The Gooner - Issue 243

The Gooner - Issue 243

The Gooner - Issue 243

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Issue 243 of The Gooner from April 2013 is a bumper 64 page special to mark our appearance in the Cup Final as well as the 10th anniversary of the Invincibles.

Whether the manager will still be in situ when the next issue is published in August is an unknown factor at the time of going to print so that question the front cover poses is whether a victory over Hull on May 17th would be Arsene’s “Final Hurrah”? Kevin Whitcher suggests in his Talking Reds editorial column that this may be the best opportunity for him to depart with cheers rather than jeers. Time will tell.

The issue looks forward to our second visit of the season to Wembley with a series of contributor memories of previous Cup Final appearances, plus a Wembley themed “Grounds for Concern” article in which Charlie Ashmore continues his series about stadiums in the pre-Taylor era by recalling what the national stadium was like before its upgrade.

Ten years ago Arsenal were approaching the end of a campaign that would see them complete their top flight league fixtures without losing a single one. It was and remains an amazing feat and a special ten page feature recalls many of the defining moments of what was a very special season.

We are also lucky enough to be able to include a Gooner Q&A with a member of that Invincible team as Layth Yousif talks to Sol Campbell about that season, his move across North London, his goal in the Champions League final and his reasons for collaborating with Simon Astaire for his authorised biography.

Elsewhere in the issue there is much to enjoy with pieces speculating who might leave during the summer, who might arrive, the possible explanations for the club’s injury list and how OAP Gooners are getting a raw deal.

All this plus much more besides including Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Inbox, In the Away End, North Bank Times, Dwight Hart-Lane, the final instalment of our series on the players feature on the stadium cores and another nostalgic look back at programmes from the 70s.