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Foreign Players and Football SupportersThe Old Firm, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain$
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David Ranc

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086120

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086120.001.0001

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(p.129) 5 Arsenal
Foreign Players and Football Supporters

David Ranc

Manchester University Press

This third case study looks at the London club of Arsenal, a club once hailed as the all-British Arsenal. It shows two forms of xenophobia in the English press: rationalised xenophobia and casual xenophobia which reflect on the parochiality, insularity and ferocity of the British press (broadsheets and tabloids). It shows that the renovation of emblems including the change of stadium is easier in a club with a long history than at Paris Saint-Germain. It shows that the club has a long history of welcoming and for clubs of supporting foreigners (Irishmen), who can display British qualities, and that a foreign style is not antonymous with support.

Keywords:   London, Arsenal, all-British, xenophobia, British press, tabloids, broadsheets

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