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The Gooner - Issue 246

The Gooner - Issue 246

The Gooner - Issue 246

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Issue 246 of The Gooner from November 2014.

The front cover finds a light-hearted approach to two of the major talking points in recent weeks – our injury problems and the £3m which found it’s way into Stan Kroenke’s coffers for “strategic and advisory services”. There is much discussion inside the issue about what these might have been given that no answers were provided at the AGM, which is also covered in full.

It’s the time of the year when publishers bombard us with new offerings in the hope of getting our attention for the Christmas market. One such tomb is “Invincible” by one time Gooner contributor and respected journalist Amy Lawrence who tells the story of one of the most amazing seasons of all time through the eyes of the players who made it happen. She talks to Layth Yousif about the charisma of the team, about Highbury, about David Dein and about the break-up of that wonderful side.

With so many players missing games at the moment because of injury and suspension, our feature piece this issue looks back at instances in the past which have impacted on our trophy winning chances – David O’Leary’s absence from the 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final, the injuries to Steve Bould and David Hillier (yes – really) which perhaps cost us dearly during the nearly Invincible season of 1990-91, and Eduardo’s sickening injury which ruled him out of the 2007-8 title race to name a few.

There are also articles about ticket prices from Simon Hill of the Arsenal Supporters Trust and Warren Swaine, the latter questioning a half-baked analysis by BBC Economics Editor and Gooner Robert Peston.

All this plus much more besides including Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, North Bank Times, Dwight Hart-Lane and the third in our series of Arsenal Legends who are not celebrated on the stadium cores; this time Peter Simpson who never received the England cap he deserved despite 477 appearances for Arsenal.