Arseblog News: 4-years-old today

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There’s no rest from the *boilk* today … we’re continuing the weekend’s celebrations as today is Arseblog News’ 4th birthday.

We’re not quite sure where the time has gone.

It all began on 1 June 2011 with news of another FA Cup success for Arsenal Ladies and then we got down to the real nitty gritty with an article entitled…

“Bendtner: ‘I must leave Arsenal'”

It was to be a common theme on the site.

In the end it took TGSTEL another 1125 days before he actually cleared his locker of his fuschia boots and turtleneck sweaters. His adventures were definitely some of our favourites.

Take for example…

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Man we miss that guy.

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Who wrote what?

In total we’ve written 5,090 articles and approved 344,566 comments. Although not all adhered to our strict comment policy.

It’s been quite some journey straddling the final years of our nine year trophy drought (that 8-2 at Old Trafford seems like yesterday) and what we hope is a new era of success.

Here’s a percentage breakdown of the figures…

Worthy mentions to Hayley & Vince Wright for their video diaries, all the YouTubers whose montages have enthralled and those contributors who provided the odd article here and there. You know who you are.

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By the numbers

217 – number of times mainstream media have copy and pasted our dodgy interpretation of Google translated articles from foreign press.

17,963 – YouTube views of our interview with Mikel ‘the hair’ Arteta.

1 – deleted post by Sul in which he announced the signing of Santi Cazorla before we signed Santi Cazorla. But then we signed Santi Cazorla. #sulknows

371,981 – transfer rumours ignored since launch.

1/2 – the amount of a packet of jelly babies Thierry Henry would munch before each Arsenal game…or so The Times of India believed.

7 – the number of hours it took us to stop laughing at Samir Nasri’s whinging in the dying days of his Arsenal career.

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0 – the number of seconds we wasted compiling a combined Arsenal/Spurs XI.

4 – the number of times we did a bit of sick in our mouth reading the Dutch Skunk’s ‘You Guys’ letter on his departure.

10 – films Lukas Podolski should have starred in.

2 – FA Cup successes in a row!

69,466 – number of Twitter followers

22 – appearances made for Arsenal by Abou Diaby in the last four years.

15 – unusual facts you didn’t know about Arsenal until we pulled them from our arse.

4 – Sp*rs managers during that time; two of them on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline at the Emirates.

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The highs

Thierry Henry scoring on his return to the club against Leeds United.

THAT 1-1 at Newcastle on the last day of the 2012/13 season.

The end of a nine year wait for a trophy.

This tweet from Andre Santos…

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The applause and wonderment of the Emirates crowd on seeing a replay of Wilshere’s goal vs Norwich.

Signing Mesut & Alexis.

Everything about our BFG.

Laurent Koscielny’s “He Wants His Own Song” chant making it from the comment section to the terraces.

Andrei Arshavin being a mad little fucker until the day he left.

Russian footballer Andrei Arshavin, who

Linford Christie leaking Arsenal’s first ever Puma kit.

Smashing Villa at Wembley on Saturday.

Carl Jenkinson’s goal and celebration at Norwich.

Our favourite ever comment about Ryo Miyaichi:

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The lows

Not winning the Emirates Cup since we launched.

All the players being injured.

Selling three captains.

Wojciech being naughty. proxy

The 8-2 at Old Trafford, the 6-0 at Chelsea, the 6-3 at the Etihad, the 5-1 at Anfield…there really have been some true paddlins.

Losing to Bradford on penalties and the subsequent player ratings we were forced to dish out.

Being crap in the first leg of our last three Champions League knockout games.

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Articles left in drafts

SIGNING: Arsenal confirm Gonzalo Higuain deal

The 19 Arsenal GIFs you just can’t see!

OFFICIAL: Bendtner joins Crystal Palace

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Arsene Wenger

The manager has obviously been a huge part in many stories, but has often found himself photoshopped in unconventional ways. Here are a few of our favourites.

Arsene as Lady Gaga
Arsene as 80s pop star Desireless
New Romantic Arsene
Arsene Highlander
Arsene Highlander
Curb your Wengthusiasm

Thanks

All that’s left for us to say is thanks for reading, commenting, sharing our articles on social media (you do that for us, right?!), and being a big part of why it is we’ve managed to reach 4.

Now, on the weekend of our 4-0 FA Cup win, we’ll celebrate our fourth birthday by drinking four of something. Not fourtified wine though.

#badpunsforever

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