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Issue 259 of Arsenal’s best-selling fanzine, The Gooner, includes features on the hot topic at the moment – whether the club need a change of direction in the dugout and in its ownership. There is an article asking if talent spotting without teambuilding is enough to win a title, as well as a defence of the current manager. Looking ahead, there is also a rundown of potential successors in the event that Arsene Wenger does call it a day this summer. The prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining the club is discussed, as well as an alternative in the form of the ‘Stoke Zlatan’, Marko Arnautovic. Looking back, there is an interview with George Graham’s assistant manager from his early seasons at Highbury, Theo Foley, whilst the George Graham Years covers the 1989-90 campaign. One writer ponders whether Arsenal have missed their chance to join the elite band of European clubs whilst another ponders a shift in the power balance between London’s football clubs. Stan Kroenke’s contribution since getting involved with the club is analysed, and one writer ponders his 60 year plus habit of collecting Arsenal matchday programmes. There is a feature recalling the leads of two goals and more that Arsenal have given away in recent seasons and a piece on goalscoring centre-backs. The Arsenal Ladies also get a look-in with an article by a regular attendee of their matches at Boreham Wood and beyond. Regulars such as Talking Reds, the Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, North Bank Times and the 91st Minute complete the mix.
The Gooner is the best selling independent Arsenal fanzine which, since its launch in 1987, has aimed to provide a platform where the complete spectrum of Gunners supporters’ views can be expressed. There is no editorial line in terms of what we will publish, running very much an open house policy. For this reason, it is the natural home for many of the debates and counter views that go hand in hand with being a Gooner in modern times.
The Gooner publishes regularly throughout the football season, so a 12 month subscription will typically deliver 8 issues, each of which is packed with at least 48 full colour pages of contributions from a wide cross section of the Arsenal fan base providing intelligent, passionate and often humorous analysis of the goings-on at Arsenal FC, both on and off the pitch, as well as plenty of reflective articles which provide many memories from our clubs illustrious history.
In addition, all subscribers have access to our full catalogue of digital back issues which dates back to the start of the 2010/11 season.
The FREE trial issue from March 2013 features Carl “Corporal” Jenkinson on the front cover and the Talking Reds editorial puts forward the view that we need more players like him who have a deep-rooted bond with the club and who play with the pride and passion we as fans want to see.
On a similar theme, there’s an interview with Chris “Chalky” Whyte, Arsenal centre-back (and very occasional striker) from the early 80s, who grew up just down the road from Highbury and used to stand on the North Bank as a boy. He talks about his slightly unusual career path, who was responsible for his positional switch and why he had his toes broken deliberately one summer!
Elsewhere, there’s an article by Bernard Dowling questioning whether Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has delivered on the promises he has made during his four year tenure whilst earning in excess of £8m and there’s also a piece which highlights some of the unsung Arsenal heroes from the last 40 years including Eddie Kelly, David Price and Sylvain Wiltord.
All this plus much more including all the usual features and columnists – Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, match reports, In the Away End and another episode with Dwight Hart-Lane who this time struggles to get to grips with social media.
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