Arsenal players leaving to join Manchester United is only marginally more palatable than them moving across north London, to the end of the Seven Sisters. Or the end of the world, as it is more commonly known.
When Brady announced he was leaving Arsenal at the end of the 1979-80 season, it felt like the end of the world for this then teenager but it was simply another harsh lesson along road of supporting the club. Moving to the continent softened the blow somewhat, he would not pitch up at Highbury every season in an opposition shirt; he would not be beaming from the back pages as he led his new teammates on a charge to glory.
There were strong rumours of United’s interest for many months and Arsenal would have gained from any deal with them financially, with the strong belief being that the Mancunians would have paid more than double the £500,000 which eventually came from Turin. Thankfully it never came to that, Brady never stooped to the depths to which Frank Stapleton or Robin van Persie; it might have been worse than Charlie George joining Tottenham five years earlier.