Arsenal 125 today! – Thierry Henry tear jerker – Where Tony Adams was + Everton Preview

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125 today (well, for celebrations purposes at least). You old fart. Jeez, I remember when you were 110. Seems like an age ago. My how you’ve grown up. Remember that tiny little stadium you had for your first home? My how you’ve grown up. There have been some good times. Yep, the Invincibles year was pretty amazing. That game against Liverpool, you remember, with Michael Thomas. The Cup Winners Cup… Your first Premiership title. It hasn’t all been plain sailing. It never is. We’ve had to watch some of the people you’re not too keen on do well. We’ve had a few nasty holidays, that one in Paris was a bit of a gut wrencher and the day trip to Wembley wasn’t the best… but we still love you the same.

Here’s to the next 125 years!

Yesterday saw the worst kept secret in football unveiled. 3 statues of Arsenal legends were unveiled. Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry have been immortalised in bronze for the rest of time. Tony Adams is striking the pose from that game against Everton. Truly one of my favourite moments as an Arsenal fan ever. It was pretty much the first title win I’d ever been absolutely engrossed in from start to finish. To win it like that was perfect. The celebration was legendary. Now it’s captured forever. He sadly wasn’t in attendance yesterday, but Alan Smith took time out to speak to the great man on the train to Romania here.

The Thierry Henry statue was maybe a slightly more contentious choice. No doubt the guy is the greatest goal scorer in our history, but it seems a bit strange to immortalise a 34 year who is still playing in the game. He’s a legend, I love him dearly, but like a few others, I can’t help but think Dennis Bergkamp is the guy who kick started this next-gen Arsenal thing. Everything turned on its head when he joined. He was the superstar signing we’d all craved. He was a technical genius on the ball and after he joined, we never put a season ticket on general sale again.

Anyway, Thierry is still one of my heroes. He was a genius on and off the ball. He took expectations so high that a half chance was deemed a great chance if he was involved. He made the impossible possible and he electrified the fans. A once in a generation player. A genius. It was very sweet to see how emotional he still gets about the club. Shedding tears of for girls though Thierry. Girls and John Terrys.

Herbert Chapman was also revealed. A manager of a generation and a true visionary. From floodlights to hooped socks to naming the station after the club… to personal branding. The guy had it all. Not to mention titles to boot. I think it’s always hard, particularly for the younger generation to tap into the history of the club. It’s well worth doing so to truly appreciate the intelligence and forward thinking of that man.

I think today will be a very emotional day for a lot of fans. It’s a massive land mark and to look at where we are now as a club compared to even ten years ago is quite amazing. We’re now established as an elite football team forever. We have amazing infrastructure, superb training facilities and a world class stadium. Teams like Spurs now have to risk their future to catch up with us. Things might not be perfect on the pitch, but we’re in amazing shape for the future regardless.

Team news…

‘The present is very important for us, we are in the middle of a season where every point is important now.’

Absolutely bang on the money there. Today needs to be about focus on the task ahead. Everton are a very good team with some very good players. We know they have a terrific work rate and that David Moyes is one of the best managers in the business. We can’t afford to go into the game in relaxed party mode. We need to continue our league form and we need to make sure we don’t lose ground on the teams ahead of us. I have a feeling there will be a wobble from City and United this month. If we can capitalise on that, we could be in a superb position come January.

We have major problems in defence still. Andre Santos looks set to be sidelined for longer than the initial 3 weeks put forward. That’s a bit of a gutter as he’d started to find his feet and he has often been key to starting attacking moves for us. The boss seems to think the back line will consist of 4 centre backs today. So that mans he’ll be putting Vermaelen in at left back and moving Koscielny and Mertesacker into the middle with JD at right back. Probably a better move than slipping Miquel or Yennaris into the side.

