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Arsenal: Best ever XI

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As one of the most successful clubs in the history of English football, Arsenal have had a fair share of legends.

The club may lack success in Europe, but since Arsene Wenger arrived they've put on one of the exciting footballing shows for the fans who love the game.

Formation : 4-4-2

Goalkeeper: David Seaman

The ponytail and moustache bearer, David Seaman was a great presence and a leading voice under Arsenal's bars for 13 very successful years. He built a reputation as a penalty stopper with his super-fast reflexes - and he was a man always ready for the very competitive games. 

Right-Back: Lee Dixon

Part of the very fast and strong Arsene Wenger-coached team in the 90s, Dixon was feisty, sharp in the tackle, unfussy in his approach and he adapted the role that the coach gave him perfectly. He managed to appear 616 times in the north London club's shirt.

Centre-Back: Sol Campbell

A Tottenham hero who became an Arsenal legend. Wenger managed to take the defender from Spurs for free, during the summer of 2001, a move that is famous as one of the biggest transfer steals in English football's history. 

A defender with a wince-inducing body composition, replaced Tony Adams to be the next leader of the Gunners' defence.

Centre-Back: Tony Adams

Adams is known for having two loyalties in his life - alcohol and Arsenal. Putting his personal demons aside, he was easily the best defender Arsenal had - and one of the best defenders that England has produced. 

Such was the leading and commanding presence of the one-club man Adams is known as Mister Arsenal. He played in 672 games during his 19-year career at the north London side, being the captain in most of them.

Left-Back: Ashley Cole

Yeah, I know, the majority of fellow Arsenal fans love to hate "Cashley" for his move at Chelsea. But, no-one can argue that he was one of the best full-backs in the world during his prime at the Gunners.

Gifted with tremendous pace and stamina which allowed him to race up and down the pitch - and a rare blend of natural attacking instinct and defending discipline, Cole could be a weapon anywhere, anytime.

Defensive-Midfielder: Patrick Vieira

The Frenchman was one of the most important player of the Invincibles, the Arsenal side which run the whole Premier League undefeated.

Armed with a marvelous body and great athletic skills, he was a magisterial presence and he covered huge distances, stealing the ball and then rushing forward to lead the counter-attack. He was rare defensive-mid who just had it all.

Centre-Midfielder: Liam Brady

Such was the nature of Liam Brady's incredible talent and the degree to which he was beloved among Arsenal fans of the 1970s, that his transfer to Juventus brought about almost universal depression.

A deep-lying playmaker with the talent to time a pass like only a small amount of players in the 70s, the Irish-born footballer made 235 appearances for the north London side.

Right-Midfielder: Freddie Ljungberg

Ljungberg was one of the weirdest, most unlikely and most exciting players of the Premier League in the start of the millenium.

Known for his pace and reading of the game, the Swedish was a fan-favourite, as he sprawned the chant: “We love you Freddie, because you’ve got red hair, we love you Freddie because you’re everywhere, we love you Freddie, you’re Arsenal through and through”.

Left-Midfielder: Robert Pires

Pires' talent was enormous. If he hadn't had a slow start as a footballer, he would be considered as one of the best left-wingers ever - but in my eyes, he still is underrated.

With an impecable technique, the Frenchman could both place a pinpoint pass and score some truly amazing goals. He had a very important role in his 284 appearances for Arsenal, during his six-year spell.

Centre-Forward: Dennis Bergkamp

The man who under Arsene Wenger transformed the image of Arsenal in the 90s. And what a player he was indeed.

The awesome counter-attacking football that Arsenal played a decade ago would not have flowed with the same beauty if it wasn't for the Dutchman to orchestrate the attacking composition. 

The north London club's fans enjoyed his sheer brilliance and mental toughness in 423 games.

Centre-Forward: Thierry Henry

There you have it, the biggest Arsenal legend of all time, one of the best players in the world in the past 15 years - and probably the best forward to ever laced his boot in the Premier League.

Henry used his blistering pace and superb skill to slice open defences by himself and coolly slot home the finish. During his best days at Arsenal he might had been the best player in the world, as the Frenchman was just plainly unstoppable. 

He is the all-times top scorer of the club, with 226 goals in 356 appearances - and he certainly is the most loved player in the club's history.

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