Has Arsenal’s defensive midfield issue been (partially) solved?

12/1/15 By She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

I remember travelling down to the West Ham away match just after Christmas. The Arsenal team news broke and Arsene Wenger had decided to partner Francis Coquelin and Mathieu Flamini in the middle of the park. Unsurprisingly, he came in for some stick. Arsenal won 2-1......

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In Defence of Wojciech Szczesny

8/1/15 By She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

So I think we can all agree that Wojciech Szczesny has been a silly boy after the last few days.

Rumours circulated a couple of days ago from ex-Gunner John Jenson that the goal keeper was facing a huge fine and had been told he would not play again this season after a huge row with Arsene Wenger. This was denied by Arsenal.

Yesterday, it was then reported that Szczesny had been fined by Arsenal for smoking in the shower........

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Arsenal and the African Cup of Nations

Whilst watching yesterday’s match between Wimbledon MK Dons AFC Wimbledon and Liverpool, the commentator mentioned that it would be Kolo Toure’s last game for Liverpool before joining up with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations. This got me thinking what affect the bi-annual tournament will have on Arsenal this year.

Previous years, the African Cup of Nations has derailed our season, with us providing players in every tournament since 2000, peaking at 4 in 2006......

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2 out at Arsenal but will any be coming in?


See it seems this morning that both Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo are set to leave Arsenal on loan until the end of the season to Inter Milan and Bordeaux respectively. What began as a reply on the She Wore Facebook page has ended up growing into a blog on the matter.

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Our humble beginnings begin in the early days of footballing forums somewhere in the mid to late 90’s. As ‘Arseonline’ we were the Arsenal message board on online football communityRivals.net (some might remember them being the sponsor of Dream Team’s Harchester United) where we shared space with all 92 football clubs.

For some time, Rivals.net was the largest independent multi-club football message board which then saw it incorporated into the 365 Media Group, also containing Football365.

Under the stewardship of ‘LordHillWood’ and Ike’ the board became one of the most popular independent sites amongst Arsenal fans.

In 2007, BSkyB bought out the 365 Media Group and within days, the message board formats were changed without asking its users. This lead to a revolt and scores of board administrators departing in an attempt to set-up replicas of the former Rivals.net boards, where the cross-board banter and ‘raids’ were legendary.

One of the more successful of these break away boards was FansOnline.net, set up by Middlesbrough fans. With Rivals.net on its last legs, the users of Arseonline took the decision to take themselves to the new site. Sky soon decided to take down the Rivals.net message board, claiming ‘lack of revenue from the network,’ although many users thought this was always the plan, with Sky buying a rival in the hope of buying their user base.

With a new board came a new name. The users base decided on She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and for the next 6 years, sat happily within the FansOnline.net network. Alongside the move, Ike and LordHillWood took a step back, with Gooner_sx/Riders_of_the_night/GC coming in to oversee the site.

In December 2007, the facebook page was founded, and in 2010, the twitter feed became live. Sadly, these were to cause another change. With IT departments blocking sports sites and facebook and twitter removing the need for a message board. Gradually, the useage of the board reduced, with many of the ‘regulars’ talking their football through other means.

The site became little more then a hosting site for the articles written by GC, KeenosAFC and other contributers. In 2011, we proudly got our banner in the stadium. You can usually see it in the North-East corner.

A group of fans with different opinions, each blog is written by a different contributor with different views. It is what makes us unique. Some of us are Wenger loyalists. Others won’t go to another game until he is gone. But we all have one thing in common. We all want the best for The Arsenal. We just sometimes disagree what the best is…

In the summer of 2013, the decision was made to break away from FansOnline and start a dedicated Arsenal blog, SheWore.com

Arsenal Review: 2014

So what a roller coaster of a year 2014 has been then.

After being the form team of 2013, with just 5 league defeats in the calendar year, we entered 2014 top of the league and with out 1st realistic chance of winning the league since 2007/08.

After winning the first 3 games of 2014, Arsenal then went on a run of just 3 wins in 11 league games. The league title was thrown away.

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