The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us

mickydidit89 says:

October 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Lads lads lads

Had an idea for a mini series of posts

  1. The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us
  2. The worst Arsenal player to HAVE won a major trophy with us
  3. The best player for us who then did jack shit after leaving
  4. The player who did jackest shitest for us who went on to greater things elsewhere

Wha’d’ya reckon?

While the great hopes of English International Football snuggle up for two weeks, we’re left in the void, picking our noses and scratching our arses. Bloody awful situation.

Things at Arsenal are looking considerably brighter than at the onset of the last ghastly international break, and frankly, while Arsene continues to pick the right players, in the right positions, and we continue winning, there’s bugger all to moan about, so I’m afraid we’re treading water until we play Watford.

Let’s start with No.1 from above and see how we get on. I use the term “major trophy” and by that I’d say League, FA Cup or a European thingy.

courtesy of Stuart MacFarlane

Some of you can be really quite nit-picky and will talk about squad members who don’t really play but get medals and shit like that, so if that’s your bag, then fine. The detail is not my thing.

Written by MickyDidIt89

127 Responses to The best Arsenal players NEVER to have won a major trophy with us

  1. chas says:

    Cheers, Micky.

    How about Alan Ball since he was featured yesterday?
    He was my favourite player when I was at junior school, though I think that maybe Everton had the best of him.

  2. LBG says:

    Chas – right foot, left foot, header, from the smallest player on the pitch. Part of the great Everton ball-bearing playing axis Ball, Kendall, Harvey. A team that was a pleasure to watch.
    However, he ran our midfield in a period of relative mediocrity.

  3. LBG says:

    “Ball-bearing” bollox

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Way too early for this crap 🙂

  5. Eddie says:

    GN5, safe Canada vs dangerous UK:

  6. Eddie says:

    Anelka and Cesc spring to mind.

  7. chas mobile says:

    Anelka won the Double.

  8. Eddie says:

    the Russian midget, ……..Arshavin!! what happened to him?

    hold on didit, I have just noticed the ‘MAJOR trophy’ bit. So we are talking history, like 14-15 years ago at the earliest

  9. Eddie says:

    but he moved to bigger things, did well after leaveng ffs

  10. Eddie says:

    oh, I see, there is no category for players who did better after leaving, sorry 🙂

  11. Steve Vallins says:

    George Eastham

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Charlie Nicholas

    Guess the moral there is, don’t be short, fast and have chunky thighs, tight shorts and girly hair 🙂

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    Strewth Steve, are you GN5 in disguise. Great call though 🙂

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Can we get a best losers XI by the end of the day?


  15. chas says:

  16. mickydidit89 says:


    Let’s deal with all above today as it certainly won’t see us through four days

    Now Fred can have his Nasri’s and Adebeyor’s

  17. chas says:

    Kenny Sansom only won the Licklewoods Cup trophy while playing for us.
    He was one of the best full backs I’ve ever seen play.

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Micky,

    I’ll dig into the archives of my brain and find a few worthy candidates from the past.

  19. GunnerN5 says:


    Different stats – the latest total homicide rates (I could find) are from 2015.

    USA = 15,696
    England & Wales = 754
    Canada = 604
    Australia = 413

    It’s interesting that the 3 lowest countries all have stringent gun control.

  20. wally says:

    A little perspective on the subject of gun control. Let’s put to bed some of the nonsense currently being bandied about and where the blame, if any, should be apportioned.

  21. Rasp says:

    Thanks Micky … this has got me thinking …. Clive Allen? 😆

  22. Rasp says:

    The good thing about Clive Allen’s swift departure is that it brought Kenny Sansom to Arsenal

  23. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyone got a spare for the next Real Madrid Barca game? 😳

  24. fred1266 says:

    I I thought the post would be listing the the players

  25. chas mobile says:

    Were you born in December 1966?

  26. chas mobile says:

    What happened 200 years after the Battle of Hastings?

  27. mickydidit89 says:


    Forgot to thank you for getting it up, and for the pics

    Only just had the chance to zoom in on the top one. Prince Bendy 🙂

  28. mickydidit89 says:

    If I do a post, you do the work. That’s the deal 🙂

  29. mickydidit89 says:


  30. David Stewart says:

    Joe Baker

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    We’re struggling to find decent players, especially in the modern era, who haven’t left with a decent gong

  32. chas mobile says:

    The top photo is of the Slovenian national team who England play tomorrow.

