Arsenal anniversaries 15 July. Wenger joins Legion d’Honneur; Martinelli’s debut




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And now on with the anniversaries of  today

15 July 1946: Cyril Grant joined from Lincoln and was seen as a possible replacement for Ted Drake.  He was one of 18 players newly recruited to the club for the first post-war season, but as with many others, was not a success.

15 July 1953: Freddie Cox sold to WBA for £3500.  In 1956 he moved to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic of the Third Division (South) as manager and in 1957 oversaw their Cup victories against Wolverhampton and Tottenham before losing finally to Manchester United.

15 July 1979 John Hollins joined from QPR.  He played initially for Chelsea (including a spell as captain) and in 12 years knocked up 436 appearances including 167 consecutive games, before having four seasons at QPR.  After that, he moved to Arsenal aged 33.

15 July 1995: Stephen Hughes signed a professional contract.  He went on to play 49 times for Arsenal before moving on to Everton in 2000.  His final football contract was with Walsall in 2008/9

15 July 2002: Arsène Wenger became a member of Legion d’Honneur.  The Order was established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802 and is the highest decoration in France.

15 July 2006: Barnet 0 Arsenal 0.  This opening of the pre-season games was played just before the first match at the Emirates – the Bergkamp testimonial.

15 July 2015: Singapore XI 0 Arsenal 4 (Akpom 3, Wilshere).  This was the start of only the second unbeaten pre-season in Arsenal’s modern history.  The first was in 2005.  In the early 20th century Arsenal had several unbeaten end-of-season tours.

15 July 2017: Arsenal played the second game of their Australian tour, against  Western Sydney Wanderers, in front of 83,000 people. Arsenal won 3–1 after first-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny.

15 July 2019, Arsenal beat Colorado Rapids 3-0 with Martinelli scoring on his debut.

15 July 2020 Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 in the League, as the club sought to finish off the season delayed by coronavirus.  It meant five wins and one draw in the last seven games.

15 July 2021: William Saliba, join Marseille on loan for the season, where he earned rave reviews for his performances.

Henry Norris at the Arsenal:  There is a full index to the series here.

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Arsenal in the 1970s: Every match and every intrigue reviewed in detail.

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