Arsenal Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former player Geoff Strong at the age of 75.

A lethal striker in his heyday, Strong netted 77 goals in 137 games for Arsenal - a rate that few have matched before or since.

Quick, brave, two-footed and powerful in the air, Strong joined Arsenal from northern amateur side Stanley United in 1957 and scored on his first-team debut at home to Newcastle United in September 1960.

By 1962, Strong had teamed up with Joe Baker to form one of the most potent partnerships in English football. They shared 52 goals in 1962/63 and 56 the following season.

Strong left Arsenal for Bill Shankly's Liverpool in 1964 and made 201 appearances for the Reds, scoring 33 goals.

The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal are with Geoff's family and friends at this difficult time.

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