Gus Caesar

History has not looked kindly on the Arsenal career of Gus Caesar. Memories of him are dominated by the error that sparked Luton’s comeback in the 1988 Littlewoods Cup Final. However this belies a decent, honest centre half who rose through the ranks, only to fall slightly short when he reached the top level.

Caesar turned pro in February 1984 and suffered the misfortune of breaking his ankle three times in the first 30 months of his career.

He made his first-team debut at Old Trafford on December 21, 1985 covering right back Viv Anderson. However Caesar could play every position along the back and would feature mostly as a centre half. His best season in the team was 1987/88 when he made 22 appearances deputising for David O’Leary.

However he struggled to gain a foothold again after that Luton game. He was loaned to QPR in 1990/91 and freed at the end of that season.

He later played for Cambridge United, Bristol City, Airdrie and Colchester before finishing his career in Hong Kong.

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