Former Arsenal legend Robert PiresÂ madeÂ his second outing in an FC Goa shirt today taking on India’s Under 19 team as the ex-Gunner continues his attempts to regain form and fitness ahead of the launch of the Indian Soccer League later this month.
PiresÂ was the centre of attraction today as FC Goa hammered the Indian Under 19 team 4-0 in a practice match today. Continue reading
In an age where analytics and strategy rule every single decision made in the real world, there is little room for that magical element called luck.
However, if Arsenal are going to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane this Sunday, they are going to need to do more than just play the better football, they are going to need to do more than just stop Gareth Bale, they are going to need to do more than put in an error-free defensive showing, they are going to need that little bit of divine inspiration which can so often be the difference between success and failure – more often called dumb luck. Continue reading
North-London has been a breeding ground for football folklore down the years and Arsenal, a club with a proud history and an unmatched desire to win, have been at the forefront of English football in general since their inception. Arsenal’s history is full of memorable victories and trophies, from the Invincible 2004-05 season to the famed 1930 FA Cup victory and the 1971 League and Cup double, the North London club have had an eventful past. Here’s a look at some of the Cup finals won by the Gunners.
Arsenal defeated Huddersfield Town by 2-0 to lift the FA Cup for the first time back in 1930. Goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert were enough to help the North London side lift the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history and the mastermind behind the triumph was their iconic manager Herbert Chapman. Huddersfield Town had previously reached great heights under Chapman and the teams entered the pitch side-by-side for the first time in football history in the honour of the Gunners boss. The other noticeable event in the match was the Graf Zeppelin, the largest airship at the time, looming over the stadium in the first half. Continue reading
1925-1934: The Chapman era
Henry Norris tempted the manager of then champions Huddersfield Town, Herbert Chapman, with a mega-money offer to take up the reins at Arsenal. Chapman’s first order of business was to purchase prolific Sunderland striker Charlie Buchan. The manager also adopted the WM formation at Arsenal to compensate for the change in offside rule.
Chapman’s effect at Arsenal was almost immediate as the Gunners came within touching distance of their first major silverware, finishing 2nd in the First Division in 1925/26. The next season saw them reach the final of the FA Cup where they lost to Cardiff City by a 1-0 scoreline. Continue reading