to me (well that’s a no brainer – as Norfolk is wont to say) 🙂 and so it goes on — I agree with none of them – or as they always tell me – no one agrees with me! Boo! 😀

    So come back and chat – and don’t let a little argument bother you, you’re welcome, and Arnie is nice – he sometimes talks to me too! 🙂

  136. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m a miserable old git – so expect whatever fly’s off of my keyboard to reflect my well known viewpoint’s.

  137. chas says:

  138. mickydidit89 says:

    Back later and cannot wait to get stuck into some Wenger Outing 😀

  139. RA says:

    Micky, Micky, Micky —- Out – Out – Out

    Leave Venger alone.

  140. chas says:

    The savage Wengerites prowl the darker recesses of the Arsenal Arsenal catacombs, waiting to tear the new post limb from limb.

  141. chas says:

    Sometimes I think this is how the blog is portrayed.

    You can understand it if it’s someone who’s a little intellectually challenged like Sniffer doing the categorising, but hey……..

  142. chas says:

    Oh well, maybe it was just too inflammatory for such a hostile environment as this.

  143. Red Arnie says:

    still waiting. 🙂 eagerly. 🙂 with some trepidition! 😛

    Redders IN! 🙂 Micky out! 🙂

  144. mickydidit89 says:

    On last pit stop before home
    RA out for calling me a Tory. Filthy American, filthy mind 😀

  145. LB says:

    That film on the sprinters up there is excellent.

    I also have a soft spot for the cat in the basket aahhhhhhh…….

  146. Red Arnie says:

    I am feeling nostalgic!

    Still stuck on
    chas says:
    September 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Hypnotic quality. 🙂

  147. stevepalmer1 says:

    *Morning all,
    A little late with my answer of who is the best Manager in our history. Not that anybody gives a shit, But when i look at some previous Managers, i see some that took bungs i see some who took us in to the first division by default and i see some that i never really remember.

    What do you want from a present day manager is more to the point, and what do we describe as a good Manager more to the point.

    Of course through my lifetime i have see a few Arsenal managers, and if i speak the truth Bertie wasn’t bad in my opinion, B ruce brought in one of the best players ever to have kicked a ball but he was outed. George of course has to be considered as he won things even though the football was dire, but he to was moved on and failed to shine anywhere else.

    I tend to go for a manager who does things that warms him to my heart, a Manager who presents his team in a cup game and wins the leg, only to have the opposing Manager claim a default. An Arsenal man went down injured and an opposing player kicked the ball out of play, but when play restarted we kept possession and scored, which of course was unsporting. Many Arsenal supporters myself included was quite happy with the win but the Manager at that time realised what had happened and offered a replay which was scheduled, had we lost, i believe the Manager would have had questions to answer, we won of course so the event passed without recognition, but that told me everything i needed to know about said Man.

    Of course an early Manager moved us to this side of the water, not that i knew anything about him, as i wasn’t born but he found our home in North London. That was a brave thing to do, as supporters don’t like change but Arsenal carried on and became great.

    The Sporting Manager i referred to previously, was also in office .at our last move of stadium, whether he actually had anything to do with the decision, i don’t really know, but what i do know is that while the move and the build was going on, he was expected to run the team and keep our club as close to the top of the table as he possibly could with out spending too much money.

    Now i know supporters want success, as i do as well, but when a club go through stadium moves and funded solely by your own money, its pretty obvious that money is thin on the ground. This manager from that day to present time has kept us in the top 4, not only that, he has won cups and shields, He has helped us qualify for European Football all that time, and that is Champions league not Micky Mouse Europe. The man has been stupendous, and still he gets stick from so called Arsenal supporters.

    This Man Is Arsene Wenger, and he is my favourite Manager. I will never ever see a more dedicated Arsenal man, ever in my lifetime.

    Thank you GN5 for making me think back 🙂

  148. Red Arnie says:

    top comment, Steve. 🙂

  149. GunnerN5 says:

    Super input Steve and better late than never. Personally I’ve seen the teams of every manager since Tom Whittaker. I may also have seen a few games when George Allison was in charge but I just don’t remember – at least I was outside the ground listening to the roars – and wishing I was inside watching.

    My choice could never be in doubt Arsene Wenger is the very best manager we have ever had and it will be very tough for the club top to ever find another who could even clean his boots.

  150. Rasp says:

    You asked for it!!!

    …. New post ….

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