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'Royal Arsenal' formed in Woolwich

A small group of Scots sowed the seed which would grow into one of the most famous names in football.

David Danskin, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, worked at the Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich. The Scot, a football man in an area dominated by rugby and cricket, founded a team with the help of three friends, Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce. The arrival in Woolwich of two Nottingham Forest players, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, had spurred Danskin into action.

Word got around and 15 men came forward, each prepared to pay sixpence to help start up a club. Danskin added another three shillings himself and the club bought a football. It was October 1886.

The club arranged its first game for December 1886 but had no name, no kit and nowhere to play. Danskin and company were referred to as Dial Square - after one of the factory's workshops - and crossed the Thames to play Eastern Wanderers on the Isle of Dogs.

Dial Square won 6-0 and met in the Royal Oak pub, next to Woolwich Arsenal station, on Christmas Day 1886. Beardsley solved the kit problem by asking his contacts at Nottingham Forest to help. They duly sent a complete set of red shirts.

And as they sat in the Royal Oak, the founding fathers chose a new name. They combined the name of the pub with their place of work - Royal Arsenal. It was far grander than 'Dial Square' and would be the club's name until 1891 when Woolwich Arsenal was formally adopted.

At the time the 15 men who had pooled their resources to buy a football wanted little more than a means of exercise and, no doubt, the social activity which accompanied it. Little did they know what they had started.

Come on you Reds - the Club's colours

In 1895, two years before the Club became professional, a small group of Nottingham Forest players, Fred Beardsley, Bill Parr and Charlie Bates, joined Dial Square FC, (the Clubs first name) and brought their old red kit along with them. Working to a tight budget, the Club decided the most inexpensive way of acquiring a strip was to kit out the team in the same colour as the ex-Forest players.

This original kit was a dark red, with long sleeves, a collar and three buttons down the front. The shirt was worn with white knee length shorts and heavy woollen socks with blue and white hoops. The goalkeeper wore the same attire apart from the shirt - which was a hand knitted cream woollen polo neck jumper. It was this dark red kit that the team wore during their first season at Highbury in 1913/14.

Beardsley, Parr and Bates generosity in providing shirts and inspiring the Club to play in red encouraged several other teams to follow Arsenals lead. One of the most famous examples is Sparta Prague whose president, Dr Petric, visited London in 1906. He returned home to Czechoslovakia after having watched Woolwich Arsenal and was so inspired by the kit that he demanded his team play in the same colours. Today, Sparta Prague continue to play in the same dark red kit, not dissimilar to Arsenals 2005/06 redcurrant. It was the arrival of manager Herbert Chapman in 1925 that launched the Arsenal kit as we know it today.

Depending on which source you believe, Chapman either noticed someone at the ground wearing a red sleeveless sweater over a white shirt or played golf with famous cartoonist of the day Tom Webster who wore something similar. Either way the look inspired the manager to create a new strip combining a red shirt with white collar and sleeves. It also incorporated the Club badge, which was positioned on the left-hand side of the shirt.

In the 1950s a second kit was developed to combat a clash of colours with opposing home teams with similar kits. And in 1960, the Club moved away from the woven rugby shirt style to a new knitted cotton jersey in around 1960.

The Clubs famous canon graphic appeared on the shirt for the first time in the early 1970s. It was this shirt that Arsenal won their first famous double, both the League Championship and the FA Cup in the 1970/71 season.

In the late 1970s, the shirt featured a kit manufacturers logo for the first time, in this case Umbro. And in 1982 JVC became the Clubs first shirt sponsor, which in turn made way for SEGA in 1999. Three years later and O2 replaced the games company before themselves making way for, from the start of the 2006/07 season, Fly Emirates. This particular deal will last eight years.

Interestingly, for Arsenals Champions League away fixture against Hamburg on Wednesday, September 13 the team wore shirts with the insignia Dubai on. This was because the opposition that night were also sponsored by Emirates and UEFA rules decree that no two teams, in opposition, can wear the same sponsor on their shirts.

To commemorate the Club's final campaign at Highbury, the home of Arsenal since 1913, the Gunners wore a special redcurrant shirt.

