Brian Marwood

Brian Marwood was not at Highbury for long - just two full seasons - but he achieved more in that time than many players do in an entire career.

His contribution to the 1988/89 title success cannot be underestimated and his signing was certainly one of the shrewdest of George Graham's spell as Arsenal manager.

Marwood arrived from Sheffield Wednesday in March 1988 and, after settling into a new life in London, he set about providing the ammunition for a glorious title campaign.

The left-winger's dead-ball prowess was crucial to Graham's team and he set up countless goals with precise deliveries from corners, where Arsenal practised and perfected the near-post flick-on routine.

Crucially, Marwood was just as accurate on his supposedly weaker left foot, meaning he rarely failed to find a yard of space and get his cross into the box. Alan Smith was the chief benefactor of Marwood's assists, ending the season with the top flight's Golden Boot award.

But Marwood contributed vital goals of his own to the cause, scoring in each of the first five games of the 1988/89 title season.

Injuries proved Marwood's downfall in the end. He missed that climactic night at Anfield in May '89 - he was suited, not booted, on the touchline - and missed a large chunk of the following campaign too. But Marwood will go down in history as one of Arsenal's best-ever short-term buys.

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