If you had to draw up a profile of a hugely underrated player, Paul Davis would probably be a close fit. A pivotal member of the successful teams of the George Graham era, Davis was inexplicably never selected for the full England team. Did he blot his copybook with infamous Glenn Cockerill incident? That merely served to show what we already knew; Davis, the seemingly quiet man, was strong-willed and never shirked from any confrontation on the pitch.
Having joined the club in 1977 as an apprentice, his winning debut came on 7th April 1980 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Before leaving the club in 1995, he would make 447 appearances, a signal of how important he became, how influential he was in the winning of the 1989 and 1991 League titles. The former campaign was highlighted the playing strengths and Davis scored one of the goals of the season, a diving header against Charlton as Arsenal battled to a 2 – 2 draw. He rose to the occasion in the big matches as well, his 25-yard effort drew a smart save from Bruce Grobbelaar at Wembley in 1987s Littlewoods Cup Final, injecting what had been a subdued Arsenal team following Ian Rush’s opening goal for Liverpool.
A cracking player, the epitome of the stylish midfielder, who is now, it seems, more appreciated than in his time.