Designed to honour the colour of the Club's set of shirts for the first season at Highbury, they were adorned with gold lettering and accompanied by white shorts and redcurrant socks. For season 2006/07, the first at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal reverted to their famous red and white colours.

In 2007/08 Arsenal sported an away kit with a design that celebrated the pioneering spirit of the legendary Chapman. The kit embraced design features that highlighted Chapmans influence over the game, with a return to the white shirts worn at various intervals throughout the Clubs history.

The white shirts proved hugely popular but the Club reverted to the 'traditional' away colours of yellow and navy blue for the 2008/09 campaign with a kit based on the 'Anfield '89' strip to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arsenal's last-gasp title win on Merseyside.







Woolwich Arsenal face Everton at Plumstead in 1905
Woolwich Arsenal play their first game

In 1891 the Club turned professional and, a couple of years later, changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal.

The London FA tried to persuade other leading London clubs such as Tottenham, Queen's Park Rangers and Millwall to form a southern league but this proposal was rejected so Woolwich Arsenal applied to the Football League and in 1893 were elected to the Second Division.

At the time, they were London's only professional club and the first club south of Birmingham City to be elected to the League.

That same year Woolwich Arsenal moved back to the Manor Ground, the first ground where the large steeply-banked terrace became known as Spion Kop, a name later given by soldiers returning from the Boer War. The original Kop therefore belonged to Woolwich Arsenal.

The very first game of their League career came on Saturday, September 2 of that year against another newly-elected club, Newcastle United. It took place at the Manor Ground and ended 2-2 with Shaw and Elliott on target for the Gunners.

A week later Woolwich Arsenal suffered their first League defeat, going down 3-2 at Notts County. The Club's first League win arrived two days later when Joseph Heath scored a hat-trick - the Club's first in League football - as Walsall Town Swifts were beaten 4-0.

Newcastle and Burton Swifts both put six goals past Woolwich Arsenal in that first League season but the 'Reds' handed out a couple of thrashings themselves, scoring six at Middlesbrough Ironopolis and repeating that tally in a home game against Northwich Victoria.

Woolwich Arsenal managed an even more emphatic victory on October 14, 1893, beating Ashford United 12-0 in the FA Cup. It remains the Club's biggest ever win in the famous old competition.

Arsenal finished ninth out of 15 teams in their first season with 28 points from 28 games - a creditable return for their milestone campaign.


Club moves from Woolwich to Highbury

Arsenal's move from Woolwich to Highbury was borne of ambition and necessity. Without it, the Club may not even have survived, let alone become one of the most famous names in Europe.

By the end of the 1912/13 season, Arsenal's finances were in a parlous state. Henry Norris, who had recently taken charge, drew a stark conclusion: if Arsenal were to become a powerhouse in English football, they would have to move.

Norris and William Hall considered open spaces in Battersea and Harringay, but nothing met their requirements. Highbury, north of the River Thames, would mean close proximity to another club - Tottenham - something Norris wanted to avoid. But the nearby underground station would increase the Club's chances of attracting large crowds and made Highbury a compelling option.

After lengthy negotiations, Arsenal paid £20,000 for a 21-year lease. Objections to Arsenal's move north soon emerged. Tottenham and Clapton Orient, then playing at Homerton, were dismayed at Arsenal's close proximity, and local residents were unhappy too. But Arsenal were allowed to stay at their new home after the League Management Committee turned down an appeal by residents and nearby clubs.

The final game at the Club's old Manor Ground was a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough on April 26, 1913. Soon after the move, Woolwich Arsenal become known as The Arsenal (although its official name was 'Arsenal') and Norris set about ploughing money into the Club's new home.

In four months the new pitch was levelled, a new grandstand was partly built and terracing and turnstiles were installed. By the time Arsenal played Leicester Fosse in their first game at Highbury on September 6, 1913, Norris had found an incredible £125,000 to invest in the Club.

Life began well with a 2-1 win against Leicester Fosse, Scottish international Andy Devine scoring Arsenal's first goal. Norris' next target was First Division football, and Arsenal's team seemed equipped to deliver it. But within a year of Arsenal's first game at Highbury, Europe was at war. Norris would have to wait.


