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About Positively Arsenal

Positively Arsenal was created in January 2013 to provide a platform for like-minded Arsenal fans to come together to enjoy their magnificent football club. We who post on PA choose to celebrate the excitement of the football played, the quality of the players, coaches and the manager, and the exhilaration that the attacking style of Wengerball in its pure form. We cheer victory, we commiserate in defeat. We seek the positive and are never despondent. Three years on from PA’s birth, 700 articles, 65,000 comments and half a million visitors suggest it was worth doing. PA will provide an oasis of support amidst, at times, an ocean of doom and hysterical misery.

 

If you are a fan of the club who needs to vent their frustration by denouncing players who are “Notfittoweartheshirt”, or who delights disparaging the efforts of manager, and the club’s coaches then the site is probably not for you. If you are an expert in the football transfer market, in sports medicine, in the mechanics of running a £1 billion sports business etcetera then it may be that PA is an insufficient platform for that abundance of your accumulated knowledge. There are many other blogs on which you will be much, much more at home.

 

To enjoy supporting Arsenal is a choice. Choose wisely.

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  1. This is the work of our very own Andy Nic.

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  2. Well said that man

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  3. I personnally feel that were the grass to be cut just 2mm shorter at the Emirates our free flowing football would have a 0.003% greater passing accuracy which would(possibly),result in us winning the League/cup and CL every year,thus hopefully with our success,the board would be able to reduce season ticket prices to everyone to £3-65p and a free Kit Kat.

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  4. Well said that man! I have been promoting the same philosophy on JustArsenal. There are too many hate-filled so-called “supporters” in this world. We can live without that negativity in our lives…..

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  5. Gentlemen (and Ladies?), at the end of another most enjoyable season, with (as is invariably the case) a great many more highs than lows for our boys, I just want to say how much I enjoy the musings on this website. Living in a time when everything is hyperbolic, with our players/manager being either “brilliant” or “rubbish”, and being instantly disposable if they happen to be the latter – even if only a week ago they were the former – PA is a wonderful and much needed tonic. It restores my faith in the beautiful game and in at least some of my fellow supporters. Please don’t get me wrong in terms of my passion for our great club: I care hugely about how the team performs (more so than I care to admit for a fully grown and ageing man) and regularly kick the metaphorical cat, but that doesn’t make me blind to what’s going on. For a start, we cannot compete with those teams that have unlimited funds and who can simply write off huge, mistaken, investments on players without so much as a bat of an eyelid – or letter from the bank manager… It remains to be seen whether these teams will still be around many years from now. People all too easily forget that football is these days a multi-million (indeed billion) £££ business and brand. Arsenal, thankfully, is an exceptionally well run club, with Mr W running things from the bottom to the top, but whose undoubted passion for the game and our club is never blind to the realities of running a business. For Arsenal is a business and therefore subject to the vagaries of the business world. And woe betide anyone that chooses to ignore this. Leeds anyone?? And there will be others for sure in the years ahead. (Mr Micawber would would have a field day!) Going off on a tangent as I frequently do these days, Mr W does not have to respond every time there is a defeat on whether we therefore need to improve the “spine” of the team and/or sign a “30 goals a season injury-free player”/or sign that wonderfully named but frustratingly elusive “defensive midfield player”. It’s as if one player will herald the dawn of endless victories and conquests. We dream on. And nowadays a crisis, at least in the minds of many, means a single home defeat – and heaven help us if there are two consecutive defeats. This is irrespective of the nature of the opposition and whether they had the audacity to play well. Or of the vagaries of good & bad fortune on the day. Or of injuries. Or of the great many other variables that make the great game so unpredictable – and great. Anyway, enough for me. Thank you everyone.

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  6. That is mere confection I think Philbet !

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  7. Much obliged JA and Stephen – call again at any time

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  8. Stephen, that was a brilliant submission and a fair representation of how we all on this sunshine bus feel (George, eh, please forgive my taking the liberty to speak for “all of us”). You’re very much welcome to the PA family, Stephen and justarsenal.

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  9. By George! Three years and counting. What an achievement!

    I remember when the boss kicked this effort off and rounded up those of like-mind who were alienated from another blog to join in. While I believed there was a place for a shared on-line journal dedicated to positively supporting the club especially the absolutely brilliant way we strive to play (Wengerball) and the mature, sustainable manner in which the club was being managed, I often wondered if we had the writer or writers to sustain a daily blog.

