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 the final episode we look at strikers, 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.
Ian Wright –
Some footballers are great goalscorers. Others are scorers of great goals. Ian Wright was both. The former club record goalscorer was instrumental to Arsenal in the 90s and was a key member in both double winning teams of 1993 and 1998. His smile and commitment to the cause makes him a Gunners legend.
Dennis Bergkamp –
Not just one of Arsenal’s greatest players but perhaps the best ever seen in the Premier League. The only player to have the top three goals of the month on MOTD for his Leicester hat-trick. Scored and created in equal measure for whoever played with him. The Dutch master.
Thierry Henry –
The Frenchman was the captain, the talisman, the dead-ball expert, the penalty-taker and the assist-maker. He scored a club record 226 in just 370 games. And what a portfolio Henry built up during his eight years as Arsenal. Thumping drives, delicate chips, jinking runs, audacious backheels, even the odd header. Pure class.
Nicolas Anelka –
Ok he may have earned the nickname ‘Le Sulk’ because of his aloofness but he scored the goals that gave Wenger his first trophy and was a key player in the double winning team of 1998. His pace and technique frightened defenders and showed a glimpse of what Wenger looked for in his type of player.
Robin van Persie –
Another classy Dutchman who learnt under Bergkamp and you can see he was a good student. He may be injury-prone but is highly regarded for his dribbling and shooting technique and is also a set-piece specialist with a vast number of his assists coming from corners and freekicks. An Arsenal fan as well as a hero.
Nwankwo Kanu –
A controversial debut, creating an assist from a pass back to the opposition after a player was injured, was soon forgotten. His two-finger salute and fifteen minute hat-trick against Chelsea meant the Nigerian was an instant fan favourite. He won the double in ’02, FA Cup in ’03 and became an Invincible the following year.
Sylvain Wiltord –
Some people say he was a £13million flop. But for Arsenal fans he was a bargain after scoring the goal that beat Manchester United to the Premier League title in 2002 at Old Trafford. This was the springboard Arsenal used to win the double that year. Wiltord was also part of the Invincible squad.