Norris negotiates top-flight return

Arsenal's rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur is one of geographical location and football history. One particular decision in 1919 did little to bond the two clubs.

Having finished only fifth in the Second Division in the final season before the First World War (1914/15), Arsenal were expected to remain in the second tier when the league resumed in 1919. However, this was not the case; Arsenal were elected to the top flight - at the expense of Tottenham.

The First Division was extended by two teams to 22 and tradition suggested the bottom two clubs from the previous season (1914/15) would be re-elected and joined by the top two teams from the Second Division.

However, Arsenal chairman Henry Norris, the man responsible for moving the Club to Highbury in 1913, is said to have engineered the Gunners' unexpected promotion. Norris, who rescued the Club from voluntary liquidation in 1910, is alleged to have 'influenced' the league chairman and owner of Liverpool, John McKenna.

McKenna made a speech to the election committee at the Football League's Annual General Meeting recommending Arsenal's promotion ahead of their arch rivals. His speech concluded that Arsenal deserved a higher standing having joined the Football League in 1893, 15 years before Spurs. The Gunners won the election by 10 votes.

Norris never moved to confirm or deny the allegations before his death in 1934 and to this day the rumour remains part of footballing folklore.

Whatever the truth, more than 90 years on Arsenal are the only club with continuous top-flight membership since the Football League resumed - and the only club not to have been promoted on playing merit.


The Managers

Sam Hollis - Manager

Sam Hollis
1894 - 1897
Sam Hollis was appointed secretary-manager of Arsenal in 1894. He was the first individual to be placed in charge of team affairs. Prior to his appointment, the team had been managed by a committee of players and club members. Hollis spent three years at the club during which time the Club remained mid-table in the Second Division. He moved on to Bristol City in the summer of 1897.

Thomas Brown Mitchell - ManagerThomas Brown Mitchell
1897 - 1898
Thomas Brown Mitchell was Arsenals first professional manager, joining the club in 1897. A Scotsman from the Dumfries area, Mitchell moved south of the border around 1867 and held the title of secretary at Blackburn Rovers for approximately 12 years. He spent less than a season at Arsenal but in that time, managed to guide the club through three FA Cup qualifying rounds before succumbing to Burnley in the first round proper. He also took the club from tenth to fifth place in the League before resigning in March 1898. Mitchell later rejoined Blackburn, where he passed away in August 1921, aged 78.
Player Profile

George Elcoat
1898 - 1899
George Elcoat, like his predecessor Thomas Brown Mitchell, only remained at Arsenal for one season. Elcoat, who hailed from Stockton-on-Tees, showed a strong preference for players north of the border as illustrated by him having eight Scotsman in his first-team at one stage. Arsenal finished seventh under his leadership but as the League has been increased to 18 teams, it was on par with the previous season. Arsenal were heavily beaten by Derby in the first round proper of the FA Cup having been given a bye to that stage. He passed away in Stockton-on-Tees in 1929, aged 65.

Harry Bradshaw - Manager

Harry Bradshaw
1899 - 1904
Harry Bradshaw took over the reigns from George Elcoat and in the space of five years, had transformed the fortunes of the club. Regarded as Arsenals first successful manager, Bradshaw built his reputation at Burnley from 1891 to 1899 and was a clever tactician, guiding Arsenal to a top-three finish in the League in 1902/03. Bradshaw moved on to Fulham and later became secretary of the Southern League before his death in 1924.

Phil Kelso - Manager

Phil Kelso
1904 - 1908
Phil Kelso was a hard, rugged Scot who was a coach at Hibernian, before taking over as manager of newly-promoted Woolwich Arsenal from 1904 until 1908. Kelso guided the club to two consecutive last-four finishes in the FA Cup but did not make much progress in the League. After leaving Arsenal, he returned briefly to Scotland to run a hotel in Largs, before becoming manager of Fulham in 1909. He stayed with the West-London outfit for 15 years before his death in 1935, aged 64.

