Hey, it’s a really quiet day, and after the 3-3 draw with West Ham the shutters have come down a bit. Classic Arsenal radio silence.
Still, we want to give you something to read today, so we thought we’d look back at what happened on this day in years gone by.
We beat Burnley 1-0 thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal. The Welshman spoke about playing out on the right, saying, “I’m doing a job out there. I like to be involved in the game a lot more in the middle but I’ve had to do a job there.
“I’ve had a couple of assists and a goal in the last couple of games, so I’m having an impact out there, but I’d like to be more involved in the game!”
Also, Hector Bellerin spoke about following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas.
“I thought, if Cesc did it, why can’t I do it?,” he said. “It was a big change and a hard decision to make. I was at Barcelona for half of my life so it was obviously a big step.”
So far, so good.
It’s the day before the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. Tomas Rosicky says of a potential end to the 9 year trophy drought, “It would be a big lift for everyone because you still have a lot of players here who don’t know how it feels to win a trophy.
“Mainly the guys who are coming through like Jack, Aaron and all these boys. They don’t know how success tastes, so it is a massive chance for us to win a trophy this year.
“It would be a building block for these boys.”
Young Spaniard Julio Pleguezuelo turns pro.
Wilshere back but Rosicky a big doubt for Norwich – that doesn’t seem in any way familiar.
Arsene Wenger backs Thomas Vermaelen after a Per Mertesacker card gives him a chance to play.
“He is a great man and I didn’t make him captain by coincidence,” says the manager. “I knew there is something mentally special there. He responds in positive situations and in less positive situations like when you don’t play.
“They know there could be rotation with the three centre backs from the start of the season, depending on good and less good periods of any individual player. He took that remarkably well.”
The Belgian plays in a 3-1 win over Norwich, then immediately finds himself back on the bench for the next game.
The FA’s disciplinary procedures are exposed.
Kieran Gibbs is suffering from ‘fatigue of the groin’, so he’s about to be rested for Andre Santos. Any excuse, we know:
And Theo Walcott reveals the blueprint for his own future success, saying, “I would like to be more aggressive in matches and the manager has said that to me. Not by kicking people but by running at players. That’s the main improvement I need to make. When I play my best football, I am aggressive and not afraid of getting hurt. I am not afraid to put a foot in and that’s what he wants.”
Work in progress, I guess.
Arseblog News didn’t exist then, but Arseblog did, and on this day there’s coverage of Stan Kroenke’s ‘takeover’, as he became the majority shareholder at the club.
This is what they said.
PHW: “Mr Kroenke, although relatively new to Arsenal, has shown himself to be a man who values and respects the history and traditions of this very special Club that we cherish. We are confident that he will be a safe custodian of its future.”
Arsene Wenger: “I have worked with Stan Kroenke at board meetings over the past couple of years and I believe he has the best interests of Arsenal at heart. He understands the Club’s heritage and traditions and our ambition to run the Club in a way which protects our long term future.”
Stan Kroenke: “We are excited about the opportunity to increase our involvement with and commitment to Arsenal. Arsenal is a fantastic Club with a special history and tradition and a wonderful manager in Arsene Wenger. We intend to build on this rich heritage and take the Club to new success.”
Glad to see it all worked out for the best!