Today is Andrey Arshavin’s birthday – the Arsenal History Society wish him many happy returns. He’s now 39.
After leaving Arsenal Andrey went to Zenit, first on loan then permanently, playing 66 games, scoring nine goals in the Russian Premier League. Then he moved to Kuban Krasnodar for a season before, for his final gig, he moved to Kazakhstan playing for Kairat in their Premier League across three seasons. In total he played 108 games there and scored 30 goals and was Kazakhstan Player of the Year for 2016. All told this gave him a career total of 623 games and 141 goals in all competitions.
On 11 November 2018, after the final game of the season in Kazakhstan Arshavin left the club and on 3 December 2018 he formally retired as a player. I’ve not heard what he has done since. If you know, please do write in.
Here are the anniversaries.
29 May 1899: James Aston signed from Walsall. He made 11 league and 4 cup appearances in the following season before being transferred to Small Heath in 1900.
29 May 1905: With no players, no supporters, having played no games, and having had an application for membership turned down by the Southern League following objections by Tottenham, Chelsea were granted a place in the Football League.
29 May 1912: Arsenal played their 8th and final post season tour game in 18 days against SpVgg Greuther Fürth . Arsenal won 6-0. In 2012/13 the club joined the Bundesliga for the first time.
29 May 1919: The astronomer and physicist Arthur Eddington made the observations of a solar eclipse which offered the first practical confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity giving proof that the only scientific understanding of the universe that we have, actually was right.
29 May 1931: Arsenal beat AIK Sweden 5-0 away from home in a post-season friendly. David Jack got a hat trick. It was the sixth game of a seven match tour.
29 May 1949: Brian Kidd born. He signed from Arsenal in 1974 after ten years with Manchester United, and played 77 league games across two seasons before moving on to Manchester City.
29 May 1950: Thomas Rippon (footballing brother of Willis) died. His story is interesting as an example of how the world worked in the 19th century. Within six months he moved from being a door to door fruit seller in Sheffield to playing for Woolwich Arsenal – albeit only for the reserves.
29 May 1959: Steve Gatting born in West London. He signed for Arsenal as an amateur in 1974 and made 50 league starts across three seasons before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion.
29 May 1968: Sammy Nelson’s first team debut in a 4-0 victory over Japan. He was one of Bertie Mee’s first signings – and was employed initially in the reserves on the left wing before moving to left back.
29 May 1981: Andrey Arshavin born to a father who was both an amateur footballer and a writer, including among his works the gloriously titled ‘555 Questions and Answers on Women, Money, Politics and Football’.
29 May 1985: 39 people died as Liverpool fans moved to attack Juventus fans and trapped them against a concrete wall, while waiting for the start of the European Cup Final. Although only Liverpool was involved in this, all English clubs were subsequently banned from playing European football. In 1989, after a 5-month trial in Belgium, 14 fans were given 3-year sentences for involuntary manslaughter
29 May 1990: Martin Hayes was transferred to Celtic for £625,000. He only had one season as a regular in the Arsenal side but in that season scored 19 goals in league 31 starts.
29 May 2014: Arsenal announced that Lukasz Fabianski would leave the club in the summer. He had just won an FA cup winners’ medal, and had played 78 games, 25 of them without conceding. He moved to Swansea who were ultimately relegated in 2018. He then joined West Ham.
29 May 2019: Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1 in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan. Iwobi scored for Arsenal. It was his last competitive match for Arsenal as in August he moved to Everton.