George Morrell - Manager

George Morrell
1908 - 1915
George Morrell was manager of Woolwich Arsenal from 1908 to 1915, and oversaw the clubs move from Plumstead in south east London, to its former home at Highbury in North London. Morrell was forced to sell many of his best players but still guided the team to sixth in the League in his first season. Unfortunately, he holds the distinction of being the only Arsenal manager to have experienced relegation; Woolwich Arsenal dropped from the First Division to the Second after finishing bottom in 1913. But Morrell's Arsenal finished 5th in the Second Division in 1915 - high enough to get them elected back into the First Division.

Leslie Knighton - Manager

Leslie Knighton
1919 - 1925
Leslie Knighton was appointed manager of Arsenal in 1919, following stints as an assistant manager at Huddersfield Town and Manchester City. He was manager for six years, but Arsenal never finished higher than 10th, coming 20th in 1924-25. Knighton was sacked at the end of that season, and was replaced by the now legendary, Herbert Chapman. After leaving the Gunners, Knighton went on to manage Bournemouth, Birmingham City and Chelsea.

Herbert Chapman - Manager

Herbert Chapman
1925 - 1934
Sheffield-born Herbert Chapman not only established Arsenal as English footballs dominant force, but his football concepts and ideas served as a template for teams and managers the globe over. He managed Leeds City and Huddersfield Town before taking over at Highbury where he introduced the 3-3-4 or WM formation, winning the FA Cup in 1930 and the First Division title, scoring a club record 127 goals, in 1930/31. He won a second League title two years later before his tragic, sudden death in 1934, aged 55. A bronze bust of Chapman stands inside Highbury as a tribute to his achievements at the club.

George Allison - Manager

George Allison
1934 - 1947
George Allison was born in Darlington and was a journalist before moving to London in 1905. He became Woolwich Arsenals programme editor, and later commentated on the very first FA Cup final to be broadcast on the radio, between Arsenal and Cardiff City in 1927. He later became the club's secretary and then managing director, before taking over as first-team manager in June 1934. Allison added to the Club's two successive League titles, by winning a third in 1935. He also won the FA Cup in 1936 and the League again in 1938. Allison decided to step down and retire from the game in 1946-47.

Tom Whittaker - Manager

Tom Whittaker
1947 - 1956
Thomas James Whittaker was born in Aldershot, Hampshire and joined Arsenal in 1919 before becoming the clubs first-team trainer under Herbert Chapman in 1927. Whittaker had an important role under Chapman in reforming the training and physiotherapy regimes at the club before taking over the reigns from Chapmans successor, George Allison, in 1947. He won the League in 1948 and 1953 and the FA Cup in 1950 before his tragic death from a heart attack in 1956, aged 58.

Jack Crayston - Manager

Jack Crayston
1956 - 1958
Jack Crayston was born in Lancashire in 1910 and was appointed manager of Arsenal in November 1956. A former player with 187 appearances for the Club, Crayston elevated Arsenal from eleventh to third place in the Leauge, before eventually finishing fifth in his first season. He resigned after 24 years service at the club in May 1958 and went on to manage Doncaster Rovers. Crayston passed away in 1992.

George Swindin - Manager

George Swindin
1958 - 1962
George Swindin, a former Arsenal goalkeeper with 297 first-team appearances to his name, was invited to take over the managers reigns at Highbury in 1958, following a successful stint as manager at Peterborough United. He oversaw a drastic overhaul in the playing staff at the club during his first season in charge and guided the team to a third-placed finish. After leaving the Gunners, Swindin went on to manage Norwich City, Cardiff City, Kettering and Corby before retiring to Spain. Sadly, Swindin paased away in October 2005, aged 90.

Billy Wright - Manager

Billy Wright
1962 - 1966
Billy Wright was born William Ambrose Wright in Shropshire in 1924 and was the first player to win more than 100 caps for England, captaining the national side no less than 90 times including their campaigns at the 1950, 1954 and 1958 World Cup finals. He became manager of Arsenal in 1962 but Arsenal never finished higher than seventh under Wright and he left the club after the 1965-66 season, where Arsenal finished 14th and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn Rovers. Wright left management and later became a television pundit for ATV. He was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of influence on the English game.

