David Platt at Arsenal: why didn't it work out at Highbury for the England dynamo?

In July 1995, Blur and Oasis slugged it out in the unofficial battle of Britpop, and comedy script writer Richard Curtis, speaking in the aftermath of Four Weddings And A Funeral's unexpected success, insisted that domestic flicks were better than American blockbusters. Arsenal, having splashed out the princely sum of £7 million for Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp just three weeks earlier, entered into the Brit-pride summer by shelling out another whopping sum – this time £4.75m – for England star David Platt, who was keen to return to Blighty after a four-year sojourn in Italy which took in spells with Bari, Juventus and Sampdoria. 



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