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Bolton Wanderers


Division One
Burnden Park
October 5, 1957

Arsène Wenger says he's in the market for a striker and he will do well to find someone as prolific as David Herd.

The Scottish international was one of the most feared forwards of the 1950s and scored 107 goals in just 180 starts for the Gunners. Unsurprisingly, he was Arsenal's leading scorer in four consecutive seasons.

Herd secured the points when Arsenal headed north to Bolton in October 1957, scoring the only goal of the game at Burnden Park. That ground has long gone though; the Reebok Stadium will host Sunday's Premier League encounter.

Arsenal's win at Bolton in 1957 was their third in a row and briefly put them in contention for a title challenge. But Jack Crayston's team fell away and eventually finished 12th.

They didn't fare any better in the FA Cup that season, losing at lower-league Northampton in the Third Round. Crayston, frustrated at a lack of funds for new signings, quit the following summer.

Our FreezeFrame image shows Herd firing a ball across the box at Burnden Park. His winner that day was one of 24 goals in 39 League appearances in 1957/58.

That's the kind of return Wenger would love to see from his strikers this term.

Arsenal team: Kelsey, Wills, Evans, Holton, Dodgin, Bowen, Clapton, Swallow, Herd, Bloomfield, Tiddy.

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14 Jan 2010