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Left-back Sylvinho was an astute defender, but his game came to life in the final third. One particularly spectacular long-range goal against Chelsea is remembered to this day. At Arsenal, Sylvinho’s star shone brightly but briefly. Despite impressing throughout his time with the Gunners, he hastily moved on to make way for the development of Ashley Cole.
99. Andrey Arshavin
By the time Arshavin left Arsenal, he had become a sad imitation of the player he once was. However, in his first six months with the club, he was truly brilliant. Arshavin’s arrival rescued Arsenal’s season and helped drag them into the top four. Along the way, he scored some remarkable goals, including a four-goal haul at Anfield. He’ll also always be fondly remembered for scoring the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium.
98. John Lukic
John Lukic first played as goalkeeper for Arsenal from 1983-1990 but later rejoined in 1996, playing on until 2001. His loyalty was not his only quality: In his prime he was an adept shot-stopper.
97. Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta is not the most spectacular player but has been a superb servant at Arsenal. When he arrived in 2011, he was tasked with stabilising a midfield rocking from the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. In 2012/13 he has regularly captained the team, emerging as one of the squad’s true leaders.
96. Mathieu Flamini
Like Lukic, Flamini has enjoyed two separate spells at the club. In the first, his outstanding performances as a reserve left-back helped Arsenal to their first-ever Champions League Final. In the second, his sheer desire and will to win has invigorated the entire team.