16 May 1998: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0. FA Cup final. Video and report

By Tony Attwood On this day in 1998 the second double was completed.  And there was a big shock in the team for without Bergkamp, Arsenal played Christopher Wreh as centre forward rather than Ian Wright.   Wreh had scored the only goal of the semi-final against Wolverhampton in the semi-final. But it could so easily …

18 April 1998: Arsenal 5 Wimbledon 0

By Tony Attwood Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here. Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail. 100 Years in the First Division So, a 5-0 win over Wimbledon on this day – a …

28 December 1997: Arsenal going nowhere… except…

By Tony Attwood To read about the free Arsenal video collection and about the Arsenal History Society, please see the note at the foot of this article. On this day the result was Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1.  The result left Arsenal in sixth and Tottenham in 19th Team P W D L F A GD …

Arsenal smash Man U in the Community Shield 3-0 in 1998 – the videos

We have two copies of the 1998 Community Shield video – the first just gives the highlights but is of poorer quality.  The second gives the whole match starting with film inside the tunnel The full match is available here Today’s anniversaries are below.  Meanwhile you might also like to note the collection of club videos …

Another Arsenal pre-season: beating Dunfermline away on this day

  Today’s anniversaries are below.  Meanwhile you might also like to note the collection of club videos (each article bringing together a series of videos of our famous matches against each individual club) and our videos of the day, celebrating a match from Arsenal’s past. You will find full details and links on our home page. The …

Arsenal beat Sunderland on this day

Welcome to the daily blog of the AISA Arsenal History Society.  You can read more about AISA at AISA.org There are links to our most recent videos and the club series on the home page. An  index of 260+ historic videos is here Contact Arsenal History Society at Tony@schools.co.uk 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story …

Arsenal knock in four in a brilliant end of season run of games: the video

There are links to our most recent videos and the club series on the home page. An  index of 260+ historic videos is here Contact Arsenal History Society at Tony@schools.co.uk 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here. Arsenal …

On this day Arsenal win the FA Cup semi-final (again). Arsenal v Reading

230+ historic videos and lots of anniversaries. Arsenal v Fulham: the history in videos There are links to our most recent videos on the home page. An  index of 230+ historic videos is here Contact Arsenal History Society at Tony@schools.co.uk 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. Henry Norris at the …

Arsenal 4 CSKA Moscow 1 – brilliant football brilliant goals. Watch the video

200+ historic videos and lots of anniversaries. There are links to our most recent videos on the home page. An  index of 180 historic videos is here Contact Arsenal History Society at Tony@schools.co.uk 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to …

6 consecutive wins, 17 goals. Arsenal 3 Watford 0 as part of the sequence

Apologies – the original video for this day has caused tech problems, so has been replaced by a different video.  Still the same day, and we still win. There are links to some of our recent videos on the home page. An  index of many of our historic videos is here The anniversaries are below… Contact …

Tottenham v Arsenal, the complete game from 2002

Contact Arsenal History Society at Tony@schools.co.uk 100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919. Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here. Arsenal in the 1930s: The most comprehensive series on the decade ever Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail. You …

Players who left Arsenal on this day: what happened to Vermaelen and Pérez

The Arsenal History Society is part of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association – a body which gives positive support to the club, and has regular meetings with directors and senior officials of the club to represent the views of its members to the club.  You can read more about AISA on its website. You can read about …

When it comes to Arsenal, it’s all a matter of who you believe.

Error strewn stories about Arsenal FC are commonplace, and often easy to spot because of inconsistencies in the account, and the fact that information can be checked and be found to be inaccurate. Of course in the past it was harder to check such matters, as when Arsenal’s ex-manager Leslie Knighton wrote his autobiography in …

How the fake news travels – especially when Arsenal create it about themselves.

When Arsenal turned itself into a professional club in 1891 – the first club in the south so to do – it was recognised by the club’s Committee that some of the clubs that it had been playing in recent years, as it had risen to be the leading force in football in the south …

The best and the worst managers Arsenal have ever had

Football managers are measured generally by their success in winning trophies, and by their percentage win rate in matches.  Each is a valid measurement, and on each Arsene Wenger comes top of the table.  But who were the worst long term managers of Arsenal?  The men who won nothing, and also had a low percentage …

Arsenal start out on the longest unbeaten away run in top flight football

Arsenal hold the record for the longest unbeaten away run in top flight football of 27 games, starting from 5 April 2003. There were the inevitable moans at the previous away league game on 15 March when Arsenal lost 2-0 to Blackburn, a result which was followed by an away defeat to Valencia in the …

Whatever happened to Lukas Podolski?

Lukas Podolski played for Bayern Munich and FC Koln before joining Arsenal in 2012, playing 60 games and scoring 19 goals before going on loan to Inter Milan in 2015.   He then played for Galatasaray, Vissel Kobe and is now with Antalyaspor in Turkey.  Between 2004 and 2017 he played 130 times for Germany scoring …

When “a Bosman” became a type of transfer and football was changed.

By Tony Attwood On this day in 1995 the European Court ruled the system of clubs retaining the right to play a player until they released him was illegal under EC rules.   As a result when Mr Wenger came to Arsenal the following year he was able to bring in players from across the EU …

“Fair play is an English word. Unfortunately, it does not function any more here,”

At the start of every season people make lots of predictions but most of them are way off the mark.  And I don’t think that on this day in 1997, either before or after our first match of the campaign, anyone was predicting a particularly wonderful season for Arsenal.  We had come third in the …

If we want a complaint, how about the absence of Arsenal TV?

Several clubs have their own TV stations which run films of old games and discussions about current footballing affairs, plus of course player interviews. And Arsenal did have such a station for a while but it closed on this day in 2009 when its carrier – Setanta went into liquidation.  There is the on line …

Arsenal’s tightest ever defence, but we didn’t win the league.

In 1999 Arsenal concluded the season having conceded just 17 league goals – their lowest ever league total.  The top four read… Team P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Manchester United 38 22 13 3 80 37 43 79 2 Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17 42 78 3 Chelsea 38 …

The decline and fall of a cup finalist

By Tony Attwood Today’s highlight… Some players don’t make it, we know that of course, and some do make it but fade away quickly.  But few that I have seen have slipped so quickly and so far as Christopher Wreh.  Signed in 1997 he scored the only goal in the cup semi-final against Wolverhampton in …

Supposing we’d never had the Emirates, but had gone to play at Wembley

The Arsenal anniversary files. On this day in 2007 David Dein was sacked as director of Arsenal.  He had argued consistently at board meetings for Arsenal not to build a new stadium to replace Highbury but instead to move to Wembley on a permanent basis.   His crime was to continue to speak in favour …