  33. chas mobile says:

    There must’ve been a couple of good ones who played in our 9 years without a trophy and who left before 2014.

    How about Sagna?
    His missus was red hot.

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  37. mickydidit89 says:

    Weird. In, as Fred would say.

    Bloody internationals. Not even half way

  38. LBG says:

    Top – Marinello, Wilson, McNab, Rice, George, Barnett
    Bottom – Blockley, Barnett, George, McNab, Wilson, Storey?, Ball.

  39. LBG says:

    Correction Top Storey instead of Rice

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    George was clearly a natural in front of the lens

  41. chas mobile says:

  42. RC78 says:

    Cygan (or Sylvestre?) has to be the worst player that won a trophy with us

    Nasri did fine with us but his first season at City was outstanding

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Evening All,

    Carlos Vela?

    There are a slew of players who won trophies who were p. poor …. Morrow, Linighan, Martin Hayes ++

    Ian Selley won a League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup winners medal and he was seriously mediocre.

    Gone on to better things? After Arsenal it is all downhill – ask Vermaelen, Hleb, etc though a couple have done well – Overmars, Clichy, RvP (for a season),

  44. chas says:

    Weren’t Barcelona absolute shite when Overmars was there?

  45. fred1266 says:

    Nasri first season was outstanding, definitely didn’t remember it that way

  46. Nice one Micky.

    Agree with chas. For a man who was the Union of a Carrot and some helium, Alan Ball defied all racial prejudice and truely was a great player.

    Worst player to win a major and mentioned by Raddy, was Martin Hayes. I went to school with Hayes and despite the fact that as soon as I entered the pitch I suffered from vertigo so spent the entire 90 minutes wrapped around the ref for balance, I was still a better player than him, and at least when I got sent off the ref had to come with me.

    I’m not bitter. Hayes is the only man I know who ladies of the night turn down the money and that refuses to become a homosexual for fear of then been rejected by men as well as women, so good luck to him.

    As for players that leave through there own volition? There all failures.

  47. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    No-one who attended my school played pro football. Nearest we got was one of the 6th form sold programmes at Leyton Orient

  48. chas says:

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  53. Big Raddy says:

    I was at the Boro game.

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    Hooray for that Erik.

    By the way, I do hope the mountain air has worked 🙂

  55. chas says:

  56. Zee says:

    Good Afternoon, each.

    Can I change the subject momentarily? No? Oh, OK – but it is a complaint against the beloved Rasper, so I feel I have no choice but to continue.

    Raspy Rasper — I was stuck waiting for a train recently, and something you said, when trying to solve a comment made by GN5 not long ago (which you solved), led me to think I would have another go at a simple Times cryptic crossword to while away the time.

    Now I am aware that one of the key tests for someone, during WW2, to be accepted into MI6 o some such was to successfully complete the then Times crossword – an indicator of knowledge and intelligence, and which you would have passed without problem.

    I remembered when I started that even when I solved previous cryptic clues they were by way of my own rather circuitous logic, when compared with how others successfully completed the puzzle.

    I limbered up with the Quick Cryptic Crossword just to get into the swing of things thinking even being rusty I should have completed it within 20 minutes or so. [others I know can do it in less than 10 mins without breaking sweat]

    Suffice to say that simple puzzle took me as long to complete as it took for the train to arrive. [Oh, alright – 25 minutes] and shattered my happy thoughts and ruined my day. I am not sure I will ever forgive you for ruining my self esteem – so that when I then did the extreme fiendish Sudoku, I completed that in a pathetic 40 minutes!
    40 minutes!! — No one knew — but I knew — and now some of you know – and I used to like you a lot, Rasper, but now ……….

  57. ha ha RedZee. My 2nd wife is a Sudoku addict. She originally tried getting me involved but when i replied I was not a fan of Japanese anime she never asked again, so would do her Sudoku whilst i watched cartoons. She did however some time after tentatively ask If I could help with her with a cryptic crossword but after answering “is it about horror words?”, I am now an expert on all episodes of Wacky Races.

  58. Big Raddy says:

    I was at the Spurs game as well.

