Football historian LEIGH EDWARDS profiles every Arsenal player from 60 post-war League seasons
Skilful inside-forward George Curtis played for Arsenal either side of the Second World War. Initially with Anglo (Purfleet), he joined Arsenal in December 1936 and made his League debut in the 2-1 win at home to Blackpool in April 1939. He played 13 First Division games for the Gunners before joining Southampton with Tommy Rudkin in exchange for Don Roper in August 1947. Starring in successive promotion near-misses, he moved to Valenciennes in August 1952, then was Chelmsford City's player-coach. He later coached around the world, including Norway's national side, and died in Basildon in November 2004.
French central defender Pascal Cygan featured in Arsenal's record-breaking 2003/04 Premiership title campaign. Starting with Valenciennes, he played for Wasquehal and Lille before moving to Highbury in August 2002. He made his Premiership debut in Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Chelsea the following month and provided reliable defensive cover for Martin Keown and Lauren. Featuring in the 2004 FA Community Shield success, he scored twice in the Gunners' 4-1 win at home to Fulham in August 2005 and three times in 63 Premiership games overall before following Robert Pires to Villarreal in August 2006.
Welsh international centre-half Ray Daniel was a key figure in Arsenal's 1952/53 League Championship success. A former Swansea amateur, he signed professional at Highbury in October 1946 and made his League debut in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Charlton in May 1949. He succeeded Leslie Compton in the heart of defence and played in the 1952 FA Cup final, netting five goals in 87 First Division games before being sold to Sunderland for £27,500 in June 1953. Later with Cardiff City, Swansea and Hereford United player-boss, he worked in the licensed trade and was a sub-postmaster in Swansea. He died in November 1997.
Lithuania international striker Tomas Danilevicius briefly played for Arsenal during the 2000/01 campaign. He had spells with Baltai, Atlantas, Beveren, Brugge and Lausanne before Arsène Wenger signed him in December 2000, having impressed on trial with Arsenal, scoring in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona. Given his Premiership debut as a substitute in that month's 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland, he also featured in the next match at Charlton and FA Cup Third Round win at Carlisle. He was loaned to Dunfermline before rejoining Beveren in July 2001 and has since played for Italian sides Livorno and Avellino.
Ex-England Schoolboy midfielder Roger Davidson helped Arsenal win the Football Combination title in 1968/69. Locally born, he signed professional at Highbury in October 1965 and his solitary First Division appearance for Arsenal was as substitute in the 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves in March 1968. He featured in that season's Football Combination Cup Final success and moved to Portsmouth in June 1969. Joining Fulham in August 1970, he was a member of their 1970/71 promotion winning squad and later played for Lincoln City and Aldershot. He has since been a black cab driver and is still in contact with fellow Islington Gunner, Charlie George.
Former Welsh Schoolboy striker Paul Davies featured in Arsenal's 1971 FA Youth Cup final triumph. The younger brother of Southampton and Wales striker Ron Davies, he turned professional at Highbury in November 1969 and helped the Gunners win the Football Combination title that season. His solitary First Division appearance was as a substitute in Arsenal's 4-2 victory at home to Newcastle United in October 1971 and he was sold to Charlton Athletic for £8,000 in November 1972 after a loan spell. He joined Romford in March 1975 where injury ended his career. Now a London black cab driver in Hatfield.
Long-serving England U-21 midfielder Paul Davis featured in Arsenal's 1988/89 and 1990/91 League Championship successes. Signing professional at Highbury in July 1979, he made his League debut in Arsenal's 2-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur nine months later and starred as the Gunners were semi-finalists in the FA Cup and League Cup in 1983. He was a League Cup winner in 1987 and finalist again in 1988, then helped Arsenal win the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993. Scoring 30 goals in 351 League outings before joining Brentford in September 1995, he is now a Legends tour guide at Emirates Stadium.
Versatile Republic of Ireland international right-back John Devine was capped eight times whilst at Arsenal. A former apprentice at Highbury, he turned professional in October 1976 and made his League debut in the Gunners' 3-1 victory at Leeds United in April 1978. He played for Arsenal in the 1980 FA Cup final and succeeded Pat Rice in defence, making 89 First Division appearances prior to joining Norwich City in August 1983. Moving to Stoke City in November 1985, he played in Norway, then for Shamrock Rovers and Indian side East Bengal Tigers. He is now coaching youth football in his native Dublin.
French Youth midfielder Abou Diaby is a current member of Arsenal's squad. Previously with Auxerre, he joined the Gunners during the January 2006 transfer window and made his Premiership debut in that month's 1-0 defeat at Everton. He quickly impressed with several strong displays and his tall, slender frame and tough-tackling style led to immediate comparisons to former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. His solitary goal in 12 Premiership games last season came in the Gunners' 5-0 victory at home to Aston Villa but he is currently sidelined by an ankle injury suffered in the 3-0 win at Sunderland in May.
Former French U-21 striker Kaba Diawara helped Arsenal finish Premiership runners-up in 1998/99. Initially with hometown Toulon, he starred for Girondins de Bordeaux prior to joining the Gunners in January 1999. He regularly featured as a substitute, playing 12 Premiership games for Arsenal before being sold to Marseille in June 1999. Moving to Paris St Germain six months later, he had loan spells at Blackburn, West Ham, Racing Ferrol and Nice prior to joining Al-Ittihad in September 2003. He has since played for Ajaccio in France and commenced an international career with Guinea.
Scotland international striker Paul Dickov was a member of Arsenal's triumphant 1994 ECWC squad. Signing professional at Highbury in December 1990, he made his Premiership debut in the Gunners' 4-3 victory at home to Southampton in March 1993. He regularly featured as a substitute and netted three goals in 21 Premiership games before being sold to Manchester City for £1,000,000 in August 1996. Starring in three promotion campaigns, he joined Leicester City in February 2002 and was top scorer in their 2002/03 promotion success. He then played for Blackburn Rovers before rejoining Manchester City in May 2006.
Northern Ireland international wing-half Bill Dickson was capped three times whilst at Arsenal. Initially with Glenavon, he joined Notts County in November 1945 and moved to Chelsea as part of the Tommy Lawton deal in November 1947. Tom Whittaker paid £15,000 for him in October 1953 but he was unlucky with injuries and his only goal in 29 First Division games came in Arsenal's 3-3 draw at home to Charlton Athletic five months later. He moved to Mansfield Town in July 1956, then rejoined Glenavon in January 1958. Returning to his trade as a joiner, he scouted for Arsenal and now lives in Lurgan in retirement.