Peter Marinello, April 1970
|Full name||Peter Marinello|
|Date of birth||20 February 1950|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Salvesen's Boys Club|
|1981–1983||Heart of Midlothian||21||(3)|
|1978||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Marinello started his career at Hibernian, 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 accquiring 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. However 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 Arsenal team. Marinello was not part of the squad for Arsenal's Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumph of 1970 and he only played three matches in their 1970-71 Double-winning campaign. He subsequently played eight league matches in 1971-72 and thirteen in 1972-73. In total he played 51 matches for Arsenal, scoring 5 goals. Marinello left Arsenal in July 1973 after failing to agree a new contract.
Later playing career
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