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Whatever happened to Nacho Monreal?

Nacho Monreal returned to Spain on 31 August 2019, joining Real Sociedad on a two-year contract. He scored on his competitive debut two weeks later, converting an easy tap-in at the hour mark of an eventual 2–0 victory over Atlético Madrid . He had played 187 times for Arsenal and must rank as one of […]

Whatever happened to Chuba Akpom?

Chuba Akpom was an Arsenal player from 2002 to 2018 during which time he made four appearances for the club but played 44 times for England at various youth levels from under 16 to under 21.

Starting in 2013 he went on a series of loans to Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Brighton and […]

Whatever happened to Jens Lehmann?

Jens Lehmann was the only member of the Invincibles team to play in every one of the league games. As such he really ought to have a statue to him outside the ground – but there seems to be no plans for this.

Lehmann returned to Arsenal after retiring as a player as assistant coach […]

Whatever happened to Gabriel Paulista?

Is a new Arsenal club being born? Actually, probably not Follow the video on Untold Gooner News

On 26 January 2015, Gabriel was granted a UK work permit allowing him to join Arsenal. The fee was around £11m with Joel Campbell moving on loan to Villareal. Unusually for a player of some stature he […]

Whatever happened to Joel Campbell?

Is a new Arsenal club being born? Actually, probably not

When Arsenal signed Joel Campbell in 2011 aged 19 from the Costa Rican team Saprissa he looked like a typical Wenger signing of a young player pretty much no one outside of Costa Rica had heard of.

That he then went on a series […]

Making an example of Arsenal supporters

The closing of the Woolwich Arsenal ground for two games following crowd incidents, doesn’t sound too horrific, although the initial punishment was for the rest of the season. It was an unprecedented punishment, and no explanation was given as to why this punishment was dished out, other than a lot of comment about it being […]

Whatever happened to Emmanuel Frimpong

On this day in 2013 Emmanuel Frimpong joined Fulham on loan. However he played only 90 games of football in his professional career. After a number of loans in England on 8 August 2016, Frimpong signed two-year contract with Arsenal Tula in Russia, and then AFC Eskilstuna in Sweden.. On 17 August 2017, Frimpong signed […]

Whatever happened to Gedion Zelalem?

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 […]

Whatever happened to Jermaine Pennant?

On this day in 2005, Jermain Pennant crashed his car, and gave the police his name as Ashley Cole.

His final club was Billericay Town in 2017. Then in October 2018, he appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show having recently written an autobiography, Mental: Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truths and the Beautiful Game, that was also […]

Whatever happened to Matthew Upson?

After joining Arsenal from Luton town in 1997 Matthew Upson played 35 times for Arsenal, and made loan spells to Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading before moving on to the two main clubs of his career, Birmingham City (on this day in 2003) and West Ham. He later played for Stoke, Brighton, Leicester and […]

What ever happened to Sven Mislintat?

Sven Mislintat joined Arsenal in November 2017 with the brief of developing the way Arsenal worked in the transfer market, and during his 14 month tenure brought in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

However he fell out with the club after it was decided to sign Dennis Suarez instead of […]

Whatever happened to Anders Limpar

Anders Limpar played 399 senior games as a professional, but never exceeded the 96 games he played for Arsenal. His last appearances came in 1999/2000 for Colorado Rapids before he was forced to retire aged 35, following a series of repeated injuries.

After that he opened a bar in Stockholm and later part-owned a company […]

Whatever happened to Colin Pates?

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Herbert Chapman in 1878.

We have of course got multiple articles about Chapman on this site, and so rather than add one more I thought we might continue the idea of looking at what happened to more recent members of the Arsenal side – in this case […]

What happened to Theo Walcott?

On this day in 2013 Theo Walcott signed a new long term contract as his star continued to rise in Arsenal colours. And although he had some brilliant moments with Arsenal, it was two years ago yesterday that Walcott signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Everton in what the BBC reported as “a deal worth more […]

Lassana Diarra: Arsenal to Portsmouth to Real Madrid to Al Jazira to PSG!

If anyone can piece together an accurate story of Lassana Diarra’s life to date it would make fascinating reading for having signed for Arsenal from Chelsea, he played just 13 times before moving on to Portsmouth – hardly a step up!

And yet after 32 games there he moved to Real Madrid for whom […]

Where are they now: Sol Campbell on the anniversary of his re-joining AFC

On this day in 2010 Sol Campbell rejoined Arsenal for the final time. Nine years later he took up the reigns in his current job as manager of Southend United – on 23 October to be exact.

At that moment the league table for the club looked like this…

Club P W D L F […]

The Top Strikers in Arsenal History

The Top Strikers in Arsenal History

Established over a century ago in London, Arsenal has had quite the glorious history. One of the most successful clubs in the UK, the Gunners have had their fair share of ups and downs. The club has won 13 league titles and a slew of other trophies although it […]

Where are they now? Kanu, Kerrea Gilbert, Mark Randall, Samuel Galindo

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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, […]

The players who never live up to their initial promise…

There are many players who simply never make it, despite early promise, and certainly Yaya Sanogo was one of these. Sanogo has earned caps with the under-16 and under-17 teams of France. including being the under-16s first-choice striker scoring 18 goals in 18 games. And in one pre-season friendly in the emirates cup he did […]

Did the Arsenal manager really drug his own team on this day in 1925?

The infamous story of the Arsenal manager giving his team drugs to enhance their performance in 1925, is oft repeated in history books, but none that I know has actually bothered to check out the details of what looks like a very unlikely tale.

Certainly an investigation into the conditions in London at the time […]

Five red cards in ten games: were they trying to tell us something?

We might be rather upset with referees in the current football climate but in 1996/7 there seemed to be an all-out assault on the club by match officials, with five red cards in ten games. It was Wenger’s first season and there appeared to be a feeling among officialdom that these foreigners the new man […]

The performance of the season in the greatest season of the club.

The unbeaten season was Arsenal’s season of all time, in my view. And one of the games nominated as the performance of the season occurred on this day in 2004 – Mr Wenger naming it thus at the time. It was, for anyone who was there, a really fine affair.

Here are the anniversaries.

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David Danskin: an Arsenal founder but a man out of step with the majority in the club.

In 29 April 2019 a number of newspapers announced that “For years, the founder of Arsenal FC was buried in an unmarked grave in Coventry,” but that now that was finally put right when the man behind one of the world’s greatest football clubs was finally given the resting place he deserves.”

That man was […]

The case of Jermaine Pennant, a remarkable talent never fully exploited on the pitch.

Jermaine Pennant joined Arsenal on this day in 1999, a stunning talent that was never fulfilled either with Arsenal or with any of the many other clubs he played for. In all he signed for 11 different clubs and went on loan to a further six, his final club being Billericay Town in 2017 for […]