Arsenal Double winner John Roberts dies aged 69

John Roberts, Arsenal, 1969
Image: Former Arsenal player John Roberts has died, aged 69

Arsenal Double winner John Roberts has died at the age of 69.

The Wales defender played for Swansea and Northampton before moving to Highbury in 1969 and went on to spend more than three years with Arsenal.

Roberts featured 18 times in Arsenal's historic 1970-71 campaign when they became only the second team in the modern era to complete the league and FA Cup Double.

In all, Roberts made 81 appearances for Arsenal before joining Division One rivals Birmingham in 1972.

He also represented Wrexham and Hull before retiring in the early 1980s and also won 22 international caps during his career.

"Everyone at Arsenal Football Club was saddened to hear of the death of John Roberts," said a statement on the official club website.

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"The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal are with John's family and friends."

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