    There is an old maxim, “needs must”. Such mantras exist because they are eternal truths. Such it has been PA. I think the boss did a thing or two for the old blog but in general almost none of us had ever written a blog before. Now Stew’s game previews and Andrew Nicholl’s take on the actual proceedings are mandatory reading. I am proud to be among those who are occasional contributors, playing second fiddle to some fine writers who have made PA a unique oasis in the Arsenal blogsphere where sensationalism, clickbaiting and counterfactual speculation have become the order of the day.

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to England was a one-hour long conversation with the boss. I already gave PA a report but something George shared with me that I thing is the secret to our continued success; he said unlike others, this is a blog by supporters not merely for supporters. Thing about that for a minute.

    Happy birthday PA!

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  10. As an occasional visitor I am pleased that Positively Arsenal consistently lives up to its name, and well done to all the regular PA bloggers for that, and for achieving another blog anniversary.

    I am an ‘occasional’ visitor because I would be less than honest if I said that I, too, was always in a positive mood, or avoided unwanted despondency, but sadly my emotions can occasionally get the better of me because I always want the Gunners to win, despite common sense telling me that football is a game that mirrors life, and having such expectations is quite unrealistic.

    Still, it is always a pleasure to read the comments of other bloggers, who are no doubt just as disappointed as me, but remain stoical and upbeat in the face of occasional setbacks.

    Keep it up, guys.

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  11. I guess the previous comment may have seemed to be an admission of personal perpetual gloom, but that would not be the case – and here is something that sums up my over-riding feelings for my team:

    Ode to Arsenal:

    Never found a four leaf clover
    To bring good luck to me
    No rabbit’s foot, no lucky star
    No magic wishing tree
    But I got lucky, yes, I got lucky
    When I found you.

    Got no rainbow around my shoulder
    No horseshoe on my door
    But I got you to follow alright
    And who could ask for more
    Oh, I got lucky, yes, I got lucky
    When I found you

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  12. I sense you retain the capacity to enjoy football H – that is the key ingredient

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  13. Hi anicoll,

    I do – I love my team – and that will never change!

    It is a pity that the emotions of some fans spills over to unwarranted criticism – and that is difficult to accept sometimes.

    But when I found Arsenal — I really did get lucky!!

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  14. HenryB – Welcome back. Long time no see. Don’t let them wear you down with their downward counterfactuals. PA and Stew in particular has a knack giving us an upward focus even when we are in a slump. We have every reason to believe we will move from 2nd to 1st next year.

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  15. AndyNic, sock it to malcontents!

    There is only one team, with a superior record to the Arsenal, during the English Premier League existence. I can verify that fact, as I have all the tables from the Premier League site. I have done the maths.

    Only 2 teams have played the same number of games in the old First Division and now, the English Premier League. Liverpool, have won more games than the Arsenal. I will accept that table as the gospel. Everton, according to the same source, has played more games in the top divisions.

    Type in composite premier league tables, in google. Simples.

    For those who dislike the way the English Premier League, has developed, leave!

    Boreham Wood, where the Arsenal Ladies play, has 300 or so supporters. Come sun, rain, snow and frost. There are countless other teams, the highlight of the seasons, will always be the FA Cup, or similar.

    The Arsenal have played 924 games, Won 502, Drawn 241 and Lost 181. Goals for 1,621, Goals against 867, Goal difference 754 and Points won 1,747.

    A new stadium, and a new majority owner, to boot!

    COTG

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  16. Sir Wilsh ‏@SirWilsh 2h2 hours ago
    29 goals for club and country this season for Oli.

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  17. You must be kidding. 29 goals for club and country by that useless French lamp-post. But what if we had Benzema. Shucks he scored 1 goal less for club while allegedly blackmailing his team mates.

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  18. Giroud has 15 goals in 48 internationals for France, which by the way is the exact same as Benzema had after 48 caps.

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  19. Get in! What a post. I wish I could have contributed more in the last 3 years. The fact that you guys do what you do gives me encouragement alone.

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  20. He’s shit giroud! He can’t make massive volleys look sublime and piss easy at all. Also he’s not the greatest near post flick on specialist ever to walk the planet.

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  21. Notoverthehill,
    You cannot count Everton as the world knows the goalkeeping bungs that were exposed in the 80s kept them up at the expense of Sheffield utd.
    I still think the fact that Sheffield never tried to claim compensation meant they were probably paid off.
    Three years and this place is still rocking not just virtually but more and more in reality with the meet ups so many have enjoyed. Thanks to everyone for making my ARSENAL experience a much better one.