    Barry Daines was my favourite Spurs keeper closely followed by Bobby Mimms (the clown in the above clip)

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Cryptic … Horror. Nice Terry

  60. Zee says:


    😀 😀

    You have cheered me up — so maybe I will forgive the Rasper, after all.

    I do not remember if you are still with wife #2 or is it #22 but if it is the former, then memorise the following and you will be a hero when you help her.

    1 (一) ichi
    2 (二) ni
    3 (三) san
    4 (四) yon
    5 五 go
    6 六 roku
    7 七 nana

    Good luck with that!! 😀

  61. fred1266 says:

    Ospina yesterday smh

  62. Hans Ovminutz says:

    Is there anyone in the current team who would get in the Invincibles team? On the bench? carrying the kit bags?

  63. chas says:

    Yes, RA.
    Pascal Cygan was an Invincible, so virtually all of the current squad could have been an Invincible if they could have found their own little niche in that 4-4-2 set up. 🙂

  64. Big Raddy says:

    Good morning,

    The standard of football in the recent Internationals has been dreadful. Why bother?

    Why can’t the teams be seeded so France (for example) do not have to play until later into the tournament? Germany have not lost away from home in the WC qualifiers since 1934 – surely this is evidence that the system is not working and only a method by which UEFA/FIFA (whomever) make money.

    If teams were seeded many of our players would get more rest

  65. Hans Ovminutz says:

    Cygan could not have been an Invincible, Chas, just say it ain’t so!!!!

    You will tell me next that Justin Hoyte, Aliadiere and David Bentley were also in the squad and played —- and no one could bekieve that, surely?

    The suggestion has given me a headache in my feet!!!

  66. Zee says:

    I was thinking that Oleg Lushny might have appeared in the Invincibles squad, and altho I personally thought he was OK, many think he was a horse.

    But without bothering to look it up – I think he was transferred out just before the unbeaten season — OK, I am becoming lazy or blasé after so long blogging – but there will be someone here who knows!! 🙂

  67. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal Invincible Squad
    Player Apps Subs Total
    Ashley Cole 32 32
    Denis Bergkamp 21 7 28
    Edu 12 17 29
    Fredrik Ljungberg 27 3 30
    Gael Clichy 7 5 12
    Gilberto Silva 29 3 32
    Jens Lehmann 38 38
    Jose Reyes 7 6 13
    Kole Toure 36 1 37
    Lauren 30 2 32
    Martin Keown 3 7 10
    Nwankwo Kanu 3 7 10
    Pascal Cygan 10 8 18
    Patrick Vieira 29 29
    Ray Parlour 12 10 22
    Robert Pires 33 3 36
    Sol Campbell 35 35
    Sylvain Wiltord 8 4 12
    Thierry Henry 37 37

  68. GunnerN5 says:

    Not exactly all individual super stars – but what a SUPER team!!!

  69. GunnerN5 says:

    What I find incredible is that the crazy German goalkeeper played every minute of every game. I kinda like crazy.

  70. fred1266 says:

    Will Argentina really not be in the world culture

  71. chas says:

  72. Zee says:

    This will probably come out as gobbledygook but let’s see.
    Appearances in the 2003/04 Champions League.

    Appearances — with ‘off the bench’ in brackets.

    Name CL

    Jens Lehmann 10
    Ashley Cole 9
    Patrick Vieira 6 (1)
    Martin Keown 1
    Robert Pirès 10
    Fredrik Ljungberg 8 (1)
    Francis Jeffers Left club 0
    José Antonio Reyes 2 (2)
    Dennis Bergkamp 4 (2)
    Sylvain Wiltord 3 (1)
    Lauren 8
    Thierry Henry 10
    Ray Parlour 4 (1)
    van Bronckhorst Left club 0
    Edu 7 (1)
    Pascal Cygan 2 (1)
    Gilberto Silva 5 (3)
    Gaël Clichy 1
    Sol Campbell 9
    Nwankwo Kanu 1 (6)
    Efstathios Tavlaridis 0
    Kolo Touré 10
    Jérémie Aliadière (1)
    Michal Papadopulos 0
    Graham Stack 0
    David Bentley (1)

    Unbelievably, Alliadiere, and Bentley did come off the bench in the CL, and Cygan made 3 appearances, including 1 off the bench.
    [Not that I doubted you, Chas.]

