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Arsenal old boys, 1986/87 - present

Fabian Caballero
Gus Caesar
Kevin Campbell
Jimmy Carter
Adrian Clarke
Andy Cole

Fabian Caballero (1998/99)

Having signed on loan from Cerro Porteno of Paraguay in October 1998 until the end of the season, Fabian only made a single league appearance for Arsenal and his loan deal never resulted in a permanent move. He went back to Paraguay in the summer of 1999 to join Atletico Tembetary and later went on to play for another Paraguayan club, Sol de America, before returning to Great Britain to play for Scottish Premier League side Dundee in the summer of 2000 on a one-year loan deal. He scored 7 league goals in 18 games during 2000/01, with the club finishing in sixth position under the reign of player-boss Ivano Bonetti. In May 2001, Dundee signed Fabian from Sol de America on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Gus Caesar (1985/86-1989/90)

Gus Caesar was released on a free transfer at the end of the 1990/91 season and joined Cambridge United of Division One during the 1991/92 pre-season. He stayed at the Abbey Stadium for only two months without making a single league appearance before moving to Second Division Bristol City (10 league appearances) on a free transfer in September 1991 and finished the 1991/92 season with Airdrie, who he also joined on a free transfer. Gus made 57 league appearances for the Scottish Premier League outfit, staying until the summer of 1994 when he signed for Third Division Colchester United on a free transfer. His spell with Colchester lasted for two seasons and consisted of 62 league appearances, his last coming on Saturday, May 4, 1996 at Layer Road in a 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers. Gus was released on a free transfer in the summer of 1996 and decided to take up a career playing football in Hong Kong. He played for Golden of the Hong Kong First Division in 1996/97 and for Hong Kong First Division side Rangers during the 2000/01 season.

Kevin Campbell (1987/88-1994/95)

Kevin Campbell joined Nottingham Forest (80 league appearances) for 2,500,000 in the 1995/96 pre-season, having lost his place in the Arsenal first-team during 1994/95 and being forced further down the pecking order following the summer arrival of Dennis Bergkamp. In August 1995, he equalised for Nottingham Forest in a 1-1 draw at Highbury, one of 9 Premiership goals that he scored for the club before relegation at the end of 1996/97. Kevin helped steer Nottingham Forest towards the Division One Championship during 1997/98 and scored 23 league goals along the way to ensure Premiership football returned to the City Ground during 1998/99. That earned him a 2,500,000 move to Turkish First Division side Trabzonspor in the summer of 1998 but the striker became unsettled in Turkey having allegedly received racial abuse during his stay. He joined Everton on loan until the end of the season in March 1999 and saved the club from possible relegation by scoring 9 goals in 8 league games. Kevin signed on a permanent basis during the summer of 1999 in a 3,000,000 deal, scoring 12 league goals in 26 games during 1999/00 with the club finishing in thirteenth position. Normal service was resumed a season later as Everton were once again fighting against relegation, with Kevin scoring 9 league goals in 29 games. During March 2001, he signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2005 and was later made club captain in the summer of 2001.

Jimmy Carter (1991/92-1994/95)

In the summer of 1995, Arsenal released Jimmy Carter on a free transfer having made only 25 league appearances since his 500,000 move from Liverpool in October 1991. He signed for First Division Portsmouth (72 league appearances) later that summer and after surviving relegation on the final day of the 1995/96 season on goal-difference, 'Pompey' finished in seventh position during 1996/97. In September 1997, he was subject to a 200,000 bid from First Division Charlton Athletic, who would later be promoted that season via the play-offs, but stayed at Portsmouth until the end of the 1997/98 season before being released on a free transfer at the end of the season. In the summer of 1998, he re-signed for Second Division Millwall, the club who he left in January 1991 for a dream 800,000 move to First Division Champions Liverpool. Millwall were also the club who Portsmouth survived in the First Division at the expense of in 1995/96 as Portsmouth won 1-0 at Huddersfield on the final day of the season to survive relegation by having a superior goal-difference. Jimmy started the first 16 league games with Millwall during 1998/99 but his last league appearance in English football was to be that sixteenth league game, a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic at the New Den on Saturday, October 31, 1998. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a serious back injury and announced his retirement from the game in the summer of 1999 having been released by Millwall at the end of the season on a free transfer.


Adrian Clarke signed for newly-relegated Second Division side Southend United in the summer of 1997 on a free transfer. During 1997/98, the club suffered its second successive relegation season although on a personal scale, Adrian was nearly ever-present in the team, making 45 league appearances. He only made four league appearances throughout the 1999/00 campaign for Southend, his last in league football coming on Saturday, May 6, 2000 in a 2-1 victory at home to Cheltenham Town. Adrian had previously joined Carlisle United of Division Three during 1999/00, where he made 7 league appearances on loan. Having been released by Southend on a free transfer in the summer of 2000, Adrian joined Football Conference side Stevenage Borough during the 2000/01 pre-season.

Andrew Cole (1990/91)

Andrew Cole left Arsenal in the summer of 1992 to join Bristol City of Division One for 500,000 and had the weight of expectation on his shoulders. During 1992/93, he scored 12 goals in 29 league games for Bristol City and earned himself a 1,300,000 move to Newcastle United in February 1993. Andrew helped 'The Magpies' on their way to winning the Division One Championship, scoring 12 goals in 12 games before the end of the season, and was joined at Newcastle by Peter Beardsley for the 1993/94 season. Andrew was top goal-scorer in the Premiership during 1993/94 with 34 league goals in 40 games and helped the club reach third place, scoring in Newcastle's 2-0 win over Arsenal at St James' Park on the final day of the league season. Having scored 9 league goals in 18 games for Newcastle during 1994/95, he joined Premiership Champions Manchester United for 6,000,000 in January 1995, with Keith Gillespie, valued at 250,000, moving in the opposite direction. Manchester United failed to win the league that season and although they won the Double in 1995/96 and the Premiership again in 1996/97, Andrew did not really begin to find his goal- scoring boots at the club until 1997/98. He bagged 15 league goals in 33 games but it was Arsenal, his former club, who went on to win the League Championship with two games to spare. During 1998/99, Andrew formed a successful strike-partnership with Dwight Yorke and the pair scored 35 league goals between them, with Andrew bagging 17 in winning the Championship. United also won the League Championship, FA Cup and European Cup during 1999/00 with Andrew scoring 19 league goals. He scored his first goal for England on his thirteenth appearance, a 3-1 victory in Albania during March 2001 and soon to follow was a third successive League Championship for Manchester United. Andrew scored 10 league goals in 19 games during 2000/01, and had to once again compete for a first-team place with Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

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