Tuesday 26 April 2011

Lessons from history. A Q&A with fans from Kroenke’s other ‘franchises’

Words: 3,436. Estimated reading time: 12 minutes, 25 seconds.
In an effort to find out whether we can learn anything about what impact Stan Kroenke will have on Arsenal, I contacted supporters from the other sports clubs he owns. Their responses were interesting, and at least don’t give me any concerns that he’s a tyrant in disguise.

Thursday 21 April 2011

The happy squanderers

Spurs 3 Arsenal 3
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A certain amount of pride was restored with a full-blooded performance at Spurs last night but for the third time this season, and the fifth time in the past two campaigns, we’ve let a two-goal advantage slip away.

Monday 18 April 2011

Believably bad

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
Words: 396. Estimated reading time: 1 minute 25 secs.
Conceding an equaliser in the 101st minute of a 90th minute game, 240 seconds after taking the lead, would usually be labelled as ‘unbelievable’. But for this current set of Arsenal players, who specialise in giving away bizarre last minute goals, it is just plain believable.

Monday 11 April 2011

Kroenke takeover: an historic day (which appears to change nothing)

Words: 806. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes 55 seconds.
Any change in ownership of Arsenal is a landmark in the club’s history but our - albeit limited - familiarity with Stan Kroenke means his takeover today does not feel that momentous. Not least because it seems to promise more of the same ways the club is run (whether we want it or not).

Friday 8 April 2011

Is our whinging justified?

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The current bitterness everyone is feeling about our lack of silverware regularly leads to not only a lack of sympathy from non-Arsenal supporters, but also accusations that fans are acting like spoiled brats. While I don’t deny we are in a better position than 90 per cent of clubs, the moans and groans are not wholly unjustified.

Sunday 3 April 2011

The end of an era is never pretty

Arsenal 0 Blackburn Rovers 0
Words: 584. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 5 seconds

For a team purporting to be still fighting for the title race, Arsenal never looked seriously competitive in a game that just reinforced the growing sense that we are witnessing the end of the Wenger era.