Paul Merson

England 2017

Having made his Arsenal debut in 1986, Paul Merson left the Gunners eleven years later as a legend with two league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup. A talented playmaker, he also played for Middlesbrough, helping them reach both the League Cup final and promotion to the Premier League in his sole season there. At Aston Villa he became club captain and played in the FA Cup final. Once again he was made club captain at Portsmouth, helping them reach the Premier League in 2003 with some inspiring performances. He joined Walsall in 2003, and eventually became player-manager nine months later. He earned his international debut in 1991, and was selected for a European Championship and World Cup.

Full name: Paul Charles Merson
Born: 20/03/1968, Harlesdale, England
Clubs: Arsenal (1985-1997), Brentford (loan, 1987), Middlesbrough (1997-1998), Aston Villa (1998-2002), Portsmouth (2002-2003), Walsall (2003-2006), Tamworth (2006), Whitton Athletic (2012), Welshpool Town (2012)
International: 21 apps, 3 goals (1991-1998)
Position: Midfielder


  • Old Football League First Division (2): 1988-89, 1990-91
  • FA Cup (1): 1992-93
  • Football League Cup (1): 1993
  • UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1994
  • Football League First Division (1): 2002-03