Bertie Mee - Manager

Bertie Mee
1966 - 1976
Bertie Mee was born in Bullwell Notinghamshire and managed Arsenal to their first League and FA Cup 'Double' win in 1971. He became manager in 1966, and recruited Dave Sexton and Don Howe as his assistants. Under his tutorship, Arsenal reached two successive League Cup finals in 1968 and 1969, but lost to Leeds United and Swindon Town respectively. However, the following season, the club won it's first trophy of any kind for 17 years, beating Anderlecht 4-3 on aggregate, in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Having lost the away leg 3-1, Arsenal beat the Belgian side 3-0 at Highbury. The first part of the Double - The League title - was won at White Hart Lane, home of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, on the last day of the season. Five days later, Charlie George scored the winning goal as Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley after extra-time to claim the FA Cup. Mee resigned as Arsenal manager in 1976, later joining Watford as assistant to Graham Taylor in 1978. Sadly, he passed away in 2001, at the age of 82.

Terry Neill - Manager

Terry Neill
1976 - 1983
William John Terence "Terry" Neill was born in May 1942 in Belfast and moved to Arsenal in 1959 as a player. He retired from playing in 1973, and succeeded Bill Nicholson as manager of Arsenal's local rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. He managed Spurs for two seasons, nearly getting the club relegated in the process, before being recruited by the Arsenal board as manager in 1976 - becoming the youngest manager in the club's history. The club enjoyed a minor revival under his management, reaching three FA Cup finals between 1978 and 1980, though only winning in 1979. He also reached the final of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1980, losing on penalties to Valencia. He was dismissed as manager in December 1983 and retired from football.

Don Howe - Manager

Don Howe
1984 - 1986
Donald 'Don' Howe was born in October 12, 1935 and was a player with West Bromwich Albion before Billy Wright signed him for Arsenal in 1964 and made him club captain. Howe retired from playing and became Arsenal's reserve team coach under Bertie Mee, before stepping up to the role of first team coach after the departure of Dave Sexton in 1968. He later returned to his old club, West Bromwich Albion, as manager before stints as coach of Galatasaray, Turkey and Leeds United, before rejoining Arsenal in 1977 as head coach. Howe succeeded Terry Neill as Arsenal manager in 1983 and brought through the likes of Tony Adams, David Rocastle and Niall Quinn before resigning in March 1986.Howe was later assistant to Bobby Gould at Wimbledon and then had spells managing Queen Park Rangers and Coventry City before moving into journalism and broadcasting.

George Graham - Manager

George Graham
1986 - 1995
A former Arsenal player, George Graham rejoined the Club as manager in 1986 after three years in charge of Millwall. He won two League Championships, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup in eight years, making Arsenal one of the dominant teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was renowned for building his team on the meanest of rearguards, perfecting the offside trap along the way. He also bought Ian Wright, until recently Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer, from Crystal Palace. After leaving the Club in 1995, Graham went on to manage Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur. He is currently a football pundit.

Bruce Rioch - Manager

Bruce Rioch
1995 - 1996
Bruce Rioch left his post as manager of Bolton Wanderers to succeed George Graham as Arsenal manager in 1995 and stayed for just a year. He guided Arsenal to a UEFA Cup place in 1995-96, securing qualification on the last day of the season at the expense of Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur. He also reached the League Cup semi-finals but lost on away goals to Aston Villa. After leaving the Club he became assistant to Stewart Houston at Queens Park Rangers. He later managed Norwich City and Wigan Athletic and is currently in charge of Danish club Odense.

Arsène Wenger - Manager

Arsène Wenger
1996 - Present
Arsène Wenger joined Arsenal in September 1996 following spells as manager with Nancy and Monaco in his native France and Grampus Eight in Japan. He guided the Club to their second League and FA Cup double, in his first full season at Highbury in 1998 and won further League titles in 2002 and 2004. He has won four FA Cups to date. He also guided Arsenal to the UEFA Cup final in 2000, losing to Galatasaray on penalties and through an entire unbeaten league campaign on the way to the title in 2004. In 2006 he took Arsenal to the UEFA Champions League Final, where the team were narrowly defeated by Barcelona. He is still in charge of the Gunners and has overseen the move from Highbury to the new Emirates Stadium.


