Where Are They Now? Arsenal’s 1997/98 Double winners

Can you remember who was part of Arsene Wenger’s first great Gunners side? Dig in to find out more about them

David Seaman

Despite a mid-season injury, ‘Spunky’ (his nickname at school) was always Wenger’s first-choice goalkeeper in the season.

Cashing in on his Euro 96 fame, Seaman was seemingly everywhere in the late ‘90s, appearing in football blooper videos and on several chat shows. He exuded calm on the pitch, cajoling and organising the legendary back four to keep a raft of top-class strikers at bay.

He may have become prone to the odd mistake (particularly with England, from one speculative lob and a direct goal from a corner later in his career), and drawn more attention for his pony-tail than anything else, but he remained No.1 for the 2001/02 Double too.

Seaman departed for Manchester City in 2003 but was forced to call time on his career in January 2004 thanks to injury. Since then he’s appeared on Dancing On Ice – and married his dance partner Frankie Poultney – and played a great deal of golf in Portugal.

Lee Dixon

Initially considered past his sell-by date when Wenger arrived, the tenacious right-back soon revelled in the freedom afforded to him by his new boss.

Dixon’s quicksilver raids down the right were the source of many attacks throughout the Double-winning season, although the ex-Stoke man sacrificed none of the tactical acumen drilled into him by George Graham a decade earlier.

Despite being 34 in 1998, he was another of Wenger’s veterans who stuck around long enough to win another Double in 2002. He’s now enjoying himself on ITV alongside Roy Keane analysing why the current Arsenal defence isn’t a patch on the one he played in.

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