On today: Handshakes, goats, and a number of arses

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This appears like a really Interlull morning. It’s gray and raining outdoors, and there’s no Arsenal information. It leaves with me with no alternative than to return by means of the archives and see what was occurring on today in years passed by.

September twenty second 2003

Reporting on an uneventful 0-0 draw at Previous Trafford the day earlier than …

Moments later there was a excessive ball, Ruud van Nistelrooy jumped within the air, kicked Vieira within the chest, landed on Paddy’s again and when he landed the Arsenal captain made a half-kicking movement in direction of the Dutchman who jumped backwards as if there have been rabid canine attempting to chew his bollocks off. Watching on Sky they confirmed how the referee would have seen it, and from there it regarded worse than it was. Vieira by no means made contact with Ruud, however I presume he received his 2nd yellow for intent. After the sport Arsene Wenger was interviewed about van Nistelrooy and mainly known as him a diver and a cheat.

Enjoyable instances! And let’s not overlook we face Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV aspect within the Europa League this season. In a crew stuffed with gamers to dislike, with faces like Gary and Phil Neville, the Dutchman was at all times very near the highest for me. I like how, in latter years, we discovered how obsessed he was with Thierry Henry and what number of objectives he scored.

Greater than you, pal.

September twenty second 2004

Actual Madrid are reportedly after Arsene Wenger.

From the mount spoke the herald to answer tidings of Castilian cravings for Arsene Wenger. Reverend Peter Hill-Wooden mentioned unto the Commonplace “I’m completely sure that Arsene will keep at Arsenal. I can not consider he would go there and Madrid can fornicate with the goat of Zebedee’s third spouse.”

Fairly.

September twenty second 2007

We hear from new shareholder Alisher Usmanov as Purple and White Holdings improve their stake within the membership …

Alisher Usmanov revealed yesterday his intention to purchase a ‘blocking stake’ in Arsenal. He mentioned:

I need to be ready that may enable me a blocking stake. I’ll then watch for it to go up in worth.

So, what we’ve received on our fingers is, at greatest, an aggressive speculator, at worst any person who will make life as troublesome as potential for the individuals who run the membership in the intervening time.

Yesterday on Reuters: Germany raids Russian oligarch’s properties in money-laundering probe

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September twenty second 2010

The night time earlier than, Arsenal beat Sp*rs 4-1 within the League Cup, Jack Wilshere taking part in a serious half in that with a scintillating efficiency regardless of them attempting to kick him off the pitch. Sadly, a recurring theme with how groups would attempt to take care of Jack within the years to come back.

The weblog ended with this pithy statement:

We noticed what soccer was all about final night time, what it’s that brings us all collectively, what it’s that makes this recreation so nice – seeing little youngsters with cocks on their shirt crying.

And who can argue with that?

September twenty second 2011

Instances are robust, the begin to the season has been troublesome, and there’s loads of on-line scrutiny of Johann Djourou. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than this that he was being lauded as a key a part of the Arsenal defence however, just like the crew, he’s struggling and drawing loads of ire.

I try to seek out some middle-ground.

I don’t like what’s occurring on the membership in the intervening time, the run of kind we’re on pains me, as I’m positive it pains you, and the concept that we should always ignore that and blindly settle for the crew’s failings is unquestionably of no profit to anybody. On the identical time although, possibly slightly extra motive must be utilized alongside the best way when discussing gamers and their foibles.

It could actually’t all be destructive, on a regular basis. In any other case you’ll get an ulcer. And ulcer would possibly burst and the acid will eat by means of your abdomen and burn you one other gap. No person wants two arses, and I feel, muddled as it’s, that’s a lesson we might all do with studying.

I think, given how among the subsequent years went, we would have just a few followers who’re identified – of their docs places of work at the least – as Johnny 5 Arse.

September twenty second 2013

Arsenal are about to play Stoke, who sacked long-time enemy Tony Pulis and now have Mark Hughes in cost. The Aaron Ramsey stuff is entrance and centre once more, and to be truthful to Hughes, he speaks effectively of his fellow Welshman, however the enmity between the 2 units of followers continues.

It’s at all times a spicy affair and even the change of supervisor performs into that:

Hughes and Wenger have their very own historical past, in fact, after Hughes was actually, actually, actually upset that Arsene dedicated the war-crime-level sin of getting not shaken Hughes’ hand as soon as.

I do miss petty nonsense like that. If I recall appropriately, the rationale Arsene refused to shake his hand is as a result of Hughes and his assistant spent your complete 90 minutes abusing him from their technical space. I feel it’s completely affordable to base your actions on that, and never some post-game conference which says that no matter what occurs, a handshake makes all of it higher.

In fact all of the headlines and pundit outrage are concerning the disrespect of not shaking fingers and never the 90 minutes of vitriol, however isn’t that at all times the best way? Form of like individuals getting mad at a gifted 15 yr previous taking part in a couple of minutes at finish of a complete win or one thing.

Plus ça change, and all that.

That’s it. Have a great one. Again tomorrow with a model new Arsecast.

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