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On this day Arsenal sold Martin Keown – and other anniversaries

Today’s anniversaries are below…

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And here are … the anniversaries

9 June 1928: Jack Lee  who had won the London Combination with Arsenal transferred to Chesterfield.  He had come from Horndon Athletic and played just seven times in the 1926/7 season for Arsenal as outside left before moving on.

9 June 1984: John “Alex” Mackie died.  He played for Portsmouth in two cup finals after leaving Arsenal, and later for Northampton and Sittingbourne before retiring from football at the outbreak of war.

9 June 1986: Martin Keown sold to Aston Villa after George Graham decided that Keown was not good enough to play for Arsenal.  Upon his return in 1993 he went onto play 310 games winning three league championships and three FA Cups.

9 June 1993: Dixon and Wright played for England in their defeat by 2-0 to the USA in the US Cup. 

9 June 1999: Fabián Caballero, who had been on loan to Arsenal from Cerro Porteño  returned to his club before moving on to Sol de América   He only played one league game for Arsenal, but in 2000 returned to the UK to play over 100 games for Dundee. 

9 June 1999: Remi Garde announced his retirement having won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 having played 31 games.  He went into management and later became manager of Lyon and subsequently Aston Villa.   He was manager of Montreal Impact but left in August 2019.

9 June 2008: Alex Song signed new long term contract.  He continued at Arsenal, but amidst rumours of a dispute with the management he was sold to Barcelona in 2012 having played 160 league games for Arsenal.   He signed for Swis club Sion in 2018, and played for them in the 2018/19 season. 

9 June 2008: Gary Lewin agreed to leave Arsenal as the head of their medical team to take up a place with the FA on 1 August.  His cousin Colin Lewin took over at Arsenal and remained there until 2018 when he was suddenly sacked following Arsene Wenger’s departure. On 20 March 2017, Gary Lewin rejoined Arsenal as physiotherapist for the women’s team but quickly moved on to be head of medical services at West Ham, but left there in the summer of 2018.  In 2020 the two cousins set up their own clinic in London.

9 June 2017: Arsenal released Yaya Sanogo, Stefan O’Connor, Kostas Pilea and Kristopher Da Graca. Sanogo had been dogged by injury during his four-year stay and only played 11 league games.  The other players never appeared for Arsenal.

1 comment to On this day Arsenal sold Martin Keown – and other anniversaries

  • MARTIN KEOWN ASKED FOR A TRANSFER BECAUSE WE RFUSED TO OFFER HIM A PAY INCREASE

    I THINK HE WAS ASKING FOR A £50 A WEEK

    ANYWAY HE LEFT AND TONY ADAMS TOOK OVER HIS POSITION THE REST IS HISTORY

    ON REFLECTION MARTIN ALWATS REGRETTED HIS DECISION

    ITS NOT TRUE THAT GEORGE DID NOT RATE HIM

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