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Posted on Tue Dec 20, 2011 16:29:49
Both of these teams lost on Sunday but Arsenal will be far happier with their performance. They could have taken at least one point from the Etihad Stadium but Aston Villa never looked like pegging back Liverpool after conceding two early goals. Sure, they missed the injured Darren Bent and the suspended Gabriel Agbonlahor but there was a general lack of verve from Alex McLeish's team. If Arsenal can repeat their weekend performance they should take all three points and it will be interesting to see whether Arsène Wenger rotates his squad. I wouldn't be surprised to see Robin van Persie rested for one of the forthcoming home games but I think he'll start at Villa Park. However we might see Andrey Arshavin or even Yossi Benayoun get a chance in the wide positions, while Emmanuel Frimpong could step in for the suspended Alex Song.

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Posted on Tue Dec 20, 2011 17:06:48
There is a team called arsenal, their fans never sing and their team never poses a title challenge.

*f**k off, back to south London, f**k off*

The end.

One day the poor will have nothing else to eat but the rich...
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Posted on Tue Dec 20, 2011 17:15:43
I watched the Arsenal vs City game this past weekend... Arsenal is missing a piece or two I think, but they played pretty well against City.

Good match.


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Posted on Tue Dec 20, 2011 17:22:47
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There is a team called arsenal, their fans never sing and their team never poses a title challenge.

*f**k off, back to south London, f**k off*

The end.


*wonders what team you support*



As for Arsenal, their glory days are gone. You're screwed if RvP goes...big time. Compared to the up and coming teams such as Spurs and City (possibly Liverpool but atm not likely), Arsenal are the most likely and vulnerable to be booted out the top 4 and savour Europa League football. Be careful not to become City's feeder club too

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Posted on Wed Dec 21, 2011 00:14:57
By Skibadee [490237]
There is a team called arsenal, their fans never sing and their team never poses a title challenge.

*f**k off, back to south London, f**k off*

The end.


If you are a Tottenham fan, I am loving the slight hint of irony I see.

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Posted on Wed Dec 21, 2011 14:57:04
:D



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Posted on Wed Dec 21, 2011 17:23:41
I live about a mile away from the emirates.

I have yet to see anyone in an Arsenal shirt (but have seen hundreds of Watford fans). I'm told that there is a bar full of Gunners fans nearby, but I haven't seen any of them particularly animated on game day.


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Posted on Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:35:44
What a great goal by VP and Bena.... We did it again,ARSENAL FOR LIFE.

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Posted on Fri Dec 23, 2011 18:40:11
Arsenal celebrate festive period with JGs

Arsenal Football Club threw open the doors to Emirates Stadium on Friday, December 23, to allow 500 of its young supporters to watch training and meet the first team as part of the yearly Junior Gunners Party.

The boys and girls, aged seven to 16 won the chance to attend, and had an action-packed day from the moment they arrived at the Gunners ground.

Encouraged to wear festive themed clothes, the members watched the squad train in preparation for the fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers before taking part in a mass team photo with Arsène Wenger and his squad.

The JGs then took on an urban football challenge within the lower concourse of the stadium, completing festive themed skills competitions with footballs. Up on Club Level, Arsenal themed quizzes filled some time before the first team players made their way through to meet the children for pictures and autographs.

Sue Campbell, Head of Supporter Services said: The festive period is always a time of great excitement for children, and were really happy to be able to put on such a fantastic event for our Junior Gunner members.

"We have an action packed calendar throughout the year, and believe meeting the players and receiving a goody bag from Santa brings 2011 to a nice close.

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Posted on Fri Dec 23, 2011 19:12:25
Arsène Wenger revealed the following team news ahead of the Wolves game:

on the Wolves game...
Johan Djourou has a little chance to come back for the Wolves game. Apart from that nobody got injured the other night against Aston Villa but we had bad news yesterday for Kieran Gibbs, who had surgery on his left groin. He will be out for a month.

on Kieran Gibbs...
It was a blow but first what is important is that if he cannot play you have to make the decision that we had to make and arrange surgery for him. Hopefully it will only be one month because Santos will not come back before March.

on Bacary Sagnas return to training...
You could see that he's a bit ahead of schedule. We have to [be careful] but physically he will be ready very quickly because he worked very hard in the gym. We think the end of January is a reasonable target for him.

