On this day in 1987, Stewart Robson was sold to West Ham for £700,000.
Despite not ever playing under Arsene Wenger, Robson went on to become one of the manager’s harshest critics.
The midfielder played a total of 150 league games for Arsenal over the six years he was in north London before signing for West Ham and eventually ending his career with a four-year stint at Coventry City.
Robson was also capped for England’s u21s but never really broke into the senior team; his career was plagued by injuries, particularly at West Ham.
He eventually tried his hand at managing over at Southend United in 2003 after working his way up the ranks at Wimbledon but that didn’t work out.
Perhaps that’s why he’s so bitter towards Wenger?
During one of Robson’s most recent attacks on the boss, he insinuates that Wenger’s character isn’t right for managing a football club.
“From what I hear, Arsene Wenger doesn’t like confrontation, he wants to keep everybody happy,” he said.
“He’ll have a moan to his coaching staff but he doesn’t confront the players and eventually the players have it too easy at Arsenal. They are given too many excuses and that’s been the case for the last six or seven years.”
And this was Robson almost being kind…