Against Swansea, Aaron Ramsey became the 50th Arsenal player to score 50 goals.
A man who has divided opinion over the years, we should be forever grateful of 2 of those goals, which won us 2 of the 3 FA Cups in recent years. In years gone past, he would be labelled a legend for winning us two FA Cups. I imagine this status will only come once he retires, in years too come.
He will always be remembered as that guy who scored the winning goals in the FA Cup finals.
It is easy to forget that he is still just 26 (27 in December). He still has a lot of years to go at the top level. As long as he remembers to keep it simple, and play to his strengths, there is no reason he can not go on to score 100 goals and play 500 game for The Arsenal.
Well done Aaron on your 50 Aaron.
Once again, the name David Dein is being spoke about for a return to Arsenal. Like Aaron Ramsey, opinion is split on the former Arsenal director.
I am of the opinion that we won a lot under his stewardship, but these trophies covered up the discord he had between the fans at the time.
There is a clear split between fans on the matter of David Dein. Those under the age of 35, or who were not going to games regularly in the late 80s / early 90s, think he is a messiah. That he can walk on water. They see the league titles, the FA Cups, the world class players who joined. It was a successful period.
But then those who are of a certain age, going in the late 80s / 90s, will remember the North Bank Bond fiasco. They will point to the moment the club chased the money instead of protecting its long term fan base.
The Bond Scheme was fairly similar to the Club Level season tickets that came on the market when we moved to the new ground in 2006. By paying a big chunk of money (back then it was £1,000-£1,500), fans could secure themselves a season ticket for Arsenal for the next 150 years.
The following is an extract from the book Fanatics: Power, Identity and Fandom in Football:
There were protests, a Ban the Bond campaign involving the release of balloons. There was as much anger at David Dein at Highbury than there is at Stan Kroenke now.
Also under David Dein, ticket prices rose at incredible rates.
In the 10 years from 1990 – 2000, the average Arsenal ticket price rose 289%. From 2006 – 2016, under Stan Kroenke, prices rose 18%.
Whilst this is not to justify Stan Kroenke, it is too highlight that David Dein was certainly not a man of the people. He only cared for maximising profitability at the detriment of loyal working class fans.
On top of this, he also introduced Stan Kroenke to the club, before selling to Alisher Usmanov. He created the current ownership problems we have.
Dein profiteered from the club to the value of nearly £100m. He was in it for himself, for his own pocket.
All of this is forgotten about because we were successful under Dein’s stewardship.
It does make me wonder, would many of the current fan base who moan about ticket prices soon be quiet if we won a league title? Probably.
Dein did a lot of good for the club. But he was also the man who kicked off the current PLC mentality of maximising profitability at the detriment of match going fans. He we the catalyst for many of the problems we now face.
What a player this boy is turning out to be. He does have a bit of a poor injury record, so I hope the slight strain he picked up against Swansea does not turn into a season long thing.
He is a sharp reminder to us all that it is not what you spend on a player, but what player you buy.
It is laughable to remember some fans in the summer moaning that he was a typical Wenger signing. Cheap.
Manchester City spent nearly £150m on full back this summer, and Kolasinac is better than them all.
Alexis Sanchez to Everton
Bit of laughable transfer news this morning.
Everton are interested in signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this January for £30m as former Arsenal shareholder Farhad Moshiri looks to splash his cash.
If Sanchez does go to Everton, it will be for huge wages and show that the Chilean is interested in money, not trophies. Hope he enjoys playing in the Championship next season.
Have a good week