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Posted on Fri Dec 23, 2011 20:47:44
Arsène Wenger will consider bringing in a new full back if the opportunity arises - but he has not enquired about Manchester City's Wayne Bridge.

The Arsenal manager is short of defensive options on the flanks with Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos all nursing injuries.

The situation is more pressing on the left - Gibbs and Santos both required surgery - so Wenger is open to a short-term solution.

"It depends now on how quickly Sagna [will come back]," said the manager. "He has started to run a little bit.

"I have to see what is available - if I have a good opportunity then why not? But I havent made any enquiry yet, so for the moment no Wayne Bridge or anyone else.

"It is of course something we look at but as well it depends on how long you have to take them," added Wenger.

"They have a big impact on your wages as well. If you have to sign a player for three or four years and then you have three or four left backs, only one can play, so they are not happy.

"It can only be a short-term solution for us because we have bought Santos, we have Gibbs, we have Vermaelen who can play there, so we do not need a long-term solution."

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Posted on Sat Dec 24, 2011 15:58:12
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By Skibadee [490237]
There is a team called arsenal, their fans never sing and their team never poses a title challenge.

*f**k off, back to south London, f**k off*

The end.


*wonders what team you support*



As for Arsenal, their glory days are gone. You're screwed if RvP goes...big time. Compared to the up and coming teams such as Spurs and City (possibly Liverpool but atm not likely), Arsenal are the most likely and vulnerable to be booted out the top 4 and savour Europa League football. Be careful not to become City's feeder club too


This has been said for years, utter nonsense. Watch us finish 4th yet again while those yids fail spectacularly yet again. Where are city/united/liverpool/spurs in europe right now? Oh yeah...

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Posted on Sat Dec 24, 2011 19:55:12
I hear Thierry Henry is being looked at for a short term loan.

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Posted on Sat Dec 24, 2011 22:09:11
that would be nice.Benzema is our main target.The french man played very well for Real madrid this past weaks and he is d best player in france this season.Wenger is about to bring him to Emirate.We just have to wait till jan....

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Posted on Sun Dec 25, 2011 15:38:08
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL ARSENAL FANS.KEEP FAITH,DON'T LISTEN TO THOSE DOGS.ENJOY THIS GREAT DAY BECAUSE NEXT WEEK,WE WILL HAVE OUR THREE POINT.GOD BLESS U ALL AND GUIDE U ALL TO SEE NEXT YEAR.MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Posted on Sun Dec 25, 2011 17:53:05
Anyone have any clues to who may join Arsenal in January transfer?
This probably won't happen but I would LOVE to see Mario Goetze and
Podolski join arsenal, plus with the return of Jack and the full back defenders,
we have a good chance of getting to finals of Champions League.

I know I'm dreaming but any thoughts?

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Posted on Sun Dec 25, 2011 21:51:11
With d good performance this past week,if they continue to play like that;not just play but improve themself.I think,they will have a great chance to win a trophy.

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Posted on Sun Dec 25, 2011 21:53:57
With d good performance this past week,if they continue to play like that;not just play but improve themself.I think,they will have a great chance to win a trophy.

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Posted on Tue Dec 27, 2011 17:24:01
We're awesome, we're unstoppable, ...we just drew with wolves.

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Posted on Tue Dec 27, 2011 22:12:55
that was a bad performance.

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Posted on Tue Dec 27, 2011 22:24:32
will arsenal make it through d top 4 at d end of d season?????????

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Posted on Tue Dec 27, 2011 23:24:02
Yes, we shall all be celebrating st totteringhams day once again come spring.

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Posted on Wed Dec 28, 2011 02:32:28
no matter what we can make it through.we can also win a trophy.ahahahahahahahahahahahah,O YES i can still dream it

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Posted on Sat Dec 31, 2011 15:24:01

Arsène Wenger says the way Arsenal have come through adversity in 2011 shows the solidarity within the Club.

The Gunners have experienced some peaks and troughs over the past 12 months, but the manager firmly believes the positive reaction to their disappointments highlights the special nature of the Club.

