Best Arsenal players: the 11 greatest ever
Since their conception in 1886, as Dial Square, Arsenal Football Club have seen many great players turn out for them.
It's a tough job to whittle them down to a manageable list but that's just what we've done...
The following are who we say are the 11 best of all time, in no particular order and regardless of position. You don't agree? Let rip in the comments below.
1. David Seaman
When Arsenal signed the moustachioed goalkeeper from QPR, some Gunners fans protested against George Graham’s decision because of the popularity of John Lukic. But “Spunky’s” peerless displays throughout Arsenal’s title winning campaign in 1990/91 demonstrated his class. His incredible match-saving shots from Tottenham's Gary Lineker and Leeds' Gary McAllister that year were truly unforgettable. Although he got a tad leaden-footed at the tail end of his career, Seaman still demonstrated his tremedous shot-stopping ability when he somehow kept out Sheffield United’s Paul Peschisolido’s header in the 2003 FA Cup semi-final. Admittedly he was aided by the famous back four in front of him during the 1990s, but Seaman's peerless displays made him the ultimate big-game stopper for the Gunners. He’s never truly been replaced.
Seaman's save against Sheffield United
2. Tony Adams
His transition from George Graham’s hard-drinking, blue-collar lieutenant to Arsene Wenger’s poetry-loving free-thinking, roving skipper was remarkable
His transition from George Graham’s hard-drinking, blue-collar lieutenant to Arsene Wenger’s poetry-loving free-thinking, roving skipper was remarkable. What didn’t change, though, was Adams' undimmed will to win. He had that same winning mentality even as a gawky teenager, skippering his team to four titles between 1989 and 2002. Throughout that time, the Gunners’ style of play altered out of all recognition, and Adams endured the “Donkey” chants which forced his parents to stop attending games, fronted up to his alcoholism and a string of injuries which limited his appearances in the latter years of his 19-year career. But Adams’ leadership qualities remained the driving force behind the team.
3. Liam Brady
The brilliant Irishman was arguably the cleverest playmaker of his generation in the 1970s. He would glide past opponents with unerring ease, and hit shots with minimal backlift. Though stronger on his left side, Brady was comfortable using either foot, a skill he used to maximum effect in the 1979 FA Cup final, when he led Manchester United defenders a merry dance on the Wembley turf as Arsenal ran out 3-2 winners. His talents deserved more than a solitary FA Cup winner's medal, and Brady departed for Italy in 1980 for Juventus. His most iconic moment for the Gunners remains his masterfully curled shot from outside the box at White Hart Lane at Christmas 1978, as Arsenal thrashed their north London rivals 5-0.
4. Patrick Vieira
He had boundless energy, he could tackle, he could shield the back four, he could trigger attacks and he even scored the occasional vital goal
A titan of Arsenal’s midfield for nearly a decade between 1996 and 2005, the giant Frenchman relished clashes with Manchester United more than anyone, as his “fire and brimstone” face-offs with rival skipper Roy Keane both on the pitch and in the tunnel proved. From the minute he signed from Milan, it was clear that Vieira was the archetypal 21st century midfielder. He had boundless energy, he could tackle, he could shield the back four, he could trigger attacks and he even scored the occasional vital goal. The Frenchman bowed out in style, sealijng victory in the 2005 FA Cup final – against United - with the decisive penalty kick, which was his very last act as an Arsenal player.