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Arsene Wenger & Arsenal Search for Best XI: Best Centre-Back Poll

Vote on Arsene Wenger’s all-time greatest ever players to have graced the fields of Highbury and the Emirates.

Since Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager in 1996 he has revolutionised the club.

From playing style to dietary requirements he has forever stamped his impression over the club.

Gone are the George Graham ‘boring, boring Arsenal’ days and fans are now treated to free-flowing, sumptuous football all in the pleasure of the best stadium in the Premier League.

Wenger was instrumental in the building of the stadium too as he has been in picking the team that plays his style of football – the Arsenal way.

But here at COS we feel he may need some assistance in deciding who his all-time greatest side would be – and that is where you guys come in.

Over the next few days, you can vote for the best player in each position and we will reveal the team when all the votes are in.

In this episode we look at centre-backs, so stay tuned and the only way to make sure your choice is selected is to vote on the poll to the right of your screen.

Tony Adams –

‘Mr Arsenal’ was effectively just that. Made captain at 21, he would stay as such for another 14 years, until his retirement in 2002. The linchpin of the famous Arsenal defence, and won four league titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and Cup Winners Cup. Unforgettable and irreplaceable.

Steve Bould –

He joined Arsenal for £390,000 in 1988 and became part of Arsenal’s ‘famous four’ defensive line-up. Wenger’s arrival was supposed to hasten his departure but it created a revival and his famous chipped thoughball for Adams to score in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Everton to win the Premier League title will go down in Gunners folklore.

Martin Keown –

Who could forget the monster that is Martin Keown jumping in the face of Man United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutchman missed a penalty? That moment epitomises what Keown is all about. Passion, determination and balls of solid steel. How Arsenal could do with that now.

Sol Campbell –

The Tottenham hero who became an Arsenal legend. Was the rock of the famous invincible team of 2004 and scored in the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona. Replaced Adams as the leader of the defence, winning two Premier Leagues and three FA Cups.

Kolo Toure –

Was the other centre-half of the Invincibles that dominated English football in 2004.  Toure was quick, combative and comfortable on the ball. The Ivorian was a leader and was always ready to show off this quality from the front line. Was good business too, costing only £150,000 and sold him for £16million.

Thomas Vermaelen –

Famously scouted by Steve Rowley, who was hiding in the woods, during an Ajax training session. He came to the Emirates as an unknown and quickly established himself as a class apart. Blistering pace, solid tackles on the ground and in the air, and the most thunderous left-foot in the league. Absolute quality.

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