When David O'Leary celebrated his first decade with us in 1983, he immediately set his sights on repeating the feat.
Speaking exclusively to our 'In Lockdown' podcast, our all-time record appearance-maker revealed how managed to keep playing at the highest level for so long.
"There were a few times that you would see people moving," O'Leary said. “You'd see Frank Stapleton go to Manchester United and I was getting offered similar opportunities.
"At certain times there were a brief moments of thinking about [leaving], but no. Ken Friar always knew, anytime there was a new contract coming, I always had a pen in my hand ready to sign.
"I never said it to people, but I had an ambition to do 20 years at the club. I remember people after I'd done 10 years there and people were saying how good [it was] and how quickly the time had gone. I thought to myself, 'I think the position I play in, the way I'm lucky with injuries, the way I keep myself fit, that I can do another 10 years here.' I was quite determined to do that.
"The other thing I wanted to do as a private ambition... I remember playing 600 games for Arsenal and people saying, 'You're up now with George Armstrong, who did 600.' I had something in my head that said I wanted to go into the 700s and have somebody say to me, 'Nobody in Arsenal's history has ever gone into the 700s.' That drove me on as well."
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