Jon Spurling is a history and politics teacher in his day job, but has written articles and interviewed footballers for numerous publications at home and abroad over the last 25 years. He is a long-time contributor to FourFourTwo and has authored seven books, including the best-selling Highbury: The Story of Arsenal in N5, and Get It On: How The '70s Rocked Football was published in March 2022.
Premier League Jon Spurling dishes the dirt on more than 50 years of classics between the Gunners and Reds
Lists Andros Townsend cheesed off Cristiano Ronaldo with a "Siu" celebration - but the joy of finding the net can soon turn to despair, as Jon Spurling recalls
Lists Harry Kane hasn't reported to training - but at least Nuno knows where he is. Unlike this lot...
Forget a warm welcome - signing for a new club often involves scorched clothes, inappropriate swearing and toilet brushes...
Ron Atkinson's Manchester United set off like a train – but went badly off the rails as their bitter rivals steamed past them. Jon Spurling blows the dust off the history books
David Rocastle On this day in 2001, the former England midfielder passed away after losing his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 19 years on, Jon Spurling explains why 'Rocky' remains such an iconic figure for Gunners everywhere
Arsenal Both Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka have found themselves out of favour this season. Arsenal have a history of freezing out first-team players, but a spell out in the cold doesn't always spell the end
Funny Managers and the press have never got on brilliantly. Some managers have taken things a step too far, mind – like the one who punched a mic man on the nose...
Lists An injury to a key player in a meaningless friendly can completely derail a club’s year – or even a player’s career
Lists Alan Shearer and Michael Owen are just the latest to prove that international duty isn't always the place for making friends
Arsenal Jon Spurling on the controversial figure who took Arsenal to Highbury over a hundred years ago
Lists No Alisson, no problem? As Liverpool face a stretch without their first-choice keeper, fans can take heart that players called upon as replacements sometimes turn out to be just fine
Arsenal It may have been a tidy bit of business for Arsene Wenger, but the saga surrounding the prodigious young striker’s transfer left a shadow over his career
Action Replay Hapless title holders, unlikely contenders at the top and a glut of mid-ranking sides upsetting the established order – the 1937/38 season was mental from start to finish
Laurent Koscielny The French defender tarnished his reputation with Arsenal fans by refusing to travel to the US – but he's not the only skipper who's caused problems in a summer
Lists Some poor gaffers have it hard from the start – and most find that they never even stood a chance in the first place. Behold…
Arsenal With Arsenal in the middle of their US pre season tour, Jon Spurling explains how ex-vice chairman David Dein's obsession with stateside soccer helped transform an ailing club
Lists Neymar is apparently trying to choose his next club as he desperately seeks an exit from PSG. Jon Spurling unearths some other footballers who morphed into Charlie Big Potatoes
UEFA Champions League Tottenham and Liverpool will face off in this year's Champions League final, while Arsenal and Chelsea could yet replicate that in the Europa. Phwoar indeed: history suggests there could be fireworks...
UEFA Europa League Valencia have become a bogey team for the Gunners over the years, but Unai Emery has shown he is capable of guiding underperforming teams to Europa League success
Top 10 Huddersfield could break records by being relegated this weekend. But could they do something even more incredible? Jon Spurling recalls the teams who memorably defied the drop...
Lists From Argentina's most decorated player having an Indian summer at the King Power to Swansea's Spanish revelation, Jon Spurling discusses 10 of the most fleeting talents from footballing folklore
Lists Before Premier League clubs leap to sign Croatian full-backs, Russian midfielders or French starlets, beware the miserable flops bought on the strength of fine World Cup performances
FIFA World Cup Greedy players, managers under fire and the ultimate basket case squad – Jon Spurling on when World Cup teams tore themselves apart off the pitch
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