In advance of our League meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both Arsenal and the mighty reds.
A true great
Striker Ray Kennedy helped Arsenal to claim the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 and then the League and FA Cup double the following year, after being released from Port Vale by boss Stanley Matthews in 1968. He bagged the goal that won the title at Tottenham Hotspur in May 1971, which was amongst his 71 strikes in 212 games for the Gunners. He joined the reds for a then club record £180,000 fee on the day Bill Shankly resigned in 1974. Bob Paisley superbly switched him to left midfield, and he netted 72 goals in 393 reds games, helping us to five League titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. He is now battling against Parkinson's disease. Shanks himself had guested for the Gunners during the Second World War.
Current double agent
Damien Comolli joined Arsenal in 1996, spending seven seasons as a European scout, where he is credited with the discovery of players such as Gaël Clichy, Emmanuel Eboué and Kolo Touré. He left a position at Saint-Étienne last November to take over as Director of Football Strategy for the reds, and was promoted to Director of Football last March.
Recent double agents
Nicolas Anelka struck 28 times in 91 Arsenal games before being sold to Real Madrid for £23m in August 1999. After an unhappy time at both the Bernabéu and with Paris Saint-Germain, Nicolas joined the reds on a half-season loan in December 2001. He scored five times in 22 reds appearances, but was not then kept on permanently.
Michael Thomas struck Arsenal's crucial second in the 1989 title decider at Anfield and appeared from the bench in their 1987 League Cup Final defeat of the reds. He spent the first seven years of his career at Highbury, notching 31 times in 210 games as he helped them to claim another League title before moving to Anfield in December 1991 for £1.5m. He played 163 reds games, scoring twelve goals including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener, but was an unused sub for our 1995 Coca Cola Cup victory.
Jermaine Pennant signed for the Gunners from Notts County in a £2m deal in January 1999, becoming the most expensive teenager in English football history, aged just sixteen. He only grabbed three goals for Arsenal, all coming in his first League start as he made just 26 senior appearances, although he only played one other League game from the off. He was sent out on loan twice to Watford as well as Leeds United and Birmingham City, before moving permanently to St. Andrews in July 2005. He arrived at Anfield in July 2006 for £6.7m after City were relegated, and struck just three times in 81 reds games before moving to Portsmouth on loan in January 2009, before moving permanently to Real Zaragoza when his contract expired six months later.
Sam Raybould signed from New Brighton Tower for £250 in January 1900. He holds several reds striking records, including being the first to bag a hat-trick against Manchester United, and the fastest reds derby scorer. He was top scorer in four of his seven seasons, helping us to two First Division titles and one in the Second Division, scoring 130 times in 226 games. He ended his career with Woolwich Arsenal after leaving Anfield for Sunderland in May 1907, netting seven goals in thirty games.
Fred Pagnam joined the reds from his hometown side Blackpool in May 1914 just as war was about to break out, and so only made 39 appearances, although he scored an impressive thirty times. He was transferred to Arsenal in October 1919, with whom he kept up a remarkable strike rate, notching 27 times in 53 games before being sold to Cardiff City for £3,000 in March 1921. Scottish inside-forward John ‘Sailor' Hunter signed from Abercorn in 1899 and bagged twelve goals in 45 reds games, moving on to Heart Of Midlothian in May 1902 in a joint deal with Tom Robertson for £300. He struck four times in 22 games for Woolwich Arsenal after signing from Hearts for £165 in 1904, moving on to Southern League side Portsmouth the following year.
In the sixties
Keeper Jim Furnell arrived from Burnley in February 1962 for £18,000, playing in several games as we returned to the top flight that year. However, most of his time was spent in the reserves, and so he moved to Highbury in November 1963 for £15,000 after just 28 reds games. He became their number one custodian, making 167 appearances. Inside-forward Geoff Strong signed from Arsenal for a club record £40,000 in November 1964, after 77 strikes in 137 games for the Gunners. He won a League title and FA Charity Shield while at Anfield, playing in a multitude of positions, as well as appearing in the 1965 FA Cup winning side, scoring a total of 33 goals in 201 reds appearances before joining Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970.
Second Division champions
Our 1896 Second Division title-winning side included two Arsenal double agents. Davy Hannah won two League titles with Sunderland before joining the reds in November 1894. He scored twelve goals in 33 games, and later struck seventeen times in fifty games for Woolwich Arsenal after joining Dundee in 1897. Keeper Harry Storer was the first Arsenal player to win representative honours, playing in a Football League XI in 1895. He was suspended by the club for a disciplinary issue in November 1895, and joined the reds the following month for £75 after 41 games. He went on to make 121 reds appearances.
Bit part players
Jimmy Carter signed from Millwall for £800,000 in January 1991. He failed to make the grade and left for Arsenal just nine months and eight reds games later, for £500,000. He notched twice in thirty games for the Gunners. Bobby Campbell signed professionally for the reds in May 1954, but only played 25 first-team games in seven years. He was later a coach at Highbury. Scottish forward Andrew McCowie struck eleven times in 35 reds games after signing from Cambuslang Hibs at the end of the nineteenth century, moving to Woolwich Arsenal in 1899 for whom he netted seven times in 33 outings.
Forward Abe Hartley notched just once in twelve reds games after moving across Stanley Park for £175 in December 1897. He joined Southampton as an amateur the following May, from where he then moved to Woolwich Arsenal, scoring once in nine games. Centre-forward Les Shannon joined the reds in November 1944, but only struck once in eleven outings, moving on to Burnley in November 1949. He was later Assistant Manager to Billy Wright at Highbury between 1962 and 1966. Abe Foxall played just one reds game as a forward in October 1899, after signing from Gainsborough Trinity earlier that year. He later netted three times in 31 outings for Woolwich Arsenal.