Competition: Win a signed Paul Merson autobiography

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And now for something completely different. Thanks to the folks at HarperCollins Publishers, I’ve got two signed copies of Paul Merson’s autobiography – How Not To Be A Professional Footballer – to give away.

For all his flaws, in his pomp the Merse was one of my favourite players at Arsenal, so I’m looking forward to reading this one myself.

Anyway, to stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the question below.

How many goals did the Merse score for Arsenal?

A: 124
B: 99
C: 76

The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. I will announce the winners on the blog.

**This competition has now closed**

Book bumph:

When it comes to advice on the pitfalls of life as a professional footballer, Paul Merson can pretty much write the manual. In fact, that’s exactly what he’s done in this hilarious new book which combines moments of glorious comedy with poignant soul-searching – but mainly glorious comedy.

Merson was a prodigiously talented footballer in the 80s and 90s, gracing the upper echelons of the game – and the tabloid front pages – with his breathtakingly skills and larger-than-life off-field persona.

His much-publicised battles with gambling, drug and alcohol addiction are behind him now, and football fans continue to be drawn to his sharp footballing brain and playful antics on SkySports’ cult results show Soccer Saturday.

The story delights and entertains with a treasure chest of terrific anecdotes from a man who has never lost his love of football and his inimitable joie de vivre through a 25-year association with The Beautiful Game.

The DO NOTs include:

DO NOT adopt ‘Champagne’ Charlie Nicholas as your mentor
DO NOT share a house with Gazza
DO NOT regularly place £30,000 bets at the bookie’s
DO NOT get so drunk that you can’t remember the 90 minutes of football you just played in
DO NOT manage Walsall (at any cost)

You can also buy your copy of HOW NOT TO BE A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER by clicking here


Arsenal since about 1979. Thick, thin and all that.