It seems odd now to think that for a long period of time Arsenal Football Club were considered about as stylish as Englebert Humperdink’s Christian name.
The most enduring chant in the history of the club, undoubtedly, is the cry that echoed out from the Highbury terraces for many a generation: “Booooring, booooring Arsenal”.
Since the advent of the Wenger era, Arsenal has produced football which can be described without hyperbole as some of the most technically pure, aesthetically beautiful, and effective football ever played.
I would go so far as to say that the Invincibles team of 2003-04 played the most stylish football of any team, certainly in the Premier League, and probably of any league ever.
But stylish players are not unique to this new era of Arsenal. Throughout the years, the club has produced some players of outstanding technical ability and grace, players who waltzed through opposition players with the poise and elegance of ballet dancers.
While they may be more prevalent in the Premier League era, these men have popped up all over the place in the club’s illustrious history, and—as Arsenal football club appreciates class and sophistication above almost all else—their legacy is both indelible and unforgettable.
Here is a selection of players who I believe are among the most aesthetically pleasing Arsenal has ever produced. It’s very easy to stick to attacking players when one is compiling such a list, so I tried to interpret “aesthetically pleasing” in the broadest context possible.
Enjoy, and if you think someone’s been left out, do comment below and have your say! I command you to do so, as Bleacher Report is a democracy, and you must have your say.
...Wow, that was slightly contradictory. Anyway...