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Come and meet ex-Arsenal player and Arsenal scout Danny Karbassiyoon on 25 April

By Tony Attwood

Danny Karbassiyoon, the ex-Arsenal player, the Arsenal scout who discovered Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem, the occasional columnist on Untold Arsenal, and the author of the book “The Arsenal Yankee” will be the special guest at an Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association meeting in central London on Monday 25 April.

The meeting is only open to AISA members – but if you are not a member you can join now, and have your membership run until the end of next season.  More details on this, and on Danny’s book, below.

For the meeting itself refreshments will be available from 6.30pm at what is bound to be a fascinating and enjoyable evening with an Arsenal insider, hosted by Tom Watt. Another former Arsenal player from Danny’s period is also expected to be in attendance. If you are already a member of AISA would like to attend please email

About Danny Karbassiyoon

Having signed with Arsenal in 2002 and then obtaining a full contract in 2003, Danny’s first match for Arsenal was against Manchester City in the League Cup on October 27 2004; he marked his début by scoring a goal in the 90th minute in a match we won 2-1.

Danny made two more appearances, against Everton and Manchester United, before going out on loan to Ipswich Town for three months, and subsequently signing for Burnley.

Sadly, after a series of knee injury problems, Danny retired from professional football in February 2007, at the age of just 22.

Two months later however he was back with Arsenal again, this time employed as scout for North America, and the players he has recommended to the club include Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem. Danny has also worked alongside Steve Rowley in an initiative to promote the ‘Arsenal way’ strategically across the world, and continues to help Arsenal as a scout.

Last year Danny agreed to publish his book The Arsenal Yankee through Untold, a book for which Arsene Wenger wrote the Foreword, and Danny has also contributed a series of articles on his time at the club and on scouting for Untold Arsenal.   In one of these Danny answered questions that had been sent in by readers of Untold – you can read the questions and Danny’s answers in his article here.

I do hope you will consider joining AISA and coming to this meeting, if you are not already an AISA member.  Apart from being able to attend meetings like this, you will also be part of the supporters association which is recognised by Arsenal, and as an extra bonus receive the next edition of the series of Arsenal History Society publications which are covering the entire history of the club from a new angle.

As noted above, if you are already an AISA member please email if you would like to attend.

If you are not already an AISA member then you can join now, receive a membership that last until June 2017, and gain admission to this event by emailing this same address, but please state that you are currently not a member and want to join.

And one final thing about AISA – Untold’s link with AISA comes from the fact that I run  the AISA Arsenal History Society.  If you would like to see what we get up to, take a look at the AISA Arsenal History Society web site.


Untold Arsenal has published five books on Arsenal – all are available as paperback and three are now available on Kindle.  The books are…

  • The Arsenal Yankee by Danny Karbassiyoon with a foreword by Arsene Wenger.
  • Arsenal: the long sleep 1953 – 1970; a view from the terrace.  By John Sowman with an introduction by Bob Wilson.
  • Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football.  By Tony Attwood, Andy Kelly and Mark Andrews.
  • Making the Arsenal: a novel by Tony Attwood set in 1910, and the events which led to Henry Norris taking over the club.
  • The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal by Mark Andrews.

You can find details of all five on our new Arsenal Books page

5 comments to Come and meet ex-Arsenal player and Arsenal scout Danny Karbassiyoon on 25 April

  • Andrew Crawshaw


    Will there be copies of the book on sale there and will Danny be prepared to sign them?

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    I am a football loving Nigerian and I live in Nigeria. But ironically, I am a disabled man and have no money which can make it possible for me to attend this meeting if I was a registered member of ASIA.

    Danny Karbassiyoon had been able to fished out 1 good left winger for Arsenal in the player of Joe Campbell who the Boss hardly played. Surprisingly, the Boss didn’t have him on his substitutes bench for the West Ham match despite his good showing as a sub in the Watford game.

    I think Campbell and Walcott can play very well for Arsenal as understading partners in the Gunners forward line. Would the Boss starts the duo for the Palace game at mid-left front and as striker while Alexis starts at mid-right front?

    Every game has it’s own complexion. Arsenal starts must not only matched the complexion of the opposition teams, but must surpassed it to beat them.

    Would the Boss have converted Andy Carroll to a LB or a CB for Arsenal if he had him? Andy Carroll was so strong, powerful, pacy and giant.

  • Gord

    I see that Mesut Ozil has been nominated to the PFA Male Player of the Year. Congratulations Mesut. On the front page of, I see that Danielle Carter has been _shirtlisted_ to the PFA Young Female Player of the Year (it is just the intro on the main page that has _shirtlisted_). Congratulations Danielle.

    I would like to do something from the Professional Fans Association (same initials as the player’s association). For the Referee of the Year, I would like to nominate “None of the Above”.

    This is not original, but I can’t remember where I first seen, “None of the Above”.

  • Menace

    Gord – lol!!

  • jake


    Brewster’s millions a nice funny film