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Arsenal memories: 1981

PUBLISHED: 18:43 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 07 September 2010

1981: Arsenal manager Terry Neill dismissed talk of a Highbury crisis after their worst start to the season for five years. The Gunners slipped to a 1-2 loss at Ipswich - their fifth successive defeat on the road - as they slid to 17th in the table after

1981:

Arsenal manager Terry Neill dismissed talk of a Highbury crisis after their worst start to the season for five years.

The Gunners slipped to a 1-2 loss at Ipswich - their fifth successive defeat on the road - as they slid to 17th in the table after scoring just ten times in 15 outings.

"There have been no showdowns, no panic and no complaints about the attitude of the players," he said.

His assistant, Don Howe, added: "If anything the players are trying too hard as individuals and forgetting football is a team game."

Arsenal responded by being taken to extra time by fourth division Sheffield United before winning 2-0 in the third round of the League Cup at Highbury, going through 2-1 on aggregate, thanks to goals from Willie Young and Alan Sunderland.


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