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Star players don’t come to Arsenal, because Arsenal are straight.

By Tony Attwood

There are players you can’t recall at all, players you half remember, players you rather like, and legends.

Jack Kelsey is in the final group.

He played for Arsenal’s first team from 1950 until 1962, winning just one medal – the league in 1953. And yet he is a name that anyone […]

Tony Adams declares he would love to manage Arsenal

By Tony Attwood

Recently I published a couple of pieces about two prospective future managers of Arsenal: Remi Garde and Dennis Bergkamp. The reason for these stories was not the fact that these ex-players had declared their interest in the job, but rather because both were highly regarded by Arsene Wenger, as players, and both […]

Top players will leave Arsenal. When did we first hear that?

By Tony Attwood

If you occasionally drop into this blog you’ll know that I am writing a year by year review of Arsene Wenger. The last article dealt with the 2003 Cup Final and the start of the “49” unbeaten run.

I was just getting my notes together for the start of the rather important […]

Patrick Vieira is the 14th ex Arsenal player currently in football management

By Tony Attwood

Patrick Vieira has retired from playing football and has become the latest ex-Arsenal player to join the managerial and coaching level of football. He has been given a newly-created role at Manchester C. of football development executive. It seems to be a job to do with the development of young players, […]

Which ex-Arsenal players in journalism are pro Wenger?

By Tony Attwood

Over the last few weeks we’ve been gathering the names of ex-Arsenal players who are now either in management or in journalism. Thanks to everyone who has joined in.

It is possible that some names are still missing from the lists, but hopefully this is near a complete list in each case […]

After they left Arsenal: Petit, Overmars, Anelka

Continuing the series on players who left Arsenal and what happened next

Emmanuel Petit

Manu’s main career in terms of length and number of appearances was at Monaco (222 games), and he played with Arsenal for three years (85 games), followed by Barcelona (23) and Chelsea (55).

He cost £2.5m and left for £7m, and […]

Players who leave Arsenal don’t normally do very well elsewhere. Will this year’s departures?

By Tony Attwood

Many of our top players leave Arsenal towards the end of their careers. Some however leave earlier – a thought brought about by events this summer.

But what happens to such players?

I started to wonder this, in reaction to the talk of players leaving in the summer of 2011, and the […]

Five more ex-Arsenal players now in football management

By Tony Attwood

In the last article I listed a number of Arsenal players now in senior management position in clubs other than Arsenal.

Dennis Bergkamp Remi Garde Tony Adams Martin Hayes Brian McDermott Vladimir Petrovic

Now here is the second list, which hopefully gets us to near completion.., the total seems to be eleven […]

Ex Arsenal players in senior football management: a regular guide

by Tony Attwood

I recently asked on Untold Arsenal for details of any ex-Arsenal players currently working as managers or in other very senior positions in clubs.

This came about following the news of Dennis Bergkamp‘s appointment at Ajax and Remi Garde‘s elevation at Lyon.

The subsequent discussion gave me quite a few names, but […]

Dennis Bergkamp: how the abuse of the moron fans nearly destroyed the greatest player

by Tony Attwood

With Remi Garde in charge at Lyon we also now have Dennis Bergkamp as assistant manager at Ajax.

I want to write a little about Dennis, but before I do I would like to consider who else from the Arsenal ranks is currently in senior management. I must admit my mind has […]

Wenger in 2001/2: the violence of Old Trafford and the start of the maiming era

by Tony Attwood

I have mentioned already that the start of the 21st century saw the start of serious doubts about referees where bizarre decisions started to cost us games – not least in the cup final of last season against Liverpool.

2001 continued the theme and again we looked at Liverpool as the team […]

Wenger stands up to answer the anti-Arsenal Arsenal

by Tony Attwood

In the last article I wrote about the foundations of the anti-Arsenal Arsenal – a grouping of “supporters” who felt that Arsène Wenger should be removed from the managership of the club.

The main complaint of the AAA at this stage was that the latest crop of signings were poor (Stepanovs was […]

Arsenal’s next manager after Wenger makes his move

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By Tony Attwood

From the moment they signed, I had the feeling that Gilles Grimandi and Rémi Garde were not just signed as players by Mr Wenger, but […]

When we lost 6-1 to Man U. Stepanovs and the rest in 2000/1.

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By Tony Attwood

Continuing the story of the 2000/2001 season in the series that reviews Mr Wenger’s time at Arsenal.

By the end of 2000 we had lost […]

1997/8 – part 2 of Mr Wenger’s second season

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Untold Arsenal Index

History of Arsenal with a new series on the Rioch year, and onto the Wenger years.

Making the Arsenal – the book of Arsenal death and rebirth

By […]

Arsenal: before and after Arsène

By Tony Attwood

My feeling is that there are many people who claim to be Arsenal supporters who believe the mantra that “this is the worst Arsenal team ever”. My personal remembrance, backed up by videos of the pre-Wengerian seasons is that what we see now is several million light years ahead of what we […]

Who were Arsenal’s worst players? The History Site investigates.

THERAPY – A GROUP EXERCISE

With all this present day chit-chat about “Wenger Out!”, I’d like to offer a little perspective, stimulate some debate, and hopefully cheer everyone up a bit. You always read these polls about who were the best players to ever put on an Arsenal shirt, which always infuriate me: you’re always […]

Herbert Chapman: the first year

By Tony Attwood

Leslie Knighton was appointed manager of The Arsenal upon the return of the club to the first division at the end of the first world war, in 1919. Arsenal were promoted after refusing to back down on the match fixing scandal in the last pre-war season (which actually went on into the […]

Wilf Copping, one of the original hard men of football

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Victory Through Harmony

Wilf Copping was born in Yorkshire on 17 August 1909. He attended Houghton Council School and left to become a miner while playing for local teams Dearn Valley, Middlecliffe and Dartfield Rovers (of whom I can find no information.). […]

Jack Crayston: Arsenal player and Arsenal manager

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Jack Crayston was born in Lancashire and played for his local school sides. It is also said that he played for Ulverston Town but I can’t find any details of that club (although the town is in the right […]

Eddie Hapgood, captain of Arsenal and England

Continuing the series about players who played under George Allison, we come to Eddy Hapgood, who was signed by Herbert Chapman from Kettering Town, and played under both Chapman and Allison.

Eddie has been the subject of a piece here before, when I wrote a piece about his autobiography The idea here is to complete […]

Bob John; our top performer before World War II

This article was updated 26 January 2017 with details of Bob John’s year by year statistics.

By Tony Attwood

If you want a simple fact about Bob John it is that he played for Arsenal 470 times – more than any other player up to the cessation of football in 1939.

Robert Frederick John was […]

Herbie Roberts: how can Arsenal forget this wonderful player?

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Victory Through Harmony

There are so many famous names from the Chapman / Allison era that is not surprising that one or two slip from the public mind despite their being players of enormous importance and stature in the history of the […]

The Allison players: George Male

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In an era when people stay at clubs for just a few years it is wonderful to look back at George Male – a man who spent more than half of his life at Arsenal. As a player he […]

The Allison Years: Frank Moss in goal

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There’s no article about George Allison on the Arsenal official web site, other than a 70 word summary in the “Managers” section and yet even if he is judged simply by his record as a manager he is surely worth of more.

He game us two league trophies […]