Theo Foley, Arsenal legend, passes away at the age of 83

Theo Foley, Arsenal legend, passes away at the age of 83

- Theo Foley who won the league title with Arsenal in 1989 has died

- The Irish former football manager played nine games for his country

- Foley worked as an assistant coach at Arsenal under George Graham

Premier League side Arsenal have been dealt with a major blow following the death of their legend Theo Foley who died at the age of 83 after brief illness.

In 1989 when the Gunners won the league title ending their 18 years of wait, Theo Foley was the assistant of the then manager George Graham.

During his active playing days, Theo Foley played for clubs like Exeter City, Burnley, Charlton and Northampton before he retired from the round leather game.

The deceased did not enjoy active playing time at the national team as he was only able to play nine games for the Republic of Ireland.

When Arsenal won the league title in 1989, it was a great battle between the Gunners and Liverpool who were also fighting to win the crown.

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Luckily for the Gunners then, they were able to beat the Reds 2-0 on the final day which helped them to win the title.

Theo Foley was credited for his superb performances behind the scene which helped Arsenal then at Highbury to win the English topflight.

"I am totally shocked and saddened at the passing of Theo Foley. What a special football man and gentleman he was!

''He helped me so much behind the scenes at The Arsenal and always was a pleasure to be around. R.I.P. Theo Foley,'' ex-Gunners' striker Kevin Campbell explained.

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Theo Foley, Arsenal legend, passes away at the age of 83
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Meanwhile, Arsenal are currently occupying ninth position on the Premier League table with limited or no hope of them qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Earlier, had reported how Brazilian defender David Luiz was handed a new one year deal by Premier League side Arsenal despite his unimpressive performance against Manchester City.

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This latest development is expected to make some Arsenal fans angry considering how they have been clamoring for the Gunners' chief to sell the Brazilian this summer.

David Luiz made Arsenal concede a penalty and was also red carded in the tough Premier League tie which ended 3-0 in favor of Manchester City.

According to the report, Arsenal are left without no choice than giving David Luiz a new deal considering their players who are currently injured.

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