regular at left-back for the last few seasons, Winterburn is one of the many Premier League defenders to have come off the Wimbledon production line, having been voted Dons Player of the Year for the previous four seasons.
He had joined Birmingham as an apprentice but left for Wimbledon on a free transfer without featuring in the first team. Leaving Wimbledon before their finest hour, a triumph over Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final, was a blow. But he has seen plenty of silverware at Arsenal, having been an instrumental part of George Graham's nine years in charge.
He can count himself unlucky not to have won more than two caps for England, albeit in the face of tough opposition in the form not only of Stuart Pearce, but also of Tony Dorigo, and latterly Graeme Le Saux.
The 95/96 season saw Nigel take his Arsenal appearances above the 300 mark, as you would expect for someone who has been a cornerstone of one of the tightest defences around for nearly a decade. Only missed two Premiership games during 95/96 and had one of his more free-scoring seasons, bagging two, one against former club Wimbledon and one against Sheffield Wednesday.
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