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When the Hull manager complained Arsenal’s man was improperly dressed on the pitch

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Phil Brown, the football manager, seemed something of a curious fellow when he was managing in England.

On 17 March 2009 as Hull City’s manager he claimed that he had […]

Don Roper: 10 years of magic at Arsenal

Don Roper: the key dates…

14 December 1922 Don Roper born in Botey, Hampshire 11 August 1947: Dan Roper signs from Southampton (See background article here) 23 August 1947: League Debut for Archie Macauley and Don Roper. Arsenal 3 Sunderland 1. 4 September 1956: Final Arsenal match for Don Roper 8 January 1957: Don Roper […]

Whatever happened to Billy McCullough?

Billy McCullough was a great Arsenal player from 1958 to 1966 playing 253 league games, who had the great misfortune to play under two managers (Swindin and Wright) who managed to achieve precious little beyond keeping Arsenal in the first division. The league position and cup record were awful, and Arsenal were always seen as […]

Whatever happened to Stuart Taylor?

Between 1997 and 2005 goalkeeper Stuart Taylor played 18 times for Arsenal, as well as having loan spells with Bristol Rovers, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United and Leicester City. He then moved to Aston Villa, Cardiff (on loan), Manchester City, Reading, Yeovil Town (on loan), Leeds and Southampton. The 18 league games he played for Arsenal […]

Whatever happened to Phil Brown, the man who accused Faberegas and Wenger?

Phil Brown was the manager of Hull City when he particularly came onto our radar in 2009, accusing Cesc Fàbregas of spitting at Hull’s assistant manager Brian Horton, and being improperly dressed on the pitch, after Hull were beaten at Arsenal Stadium. Fabregas was cleared of all charges. Then Brown claimed Arsène Wenger refused to […]

Whatever happened to Loughborough FC? Arsenal’s strange involvement

Loughborough FC may well not be a club you’ve heard of, unless you study Arsenal’s earliest history, in which case you might know they turn up several times.

They won the Midland League in 1894/5 and then were elected to the second division of the Football League. They didn’t fare well however and in 1900 […]

Whatever happened to Eduardo?

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On 23 February 2008, Eduardo suffered a broken left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in a match against Birmingham City, following a tackle by Martin Taylor, for which Taylor […]

Whatever happened to Kyle Bartley?

Kyle Bartley never played for Arsenal’s first team but had loan spells with Sheffield United and Rangers before moving on to Swansea City on 16 August 2012 for £1 million.

On 2 July 2013, Bartley agreed a season-long loan move to Birmingham City. The loan was ended the following January after he had played […]

Whatever happened to Sanchez Watt?

Sanchez Watt, who is now 28, came up through the Arsenal youth academy and was a notable member of the 2008/9 FA Youth Cup winning season making his debut for Arsenal the following season.

After that he had numerous loan spells at clubs such as Leeds, Sheffield Wed, and Colchester United before signing for the […]

Whatever happened to Nacho Monreal?

Nacho Monreal returned to Spain on 31 August 2019, joining Real Sociedad on a two-year contract. He scored on his competitive debut two weeks later, converting an easy tap-in at the hour mark of an eventual 2–0 victory over Atlético Madrid . He had played 187 times for Arsenal and must rank as one of […]

Whatever happened to Jens Lehmann?

Jens Lehmann was the only member of the Invincibles team to play in every one of the league games. As such he really ought to have a statue to him outside the ground – but there seems to be no plans for this.

Lehmann returned to Arsenal after retiring as a player as assistant coach […]

Whatever happened to Joel Campbell?

Is a new Arsenal club being born? Actually, probably not

When Arsenal signed Joel Campbell in 2011 aged 19 from the Costa Rican team Saprissa he looked like a typical Wenger signing of a young player pretty much no one outside of Costa Rica had heard of.

That he then went on a series […]

Whatever happened to Matthew Upson?

After joining Arsenal from Luton town in 1997 Matthew Upson played 35 times for Arsenal, and made loan spells to Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading before moving on to the two main clubs of his career, Birmingham City (on this day in 2003) and West Ham. He later played for Stoke, Brighton, Leicester and […]

What ever happened to Sven Mislintat?

Sven Mislintat joined Arsenal in November 2017 with the brief of developing the way Arsenal worked in the transfer market, and during his 14 month tenure brought in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

However he fell out with the club after it was decided to sign Dennis Suarez instead of […]

Lassana Diarra: Arsenal to Portsmouth to Real Madrid to Al Jazira to PSG!

If anyone can piece together an accurate story of Lassana Diarra’s life to date it would make fascinating reading for having signed for Arsenal from Chelsea, he played just 13 times before moving on to Portsmouth – hardly a step up!

And yet after 32 games there he moved to Real Madrid for whom […]

Did the Arsenal manager really drug his own team on this day in 1925?

The infamous story of the Arsenal manager giving his team drugs to enhance their performance in 1925, is oft repeated in history books, but none that I know has actually bothered to check out the details of what looks like a very unlikely tale.

Certainly an investigation into the conditions in London at the time […]

The case of Jermaine Pennant, a remarkable talent never fully exploited on the pitch.

Jermaine Pennant joined Arsenal on this day in 1999, a stunning talent that was never fulfilled either with Arsenal or with any of the many other clubs he played for. In all he signed for 11 different clubs and went on loan to a further six, his final club being Billericay Town in 2017 for […]

How we discovered when Dial Square FC died and Royal Arsenal was born.

By Tony Attwood

In the past it has often been suggested that Arsenal played a number of games as Dial Square FC before becoming Royal Arsenal FC. In fact this wasn’t true – there was just one match – against Eastern Wanderers.

We discovered the truth of this by asking obvious questions such as “Who […]

The man who ensured that Arsenal would not be owned by its fans

Unravelling Arsenal’s history often involves locating events which of themselves seem rather unimportant, but the existence of which can prove a key issue or disprove a popular theory, which otherwise remains unclear. For example the recording of the match on 2 January 1886 involving Woolwich United suggests that there was an organised team in the […]

4-0 down, and then we won 5-7 with our ex-player as their manager

There is a saying that one should never go back – and in football that means not going back to a club that you have played for, or managed before.

Brian McDermott did not heed this advice, for not only did he return to Reading to be manager for a second time, after previously managing […]

The percentage success rates of long term Arsenal managers

On this day in 1983 Terry Neill was sacked as Arsenal manager. He had taken Arsenal to three successive cup finals, of which just one was won, and had never looked like winning the title. His win percentage of 44.95% was only a little worse that George Allison (46.24%), Tom Whittaker (47.21%) and George Graham […]

The anniversary of the very start of Arsenal, and how we proved it happened.

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And today is of course a very historic day, being the day on which in 1886 the […]

The crazy things players and the pressmen say about football

One of the extraordinary things about the media coverage of football is how often the media get things wrong, but then ignore that reality, continuing as if nothing had happened. So it was on this day in 1911, when the media told anyone silly enough to listen that Roose was going to Fulham, when in […]

When Arsenal scored 26 goals in four consecutive matches

The wartime league programmes during both world conflicts are rarely remembered these days, but at the time they did produce some interesting matches with extraordinary results. The fact that Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 5-0 on this day in 1939 does not sound too unlikely, but considering that it followed victories with scorelines 7-0, 8-4 and […]

A perfect example of how the media will take any chance to knock Arsenal

Although one likes to hope that the more serious newspapers might actually do a bit of research, this is sadly rarely the case, as witness the Guardian’s various attempts to smear the Arsenal with a totally fake account of Arsenal’s election to the first division in 1919. One of these pieces appeared on this day […]