Woolwich Arsenal

  • The media’s constant tune: Arsenal are not good enough
    The anniversaries of 19 February do indeed remind us of the media’s constant theme: Arsenal are not good enough.   They ply this line no matter what Arsenal are doing, because whatever Arsenal achieve, the media demand more, in order to keep up the negatives.  Even the unbeaten season was greeted ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-19By Tony Attwood
    7 hours ago
  • Whatever happened to Sylvain Wiltord?
    In 2015, Wiltord competed on the TV reality show Dropped, in which sportspeople were dropped by helicopter into inhospitable environments. The day after his elimination from the programme, there was a mid-air helicopter collision which killed ten. Since then we’ve not heard of him, and that of course is thoroughly ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-18By Tony Attwood
    1 day ago
  • Whatever happened to Joe Haverty?
    Untold Videos Our videos explore some of these issues in depth – do take a look   Joe Haverty was one of those wingers who was loved by the crowd because of the excitement he generated running up and ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-17By Tony Attwood
    3 days ago
  • Whatever happened to Eduardo?
    Untold Videos Our videos explore some of the current issues of football in depth – do take a look   On 23 February 2008, Eduardo suffered a broken left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle in ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-16By Tony Attwood
    4 days ago
  • Whatever happened to David Bentley?
    On 13 June 2014, David Bentley announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 29, having failed to find a team who would sign him since being loaned by Tottenham to Blackburn the year before, where he had played five matches. In an interview he called modern football ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-15By Tony Attwood
    5 days ago
  • Whatever happened to Kolo Toure?
    After playing 225 games for Arsenal and scoring nine goals Kolo left the club in 2009 and played for Manchester 82 times until he moved on to Liverpool in 2013 and finally Celtic for the 2016/17 season in which he played 20 games under his former manager Brendan Rodgers.  He ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-14By Tony Attwood
    6 days ago
  • Whatever happened to Kanu?
    After Kanu left Arsenal he played 53 times for WBA and then between 200 and 2012 he played 143 games for Portsmouth.  In return Portsmouth failed to pay him, and ended up owing him £3m.  The debt was never paid. After that Kanu became a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and brand ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-13By Tony Attwood
    7 days ago
  • Whatever happened to Benik Afobe?
    Benik Afobe – whose birthday it is today – was registered with Arsenal from 2010 to 2015, but never played for the first team.    He had loans with Huddersfield, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons before signing for Wolverhampton (scoring 22 goals in 46 games), and later Bournemouth ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-12By Tony Attwood
    1 week ago
  • Whatever happened to Andre Santos?
    On this day in 2013 Andre Santos was loaned out to Gremio after finding himself just the latest in a long string of players against whom some in the Arsenal crowd had turned.   Despite playing 24 times for Brazil he was deemed by some as unsuitable for Arsenal after he ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-11By Tony Attwood
    1 week ago
  • Why it’s never good to judge a club on just one result or a set of player sales
    On this day in 2001 Arsenal found themselves having been criticised for having no ambition (having sold Anelka, Overmars and Petit for £55m) but were clear at the top of the league.  Unfortunately, they lost the next game 6-1 to Manchester United and finished the season in second, with widespread ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-10By Tony Attwood
    1 week ago
  • Whatever happened to Kyle Bartley?
    Kyle Bartley never played for Arsenal’s first team but had loan spells with Sheffield United and Rangers before moving on to Swansea City on 16 August 2012 for £1 million.    On 2 July 2013, Bartley agreed a season-long loan move to Birmingham City. The loan was ended the following ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-09By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Johann Djourou?
    Johann Djourou was always a reserve player at Arsenal and in his ten years registered with the club only made 86 first team appearances.  After loans to Hannover (January 2013) and Hamburger SV (1 July 2013) and in April 2014, Hamburg confirmed that they had signed Djourou on a permanent ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-08By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to James Hillson?
    On 7 February 2019, goalkeeper James Hillson from Reading was brought into Arsenal on loan for the rest of the season from Reading as cover in goal for their Under-18 team after losing Karl Hein to injury. This came after Arsenal had to use 15-year-old Hubert Graczyk as a substitute ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-07By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Who was the Arsenal player Clem Voysey?
    Clem Voysey was an Arsenal player who was endlessly tracked by the Football Association who were desperate to show that there was something amiss with his signing by Arsenal.  Not because they disliked the player, but because he was signed while Henry Norris was at the club. In fact not ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-06By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Ashley Cole
      After playing for Roma and LA Galaxy on 21 January 2019, Cole joined Derby County then managed by Frank Lampard.  He was released at the end of the season and on 18 August 2019 announced his retirement. Among his many other achievements, on 27 February 2011, Cole shot a ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-05By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Robin van Persie?
