For a fee just shy of the existing British Transfer Record, Malcolm MacDonald arrived at Highbury in 1976 with a weight of expectations. A legend on Tyneside, MacDonald had been a prolific goalscorer for Newcastle and he continued that at Arsenal. His final record was ahead of a goal every other game for the club.
It is noticeable that his career faltered on the bigger stage. Five of his six England goals came against Cyprus, the other against West Germany, leaving twelve goalless appearances. Equally, he never finished on the winning side at Wembley for any of his clubs, losing the 1974 and 1978 FA Cup and 1976 League Cup finals.
Who cares? For two seasons we had the top club striker in the red and white of Arsenal. MacDonald was the player that Newcastle had who you wanted. It was a coup for Terry Neill, especially with the faltering performances from the club in the League over the preceding seasons.
Injury curtailed his career, ending it prematurely in 1979.