Gary Neville picks Arsenal XI of players he played against

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Manchester United vs Arsenal might not have the same significance on the title it did 10-15 years ago but it remains a landmark fixture in the Premier League calendar.

The Sir Alex Ferguson-Arsene Wenger rivalry was one of the most entertaining battles to watch unfold during the 2000s.

Both teams possessed global stars with the perfect combination of flair and fierce competitiveness that made every encounter unmissable.

Jose Mourinho is set to get his first experience of the rivalry on Saturday when the two Premier League giants clash and although he has his own personal contest with Wenger, it will require something pretty epic to top some of the clubs' previous classic battles.

Gary Neville was a common denominator in many of those heated matches of years gone by, and ahead of the latest meeting, he has picked a very special Arsenal XI.

The Sky Sports pundit was asked to come up with the best Arsenal team consisting solely of players he faced and as you would expect, the result is pretty scary.

Of course, stars from two of Arsenal's best ever sides (the 1998 double winners and 2004's Invincibles) feature quite prominently and even some Man United fans might have to admit this XI would take some stopping.

GK: David Seaman

RB: Lee Dixon
CB: Tony Adams
CB: Martin Keown
LB: Nigel Winterburn

RM: Robert Pires
CM: Patrick Vieira
CM: Emmanuel Petit
LM: Marc Overmars

ST: Thierry Henry
ST: Dennis Bergkamp

Seeing such a titanic line up must bring a tear to the eye for Arsenal supporters.

Neville went on to explain his selection and added that the Gunners were the best domestic team he had 'ever faced'.

"Where it really became a fierce rivalry was in the late 90s, early 00s, when both teams were going neck-and-neck for the league," he said as per Sky Sports.

"We both had fantastic teams, and the competitive spirit of those games was immense. They'll go down in folklore.

"You had a group of Arsenal players, particularly that famous back five, who knew what it meant to play for Arsenal.

"They handed it down to the likes of Vieira, and the other players like Henry, who were picked up but still exposed to the real culture of Arsenal.

"Arsenal are the best domestic team I've ever faced. The 1998 team, the double-winning team, were immense.

"It had everything you would want; power, strength, pace, organisation, good on set pieces, you couldn't mess them around and they could play good football.

"I would always want Bergkamp in, he was just an amazing player, and then you're choosing between Ian Wright and Thierry Henry. They're both brilliant players, but you have to go for Thierry Henry with his achievements."

It is little wonder Wenger has been unable to bring another title back to north London since 2004 when you look at the calibre of players he has been trying to replace ever since.

Many thought last season was the Gunners' best chance of ending their title drought, however, their form so far this campaign suggests they are well positioned to launch a bid this time around too.

Having not lost since the opening day, confidence is currently sky high at Emirates and Man United can expect another tough test of their own ability to challenge for the league on Saturday.

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