    On 4 July 2012, Van Persie announced that he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal claiming that inner voices in his head had told him to sign for Man U.   He transferred on 17 August for £22.5 million plus £1.5 million to follow if Man U ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-04By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Andre Arshavin?
    Andre Arshavin left Arsenal in 2013 and signed on 27 June 2013 for Zenit, for whom he had been on loan and from whom he had transferred to Arsenal in 2009.  However he only scored two goals in his opening return season and on 13 July 2015, Arshavin moved on ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-03By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Kim Kallstrom
    Kim Kallstrom was one of many Arsenal signings who discovered just how much the media would make up negative stories about Arsenal players – in this case the story that after Arsenal signed him he injured himself playing beach football.   In fact, Arsenal had a deal in which they ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-02By Tony Attwood
    2 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Sanchez Watt?
    Sanchez Watt, who is now 28, came up through the Arsenal youth academy and was a notable member of the 2008/9 FA Youth Cup winning season making his debut for Arsenal the following season. After that he had numerous loan spells at clubs such as Leeds, Sheffield Wed, and Colchester ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-02-01By Tony Attwood
    3 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Nacho Monreal?
    Nacho Monreal returned to Spain on 31 August 2019, joining Real Sociedad on a two-year contract.  He scored on his competitive debut two weeks later, converting an easy tap-in at the hour mark of an eventual 2–0 victory over Atlético Madrid .   He had played 187 times for Arsenal and ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-31By Tony Attwood
    3 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Chuba Akpom?
    Chuba Akpom was an Arsenal player from 2002 to 2018 during which time he made four appearances for the club but played 44 times for England at various youth levels from under 16 to under 21. Starting in 2013 he went on a series of loans to Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-30By Tony Attwood
    3 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Jens Lehmann?
    Jens Lehmann was the only member of the Invincibles team to play in every one of the league games.  As such he really ought to have a statue to him outside the ground – but there seems to be no plans for this. Lehmann returned to Arsenal after retiring as ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-29By Tony Attwood
    3 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Gabriel Paulista?
    Is a new Arsenal club being born? Actually, probably not Follow the video on Untold Gooner News On 26 January 2015, Gabriel was granted a UK work permit allowing him to join Arsenal.  The fee was around £11m with Joel Campbell moving on loan to Villareal.   Unusually for a player ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-28By Tony Attwood
    3 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Joel Campbell?
    When Arsenal signed Joel Campbell in 2011 aged 19 from the Costa Rican team Saprissa he looked like a typical Wenger signing of a young player pretty much no one outside of Costa Rica had heard of. That he then went on a series of loans is not surprising – ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-27By Tony Attwood
    3 weeks ago
  • Making an example of Arsenal supporters
    The closing of the Woolwich Arsenal ground for two games following crowd incidents, doesn’t sound too horrific, although the initial punishment was for the rest of the season.  It was an unprecedented punishment, and no explanation was given as to why this punishment was dished out, other than a lot ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-26By Tony Attwood
    4 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Emmanuel Frimpong
    On this day in 2013 Emmanuel Frimpong joined Fulham on loan.   However he played only 90 games of football in his professional career.   After a number of loans in England on 8 August 2016, Frimpong signed two-year contract with Arsenal Tula in Russia, and then AFC Eskilstuna in Sweden..   On 17 ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-25By Tony Attwood
    4 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Gedion Zelalem?
    On this day in 2017 Gedion Zelalem, for a long time predicted to be one of the young players who would come through Arsenal’s ranks and do extremely well with the club, was loaned to VVV Venlo. He had seemed to be making a major comeback from injury when on ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-24By Tony Attwood
    4 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Jermaine Pennant?
    On this day in 2005, Jermain Pennant crashed his car, and gave the police his name as Ashley Cole. His final club was Billericay Town in 2017.  Then in October 2018, he appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show having recently written an autobiography, Mental: Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truths and the ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-23By Tony Attwood
    4 weeks ago
  • Whatever happened to Matthew Upson?
    After joining Arsenal from Luton town in 1997 Matthew Upson played 35 times for Arsenal, and made loan spells to Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading before moving on to the two main clubs of his career, Birmingham City (on this day in 2003) and West Ham.   He later played ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-22By Tony Attwood
    4 weeks ago
  • What ever happened to Sven Mislintat?
    Sven Mislintat joined Arsenal in November 2017 with the brief of developing the way Arsenal worked in the transfer market, and during his 14 month tenure brought in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. However he fell out with the club after it was decided to ... read more
    Source: Woolwich ArsenalPublished on 2020-01-21By Tony Attwood
    4 weeks ago