Alan Hudson arrived at Highbury on 13th December 1976 but waited until this day in 1977 to make the first of his 47 appearances for the club. A big-money signing, Hudson made his debut against Leeds United amid great hopes. Interestingly, Tony Currie was in the visitors line-up, a similar player to his Arsenal counterpart (he had cost Leeds £250,000 in June 1976), albeit one who was more consistent in his performance levels.
By the arrival of Summer 1977, Hudson had fallen foul of injury and Terry Neill. He was deemed surplus to requirements in 1978 and was sold to Seattle Sounders for half of the £200,000 he cost the club from Stoke City.