Arsenal’s List of Honours, or What is a trophy?

A few years ago, around the 20th anniversary of Arsène Wenger becoming Arsenal manager, the BBC proclaimed that Arsène had won 15 trophies in his 20 years. By any logical counting method, that’s nonsense. They’ve clearly included the three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups, then added six Charity/Community Shields on. But what about the…

Arsène Wenger, What On Earth Are You Talking About?

A clip of Richard Keys interviewing Arsène Wenger has been doing the rounds. In the space of four minutes Arsène makes several bizarre claims about Arsenal’s finances both while he was manager and now. Naturally Richard Keys does not challenge any of Arsène’s blatantly untrue claims, because he knows absolutely nothing about the subject on…

English Football’s Longest Bans

A comprehensive list, in descending order of sentence. Jimmy Gauld (ex-player, most recently for Mansfield Town), David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay (all Sheff Weds at the time of the offences), plus others: all banned for life and given varying prison sentences for betting on their own team to lose and match fixing between…

Competitive Trophy Wins In English Football

On most criteria there are only three really big clubs in English football. These are clubs who have lived almost permanently in the top division for the last century, they’ve all done the Double (three times each for a couple of them), have had many legendary managers and players, and don’t usually go too long…

Arsenal’s Transfer Budget Revealed

** Update at 6:30pm BST 22 Jul ** I realised I was underestimating sponsorship money with the uplift from Emirates and the Adidas deal being much more lucrative than the previous Puma deal. This means that the current cash situation is likely to be better than I’d thought, so I’ve amended the tables below. This…

Peter Drury: Still Getting Away With It

Peter Drury is a football commentator. These days he is on BT, but he used to be on ITV, a fact of which he was very proud, although the words ‘ITV’ and ‘sport’ go together like violin and custard in most people’s minds, so to be an ITV sports commentator is not necessarily something to…

Is Stan Kroenke’s Wallet Open?

Further to my not very recent last post, there are some people who believe Stan Kroenke is already putting his own money into Arsenal. Why do they think this? To be honest I’m not totally sure, but let’s look at the evidence. Kroenke took 100 per cent control of Arsenal in the summer of 2018,…