Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright: Arsenal's Greatest Players
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All soccer fans have one passionate pastime that nearly everyone shares: debating.
Arsenal is one of the most storied football clubs in history. With over 125 years of players, memories and traditions, there's a lot of great material to reflect upon. With so many talented players, it's very difficult to narrow down just a handful of the very best—but, we gave it our best effort.
So, here are our top three Arsenal players of all time. Do you agree or disagree?
1. Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry: Arsenal's Greatest Player.
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1. Thierry Henry:
Arsenal’s all-time leading goal scorer is an iconic player who flourished under the guidance of Arsene Wenger and helped Arsenal sustain one of the club’s most glorious eras.
After arriving in 1999, Thierry Henry helped Arsenal win both the League Title and the FA Cup during Arsenal’s 2001-02 season, netting an impressive 32 goals. The following year, Henry was named the PFA Player of the Year. Then, during the 2003-04 campaign, Henry cemented himself as a Gunner legend when he helped lead the team through an undefeated season. He helped Arsenal to obtain the name of “The Invincibles”—winning both the league and the prestigious Golden Boot award.
Overall, Thierry Henry’s smooth style of play and clinical finishing skills help personify Wenger’s vision of Arsenal football. He quickly became the face of Arsenal, and despite the fact that he would later depart for Barcelona and currently plays for the New York Red Bulls, he remains one of Arsenal’s most beloved players.
2. Dennis Bergkamp
Dennis Bergkamp was both technically brilliant and creatively flashy.
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Bergkamp had already developed an amazing career with Ajax prior to arriving at Arsenal in 1995, but his best years were still yet to come. During Arsenal’s 1997-98 campaign, Bergkamp led all scorers with 22 goals, helping Arsenal win both the League Title and FA Cup.
He played alongside Henry to help Arsenal achieve glory during the 2001-02, 2003-04, and 2004-05 trophy years. Throughout his time at Arsenal he managed to score 120 goals and displayed amazing skills, becoming a fan favorite. Bergkamp also endeared himself to Arsenal fans when he extended his contract in his later years in order to continue to play at Arsenal. He eventually retired in a Gunner uniform after the 2005 season.
3. Ian Wright
Ian Wright was a pure goal scorer, winning over fans during one of the club's tougher spells.
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When Ian Wright came to Arsenal in 1991 he immediately won the Golden Boot award, scoring a league-high 29 goals. He would then go on to be Arsenal’s top scorer for six-straight seasons. Wright scored an astounding 185 goals for Arsenal, and although he didn’t get his hands on a League Title until 1998, Wright helped the club with the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993.
During one of the bleaker times in Arsenal’s glorious history, Ian Wright provided an entertaining spark for fans. In the end, he was responsible for keeping Arsenal afloat amidst a difficult spell, and ultimately helped Arsene Wenger get the club moving back in the right direction.