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Those of you who were at the Spurs game will already have seen the image of what is being called ‘The Spirit of Highbury’.  For those who haven’t, click the above thumbnail for a visual treat, courtesy of Arsenal and Nike.

The image features every player to have appeared for the Club at its home of 93 years, Highbury.  From 1913 to 2006, over 490 first team players and managers graced the Highbury turf winning countless trophies and creating the Club as it is known globally today.

The fans left many memories behind in Highbury, and no-one is more aware of that than manager Arsene Wenger:

“I have met so many people who have been going to Arsenal for 50 or 60 years and had their heart and soul at Highbury. We have to give them something back here where they think ‘that is part of what I have experienced my whole life’.”

The Spirit of Highbury will now stand as a permanent symbol of the Club’s proud history above The Armoury store at the south end of the podium.

The keen-eyed among you might, however, notice that there are four players missing.  The research of club historian Fred Ollyer has failed to turn up images for Tom Maxwell, William Maycock, James Caldwell and Fred Jones – and the Club has asked any supporters with images or background information to e-mail this address.  Get searching.

In more up to date news, Alex Song’s new deal was yesterday confirmed by the club.  It’s a sign of his progress that I’m in a state of some panic about what we’ll do when he heads off to the African Nations Cup.

Sanchez Watt also put pen to paper on a new deal this week, and he capped it by scoring for the Reserves in a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.  Fran Merida was sent off – I’m not sure of the rules but I suspect that red card might rule him out of all domestic competition, meaning he’ll miss the Carling Cup tie with Man City.

The good news, however, is that the game saw the return to action of Lukasz Fabianski and Jack Wilshere, both of home will fancy their chances of starting in Manchester.

Have a good Thursday.

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