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We speak to former Arsenal players about the highs, lows and controversies from their careers - and hear some untold stories.
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    • 4.8 • 142 Ratings

We speak to former Arsenal players about the highs, lows and controversies from their careers - and hear some untold stories.
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    David O'Leary - Part 2

    David O'Leary - Part 2

    We conclude the series with a bonus episode, as David O'Leary tells us all about his international career with the Republic of Ireland, culminating with THAT historic penalty kick at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The Gunners defender made more than 50 appearances for his country, but it's his match-winning penalty against Romania 30 years ago that he is still most fondly remembered for by Irish fans. In this episode, David tells us about his frosty relationship with long-standing boss Jack Charlton, talks us through his emotions as he strode up for the vital kick in the penalty shootout and reveals some of the stories he has heard from supporters about that moment ever since.
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    • 21 min
    David O'Leary

    David O'Leary

    This week we are in conversation with David O'Leary - the man who holds the club record for most appearances with 722. The defender enjoyed an incredible 20-year playing career with the Gunners, and he tells us about realising his secret ambition of becoming the first man to ever play 700 times for the club. David also outlines just how much football changed between making his debut as a 17 year old under Bertie Mee in the 1970s, to when he left the club during the Premier League era, on the back of another trophy-winning season in 1993.
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    • 29 min
    Kevin Campbell

    Kevin Campbell

    Our guest this week is former striker, and league title winner, Kevin Campbell. Earmarked for a successful career ever since his record-breaking days in the youth teams, Kevin recalls how he broke into the side as an 18 year old, and soon made his mark alongside Alan Smith and Ian Wright up front. In a far-reaching interview, he tells us exactly what representing the club meant to a boyhood Arsenal fan, and looks back fondly on the league title success of 1991 and 1994 Cup Winners' Cup triumph. He also reveals his emotions when it was time for him to leave the club in 1995.
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    • 29 min
    Jens Lehmann - Part 2

    Jens Lehmann - Part 2

    In part two of our special, in-depth interview with Jens Lehmann, the former Gunners goalkeeper picks out his highlights from the 2006 Champions League run, and describes his emotions in the immediate aftermath of his sending off in the final. In a fascinating insight, he reveals how he turned to meditation to cope with being dropped from the side, and how he earnt his place back. He tells us what he really thinks of former team mate Manuel Almunia and how he got on with international team mate Oliver Kahn. Jens also recounts the circumstances around his return to the club, and how he became our oldest ever Premier League player during his second spell.
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    • 25 min
    Jens Lehmann

    Jens Lehmann

    We're in conversation with Jens Lehmann this week, for the first half of a two-part special with our outspoken former goalkeeper. In part one Jens discusses replacing David Seaman in 2003 and what he thought of training sessions at his new club. He looks back over an incredible first season when he played every minute of the Invincibles campaign - culminating with the title-winning match at White Hart Lane. He also gives his honest take on the game that ended our 49-match unbeaten run at Old Trafford, and tells us about his relationship with referees in English football.
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    • 29 min
    Alan Smith

    Alan Smith

    Our guest this week is former striker, and now Sky Sports commentator, Alan
    Smith. The 13th highest scorer in the club's history, Alan won a host of trophies
    during his eight years at the club, including two league titles. In this in-depth
    interview he tells us about the unusual circumstances around his signing, and
    how he won the Golden Boot award twice. He relives the incredible title-
    clinching game at Anfield in 1989, but also reveals the crisis of confidence he
    suffered following Ian Wright's arrival in 1991. Always honest and forthcoming,
    Alan also tells us about his retirement soon after his heroics in the 1994
    European Cup Winners' Cup final.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Madgooner23 ,

More please!

This is great. Superb listening to the older players (the ones of my era!) and getting a great insight into some of the matches. The Alan Smith interview is a gem.

Dempsey1965 ,

Great Podcast

Have listened to everyone so far, extremely entertaining!

Paolo g London ,

Great Pod

Really insightful pod to get the players perspective off life on and off the pitch during their arsenal careers

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