Top Gunners: Ranking the Best Goalkeepers in the History of Arsenal

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Top Gunners: Ranking the Best Goalkeepers in the History of Arsenal

Football is a team game. Eleven people on the field attempt to cooperate with each other, in the most efficient way possible, to defeat the opposing club’s contingent. As often as it happens in the shared responsibility that undoubtedly goes with team-work, one or two team members seem to have more weight mounted on the shoulders.

Irrefutably, the weight is usually more pressing on the lone man burdened with guarding the goal—the last line of defence: the goalkeeper.

One of the most responsible positions in football, where a mistake can lead to catastrophe, the goalkeeper position has been occupied by an array of colorful characters—from the likes of Jorge Campos with his blindingly colorful attire, the immovable reliability of Edwin van der Saar, to the stunning reflexes and innovation of Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks.

Every club needs one of those characters, but not every club gets them— only the lucky ones and for a limited period of time.

Arsenal, as every other big club, has had a piece of the goalkeeping pie with several world-class keepers settling into the club during the years.

And that’s something that the club can be proud of.

Here are the Best Goalkeepers in Arsenal’s history based on the respective time of their tenure at the club:

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