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I Told Nigel Winterburn I'd Write His Book In My Own Blood

Any opportunity to meet one of the men who we have idolised from afar must be taken with a sure grip. Once more my good friend @thedanielcowan extended an invitation to add to my burgeoning collection of restraining orders. The details? The venue was a casino in Piccadilly. The Galatasaray match would be screened. Nigel Winterburn - vital piece of the immortal Arsenal 'Back5' - would be attending and fronting an informal Q&A. Quite an opportunity indeed.

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Thierry Henry's Top 20 Goals - Watch

Today it was announced that Le King, Thierry Henry, had retired from professional football. The man who remains the flagbearer for excellence in the Premiership will no longer ply his trade on the pitch. His name is enough to take me on a magic carpet ride of memories. His touches of genius are still used as a comparative barometer for all goals scored.

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Bellerin Or Jenkinson? Arsenal Won't Keep Both

When Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal, some 18 years ago, he inherited a 3-5-2 system from Bruce Rioch. Keown, Adams and Bould formed a triumvirate at centre half with Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn deployed as nominal wing backs. Considering all five of those defenders were either in or on the cusp of their 30s at the time, it obviously was not a sustainable system in the long term given the energy and pace required to make the formation work. That Wenger has never returned to it since switching to a kind of 4-4-2 / 4-3-1-2 in the summer of 1997 suggests the manager is not a fan.

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