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GOTP Special: Good old Arsenal

Arsenal’s Thierry Henry takes a corner during Arsenal’s last game at Highbury. Photo: PA

GOTP first visited Arsenal in 1971 and down the years, trips to Highbury and the Emirates were always enjoyable, even in the days of 1-0 to the Arsenal. It’s a club that has always been seen as “class”, from the old marble halls to the Wenger-built teams of more recent times.

I was lucky to speak to Ted Drake back in the 1970s when he was scouting for Fulham and although I mainly talked about his time at Chelsea, I knew enough about the mighty Arsenal of the 1930s to ask him about that glorious time. He was a “gent” as they say.

I always knew what was going on at Arsenal, mainly due to the fact I had a school pal who was a Gunners fan. I shared with him the club’s unexpected and destinal “double” season and over the years met Arsenal players like Charlie George, Frank McClintock, Terry Neill, George Armstrong, John Jensen, Pat Rice, Bob Wilson, John Radford, Ian Allinson, Kenny Sansom and others. There’s always been deep respect for the club and its history.

So here’s a selection of articles about the Gunners:

March 8, 2017: Gunners need a band-aid, but do they know it’s crisis?
Getting relative about the state of a giant club falling short.

February 22, 2017: Sutton’s night and Arsenal’s plight
Reflection of the FA Cup tie at Gander Green Lane and Wenger’s position

February 8, 2017: Arsenal 1968-70 –The Mee too generation
The team that led to the double of 1971

March 23, 2015: Whatever happened to Arsenal’s greatest fan?
Memories of Joe Waters, a “loyal Gooner” before the term was invented.

December 26, 2014: Arsenal 1934-35 – the Art Deco club
One of Arsenal’s greatest teams, from a golden era.

August 18, 2014: A solution to the new “Arsenal stadium mystery”
In response to the missing season ticket holders.

October 2, 2013: Life in the O-zone
Arsenal v Napoli seen through the eyes of a neutral

 

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