By Tony Attwood
If you are a regular reader of Untold you’ll know that a little while ago I got rather excited when we announced that Bob Wilson had agreed to write the foreword to our book Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970.
That book, as you may know, has now been published, and we’re moving ahead at full speed towards the publication of our next volume The Arsenal Yankee By Danny Karbassiyoon.
And we have just had it confirmed that Mr Wenger has agreed to write the foreword for the book.
As you may know Danny Karbassiyoon has written several articles for Untold, and indeed we have another from him coming up next on the site.
Danny was spotted by Arsenal as a highly talented youngster, played for us in the League Cup, went out on loan, and then got an injury from which he was unable to recover.
We all know the stories of the great heroes of Arsenal – the magnificent players who carved out a career with the club and gained national and international fame. But part of football – in fact a large part of football – concerns the players who were on the edge of such greatness but then were unable to follow it through.
But Danny, as you’ll probably know, did not let it all turn sour, having his dreams and ambitions wrecked at such an early stage in his career, for he went on to become Arsenal’s scout in North and Central America, and is credited with the discoveries of Joel Campbell, now a regular in the first team, and Gedion Zelalem who has already played for Arsenal’s first team and at the start of this season moved to Rangers on loan. That loan period was extended in January.
Since then, despite being only 19 years old, Gedion is already playing for the United States under 23 side.
We’re currently working on the final preparations for Danny’s book which will appear both as a paperback and as a Kindle edition via Amazon. I think it is a mark of the great respect that I believe Arsène Wenger has for Danny Karbassiyoon that he has agreed to write the Foreword for the volume.
As for Untold, if you read my piece at the time when we announced that Bob Wilson had written the foreword for The Long Sleep, you will have realised how delighted I was that Untold was publishing such a book. Now with Mr Wenger contributing also, as you can imagine, I am feeling rather chuffed.
This is the fifth book in our series of Arsenal volumes which have arisen out of Untold Arsenal, and the AISA Arsenal History Society blog , and we already have several more at the planning stage, so I am hopeful that over time we will become seen as something of a serious long-term player in the world of Arsenal books, as well as in terms of the blog.
Danny has written four articles for Untold Arsenal so far…
- How to Become a Football Scout
- A typical week in the life of an Arsenal scout
- How does an Arsenal scout decide if a player is good enough or not?
- Guns and bullets, carjackings and football: scouting for Arsenal.
… and as I say the fifth piece by Danny will be published next.
In the meanwhile, a thank you from me, both to Danny for entrusting Untold with his autobiography, and of course, to Arsène Wenger for joining the Untold Arsenal team!!!
The Untold Books
The latest Untold book is Arsenal: The Long Sleep 1953-1970 with an introduction by Bob Wilson, available both as a paperback and as a Kindle book from Amazon. Our previous three titles are all still available:
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Paperback edition. In the early 1890s a huge schism appeared within Woolwich Arsenal FC, which led to the club being kicked out of its stadium, with a rival team being installed in the ground in its place. This story was completely lost to history until the Arsenal History Society re-discovered it through a detailed investigation of the newspapers of the time. This is the story of how Arsenal survived the split, and rose from the ashes to become the team we know today.
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Kindle edition
- Making the Arsenal – The story of how the Arsenal came to be within minutes of total disintegration, but was then re-born in 1910, as told through the diary of a fictional young Fleet Street journalist given the task by his editor of covering Woolwich Arsenal, and the activities of Henry Norris, at the time.
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal – who went to the games, how did they behave, what was the away support like… This original research reveals much that was previously lost about the early days of supporting your local team.
Details of all these books and how you can buy them can be found at Arsenal Books on this site.