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A north London heart with players still nourishing its south London soul – The Athletic

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Arsenal’s attain is international, however the membership’s roots have remained prevalent all through its 135-year historical past.

Much of the membership’s success has been solid in north London. Herbert Chapman’s revolution of the sport within the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, successful their first league and cup double in 1971, that title in 1989, and an Invincible crew that got here within the trophy-laden Arsene Wenger years.

The foundations of that international enchantment, nonetheless, have been made in south London, the place many key figures in Arsenal’s story additionally referred to as residence of their early life.

Club legend Ian Wright credit the robust early encounters in Lewisham Borough that subconsciously constructed his resolve and moulded the footballing character many got here to see at Selhurst Park and Highbury.