Arsenal FC: Arsene Wenger's All-Time XI
Over Arsene Wenger's so far 15 years as manager of the Gunners, we have watched many fantastic, world class players perform superbly and wear the Arsenal badge with pride and excellence. Some have gone on to become Arsenal legends and are still fondly remembered by the fans and the club.
In this article, I'll be revealing my favorite Arsene Wenger XI, which will be formed in a 4-4-2 formation. I hope that it's a good read, and please share your opinions after reading this article.
Goalkeeper: David Seaman
A no-brainer, David Seaman is arguably the best goalkeeper to play for the club under Arsene Wenger. He's a club legend and one of the greatest keepers I've ever seen play.
He was a reliable, athletic, consistent, safe pair of hands who pulled off some incredible saves and performances, during his long 13 years with the Gunners, where he won many honors and trophies.
Seaman made around 567 appearances for the club and he's rightly considered a legend and one of the greatest players to wear the Arsenal shirt.
Close candidate: Jens Lehmann
Right Back: Lee Dixon
There was some competition for this spot between him, Lauren and Bacary Sagna, but Lee Dixon gets this place with distinction as a reliable, consistent, solid and hard-working right back.
Dixon was excellent in both the defensive and attacking side of his game, providing excellent crosses and scoring some scorchers in his long 14 years with the Gunners.
Dixon made over 619 appearances and scored a more than decent 29 goals with the club. A club legend and one of Arsenal's greatest players.
Close candidates: Lauren and Bacary Sagna
Central Defender: Martin Keown
One of the toughest and most aggressive defenders to play for the Gunners, Martin Keown is a true Arsenal legend, who served the club honorably for 12 years. Keown was a no-nonsense, tough, competitive, aggressive and all-around top defender.
Keown made over 449 appearances, scoring 8 goals and formed a great partnership with another legend in Tony Adams.
Close candidates: Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and Steve Bould
Central Defender: Tony Adams
Possibly the greatest defender to ever wear the Arsenal shirt is Mr. Arsenal, Tony Adams. Adams is a one-club man, who served Arsenal with distinction for over 19 years. He is a born leader, who took over as Arsenal captain when he was just 21 in 1987.
Known for his excellent positioning, tackling, passion and competitiveness. Adams was the complete defender and who also scored a good number of goals with 48 in over 669 appearances with the club.
A true great and living legend, Adams fully warrants a place in this XI.
Candidates: Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and Steve Bould
Future candidate: Thomas Vermaelen
Left Back: Nigel Winterburn
A great full-back who served the club for 13 years, Nigel Winterburn is one of the great left backs, who was known for his excellent forward runs, solid defence and his knack for scoring some stunning goals in his long career with the Gunners.
The great left back made over 584 appearances and scored 12 goals.
Closest candidate: Ashley Cole
Right Midfield: Ray Parlour
This was a tough decision to make between him and another Arsenal great in Fredrik Ljungberg, but I will pick the "Romford Pele" on this occasion.
One of the most underrated and great players, Parlour was a hardworking player, who made bombing runs forward, excellent passer, dependable, reliable, tenacious and also scored some cracking goals during his 12 years with the Gunners.
He is an unsung hero who deserves more credit than he gets. Parlour made over 466 appearances and scored 34 goals.
Closest candidate: Fredrik Ljungberg
Central Midfield: Patrick Vieira
A top player who was a world-class competitor and is a true Arsenal great. Patrick Vieira is a dynamic, all action midfielder, who was great both in defence and in attack. Vieira was tough, aggressive, excellent leader, great passer, who also scored important and top goals with the Gunners.
Vieira is a true great, whom many Gooners idolize and is a true club legend. Vieira made over 406 appearances and scored 33 goals in his seven years with Arsenal.
Closest candidates: Emmanuel Petit and Gilberto Silva
Central Midfield: Cesc Fabregas
One of the best midfielders in the world, who recently left to Barcelona this summer, after spending 8 years with the Gunners. Cesc Fabregas served the club with absolute distinction, ever since joining the club as a 16 year old.
Fabregas is one of the best players to wear the Arsenal shirt and to grace the Premier League, and it's a true shame that he never won the title during his 8-year stay. He was a superb passer, with great vision, technique and all-around top playmaker.
Fabregas made around 303 appearances, scoring 57 goals and making over 100 assists.
Future candidates: Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey
Left Midfield: Robert Pires
A legendary winger who will never be forgotten and is one of the greatest players to grace the Premier League. A world-class player, who played predominately on the left wing and had a magical right foot.
Pires just oozed class whenever he bombed down the wing, providing excellent crosses, plays and some memorable goals; his most memorable was probably was his stunning lob against Aston Villa and his goals vs. rivals Tottenham.
Pires made over 284 appearances, scoring 84 goals in his six years with the club.
Closest candidate: Marc Overmars
Forward: Dennis Bergkamp
A truly world-class forward, known for his brilliant and sublime goals, and just his pure genius with the football. Dennis Bergkamp is one of Arsenal's true greats, known for his stunning goals, creativity, vision and footballing genius.
Bergkamp's most famous goal was that goal against Newcastle, but there were many others as well.
A living legend who's still adored by many Gooners, made over 423 appearances and scored 120 goals in 11 years with the club.
Other candidates: Nwankwo Kanu and Robin Van Persie
Forward: Thierry Henry
Arsenal's greatest ever player and all time goalscorer, Thierry Henry is a true legend of the game. Known for his excellent runs and pace, finishing, dribbling, technique, grace and was just simply a brilliant player.
Henry scored some beauties over his career with the Gunners and was a joy to watch, and had the ability to change the course of a match and to score from absolutely nothing.
He formed an excellent partnership with the equally brilliant Dennis Bergkamp and he was an absolute nightmare to any defence. The Frenchman made over 380 appearances with the club, scoring 226 goals in eight years.
Close candidate: Ian Wright