Arsenal are remembering their legend David Carlyle Rocastle who passed away in 2001 after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer which attacks the immune system.
He made his debut against Newcastle United and made 26 league appearances that season, scoring once as Arsenal finished seventh in the league. He remained a regular player in the first team following the departure of Don Howe and the appointment of George Graham as manager at the end of the 1985–86 season.
In 1990–91, Rocastle was limited to just 18 league appearances due to a knee injury but he still played more than enough games to win another league title medal with Arsenal, who lost only one game that season.
The following season, he played 39 league games for the Gunners and scored four league goals, also tasting European football for the first time as Arsenal reached the second round of the European Cup. Rocastle scored 34 goals and played 228 times in seven years for Arsenal, collecting two league title medals and a winner's medal in the League Cup.
He underwent a course of chemotherapy and was hopeful of a recovery. He died in the early hours of 31 March 2001, aged 33.
Rocastle was surrounded by his wife and children. Many years later, it was revealed that Rocastle's cancer had been declared terminal from the time of his diagnosis in October 2000.
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