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On this day Arsenal reach Cup Final for record 21st time. The video

Welcome to the AISA Arsenal History Society.   And we have the video of Arsenal v Vietnam below but the sound is rather dodgy.

The anniversaries for today are below…

There are now 295 videos we have gathered commemorating Arsenal events on individual days are to be found via this link.   In addition to those 295 we have now added Wolverhampton to the video collection series in which we are gathering together the best videos we have against each club we have played in recent years.   Here is the list of clubs covered so far…

Today’s Arsenal anniversaries are published below.  We don’t have a video for this day but another collection from a particular club will go up shortly.

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.

Here are the anniversaries

18 July 1870: The infallibility of the Pope proclaimed by the Vatican Council

18 July 1919: The Cenotaph in London was unveiled and the following day was designated Peace Day with victory parades in many towns.  Unfortunately it didn’t always go smoothly as rioting ex-servicemen burned down Luton Town Hall.

18 July 1925: The first part of “Mein Kampf” published.

18 July 1971: Ray Parkin died aged 60.  He played 25 games for Arsenal from 1925 to 1936 and scored 11 goals.  He also played 232 games for the reserves winning the Football Combination five times at a time when Combination games regularly got crowds of 7000, sometimes far more.

18 July 1984: Bernard Joy died in Kenton, London aged 72.  He moved into journalism after giving up playing, and his book “Forward Arsenal!” became a definitive guide to the club’s progress until 1954.  Unfortunately it repeated many serious errors and omissions found in earlier histories – and invented quite a few new ones which then became part of the standard Arsenal story.

18 July 1987: George Graham signed a new five year contract as Arsenal manager, having taken the club to 7th in 1986/7, the highest position since 1982.

18 July 1998: 18 July 1998: Enfield 0 Arsenal 0.  The second of a six match pre-season run which ended with Arsenal winning the charity shield 3-0 against Man United.

18 July 2003: Philippe Senderos joined Arsenal from Servette.  He stayed with Arsenal until 2010 and played 116 games as well as having two loan spells with Milan and Everton.  He played with Houston Dynamo until 2018 and joined Chiasso of the Swiss League in 2019, finally retiring from football on 16 December that year.

18 July 2005: Emmanuel Adebayor joined Manchester City for £25 million.  He played 34 times for them, which when salary is included works out at over £1m per game – even more than Barce paid per game for Henry.  He later moved to Tottenham.  In 2017 he joined İstanbul Başakşehir and in 2020 Olimpia of Paraguay.

18 July 2005: Ashley Cole signed a new contract extension for Arsenal but it didn’t stop him illegally negotiating his own move to Chelsea just one year later.  In 2019 he was reported as playing for Derby County.  He is now academy coach at Chelsea.

18 July 2009: Tomáš Rosický played 45 minutes against Barnet, following an absence of 18 months due to successive injuries following a game against Newcastle on 26 January 2008.  The score was 2-2 with goals from Arshavin and Barazite.

18 July 2009: Thomas Vermaelen made his début in the match at Barnet.  He played 100 league matches for Arsenal and became captain but was seriously hampered by injury before moving on to Barcelona.  Vermaelen married in 2017 and in 2019 joined Japanese team Vissel Kobe 

18 July 2015: Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 in the final of the Asia Trophy with Walcott, Cazorla and Ozil scoring.  It was the second of five consecutive wins pre-season.

18 July 2016: After a long run over loan spells Wellington Silva was finally transferred to  Fluminense.  In 2019 he played for Inter in Brazil.

18 July 2020.  Arsenal’s incredible improvement in form under new management was confirmed with Arsenal’s defeat of Manchester City 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final.  Aubameyang scored in each half.  The result meant that Arsenal, having been joint top in the list of finalists with 20 previous appearances would now be out on their own as the club that has appeared in more finals than any other. 21 finals, and as it turned out, 14 wins.

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