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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour reveals why he was devastated to score first Gunners goal

October 24, 2019

 The Englishman spent 13 seasons with the Gunners from 1991, scoring 32 goals in more than 450 appearances   His first goal for the club came in a win against Wimbledon in his first season   And the Arsenal legend revealed how he tried to profit from it. Speaking on talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parlour said: “George Graham said to me ‘you’re going to play just behind the front today’  “‘You’ve got a really good chance of getting in the box and maybe scoring a goal’  “So I asked my brother Jim to put a bet on as first goalscorer.  “In those days you could bet on yourself    “I was 33-1 because no-one knew I was playing.” Parlour did not have to wait long to find the net   But he ended up rueing his eagerness.  “I scored quite early and I was thinking ‘get in there’,” the Arsenal legend added  “Paul Merson ran up to me to celebrate and when I told him said ‘I should have done that’  “After the game, my dad and brother are in the players’ lounge.   “But Jim got there [the bookies] six minutes late I scored after two minutes and we were 2-0 up by that point.  “I was devastated. That was a week’s wages for me ” This comes as former team-mate Ian Wright slammed an Arsenal fan for criticising youngster Joe Willock  

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