On this day in 2017 Gedion Zelalem, for a long time predicted to be one of the young players who would come through Arsenal’s ranks and do extremely well with the club, was loaned to VVV Venlo.
He had seemed to be making a major comeback from injury when on August 24, 2015, he started a six month loan with Rangers quickly making his debut, scoring and making an impact. The loan was extended to the end of the season.
The Venlo loan came the next season – they were a second division Dutch club who with Zelalem making nine appearances won the title and promotion. But then unable to break into the Arsenal squad Zelalem was sold to Sporting Kansas City. He moved on to New York City FC on 11 January 2020.
Here are the anniversaries…
24 January 1891: Jimmy Boyle who played as centre half and in goal for Woolwich Arsenal, played his first Celtic match against Vale of Leven.
?24 January 1910: By deduction from other events this was the date on which Henry Norris called the press to discuss a rescue of Woolwich Arsenal – an event which led to the move to Highbury, and 15 years later, and the appointment of Chapman as manager.
24 January 1914: Arsenal 1 Barnsley 0, with a goal from Rutherford in front of 19,000. Gaining three wins in a row Arsenal made it seven wins in eight games.
24 January 1920: Arsenal v Aston Villa attracted 55,000 to Highbury, the highest crowd thus far for a match at the stadium. Unfortunately Arsenal lost 0-1.
24 January 1931: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1. Bastin scored in front of 62,945 and it meant that the FA Cup – Arsenal’s first major trophy – would not be retained. However the early exit undoubtedly helped Arsenal focus on their points record in the league.
24 January 1959: Colchester U 2 Arsenal 2 (FA Cup). Vic Groves got both goals. Having been knocked out by Northampton Town the year before there were clearly nerves, but Arsenal survived the replay.
24 January 1978: Arsenal beat Man City 1-0 in the league cup replay in front of 57,960. Liam Brady scored from the spot, City argued, and Alan Hudson made his first appearance in two months as a sub. It was City’s first defeat in nine,
24 January 1980: Some sources suggest that Terry Anderson’s tragic death by drowning was on this date rather than 5 January.
24 January 1987: Man U 2 Arsenal 0. Arsenal were beaten after an 18 match unbeaten run starting October 4 1986. Arsenal then went through a ten match run without winning a game including six consecutive games without scoring.
24 January 1988. Arsenal 1 Man U 2 – the eighth consecutive league match without a win. Quinn scored. But the next match started a run of seven league games without defeat.
24 January 1998: Ten years to the day after eight consecutive league games without a win, Middlesbrough 1 Arsenal 2, (FA Cup round 4) continued the march to the second Double. Overmars and Parlour scored. Overmars did not score another cup goal until the FA Cup Final.The second double: part 1, part 2, part 3.
24 January 1999: Wolverhampton 1 Arsenal 2. FA Cup 4th round en route for the final, Overmars and Bergkamp getting the goals.
24 January 2004: Arsenal had beaten Middlesbrough on 10 January 4-1 in the league, and on this day beat them at home in the FA Cup 4-1.
24 January 2006: Arsenal 2 Wigan 1 was not enough to get Arsenal through to the League Cup final. Having lost the first leg 1-0 Arsenal were set to win when Van Persie scored on 108 minutes before Roberts scored for Wigan in the final minute of extra time.
24 January 2007: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 2. League Cup semi-final first leg. Julio Baptista scored an own goal to put Tottenham two up, but then scored two at the right end. Details of our progress through the competition this season are here
24 January 2014: Arsenal 4 Coventry 0. Arsenal fans showed complete support for Coventry’s plight under their hedge fund ownership by applauding their demonstration. Towards half time some of the floodlights failed but the teams agreed to play on.
24 January 2015: As FA Cup holders, Arsenal had had a long run of playing and winning all their games in London. However on this day they had to play outside the capital, but still won 2-3 at Brighton. Walcott, Ozil and Rosicky scored.
24 January 2017: Gedion Zelalem loaned to VVV Venlo.
24 January 2018: After a goalless first leg Arsenal beat Chelsea in the second league of the League Cup semi-final to go through to a final against Manchester City.