Infamously, a revelation that he was left “trembling with anger” when wages of £55,000 (Dh251,161) per week were offered to him by the Gunners came to symbolise rampant excess and disconnect from everyday supporters.
Other sport stars born on this day:
1961: Freddie Spencer, motorcyclist who became the first man to win 250 and 500cc titles in the same season (55).
1970: Grant Flower, ex-Zimbabwe cricketer and younger brother of former England team director Andy (46).
1982: David Wright, captain of New York Mets in Major League Baseball and seven-time All-Star (34).
1983: Darren Sammy, explosive batsman who captained the West Indies to two World T20 titles (33).