The 6 Most Bruising Defenders in Arsenal History

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The 6 Most Bruising Defenders in Arsenal History
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Arsenal were once a defensive powerhouse.

It might not seem like the Gunners ever inspired much confidence at the back, but during the late George Graham and early Arsene Wenger eras, Highbury was home to one of the meanest defenses in the world.

In the 1998-99 season, for example, Arsenal set a Premier League record by conceding an astounding 17 goals during the entire season. Many fans can remember this seemingly ancient time at the turn of the 21st century.

Arsenal have actually had a reputation as a defense-first team for decades, going back to the Pat Rice era of the 1970s. With so many illustrious hard men to choose from in the club's history, here are eight who stand out above the rest.

The rankings are based on toughness, style of play and the historical period in which each man played.

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