By Richard Clarke

A young David Rocastle would have found a place in Arsène Wenger's current Arsenal squad.

The midfielder, who died tragically five years ago from cancer, is being remembered at Saturday's match with Aston Villa. It has been designated "David Rocastle Day" and funds raised will go towards the trust that bears his name. It is Arsenal's charity of the season.

The silky midfielder left Highbury in 1992, four years before the current manager arrived. But, it appears, Wenger was already a fan.

"I know David Rocastle," said the Frenchman. "I saw the Arsenal team play with him in it. He was the kind of player I like - tricky and creative.

"He would find a place with me. You always respond to the qualities the players show you. We would be very happy to have him now at 20 years of age.

"But unfortunately his career here stopped early and he died very, very early. I feel the Club is doing very well to help the family."

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Richard Clarke 31 Mar 2006