Rhys Weston

 Rhys Weston's debut was memorable for more than one reason.

As it turned out there were two young hopefuls making their first Arsenal appearances that day, with an 18-year-old Ashley Cole also announcing his arrival on the scene.

But while Cole went on to make over 200 appearances in Arsenal colours, Weston eventually had to make do with a solitary Premier League appearance and two League Cup outings.

The defender was handed his first appearance under Arsene Wenger in a 2-2 League Cup draw away at Middlesbrough in November 1999, replacing Oleg Luzhny at half time. And Weston was given his one and only Premier League start in May 2000 at St James' Park against Newcastle.

That said, he is just one of many Arsenal graduates who have achieved success elsewhere. The likes of Steve Sidwell, Sebastian Larsson and Jay Bothroyd all carved out productive careers after leaving Highbury - and Weston was no different.
He joined Cardiff City for £300,000 in November 2000 before going on to make over 200 appearances for the Bluebirds in their rise from the fourth to the second tier of English football.

Weston also achieved international honours with Wales, picking up seven caps under Mark Hughes and John Toshack.


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