Stupid Things About Football, No. 1: The Dugout.

Managers like to be beside the pitch because they can then be seen to be ‘managing’. Which translates in most cases as stalking the touchline – or as close as the technical area will let them get – and haranguing the fourth official, with perhaps some anguished gestures when one of their players, say Gervinho,…

What Has Alisher Usmanov Promised Arsenal?

Well, the previous (guest) post about Stan Kroenke stirred up some debate, leading among other things to me being accused on Twitter (not for the first time) of ‘having an agenda’ – whatever that actually means. I was told it means I’m anti-Kroenke. For the record, I have opinions on different things, and also some…

Is Arsene Wenger Underperforming Relative To Wage Spend?

I often see arguments like this on Twitter: “Arsene Wenger has done brilliantly to keep up with clubs who spend much more than Arsenal.” “What are you talking about? Our wage bill is massive. It’s nearly as big as Man Utd’s.” “Yes, but not quite as big, so obviously they’re ahead of us.” “They’re 20…

Spurs 0 Arsenal 1, 3 May 1971

For the first and probably only time, here’s a Spurs programme in full on this blog. On May 3, 1971 Arsenal went to Spurs needing a win or a goalless draw to take the title. As we all know, a Ray Kennedy header won the match and the Championship for Arsenal, for what was then…