"Essential reading for all true Arsenal fans" (Highbury High)
"A detailed, thought-provoking and informative study" (Programme Monthly)
From the Author
Arsenal's rebels have come in many shapes and forms. From the financial shenanigans of Sir Henry Norris and George Graham,to the on field hard man antics of Wilf Copping and Peter Storey, and from the drinking tales of Arsenal's stars in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to contract rebels like George Eastham and Nicolas Anelka, Arsenal have been regarded as an outsiders' club ever since the 1880s, when revolutionary founding fathers Jack Humble and David Danskin decide to turn the club professional.
As an Arsenal fan for over twenty years, I've always been aware that the club remain the one which others love to hate. In the book, I try investigate how the lucky and boring tags became permanently affixed, and why Arsenal regularly overstep the line into indiscipline. The recent events at Old Trafford mean that once again, Arsenal fortress mentality has come to the fore. Conversations with over twenty ex Arsenal officials and players - including Charlie George, Charlie Nicholas, Alan Hudson, George Eastham, Willie Young, Paul Davis and Alan Smith - reveal managers'ways of handling players' occasional indiscipline. The truth is that many ex Arsenal bosses and players are well aware that a persecution complex - far from being damaging to the team's fortunes - can actually forge a successful Arsenal side.
Few Arsenal fans would actively condone the behaviour of several of the players down the years. But they are smart enough to realise that the lot of an Arsenal fan is to accept that the team sometimes goes over the top. A high profile ex Arsenal star recently told me that all Gunners teams need to feel persecuted in order to be successful. Many Arsenal fans would probably agree.
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