Adidas miss open goal with new away kit

Do these kit manufacturers actually know what they are doing?

Over the years we have seen some horrendous kits, but the alleged 2020/21 away kit from Adidas is one of the worst.

How much does Adidas spend on designers salaries, only for their designers to mess up so bad? It has a feeling of Emperors New Clothes about it.

Usually I don’t comment when people moan about kits. It is usually middle aged men who have never worn a club shirt in decades and label those that do as “shirters”.

But on this occasion, Adidas have missed an open goal.

2020/21 will be 50 years since Arsenal won the double for the first time in history.

71 will always be a big part in Arsenal’s history – it was not just about winning the double but about how we did it.

Securing the league at White Hart Lane and the iconic moment of Charlie George scoring an extra-time winner to beat Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Kit manufacturers fail in their designs because they do not discuss things with fans.

A club kit will be designed by some university student who probably doesn’t even watch football, let alone like Arsenal.

Were they an Arsenal fan they would have realised 2021 was set to be the 50th anniversary of the 71 double. They would have designed a very basic kit in celebration.

A simple yellow kit with blue colour and sleeve edging, just like is was in 71.

Many would even ignore the new badge, Fly Emirates and Visit Rwanda on it. It would have sold quickly, with a nod to our past.

Instead we have the blood stained white kit that looks like the cover of Dexter.

It is an own goal missed by Adidas.

Keenos

David Luiz falls victim to Covid19

News broke yesterday that David Luiz was unlikely to extend his time at Arsenal by longer than one season.

When the Brazilian made the surprising move from West to North London last summer, the news was that he signed a 2 year deal. It transpires that it was a 1 year deal with Arsenal having an option to extend for a second year.

Having started 25 out of 28 Premier League games, Luiz has been a key player under both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. It is therefore surprising to most that Arsenal seem to be happy to let him go.

The truth is he has become a victim of Covid19 and the impact it will have on the transfer market.

With football likely to be played behind closed doors for at least some of next season, clubs across Europe have lost the season ticket revenue that usually hits the accounts at the beginning of June.

To Arsenal, that season ticket revenue is around £75million – with total match day revenue £100million. That is a huge chunk of cash that Arsenal, and other clubs, will miss out on.

Lack of season ticket money will have a huge impact on what clubs can spend this summer; and also limits the money they have available to pay in wages on new players.

Teams across Europe are not going to be able to spend the £100s of millions they have been in recent summers – and gone are the days when mid table teams like West Ham, Crystal Palace, Everton, etc are offering players £100k a week or more.

If teams do not have the money to buy players, or match wages, it also means clubs will be unable to sell unwanted players. And that is the situation Arsenal find themselves in.

Arsenal currently have 8 “senior” central defenders: David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. Kostadinos Mavropanos and William Saliba are currently out on loan, with Pablo Mari at the club on loan.

You do not need 8 central defenders, at most you need 5.

Arsenal need to cut numbers.

It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with having too many central defenders.

Of the 8 defenders at the club, at least 3 will need to leave. If we were to sign a new defender, 4 would be out the door.

The first one out will be Pablo Mari; although he would also be first in line if we were to sign someone.

Arsenal would probably prefer to keep David Luiz ahead of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi; but Covid19 will make those two very hard to sell.

Both players are on around £90,000 a week. With limited finances across Europe; it is not foreseeable that other clubs will be able to pick up the tab and offer players parity in wages – even if Arsenal wavered any transfer fee.

The likelihood is that Mustafi and Sokratis will see out the last year of their contracts.

If Mustsfi and Sokratis remain, alongside Saliba, that is 3 of the 5 central defenders we need next season. That leaves Mavropanos, Holding, Chambers and Luiz.

Mavropanos moved to Bundesliga 2 side Nürnberg in January. At this time of his career, spending an entire season on loan would be ideal next season.

Holding and Chambers both have the advantage of being home grown, and are on less money combined that David Luiz.

That leaves Arsenal with the tough decision to let David Luiz leave.

With the Brazilian out of contract, and Arsenal needing to cut numbers, he becomes an easy option to let go.

Luiz leaving and Mavropanos loaned out brings Arsenal down to 5 central defenders. Were Arsenal to then bring in someone (Mari or someone else), another would have to leave. Rob Holding most likely.

David Luiz is certainly not the defender Arsenal want to leave; but Covid19 has changed the situation.

Keenos

The 7th Big Arsenal Quiz for the NHS (Q&A)

Questions

History

1) Who are the only other team in English football league history to have ever gone an entire top division season unbeaten?
2) Who did Kanu score a 17-minute hattrick against in 1999?
3) What was special about Arsenal’s game against Manchester United on 31st January 2010? 
4) In what year were Arsenal ladies founded? 
5) At 172 matches, which players holds the record for consecutive first-team games for Arsenal?
6) In 1930, Arsenal and Leicester played in highest scoring draw in English football. What was the score?
7) How many games did Arsenal lose to Tottenham, between March 19, 2000 and October 31, 2009?
8) Who holds the record for most goals scored in a single season?
9) Who was the first player to score 100 goals for Arsenal?
10) In 2020, who were Arsenal’s last opponents before football was suspended due to the Covid19 pandemic?

