kick off at 5.30pm)… so today I thought I’d just review the last 12 years of Arsene. Firstly… Congratulations Arsene for 12 years of fantastic service… Let’s take a look back at the last twelve years and see what Arsene has done. The French tactician joined Arsenal is 1996 and has gone on to win 4 FA Cups, 3 Premier Leagues, 4 Community Shields. In addition, we’ve been in a Carling Cup final and of course the Champions League Final. Arsene has revolutionised the way that the team works, the fitness levels, the way they play. He extended the careers of players such as Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown and of course the magical Dennis Bergkamp. He’s ushered us into a new era, with a new team, a new stadium, excellent training facilities and more. He’s created a style of football only to be admired. On top of all of this, he’s kept the financial aspect of our club safe and removed any bad influences from the club. He’s invested in the future of the club, bringing in the best talent from around the world and nurturing them to become world class players. He is truly the “Professor” in every sense of the word. Arsene has been speaking on he’s 12 years and been quite reserved about it.
“I’m not very happy to speak about my anniversary because what interests me in life is what is in front of me and not what is behind me. If you came to my house you would not find anything from the last 12 years, because I’m only interested in what’s happening in the future. There are no photos. I don’t even know where those trophies and mementos are. I am interested in history, but not my history. It’s something strange. I’m always oriented forward, forward, forward. I also believe that is part of the sickness of this job, as you know what you’ve done is forgotten and what is important is what happens tomorrow. You spend your life worrying about the future, and are always expecting the next game, the next game and the next game. It becomes something almost perverse. It takes over your brain completely and you never take time to look back.”Quite amazing to have such humility. Carling Cup We’ve been rewarded for our excellent win against Sheffield United with a home game against Wigan. I was desperately hoping for another home game as it’s our chance to see our kids grace the Emirates pitch. The tie should be played on Tuesday 11th November. Here’s the full draw in all it’s glory: Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers Arsenal v Wigan Athletic Chelsea v Burnley Swansea City v Watford Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers Stoke City v Rotherham United Brighton & Hove Albion or Derby v Leeds United Tottenham Hotsp*r v Liverpool Sp*rs vs ‘Pool probably the highlight of the round… Good luck to the boys today, here’s to a big win against Hull…]]>