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Today’s Arsenal anniversaries: 3 July

Arsenal Anniversaries on this day

 

3 July 1925: Charles Buchan, the man who helped develop WM, re-signed by Arsenal in £100/goal deal.  He played 102 games scoring 49 goals before finally retiring in 1928.   Buchan’s first signing for Arsenal.

For many years it was reported that Arsenal ended up paying more for Buchan through the deal than they would have done under the original deal, but later research showed this was not the case.

See also

Chapman did not invent the WM system. But he and Buchan did something far more effective.

Charlie Buchan

Charlie Buchan appears on the radar

Charlie Buchan at the Arsenal – the early days

Other anniversaries

3 July 1933: Horace Cope sold to Bristol Rovers for £1500, having been signed by Chapman, playing 65 games for Arsenal.  Bristol R was his final club, and sadly we know nothing more of him, save for the fact that he died on 4 October 1961.

3 July 1966: George Eastham scored for England in his 19th and final international

3 July 1997: Alex Manninger transferred from Grazer AK for £1m.  In 1998, with an injury to David Seaman, Alex played six games without conceding a goal, and was then dropped upon Seaman’s return.

3 July 2000: Robert Pires signed from Marseille for the astoundingly low figure of £6m. Also that summer Wiltord was purchased for £13m and Overmars went to Barca for £25m.  The general feeling at the time was that Overmars was overpriced.     Pires found the going hard in his first year but suddenly in his second year in the club exploded into a partnership with Thierry Henry.

3 July 2000: Eduardo César Daude Gaspar (Edu) joined Arsenal from Corinthians.  Unfortunately his Portuguese passport was a fake, but he qualified for an Italian passport because of his father was Italian.  He signed again for Arsenal on 16 January 2001.

3 July 2001: Sol Campbell signed after 11 years with Tottenham.  He had played 255 times for Tottenham, and stayed with Arsenal for five years before moving on to Portsmouth.

3 July 2013: Vito Mannone moved to Sunderland  for about £2m.  He went on to play in the League Cup final that year having defied Man U in the semis and became their player of the year.  However after an 8-0 defeat to Southampton in 2014 he fell out of favour for a while.

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