2001/02 Double Winning Season

1) How many league goals did Thierry Henry score?
2) In 2001/02, what was the first trophy Arsenal won
3) Which England international did we sign on a free transfer that summer?
4) Which 2 French players made the most appearances for Arsenal in 2001/02?
5) Who was in goal for Tottenham when Lauren pea-rolled his late penalty past him?
6) Who did arsenal play in the FA Cup semi final? 
7) How many consecutive league games did we win at the end of the season? 
8) In what ground was the Champions Section?
9) Why was Jamie Carragher sent off vs us in the FA Cup 4th round game?
10) Who were our final league opponents of the season? 

Transfers

1) Who did we sell to Juventus in 2017?
2) Who did we sell to Barcelona in 2018?
3) Who did we sell David Seaman to in 2003? 
4) Who did we sell to West Ham United in 2007?
5) Who did we sell to Derby County in 1975? 
6) Who did we sell to Manchester United in 1981? 
7) Who did we sell Kieran Gibbs to in 2017?
8) Who did we sell to Juventus in 1980? 
9) Which 2 players did we sell to Barcelona in 2000?
10) Who did Graham Rix leave Arsenal for in 1988?

Autobiographies

1) Who wrote “How Not to Be a Professional Footballer”?
2) Tony Adams has 2 autobiographies, what are they called?
3) What did Alan Smith call his autobiography?
4) Whose autobiography is called “Theo Give Us A Ball”? 
5) What was the name of Eddie Hapgood’s autobiography?
6) “Lonely at the Top” was written about which player?
7) What is the name of Dennis Bergkamp’s autobiography?
8) Whose autobiography was “The Glory and the Grief”?
9) Who wrote “The Madness Is On The Pitch”?
10) Who wrote the introduction for Mesut Ozil’s autobiography “Gunning for Greatness”?

I also played for…

1) Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Roma, LA Galaxy, Derby County
2) Portsmouth, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Benfica, Wimbledon
3) Tottenham, Portsmouth, Notts County, Newcastle
4) Lille, Newcastle United, Bordeaux, Saint-Étienne
5) Leeds United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Norwich City, Hull City
6) Corinthians, Celta Vigo, Barcelona, Manchester City
7) Caen, Marseille, Chelsea, Tottenham, Perth Glory
8) Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Dagenham & Redbridge, FC Cincinnati
9) Malmö FF, Benfica, Fiorentina, Valencia, Sunderland
10) West Ham, Coventry City

1970 / 71 Season:

  1. How many points did Arsenal end up with for the season?
  2. Who came 2nd in the league that season?
  3. Who was in goal for Tottenham the night we won the title at White Hart Lane? 
  4. Charlie George famously scored the winner in the FA Cup final’ but who scored Arsenal’s equaliser? 
  5. Which player originally claimed the equaliser, but did not actually touch the ball?
  6. Who did Arsenal lost 5-0 to in September?
  7. Ray Kennedy finished as Arsenal’s top scorer. How many league goals did he score?
  8. Arsenal needed a replay to win the FA Cup semi-final. What two grounds were used?
  9. Who was the only Welshman to play for Arsenal during the 70/71 season?
  10. How many times were Arsenal drawn at from home in the FA Cup?

Who is the only Arsenal player to have played for…

  1. Mexico
  2. Armenia
  3. Ukraine
  4. Estonia
  5. Austria
  6. Liberia
  7. Finland
  8. Serbia
  9. Algeria
  10. Lithuania

Songs / Chants

1) Who came from Senegal?
2) Who was the Englishman at Arsenal?
3) Who drinks Estrella and Paella? 
4)  Who got up and sung it again? 
5) Who we would we walk a million miles for one of his goals? 
6) Who did Mike Tyson run from? 
7) Who did we chant “TINA TINA TINA” at? 
8) 1 nil down, 2-1 up, who messed up Ian Rush’s record?
9) Who did she wear fishnet stockings and stilettos on her feet for? 
10) what do we think of Tottenham? 


Answers

History

1) Who are the only other team in English football league history to have ever gone an entire top division season unbeaten? Preston North End
2) Who did Kanu score a 17-minute hattrick against in 1999? Chelsea
3) What was special about Arsenal’s game against Manchester United on 31st January 2010? It was the first match to be broadcast on television in 3D
4) In what year were Arsenal ladies founded? 1987
5) At 172 matches, which players holds the record for consecutive first-team games for Arsenal? Tom Parker
6) In 1930, Arsenal and Leicester played in highest scoring draw in English football. What was the score? 6-6
7) How many games did Arsenal lose to Tottenham, between March 19, 2000 and October 31, 2009? 0 (20 games unbeaten)
8) Who holds the record for most goals scored in a single season? Ted Drake (44)
9) Who was the first player to score 100 goals for Arsenal? Jimmy Brain
10) In 2020, who were Arsenal’s last opponents before football was suspended due to the Covid19 pandemic? West Ham United (Arsenal won 1-0)

 

