Paul Merson was born in Brent, London in 1968. He won two League Championships, an FA Cup trophy and a European Cup-Winner's Cup medal during his 12 years with Arsenal, before his surprise transfer to First Division Middlesbrough in 1997. He was instrumental in the Boro' gaining promotion to the Premiership in 1998/99, but left the club less than a month into the new season to join Aston Villa for GBP6.75 million
During his career he earned 21 full England caps and represented his country at Euro 92 and the 1998 World Cup.
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