The Gooner

Archived since Issue 206

62 issues

The Gooner is the best selling independent Arsenal fanzine which, since its launch in 1987, has aimed to provide a platform where the complete spectrum of Gunners supporters’ views can be expressed. There is no editorial line in terms of what we will publish, running very much an open house policy. For this reason, it is the natural home for many of the debates and counter views that go hand in hand with being a Gooner in modern times.

The Gooner publishes regularly throughout the football season, so a 12 month subscription will typically deliver 8 issues, each of which is packed with at least 48 full colour pages of contributions from a wide cross section of the Arsenal fan base providing intelligent, passionate and often humorous analysis of the goings-on at Arsenal FC, both on and off the pitch, as well as plenty of reflective articles which provide many memories from our clubs illustrious history.

In addition, all subscribers have access to our full catalogue of digital back issues which dates back to the start of the 2010/11 season.

The FREE trial issue from March 2013 features Carl “Corporal” Jenkinson on the front cover and the Talking Reds editorial puts forward the view that we need more players like him who have a deep-rooted bond with the club and who play with the pride and passion we as fans want to see.

On a similar theme, there’s an interview with Chris “Chalky” Whyte, Arsenal centre-back (and very occasional striker) from the early 80s, who grew up just down the road from Highbury and used to stand on the North Bank as a boy. He talks about his slightly unusual career path, who was responsible for his positional switch and why he had his toes broken deliberately one summer!

Elsewhere, there’s an article by Bernard Dowling questioning whether Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has delivered on the promises he has made during his four year tenure whilst earning in excess of £8m and there’s also a piece which highlights some of the unsung Arsenal heroes from the last 40 years including Eddie Kelly, David Price and Sylvain Wiltord.

All this plus much more including all the usual features and columnists – Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, match reports, In the Away End and another episode with Dwight Hart-Lane who this time struggles to get to grips with social media.

Latest issue

The Gooner issue 267 celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first edition by featuring an interview with legendary Arsenal captain Tony Adams, and a specially commissioned cover artwork of the former skipper by artist Arwyn Thomas. There is plenty of other nostalgia too, some of it going back even earlier than the fanzine’s debut in 1987. The French connection recalls the first seasons of a number of the club’s Gallic signings, whilst the debut matches of other star arrivals are remembered in another feature. There are articles looking at the commitment level of the current squad, whether or not the Gunners’ opening matches this season are a red herring and the argument that the club were right to retain Arsene Wenger as manager. There are discussion pieces on the culture of pre-match minute’s silences, the argument for Alisher Usmanov as the club’s owner and the transfer window that closed a few weeks ago. A new series – The Gooner Years – looks at how things have changed since 1987, starting with the club’s status in the football hierarchy. The departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is discussed, and the joys of watching matches at non-league level, compared with the Premier League, are revealed. There is humour in cartoon form - Professeur Wenger’s Weird Tales – as well as a spoof interview with Piers Morgan on his footballing life story. There is also a feature on the recently re-branded Arsenal Women FC. The usual regulars include Talking Reds, Well Played / Pain In The Arse, Anger Management, Mickey Cannon, Inbox, the North Bank Times and the 91st Minute. Unlike the official programme, you’ll need much longer than the half time interval to read the decent content.

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The Gooner is the best selling independent Arsenal fanzine which, since its launch in 1987, has aimed to provide a platform where the complete spectrum of Gunners supporters’ views can be expressed. There is no editorial line in terms of what we will publish, running very much an open house policy. For this reason, it is the natural home for many of the debates and counter views that go hand in hand with being a Gooner in modern times.

The Gooner publishes regularly throughout the football season, so a 12 month subscription will typically deliver 8 issues, each of which is packed with at least 48 full colour pages of contributions from a wide cross section of the Arsenal fan base providing intelligent, passionate and often humorous analysis of the goings-on at Arsenal FC, both on and off the pitch, as well as plenty of reflective articles which provide many memories from our clubs illustrious history.

In addition, all subscribers have access to our full catalogue of digital back issues which dates back to the start of the 2010/11 season.

The FREE trial issue from March 2013 features Carl “Corporal” Jenkinson on the front cover and the Talking Reds editorial puts forward the view that we need more players like him who have a deep-rooted bond with the club and who play with the pride and passion we as fans want to see.

On a similar theme, there’s an interview with Chris “Chalky” Whyte, Arsenal centre-back (and very occasional striker) from the early 80s, who grew up just down the road from Highbury and used to stand on the North Bank as a boy. He talks about his slightly unusual career path, who was responsible for his positional switch and why he had his toes broken deliberately one summer!

Elsewhere, there’s an article by Bernard Dowling questioning whether Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has delivered on the promises he has made during his four year tenure whilst earning in excess of £8m and there’s also a piece which highlights some of the unsung Arsenal heroes from the last 40 years including Eddie Kelly, David Price and Sylvain Wiltord.

All this plus much more including all the usual features and columnists – Highbury Spy, Mickey Cannon, Anger Management, Inbox, match reports, In the Away End and another episode with Dwight Hart-Lane who this time struggles to get to grips with social media.

  • First Issue: First Issue: Issue 206
  • Latest Issue: Issue 267
  • Issue Count: 62
  • Published: Monthly