A is for Adams, B is for Bastin and C is for Chapman. This summer, you can build up your very own Gunners dictionary with our Arsenal A-Z.

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The name 'Paul Vaessen' is synonymous with a famous night in Turin in 1980 when Arsenal became the first club for a decade to beat Juventus on their own ground in European competition. Vaessen's late header snatched a 1-0 win and propelled Arsenal into the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Vaessen, on as a substitute for David Price, was just 18 at the time but his joy was short-lived. Not long after, Vaessen suffered a severe knee injury and was forced to quit football two years later having made just 41 appearances for Arsenal, scoring nine goals. Tragically, Vaessen died in August 2001 at the age of 39.


Valencia have emerged as Arsenal's nemesis in European competition. In 1980, the Spaniards beat the Gunners on penalties in the European Cup Winners' Cup final. Arsenal, playing their 70th game of a marathon season, drew 0-0 at the Heysel Stadium before Liam Brady and Graham Rix failed from the spot. Twenty-one years on, John Carew's header knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League on away goals in the quarter-finals after Thierry Henry and Ray Parlour had given the Gunners a 2-1 lead from the first leg. Carew struck twice more at the Mestalla Stadium in March 2003 to inflict a 2-1 defeat on Arsène Wenger's men and deny them a place in the last eight of the same competition.


The words 'Victoria Concordia Crescit' first appeared on the Arsenal crest in the first matchday programme of the 1949/50 season. Its emergence can be traced back a year or so earlier to when Harry Homer, the programme editor of the day, coined the Latin quotation to sum up Arsenal's successful 1947/48 campaign. The choice of 'Victoria Concordia Crescit', which translates as 'Victory grows out of harmony', so impressed the Club it was officially adopted by Arsenal and featured on the Club crest until 2002.


Patrick Vieira was Arsène Wenger's first - and arguably best - signing. The Gunners manager plucked Vieira from relative obscurity among the fringes of AC Milan's squad and moulded him into the fulcrum of Arsenal's midfield. Since his arrival in August 1996, Vieira has been an inspiration at Highbury and pivotal to the Club's continued success. He succeeded Tony Adams as captain in the summer of 2002 and finished last season by lifting the Premiership trophy. Strong in the tackle, powerful in the air and a springboard for so many attacks, Vieira is among the finest midfielders of his generation.

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6 Jul 2004