The wait was over, replaced by the weight of expectation. He kept us waiting for his first goal – that came in the next match – but goodness alone knows what would have been made now of the five month wait for his first Highbury goal. There was enough derision directed at Dennis Bergkamp for a considerably shorter wait.
Not that we cared on this summer afternoon. Nicholas was the prize, the signing that told the rest of football that Arsenal were back. It fits with the Scot’s career at the club, I suppose: flattering to deceive. But when he was minded, Nicholas was one of the players of his generation. A shame he was never able to harness that talent on a truly consistent basis in England.
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