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The Gooner - Issue 257

The Gooner - Issue 257

The Gooner - Issue 257

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Issue 257 of The Gooner from February 2016 comes out as the season is progressing towards what will hopefully be an exciting final couple of months and the front cover proclaims that “The Race Is On”.

If it’s ends like it did in 1988-89 I think we’d all be happy. To say that season had a thrilling climax would be a huge understatement, but you can relive all the excitement over four pages in the latest entry of Charlie Ashmore’s series on the George Graham Years. It was an amazing season to witness and Charlie’s memories will not only give you goosebumps, it will make your spine tingle too.

We watched that season from the terraces, but Chris Cann ponders whether “the good old days” before the Taylor Report changed football stadiums beyond recognition were all they were cracked up to be. In his conclusion he admits he probably “did feel a bit more of a supporter than just a member of the audience” which leads us nicely on to the extended Anger Management column in this issue which focuses on the hot topic of ticket prices and protesting fans.

Elsewhere Soteris Charalambous follows up his piece in the last issue in which he speculated on the possibility of Pep Guardiola replacing Wenger in the summer by expressing his concerns about the lack of succession planning at Arsenal as Arsene approaches retirement. If you’re looking for a left-field suggestion regarding a replacement then Simon Rose puts forward the claims of someone who would only need to relocate his office a few miles down the Seven Sisters Road.

There’s also a feature in which some of our contributors reveal their most treasured piece of Arsenal memorabilia, an article in which David Oudot passes judgement on Theo Walcott, the first part of an interview with L’Equipe journalist Erik Bielderman and Peter Le Beau writes about the moral fibre of the current squad and ponders whether we are the most schizophrenic side in the league.

All this plus much more Gooner goodness from over 30 contributors including many of our regular columns: The Spy, Mickey Cannon, Well Played, North Bank Times, Inbox and In the Away End which this issue focuses on Chelsea fans and their fetish with celery!