Issue 223 of The Gooner from February 2012 and after a depressing period, the front cover queries whether we are “In Need of New Direction”. There’s little doubt an increasing number of fans believe we are, although who or what needs to be changed is less clear and there are plenty of views to be found within this issue.
Mark Halfpenny writes on the ever-worsening relationship between loyal Gooners the Arsenal, while John Brenan takes issue with the choice of Chelsea employee, Yossi Benayoun, captaining the Gunners for the League Cup tie with Man City, and Sean Reuthe thinks this summer may be the time to welcome back former Arsenal captain Tony Adams.
There’s also a feature on players past and present who, upon making their first team debut, have been compared with footballing legends but it’s rarely a comparison they live up to... David Bentley as the new Dennis Bergkamp anyone?
Finally, we were hardly going to let this issue pass without a few... OK, a lot... of digs at Harry Redknapp and his recent adventures in court.
Plus, of course, many of the regulars – Talking Reds, Mickey Cannon, North Bank Times, Wenger’s (Alternative) View, Inbox and another journey into the Away End where we discover what Sunderland fans thought of our recent league victory over them.