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Name Bob Wilson
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job xxxx Footballer
Desc This genial goalkeeper might just be the most universally popular player in Arsenal’s history. Nobody has a bad word to say about Wilson, who made over 300 appearances between the sticks for Arsenal. However, he wasn’t just a nice guy - Wilson was also a fierce competitor and a superb shot-stopper

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Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry is a mesomorph: the perfect physical specimen. With that pace, he could have been a top-class sprinter but when he runs, he’s doing it with a ball. You wonder how on earth he controls it, particularly with two players trying to mark him, but that’s what makes him a world-class striker. His eye for goal is getting greater and greater, he can improvise with his wonderful skills and his record [for Arsenal goals] will stand for a long time

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] Killed the ‘boring, boring Arsenal’ tag. If Bergkamp had played in the Cruyff team of 1974, Holland would have won the World Cup. The complete player: wonderful vision, can use either foot, so skilful and can score goals

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[on Tony Adams] A born leader. He learnt from his problems and has been an amazing role model since. You could argue that he’s the greatest Arsenal player of all time because of his leadership qualities and he could play more than people give him credit for – especially after Arsene arrived and he started to play the ball out

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[former Gunners goalkeeper Bob Wilson says Arsenal will win trophies under ‘natural leader’ Arteta] As a former captain, first of all he is one of the most natural leaders I’ve seen. He’s hugely bright, he’s hugely eloquent. You only have to listen to his interviews. The bottom line is he cannot do it alone. He needs the players and he needs a good coaching staff, which I think he’s definitely getting together. The club - that is the board and Stan Kroenke the owner – have got to give him the tools. That is now going to be even more difficult after Covid-19, but personally, I have a huge belief that Arteta is the man and that we will be winning trophies under him

Mikel has got three or four younger players coming through who have been blooded. The one who I think, if Arsenal let Martinelli go, it’s going to come back and bite us. He’s unbelievable with the positions he takes up. I’ve spoken to [Arsenal technical director] Edu about Martinelli and he says that he sniffs the chances. He’s got that unbelievable ability, probably god-given, to sniff out chances. This is a kid still

They’ve got big decisions to make. There will be one or two who want to go, but they’ve just got to be sure that they keep the young ones who can be integrated in the same way as I remember in my time under Bertie Mee and Don Howe. Those kids come in and it can be like a jigsaw puzzle – straight pieces and funny-shaped pieces but they blend. Mikel, if he gets it right, can do that because I’m not sure how the transfer market is going to work in this financial situation

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson recalls battles with Spurs great] My memories of Jimmy are mainly nightmares. Whenever I’m asked who I feared facing most in my career, it was Greavesy. That was even ahead of George Best or Johan Cruyff. Whenever I’m asked what made him so different and special it was his uncanny, radar-like understanding of the opponent’s goal. This isn’t a small place you’re guarding as a goalie, it’s a massive chasm – 192 square feet, eight foot high, eight yards wide. Whatever gap or whatever angle you think you actually fill, however much of the goal you cover, there is always inevitably a part of that 192 square feet that you simply can’t cover if the opposing striker has the skill and ability to find it. Jimmy Greaves was that ultimate, laser-like man. One look to assess, one touch to strike hard or bend the ball to that undefendable part of the goal. I may be exaggerating a little but, over our meetings, Jimmy seemed to score in what I would think was the impossible angle. After he’d done it, he would often give me a little grin. Fortunately he could never hear the expletives that I was uttering at the time. He was sensational, uncanny. The best of the best

I’m often asked, if England would still have won the 1966 World Cup if Jimmy Greaves had played and not been injured. My honest opinion is they would not only have won it still but a damn sight easier than they eventually triumphed, with Sir Geoff’s hat-trick in the final

It was one of those rarest things. Jimmy had an ability where he was running with the ball, he had hardly any backlift and the ball was on its way into the net. You’re almost trying to get set and … bang, it’s on its way. I hated playing against him. You can say that you have a love-hate relationship with someone and it’s not real hate, of course. It’s absolute respect for that individual. In my view, that is the ultimate wish for all of us who have been professional footballers

Some footballers like me have to work their backsides off to eventually get there. To Jimmy, I think he was one of those God-given talents, whether you look through the Peles and the Maradonas and the greatest players that there’ve been in the history of the game. I promise you, it must be a 500 to 1,000 times, whenever I’ve done Q&As and speeches – who was the most difficult, who was the one you dreaded facing most? Greavesy