Paul Merson
Date of birth March 20 1968
Birthplace Northolt
Nationality English
Previous clubs Brentfordon loan
Date signed 1.12.85 from apprentice

erson is another of the big favourites at Highbury. He has played a part in all of the club's success over the last seven years, winning two championship medals along with one in the FA Cup, Coca-Cola Cup and European Cup-Winners' Cup.

His roller-coaster ride, which also saw him earn 14 England caps, shuddered to a halt in the club's troubled last season, though, when he admitted to drink, drugs and gambling problems.

The FA and Arsenal agreed on a period of counselling and rehabilitation for the 27-year-old and it proved a successful formula when he reappeared for the Gunners towards the end of the season. He has been in sparkling form this season earning the right to play for England again.

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