Leicester and Arsenal special connections as transfers and one FA Cup quarter final makes up special marks in history

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Connections between the clubs since the early days of the 60’s are many and one special game between the two clubs was two FA Cup quarter final fixtures taking place in March 1971.

A good and competitive Leicester team were on the way back to top flight football as the later came up as 2nd division Champions.

On the day at Filbert Street for that first game it all ended in a 0-0 draw as Leicester held The Double winners to be Arsenal to a strong draw and a replay a few days later had to be settled. The replay at Highbury had another switch as George Armstrong had a certain role setting up the goal from a corner. Charlie George scored from a header and went on to their historical win of FA Cup and League that season.

Jon Sammels was on show for Arsenal in the first game. Others with a life in both camps, George Armstrong and Frank McLintock had a say at Filbert Street and Highbury. Former Arsenal manager to be George Graham replaced Jon Sammels for the replay at Highbury.

Youri Tielemans is still at Leicester for the time being as he is waiting for his move to Arsenal to become real, but still no concrete news regarding an offer as Leicester do confirm nothing has come forward.

Alan Smith is a player that makes up a special bond between the two clubs as he was a grand hero in both camps. Eddie Kelly is also described in those terms doing well at both clubs, playing a grand part in special events at both clubs.

George Armstrong a legend at Arsenal and a short term solution at Leicester as well as looking at Frank McLintock as a player becoming pivotal in both camps. A record sale from Leicester and a man with fantastic influence at Arsenal. Sadly his management career hit the wall during a very difficult first term taking over from another Arsenal legendary player Jimmy Bloomfield.

Events in transfers and games between the two clubs have seen some big changes taking place during those special connections between the two. Jeff Blockley had a difficult time at Arsenal being the one seen as the successor of Frank McLintock, but instead sold to Leicester for a fee of £100.000 and turning out for his home town club after being overlooked at an early stage.

Arsenal and Leicester could this season again get their special connections in games and transfers as we do wait for a solution regarding Youri Tielemans.


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