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Two years ago today Bernd Leno signed for Arsenal

On this day two years ago, Bernd Leno signed a five-year contract with Arsenal having played 233 games for Bayer Leverkusen between 2011 and 2018.

He played his first game in a 4-2 win against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League and his Premier League debut in the 2–0 home victory over Watford, replacing Petr Čech, who picked up an injury in the first-half.

Here are all the anniversaries for today.

19 June 1913: Wally Hardinge joined from Sheffield United.  He was a first class cricketer scoring 33,519 runs and playing in one test match.  He played the two pre-war seasons at Highbury and the first post-war season and retired in 1921.

19 June 1921: The annual census was undertaken in Britain.  For the first time individuals in a household could make separate confidential returns if they wished rather than have the “head of the household” answer for everyone.

19 June 1933: Len Julians born.  His first club was Walthamstow Avenue, followed by Leyton Orient whom he joined in 1955. After 66 games and 35 goals, it was not surprising that Arsenal would come knocking.  Len passed away on 17 December 1993

19 June 1944: Death of Herbert Roberts aged just 39.  He worked as a trainer for Arsenal’s reserves and then joined the Royal Fusiliers in the war.  He died while on active service and was buried at Southgate Cemetery.

19 June 1993: Martin Keown, Paul Merson, Nigel Winterburn and Ian Wright played for England in a defeat 2-1 to Germany.

19 June 1998:  David Grodin signed from AS Saint-Étienne.  He only played one league game with Arsenal and went on a series of loans before being sold to the last of these: Dunfermline.   

19 June 2001: Gio van Bronckhorst signed from Rangers for £8.5m.  He played 42 games for Arsenal before going on loan, then transferring permanently, to Barcelona.  He ended his playing career with Feyenoord with whom he then moved into management leaving them in 2019.

19 June 2007: Jeremie Aliadiere sold to Middlesbrough for £2m.  He played 78 times for them before moving on to Lorient.  In 2014 he moved onto the  Qatari side Umm Salal.  He appears to have retired from football in 2017, but apparently remains in touch with Arsene Wenger.

19 June 2009: Thomas Vermaelen signed from Ajax.  He went on to play 110 league games for Arsenal and became club captain, but then injuries struck and after the 2014 Cup victory (for which he was an unused sub) he moved to Barcelona.  He appears to have retired from football totally in 2017, when he got married.

19 June 2018: Bernd Leno was announced as signing from Bayer Leverkusen.  He started the season on the bench for Arsenal but after Cech was seen to be having problems with playing out from the back, Leno took over as the first choice keeper. 

19 June 2018: Jack Wilshere confirmed his departure from Arsenal.

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