Our French centre back has to be super aware today. JD has a habit of forgetting which sport he’s playing, so the chances are he’ll be letting players slip in behind him all day, Baines in particular needs to be watched. Mertesacker doesn’t have the recovery pace to deal with those type of mistakes, so super vigilance and robust performance has to be on the cards for the in form Koscielny.

In midfield, it’ll be the rested trio of Alex Song, Ramsey and Arteta. It’ll be an emotional day for our Spaniard. He spent many a year in the Everton midfield where he built a fantastic reputation.

“Mikel has adjusted very well and he has the mental level to be at this Club. We watched him many times before he got his cruciate injury [a few years ago]. It took him a while to get back to his normal level. Now, he is back to normal.”

It took Mikel a few months to adjust to the Arsenal midfield as well. I don’t think any of us were sure what position he’d take up, but he seems to play a few yards in front of Alex Song and he dominates possession from there. I love his attitude, if he didn’t have the stereotypical Spanish looks, you’d mistake him for a British player out on the pitch. He has a fantastic range of passing (90% success rate) and he mucks in both ends.

Up top, I’d imagine it’s going to be G.R.W combination. We’ll be looking for Robin to contribute at least one goal to the game and hopefully the other two can continue their impressive form with at least a goal and an assist each. I think having two proper wide players this year has really benefitted us. Theo looks the most comfortable he has in his whole career on the wing and Gervinho, despite a few flaws with his control is a very exciting player. It’s such a shame he’ll be off to the ACN.

If you’re interested to know how Everton are going to play, may I recommend this excellent Everton blog for all the insight you’ll need.

Remember to head down early if you want to see what Arsenal are doing for the day. Sounds like legends and marching bands are the serving suggestion for the afternoon.

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Right, I’m off to book Arsenal a pink limousine and stripper for later on this evening, have a ripping day everyone and enjoy the 125th celebrations!


650 Responses to “Arsenal 125 today! – Thierry Henry tear jerker – Where Tony Adams was + Everton Preview”

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  1. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    so reading between the lines rvp and th14 never got on then… is that why th is being all nice about rvp so he can sort out the loan….

  2. gazzap

    29 points from 15 games projected forward would be good enough for second spot come May in most seasons.

    But the top 6 or 7 are much stronger now than the rest of the league. There are two leagues in the PL right now.

  3. HumAnimal

    Bade if he keeps this up he’ll get one!
    ID love one of his goal against charlton. would be nic if statues could levetate

  4. Rohan

    Yep, Lurch. My favorite RvP goal I think. Even more technically brilliant than the Charlton one which was off his shin.
    It’s that extra zing he gave to the ball that does it for me.

    Apart from him, my MOM would be Song. I think he’s been very very good this season. As good as Parker even if not better imo.

  5. LAzer

    City has a lot of players apart from Silva. Yaya, Aguero, Balotelli etc..

    But we can beat anyone on our day, the four CBs will hopefully have a bit better understanding at the back by then.

  6. Lurch


    completely agree, Song earned his dues today, closely followed by Koz, Mert & Verm.

    The whole whole team worked hard and I won’t complain if I see effort, shame a couple of chances went begging but the result is what matters.

  7. IvoryGoonz

    Single To Win
    Arsenal @ 8/15
    Arsenal v Everton
    Stake: £10.00
    Potential Returns: £15.33
    Thanks Robin, will have a beer in your name 🙂

  8. Rick V

    Good result. One nil to the Arsenal! TOP 4!!! Defense was very solid today. Not much going forward but good enough for a win.

  9. fabindiangooner

    Great volley by RVP.. Ramsey ,arteta poor in 2nd half but that may hav been due to the yellow cards..anyway hoping for a 0-0 btw mancity and chelsea with a couple of redcards thrown in preferably kompany or yaya..a couple of hamstring tweaks wont go amiss

  10. Rohan

    Verm was pleasantly surprising at LB. Played a solid game. I’m more worried about RB though.
    Djourou is a liability and he’ll struggle when he’ll have Silva swarming all over him on that wing.