It has been a difficult year where we had ups and downs but overall we maintained the club at the top by qualifying for the Champions League, by qualifying for the last 16 in the Champions League, by coming back into a strong position having lost many players during the summer and having been hit by injuries, Wenger told the Official Matchday Programme.

It is a year that shows there is something special about this Club, that even when the boat is a bit rocked by a strong storm we can still maintain [a top] level and the solidarity in the Club has been fantastic. Thats why I feel 2011 in the future will be a significant year for the club.

After an impressive recent run of form, Wenger is optimistic that 2012 will prove a productive year for Arsenal.

We will be more stable, I am absolutely convinced about that, he said.

I have a very strong belief in the team we have at the moment. They have not won over everybody's hearts yet but they are settling in with the type of football we play. I am confident 2012 can be Arsenal's year.

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Posted on Sat Dec 31, 2011 15:45:38
Current Injuries Name Injury Last Game
Bacary Sagna Ankle Tottenham Hotspur (A) 02-10-2011 More
Kieran Gibbs Stomach Sunderland (H) 16-10-2011 More
Carl Jenkinson Back W.B.A. (H) 05-11-2011 More
Jack Wilshere Ankle New York Red Bulls (H) 31-07-2011 More
Andre Santos Ankle Olympiacos (A) 06-12-2011 More
Abou Diaby Hamstring Fulham (H) 26-11-2011 More
Vito Mannone Shoulder Olympiacos (A) 06-12-2011 More
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Last Updated: 23 December

Speaking on December 23, Arsene Wenger said: "You could see that he's a bit ahead of schedule. We have to [be careful] but physically he will be ready very quickly because he worked very hard in the gym. We think the end of January is a reasonable target for him."

Last Game: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal - October 02, 2011

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Last Updated: 23 December

Speaking on December 23, Arsene Wenger said: "It is a blow but first what is important is that if he cannot play you have to make the decision that we had to make and arrange surgery for him. Hopefully it will only be one month because Santos will not come back before March."

Last Game: Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland - October 16, 2011

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Last Updated: 20 December

Speaking on December 16, Arsene Wenger said: "His scan was not good news, the wait will be longer than expected. We have to wait four more weeks for another scan. His stress fracture is not a career-damaging injury but it will take a bit longer than expected."

Last Game: Arsenal 3-0 W.B.A. - November 05, 2011

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Jack Wilshere (Ankle)

Last Updated: 16 December

Jack will be expected back in action around the middle of February Speaking on December 16, Arsene Wenger said: "He had a very important scan on Thursday and that was very, very good, exceptionally good. The news we have for Jack is very positive. No [he will not be back sooner], we will respect the delays. I count maybe mid-February for Jack."

Last Game: Arsenal 1-1 New York Red Bulls - July 31, 2011

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Last Game: Olympiacos 3-1 Arsenal - December 06, 2011

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Abou Diaby (Hamstring)

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Abou missed the Everton game. Speaking ahead of the match on November 28, Arsene Wenger said: "It is a slight muscular problem, he'll be out for around 10 days."

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Vito Mannone (Shoulder)

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Speaking on December 8, Arsene Wenger said: "Mannone has a shoulder problem, he saw a specialist on Thursday night."

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Posted on Sun Jan 01, 2012 18:41:04
Dude stop copy and pasting everything, noone cares.

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Posted on Sun Jan 01, 2012 20:10:35
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Dude stop copy and pasting everything, noone cares.




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Posted on Mon Jan 02, 2012 17:33:57
limetree, that is not true;some of them view my post but they dont reply.they need to get more information about d team.if u have any information about what is going on,feelfree to past.

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Posted on Mon Jan 02, 2012 17:53:43
we are now in 4 positon with 36 points; 3 points behind Tot,9 points behind d two fighters man utd and man city. we still have more chance to win d league.All we need to do,is to play like a team and win every game, we should not lose or draw any game

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Posted on Mon Jan 02, 2012 18:13:06
yeah, Arsenal is goign to win 18 games in a row... plus spurs have the ability to go 6 points ahead and do you really expect 3 stronger teams to all crash while arsenal who have a history of crashing to have a perfect second half of the season? 4th place will be hard enogh to keep...

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