  73. Zee says:

    Sorry, GN5,

    I was answering my own question, which related to the Invincibles –the appearance as you correctly stated above.

    Aliadiere, Hoyt and Bentley made — 3(7); (1); and 1 respectively in the PL :–

    I then made the leap to the C/L, (shown above) where Aliadiere (1); Hoyte 0; and Bentley (1) made appearances off the bench.

    Sorry again if that has confused things. 😀

  74. Zee says:

    There were other players (not shown anywhere) who appeared in other competitions, FA Cup, League Cup because they were probably under 21 y.o.; like Fabregas.

    Frank Simek
    John Spicer
    Jerome Thomas
    Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
    Ólafur Ingi Skúlason
    Ryan Smith
    Cesc Fàbregas

    Some of them I do not remember at all.

  75. mickydidit89 says:

    My God Laca can shoot well. Must at all times have our best passers near him ie Mesut, Jack or Santi

    Wish I could watch some game tonight but can’t. Miss me footie I does

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    or Sanchez to scoop to him obviously (as LB would say)

  77. mickydidit89 says:


    Argentina need a result at the 9,000ft altitude of Ecuador. Yikes

    Wales Ireland could get fighty

  78. VP of Oz says:
    Wenger up for September Manager of the Month. Arsène Wenger has been nominated for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for September. The boss joins Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino on the shortlist, after guiding us to two wins and three clean sheets in the league last month.

  79. chas says:

  80. chas says:

    I always see the Manager of the Month award as a curse.
    I think Pep with 4 wins out of 4 and a GD of 17-0 deserves it more than AW. 🙂

  81. chas says:

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  83. mickydidit89 says:


    Manager of the Month? Impossible, because it’s a fact that if the club had any “ambition” we’d have signed up Koeman or Klopp 🙂

    Morning to you, and morning to Chas

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah Chas, just seen your 7:54 re Pep.s 4/4

    Guess it must be equal rights for all managers thing then. Like even the boy who comes last gets a medal

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I would make Klopp manager of the month 12 times a year. Love the bloke. Who else in football makes you laugh?

  86. Big Raddy says:

    Huge International game down the road tonight (17.00 k.o). Denmark have to beat Romania to have a chance of qualification. Even with my connections it was impossible to buy a ticket.

    Watching Eriksen play hurts, the man should be at AFC instead he wastes his talent at the shitkickers up the road.

  87. Ant says:

    The turbo dog at 7.46 is brilliant. The cat moving its head like he’s watching Wimbledon..

  88. mickydidit89 says:


    While you were away on one of your well earned holidays recently, Chas put up an excellent Klopp looky likey with cheesey wotsits as teeth

  89. mickydidit89 says:


    Do a stadium tour. Bingo, free entry

  90. mickydidit89 says:

    Was Gilberto a Fine Young Cannibal?

  91. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Just found the Klopp look a like 😀 😀

    And love the S & G moustache

  92. chas says:

    As it’s Sunday…….

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  94. chas says:

    Spot the ex-Arsenal player?

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    Viv Anderson?

  96. mickydidit89 says:

    Can we have a clue

    Like, for how long had he been an ex Arsenal player when the picture was taken?

    Just trying to narrow things down.

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Stop taking the piss you two

  98. chas says:

    Picture from 1950

  99. Interesting chas

    Fortunately, to make sure both my children were mine, I am an expert on facial recognition and morphology. Oh yes, many times I have interrupted a strangers family pub lunch with the words “That Kid aint yours mate”

    I may be wrong, but the boy holding the trophy bears a striking resemblance to the late, great, Geordie Armstrong?

  100. Big Raddy says:

    I haven’t got a clue. George Eastham, 2nd from left, top row?

  101. GunnerN5 says:

    No idea Chas,

  102. chas says:

    The flowers at 1.50pm are a clue

  103. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s getting cryptic – we need Rasp or Zee.

  104. chas mobile says:

    It’s Robert Primrose Wilson.

  105. Big Raddy says:

    Mustafi carried off in Gernany gane. Looks serious

  106. chas says:

    Don’t leave me hanging

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  111. mickydidit89 says:

    Great start to Monday. Thanks Chas 🙂

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  113. mickydidit89 says:

    Bugger Ireland score

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