After exactly 200 matches for Leicester, Alan Smith (345 Arsenal games, 115 goals, 1987-95) signed for George Graham's side on transfer deadline day in 1987.

However he was loaned back to the Foxes for the remainder of that season and as they fought to stay in Division One. So Arsenal fans' first sight of the new signing was when he played for Leicester at Highbury in April 20, 1987.

Smith was an unselfish striker and intelligent target man but weighed in with his fair share of goals and won the Golden Boot for being the top flight's highest scorer in 1989 and 1991.

His finest individual moment was scoring the winner against Parma in the 1994 European Cup-Winners' Cup final. He is now a columnist for

Another modern day striker, Kevin Campbell (226, 59, 1987-94), spent time on loan with the Foxes. Paul Dickov (25, 6, 1992-1997) won promotion last season with Leicester after starting his career at Highbury.

While a current front man, Dennis Bergkamp, figured prominently in one of the most memorable games between the two sides. On August 28, 1997, the Dutchman conjured up a stunning hat-trick at Filbert Street. Two of those goals were a part of Bergkamp's clean-sweep of nominations for Match of the Day's goal of the month. However, Leicester fans would point out that their side came back to grab a point from that game with two strikes in the final two minutes.

A number of the Arsenal squad in the 60s and 70s had links with Leicester. Jeff Blockley (62, 1, 1972-75), Eddie Kelly (222, 19, 1969-75), George Armstrong (621, 68, 1961-1978), Jon Sammels (270, 52 1962-70) and Frank McLintock (403, 32, 1964- 72) all featured at Filbert Street.

The last of these was also the manager at Leicester as was Jimmy Bloomfield (227, 56, 1954-61).


Pld W D L 129 59 42 28

Note: The above head to head record is in all competitions. Wins are Arsenal wins etc.

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22 May 2004