Ian Wright’s emotional tribute to Rocastle as he names best ever Arsenal game


Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright has reminisced about his former friend and teammate David Rocastle and said he was involved in the favourite game of his career.

The two played together at Highbury in the 1991-1992 season before Rocastle moved on to Leeds, and they helped the Gunners finish fourth in the old First Division.

Rocastle went on to play for the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea but tragically passed away at the age of just 33 after suffering with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

When Wright was asked about his favourite game on BBC’s Desert Island Discs , he had no hesitation with his answer.

“It was with my dear friend David Rocastle,” Wright said. “We grew up on the same estate. I’ve known David since he was five and I was nine and he was an inspiration to the whole estate because when he was 15, 16 he got signed by Arsenal as a youth team player.

“It’s moments like this where it’s difficult for me to speak about him because he was always looking out for me, wanted me to do the very best I can with the opportunities.

“When I got to Arsenal our first league game was away to Southampton and I scored a hat-trick in the game and David scored the other goal, it’s the best football match I’ve ever played in.

“I don’t think of the accolades or the trophies I’ve won or the England caps – which mean the world to me – all I think about is the fact that I played with him for a year as a professional.”

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