We can tell we’re getting old…we forgot our birthday. Not just by a few days either…by a whole six weeks!
On 1st June we turned 7. Although the day after our birthday, we’re no longer 7 are we? Or are we? Maybe we’re 7 until we turn 8. It’s very confusing.
Let’s stick with 7, because it’s a great number. It brings back delicious memories of Liam Brady, Alan Sunderland, David Rocastle, Robert Pires, Tomas Rosicky and er … Nelson Vivas.
It’s amazing to think we’ve been doing Arsenal news stuff this since 2011. Time really does fly.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s our annual ‘State of the Arse’ address…
10,531 published posts on Arseblog News (that’s 4 juicy pieces of content a day, every day for seven whole years)
92,718 followers of the @arseblognews Twitter account (pre-Twitter bot purge)
6,073 published posts that feature ‘Wenger’ in the title
98 published posts that feature ‘Emery’ in the title
1 post in drafts welcoming Mikel Arteta as our new manager
5,566 posts by @arseblog
3,966 posts by @AAllenSport
378 posts by the recently retired @7amkickoff
404 posts by youth academy aficionado @JeorgeBird
100 posts by @Stillberto
6 posts by Graham Dougan – unsurprisingly, he doesn’t have Twitter.
There’s a host of other contributors who’ve chipped in along the way. Their tactical analysis, match reports, translations of foreign press articles and other assorted features really do bring another dimension to the day-to-day output. It’s a real group effort, so thanks to you all!
It’s been a pretty momentous 12 months for Arsenal and for Arseblog News.
While last season was a huge disappointment on the pitch, Arsene’s au revoir and the arrival of Unai Emery (and five new signings) has heightened expectations ahead of the new Premier League campaign. We really are standing at the vanguard of a new era and you can feel the excitement.
There have also been changes at our end. As many of you will be aware, we took the decision to launch on Patreon back in February and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support so far. It has allowed us to expand what we do here on Arseblog News, in particular, increased coverage of the youth set-up from Jeorge, and more focus on the Arsenal Women from Tim.
We’re also revamping our player ratings system ahead of the new season too, and as and when we can improve things and make things better for you, we’ll do that.
We know that readers and listeners don’t want clickbait, you don’t want annoying, intrusive advertising, pop-ups and the like, and we also know that we have a responsibility to try and maintain standards both in terms of the quality of our content, and how we present it to you. Your support allows us to do that, and we’re so grateful.
On Patreon, our highlights have included interviews with actor Mark Strong, Tim Wheeler from the band Ash and former Gunner Philippe Senderos. There have been live phone-ins with James from @Gunnerblog, history podcasts charting the Invincible and 01/02 Double-winning seasons and brilliant long-reads from Tim Stillman. Did you know he has a book out?
If you’re interested in extra content like the above, it’s quick and easy to sign-up and will only cost you €5 per month – about the cost of a pint.
Coincidentally as it’s our seventh birthday, as well as giving you access to all the extra podcasts and written content we’ve produced so far, you’ll be first to hear an exclusive, in-depth interview with one of the great Arsenal number 7s: Liam Brady. Andrew sat down in studio with him this week for a fascinating chat about his career as a player, a manager, as head of the Arsenal youth set-up, and lots more.
That will be out on our Patreon page early next week.
Finally, we’d just like to say thanks to all of you for reading, listening, commenting, sharing our stories, sometimes calling us names, and being part of this roller-coaster experience that is being an Arsenal fan these days.
We couldn’t do it without you, and we hope the same goes for you. Check back here next August when we forget our birthday by two months because the summer has been a haze of champagne and celebration after an unprecedented first season quadruple for the new boss and captain Aaron Ramsey.