Darren Anderton has retired, but I’m absolutely staggered to discover that he’s only done it today. Yet there he is, large as life on Sky Sports News, looking the picture of health and happiness, bowing out at Bournemouth.
Arsene Wenger thinks that there is a new generation of British players about to come through who will be equal technically to the rest of the world. There was a time in the mid-to-late ’90s when that already seemed to have happened, and Darren Anderton was right in the middle of it.
Anderton, Barmby, Macmanaman, Fowler, Owen, Beckham, Scholes, Shearer: put Seaman in goal, and in front of him stand George Graham’s Arsenal defence – there’s enough there for a very decent team and talent on the bench.
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It was an injury-wracked career, so I suppose one has to say, not so much “thanks for the memories” as thanks for this memory: it was one of those really bright, hope-filled football moments.