ARSENAL IN 2008: A hellish April and a 'respectable' May
Jem Maidment continues his quarterly review of the year APRIL A hellish month for the Gunners. They produce a superb display but lose 4-2 at Liverpool to go out of the Champions League 5-3 on aggregate. And their title bid ends five days later when they
Jem Maidment continues his quarterly review of the year
A hellish month for the Gunners. They produce a superb display but lose 4-2 at Liverpool to go out of the Champions League 5-3 on aggregate. And their title bid ends five days later when they are beaten 2-1 at leaders Manchester United.
Again, the Gunners were hugely unfortunate after a spirited performance. Wenger says: "It is hard to swallow that we won't win the league... (but) we have to continue to produce the football we produce. We will not always be so unlucky..."
Cesc Fabregas is named PFA Player of the Year. Along with Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Adebayor, he makes the PFA Team of the Year - Arsenal having more representatives than any other club.
Meanwhile, Wenger attacks Inter for their public pursuit of Alex Hleb. "I think it is disrespectful. It is illegal," he said.
- 1 Five jailed after 'cold blooded' murder of Enfield father
- 2 Revealed: Your favourite fish and chip shop in north London
- 3 Crouch End pub ransacked and charity money stolen
- 4 Hampstead Town's first Labour councillor stands down weeks into office
- 5 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Street parties and road closures in Haringey
- 6 Camden woman in running for Miss Universe Germany
- 7 Belsize Park phone box transformed into art gallery by prep school pupils
- 8 Maskless passengers on London trains and buses fined 4,000 times
- 9 Man jailed for membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action
- 10 O2 Centre development: MP Tulip Siddiq 'concerned' by plans
The league campaign ends with 1-0 wins over Everton and Sunderland.
"We finish with 83 points which is respectable," says Wenger, "I have won titles with less."
Jens Lehmann finally leaves for VfB Stuttgart after an emotional farewell at The Emirates against the Toffees.
Mathieu Flamini, now a free agent, opts to take the money and move to AC Milan.
Arsenal Ladies complete another domestic double with a 4-1 win over Leeds in the FA Cup final. Boss Vic Akers said: "That is three times in a row [we have won the cup] and we have now set the record of nine finals, and we have won all of them - I am so proud of what we have achieved."
Former Gunner Derek Tapscott, who spoke to Ham&High Sport on the 50th anniversary of scoring the last ever domestic goal against the Busby Babes earlier in the season, passed away.
The Welshman was 75. His death comes as another star from the Principality, Aaron Ramsay, completes his move from Cardiff to Arsenal.
Wenger said: "He is still only 17, but has already shown that he is a very intelligent and mature player with great quality."
Fabregas stars for Spain in their Euro 2008 triumph in Austria - the nation's first major honour since 1964.