Arsenal Want Neeskens On This Day, 20th May 1979

jnIn the immediate aftermath of winning the FA Cup, Terry Neill went out to strengthen his squad. Johan Neeskens was a key member of the Ajax side which dominated European football in the early years of the 1970s.

By the time his contract at Barcelona was finished in 1979, he had won all European club trophies, an intercontinental title and been in both losing World Cup finals with his country. He was 28, in his prime; in today’s market, he would have had his pick of any club he wanted.

Despite newspaper reports of a preference for Arsenal or Strasbourg, Neeskens signed for New York Cosmos. Arsenal displayed ambition but it came to nought.

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