Focus On; Peter Marinello

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Marinello started his career at Hibernian,[4] and could play either as a centre forward or right winger. He was regarded as being talented enough there that he was dubbed “the next George Best” by the British press.

In January 1970, a month before his 20th birthday, he joined Arsenal for £100,000, a club record fee at the time. The acquisition of Marinello also marked the first time that Arsenal had paid a six-figure sum for a player. He went on to score on his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 10 January 1970.

A combination of a newly adopted ‘celebrity party lifestyle’ and a knee injury led to a dip in his footballing form and meant that he was not a regular in the team. He was not part of the squad for the final of Arsenal’s Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumph of 1970, but he contributed four appearances during the run, including the semi-final first leg against Ajax. He only played three matches in their 1970–71 Double-winning campaign, subsequently played eight league matches in 1971–72 and thirteen in 1972–73. In total 51 matches for Arsenal, scoring 5 goals. Marinello left Arsenal in July 1973 after failing to agree a new contract.

Next played for Portsmouth followed by Motherwell, Canberra City, Fulham, Phoenix Inferno, Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle.


  • Full Name: Peter Marinello
  • Position: Winger
  • Date of Birth: 20.02.1950
  • Birthplace: Edinburgh
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Caps: –
  • Goals: –
  • Club Career: Arsenal
  • Period: 1970-1973
    • League Games, 38
    • League Goals, 3
    • Previous Club: Hibernian
      • Transfer Fee: £100.000
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