By Tony Attwood
I am really pleased to confirm the announcement that I made at the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association AGM, that Danny Karbassiyoon is joining the team of writers on Untold Arsenal and we shall be publishing Danny’s first book.
Untold hopes to be publishing Danny’s autobiography before Christmas, and Danny will also be writing a regular column for Untold on his work as a football scout.
Danny played for Arsenal, Ipswich and Burnley, starting his Arsenal career against Man City in the League Cup on 27 October 2004, and scoring in the 90th minute as Arsenal won 2-1.
This got him a starting position in the next round for the match against Everton which we won 3-1. Danny played as a sub in the next round also as we went out to Man U away, after which he went on loan to Ipswich.
He later transferred to Burnley in 2005 but suffered a series of knee injuries and he left the club retiring from football at the age of 22. Danny’s autobiography tells his story, including the poignant details of what it is like to find the dream of being a footballer ending at such an early age.
After this Danny moved into scouting and was employed by Arsenal as their scout for North America. He was centrally involved in discovering both Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem.
I must say I am absolutely delighted that a man of Danny’s stature in the football world has agreed to write for Untold and has agreed for ourselves to publish his autobiography. As you might imagine, there’s a fair degree of pleasure in Untold’s offices, that this has come to pass.
This will be the fourth book that Untold has been involved in publishing, and continues the theme of variety in our developing list of Arsenal titles which will shortly include not just two books on the early days of Arsenal (“The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal”, and “Woolwich Arsenal the club that changed football”) and a novel, but now also an autobiography.
In addition we shall be publishing Arsenal: The Chronology, a work based on the ever growing Anniversary Files, an extract of which we publish on the home page of this site each day. We were hoping to publish the first volume of The Chronology before Christmas, but the sheer bulk of the work involved means that early next year is now looking more likely.
Thank you for reading – without you such a development would not have been possible.
The Untold Books
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal
From the anniversary files
- 11 September 1998: Fredrik Ljungberg joined Arsenal from Halmstads BK. It was said that Arsène Wenger had never seen him play when he signed him. It seems unlikely but Ljungberg repaid the faith by scoring within seconds of coming on against Manchester United in his debt on 20 September 1998.
- 11 September 2003: 16 year old Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal from FC Barcelona (for whom he had signed aged 10). It is said that His first coach, Señor Blai, reportedly did not select Fàbregas for matches against Barcelona in an attempt to hide him from their scouts. The same story is told word for word about Bellerin.