Book Review: The Arsenal Reports 2003/04 Volume 16

Last updated : 18 October 2004 By Brian Dawes

Being a lazy so-and-so I just can't be bothered to collect my team's press cuttings for an entire season and am quite happy to leave the job to Dave. Each season he puts the whole lot together in a single magazine style volume which is just so much neater than a pile of newspapers which will eventually get demoted to your loft, cellar, spare-room or even under the bed. To be rediscovered only when you move house. The annual collection is always an interesting read, even when we don't win anything but in season's such as our latest one it's a joy to read and fun to browse though.

The latest edition is much bigger than last season's and weighs in at ninety-eight pages, about twenty of which are actually in colour. The style, as I've already mentioned is an A4 magazine type format. Essentially it's a book of newspaper clippings, which have been thoughtfully collected and collated to produce a memorable record of the season's highs, lows, headlines and in this case, records. So now you can once again relive our most recent record-shattering, Premiership-winning season. It covers every match together with lots of additional background articles, which act as a reflection of what was going on off the pitch as well as on it. The ‘red tops' and self styled ‘quality press' all get a look in here and the total package gives you the players, the pictures, the passion, the play, the plot and all the principle stories doing the rounds in 2003-4.

Any of these headlines ring a bell? Swiss wunderkind has Highbury in his heart, Lehmann signs on to become the new Seaman, Wenger: My Underdogs, Arsenal hit by Taylor KO fear, Crisis? What Crisis?, Arsenal pay for lack of spending power, We're the team of tomorrow, A Riverside stroll for Henry and Co, Wenger's blast lifts Arsenal, Arsenal give to the poor, Italians silence Gunners, Mad, bad mayhem, You Cheat, Hit these thugs with hefty bans, Lokomotiv points failure, Henry accepts Cudicini's gift, Arsenal flops are burned to a frazzle, Wiltord redeems himself, Arsenal hit by FA crackdown, Wenger's gamble pays big dividends, Arsenal show resolve, No Silva lining for Gunners, Siro to Hero, Arsenal rise from the ashes, Arsenal hit high five again, How superkids made the world of difference, £10m kitty for Wenger - and Reyes is top of the shopping list, Young Gunners find their range, Highbury is home says Henry, Radzinski puts breaks on Arsenal, Bloodied Thierry whistles up storm, Bentley arrives to apply gloss finish, Crazy Dog adds bite to Arsenal, Arsenal seal move for £21m Spanish star, Top stuff Thierry, Henry hits hundred at double, Reyes the eraser, Gunbeatable - Gunstoppable - Gunbelievable, Wenger toasts Arsenal gamble on move to £357m home, Ruthless Gunners in their pomp, Plain-sailing for Arsenal as Henry sinks Celta, Focus is key for Arsenal's endgame, Nervous Arsenal equal record, The games of destiny, Bob the builder, This hurt but we'll bounce back, A Bridge too far for Wenger's men, A very Good Friday, Point of order as Arsenal close in, Four-star Henry stuns Leeds, No better place to take title, Tottcha!, Champions, Style with a touch of madness, Unbeatable Gunners are just a class apart, Arsenal united in triumph, Reyes foils brave Portsmouth, Van der Sar howler puts Arsenal one match from immortality, Wenger destiny, Legend of the gun, Immortal, The Untouchables, Triumph of the Immortals.

Brings back all sorts of memories doesn't it? And most of them good ones, well that's the idea and at £9.95 I'd say it's an excellent way to do it.

Available from: Memorabilia Stall (Gillespie Road, Highbury) on matchdays, or by mail from D Bissmire, 237 Wendover Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 9PB (add £1 per edition for postage and packing, £2 EU, £3 rest of the world). Some previous editions of ‘The Arsenal Reports' are still available I believe.