David Platt
Date of birth June 10 1966
Birthplace Chadderton
Nationality English
Previous clubs Sampdoria, Juventus, Bari, Aston
Villa, Crewe Alexander,
Manchester United
Date signed 14.7.95 from Sampdoria

avid Platt holds the record for total transfer fees (22million) , with a successful spell in Italy.

The ex-England captain was the second of Bruce Rioch's major summer signings, joining Dennis Bergkamp at Highbury in a 4.75million deal from Sampdoria.

The capture of Platt so soon after the arrival of Bergkamp was a major coup for Arsenal and his scoring prowess from midfield was underlined when, after missing most of their pre-season games with a hamstring injury, he netted in only his second and third games against Southend and Wolves.

His comeback was restricted however by a knee injury picked up in that pre-season friendly against Wolves. Surgery was later required, limiting Platt's starting appearances to 27 during the 95/96 season, even so only Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright scored more goals.

This season has also been of misfortune for Platt. He hasn't lived up to the expectations of some disgruntled Gunners supporters, mainly due to some uncharactaeristic misses infront of goal. However, whenever Platt is in the side, Arsenal's performance seems to improve in the majority of games and he does a lot of work that people often do not see.

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