2001/02 Double Winning Season

1) How many league goals did Thierry Henry score? 24
2) In 2001/02, what was the first trophy Arsenal won? FA Cup
3) Which England international did we sign on a free transfer that summer? Sol Campbell
4) Which 2 French players made the most appearances for Arsenal in 2001/02? Patrick Vieira and Sylvain Wiltord
5) Who was in goal for Tottenham when Lauren pea-rolled his late penalty past him? Kasey Keller
6) Who did arsenal play in the FA Cup semi final? Middlesbrough
7) How many consecutive league games did we win at the end of the season? 13
8) In what ground was the Champions Section? Old Trafford
9) Why was Jamie Carragher sent off vs us in the FA Cup 4th round game? He threw a coin into the crowd
10) Who were our final league opponents of the season? Everton

Transfers

1) Who did we sell to Juventus in 2017? Wojciech Szczęsny
2) Who did we sell to Barcelona in 2018? Marcus McGuane
3) Who did we sell David Seaman to in 2003? Manchester City
4) Who did we sell to West Ham United in 2007? Freddie Ljungberg
5) Who did we sell to Derby County in 1975? Charlie George
6) Who did we sell to Manchester United in 1981? Frank Stapleton
7) Who did we sell Kieran Gibbs to in 2017? West Bromwich Albion
8) Who did we sell to Juventus in 1980? Liam Brady
9) Which 2 players did we sell to Barcelona in 2000? Marc Overmars & Emmanuel Petit
10) Who did Graham Rix leave Arsenal for in 1988? Caen

Autobiographies

1) Who wrote “How Not to Be a Professional Footballer”? Paul Merson
2) Tony Adams has 2 autobiographies, what are they called? Addicted & Sober
3) What did Alan Smith call his autobiography? Heads Up
4) Whose autobiography is called “Theo Give Us A Ball”? Theo Foley
5) What was the name of Eddie Hapgood’s autobiography?  Football Ambassador
6) “Lonely at the Top” was written about which player? Thierry Henry
7) What is the name of Dennis Bergkamp’s autobiography? Stillness and Speed
8) Whose autobiography was “The Glory and the Grief”? George Graham
9) Who wrote “The Madness Is On The Pitch”? Jens Lehmann
10) Who wrote the introduction for Mesut Ozil’s autobiography “Gunning for Greatness”? Jose Mourinho

I also played for…

1) Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Roma, LA Galaxy, Derby County – Ashley Cole
2) Portsmouth, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Benfica, Wimbledon – Michael Thomas
3) Tottenham, Portsmouth, Notts County, Newcastle – Sol Campbell
4) Lille, Newcastle United, Bordeaux, Saint-Étienne – Mathieu Debuchy
5) Leeds United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Norwich City, Hull City – David Rocastle
6) Corinthians, Celta Vigo, Manchester City – Silvinho
7) Caen, Marseille, Chelsea, Tottenham, Perth Glory – William Gallas
8) Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Dagenham & Redbridge, FC Cincinnati – Justin Hoyte
9) Malmö FF, Benfica, Fiorentina, Valencia, Sunderland – Stefan Schwarz
10) West Ham, Coventry City – Stewart Robson

1970 / 71 Season:

  1. How many points did Arsenal end up with for the season? 65
  2. Who came 2nd in the league that season? Leeds United
  3. Who was in goal for Tottenham the night we won the title at White Hart Lane? Pat Jennings
  4. Charlie George famously scored the winner in the FA Cup final’ but who scored Arsenal’s equaliser? Eddie Kelly
  5. Which player originally claimed the equaliser, but did not actually touch the ball? George Graham
  6. Who did Arsenal lost 5-0 to in September? Stoke City
  7. Ray Kennedy finished as Arsenal’s top scorer. How many league goals did he score? 19
  8. Arsenal needed a replay to win the FA Cup semi-final. What two grounds were used? Hillsborough Stadium & Villa Park
  9. Who was the only Welshman to play for Arsenal during the 70/71 season? John Roberts
  10. How many times were Arsenal drawn at from home in the FA Cup? 0

Who is the only Arsenal player to have played for…

  1. Mexico – Carlos Vela
  2. Armenia – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  3. Ukraine – Oleg Luzhny
  4. Estonia – Mart Poom
  5. Austria – Alex Mallinger
  6. Liberia – Christpoher Wreh
  7. Finland – Glen Kamara
  8. Serbia – Vladimir Petrovic
  9. Algeria – Ismaël Bennacer
  10. Lithuania – Tomas Danilvecius

Songs / Chants

1) Who came from Senegal? Patrick Vieira
2) Who was the Englishman at Arsenal ? Theo Walcott
3) Who drinks Estrella and Paella? Dani Ceballos
4)  Who got up and sung it again? Paddy
5) Who we would we walk a million miles for one of his goals? Jon Sammuels
6) Who did Mike Tyson run from? Paul Davis
7) Who did we chant “TINA TINA TINA” at? Peter Shilton
8) 1 nil down, 2-1 up, who messed up Ian Rush’s record? Charlie Nicholas
9) Who did she wear fishnet stockings and stilettos on her feet for? David Pleat
10) what do we think of Tottenham? Shit