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Dear Arsenal fans everywhere,

We hope that you and your families are continuing to keep safe and well. Please stay safe and follow the official advice to protect yourself and those around you. 
 
Here is the latest update from your club. 

PLAYERS' SCHEDULES
Our men’s first-team players were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday (March 24) after completing 14-days isolation following Mikel Arteta’s positive diagnosis for the virus. 
 
As a result of the current situation, we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time. Therefore our men’s first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home. 

OUR CASUAL WORKERS 
We will continue to pay matchday and non-matchday casual workers on our payroll up to April 30, 2020. 

This gesture reflects our gratitude to them and our desire to ease their financial concerns during this challenging period.  

This will be reviewed once the relevant authorities have made a further decision on when football can resume. All football is currently suspended until at least April 30.  

Arsenal managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, said: “We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts of all our staff across the club every day. We rely on their tireless service to provide a first-class experience for our fans, on matchdays and non-matchdays.  

“These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers. This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to April 30.    

“We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.”  

YOUR WELLBEING 
Finally, and most importantly, keep well and follow the guidance of the World Health Organisation on the prevention of the spread of the virus. 

Take care everyone. 

The directors, players and staff at Arsenal Football Club  

Stay at home, save lives

Stay at home, save lives

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Brady pays tribute to Bill Darby

Liam Brady and Frank Stapleton

We were saddened to hear of the passing of former scout Bill Darby on Sunday.

Bill was our Dublin-based scout for more than 40 years, and was responsible for bringing a host of talented young Irishmen to the club, including Liam Brady.

"Bill began working at Arsenal at the very same time that I came over, in fact I was probably the first player that he was responsible for," Brady said. 

"We didn't used to have a scout in Dublin, but Gordon Clarke - our chief scout at the time - gave Bill a chance and it paid off in the end – for Bill, for the club, and for all the players he spotted, including me.

"I first met him when I was playing for St Kevin's Boys Club in Dublin. I would have been 13 at the time. Then I came over on trial in August 1969 and signed as an apprentice in summer 1971. Frank Stapleton joined the year after me in 1972, and David O'Leary followed in 1973. John Devine followed, and then Niall Quinn a few years later, so he had a great track record.

"He had very good contacts in the area, and was very aware of everything going on and knew about all the up-and-coming young players. 

"He had realised there was an opportunity in Dublin. The way he got the job was that he had written to Arsenal to tell them that Manchester United had it easy in Dublin, and all the good players ended up there because Arsenal weren't represented there. 

"So Arsenal's Welsh scout, Malwyn Roberts, went to a game with Bill to watch a game I was playing in in Dublin, and straight afterwards they went to my parents' house and said they would like to invite me to London. That's how it all started. 

"He later said to me his proudest moment was when myself, Frank and David all played in the 1979 FA Cup-winning side against Man United. It was ironic that it should be against them, because that was the reason he wanted to come in and scout players, because they were all ending up at United instead.

"I got to know Bill well later after that, especially when I became the head of youth development at Arsenal. He would give me the lowdown on what was happening in Dublin. We hired some scouts on his recommendation, and we brought in players from Dublin such as Stephen Bradley, who's now the manager of Shamrock Rovers, Stephen O'Donnell, Graham Barrett and Patrick Cregg. Maybe the most well-known was Anthony Stokes, who went on to have a good career at Sunderland and Celtic.

"So Bill's input remained a big part of the club, and I remember seeing him at the 2003 FA Cup final when we beat Southampton. That might have been the last time I saw him.

"People think that being a scout is just about recognising good players, but the really good players are not that difficult to spot! There is a lot more to it than that. You need to build relationships with parents, with players, and convince them to come to your club. Bill's record speaks for itself on that front."
 

 

 

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