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Flashback: John Hartson ditched trophies with Arsenal for West Ham United

In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.

In 1997, Arsenal had a pretty special strikeforce, comprised of Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright, who would both go on to be regarded as club greats.

For part of January, John Hartson could also be added into that, before he decided to make the move across London from Highbury to Upton Park, having scored 15 times in 52 starts and 12 substitute appearances for the Gunners, as per Transfermarkt.

Speaking to Football Fancast about the move recently, Hartson said: “I moved on. I had Bergkamp and Wright playing ahead of me. Several times Wenger played me and Wrighty with Bergkamp in behind in the hole, so the three of us did play quite a bit together, but in the long run, it was always going to be Wrighty and Bergkamp.

“I got a little bit disillusioned and perhaps should have hung around to pick up a double winners medal in 98, but I never did that.

“Harry Redknapp told me he was going to build his team around me and he did. I played every single week, I had the number ten shirt on my back and I was starring for West Ham.”

Hartson would repay Redknapp’s trust in claret and blue, as over a two year period, the 52 cap Wales international would go on to play 62 games in East London, making a return of 26 goals and 8 assists.

That number includes goals in two separate wins against Tottenham Hotspur and a victory over Liverpool, showing how much of a big game player the striker could be.

Following his spell with the Hammers, Hartson went on to represent the likes of Wimbledon and Celtic, winning six trophies at the latter.

West Ham fans, what is your favourite Hartson moment? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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Flashback: John Hartson ditched trophies with Arsenal for West Ham United
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