Life After Arsène: The Era Of Stability Is Over

Stability in football management for its own sake is no use. During the time Alex Ferguson was managing Man Utd, Real Madrid, a club of comparable stature, had 22 managers. United won 13 titles and two Champions Leagues; Real won 11 titles and three Champions Leagues. That’s not much different, and Ferguson’s stats and bio…

Arsenal Supporters Event: Episode IV – A New Hope

Yesterday saw the annual summer “Supporters’ Event” at Arsenal, hosted by CEO Ivan Gazidis. You have, I’m sure, read my fairly brief thoughts on it in today’s Islington Gazette, but I thought I’d expand a little as I’ve more space here. I’ve written disparagingly about these events in the past (with good reason), but this…

Should Arsenal Have Stayed At Highbury Longer?

Someone asked me a while back whether Arsenal would have been better off staying at Highbury another ten or 12 years, and be moving now, as Spurs are. I considered this for a few seconds and decided that it was a flawed theory. But, said the questioner, look what’s happened: as soon as we moved…

Will There Ever Be Another “Invincibles”?

History shows us that after 12 matches of a Premier League season there is just over a 1 in 3 chance that someone will still be unbeaten. So this will happen on average about once in every three seasons. Any team still unbeaten after 12 matches is almost certain to be one of the title…