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Arsenal beat Fenerbahce 5-2 away on this day. Here’s the video

You can find the latest video each day on the home page of this site.   You can also find videos for previous days by clicking the articles in the left column of this page under “Recent Posts” or by clicking on the mauve headline at the top of the screen on the right, which will take you to yesterday’s selected video – and so on back to the start of the series in August.  There is more about who we are and other things we do, at the foot of the page.

Here are all the anniversaries

21 October 1893: Arsenal lost 1-4 to Small Heath.  It was the second in a run of three games in which they conceded 15 goals.

21 October 1912: Athletic News announced, wrongly, that Arsenal would move to Harringey Park the following summer.  The most likely explanation for the false story in the magazine that was rarely wrong about such matters, was that Henry Norris had been spotted as he toured the area looking at possible sites, although it also is quite possible that Norris deliberately had his car parked at the site, in order to mislead trailing journalists, having had his driver drop him off earlier in Highbury.

21 October 1922: Arsenal were away to Newcastle who were 10th (Arsenal 18th) but with only one point between them. With Milne and Roe making their first appearances of the season and Hopkins his second, Arsenal got a 1-1 draw, Hopkins getting the goal.

21 October 1925: John Barley signed for Arsenal.  He never really made progress at Highbury and on 3 May 1929 transferred to Reading after just eight first team games with Arsenal.  

21 October 1939:  At last the wartime league began, after the regular league programme had been abandoned following the outbreak of war, with just three fixtures played.   That season was then played with the same fixture list in 1946/7.  On this day Arsenal beat Charlton 8-4 in the newly formed Football League south “A”.

21 October 1961: Arsenal beat Manchester United 5-1; the biggest win over Man U at Highbury.  Skirton (2) Eastham, Barnwell, Ward got the goals in front of 54,099 

21 October 1967: Ian Ure won his final Scotland cap.  He played 11 times for Scotland and four times for the Scottish League.

21 October 1970: Sturm Graz 1 Arsenal 0.  With Arsenal playing in four competitions and using the first team throughout the media were full of the “too many games,” view and Arsenal’s immediate demise on all fronts was predicted.  Curiously it didn’t happen like that.

21 October 1972: Although Bob Wilson was now fit after his long lay off, he didn’t come straight into the Arsenal team, but had to wait for five more games before regaining his place.  The first of these “Wilson in waiting” games ended Crystal Palace 2 Arsenal 3.  Playing without Ball, Arsenal moved into an end-to-end approach, attacking in numbers with the ball, withdrawing in numbers when the ball was lost.  

21 October 1978: Arsenal 1 Southampton 0, Brady got the goal.  With just one win in the last four this was a relief, but better it was the start of a 10 match unbeaten run including seven wins ending with Tottenham 0 Arsenal 5 when Brady scored a goal that is still (quite rightly) celebrated.  See also here

21 October 1998.  Arsenal drew 1-1 with Dynamo Kiev with the club’s 7th highest home crowd of all time.   Bergkamp got the goal and Silvestre scored an own goal

21 October 2000: Arsenal beat Sparta Prague 4-2 in the Champions League to make it five games unbeaten, completing the double over the the Czech team.    Having lost the opening match of the season it was now 14 unbeaten in the Premier League and Champions League.

21 October 2001: Death of Bertie Mee.   In 1986 Bertie Mee had returned to football and become the general manager of Watford FC.  He remained a director there until 1991.

21 October 2008: Fenerbahçe 2 Arsenal 5.  Adebayor, Walcott, Diaby, Song and Ramsey scored. It meant Arsenal had nine goals in the last two champions league games but it was the only time they scored five in the season.  Curiously for at least the next 11 years Arsenal did not play on 21 October again.

21 October 2019: A 1-0 away defeat to Sheffield Utd started the run that led ultimately to Unai Emery’s dismissal as manager, being the start of a run of one win in 12 league games, Mr Emery being dismissed after match number 10 in the sequence.

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100 Years in the First Division: the absolute complete story of Arsenal’s promotion in 1919.

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