Quotes About Arsenal

Here’s a great selection of quotes about Arsenal from club players, rival players, coaches, rival coaches and more. I’ve split them up into 2 categories: funny and inspirational. Here we go…

Funny Arsenal Quotes

“We nearly didn’t sign him because the letters did not fit on his shirt” (David Dein on buying Giovanni Van Bronckhorst)

“I was a scorer of great goals. Great own goals” (Steve Bould)

“I told my son John that Howard Wilkinson wanted Daddy to play for England. He told my daughter Olivia and they had tears in their eyes as they asked me, ‘does that mean you’re not going to play for Arsenal anymore?’” (Lee Dixon explains his international call-up to the offspring)

“I started clapping myself, until I realised that I was Sunderland’s manager” (Peter Reid impressed by a Bergkamp goal against his side)

“It sounds ridiculous, but I always put my watch into the right pocket of my trousers. If anybody wants to nick it, they’ll know where to look now I suppose” (Steve Bould reveals his superstition)

“Arsenal have got as much chance of being handed the title by Spurs as I have of being given the crown jewels” (Spurs captain Alan Mullery before the last match of the 1971 season when AFC won a league/cup double)

“I think I list my barnet flicking the ball on for all them years at the near post from Brian Marwood’s corners” (Steve Bould explains why he lived up to his name and lost his hair)

“I never thought of taking him off. It’s nothing to worry about, it gives the face character” (George Graham after Andy Linighan suffered a broken nose in the 1993 FA Cup final)

“I was once fined £5,000 for calling Coventry fans wankers. Best £5,000 I ever spent” (Ian Wright, Wright, Wright)

“People say why did I lie on the floor after the goal, they said I was tired. But I think I was a lot cleverer than people thought” (Charlie George explains his time-wasting after scoring the winning goal in the 1971 FA Cup final)

“Everyone thinks he is a nice guy, but he is a son of a bitch” (Patrick Vieira has a subtle dig at Ruud Van Nistelrooy)

“Ray is without doubt the funniuest player I’ve ever trained with. It’s so important to have players such as Ray involved with the group, for his contribution on the field and his spirit off it. I only which I could understand more of what he says” (Gilles Grimandi admires the Romford Pele, Ray Parlour)

Inspiring Arsenal Quotes

“I would not normally say this as a family man, but I am going to ask you for the sake of this football club to put your family second for the next month. You have the chance to put your names in the record books for all time” (Bertie Mee addresses the players when they beat Stoke in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final replay)

“Other clubs never came into my thoughts once I knew Arsenal wanted to sign me” (Denis Bergkamp became England’s most expensive soccer player when he moved to AFC for £7.5 million)

“My first football memory was Charlie George’s goal to win the Double in 1971. After that game I decided to become an Arsenal fan” (Paul Davis, AFC midfielder, describes the origin of his love for the club)

“Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them. By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies, they won that respect that the opponent has for them” (Special praise can come from the most unlikely of places – Jose Mourinho salutes Arsenal)

“Look at the way teams play against Arsenal. They don’t believe they can win. They don’t believe” (Jose Mourinho again. But why don’t the other clubs believe? Because Arsenal are so good!)

“They talk about Bobby Moore and Dave Mackay as great captains, but for my money McLintock is more inspiring than either of them” (AFC coach Don Howe)

“Once an Arsenal man, always an Arsenal man” (Goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson)

“I think we can go a whole season unbeaten” (Arsene Wenger, 2002)

“We do not buy superstars, we make them” (Arsene Wenger on his football philosophy)

I hope you enjoyed this compilation of quotes about Arsenal. Which is your favourite from the selection above? If you have any more, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Have fun,

Soccer Geek