More Bias

Talking of bias, as I was last night, one Arsenal fan I knew very well was hopelessly biased and yet always thought it was everyone else’s problem. Here’s a piece from The Gooner issue 153 in January 2005, as our time at Highbury was coming to a close: a tribute (sort of) to my late…

How To Eradicate Diving And Cheating

Below is a piece from The Gooner issue 120 in 2002. I was reminded of it by two incidents at the weekend. Firstly, Bale’s dive, which should be punished after the event. Secondly, the disallowed try at the end of England’s rugby match against Wales. The way that was handled was a lesson to FIFA,…

Some more Arsenal finance principles

These articles appeared in The Gooner in 2009 following the release of the Arsenal Holdings financial results. Obviously figures quoted are no longer applicable, but a lot of the general information and principles are still valid, and help to explain the background on the financial position – though Champions League qualification has become even more…

Ruud Gullit of Arsenal? Nearly . . .

The Gooner once did a series on players who nearly joined Arsenal – as in were actually close to signing, rather than just some guy mentioned them on twitter. Here are one of the best and another one. Originally printed in The Gooner, issues 118 and 116. Ruud Gullit Nowadays Arsenal are all about sexy…

The Bluffer’s Guide To Highbury – pt 2

Part 2 of this feature on our old stadium, originally printed in The Gooner issue 162 as we prepared to move. Last time we looked at the East and West Stands. But wait! There are four sides to the stadium. Here’s everything you need to know about the other two. The North Bank (Stand) The…

Transfer Window Madness

All right, this madness is just mine. But remember when things actually happened in the transfer window? Remember when we were newly installed in a 60,000 seater stadium and it still seemed like yesterday when we last won a trophy? Remember when David Dein wheeled and dealed on our behalf? Let me take you back…

Motivation, by A Wenger

Remember when one of Arsene’s motivational letters to his team was found in a hotel, discarded by a careless player? (Reported here in the Guardian.) I immediately wrote this which was printed in The Gooner issue 189.  Around the same time, interim Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear lost it completely in a press conference – so…

Mental Strength

As we face Man Utd today, here’s a piece about mind games I did for The Gooner issue 155 way back in 2005. Fergie was the king of mind games then and he still is. Wenger’s own mental strength is not on the same level as it used to be, I fear. I’ve got to…

The Curse Of The Mural

This weekend we play Norwich. Remember when we played them on the opening day of the 1992 season and got stuffed 4-2? The North Bank was literally silenced. More nostalgia, this time from The Gooner issue 116. During the 1992-93 season the North Bank was even more quiet than it is now. However, there was…