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…
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…
- That time he called a taxi driver ‘a fat little piggie’ before attempting to frot the victim’s vehicle.
- That time he got a police caution for smashing down the door at his flat’s communal gym.
- That time Sepp Blatter fined him for flashing his pants.
- That time he claimed he’d been drugged on a night out.
- That time he went on the piss in Newcastle with Lee Cattermole and smashed up a few cars.
Man we miss that guy.
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…
- Arseblog – 2,526 (49.7%)
- Arseblog News Hound (a.k.a @AAllenSport) – 2,046 (40.1%)
- Jeorge Bird – 219 (4.2%)
- 7amkickoff – 215 (4.2%)
- Sul – 28 (0.55%)
- Tim Stillman – 18 (0.35%)
- Other – 0.9%
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.
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.
7 – the number of hours it took us to stop laughing at Samir Nasri’s whinging in the dying days of his Arsenal career.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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:
Not winning the Emirates Cup since we launched.
All the players being injured.
Selling three captains.
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.
Articles left in drafts
SIGNING: Arsenal confirm Gonzalo Higuain deal
The 19 Arsenal GIFs you just can’t see!
OFFICIAL: Bendtner joins Crystal Palace
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.
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.