Football historian LEIGH EDWARDS profiles every Arsenal player from 60 post-war League seasons.
England Youth winger Mark Flatts was a young member of George Graham's squad at Arsenal. He became a trainee at Highbury after graduating from the FA's National School of Excellence and signed professional in December 1990. Given his league debut in the Gunners' 1-1 draw at Sheffield United in September 1992, he failed to secure a regular first-team slot and was loaned to Cambridge United, Brighton, Bristol City and Grimsby Town. He made 16 Premiership appearances for Arsenal and had a trial with Torino before briefly joining Kettering Town in December 1996, subsequently playing for Bishop's Stortford.
Scotland international wing-half Alex Forbes starred in Arsenal's 1952/53 League Championship success. Starting with Dundee North End, he joined Sheffield United in December 1944 and moved to Highbury for £12,500 in February 1948. He featured in the Gunners' 1950 FA Cup final triumph and was a finalist again in 1952, scoring 20 times in 217 First Division games prior to joining Leyton Orient in August 1956. Later with Fulham and Gravesend & Northfleet, he returned to coach Arsenal juniors before emigrating to South Africa where he coached and managed various leading clubs. He now lives in Johannesburg in retirement.
Scottish centre-half Jim Fotheringham contested a first-team slot with Bill Dodgin while at Arsenal. Signing professional at Highbury in March 1951, he represented the Army during National Service and was given his League debut in the Gunners' 2-2 draw at Bolton in November 1954. He featured prominently as Arsenal finished fifth in the top-flight in 1955/56 and played 72 First Division games before being sold to Hearts for £10,000 in March 1959. Reuniting with Dave Bowen at Northampton Town in September 1959, his career was ended by injury soon afterwards. He died aged just 43 in Kettering in September 1977.
Goalkeeper Jim Furnell was ever-present for Arsenal in 1966/67. Initially with Burnley, he joined Liverpool in February 1962 and helped clinch the Second Division title that season. He moved to Arsenal in November 1963 and featured in the 1968 League Cup final, making 141 First Division appearances prior to joining Rotherham United in September 1968. Moving to Plymouth Argyle in December 1970, he starred in their 1973/74 League Cup run and 1974/75 promotion success. He was later their reserve team manager, then Blackburn Rovers' YDO and has since been FA Academy monitor for the North-West.
French international midfielder Remi Garde was an experienced figure in Arsenal's 1997/98 Premiership title campaign. Initially with Lyon, he helped them win promotion in 1988/89 and gained the first of six caps against Kuwait in January 1990. He joined Strasbourg in July 1993 and featured in the 1995 French Cup final, reuniting with Arsène Wenger after moving to Highbury in August 1996. The first non-British player to captain Arsenal, he played 31 Premiership games before retiring in June 1999. He was a pundit on French TV prior to rejoining Lyon as a coach, since helping to plot successive French title triumphs.
Versatile England Youth full-back Ryan Garry featured in Arsenal's 2001 FA Youth Cup final triumph. A former scholar at Highbury, he signed professional in July 2001 and was a regular member of the Gunners' U-19 and reserve squads. He also played in midfield, central defence and as a striker, making his first-team debut in Arsenal's 3-2 Worthington Cup third round defeat at home to Sunderland in November 2002. His only Premiership appearance to date was in place of Ashley Cole in the 6-1 victory over Southampton in May 2003 when Robert Pires and Jermaine Pennant netted hat-tricks in the FA Cup final rehearsal.
Versatile midfielder Steve Gatting was a valuable member of Arsenal's squad that reached three successive FA Cup finals. The brother of Middlesex and England cricketer Mike Gatting, he turned professional at Highbury in March 1977 and made his League debut in the Gunners' 1-0 victory at home to Southampton in October 1978. He netted five goals in 58 First Division games before joining Brighton for £200,000 in September 1981 and played in the 1983 FA Cup final. Ever-present in their 1987/88 promotion success, he later played for Charlton Athletic and Stamco. He has settled in Hove and his son Joe plays for Brighton.
England international striker Charlie George scored Arsenal's winning goal in the 1971 FA Cup final to clinch the 'double'. Locally born, he signed professional at Highbury in March 1968 and helped win the Fairs Cup in 1970. He was an FA Cup finalist again in 1972, netting 31 goals in 133 First Division games for the Gunners before being sold to Derby County for £90,000 in July 1975. Making his debut in the FA Charity Shield, he was leading marksman in 1975/76 and moved to Southampton in December 1978. Later with Nottingham Forest, Bulova, Bournemouth and Derby again, he is now a matchday host at Arsenal.
England Youth full-back Kerrea Gilbert played for Arsenal in both legs of the 2005/06 Carling Cup semi-final. He progressed through the ranks at Highbury and turned professional in July 2005, making his first-team debut in the Gunners' 3-0 victory at home to Reading in the Carling Cup fourth round four months later. Also featuring in the 0-0 draw with Ajax in the Champions League and FA Cup-ties against Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers, he was given his Premiership debut in Arsenal's 1-0 defeat at Everton. He also began the 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham before sidelined by injury and is now enjoying a successful loan spell with Cardiff City.
Brazilian international midfielder Gilberto starred in Arsenal's record-breaking 2003/04 Premiership title triumph. Previously with Atletico Mineiro, he was a member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning squad and joined Arsenal in August 2002. Scoring on his debut to clinch victory in the FA Charity Shield, he netted the fastest Champions League goal at PSV Eindhoven in September 2002. He featured in Arsenal's 2003 FA Cup final success and scored in the 2004 FA Community Shield triumph. Returning from injury, he helped win the FA Cup again in 2005 and played in the 2006 Champions League final.
Centre-forward Peter Goring was a key figure in Arsenal's 1950 FA Cup final triumph. He impressed with Cheltenham Town before moving to Highbury in January 1948, scoring on his League debut in Arsenal's 2-1 win at Chelsea in August 1949. Leading marksman that season, he also helped the Gunners reach the FA Cup final in 1952 and win the League Championship in 1952/53. He switched to wing-half and had a spell as captain, netting 51 goals in 220 First Division games prior to joining Boston United in October 1960. Later managing Forest Green Rovers, he became a greengrocer in Cheltenham and died in December 1994.
Republic of Ireland U-21 midfielder Paul Gorman featured in Arsenal's 1983/84 Football Combination title triumph. A former apprentice at Highbury, he signed professional in October 1980 and made his League debut in the Gunners' 0-0 draw at Manchester City in March 1982. He played six First Division games prior to joining Birmingham City in June 1984, moving to Carlisle United in March 1985. Following a loan spell at Shelbourne, he joined Shrewsbury Town in November 1989 and briefly returned to Carlisle United in December 1981. Later with Gretna and Carlisle City, he has settled in Carlisle and is now a security officer.
Much-travelled striker Bobby Gould scored for Arsenal in the 1969 League Cup final. Initially with Coventry City, he was leading marksman in their 1966/67 Second Division title triumph and moved to Arsenal for £90,000 in February 1968. He netted 16 goals in 65 League outings before being sold to Wolves for £55,000 in June 1970, then played for West Brom, Bristol City, West Ham, Wolves again, Bristol Rovers and Hereford United. After coaching at Chelsea, he managed Bristol Rovers (twice), Coventry City (twice), Wimbledon (1988 FA Cup success), West Brom, Wales and Cheltenham Town.
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