I’m sure it won’t have escaped the attention of all reading this that today is St. Patrick’s Day, and as such is a date associated with all things Irish.

While for most people under a certain age this seems to manifest itself in donning comedy headwear and imbibing dangerous quantities of Guinness, for the rest of us it has other connections. Any fan of  certain vintage will have some awareness of the relationship between The Arsenal and the Emerald Isle, but there will be a generation or two for whom this is a mystery.

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