  11. Sabeel

    that Djourou again proved he is a calamity…man…always puts other players under pressure…loses possession….

    jenkinson is way better than that JD

  12. frenchie


    agree. should have clarified the reason for posting–memory’s sake.

    it will take a gift from god to top that volley for goal of the year. and, as we all know, god is coaching in holland.

  13. frenchie

    fact remains that despite our finishing, arsenal pulled out a great win and did so with a clean sheet. one cannot ask for anything more.

  14. Lurch

    God might end up coaching in Hertfordshire Frenchie,

    its all in the courts at the moment. If LVG wins mandate at Ajax, God and Cryuff will be out of a job.

    I like how AW suggested he wasn’t getting any younger and his old boys should hurry up and get learning under him should they want access…

  15. frenchie

    nice to see that my prediction re: toon is developing into fact. they did make things interesting to begin the season.

  16. Lurch

    Frenchie, same.

    although staying out with Ajax longer would give him more experience faster, its win win either way really.

  17. frenchie

    i am going to hold off on any judgment of my hero’s absence; he has family troubles and, being incredibly family oriented myself, i feel that takes priority to even arsenal.

  18. frenchie

    i read that article by smith and was perplexed as well…it stated that he was scouting for his old azerbaijani side. did he not step down? my feeling is that the article may have been composed prior to the new personal developments and then not edited properly. but yeah, perplexing.

  19. Lurch

    Keown on BBC: “I can’t help thinking Thierry might just come back and play some sort of cameo role alongside Robin van Persie…”

    “I’m hearing they can’t get the ball off Henry in training because he’s that good.”

  20. frenchie

    remy’s agent re: rumors of pavlyuchenko swap for loic: “i dont think marseille want to lose a ferrari and bring in a citroen.”


  21. frenchie

    would love a 2 month loan for th14. here is a question: what number does th14 take if he comes in? i bet he stares it of feo’s back.

  22. IvoryGoonz

    Lurch: he just went there to see if he could recruit one player for his team.
    how about Arsene be a big man, pick up his phone, offer Adams, Keown and Bergkamp a coach role, to learn under him, and hire henry as a player-coach?

  23. Lurch

    yup, you could be right – the timing was all weird, esp with smudger out in Romania – he’d be around for the 125th as well….

    It felt like it was written 2 weeks ago, pre resigning. But it doesn’t sound like the family stuff was anything more than frustration due to long commute times – not exactly the kind of scenario that impinges the unveiling of a statue.

  24. goonerboy

    Seven shots on target-against one-we had plenty of chances to score in the first half. Sometimes final ball- other times bad luck and rushed finishing-occaison was a factor-hope AW can sort it out. Was a good result in the end-Everton are motivated and strong in midfield defensive areas. We have big games coming up-in truth I can’t see this defence holding Man City up there-but we should be able to catch their back 4 on the break. Important we don’t pick up more injuries. JD is no full back-and always gets caught by a long ball- is Coquelin not a more mobile and intelligent player with a better touch? Agree Kos was good again.
    But what a goal-in real time it was unstoppable.

  25. frenchie

    it has been very silent on the causes and conditions of the resignation/family issues. imagine the commute causes some anal issues.

  26. frenchie

    speaking of feo. i wanted him to attack baines more. every time he took on the poster child for seventies revisionism he look dangerous. also wanted him to show a greater selfish streak, ie, the pass to ramsy and gerv in front of goal; he had a clear shot with two attackers to cover the rebound.

  27. frenchie


    what a dream. but even god would have difficulty moulding chamakh into a world class striker. no matter how one manipulates shit into a work of art, it still remains shit.

  28. IvoryGoonz

    Pedro says:
    December 10, 2011 at 09:47

    Morning guys! I forgot to say… one of the designers from my work is going to build the new Le Grove. He’s a pretty talented guy… and he works 15 yards from me… so hopefully he’ll knock together something amazing.
    cool! btw 🙂