Despite the fact that Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal had never met in a competitive fixture before being paired together this season, there is one player that the two clubs have in common.

Striker Davor Å uker was born in Osijek in Croatia and played for his home-town club for four years before being snapped up by Dinamo Zagreb.

In a prolific two year spell with Dinamo, a 21 year-old Davor made 60 appearances, scoring 34 goals. Davor left Dinamo at 23 to join Sevilla in Spain where he spent the longest spell of his career.

Real Madrid soon came calling, and after three year with 'Los Merengues' Davor caught the eye of Arsène Wenger who brought him to Highbury on August 2, 1999.

Davor made 39 appearances over the following season, scoring 11 goals. In his time with the club Davor made European appearances against Fiorentina and Barcelona as well as facing Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final.

On the domestic front Suker opened his goal-scoring account with a brace against Aston Villa in a 3-1 victory.

However, with the emergance of Thierry Henry at the club Davor left for West Ham United in June 2000, and later moved to 1860 Munich before retiring.

In his career he also collected a total of 71 international caps, two for Yugoslavia and 69 for Croatia, and scored a total of 46 international goals

Since finishing his playing career he has returned to his roots, opening his own football school, the Davor Å uker Soccer Academy, in Zagreb.

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