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Arsenal release statement as former Gunners star dies aged 80

Arsenal have released a statement paying tribute to former Gunners star Alan Skirton, who has died at the age of 80.

The former Arsenal attacker was a key player for the club between 1959 and 1966, finishing as the club’s top scorer in the 1961/62 season.

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Skirton also held the record of scoring Arsenal’s first ever European goal at their old stadium Highbury.

A club statement read: ‘He was a huge personality who touched so many, and he will be sorely missed by his wife Jane, sons Andrew, Paul and Simon, and daughter Debbie.

‘Alan will be remembered as a true gentleman and we will all miss him.’ 

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