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The rise and fall of players in the eyes of fans.

On this day in 2016 Mo Elneny was signed from FC Basel.  During the remainder of the season he twice won the fans’ player of the month award.   Yet by the start of 2019 he was one of the players that certain blogs and broadcast commentators were wanting removed from the club.  Popularity, it seems, is very short lived.

Here are the anniversaries…

14 January 1899: Arsenal 6 Darwen 0 in division 2.   Arsenal were later to face Darwen again, and this next time scored 11 .

14 January 1911: The FA Cup match against Clapton Orient was abandoned at 1-0 to Arsenal.  Arsenal won the rearranged match 2-1.

14 January 1919: The FA met and agreed to allow the resumption of matches on days other than saturdays and public holidays and to permit clubs to start registering players from 1 May.  In a separate meeting it was agreed to extend the next season into August and May.

14 January 1922: Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in front of 40,000.  The inside left, Reg Boreham scored his fourth goal in consecutive league games to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory. Strangely details of Reg Boreham’s life, and even the club he came from, are scarce in the extreme.

14 January 1925: The Arsenal / West Ham match at the centre of the drugs “scandal” was finally played.    The story only emerged 20 years later, in a sunday newspaper and then in Knighton’s autobiography and such evidence as we can find suggests the whole event was yet another Knighton fantasy.

14 January 1931: The replay of the Cup game with Aston Villa was held at Villa Park, with 73,668 in attendance (an amazing number for a mid-week afternoon game) and Arsenal won 3-1, with Brain joining the team to replace Jack Lambert, (David Jack moving to centre forward).

14 January 1933: The Walsall Experiment, in which Arsenal as last year’s cup finalists were knocked out in in the 3rd round in Chapman’s last ever FA Cup match.  For subsequent impact see also here.  Chapman rapidly transferred several players who were part of the game.  Walsall won their next league game 8-1 against Mansfield.

14 January 1941: Goalkeeper Alex Wilson who had played his first Arsenal game in 1934 was transferred to St Mirren in one of the few war time transfers.  He had played 37 games in the 1935/6 season when he was an FA Cup winner.

14 January 1961: Herd gained his second consecutive hattrick as Arsenal scored five for the second consecutive game – but only just got the win as it ended Arsenal 5 Man City 4.

14 January 1978:  Arsenal 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, continued Arsenal’s upturn.  Brady took on the air of a man who was contemplating a variety of new approaches to playing football while reading a novel. Willie Young, whose form had so improved of late that he looked as if he could do everything right, then scored an own goal, just to prove he couldn’t.

14 January 1995: Hartson and Kiwomya made league debuts just weeks before George Graham was sacked.

14 January 1998: Port Vale 1 Arsenal 1 (FA Cup round three) in the second Double season.  Arsenal went through on penalties 4-3. Having drawn at Highbury, there was no score in normal time, and Dixon missed Arsenal’s first penalty.    The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.

14 January 2006: Arsenal 7 Middlesbrough 0. Henry scored a hat-trick.  This game equalled the highest Premier League win for the club.  Senderos, Pires, Gilberto and Hleb got the others.

14 January 2008: The launch of the short lived Arsenal TV as part of Setanta Sports  It was ultimately replaced with an online service after it closed on 7 August 2009 as Setanta was liquidated.  Setanta was replaced by BT Sport, but without Arsenal TV.

14 January 2008: After launching two days earlier Untold Arsenal published its first article: an attack on rotational fouling and rotational time-wasting. Almost 12 years later the Guardian published an article which included the phrase “rotational fouling” as a mainstream concept.

14 January 2015: Benik Afobe sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £2m.  He never played for Arsenal but had multiple loans including MK Dons where he scored 19 goals in 30 league and cup games.  He scored 8 in his first 14 matches for Wolverhampton and in January 2016 moved to Bournemouth for £12m.

14 January 2016: Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel.  He had played in Switzerland for 3 years making over 90 appearances and winning three consecutive Super League titles.   He had also played for Egypt in the London Olympics in 2012. During the remainder of the season he twice won the fans’ award for player of the month but by 2018 was being blamed for the perceived decline in Arsenal’s performances.

14 January 2018: Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 1 in the PL, Bellerin scoring.  It was the end of a run of four games without a win, although one was a goalless draw with Chelsea in the League Cup, which took Arsenal through to the final.

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