22
Mar

Andre Marriner sends off wrong player in Arsenal loss

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Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge at Arsenal couldn’t possibly have gone worse, as the Gunners lost 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. It was Wenger’s heaviest defeat ever, tied with the 8-2 loss at Old Trafford in 2011, and the most lopsided defeat to Chelsea in Arsenal’s history.

But somehow, Mourinho’s party crashers were not the story after it was all said and done. No, that honor belonged to referee Andre Marriner, who perplexed us all by mistakenly sending off Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by… teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal were already down 2-0 after seventeen minutes when the bizarre sequence of events occurred. Oxlade-Chamberlain “saved” a shot by Eden Hazard with his left hand, upon which Marriner dutifully pointed to the spot. However, after a brief conversation via headset with his assistant, Marriner sent off Gibbs, not the Ox. And though Oxlade-Chamberlain fessed up to Marriner that he was the actual offender, Gibbs still had to hit the showers. Bizarre!

Here is the timeline of events, as told through Twitter:

20
Mar

Ray Parlour dishes on Kolo Toure’s outrageous trial with Arsenal

Here we have Arsenal legend Ray Parlour in an interview with talkSPORT shedding light on Kolo Toure’s trial with Arsenal in 2001, and man, it is great.

Apparently, young Kolo was eager to impress Arsene Wenger and the Gunners … a bit too eager.

Parlour notes how Toure smashed into Thierry Henry with a two-footed tackle during the trial.

"It could have been a red card in a normal game," Parlour recalls. Wenger, obviously upset that his best player is rolling around on the ground from a tackle in a trial, tells the Ivorian to stop tackling.

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What does Toure go and do after apologizing? He does it again, but this time takes out Dennis Bergkamp. Rinse and repeat with the scolding and the apology.

Then, a popped-up ball winds at the feet of Wenger. In comes Toure with yet another two-footer, sending Wenger to the medical room. A crestfallen Toure can’t believe what he’s done.

In the medical room, Wenger eventually tells Parlour, “‘I know he didn’t mean it, I like his desire. We’re signing him tomorrow.’”

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And that’s that. All’s well that ends well!

(h/t Reddit)

28
Feb

Laurent Koscielny donates thousands to save accordion factory

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny may be living in England, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his French roots.

The 28-year-old was born and raised in Tulle, France, home to the famous accordion factory Maugein. It was established in 1919, but late last year it was threatened with closure. Koscielny wasn’t going to let this happen.

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French media has reported that the defender is part of an investment group that has put up more than $800K to help save the factory.

The company makes these gorgeous instruments from scratch, but have been undermined by competition who made cheaper accordions. Thankfully, for the sake of the art and music, Kolscielny has stepped in to keep Maugein alive.

Via The Guardian

Images courtesy of Getty, Action

8
Feb

Wenger’s airport fall a fitting end to Arsenal’s nightmarish day

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Safe to say it wasn’t a good day for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Hours after watching his team get smacked around Anfield Road to the tune of a 5-1 loss, Wenger apparently slipped and fell at a Liverpool train station with two suitcases in tow. Luckily, according to The Mirror, a club spokesperson has said “he’s fine,” but someone did snap pictures of the whole thing happening, even though we don’t know who. It illustrates perfectly the kind of day Arsenal were having.

While Wenger took the fall, some of his players at least took responsibility for the dreadful performance against Liverpool:

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Images via: 101GG

14
Jan

The dangers of an Arsenal fan dating a Tottenham fan

There are rivalries in every league across the world, but none that are quite as intense as the one between Arsenal and Tottenham.

They really, really, REALLY hate each other.

Most of the Gunner faithful wouldn’t even think of dating a Spurs supporter. But one Arsenal fan admitted to being in a relationship with a Tottenham fan. His idea of romance? Urinating on her Spurs shirt. What a gentleman. (Skip to about 1:15 in the video and see his confession.)

This may be just a hunch, but that relationship probably won’t last very long unless he buys her a new, urine-free kit.

(H/T Off The Post)

14
Jan

Gunners set to offer boss new deal?

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According to the English newspaper Daily Star, Arsenal are set to offer manager Arsene Wenger a new contract. The Gunners boss is in his 18th year at the club and the north London club want to extend his tenure.

Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Dutch striker Luuk De Jong has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Newcastle and Samir Nasri’s dad has blasted Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a ‘spiteful’ tackle that almost ended his son’s World Cup dream.

To read these rumors and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.

12
Jan

Arsenal step up chase for Draxler

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Arsenal added quality to their midfield in the summer with Mesut Ozil moving to London from Real Madrid. Along with Ozil, the reemergence of talent such as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, means Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to pay over the odds for midfield talent.

According to one newspaper today Wenger is looking to bring in Schalke star midfielder Julian Draxler. The Gunners have reportedly discovered a £40 million buy-out clause in his contract at the Bundesliga club, and are set to swoop in January or the summer.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

8
Dec

Arsenal chase Everton’s Coleman

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Arsenal are searching for a replacement right-back if Bacary Sagna refuses to renew his contract at the club. Arsene Wenger is looking to Everton’s young defender Seamus Coleman as the possible solution.

Coleman is a Republic of Ireland international and has been in fantastic form for the Toffees so far this campaign. He is part of Everton’s mean defense that has only conceded 13 goals so far this season.

If Arsenal are serious about challenging for the league this season it may take more reinforcements than a single defender. A position worth looking at would be up front - cover for Olivier Giroud could be crucial in case he picks up an injury later in the season.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.