Tony signed for Arsenal in 1982 for £500,000. Woodcock was Arsenal's top scorer for the next four seasons, his best tally being 21 in 1983-84; he hit five in a single game against Aston Villa, a post-war record for the club. However, he suffered a serious injury in March 1985, which disrupted his career. With the arrival of George Graham, who was looking to rebuild the team as Arsenal manager in 1986, the 30-year-old Woodcock was told he was surplus to requirements. In all Tony scored 68 goals in 169 matches for the Gunners.
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