Arsenal All-Time Premier League XI


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STARTING XI

GK: David Seaman
Although it is tempting to stick the likes of Lehman or even Cech in here, no goalkeeper was more Arsenal than England international David Seaman. 325 caps in red to his name, Seaman and his infamous pony-tail is one of the Gooner’s most decorated legends and can’t be passed on a spot in our starting line-up.

LB: Ashley Cole
A pick that some Arsenal fans may not like, but Ashley Cole makes this one. Our first ‘Invincibles’ member on the list, after beating Sylvinho for the starting position, ‘Cashley’ had some very good seasons at Arsenal, establishing himself as one of the Premier Leagues (& England’s) best defenders. Despite him leaving the club with a sour taste in their mouths, during his time in North London Cole proved that he had enough of what it takes to make this team.

CB: Sol Campbell
You can be sure that there are more ‘Invincibles’ members to come on this list, almost as sure as Vieira was in his defence knowing that the likes of Sol Campbell were lined up behind him. Campbell was athletically dominating and proved that he deserves a spot on the team after making an immediate impact upon his arrival from our friends at White Hart Lane, winning both a Premier League medal and an FA Cup medal in his first season.

CB: Tony Adams (Captain)
To get a statue of yourself outside of the Emirates stadium, you have to have been a darn good football player. Tony Adams epitomises the English Centre Back. Tough, passionate, loyal, a leader of men, the list goes on, and Adams meets all of the criteria. Having capped over 500 appearances for Arsenal, Adams won titles and trophies as captain over three different decades which is why he is not only on the team, but he’s leading them out of the tunnel too.

RB: Lee Dixon
Dixon is another Arsenal veteran that wasn’t going to be overlooked for his spot in this team. Dixon was a smart player who could also provide assistance on the attack. Dixon also won titles in three different decades, quite literally Tony Adams’ right hand man; Dixon made a whopping 458 appearances for the club and would be a leader in this dressing room.

LM: Freddie Ljunberg
Ljunberg brought more to English Football than just a dodgy hairstyle, albeit who didn’t rock a red Mohawk whilst playing football on the playground. He was a key player in the Arsenal team during the period of the Invincibles, providing so many important goals, Ljunberg was a key contributor towards Arsenal’s success in the early 2000’s he simply can’t be missed off the squad sheet.

CM: Patrick Vieira (Vice-Captain)
Another Arsenal legend that led from the front, the French man was the complete central midfielder. Just ask Roy Keane. Tactically proven, physical on the ground and in the air, good on the ball and a defensive rock, you name it and Vieira could do it. Tony Adams’ successor to the armband, he was the general of the Invincibles and he led by example. Was tempted to give him the armband here, but as long as Adams is on the team, vice-captain will have to do.

RM: Robert Pires
Robert Pires…The ying to Thierry Henry’s yang, another member of the ‘Invincibles’ makes the squad sheet. After being brought in to replace Overmars, Pires needed a kick start after a slow start to his Arsenal career. However, he found form not long after and started to become a true right midfielder. He could not only deliver a good ball, assisting time after time, if not for Thierry Henry, Pires would have been the ‘Invincibles’ top scorer, scoring 14 goals that season and finding the net 62 times throughout his Arsenal career.

ST: Ian Wright
Wright was arguably Arsenal’s best player throughout the 90’s, signing for a club-record of £2.5 Million which at the time was a whopping fee. Wright went on to score 29 times in his first season, claiming the golden boot and also went on to be Arsenal’s top goal scorer for six consecutive seasons. A ridiculous work rate and deadly feet allowed Wright to find the net 128 times from 1991-1998, forcing his way on to this team.

ST: Dennis Bergkamp
Another Arsenal icon immortalised by his statue outside of the Emirates, the ‘Non-flying Dutchman’ does not need an explanation as to why he is on the list, he can let his stats do the talking for him. No other Arsenal player has provided more assists throughout their career, with 94 assists and 87 goals only Thierry Henry has got more goals/assists combined for the club than the tenacious and aggressive Dennis Bergkamp.

ST: Thierry Henry
Arsenal’s golden boy, the face of the ‘Invincibles’ you would be utterly mad to leave Henry off the list. As previously stated, no other player has got more goals/assists combined for the club, not even close. Henry netted 175 times during his time at Arsenal and was also able to play out on the wing when needed, contributing towards his 74 assists. Everybody’s favourite player which resonated during the scenes of his second debut for the club whilst scoring the only goal in an FA Cup tie against Leeds in 2012. If anybody had deserved a statue outside the club it is Thierry Henry.

SUBS BENCH
SUB – Jens Lehman
SUB – Martin Keown
SUB – Lauren
SUB – Gilberto Silva
SUB – Cesc Fabregas
SUB- Ray Parlour
SUB – Robin Van Persie

By Edward Butler.