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  22. Bang on A5.

    Happy Birthday Positively Arsenal, and thanks.

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  23. Rosicky and Cech is enough for czech’s to be my second team at the European oo jars.

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  24. Jack’s in, Tomas, Petr, Laurent, Giroo, Hector, Mesut, Aaron ( hair and all), Xhaka, Szcz

    Ten players, ten Gooners – welcome to the Euros

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  25. Plus ö.

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  26. Oh right. You actually included him in that massive list of 10 names. I just missed it.

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  27. He glided in like a ghost Els

    Anyone know if Poldi is playing – not an Arsenal player but I still like him ?

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  28. Xhaka in the No. 16 shirt did not last long, AFC have announced that he will in fact wear the No. 29 shirt.

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  29. POLDI IS LISTED…

    hes one of cos cos he celebrated our second place like any proper gunner should have!

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  30. the malcontents like to misrepresent what is said by anyone connected with AFC, nothing highlights this more than their claims that

    1. Nicky Bendtner said “he was the greatest striker in the world”, when he said it was his aspiration to be “the greatest striker in the world”.
    2. Wenger said “4th is a trophy”, when he said “it was like a trophy”

    So when they go out of their way to do this over and over, even when the truth of the actual NB and AW statements are pointed out to them, is it any wonder they misrepresent the major stuff too.

    As for promises or statements made by the club, of course the club muddied the waters on many things, and also did not correct misconceptions, as it would not have served the club to acknowledge they were in a position of weakness.

    AFC many times, during the lean years after the stadium move, said we could buy a “£40M” player, now many fans decided that this meant if we could sign a £40M player, it must mean we had at least twice that to spend in total, when the truth was that AFC had an overdraft type arrangement with the banks, that would mean if AFC wanted they could draw down, I think it was, £50M, now AFC probably never wanted to put the club in an extra £40M or £50M of debt, and only had the option as a fail safe. Remember we needed to make CL 3 out of 5 years, the overdraft was probably in case we did not make CL enough times. Now the club saying we could sign a £40M player, was factually correct, what they did not say was we don’t intend doing so. Now whose fault is it that some fans, even now that the facts are more known, have a go at the club and Wenger over not signing a £40M player in the lean years, and in fact several of them.

    One thing that the malcontents hate to hear about, is the fact that in the Summer of 2004, the summer of the Invincibles, Arsenal unbeaten league Champions, came within a couple of weeks of defaulting on the players wages, when you consider this and the stadium move, the effect CFC were having on inflating wages and transfer fees, the economic down turn, and you can really see the context of why AFC acted how they did during the lean years, and why the overdraft was not called down.
    I would go as far as to say that coming so close to defaulting on the wages, had a crippling effect on Arsenal’s thinking and way of running the club, it made the club risk averse, maybe well beyond the time of real risk.

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  31. this is going to boil the piss of the malcontents

    WENGER – MANAGERS HAVE TO STAY STRONG

    Arsène Wenger says managers must always remain open to new ideas – but also have the strength to stick to their footballing principles.
    The Arsenal manager will celebrate 20 years at the club in September, and has been widely credited with revolutionising English football.
    Wenger has also had to endure criticism during his time in England, but says he always had the courage of his convictions.

    Wenger on youth development
    image: http://player.arsenal.com/videos/images/dotcom_article/0c9b2c4bba72b905f3199b96a453c430?thumbIndex=7
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    “We are in a job where the result dictates the beliefs and judgments of other people,” the manager told the Arsenal Magazine. “So you need to be strong and take a distance from that, to stick to your beliefs. I believe a good manager is not somebody who only has great ideas.

    “That’s the difference between managers and intellectuals. A good manager is someone who has his own ideas of how football should be played, but after that he also needs the guts and courage to take the decisions, to play the kind of football he wants to play. That’s where the hurdles start.

    “That’s the difference with an intellectual – a guy who has great ideas, which everybody agrees with, but after that, we have to carry out the practical side of it too, and to have the courage to go on the pitch and say, ‘This is what I believe, and this is what I will do’.

    “A manager is somebody who looks inside themselves and thinks, ‘What do I love to do? What do I want to do?’ If what he does is not copied artificially from somebody else, but is what he deeply feels is his right philosophy, then he will have the strength to fight for it and put his head up there, playing the way he wants to.
    “So you can be inspired by others, but after taking all the outside influences, you have to make your own analysis of what you really want.”

    Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

    Read more at http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20160601/wenger-managers-have-to-stay-strong?#Ao5YPLyhvXbvhPwM.99

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  32. good posting eduardo792. Are you in the roving trenches correspondent role?

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  33. Since 1996 we have had Wenger and Leeds are just about to appoint their 23rd manager

    Boring, boring Arsenal

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  34. Anicoll fantastic, and what should be regarded as nothing but a positive. For me the marketing department should have been hanging everything off the stability of the club for a long time. Massively playing on the fact that we have a highly respected and long time serving manager that has been the main draw for players such as Ozil, Sanchez, Ramsey, Xhaka…

    We see glimpses of this but it’s handed to us as an extra little bonus in press releases. It should be discussed and the main angle of all of the signings that have been due to the fact that players WANT to play for Wenger. He is the main asset of this club and it should be owned. The time has passed many years ago, that this would be accepted within the fan base. It’s criminal that it’s been allowed to happen. If they were sure they wanted to keep him then turn the guy into a fucking super star. It’s proven that the malcontents are easily swayed. The clubs voice could and should have been the loudest thing they heard. And the voice should have been much more pro Wenger.

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  35. I’m at home convalescing after a hernia opp. I’m spoilt for choice for Arsenal matches to watch on Arsenal player. Any recommendations?

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  36. Oh no mate. Not good. I had a hernia op when I was 18. Get well.

    Matches: this season or all time?

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  37. The Manure game was more than nice.

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  38. Els-Nenny

    All time. I’m quite uncomfortable at the moment. Nothing that some Wengerball won’t cure!

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  39. GP, get well soon. I’ve had an eye operation this morning so I too am convalescing. It obviously shows our dedication to have our ops out of season.
    I’m reading”The ARSENAL Yank” out of my right eye although cos of my patch my glasses are falling of my nose.
    My recommendations would have to be manure at home and city away both great games for different reasons.

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  40. Another year older (that’s PA), another year wiser (that’s me).

    I hv grown to admire the independent thinking and consummate analysis of the club and players on this site. You do it in the most appreciative and competent manner, providing a holistic perspective to the Arsenal support.

    Hopefully we’ll share the next birthday celebrating some bling.

    Keep on growing from strength to strength

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  41. Get well soon George. Some Wengerball on Arsenal Player should keep you in good spirits.

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  42. Any of the 5pur2s matches could be good for a laugh.

    The Leicester homage to 5pur2s from earlier this season, either contest with Leicester.

    If you want to watch a gritty deeeefensive exhibition the likes of which AFC are and have been apparently incapable you could revisit the 0-1 defeat of Tottenham (nevermind the football eh?) courtesy of their chief tormentor, Pires’ heir Rosicky. The victories against Munich. The contests with Dortmund were crackers too…

    Get well soon!

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  43. Keep your pecker up GP.

    Bayern at the Ems would be my choice on Arseplayer as it pitted us against the best team we played last season and who played some superb football in the first half. We resisted until we sprang the trap and hammered them. The game was still on a knife edge until the second went in during time added on – marvellous football.

    If you get bored with Arseplayer check out some much older Arsenal games on YouTube – there are loads of the BIG MATCH from the 70s ( Brian, Brian, Brian Moore, Brian Moore, Brian Moore, Brian, Brian Brian Moore Oh Brian, Brian Moore ……………….Oh W…………. ) which you will have seen before on a wet Sunday afternoon.

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  44. Yeah I remember a Hernia op not being all that much fun. Turns out you don’t have to move much for it to be pulled.

    What about the 2003 Inter game? Oh yes that was nice.

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  45. Eye op!!!! That’s almost an “a yup” I hear at lot up here! Get well soon mate.

    I’m going through the highlights of all the games mentioned. Wow, what great togger we play!

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  46. els-nenny I would disagree that the club should make more about Wenger being the reason why players want to join AFC, at some point AW will no longer be AFC manager, and if we go overboard on putting him as they reason why players want to join AFC, when he goes, it would all ring very hollow. Arsenal FC is a massive, club, first and foremost that should be the reason why players want to join us, if having Wenger as manger is the icing on the cake for these players, then fine and dandy, but we would be wrong to say too much about it, and make it look like AW is bigger than AFC.

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