Ahead of this crunch Premier League game for Arsenal at Old Trafford, it seems like Arsene Wenger is relishing the Old rivalry. Maybe it is because this is the first time in years that the Gunners have seriously threatened to become champions of England or not, there is definitely an extra bit of spice in the build up.
The last time that Arsenal finished the campaign in top spot was 2004 and that is arguably the best performance over a season that England has ever seen. I’m not sure if you remember, but Arsenal did not lose a single league game that season, and so the team gained the nickname of `invincibles`, quite rightly. They also beat Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest record of unbeaten games in that spell. .......Read the full article here
I have not seen many fans on this site agreeing with Wenger’s idea that Arsenal are ready to challenge for titles again. Every year now Wenger tells us that we are about to challenge on all 4 fronts, but the fans know that we have no chance of doing that with a threadbare and injury prone squad. To say nothing of the opposition buying up every player you can think of. .......Read the full article here
Everybody seems to be discussing the new Arsenal Away Shirt for next season, and although it is not due to be officially released until tomorrow, here is a sneak preview of the yellow shirt with a collar for change….
Now if i remember correctly, this is extremely similar to the one that the Invincibles wore on that fantastic season ten years ago when the Gunners went the whole season unbeaten.
Here is a signed Tony Adams shirt from that era, see if you can see similarities….
With massive doubts over Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United, the media have reported numerous times that Arsenal are in the running for the Englishman. There is no doubt that Rooney is a world class player but he does carry a lot of baggage and I do have reservations over his motivation to play for Arsenal. .......Read the full article here
With the appointment, just announced, of Arsenal old boy Freddie Ljungberg into a backroom “ambassadorial” role, Gooners are reminded of the team of “Invincibles” of which Freddie was an integral part. Even though the Swede has been critical of Arsenal recently, calling for the club to sign “very good players” (that’s Swedish for “top, top”) if they wanted to challenge for trophies, and was less than enthusiastic about the players’ celebrations after the Newcastle match, it seems the Arsenal hierarchy are happy to welcome him back into the fold. .......Read the full article here
I sit here on a warm African winter afternoon, my tele switched to ESPN classic. They have a vintage Arsenal game going and im glued as if it were live. Its Highbury….Its Sol Campbell, its Vieira, its Bergkamp, its Thierry… its an Arsenal routing of Manchester United. The fans are in ecstasy, the commentators in awe as the purrr with lavish praise on the impeccable machine that was Arsenal… Im in Arsenal heaven for a moment there.. .......Read the full article here
Well done Arsenal. Now the serious work begins… by FD
As the dust settles on another Premier League campaign, Arsenal fans can look back on a satisfying final third of the season. While it may have been a little strange watching the celebrations of the Arsenal players at winning fourth place, with memories of the Invincibles still etched in our minds, we shouldn’t begrudge them their plaudits. The turnaround since the derby defeat has been remarkable, and gives the team a defensive stability to build on for next season. .......Read the full article here
The dwindling fortunes of Arsenal date back beyond the past eight years. I saw it coming when, even during the times of the “Invincibles”, and by deliberate club policy quality and experience were eased off the squad or encouraged to leave on approaching the age of 30.
These quality players took their skills and experience to other clubs where they helped these other clubs to win trophies or at least assisted them to improve their positions on the table. I can mention Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Barcelona and even Portsmouth . .......Read the full article here
When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal back in 1996, he had already requested the signing of the French international midfielder Patrick Vieira from AC MIlan. That would turn out to be one of the most successful transfers ever, as Vieira was an integral part of the Gunners for the next nine seasons, the most successful period in Arsenal history. The 36-year old could soon be re-united with his mentor, apparently, as Wenger has spoken to him about the job of replacing Liam Brady as Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, reports the Daily Mail. .......Read the full article here
Patrick Vieira was one of the first players to be brought to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger took charge of the club back in 1996. When he left the club for Juventus nine years later, he took three Premier league winner’s medals and four FA cup medals with him. He was also part of the invincibles side that went the whole of the 2003-2004 league season without losing a game. It is surprising, therefore, to hear him say that the Arsenal of today is better in some ways than the teams he played in. .......Read the full article here
What does it take to have a good run? I guess the players who made up the invincibles. Unfortunately, there will never be such a team ever again in the history of the premier league. The best a team can hope for right now is a great winning or unbeaten run spanning several games.
Given the present scope of the premier league, every team has several ways of showing consistency. Its either you make your home ground a fortress or you embark on an awesome away run or score at least a goal in every game or concede no goals in several games. Arsenal were, prior to our last 5 games, in neither category. However, having started this run we have to keep it going. .......Read the full article here
The Mighty Transition: Why Arsenal Haven’t Won Anything In 7 Years by Ix Techau
How We Got Here
In 1993, Highbury became an all-seater stadium, reducing its capacity from 57,000 to roughly 38,500, with even less capacity for Champions League fixtures. This meant a huge reduction in ticket sales, and the club could only watch as tens of thousands of supporters were unable to attend matches. With the season ticket waiting list growing rapidly every year, the club decided to look at alternatives. .......Read the full article here